Holidays 2010

Santa pops up at SLAC in Menlo Park

Palo Alto firefighters stationed at SLAC are getting into the holiday spirit. Passersby can catch a glimpse of the jolly icon set up on the Loop Road side of the firehouse just outside the garage door. Every few seconds the robotic Santa descends into his chimney and reemerges to spread more holiday cheer. From SLAC […]

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Santa, Frosty, Rudolph – all on one Menlo Park street today!

Let’s get it out of the way and admit it – Santa Claus still knows how to make an entrance and work a crowd. That was evident this afternoon at the Yale Neighborhood Holiday party hosted by Mike Lanza and family. Of course, Santa wasn’t the only draw. There was Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph […]

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Spotted: Pretty holiday centerpieces at Ladera Garden Center

With the rain temporarily on hold, Mercedes and Juan – owners of the Ladera Gift and Garden Center – were able to put their great selection of holiday wreaths and garlands outside for inspection. Today that includes some pretty holiday centerpieces that utilized tangerines and hydrangeas along with evergreens. The Garden Center has many loyal […]

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Nativity scene on Cotton St. adds new figures – and some new twists and turns

The Nativity scene at 455 Cotton St. in west Menlo Park is once again in place, with the three Wise Men making their way across the lawn slowly but surely, arriving at the manager on Christmas. As InMenlo reported last year, homeowner Bill Russ used to put the figures up on the roof, where they […]

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M-A’s canned food drive = big success!

All that canning paid off! M-A’s annual canned food drive was a huge success. A special thanks to Ali Gaffney and Fiona Meyer-Teruel for gathering 4,000 cans and $500. Also to Eisa Evans who collected 3,000 cans and $100 and Maya Jevans for over 1,000 cans! It was amazing to see students camped out at […]

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Umbrellas sprout all over Menlo – that includes pink flamingos!

Umbrellas were in abundance this morning on the last day of school before the holiday break. Over at the pink flamingo yard in the Willows, one umbrella was doing a better job of shielding a small Christmas tree than the birds. Reports InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “An additional .2″ in my gauge this morning. […]

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Magnificat performs Charpentier’s “Messe de Minuit” tonight (12/17)

The Magnificat Baroque Ensemble is performing Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s best-known work, Messe de Minuit (Midnight Mass) at 8:00 pm tonight (12/17) at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park.  The program also includes Charpentier’s Dialogus inter Angelos et Pastores and noel settings by Nicolas LeBeGue and Andre Raison. Tickets are $35, $28 for seniors age 62+, and […]

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Thursday (12/16) is last day to make pottery gifts ready in time for Christmas at Color Me Mine

If you’re planning to make some hand-painted ceramics for Christmas gifts, you’d better hurry! The friendly staff at Color Me Mine on Santa Cruz Avenue tell us that Thursday, December 16 is the last day they can guarantee that items made in the store will be ready in time to give for Christmas gifts. While the […]

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More great Christmas books to read to children

After compiling her Christmas book selections, Menlo Park children’s librarian Michele Burnham sent along another list of great Christmas-themed books to read to children, chosen by her colleague Angela Haight. The Little Boy’s Christmas Gift by John Speirs (ages 4-8) Beautiful medieval-style paintings and a story about both giving and receiving that gives a different […]

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Wow! Menlo Park’s chameleon pole changes color again

Be gone orange and black! The Hobart St. chameleon pole in west Menlo Park has once again transformed itself. Candy cane stripes now reign supreme – but who knows what the spring will bring? The Mohr/Wijmans family moved into the house with a pole five years ago. Initially they wrapped Christmas lights around it. The […]

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Innovative charitable giving options from Philanthropedia

Erinn Andrews from Philanthropedia – profiled earlier this year on InMenlo – sent news of two new options offered by the philanthropic-focused start up. If you’d like your charitable giving to support the new and innovative, Philanthropedia has put together a list of 27 promising start up (under three years old) non-profits representing 10 causes. […]

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