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Feb 11

City to host 19th annual Black History Month celebration

Posted to Menlo Park Updates by Peter Ibrahim

The City is planning its 19th annual Black History Month Luncheon and Gospel Fest for February 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This traditionally sold-out event will start with a welcoming speech by Mayor Pro Tem Cecilia Taylor, followed by a poetry reading from local poetess Kalamu Chache and a dance performance by Menlo Park Senior Center's very own Soul Line Dance Troupe. 

Gospel singers from local churches, and as far away as Oakland, will take the program to its final stage with heart-warming songs. Our celebrity piano accompanist will be Nate Branch, a former Harlem Globetrotter from Oakland, who donates his time to this festive event each year.

The celebration is one of the city’s longest running programs and held annually at the Menlo Park Senior Center. Authentic Soul food prepared by staff and volunteers, coupled with sweet potato pie, make the food component of this event not to be missed! Festive patron attires, a feast for the eyes, are also a wonderful addition to the event every year. For more information, please contact Avideh Yaghmai-Samardar.

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Jan 29

Help make Menlo Park safer for students, apply to be the Safe Routes to School Coordinator

Posted to Transportation News by Clay Curtin

Menlo Park’s traffic consultant, Alta Planning Design, is hiring a Safe Routes to School Coordinator (Outreach Coordinator #1289). This individual will work as a liaison to public and private schools in Menlo Park. This position is a key component of the implementation phase of the citywide Safe Routes to School program, and will serve as a conduit to share information and gather feedback from the community. 

The Menlo Park Safe Routes to School program includes some of the following goals:
  • Getting kids to school safely by promoting biking and walking
  • Developing a comprehensive curriculum to instill basic safety skills at an elementary school age
  • Offering resources for both public and private schools to help promote alternatives for getting kids to school other than driving
Please apply for the Safe Routes to School coordinator position by Friday, February 8, 2019. For questions about the job, please contact Hannah Day-Kapell.

To learn more about Menlo Park’s Safe Routes to School program, please visit