Holidays 2011

Spotted: Over the top Christmas decorations, take one

Photographer Laura Hamilton spotted this Willows home with a front yard stuffed with Christmas inflatables. “Look at the roof,” she emailed. “There are seven blow up things up there!” Is there an “over the top” holiday yard in your neighborhood? Send photo and details to [email protected] Photos by Laura Hamilton

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Seasonal sightings as Christmas nears

For liturgical Christian churches, this is the season of Advent. While nary a Christmas hymn is sung until Christmas Eve, there are other traditions, including lighting one candle in an Advent wreath every Sunday before Christmas. This morning youth at Trinity Church posed by the wreath while waiting to rehearse the Christmas pageant. At the […]

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Spotted: Mrs. Claus on the San Mateo bike bridge

Was that really Mrs. Claus heading north on the San Mateo Dr. bike bridge? The outfit was perfect – the red velvet hat, the  fur-lined jacket, white gloves and shiny red shoes. To complete the picture was a basketful of packages strapped in a basket on the back of her bicycle. We stopped to ask […]

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Peninsula Women’s Chorus performs winter concert on Dec. 18

The Peninsula Women’s Chorus celebrates the sounds of the season and the group’s 45th anniversary at a concert on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 4:00 pm at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park. Programs highlights include Ave Maria by Franz Biebl, In Terra Pax by Marek Jasinski and Gloria Kajoniesnsis by Levente Gyöngyösi as well as […]

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Lessons & Carols at two Episcopal churches on Dec. 18

Menlo Park’s two Episcopal churches, St. Bede’s and Trinity, will be featuring the traditional Anglican service of Lesson & Carols on Sunday, Dec. 18. Trinity’s service will take place at 10:00 am. Featured music includes Adam Lay Y’Bounden (a traditional carol), Advent Alleluia by J. Althouse, and Turn Thee Again, O Lord by T. Attwood. […]

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Spotted: UPS pedal power returns to Menlo

As we’ve noted the last three years, the way to get packages delivered during the busy holiday period is via pedal power – at least if the company you work for is UPS. As in the past, the packages are distributed on University near Middle in Menlo Park. From there, delivery people riding bicycles with […]

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MPPC hosts Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 18

Menlo Park Presbyterian Church is hosting a “modern celebration of your favorite Christmas music” on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 7:00 pm. “Bring your friends, your neighbors, your grandma, your kids – all are welcome for this magically super, wonderful night,” reads an email sent by the church. Childcare will be provided for children ages three […]

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Violinist Krista Bennion Feeney returns to Menlo as soloist on Dec. 13

Menlo Park native Krista Bennion Feeney, who graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School, returns home to join the New Century Chamber Orchestra as a soloist for a special holiday concert on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 8:00 pm at the Menlo-Atherton Center for Performing Arts. “It’s always special to come home, even though I haven’t lived in […]

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Fun on the Rails in Menlo Park

This weekend the West Bay Model Railroad Association is holding its annual Christmas Show – and the trains are running! If you’ve got kids (or even if you’re just a fan of model railroads like me!) you’ll definitely enjoy a visit to the club’s big layout in the Model Railroad building at 1090 Merrill St. […]

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Spotted: Decorating Anna Eshoo’s Christmas Tree

Upon the invitation of U.S. Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto), Sacred Heart Preparatory’s visual arts students decorated the Congresswoman’s Christmas tree currently on display in her Washington, D.C. office. The theme of the tree, “A Snapshot of SHP Art,” features handmade miniature ornaments of various students’ artworks from this past fall’s classes, including images […]

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Kathy Jackson: From business world to CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank

Given Atherton resident Kathy Jackson’s professional background — a series of senior executive positions with a variety of financial institutions — it may be a bit surprising that she’s now CEO of the Second Harvest Food Bank of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. But during a break she took from the working world, she […]

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