Tonight: Block party, concert in park


Menlo Park will hold its second and final block party of the summer on Wednesday, Aug. 11, featuring a performance by a Beatles tribute band.

Local businesses and nonprofits will line the street for the block party, scheduled to run from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

The Sun Kings, a Beatles tribute band, will play from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Fremont Park, on Santa Cruz Avenue at University Drive.

Santa Cruz Avenue will be closed to traffic from El Camino Real to University Avenue. Restaurants will extend tables into the street for plaza-style dining.

Activities will include a children's area and a community stage, where non-professional groups will perform. The "Old Tom" fire engine will be on hand for kids to explore and the city of Menlo Park will present displays from several departments.

A free-speech zone for organizations like the Menlo Park Downtown Alliance (MPDA) will be located on Crane Street, just off Santa Cruz Avenue.

The alliance clashed with the chamber during the last block party for promoting an alternative to the city's downtown development plan from a table in front of Posh Bagel, on property owned by Nancy Couperus, founding member of the MPDA.

Ms. Couperus said this time the group will have brochures and a petition available in the free-speech zone.

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Posted by Resident of Menlo Park
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 10, 2010 at 8:49 am

We should have a block party on November 3rd to celebrate the forced retirement of two Menlo Park City Council members who have promoted Employee Union intersts at the expense of the residents' welfare.

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Posted by disallusioned
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 10, 2010 at 11:41 am

Suppose they had an election and no body voted ! Then what?

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Posted by Robert
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 10, 2010 at 2:41 pm

It is criminal that the the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Menlo Park have banned the MPDA from being on Santa Cruz Avenue during this event.

The MPDA is just comprised of property owners and merchants that are against the parking garages, and the random rezoning in the downtown area.

They want change, and propose a smaller parking structure behind Flegel's. Should they not have an opportunity to oppose this issue at the City Block Party?

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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 10, 2010 at 6:50 pm

I want to have respect for main people behind the downtown alliance (Flegel did a lot on the old Santa Cruz street improvements, for example), but jeez- this planning process has been so well publicized and open. Calling it "random" just boggles the mind. Maybe we wouldn't be in this place if some of the absentee owners contributed to the Chamber over the past three or whatever years, instead of waiting until the end and throwing up smoke screens. Let's take a breath and keep working at it.

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