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Belle Haven Open House showcases community programs

 

Traditional Aztec dancers, a Zumba class, and kids doing karate were among eight performances that took the stage at the Belle Haven community open house at the Onetta Harris Community Center on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 24. Their performances all happened to the sound of DJ Rudy's upbeat music selection and the hum of visitors chatting eagerly with representatives from the twenty community organizations serving Belle Haven in attendance.

Environmental organizations were a strong presence, including SunWorks, Sustainable Silicon Valley, MenloSpark, Grid Alternatives and the Menlo Park Environmental Programs department, who all showcased their efforts to make Menlo Park more green. The Belle Haven branch of the Menlo Park library handed out free books to children. Representatives from the Boys and Girls Club, Ecumenical Hunger Program, Project Read, and others all answered questions about their programs.

The center also showed off its computer lab, which will host drop-in hours for visitors throughout the month of October.

According to Bridget Matheson, recreation program coordinator for the Onetta Harris Community Center, the purpose of the open house was "for residents to see all of the wonderful programs and resources that are available to them."

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