Summer 2011

Latin sounds bring salsa dancers to Fremont Park

Taking our picnic basket and lawn chair out of the trunk of our car, a man yelled across the street, “Hey, are  you going to the salsa concert? I’m a salsa instructor and looking for someone to dance with!” It was less a pick up line than the enthusiasm shown by the dozen or so […]

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M-A grads reunited on the 2011 Menlo Park Legends

They suit up six times a week, often traveling miles to play the most competitive teams. What these largely college-age players share is a love of baseball. That they get an opportunity to play in a summer league is thanks to team manager David Klein, who founded the Menlo Park Legends three years ago. When […]

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Brian Andres & Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel at Fremont Park on July 27

Band leader and drummer Brian Andres is bringing his Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel to Fremont Park on July 27 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  According to the band’s website, the group’s music extends the Bay Area’s Latin Jazz history begun by artists such as Cal Tjader and John Santos. Their CD, Drummers Speak, features all original […]

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Spotted: Peppers provide rainbow of bright summer colors

The colorful peppers sold at the Menlo Park Farmers Market by Happy Quail Farms never cease to delight. So many to choose from, so pretty to look at! Photo by Scott Loftesness

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Spotted: Last of season’s berries at Webb Ranch

The blackberries and boysenberries are still plentiful, but it’s slim pickings for raspberries at Webb Ranch’s U-Pick fields. There were many families on hand today, as well as eager pie makers who wanted to stock up on the organic berries before the picking season ends. Tomorrow, 7/24, is the last advertised day for berry picking, and there will […]

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Menlo Park youth explore and photograph Yosemite National Park

Twelve middle-school youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Peninsula, including those from Menlo Park, explored Yosemite National Park last week with cameras in hand, participating in Parks in Focus. The program is sponsored by the Udall Foundation, an independent federal agency located in Tucson that connects under-served youth to nature through the art […]

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Spotted: Bell Brothers get audience participation!

Early in their show tonight (7/20) at Fremont Park, the Bell Brothers were joined by a young girl in a black tutu playing the tambourine. Next  “Menlo Park’s only harmonica playing anesthesiologist” took the stage. And late in the set, while playing Sweet Home Alabama, they reached out into the audience for a guest vocalist. […]

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Teens learn life lessons on mission trip to Nashville

Editor’s note: Contributor Annalise Deal will be a sophomore at Menlo-Atherton High School; she’s interested in journalism from both a writing and photography perspective. If you’re a student with an interesting experience this summer, we’d love to hear from you! Send your stories/photos to [email protected] The opportunity to talk about life with those who have […]

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Sunday sights in downtown Menlo Park

While  yesterday it was enterprising adults who we spotted taking advantage of the uptick in people in Menlo Park for the annual Connoisseurs’ Marketplace, today the spotlight was on kids. Participants in the Belle Haven ventures program had set up shop at the Menlo Park farmers’ market selling their products — candle/pencil/plant holders — made […]

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Cool temps make browsing sweat free at 2011 Connoisseurs’ Marketplace

The low pressure trough that’s keeping skies grey until well past noon made it very comfortable to stroll up and down Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park, pursuing the panoply of offerings for sale and talking with the artisans. While vendors and visitors alike are happy to escape the heat, cooler temps can also […]

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Pop up entrepreneurs shine in west Menlo Park

While the hub of activity and commerce today in Menlo Park is at the Connoisseurs’ Marketplace downtown, some west Menlo residents are taking advantage of the traffic that flows from 280 to the festival. Rachel Jacobson has set up a tie-dye stand at 1260 Middle Ave. (nearest cross Hermosa) selling children and adult clothing in […]

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