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Community - October 9, 2013

Briefs: Caltrain travels back to 1863 for its 150th anniversary

Some anniversaries merit a big celebration. Caltrain, in honor of 150 years of railroad service between San Francisco and San Jose, will celebrate by re-enacting a picnic that took place in 1863 in Menlo Park when construction of the line was almost finished.

Costumes, a 19th-century style band and historical displays will add a touch of the past to the festivities. The event starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Menlo Park Caltrain station at 1120 Merrill St.

State of Menlo Park; new sister city

It's that time of year again. Menlo Park Mayor Peter Ohtaki will present the annual State of the City speech Thursday, Oct. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at the Stanford Park Hotel, located at 100 El Camino Real.

During the event, the city will sign a "sister city" agreement with Galway, Ireland.

Members of the Menlo Park Historical Association have been working for months to bring the two cities together. What's the connection? In Galway sits a neighborhood called Menlo Park, the former home of Dennis Oliver, who later came to the United States during the 1800s and with his brother-in-law, D.C. McGlynn, erected an arched gate in what became known as Menlo Park, California.

Domestic violence

As October is "Domestic Violence Awareness Month," the county will hold a ceremony and provide resources such as counseling and referral services on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at 400 County Center in Redwood City. Representatives from Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse, community service providers and various faiths will be on hand to provide support.

Pumpkin festival

St. Raymond School gets a jump on Halloween by holding a pumpkin festival on Friday, Oct. 11, from 3:30 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Activities include pony rides, bounce houses and, of course, pumpkins. Admission is free. The school is located at 1100 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park.

Saturday: Free landscaping class

Learn the secrets of drought-tolerant landscaping on Saturday, Oct. 12. Menlo Park is hosting the free three-hour class, which starts at 9 a.m. at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center at 700 Alma St. The class will also talk about how to qualify for up to $3,000 in rebates for replacing lawns with water-efficient landscaping.

Registration is required. Call 349-3000 or go to to sign up.

Oct. 15: Dine out to help seniors

Peninsula Volunteers is holding its annual "Dine Out" fundraiser on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Ten percent of the proceeds from participating restaurants will be donated to the nonprofit in support of its "Meals on Wheels" food delivery program for homebound seniors in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

Participating restaurants in Menlo Park include Amici's East Coast Pizzeria, Carpaccio, Celia's, El Cerrito, Lutticken's, Menlo Grill, Menlo Hub and Round Table Pizza. In Woodside, Alice's Restaurant and the Woodside Bakery & Cafe have signed up.


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