The Penguins of Madagascar
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The Penguins of Madagascar "Comic relief" isn't quite the phrase for the quartet of penguins in the "Madagascar" franchise, though the words capture the characters' absolute buffoonery. Now thrust into the spotlight in "Penguins of Madagascar," the aquatic birds prove that the...... Read the full review

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"Diaper Derby"
Addison Servatius, 8 months old, left, and Tyler Witlin, 9 months old, compete in the diaper derby, held during the Menlo Park downtown block party on Wednesday, June 19, 2013. (Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.) Submitted by Michelle Le on Jun 23, 2013

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Dec. 5: Menlo Park holiday tree lighting party
The city of Menlo Park and the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce will host the second annual Menlo Park Holiday Tree Lighting festivities on Friday, Dec. 5, at Fremont Park, located at Santa Cruz Avenue and University Drive in downtown Menlo Park. Tuesday, 2:41 PM

Dec. 7: Holiday train stops in Menlo Park
Tens of thousands of lights will decorate the Caltrain holiday train when it makes its way from San Francisco to Santa Clara on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6 and 7. The train will stop at nine stations, including Menlo Park at 7:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. Tuesday, 6:10 PM

Dec. 6-7: Model railroaders showcase new layout
The West Bay Model Railroad Association will show the progress it's made on a new model railway layout with open houses on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6 and 7, at the Model Railroad Building at 1090 Merrill St. in Menlo Park, just south of the train station and near Ravenswood Avenue. Tuesday, 10:57 AM

Dec. 4-6: 'Christmas at Our House' home tours
St. Francis High School's 26th annual "Christmas at Our House" will feature tours of three homes in the Los Altos/Los Altos Hills area on Dec. 4, 5 and 6. Tuesday, 11:03 AM

Dec. 6: Holiday traditions around the world
A children's crafts program featuring holiday traditions from around the world will be presented by the San Mateo County History Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Tuesday, 11:05 AM

Dec. 6: Santa visits Children's Health Council
Santa Claus will visit the Children's Health Council in Palo Alto from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 6, for a morning of creative activities for children ages 2 to 8. Tuesday, 11:08 AM

InnVision Shelter Network holiday appeal
The Menlo Park-based InnVision Shelter Network, which provides housing and services for homeless families and individuals, received a donation of home furnishings from IKEA in East Palo Alto as a kickoff for its annual holiday fundraising drive. Tuesday, 11:12 AM

Holiday gift-giving tips: Don't sweat the small stuff
For those who don't want to fill their stockings with generic goods from department stores this holiday season, consider the shops nestled along the local downtown strips. Monday, 6:57 PM


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