There are a number of threads woven through the soon to be completed year of 2019. Here’s what captured readers’ attention in 2019 on InMenlo.

Showing just how creative they can be, families and young children came out in force for the annual Halloween parade in downtown Menlo Park. InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most captured the action, including a multi-generational family dressed like Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.

There was a visit by Henry Winkler, much beloved as The Fonz on Happy Days, whomingled with kindergartners through third graders at Sacred Heart School after reading from his latest children’s book. The fun connection is that Laura Pitchford, who did photo duties that day for InMenlo, had met him years ago when she was a teen.

There was good news with the reopening of the Alpine Inn and a celebration of Round Table’s 60th anniversary. And then there was dismay: the building that housed Beltramo’s for was leveled and what was once the Oasis beer garden now houses VCs.

Balancing the comings and goings was the opening of a remodeled Peet’s across from Fremont Park, and there were cheers all around when Suzi Tinsley brought the Sugar Shack back to downtown Menlo Park.

Sports remained front and center. The community celebrated Menlo-Atherton High School football team’s first football championship. And two graduates of Oak Knoll School and Sacred Heart Prep, Abby Dahlkemper and Tierna Davidson, were members of the USA soccer team that defeated the Netherlands 2-0 to win the Women’s World Cup. And that wasn’t the only soccer news: Menlo School grad Sophie Jones was named Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year.

An ongoing situation is a roaming coyote (or more) that has killed a number of house cats this past fall. It’s been spotted in the area between San Mateo Drive and the Alameda in west Menlo Park and also in Sharon Heights. Residents are warned to keep small pets indoors at night.

And then there was the still unsolved mystery of the yarn arms hugging telephone poles on Santa Cruz Avenue. The  knitted hands began appearing in April and proved a colorful photo essay for InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most.

Suzi Tinsley in re-opened Sugar Shack by Irene Searles; M-A coach and football tame by Lena Kalotihos; Sophie Jones and family and Steve Young by Linda Hubbard; all other photographers credited in the post

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The saga of Alpine Inn aka Zott’s over the years

Editor’s note: Our hunch that the re-opening of the Alpine Inn was the biggest attention grabber of 2019 bore out in the in the number of readers’ views on InMenlo and on Facebook. Its saga is featured in our end-of-year coverage for today. Tomorrow we’ll offer a roundup of other people and places that got […]

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Spotted: A winterized Zott’s

The party continues at the Alpine Inn aka Zott’s even as temperatures dip and rain falls from the sky. A good portion of the outside beer garden is now under a large transparent tent. An elevated flooring allows heat  to be pumped in. The holiday spirit is fostered by pomegranate and evergreen garlands that hang […]

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Puppets: Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf set for Dec. 15

Puppet Art Theater’s 3 Little Pigs will be at the Belle Haven branch (413 Ivy Dr.) of the Menlo Park Library on Sunday, Dec. 15 from 2:00 to 2:45 pm. Three pigs strike out on their own looking to have fun and adventures. But first, they must build houses for themselves. Straw, sticks, bricks, and […]

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Make it an all-train day on Dec. 8 at the Menlo Park train station

The Caltrain Holiday Train will be stopping in Menlo Park at 7:05 pm on Sunday, Dec. 8. The colorfully decorated train will carry carolers and other entertainers. Locals are asked to donate a new, unwrapped toy to the annual toy drive. You can stop in at the West Bay Model Railroad Holiday Train Show (1090 […]

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Fit4Mom SF Peninsula Turkey Dash set for Nov. 17

Fit4Mom SF Peninsula is  hosting a race just for the kids on November 17, from 10:00 am to Noon at Bedwell Bayfront Park in Menlo Park. There will be a Thanksgiving themed warm up followed by runs organized by age group: 6-10 years old – 20 minute obstacle course 3-5 years – 12 minute obstacle […]

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Teens invited to play games at library on Nov. 5

International Games week is an annual celebration of games celebrated among public libraries worldwide during the first full week in November. The Menlo Park Library’s Teen Zone (grades 4-12) will offer  playing cards, teen board games, and more on Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. A second teen gaming event will take place […]

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Rockin’ Kids Sing-Along comes to Belle Haven library branch on Oct. 20

Rockin’ Kids Sing-Along is a musical playgroup designed for all-ages and specializing in early childhood development. Rockin’ Kids Sing-Along is hosted by Stephanie Pepitone, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and former punk rock singer/guitarist. Stephanie plays acoustic guitar and leads families in singing, dancing, and music making. Featuring original children’s music and family-friendly rock ‘n roll […]

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Teen Gaming comes to Menlo Park Library on Oct. 18

Hang out with your friends and play the Nintendo Switch in our new Teen Zone on Friday, Oct. 18 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Menlo Park Library! There will be monthly video gaming tournaments to test your skills against your friends. Grades 4-12

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World-famous human tower group from Catalonia on view at Holbrook Palmer Park

Last Saturday (Oct. 12), a world famous human tower group from Catalonia put on quite a show at Holbrook Palmer Park in Atherton. “It is a festive event for the Catalan community in the Bay Area where we celebrate the old cultural activity typical of our land,” emailed Jordi Argente in advance of the event. “We […]

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Sugar Shack 2.0 debuts in downtown Menlo Park

No, you’re not seeing things when you drive into the parking lot adjacent to Draeger’s. The Sugar Shack is back — just in time for Halloween and the holidays! “It’s really a Sugar Shack pop up,” explained owner Suzi Tinsley during a recent preview visit. “I’ve assumed the lease from Anthem for a year. If […]

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