Holidays 2009

Spotted: Rudolph the red-nosed, er, SUV

We’re wondering if Rudolph is capitalizing on his holiday celebrity status to license products like the ones that spruce up this SUV spotted on Middle Avenue. We suspect the Moose and Deer lobbies would object to a reindeer trying to claim an exclusive on antlers. Rudolph should probably stick to the iconic red nose. In […]

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Lots to see on a countdown-to-Christmas Sunday

More decorations are appearing on the streets of Menlo with residents working around the inclement weather (rain squalls with occasional glimpses of the sun). Scott and Lynn were spotted unloading their Noble Fir Christmas tree, purchased from the Nativity lot, which is only open through today. Scott was employing the tried and true “dust the […]

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Holiday greenery – and rainfall update

These freshly picked greens at the Farmers Market seem to be getting into the holiday mood with a splash of festive colors. Gloom and rain didn’t seem to keep patrons away Sunday morning – the market was its normal busy self (although a few vendors were missing). Root vegetables, winter squash and holiday-appropriate items like […]

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Three wise men on the move

To delight of neighborhood children, the three wise men – part of a Nativity scene at 455 Cotton St. – are once again inching their way to Bethlehem. Explains homeowner Bill Russ: “I probably began this Nativity scene about 20 years ago. For  awhile I put it on the roof of the house, where it […]

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Christmas with a Mission – Handicraft Fair open all weekend

Workers and volunteers were busy putting in place the finishing touches on the fourth annual Christmas with a Mission – Handicraft Fair set to open today at 5:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall of  Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. A quick walk through revealed a myriad of high quality handmade items suitable for gift giving, including […]

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More sparkle on Santa Cruz Ave.

Menlo’s recently-installed holiday lights added sparkle to a very chilly evening yesterday. The forecast going forward is warmer, if wetter, going into the weekend.

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The Santa flags are up

Where once a turkey in a pilgrim hat flew, there is now displayed a very jolly Santa, caught in the late afternoon light. With storms expected through out the coming week, many Menlo residents made a big push to get their outdoor holiday decorations in place.

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Santa and snow arrive on the 7:25

Santa and Mrs. Claus, arrived at the Menlo Park Caltrain station about 7:25 pm this evening where a  large crowd – mainly parents with their preschoolers – had gathered for the festivities. A holiday tradition of sorts (with some years more elaborate than others), the six car, non-passenger train was festooned with decorative lights and […]

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Holiday festivities are everywhere today

Breakfast with Santa kicked off the day at the Recreation Center in Burgess Park this morning. Menlo firefighters stood by as children presented their wish lists to Santa and his elf. Later in the morning, the Russian Orthodox church annual Christmas bazaar debuted, featuring free and very inexpensive gifts for adults and children (for which […]

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Spotted: On the Finishing Touches home tour

A group of sustainers was spotted this morning coming out of the only home in Menlo Park that’s part of the Junior League of  Palo Alto/Mid-Peninsula’s Finishing Touches home tour.  The fund raising event continues tomorrow and includes admission to a marketplace featuring local vendors as well as bus transportation between the homes. Tickets can […]

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It’s Christmas Tree Day!

With a nasty winter storm bearing down on Menlo Park that is scheduled to arrive sometime tomorrow or Monday – and a forecast for a week of blustery weather ahead – today became our day to go get this year’s Christmas tree. As we’ve done for the last several years, we headed to the Nativity […]

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