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Briefs: Block party adds diaper derby

by Sandy Brundage

Exhausted from chasing your baby around the house? Put that speedy crawl to good use by registering your child for the diaper derby debuting at the annual Menlo Park block party on Wednesday, June 19.

Go to or the Chamber of Commerce office at 1100 Merrill St. to register. Participation is free, but limited to the first 18 children, under the age of 1, who sign up.

Eligible children must be able to crawl alone, but are not yet walking. Two adults may accompany each baby, coaxing the racer from outside the track, and may use toys or other lures.

The derby starts at 5:45 p.m. at 814 Santa Cruz Ave. in downtown Menlo Park.

Also new on the block party schedule: a scavenger hunt. To play, grab a map from the Yiftee table or other participating business during the party and solve the clues.

Kepler's Books hosts

National Geographic

Lions, polar ecology and Mars are a few of the topics that explorers from National Geographic will present during a series of five lectures hosted by Kepler's Books, beginning June 18.

Tickets may be purchased for individual lectures, starting at $37, or for the entire series, starting $125. The lectures will be held at the Fox Theatre at 2215 Broadway St. in Redwood City.

Buy tickets at or at the bookstore, located at 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

Music to a tee

Golf and music don't immediately spring to mind as natural companions. The East Palo Alto Junior Golf Program aims to change that, however, through its first annual "Music to a Tee" fundraiser on Sunday, June 16.

Artists will perform a mix of jazz, blues and rock music during two shows, one at 2 p.m. and another at 6:30 p.m., at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center (555 Middlefield Road in Atherton). Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 17 and under.

Funds will go to support the junior golf program, which introduces kids from East Palo Alto, Palo Alto, Redwood City and Menlo Park's Belle Haven to the sport.

Go to for more information and to buy tickets.

Carlton appointed

to state board

Menlo Park councilwoman Catherine Carlton has been appointed to the California Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind, according to the governor's office. She has served on the board of the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired for the past two years and was elected to the council in 2012.

June 13: Tip a cop

Drop by Stacks restaurant at 600 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park on Thursday, June 13, to support the city's police officers in raising funds for the Special Olympics.

The officers will be waiting tables from 9 a.m. to noon; all tips will be donated to the Special Olympics of Northern California.

Peninsula Moves

Dying to know what SamTrans is up to?

Go to, the transportation agency's new blog. Featured on June 7: the story of how second-graders at Belle Haven Community School worked for nearly the entire school year to save up $900, enough to buy tickets to a Giants game and pay for transportation via bus and Caltrain.

According to the blog, teacher Bronwyn Alexander's students donated prize money from a canned food drive, grew vegetables in the school garden and sold the produce, and also exchanged a pizza party they'd won for cash to go into the game fund.

Peninsula Moves, launched on May 30, will feature news about transportation issues and events as well as stories about the people using public transit, SamTrans staff said.


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