Cafe Zoe

Growing up in Ottawa, Barbara Coll’s family kept a book about the wildlife they saw. So it was natural for her to keep the tradition going when she got married in 1992 — but with a focus exclusively on birds.

“The tally is currently 517 birds, which is five percent of the bird species in the world,” the Willows neighborhood resident said, “They’ve been seen on four continents — North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.”

What’s surprised Barbara is that now that she’s retired, she is photographing the birds as well. Her camera of choice is a Lumix G85 outfitted with Olympus 75-300 millimeter lens with an image stabilizer.

“I consider myself a citizen scientist, regularly counting and reporting the birds to Cornell University, wherever I am in the world.” she said.

After the ongoing bustle of a marketing career in Silicon Valley, Barbara is enjoying the slower pace of birding. “Bird watching is introverted,” she says. “It’s time with nature. It’s a new experience, one that I clearly needed mentally!”

On February 18th, Barbara will be hosting a fundraiser for the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory beginning at 6:30 pm at Cafe Zoë (1929 Menlo Ave.), where Barbara’s photos are currently on exhibit. “I’ll be auctioning off the Snowy Egret at the Duck Pond,” she said.

Photo of Barbara by Robb Most (c) 2020; Snowy Egret photo by Barbara Coll-used with permission

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Visit with artist Inez Storer at Cafe Zoë on Jan. 11

Mixed media and collage artist Inez Storer, who is currently Cafe Zoë’s featured artist, will be at the cafe this Saturday, Jan. 11, at 2:00 pm to explore “how coffee houses can inspire us to keep the dialogue going and staying engaged as we enter a year of political importance.” The cafe is located at 1929 […]

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6th grade band, Struck by Lightning, plays at Cafe Zoë on Nov. 2

Struck by Lightning, a group of 6th graders who love to make music together, will be at Cafe Zoë on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. They play a variety of songs ranging from traditional rock like Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall to classic and contemporary pop songs like Gloria Gaynor’s […]

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Cafe Zoë hosts pumpkin painting party on Oct. 26

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Willow Oaks 4th graders team with Quinteto Latino for end of year concert

Fourth graders from Willow Oaks School took to the streets on Wednesday, May 29, walking together to Café Zoë where they performed compositions they’d written with members of Quinteto Latino. Classical musician, Quinteto Latino founder, and Menlo Park resident Armando Castellano has been working with the school children and their music teacher for the past […]

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San Mateo County Poet Laureate talks about mental illness on May 24

San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto will be at Cafe Zoe (1929 Menalto Ave.) on Friday, May 24, from 7:15 to 8:30 pm to help break the silence surrounding suicide and mental illness.Whether in poetry, spoken word, or music, let’s bring our voices together to break the silence surrounding suicide and mental illness. Enjoy […]

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Anthony Arya performing live in Menlo Park on May 11

The Season 15 “Team Adam” contestant of the Voice will perform at Café Zoë (1929 Menalto Ave,) on Saturday, May 11 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Anthony will be sharing his original tunes from his newly released album, Going to California. He will also be playing songs from his Voice […]

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First Tuesday Poets Night comes to Cafe Zoë on April 2

Emails Menlo Park resident Lisa Rosenberg: “We’re excited to resume our community poetry evening this Tuesday evening (April 2) at the wonderful Cafe Zoë in Menlo Park. We have a new night, and a slightly new name, “First Tuesday Poets Night.” Kalamu Chaché and I are delighted to restart this series during National Poetry Month, […]

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GB Gents present American Stories at Cafe Zoë on Feb. 9

Dr. Maurice Ghysels and his management company, Bright Night Entertainment, are present: GB Gents American Stories, a CD Release Party on Saturday, February 9th at Cafe Zoë at 6:00 pm. Greg Kennedy and Les Bloch — together known as GB Gents — write and perform pieces designed to provoke a visceral groove and thought-provoking experience, […]

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PAHS Holiday Party/Fundraiser at Café Zoë on Dec. 15

Join Palo Alto Humane Society (PAHS) as we celebrate the holiday season with readings of our newly published children’s storybook Saving Travis. Meet the author and the canine heroes and take home a copy of the book. There will be delicious food (provided by Café Zoë) and treats for your canine companion. Enter our raffle […]

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Current exhibit at Cafe Zoë features artwork by ARTogether workshop participants

Through at least the first week of October, Cafe Zoë is hosting a special exhibition displaying works of art from ARTogether workshop participants and photos from the workshops themselves. We stopped by yesterday afternoon to visit with Menlo Park residents Alexandra Pettet (second from left) and her husband, Hossein Namazi (right), who serve on the […]

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