Menlo Park Watch: Downtown block party on Aug. 1The Connoisseurs' Marketplace has come and gone, but more entertainment is coming to downtown Menlo Park when the city closes off Santa Cruz Avenue to traffic on Wednesday, Aug. 1 for a citywide block party.
From 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., there will be a range of activities, including live music in Fremont Park, free ice cream, and face painting, said Todd Temple, a member of the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce who is co-chairing the event with Brian Flagel.
Mr. Temple said there will also be a "dunk the mayor" dunk tank, where participants can try to hit a target to drop Mayor Kelly Fergusson into a tank of water.
Local restaurants such as Left Bank, Bistro Vida, Angelo Mio, Sultana and Deeelish will provide some food for the event, and various green technologies, such as electric cars, will be on display, Mr. Temple said.
Another block party is scheduled for Aug. 15.
Two experts on addressing global warming will be the featured speakers at the Aug. 1 meeting of the Menlo Park Green Ribbon Citizens' Committee.
The meeting is scheduled for 5 to 6 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center, between Laurel and Alma streets.
The speakers, Winston Hickox and Larry Goulder, are chair and vice chair, respectively, of the California Market Advisory Committee. The committee was established by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to develop a market system of carbon offsets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Menlo Park City Council will not meet on Tuesday, July 24. Regular meetings will resume July 31.