Summer 2020

This weekend, [email protected] will present three live events. Violinist Arnaud Sussmann will take audience questions live on Zoom today (Saturday, July 25) at 6:30 pm PDT, as he hosts a Q&A session with [email protected] Artistic Co-Director Wu Han. This immediately follows Arnaud’s Digital Artist Series performance which takes place at 5:00 pm PDT on Saturday on [email protected]’s website. Register to join the Zoom Q&A here.

At 10:00 am PDT on Sunday, July 26, Nikolay Borchev and Wu Han will be with us on Zoom for the release of the 2019 festival Winterreise recording. Presenting Schubert’s dramatic and deeply moving masterpiece of art song was a long-planned project of the two artists which came to fruition last summer. Hosted by BBC Music Magazine editor Oliver Condy, the release event on Sunday features both an artist Q&A, and a behind-the-scenes video from the making of the recordings. You can register for the event here, or join us live on Facebook or Vimeo.

At 5:00 pm PDT on Sunday, July 26, the Calidore String Quartet takes to the virtual stage for a new performance of two of Beethoven’s most beautiful chamber music works. The Quartet will celebrate both its 10th anniversary, and the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with a performance of Beethoven’s String Quartet in B-flat major, op. 130 and Grosse Fuge in B-flat major, op. 133. The performance is followed by a live Q&A with the artists, hosted by [email protected] Artistic Co-Director David Finckel. This event will take place on Zoom and you can register online here, or you can watch on Facebook or Vimeo.

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Intermezzo, [email protected]’s digital chamber music program, runs July 17-August 28

Intermezzo, [email protected]’s digital chamber music experience, is designed to fill the void created by the postponement of this year’s festival. Intermezzo, the Italian term for music appearing between larger parts of a performance, describes the virtual bridge we have curated for listeners to cross and enjoy between now and Haydn Connections next summer. Taking place […]

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Where to celebrate Bastille Day in Menlo Park

Out for a morning walk, we snapped this photo of a French flag on Sharon Rd. in west Menlo Park, undoubtedly on display for Bastille Day. We’re lucky to have a number of options downtown to celebrate the French revolution. As he’s been doing on Saturday nights, Ali El Safy, owner of Bistro Vida, will […]

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Menlo Park sisters offer virtual design classes for kids/teens age 8-16

Freya and Seona Allen (pictured right), who live in west Menlo Park and attend Woodside Priory, are offering multiple virtual design classes for ages 8-16 via Adagio Design Camp. They teach their students the real process of design — from gathering inspiration to picking a theme to creating a final product.  Campers will be able […]

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Local teens invited to enter video contest: My Community During Quarantine

Menlo Park students or residents in grades 6-12 are invited to submit original videos to the Teen Video Contest. Everyone who enters will be recognized for their creative vision and will have the chance to win prizes. During the shelter-in-place, Menlo Park teens have engaged in many creative and positive acts within our community, big […]

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These “4th of July” roses are a perfect tribute to Independence Day

Menlo Park resident Stuart Dalton, a member of the Peninsula Rose Society, emailed wonderful photographs of the “4th of July” roses growing in his garden. “It is a large flower climber,” he explains. We hadn’t heard of “4th of July” roses and found some background about them on the Jackson & Perkins website: “You may […]

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Spotted: Mom and baby decked out 4th of July hiking tights

We followed this couple down the trail in the Thornewood Preserve in Woodside this morning. They were nice enough to post for a photo when we complimented them on their matching tights. Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2020

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Sacred Heart Schools community holds 4th of July parade for Oakwood residents

On July 1st, the Sacred Heart Schools community came out to celebrate and see the RSCJ nuns who live at Oakwood on the school property, staging a fun 4th of July parade of decorated cars and bicycles. An international community of women religious in the Catholic Church, known as the Religious of the Sacred Heart […]

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Norbert the dinosaur is decked out for the 4th of July

While this 4th of July will be quieter for many due to the pandemic, leave it to Norbert the Ladera dinosaur to get in the spirit. Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2020

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Make a 4th of July wreath for your door on July 2

What better way to start the 4th of July celebrations than to make a unique wreath for your door? The event takes place on Thursday, July 2, from 3:30 to 4:15 pm. Register online. For this simple craft project, you will need a metal hanger, and other items you can find around your home such as […]

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Two teens are offering gluten free cooking camp for kids in July

Looking for something fun and socially distanced for kids ages 8 and up to do this summer? Menlo-Atherton High School rising sophomore Caroline Pecore (pictured top, left) and her friend Paloma Raffle (pictured right) are running a gluten-free cooking camp via Zoom the week of July 6-10 from 4:30-6:30 pm daily. It’s $50 for the […]

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