Summer 2017

Taking in the action at Summerfest in Menlo Park

InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most took in the action at Menlo Summerfest on Santa Cruz Avenue today. The resulting photos show how people are beating the heat – or not! We liked, in particular, his focus on expressions on people’s faces. Enjoy! Photos by Robb Most (c) 2017

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Spotted: Early birders at Summerfest in downtown Menlo Park

We were there at the start of the Summerfest street festival that lines Santa Cruz Avenue, and it was already warm at 10:00 am. We spotted a parking sign from some enterprising students on Menlo Avenue, and Menlo Park resident and jewelry designer Soni Bergman (black dress) chatting with customers. The festival continues until 6:00 […]

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Spotted: Marie Antoinette look-alike at Left Bank in Menlo Park – plus a French view

Everybody who was actually in town this weekend seemed to congregate at Menlo Park’s side-by-side French restaurants, Left Bank and Vida. The reason: It’s Bastille Day, so a good reason to “think French” for dinner. There are a number of “gotchas” about what Americans call Bastille Day. In France, it is formally called la Fête nationale (The […]

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Cellist Alexander Hersh comes to [email protected] as part of the International Program

Alexander Hersh, a recent graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, is a fourth generation string player, so it was surprising to hear him say, “My parents never pushed me to play an instrument; my mother wanted me to be a lawyer.” However, he did admit to getting a toy violin when he was […]

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Menlo Summerfest returns to downtown on July 15 & 16 with art, music and food

Menlo Summerfest returns to Santa Cruz Avenue on July 15-16. Presented by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm both days. Admission is free. The big change for 2017 is moving the main music stage from Fremont Park to El Camino Real, named the Soundwaves Stage presented by Lagunitas Brewing Company.  The […]

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Spotted: Two-step dancers at summer concert in Menlo Park

Tom Rigney and Flambeau, a band that specializes in Cajun and Zydeco two-steps and  funky New Orleans grooves, was on stage at Fremont Park in downtown Menlo Park last night. While kids did the usual jumping up and down on the “dance floor,” more experienced two steppers used the sidewalk to show off their moves. Photo by Linda […]

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Café Zoë celebrates summer and its 9th anniversary by launching new fundraising drive for Willow Oaks School

Café Zoë will host its annual summer party on July 14th starting at 5:00 pm and launch its next fundraising effort to raise money for the Willow Oaks School to purchase new art tables for its students. The café has a long-standing friendship with the Willow Oaks School. In past years, the café raised money to purchase extra […]

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Youngsters get in the 4th of July spirit by parading in Menlo Park

InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most captured the action at today’s 4th of July parade in downtown Menlo Park starring youngsters — and the young at heart — decked out in patriotic garb, often riding flag-adorned bicycles and other wheeled vehicles. They set off down Santa Cruz Avenue, ending at Burgess Park where the festivities continued with inflatable jump houses, […]

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Reminder: Fourth of July fireworks are prohibited in Menlo Park & Atherton

All forms of fireworks and gunfire are strictly prohibited in Menlo Park and Atherton. This includes “safe & sane” fireworks as the potential for fires is extremely high due to hotter temperatures and dryness of grass and brush. Menlo Police will respond quickly to reports of unlawful use and/or possession of fireworks and firearms. Anyone […]

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Spotted: Patriotic sisters at the Menlo Park farmers market

We applauded the clothing choices of sisters Janice (left) and Angela at the farmers market this morning. The Menlo Park residents were kind enough to pause for a photograph. Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2017

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Parade kicks off 4th of July activities in Menlo Park

Grab your red, white, and blue and join the City of Menlo Park for the annual Fourth of July Parade and Celebration! The parade kicks things off promptly at 11:45 am on Chestnut Street next to Wells Fargo Bank. Kids are encouraged to decorate their bike or wagon. The parade concludes at Burgess Park where […]

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