Local teens star in “Hell on Earth: A New Musical (About Middle School)”

Three local teens are starring in the Young Actors’ Theatre Camp’s regional debut of Hell on Earth: A New Musical (About Middle School), playing five shows at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts November 15-17. Menlo Park resident Samantha Belding plays the role of Caroline Whithers. Caroline and her six best friends join […]

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“Connecting Communities” panel discussion raises questions and concerns

The Nov 7th panel discussion on “Getting Downtowns Moving with Convenient and Sustainable Access” drew a lively crowd. About 30 people attended the discussion, which focused on strategies to improve downtown access that also help reduce congestion and improve the environment. Attendees ranged from the City of Santa Clara to Burlingame, with many from Menlo […]

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Menlo Park firefighters return home after working up and down the state

Menlo Park Firefighters have returned from Simi Valley in Southern California, where they were assigned to to mop up the fire line after the Easy Fire burned 1,800 acres and threatened the Reagan Library and complex in Ventura County. The six Menlo Park Firefighters (pictured above ) were part of a larger multi-agency, multi-county, Fire […]

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Owen Laine keeps up the Bonora tradition of winemaking

Owen Laine, shown making wine at his parents’ Menlo Park home, is a fourth generation wine maker on his mother’s [Beth Bonora] side of the family. Enrico Bonora and his wife, Mari, left their ancestral town, Cologna, which is just outside Riva del Gard in Trento, Italy, around 1900, fleeing poverty. Their village was at […]

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Lisa Buda brings a new approach to her dentistry practice

For years, Lisa Buda practiced hospital dentistry in San Francisco, treating people with special needs. “No matter what their disability was, we gave them teeth,” she said. She was on call for two hospitals and quickly realized that this form of dentistry was not compatible when she become a mom. So when her youngest of […]

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Taking a look at the history of Gaspar de Portolá’s visit to Menlo Park

Note: Menlo Park Historical Association is hosting an Ohlone-Portolá event at the southeast end of Alma St. in Menlo Park where it intersects with East Creek Dr., on Saturday November 9, from 11:00 am to Noon. The event will be held in front of California Landmark #2. Here is MPHA member Bo Crane’s account of how […]

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Hillview School Drama presents Two Tales on One Theme

For both Helen Keller and Anne Frank, the world outside was inaccessible. In the 1880s, American Helen Keller feel ill and lost her sight, hearing, speech and ability to connect. Roughly 60 years later, Jewish teenager Anne Frank kept a diary of her life, hiding from the Nazis in Europe during World War II. Both […]

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Author Nick Neely chronicles his 650-mile California trek in “Alta California”

Today marks the 250th anniversary of European discovery of San Francisco Bay by Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portolá. Author Nick Neely grew up in Portola Valley, named after Portolá, but realized how little he knew about the history of the Peninsula as well as broader California history. So he set off to learn it with […]

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Art meets science when Lisa Rosenberg tackles “A Different Physics: The Poetics of Discovery”

How do poetic and scientific exploration create access and insight between domains? Can art created within the worlds of science and technology broaden expectations and possibilities for engagement? Formally trained in physics and poetry, Menlo Park resident Lisa Rosenberg looks at the processes of inquiry and making, with a lens of commonality and shared territory […]

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Lesson about persimmons thanks to Logan at Camper

Persimmons seem to be every where at the moment — on trees as we walk the streets of Menlo Park and at the grocery store. Until last night, we thought they were something to be avoided at all costs. Yucky and mushy come to mind as descriptions. Given that, we’re not sure why we ordered […]

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David Klein introduces new offerings from America Offline

“I think what we’ve learned is approaching this issue through smart phones and video as the enemy is not the way to go,” says David Klein about his latest American Offline projects, Game Changers and a series of podcasts. “Our goal is to take kids offline and put them through a fun immersive and engaging […]

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