Holidays 2013

Driving west on Santa Cruz Avenue on Christmas Eve, we came upon a dazzling sight. Three streets between SCA and Valparaiso – Cotton, Hobart and Hillview – were lined with hundreds of luminaries.

It took us awhile to get the facts behind the display (hence this delayed post). This is the second year the luminaries have lined Hillview and Cotton, with Hobart joining its sister streets this year. Menlo Park resident Jim Schott coordinated with volunteers on each street –  Debbie Hall on Hillview, Grace and John Dumalac on Hobart, and Ward Bullard on Cotton.

Emails Jim: “Unfortunately my family made plans to fly east and missed out.  We were visiting family in Cranford, NJ and were able to help set up candles with my brother and his neighbors for Christmas Eve (bottom photo). Both coasts set up 1000 bags and candles for 100 homes!”

Bottom photo by Neil Schott

luminairies in the East

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Spotted: Full moon over Menlo Park lighted holiday tree

There’s Ansel Adams famous Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico. And now there’s Moonrise, Menlo Park. Emails local resident Ag Lee: “…I was ‘on the right corner at the right time…The moon seemed to be peeking at the Menlo Park tree, taken last week, corner of Ravenswood and El Camino.”

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Spotted: Yes, Mr. and Mrs. Claus are totally edible cakes!

Beth Ann Goldberg and the folks at Studio Cake in Menlo Park have done it again. This year’s “can-this-really-be-a-cake?” were none other than Mr. and Mrs Santa Claus. We’re lucky enough to eat Christmas dinner at this Peninsula household each year. Here are links to past cakes: 2012 (mice and yarn), 2011 (reindeer pulling sleigh), 2010 […]

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Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

InMenlo co-founder and photographer Scott Loftesness took a stroll down Santa Cruz Avenue a few days ago with the thought of chronicling Menlo Park street scenes in preparation for Christmas. It’s our card to you – wishing you a happy holiday!      

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Decorated front yards light up the night on Christmas Eve in Menlo Park

Maybe it’s your family tradition to take a drive on Christmas Eve after dark to see the holiday lights. Photographer Irene Searles did so a few nights ago in west Menlo Park in case you want to put these streets on your list. From top to bottom: Hobart Avenue near Santa Cruz Ave., Bay Laurel […]

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Handbells add to the sound of Christmas at Trinity Church in Menlo Park

People hear the word “choir” and most often think of voices, but Trinity Church in Menlo Park has a choir of a different sort, a dozen or so people who are part of a handbell choir called Trinity Ringers. The group will be accompanying a string quartet and vocal choir at the 6:00 pm service […]

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Christmas night concert featuring Margaret Gordon at Christian Science church in Menlo Park

On Christmas night, a free Christmas concert will be held at the Christian Science church in Menlo Park, at 201 Ravenswood Avenue, from 7:00 to7:30 p.m., followed by the regular Wednesday evening service. Soprano Margaret Gordon will perform Christmas selections, and the congregation will sing carols.  The topic for the one-hour service following the concert […]

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From a mighty oak comes firewood – and a business for Nikolai Ambwani

About six months ago an oak tree fell on the Ambwani property in west Menlo Park. It got chopped into burnable bits, which 8th grader Nikolai is selling — $2.00 for five logs. “I’m earning some money, plus if we’d kept the wood in the yard it would have attracted bugs and stuff,” said the young […]

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Menlo Park is brimming with shops to buy last minute holiday gifts

Over the last week of so, we’ve been spotlighting local merchants, who, we believe, are worthy of your attention during the holiday gift buying season. We’ve covered other merchants in the past. Here’s a round up to tweak your memory. In need of athletic shoes or wear? Regular customers have come to expect personal attention […]

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Tim Williams is man behind at the scenes at MPPC’s Christmas Eve services

Eight thousand people will come to one of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church‘s 10 Christmas Eve services, so  Director of Worship Tim William has much to orchestrate. Along with other staff members, he’ll oversee the 100-person all volunteer choir and musicians. Everyone seems up to the challenge, bound by shared beliefs. “The theme this year is Christmas […]

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10,000 cookies will be delivered to San Mateo County inmates on Christmas, thanks to JobTrain

For the fifth year in a row, students from JobTrain, a Menlo Park-based, nonprofit organization that provides job training and placement services, have baked thousands of cookies for inmates in San Mateo County to make their holidays a little bit brighter. The nearly 10,000 cookies, baked by JobTrain Culinary Arts students, range from chocolate chip […]

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