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Five-year-old Viena Ivana Knoss, who lives in Menlo Park, will be featured on the video screen in New York’s Times Square on Sept. 14 as part of the National Down Syndrome Society’s (NDSS) 25th annual NYC Buddy Walk.

Viena’s photo was among those selected from over 3,000 entries in the NDSS worldwide call for photos.

Emails Viena’s aunt Katarina Milicevic: “My sister Jelena and brother-in-law Vince will also be attending the Buddy Walk in Central Park, which brought together more than 2,000 people in 2018 and raised over $145,000 in programs that benefit people with Down Syndrome and their families.”

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Longtime Filoli volunteer Suzanne Legallet champions expanded internship program

Suzanne Legallet, a longtime volunteer at Filoli Historic House and Garden, is serving as honorary host of its annual gala and auction taking place on Friday, September 13. While the gala raises funds for all programs, projects and events, the proceeds from this year’s Fund-a-Need will benefit the nonprofit’s internship program — which Suzanne has […]

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All Students Matter expands support for building literacy skills among Ravenswood students

Improving literacy skills is a top priority for Ravenswood City School District, as those skills are critical for reading, writing, and common core math. Local volunteer organization All Students Matter supports Ravenswood students in building literacy, with about 200 volunteers set to work with Ravenswood teachers in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park this […]

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Dogs give it their all at first Mutt Strutt Super Heroes Dog Show in Menlo Park

Dog and their humans filled Fremont Park in Menlo Park on Sunday, all to raise awareness about San Francisco-based Muttville Senior Dog Rescue and its newest Silicon Valley chapter. “Friends of Muttville was founded less than a year ago and Sunday’s Mutt Strutt Super Heroes Dog Show was our official public launch,” said Woodside resident Mary […]

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Sophie’s Scholars at Sacred Heart School enjoy summer camp experience

The Sophie’s Scholars Program at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton serves students from underserved and underrepresented communities. In the summer after 5th grade, they spend six weeks in a rigorous academic program with the hope that they’ll enter the upper school as freshmen. Currently, there are 45 Sophie’s Scholars graduates at the high school and 45 […]

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“Mutt Strutt” Super Heroes Dog Show is coming to Menlo Park

The newly-formed Silicon Valley Friends of Muttville chapter is hosting a community event in Menlo Park to benefit Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, a nationally-recognized animal rescue organization. “Friends of Muttville was created to take the San Francisco-based organization into surrounding areas,” said Woodside resident and chapter President Mary Ancell (pictured far right with fellow board […]

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Enrollment open for Teacher Pipeline Project to train for preschool teaching positions

Shape young hearts and minds by becoming an early learning educator! Enrollment is now open for Community Equity Collaborative‘s Teacher Pipeline Project. This program bundles early childhood college courses with childcare, meals plus individual coaching and is available at no cost in two convenient locations: the Boys and Girls Clubs in Menlo Park as well […]

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Cafe Zoë among the recipients of the 2019 Golden Acorn Awards

The Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce has announced the  2019 recipients of the Golden Acorn Awards. They are: Business Excellence Award: Cafe Zoë A business that leads by example to effectively develop and encourage positive contributions to the Menlo Park community. (Pictured above, cafe owner Kathleen Daly and daughter Zoë) Community Service Award: Tour de Menlo […]

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Alma Station office building houses Schmidt philanthropies – and coffee kiosk

Construction of Alma Station is now complete and will be fully occupied by employees of Eric and Wendy Schmidt’s philanthropic and family offices. Located at 1010 Alma Street, adjacent to the Menlo Park Caltrain station, the 25,000-square-foot, three-story building features two levels of underground parking and a ground-level retail space that will be occupied by […]

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Ravenswood Education Foundation “Adopt a Teacher” program looking for volunteers

Make a difference in a teacher’s life and impact students by “adopting” a K-8 teacher in East Palo Alto or eastern Menlo Park for a school year. Provide your adopted teacher with encouraging notes and/or small gifts of appreciation, school supplies, and possibly help with classroom parties. Financial commitment is approximately $500. Time commitment is […]

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Urgent need for blood donations at Stanford Blood Center

Local residents are being asked to donate all blood types at Stanford Blood Center (SBC) to meet the immediate and ongoing going needs of local hospitals. “Because of a drop in donations over the summer and higher than normal blood usage, we have a critically low inventory of blood products and need to replenish the […]

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