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    Mar 12, 2018 

    Egg Hunt

    March 31, 10 AM-noon, Burgess Park and Kelly Park

    Join the City of Menlo Park, the Menlo Park Firefighters’ Association, and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District for our two Annual Egg Hunts! The Bunny will arrive at 10:00 am for pictures and the hunt will start at 10:20 am. Children are allowed to collect four eggs and should bring their own basket or bag. Burgess Park will have bounce houses, a jelly bean guess, crafts and more! Kelly Park will feature crafts, a jelly bean guess, circus show, music, and photo opportunities with the Bunny!


    Parent Ed

    Safespace Community Engagement Center

    “Bullying: Signs, Signals, Technology, and Tips”

    March 6, 7-8:30 PM, SafeSpace Community Engagement Center, 708 Oak Grove Ave.

    This next free (donations appreciated) workshop will include insights and lived experiences shared from a panel of teens from our SafeSpace Youth Advisory board. There will be Q and A and tips on how to support your child through challenging social interactions, including social media interactions. Taught by Danielle Kelmar LCSW, SafeSpace Clinical Youth Mental Health Specialist, Lesley Martin, Ed.D, SafeSpace Managing Director, and members of the SafeSpace Youth Advisory Board. Register here.

    Other workshops in the series include:

    March 13: The Introvert/ Extrovert Teen:  Helping Them Thrive

    March 20: Navigating Social Relationships in the Teen Years

    March 27:  Self-Care ToolKit for Parents: Everyday Tips to Stay Balanced During the Teenage Years


    Sequoia Parent Educatino Series 

     Vanessa Kellam, “Tech Sex & Teen Dating Relationships”

    March 14, 7-8:30 PM, Sequoia High School, Carrington Hall

    Join Vanessa Kellam of Health Connected for a thought-provoking discussion around the sexuality and dating culture of teenage digital natives. Talking points will include the impact of social media and online pornography on relationships, and how parents and trusted adults can engage their children in open and honest conversations. Register here.


    Menlo Park Public Library: Free Events

    March 17: Amazing Aircraft

    With Hiller Aviation Museum, students will learn about the four forces of flight, and build their own balsa glider to take home.

    March 20: World Storytelling Day

    Celebrate World Storytelling Day with two renowned storytellers, Muriel Johnson and Erica Lann-Clark.


    Object Art: Art in Action Annual Benefit

    March 22, 6-9 PM, Computer History Museum

    Object: Art will be a magical night, benefitting Art in Action in its mission to bring arts education to all children. This fabulous cocktail party features one-of-a-kind live auction items, a silent auction with original artwork and exclusive art-themed experiences, and a spread of delectable food. Buy tickets here!


    Facebook Community Open House

    March 22, 7-9 PM, Arillaga Family Recreation Center

    Facebook invites neighbors to a Community Open House to find out more information about the proposed Willow Village, a "mixed-use neighborhood that provides retails services, open space areas, community amenities, and housing and transit solutions... to be located near the Facebook Headquarters." All Open Houses are bilingual English/Spanish.


    Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

    Weekends of March 16 and 23, M-A PAC

    Featuring many Oak Knoll, Laurel, and Encinal alums, as well as current Encinal students, the Broadway musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is coming to M-A High School. This entertaining show for all audiences is a rollicking and heartwarming story of staying true to who you are. Buy your tickets today!


    Summer Camps:

    Kidizens Young Mayors Summer Camps


    Would you like to build and be the mayor of an entire LEGO city? Would you like to leverage your child’s love of LEGOs to help them learn critical real-life, 21st century skills and strategies? Join us for one week of fun and leadership at our very popular Kidizens Summer Camps at Encinal School. Register here.



    Camp MAC

    July 30-August 3, Palo Alto High School

    Paly's distinguished journalism program will be returning again this summer with its third year of Camp MAC (Media Arts Center). New campers will learn a variety of journalistic skills, including critical thinking, research, graphic design, and expository writing techniques. The camp is open to all rising 8th and 9th graders. Click here for registration and more information.


    Hillview Summer Drama

    Session 1: June 25-July 6

    Session 2: July 9-July 20

    Hillview Drama will once again be offering a Summer Drama program for incoming 4th graders through exiting 8th graders who are enrolled in one of the MPCSD schools. Session 1 will present Disney's The Lion King KIDS & JR ; Session 2 will present Disney's Cinderella KIDS and The Little Mermaid JR. Enjoy a summer of fun, singing, dancing, and acting (backstage roles available, too)! Register online, and visit Hillview Drama or email Rachel Knight or William Hairston for more information.