Holidays 2012

Peninsula Volunteers make picking out just the right gift easy for Rosener House participants

Most Rosener House participants have dementia or other conditions that limit their ability to get out and shop for the people on their holiday list, so the Peninsula Volunteers stage a holiday bazaar that brings the shopping to them. “The PVs donate the gifts and then take each participant shopping one by one,” explained Barbra […]

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Menlo Park Explorers stage food, toy and coat drive on Dec. 16

This Sunday, December 16, 2012, the Menlo Park Police Explorers and the Menlo Park Fire Explorers will be walking door to door throughout Menlo Park from 1:00 to 5:00 pm collecting donations for three different organizations: Toys for Tots, Second Harvest Food Bank and One Warm Coat. If you would like to give to any […]

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City of Menlo Park puts on holiday show on Dec. 15

The City of Menlo Park Community Services is featuring students from its classes and programs in a Holiday Showcase on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center. Tickets – $5 for adults; 12 and under free – are available online or at the door.

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Children of prisoners get holiday brightened with new bikes and toys at Community Giveback in Menlo Park

The 13th Annual Community Giveback, hosted by All of Us or None, a project of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children was held yesterday at the Onetta Harris Community Center in Menlo Park. Children traveled from throughout the Bay Area with their families and caregivers to receive new bicycles and toys given to them on […]

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Tips for a greener Menlo Park holiday season

There are ways to reduce air and water pollution without cutting back on the holiday spirit. Here are some tips from the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program (SMCWPPP). Use reusable ornaments or natural items to decorate your Holiday Trees.  A few ideas are popcorn and pine cones. Try to avoid flock and tinsel. […]

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How to make your Menlo Park Christmas even nuttier than it already is

Editor’s note: We first profiled Menlo Park resident Alexis Murphy before Valentines Day last year. She’s still busy giving every holiday — and lot of other days of the year — a special stamp, thanks to her creativity, which she chronicles on her blog. Here she talks about how you can turn your family into Christmas ornaments […]

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Peninsula version of The Nutcracker this weekend (Dec. 7-9) features local kids

One Peninsula production of The Nutcracker  is special in that it features 130 young girls and boys (aged 7 years to young adults) from Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Sunnyvale, Redwood City. These talented young dancers, students at Palo Alto’s Dance Connection, will pirouette and plié their finest moves to deliver a heartwarming […]

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Artistic Director Coleen Duncan brings ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas to local audiences again this year

Coleen Duncan has been Artistic Director of the local favorite holiday production, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, for the past eight years. But every year, she mixes it up a bit. For instance this year, be on the look out for a stilt walker. “I was in ‘Twas myself from the age of 10 to […]

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Sacred Heart Prep hosts holiday boutique Dec. 5-7

Sacred Heart Preparatory’s holiday boutique, “Just Believe,” opens on Wednesday, December 5 and runs through Friday, December 7. The school’s main building will be transformed into a winter wonderland featuring holiday offerings from 18 vendors, ranging from fresh seasonal greens and flowers, to stationery, children’s clothes, hostess gifts, and jewelry. In addition, informal demonstrations featuring […]

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Holiday train returns to Menlo Park – and brings along some snow

Locals who took their kids to see Santa aboard the Holiday Train, which made a return visit to Menlo Park last night after a two-year hiatus, were treated not only to a visit by St. Nick himself but snow falling — a delight in both cases after the series of three storms that brought three plus […]

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Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park truimphs over rain, mud and a football game

When the Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park launched their annual Christmas tree lot at Stanford Stadium November 23, they planned to remain open every day without interruption until they were sold out. Little did they dream that Stanford would host the Pac12 Championship game (after all, wasn’t Oregon the hands-down favorite?), that a tent would collapse […]

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