This Weekend: Fun For Moms in Menlo Park And More

Wine tasting at Auto Vino, the Mental Health Awareness Project at the Menlo Park Library, secrets of drought tolerant landscaping at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center and many more activities are taking place in town this weekend.


The weekend is approaching fast and you want to make every moment count after the long work week. Menlo Park-Atherton Patch brings you a round-up of the events going on this weekend. 

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To add your own weekend events, visit menlopark-atherton.patch.com/events.

Friday, May 10

Lee Smolin discusses and signs his new book: Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe

7:30 p.m. Kepler's Books and Magazines 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park

All of the mysteries physicists and cosmologists face—from the Big Bang to the future of the universe, from the puzzles of quantum physics to the unification of forces and particles—come down to the nature of time. Lee Smolin has made influential contributions to the search for a unification of physics. He is a founding faculty member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.


Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!

10:00 a.m., Peabody Gallery 603 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park

Peabody Fine Art (603 Santa Cruz Avenue), Menlo Park’s premier fine art gallery is honored to present Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!. In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s second book, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, Dr. Seuss’s never-before-seen hat collection will be exhibited through May 12 at the gallery. 

In addition, this exhibition will feature Dr. Seuss’s little-known Secret Art Collection, a series of Estate authorized works adapted from Ted Geisel’s original drawings, paintings, and sculpture, which will also be available for acquisition. Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! is a rare and exciting exhibition as this is the first time any of these hats have traveled outside the Seuss Estate.

Please visit www.peabodyfineart.com or call 650-322-2200 for hours of operation and additional information.


Peninsula Volunteers 2013 Decorator Show House

Event information here.

Visit one of the last great estates in Woodside. This eleven thousand square foot house with 20 decorated rooms, situated on 21 acres, with gardens, stables, and majestic views of the countryside, is styled and decorated by premier Bay Area designers.

Meet the Designers each Thursday evening, $50 6PM-8PM with wine and light hors d'oeuvres. Reservations required and tickets are limited.

For your safety and comfort, flat shoes are required. This event is limited to adults and children age 12 and up. Not pets allowed. Due to the multi-level nature of the house and surrounding property, we are unable to make the entire house and property fully accessible for people with mobility issues. Please contact us for further information. Photography is prohibited.


Email Clinic

1:30 p.m., Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park

Event Information here.


Bilingual Story Time Spanish/English

3 p.m. 413 Ivy Dr, Menlo Park, CA

This is most appropriate for children ages 5 and under. For more information contact the Belle Haven Library.



Saturday, May 11

FREE Secrets of Drought Tolerant Landscaping course

9 a.m. 701 Alma St, Menlo Park

Attend a FREE water-efficient landscaping course titled “Secrets of Drought Tolerant Landscaping” on Saturday, May 11th from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, Oak Room - 700 Alma St.  At this class, attendees will learn about using California native plants, watering guidelines and use of mulch and compost for achieving a beautiful water-efficient garden.  Those who attend will also learn about the Lawn Be Gone program that provides up to $3,000 in rebates for converting lawns into water-efficient landscapes.

 Registration is required.  Class size is limited.  For additional details or to register for this class, please call (650) 349-3000 or register online at www.bawsca.org/classes. This class is co-sponsored by the City of Menlo Park and the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA).


The Mental Health Awareness Project

11 a.m., 701 Laurel St, Menlo Park

Mental Health:  Being An Advocate and An Ally  

Producer and Chair:  Lisa Pamphilon, Mental Health Advocate and Public Speaker, Turning Point and The Mental Health Awareness Project

Co-chair:  Roberta Roth, Outreach Literacy Specialist, Menlo Park Library 

Where:  Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel Street, Menlo Park  

When:  Saturday, May 11th 11 am – 2 pm

Program:  Keynote speaker and panelists/ Q & A Session, Poet, Live Music  

Information tables with representatives from area mental health and mental health-related organizations. 

Proclamations for Mental Health Awareness Month 2013:

Assemblyman Rich Gordon

Mayor of Menlo Park, Peter Ohtaki

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo

Current tables at event:

Caminar For Mental Health

Women's Recovery Association

Parenting Plus Child + Family Counseling

Page Mill YMCA

Youth Space

Innvision Shelter Network

American Foundation For Suicide Prevention

Project Hired

The Girls and Boys Clubs of The Peninsula

Senior Peer Counseling Center

Veterans Recovery Center

Operation Freedom Paws

Project Safety Net

Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence

Turning Point


Moderator:  Lisa Pamphilon, Mental Health Advocate and Public Speaker, Turning Point and The Mental Health Awareness Project

Link:  www.lisapamphilon.com

Keynote Speaker:  Chip Huggins, CEO, Caminar For Mental Health

 Link:  http://www.caminar.org/


  • Mary Cortani, one of CNN's Top Ten Heroes of the year.  She has contributed greatly to our veterans and has founded a non-profit organization called Operation Freedom Paws.


