Holidays 2018

This past December, the Leo District 4-C4 ran their Second Annual Virtual Giving Tree for the veterans. The Leos provided gifts to 52 veterans, all part of the Homeless Veterans Rehabilitation Program at the Veterans Affairs Center in Menlo Park. They also shared homemade cookies.

The Leo District 4-C4 is comprised of the 17 Leo Clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area. The lead participators in the 2018 Virtual Giving Tree for the Veterans were the Menlo-Atherton Leo Club, San Francisco Unified Leo Club, and Capuchino Leo Club.

Photo shows the Leos of District 4-C4 delivering the gifts at the Menlo Park Veterans Affairs Center. Pictured from left to right are Leos and guests: Elise Kratzer, Amelia Kratzer, Annika Jones, Charlie Smith, Sophie McCreary, Amelia Peyton, Elizabeth Young, Anna Patrick, and Amelia Wu.

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Wishing everyone a Happy New Year

Here’s to a great 2019 with a sentiment by Menlo Park resident Tim Goode posted on Facebook — “health, happiness and a dose of luck to all” — accompanied by a photo by another resident, and longtime InMenlo contributing photographer, Frances Freyberg.

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It’s countdown to Noon at Cheeky Monkey Toys on Dec. 31

Join Cheeky Monkey Toys (640 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park) on December 31st at 11.30 am for its annual Countdown to Noon. The downtown store will have a noontime celebration for the New Year with fun crafts and activities to bring in the new year — and a balloon drop at the stroke of noon!

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Again, trust us. These are spectacular Christmas cakes

Each year we travel to the home of a fellow Menlo-Atherton High School grad (and friend since grade school) for Christmas dinner. And each year the dinner has a theme, with The Nutcracker the choice this year. The decor is always spectacular, the food scrumptious and the catching up great. But the highlight is always […]

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Spotted: Festive front yard on Doris Drive in Menlo Park

Thanks Steven Kryger for sending a photo our way! Have a well-decorated front yard in your neighborhood? Please send to [email protected]

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Sunny skies add to Christmas cheer in Menlo Park

The rain on Christmas Eve cleared the air and dusted off the streets in Menlo Park, giving way to sunny skies on Christmas morning. Reports InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “What a lovely Christmas present to have a rain report on Christmas Day.  The rainfall for yesterday and today is 0.4”.  Total rainfall to date […]

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Ravenswood students and families celebrate early holiday thanks to huge community response

A few weeks ago we reported on the urgent need for donations to the annual holiday party held for students of the Ravenswood City School District and their families. The Willows neighborhood group spearheading the effort had less than a week to recruit volunteers and collect toys, gift cards, and blankets to serve the more […]

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Spotted: Santa Claus on Atherton balcony

Menlo Park resident Robin Tobias spotted Santa Claus on an Atherton balcony. We guess he was delivering presents through the adjoining window, given that the chimney was not available due to its cover!

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On the lookout for festively decorated front yards

There’s no such thing in our mind as “too much Christmas,” so we are trying to hunt down front yards that shout “tis the season” here in Menlo Park. Have one in your neighborhood? Please snap a photo and send to [email protected] We stumbled upon this yard full of lots of blow up characters  with […]

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JobTrain’s Winter Wonderland produces smiles galore

Santa (with help from companies such as TE Connectivity and Whatsapp) fulfilled the wishes of the children of JobTrain’s low-income students last Friday (Dec. 14). In addition to gifts, little ones could take home photos with Santa, their homemade arts and crafts, and cookies they decorated at the Winter Wonderland Party. For more than 50 […]

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Spotted: Menlo Park’s other lighted holiday trees

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While there is no tree lighting festivity at the two lighted trees on the corner of El Camino and Ravenswood, they are contemporaries of the holiday tree in Fremont Park, debuting in 2013. According to Mayor Ray Mueller, the lights are re-hung each year and the Cornerstone building provides the power. Photo by Linda Hubbard […]

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