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Community - June 19, 2013

Block party features bands, diaper derby

Bands, a pie-eating contest and a diaper derby are some of the highlights of the 7th annual Menlo Park summer block party, set for Wednesday, June 19, from 5 to 9 p.m. on downtown Santa Cruz Avenue. The street will be closed to traffic from El Camino Real to University Drive.

Livewire Band, a group that plays rock and pop music, will perform at Fremont Park (at the corner of University Drive and Santa Cruz Avenue) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The concert kicks off Menlo Park's concert-in-the-park series that involves eight bands performing on Wednesdays in Fremont Park from June 19 through Aug. 14 (no concert on July 3).

The music varies from classic rock to jazz, and the series closes with a Beatles Tribute band, the Sun Kings. Families are encouraged to bring blankets and picnic baskets to the concerts.

At the June 19 block party, there will be five other bands, a kids' area, a Facebook community stage, and plaza-style dining at restaurants. Local businesses and nonprofits will line Santa Cruz Avenue. There will be comedic contests, such as a pie-eating competition between city staff and council members, and a crawling race by children under the age of 1. Race time for this diaper derby is 5:45 p.m.

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