Summer 2016

Menlo Park kids and adults struts their patriotic stuff at annual 4th of July parade

Your InMenlo team headed downtown to photograph the annual 4th of July parade hosted by the City of Menlo Park on Santa Cruz Avenue down to Burgess Park where the festivities continued. The participants may have been slightly fewer than other years but the spirit displayed by both kids and adults continued to be great! […]

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Spotted: Most patriotic front yard in Menlo Park

If there is a more patriotic front yard in Menlo Park than Sally and Bill Russ’s, do send us a photo! As has been their custom for years, they line the edge of their property and walkway with dozens of American flags.

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“Aloha Friday” kicks off new Menlo Summerfest in downtown Menlo Park

“Aloha Friday” is kicking off the new Menlo Summerfest coming up July 16-17 on Santa Cruz Avenue on Friday, July 15, a play off the festival’s “Tropical Vibrations” theme. Organizers are encouraging event volunteers, vendors, artists and musicians to don Aloha-style shirts for the weekend and are hoping festivalgoers may get in the spirit too. Some of the local merchants featuring summery, […]

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It’s u-pick berry time at Webb Ranch

It’s time to pick berries at Webb Ranch – Blackberries, Prime Ark, Navajo, Marionberries, Olallieberries, Boysenberries, Loganberries, and Raspberries. The cost of u-pick is $4.00 for entry (0-4 and 65+ are free); $5.00 per pound of berries. Opening days are Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. All u-pick items are subject to supply, so come […]

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4th of July parade and activities planned in Menlo Park

Come dressed in red, white, and blue to participate in Menlo Park’s 4th of July parade and enjoy more fun at Burgess Park. The parade kicks things off at 11:45 a.m. on Chestnut Street next to Wells Fargo. Kids are encouraged to decorate their bike or wagon. The parade concludes at Burgess Park where from noon to 2:30 pm […]

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A rare Strawberry Moon coincides with the summer solstice

The moon we’ll see in tonight’s sky over Menlo Park is a Strawberry Moon, named by the Algonquin Indians when the full moon falls on the summer solstice. Last time this occurred was 1967 (or 70 years ago, depending sources). Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “Some say this is ‘the longest day of the year’. What […]

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Menlo Park’s summer street fair will sport a new look

Menlo Summerfest in coming to Santa Cruz Avenue on July 16-17, replacing Connoisseurs’ Marketplace, the downtown festival organized by the Chamber of Commerce over a successful 29 year run. “We felt the time was right to rebrand and revitalize the festival, enliven and freshen up our offerings, and we’re all excited about the improvements and changes which reverberate […]

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Menlo Park Downtown Block Party sports a new look this year

What ever street you entered the 10th annual Downtown Menlo Park Block Party this year, you were likely treated to a new look from previous years. There were people wearing virtual reality goggles courtesy of Oculus, a Facebook company, with lines to give it a try. There were folks making pretty floral bouquets, courtesy of Menlo Park-based […]

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Menlo Oaks annual picnic 60-plus years and counting

Menlo Oaks neighbors met at Peninsula School on Sunday, June 12, for the Menlo Oaks District Association (MODA) annual picnic. The picnic has been held at the school since 1958. Prior to that, it took place for many years on Madison Way.  However, no one remembers the year of the first picnic. Mary Lou Collyer […]

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Menlo Park’s downtown block party set for Wednesday, June 15

Menlo Park’s downtown Block Party, sponsored by the City and the Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Wednesday, June 15 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm on traffic-free Santa Cruz Avenue.  This year is the 10th Anniversary of this popular event. Enjoy music, food, classic cars, big city trucks, kids zone and four bands, with the Sun Kings (Beatles Tribute band) playing […]

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Great start to summer with jazz at Portola Vineyards

Jazz concerts at Portola Vineyards are another signal that summer is here (if not officially). The first headliners of the season were saxophonist Michael O’Neil and vocalist Kenny Washington who treated the audience to lots of favorites ranging from Georgia on My Mind to Stella By Starlight. One bonus of this concert series is the venue itself, a […]

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