Hangouts

According to Portola Valley Past and Present, on August 27, 1976, researchers from SRI International in Menlo Park chose the Alpine Inn, aka Zott’s, for a special ceremony. The SRI mobile radio laboratory, housed in a large van, pulled up outside the roadhouse one warm summer afternoon.

The scientists placed a computer terminal on one of the picnic tables out behind the building and connected it to the van. Then they proceeded to send a long electronic report…former SRI Computer Science Division Vice-President Don Nielson called this electronic message (not yet called e-mail) “… the first internet transmission…”

We had the pleasure of visiting with internet pioneer Elizabeth Fenler before her induction into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2012.

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Spotted: Great new outdoor dining patio at Dutch Goose

We think the new outdoor dining patio at the Dutch Goose along the Alameda looks great. Goose owner Greg Stern told us they’re putting the last coats of sealer on today, and it will be open for customers tomorrow. Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2020

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Menlo Park Historical Association is co-sponsor of talk about Alpine Inn on March 8

Update March 6: This talk has been cancelled. “In accord with the County of Santa Clara’s recent Public Health Department update, the Palo Alto Historical Association Board of Directors has decided to postpone the meeting planned for this Sunday, March 8. The latest recommendation from the County applies to large gatherings of seniors; thus, we […]

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Aspiring choreographer Da’Mauria Brown selected Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula 2020 Youth of the Year Representative

Da’Mauria Brown was recently selected as the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula 2020 Youth of the Year Representative, and she will move on to the BGCA California regional competition in March. Da’Mauria Brown is a senior at East Palo Alto Academy and has been a BGCP member since 2008. At BGCP, Da’Mauria is […]

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Poets Night returns to Café Zoë on Feb. 4 – and continues every other month

Poets Night will take place at Café Zoë on Feb. 4 at 7:00 pm, continuing on the first Tuesday of every other month, with featured readers (often), open mic (always), and a light cafe menu. Emails Lisa Rosenberg: “For February, in addition to whatever poems you plan to share, we especially welcome love poem(s) you’ve written, read, […]

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Cafe Borrone celebrates 30 years in Menlo Park

We’re sure we aren’t the only ones in Menlo Park who feel so lucky to have two great Menlo Park “institutions” side by side — Kepler’s and Cafe Borrone. The latter is celebrating its 30th anniversary. “We originated in Redwood City in 1979,” emails Marina Borrone, “and opened in December of ‘89 in Menlo Park. […]

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Visit with artist Inez Storer at Cafe Zoë on Jan. 11

Mixed media and collage artist Inez Storer, who is currently Cafe Zoë’s featured artist, will be at the cafe this Saturday, Jan. 11, at 2:00 pm to explore “how coffee houses can inspire us to keep the dialogue going and staying engaged as we enter a year of political importance.” The cafe is located at 1929 […]

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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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Cafe Zoë’s 4th annual Gingerbread House decorating competition set for Dec. 14

Cafe Zoë’s 4th Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Competition is back this Saturday, December 14. Here are the rules: – You must sign-up to arrive for one of two time slots: 2:00 pm or 3:45 pm – Sign-up via email [email protected] – Sign-ups end Friday, Dec 13th at 10:00 pm -$17 Entry fee (teams can be […]

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Spotted: Peet’s reopens on Santa Cruz Avenue

The Peet’s on the corner of Santa Cruz Avenue and University Avenue has reopened after renovating its interior. This is a historical Peet’s as it was the second one to open in the Bay Area in 1971, following the first Peet’s in Berkeley. The Peet’s located near Safeway on Middle Avenue will close as of […]

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6th grade band, Struck by Lightning, plays at Cafe Zoë on Nov. 2

Struck by Lightning, a group of 6th graders who love to make music together, will be at Cafe Zoë on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. They play a variety of songs ranging from traditional rock like Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall to classic and contemporary pop songs like Gloria Gaynor’s […]

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