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Menlo Park Updates

Dec 09

Test drive an induction cooktop with new loaner program

Posted on December 9, 2019 at 7:07 pm by Clay Curtin

The City Council approved a groundbreaking local energy ordinance September 24, 2019, that requires all new buildings to be electric (with some exceptions) and becomes effective January 1, 2020. The Reach Codes sparked many discussions among Peninsula residents and encouraged many to learn more about induction cooktops. 

Now, Acterra, a nonprofit based in Palo Alto, has created an Induction Cooktop Loaner Program for Bay Area residents to borrow portable induction cooktops. Participants can borrow them FREE for up to three weeks. 

Did you know that according to the 2018 Consumer Reports, the top 10 rated cooktops are all induction stoves? There are several benefits of using induction stoves. For example, induction cooking is two to three times more efficient than gas cooktops, making it the most energy efficient cooking appliance. Induction cooktops also cook food faster, lose less heat in the process and enhance indoor air quality. They also turn off automatically when a pan is removed, which is a great safety feature, especially if young children are present. 

To participant in the Induction Cooktop Loaner Program, please email Acterra or visit the Acterra website.

For more information on Menlo Park’s Reach Codes, please visit

Dec 09

Final week for this year’s Jerry Rice 25th Annual NFL Alumni Toy Drive

Posted on December 9, 2019 at 7:02 pm by Clay Curtin

Mayor Ray Mueller announces the return of the Jerry Rice 25th Annual NFL Alumni Celebrity Toy Drive to downtown Menlo Park. Members of the community are encouraged to support the Domini Hoskins Black History Museum's effort to provide toys to those in need.

The toy drive is scheduled through December 14, between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. at 807 Santa Cruz Ave. (Santa Cruz Avenue and Crane Street). Admission to the event is $5.00 or a new unwrapped toy.

This year's event is possible through a joint effort between local NFL alumni, Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller and Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Fran Dehn. “When I asked Fran for help to secure a location for the toy drive, she enthusiastically got to work. Without her help, we wouldn’t have found a downtown location,” Mueller stated.

Dehn commented that the event is “an excellent opportunity to support two worthy efforts: toys for children in need and support of our Menlo Park small businesses by shopping locally.”

For a list of local retailers please visit the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce website.


Dec 02

Start the New Year off right! Winter/spring class registration has started

Posted on December 2, 2019 at 4:23 pm by Peter Ibrahim

A new year means new beginnings. What better way to start it off by joining a new class! Menlo Park is offering a wide range of new and returning classes for the winter/spring season.

Check out some of our newest youth classes at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center:
  • Young Rembrandts offers a drawing class for preschool ages and Art Fiesta serves those age 6-12 years
  • Dance Cardio for Lunch class that brings the two worlds of Zumba and U-Jam together - adults will love this high-energy fitness class! 
Check out the variety of classes offered at Onetta Harris Community Center:
  • Hair Essentials 101 is the newest class offered where students learn tips, techniques, and other various aspects relating to hair care
  • Traditional Aztec Dancing brings techniques and movement that has been done for centuries in Mexico and Latin America
  • Restorative Yoga focuses on relaxation and stress reduction
Be sure to check out the winter/spring Activity Guide for other classes offered. Find something for you and the family!

Registration starts Monday, December 2. 

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