Holidays 2011

Being neighborly with a Christmas tree lighting party

For years, one of the big trees in Fremont Park in downtown Menlo Park was graced with multiple strings of Christmas lights. That ended with budget cuts and energy crises, but there are some neighborhood trees that keep the tradition going. Pam and Oscar Salvatierra not only light a big tree in the front yard […]

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MPPC opens Fair Trade store in downtown Menlo

It’s a first for Menlo Pres,” said Jim Candy, a pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (MPPC).  “This church has never launched a retail store before, but this opportunity has so many positive aspects, that we just had to go for it.” Fair Trade Marketplace, a pop-up, holiday retail shop at 846 Santa Cruz Ave. […]

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Mary McLaughlin’s Cór Ainglí in concert on Dec. 11

Mary McLaughlin’s Cór Ainglí presents A Gaelic Christmas at the Vallombrosa Center in Menlo Park on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2:00 pm. The program features traditional Irish Carols along with other seasonal songs tranlated into Iris. The choir is accompanied by Celtic harp, flute and whistle. Tickets – $18 general and $12 for students and […]

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Menlo Park Firefighters collect toys, food, money

The Menlo Park Firefighters’ Association is collecting new, unwrapped toys, food and monetary donations for distribution to less fortunate members of our local community during this holiday season. Collection barrels have been placed at various locations, including the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, Village Stationers, Cheeky Monkey Toys, and City buildings, including this one pictured at […]

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Extended holiday parking in downtown Menlo Park

The parking limit in the downtown Menlo Park parking plazas will increase from two to three hours beginning Monday, Dec. 5 through the end of this year, excluding Plaza 4 (the lot by Draegers) which remains as posted. The extended hours will be enforced, as will other violations, such as red zones, loading zones, etc. […]

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More Christmas festivities happening around Menlo

The Ladera Country Shopper in the unincorporated area  of Menlo Park held festivities today with a decidedly, well, country bent. The Portola Valley-based bluegrass band Windy Hill was on hand to provide music, and cowboy artist Christina Holmes was spotted painting kids’ faces. Of course, Santa was there too, perched not on some fancy chair, […]

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Christmas busting out all over Menlo

Little people and their parents filled the Menlo Park Recreation Center this morning for the annual City-sponsored Breakfast with Santa. Girl Scout Troop 61716 were on hand to help out with the various craft activities, and City employee Desiree Zamora was back to play Santa’s elf as in previous years. Festivities were just getting underway […]

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Small Treasures featured at Portola Art Gallery

Throughout the month of December, the award winning artists of the Portola Art Gallery will showcase original works of art that are smaller in size but large on value and creativity. The diminutive original paintings and fine art photographs make owning an original piece of art easier for the first time buyer, and make wonderful […]

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Menlo Park Kiwanis Christmas tree lot opens on Stanford campus

The Stanford/Notre Dame game last weekend delayed the opening of the Menlo Park Kiwanis Christmas tree lot but its now taken its familiar place on the Stanford campus adjacent to the stadium on El Camino. Emails Kiwanis past president and lot organizer Doug Scott: “Kiwanis has had its Christmas tree lot for over 50 years, […]

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KITKA Women’s Vocal Ensemble performs on Dec. 4

KITKA Women’s Vocal Ensemble will perform Wintersongs at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Advance tickets are $27/$25/$15; at the door $32/$30/$15 ($5 for children under 12). Wintersongs showcases material ranging from rousing Slavic folk carols to lush, meditative Eastern Orthodox sacred choral works, from mesmerizing pre-Christian incantations […]

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Shop for good causes at Alternative Gift Market

Trinity Church in Menlo Park hosts an Alternative Gift Market on two consecutive Sundays — Dec. 4 and 11 — from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. “We think a lot of people appreciate the ability to give something that’s an alternative to more ‘stuff’ and directly benefits those in need and nonprofit organizations,’” said the […]

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