Holidays 2016

Cafe Zoë hosts Gingerbread House Decorating Competition on Dec. 15

Cafe Zoë owner Kathleen Daly let us know that the popular local hangout will be hosting is first ever Gingerbread House Decorating Competition on Thursday, Dec. 15th at 5:00 pm. The Rules: – Teams must sign up by Wednesday, December 14 – Sign up sheets are at the cafe, or, email us at [email protected] – […]

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Spotted: Gingerbread dancers in this year’s “Twas”

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, performed and produced by Menlo Park-based Dancers Repertory Theatre continues this Saturday and Sunday at the Woodside Performing Arts Center. Performances are at 1:00 and 4:00 pm each day, and tickets are available online. Photo courtesy Page Curtin

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Brighter outlook for the Cozzolino family this holiday season

Long a fixture at the Menlo Park Farmers Market, we were saddened last year to learn Stephanie Cozzolino, who tends the chickens, had been diagnosed with breast cancer. When we visited their Christmas tree lot in Half Moon Bay, husband Tony’s mood was somber. Better news this year. We went over the hill earlier this […]

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Menlo Park Holiday Showcase set for Tuesday, Dec. 13

The 2016 Holiday Showcase presents the City of Menlo Park’s best programs and classes of the year! Class offerings include dance, ballet, gymnastics, fitness, music, cooking, theater, martial arts, drumming, boot camps, and a magnitude of sports for all ages, levels, and abilities. This Showcase will be on Tuesday, December 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the […]

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Spotted: Evidence of Secret Santa in University Park neighborhood

University Park resident Cindy Tipton was good enough to send us signs that Secret Santa is alive and well in her Menlo Park neighborhood. She emails: “[He’s] sharing gifts of love and kindness through ‘compliments’ posted for people to take for themselves and to share with others.” One of the many signs is pictured here.  

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Kitka performs at St. Bede’s on December 11

Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble has researched and discovered a treasure-trove of exquisite and unusual seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions. The Ensemble will be at St. Bede’s in Menlo Park (2650 Sand Hill Road) on Sunday, December 11, at 4:00 pm This year’s program will showcase material ranging […]

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Menlo Park-based Kasumisou Gallery opens pop up store December 8-10

Kasumisou Gallery is a Menlo Park-based online retail business, owned by longtime Menlo Park residents Mark Rosasco and Clare Warner. For holiday purchases, they will be opening a pop-up shop for three days in December — December 8, 9, 10 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm — at 1148 Chestnut (just behind Ace Hardware). Emails Clare: “We […]

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Donations sought for special holiday celebration for homeless veterans in Menlo Park

Kathleen Daly, owner of Cafe Zoe emails: “Year after year, our community has shown the most amazing support for a very heartwarming event for homeless Veterans who are hospitalized over the December holidays. Last year, over 50 reusable shopping bags were packed with brand new slippers, warm jackets, sweatshirts, pants, and toiletries and taken along with […]

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Spotted: Yes, that’s St. Nicholas at Trinity Church in Menlo Park

Trinity Church in Menlo Park must be feeling especially blessed as it’s the place St. Nicholas, as played by Dick Livermore, visits each year. For over three decades, he’s been making an annual appearance, visiting with the children and handing out “gold coins” from his basket. The historic 4th-century Christian saint and Greek Bishop of Myra, […]

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Kick off to the holidays continues all day on Saturday in Menlo Park

One could celebrate the holiday season in Menlo Park today from dawn to dusk. We chose to forego the breakfast with Santa held early Saturday morning, instead stopping by the Allied Arts Guild, which was holding its Christmas Market on Saturday afternoon. The resident artisans were there along with vendors  exhibiting there wares in the Traditional […]

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Fremont Park tree lighting kicks off the holiday season in Menlo Park

The third annual tree lighting at Fremont Park kicked off the holiday season in Menlo Park tonight. There was caroling performed by the Encore Vocalists and a reading of “The Night Before Christmas” by Santa himself, who had held dozens of kids on his lap before taking the microphone. We feature our favorite father/baby duo […]

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