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Menlo Park Updates

Sep 15

Annual Management Retreat

Posted on September 15, 2017 at 10:13 pm by Meghan Revolinsky

By: Jim Cogan

Sept. 21 & 22, the City of Menlo Park management team will be in San Jose for the annual management retreat. The currently unprecedented demand for city services and record-high vacant staff positions create management challenges and need for new service delivery strategies. Management staff will be discussing ways to build capacity within the existing ranks and further improve communication efforts. City Manager Alex McIntyre explained, “Management retreats are an invaluable tool for improving the team’s collaboration and an opportunity to learn from each other. I want to push the team to have the tough conversations we are often too busy to have and thoughtfully consider our successes as well as our missteps.” 

Annual Management Retreat
Sep 15

Civic Center Pond Cleaning Scheduled for Sept. 18

Posted on September 15, 2017 at 10:10 pm by Meghan Revolinsky

By: Brian Henry

On Sept. 18, the Department of Public Works will begin cleaning the pond at the Civic Center. To maintain water and habitat for wildlife, the pond will be cleaned in two stages. The upper section of the pond will be cleaned first, followed by the lower section. This method will provide water for the wildlife during all stages of the cleaning. No chemicals will be used to clean the pond. Staff will also clean the filter and inspect the pump and pipes that circulate water through the system. The debris will be removed manually and the pond structure will be power washed. The project is estimated to be completed in one week and is scheduled at a time to have minimal impact on wildlife. Notices will be posted at the pond to describe the process. Regular cleaning is necessary to maintain a safe and healthy pond for wildlife and people. 

Civic Center Pond Cleaning Scheduled for September 18th
Sep 15

The show never stops at the M-A Performing Arts Center

Posted on September 15, 2017 at 10:07 pm by Meghan Revolinsky

By: Matt Milde

This September, treat yourself to one or more of the exciting program occurring at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center. On Sept. 16 from 6-8:30 p.m., Darpana Academy of Performing Arts presents “Finding My Voice.” Dr. Mallika Sarabhai will be performing with her team will use the centuries-old Bharat Natyam dance form to focus on this century’s burning issues such as intolerance and global warming. This performance will be hosted in collaboration amongst three organizations devoted to the arts and social causes. Join the Tuolumne River Trust Sept. 17 from 6:30-9 p.m. as they present a night of fun and films to celebrate the Tuolumne River at the Tuolumne River Film Festival. The event will feature short films from the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, live music and much more. On Sept. 23 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. the Palo Alto Jazz Alliance invites you to celebrate their 25th Anniversary Concert with the Anderson Twins Trio, featuring Peter and Will Anderson. The New York Times calls them "virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone." Their trio will be completed by guitarist Felix Unger, one of their contemporaries from Juilliard. Finally, on Sept. 29 through Oct. 1, ZiRu Dance presents the second annual Silicon Valley Dance Festival: Aftershock. The festival will include performances that represent a range of acclaimed Bay Area choreographers, from established innovators to rising stars in contemporary ballet, modern, hip-hop and more. This September you’ll find many opportunities to get out of the house and enjoy a multitude of performing arts programming in your own backyard.

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