Operation Freedom Paws:  http://operationfreedompaws.org/

Gary Tsai, Psychiatrist, family member, and producer of documentary film, Voices


Gaming Careers

1 p.m., 2 Dinkelspiel Station Ln, Atherton

FREE;  Brice Morrison, lead game designer, will offer an amazing presentation on careers in the gaming industry. Learn how games are made, review the industry market, discuss different gaming career paths, and discuss how to make your own games.

Tweens/Teens and parents are welcome to join as there will be a Q&A opportunity at the end of the presentation.


Menlo School presents Monty Python's Spamalot

8 pm; Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave, Atherton

Menlo Upper School’s drama department presents Spamalot as its annual Outdoor Spring Musical this year. More than fifty Upper School Menlo students comprise the cast and crew for this hilarious Broadway hit musical.

“This is purely comical insanity!” declared Elizabeth Orr, Menlo’s Drama teacher and the Director of the show. “We’ve been having a lot of fun rehearsing it, even though the audience will never know how much work the cast and crew put in to learn all of the songs and dances, set up the stage and lights, gather the props and costumes.”

Also plays Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $8 for students, $10 for adults. For more information, visit http://­www.­menlo­school.­org.


Saturday Jazzercise

9 a.m., 701 Laurel St, Menlo Park

Drop-in $16 per class. Monthly Unlimited $52.  10 Class Pass $120; Registration fee $20

Bring some water and be prepared to have fun. Go directly to class to register and pay or log-on to  http://jcls.jazzercise.com/facility/jazzercise-menlo-park-little-house-peninsula-volunteers , classes are on-going.

For more info call 650-703-1263.  

Check us out on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/JazzerciseMenloPark

For easiest parking and access enter 700 Alma St, make sure you come to the Family Rec Center and not the Family Gymnasium.


Art Celebration 2013

11:00 am; Blue Rock House Studio, 791 Stanford Ave, Menlo Park

Gwen Fuller's Vivid, High-Def, Indoor-Outdoor Images on Metal will be on display until 5:00 pm. Enjoy art, music, cookies and champagne. For information, visit http://­www.­gwenfuller.­com. Also rtuns Sunday and next weekend.


Weekend Wine Tasting

11:00 am; Autovino, 205 Constitution Dr, Menlo Park

A tasting room unlike any other you've experienced is open to the public on weekends. Please join us, and enjoy Woodside Vineyards wines, every Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm. For more information, visit http://­www.­auto-­vino.­org


Sunday, May 12

Menlo Park Farmers Market

9:00 am; Chestnut St & Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park

Farmers Market in downtown Menlo Park on Chestnut Street, between Menlo Ave. and Santa Cruz Ave.  A year-around market!


Mother's Day Dining at Left Bank Brasserie in Menlo Park

Left Bank Brasserie 635 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park

Left Bank Brasserie in Menlo Park will be open from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM serving the regular brunch menu (10:00 AM to 3:00 PM), limited regular lunch and dinner menus and all-day specials of Lobster Ravioli with English peas, chanterelles, pancetta, lobster butter and citrus beurre blanc ($29.00) and Forcemeat Stuffed Traditional Boned Chicken with exotic mushrooms, fines herbs, fava beans, morels and crispy ramps ($24.50). The restaurant will also feature a complimentary "Flower Market" where kids can build a mini bouquet and create a greeting card to take back to the table for Mom.


Mother's Day Dining at LB Steak in Menlo Park

LB Steak Menlo Park 898 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park

LB Steak in Menlo Park will be open extended hours from 10:30 AM to 8:00 PM serving a spring-inspired a la carte brunch menu (10:30 AM to 2:30 PM) and a limited regular a la carte dinner menu, plus two all-day specials, Prime Rib with a salad, a 12 oz. cut of prime rib, baked potato, au jus and, for dessert, artisanal ice cream ($29.95) and Roasted Loch Duart Salmon with broccolini and beurre rouge ($24.00). The brunch menu will include Belgian Waffle with macerated fresh fruit, orange butter, blueberry compote and crispy guanciale ($12.50); Steak and Eggs with an 8 oz. prime rib, “lemon thyme au jus,” sunny side up egg, breakfast potato wedge and Béarnaise sauce ($17.25/add lobster tail, $22.00); Smoked Salmon Frittata with dry jack cheese, asparagus and breakfast potato wedge ($13.00); Eggs Florentine with baby spinach, crispy bacon, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce ($10.95); Maple Glazed Pork Belly with leek brioche pudding and a fried egg ($12.50); and Warm Beignets with chocolate sauce and seasonal berries ($8.75). Mimosas will be offered for $5.00 and moms will receive a complimentary Gerber daisy and petits fours.

Need more ideas for the weekend?

 In Menlo Park:
1, The Horse Park
2, Kuk Sool Won of Menlo Park

Nearby Garage Sales:
1, Palo Alto
2, Menlo Park, May 18 Neighborhood Yard Sale
3, San Carlos


Open Houses (Saturday and Sunday)

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