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Family-Friendly Nutcracker Performance at Fox TheaterFriday, December 6th at 7:00pm and Sunday, December 8th at 2:00pm
Ballet America’s show has it all: professional dancers, alongside 100 local performers. Tickets range in price from $18-$39 and are available via the website: www.balletamerica.org. Get your tickets early before they sell out. See you at the ballet!
Children’s Holiday Party
Sunday December 8, 2013
12:30 to 3:00pm
Allied Arts Guild Sunset Room
75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park, Ca
Exciting Holiday Entertainment for children ages 4-9.
For more information and to purchase a $25 ticket with a check made payable to Friends of Allied Arts (FAA), please contact Sally Knorp, 1000 Trinity Drive, Menlo Park, Ca 94025
Family Volunteer Opportunities
Be the Music to Our Ears at Lytton Gardens
(LINK http://www.lyttongardens.org/Pages/volunteer/caring_connections.html) - Share the gift of music with seniors at Lytton Gardens in Palo Alto. You can play between 5-8pm any day of the week in the Health Care Center. It will be the highlight of our residents' week. To schedule a time, email Bethany Dinh at firstname.lastname@example.org
Scare Hunger Campaign
Support Encinal's "Scare Hunger" Campaign by bringing in canned food donations to school this week. This activity is organized by Encinal 4th and 5th graders in the Me to We Advisory group.
Classroom Volunteers Needed in East Palo Alto
An Hour a Week Could Change a Student's Life
We are looking for parents willing to volunteer in a K-4 classroom this school year. Assist teachers with tutoring and individualized instruction much like you may have done in your own child’s classroom, but these classes have no parents helping. The school most in need right now is Brentwood Academy. It’s one hour per week starting in early November. Our organization provides orientation and coordinates everything. To learn more about us, visit www.allstudentsmatter.
Cake4Kids is seeking volunteer bakers to bake one or two cakes a year to give at-risk youth a birthday cake who otherwise wouldn’t have one. This is a great opportunity for a service project you can do mostly from home with kids of all ages. To sign up or learn more, click here. Free Family Yoga Classes
For ages 2-5 @ Athleta in Town & Country 9-9:45am on Wednesdays in September and October Come join YogiBirds led by Encinal mom, Robin Soran, as we learn and practice yoga poses, play yoga-themed games, and wind down together at the end so that grown-ups and kids alike feel relaxed and refreshed. Classes are for children ages 2-5 and their family members or caregivers.
Host an AFS Exchange Student
Gain a global family member for a lifetime!
We are currently seeking a host family for MA's Exchange Student from Chile, Agustin Marinovic, who is a senior. Hosting an AFS exchange student is a rewarding experience that broadens your view of the world while learning about customs and cultures. To learn how you can host please visit www.afsusa.org. Please contact Irene Searles, at email@example.com, if you have any interest in being a host family this year.
Save The Bay- You can have fun outdoors, learn about the Bay and help us protect it by joining one of our on-the-Bay programs. Click here to see a list of volunteer opportunities at several sites around San Francisco Bay.
Join the Furry Friends Visiting Program at Lytton Gardens! Donating just a few hours of your time with your wonderful pet can make a world of difference in the daily life of our residents. You can either visit in the rooms or take your pet to the lobby and outdoors during the warm weather. If you have questions or inquiries please contact Bethany Dinh in our volunteer dept. 617-7355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There With Care is a non-profit based in Menlo Park that supports families of critically-ill children. We are currently serving families referred through Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford and we would love your help! We have many opportunities to volunteer directly with our families to deliver meals and groceries or provide childcare for patients or siblings. We also need administrative help sorting donations, helping in the office, or supporting special events. Kids of all ages can volunteer! For more info, visit our website bayarea.therewithcare.org to view our upcoming Volunteer Training Session dates and sign up for a one-time 90-minute session.
Bake a Dessert for kids at Ronald McDonald House
An easy way for your family or a group of families to help create a home-away-from home for families of children with life-threatening illnesses. Click here for more details on this and other "off-site" opportunities to support the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, or contact Monica Makela at email@example.com.
Decorate Brown Grocery Bags & Make Colorful Cards to Support the Fight against Hunger - Read this PDF brochure to learn more about these and other simple ways that kids under 14 can help support the work of Second Harvest Food Bank.
Haven House/InnVision Shelter Network - A nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness on the Peninsula. We depend on the generous time and talent of our community to help homeless families and individuals return to permanent housing and self-sufficiency. Click here to find a variety of ways you can engage with IVSN to support our mission. For more info, contact Lynnelle Bilsey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Riley's Place - Our Youth Volunteer Program offers kids aged 8 through 15, wonderful and meaningful opportunities to volunteer. Children gain hands-on experience and learn how to feed, exercise, groom, pet, socialize and care for all our animals, most of which were rescued. At Riley's Place, youth are very involved, have a whole lot of fun, and take pride in being the touchstone of our organization. For more information, contact Renette Rambeau at email@example.com.
Lytton Gardens - Whether you want to volunteer on your own or with a group, we can help you use your time and talents to enrich the lives of our seniors. Volunteers bring friendship, intellectual stimulation, and entertainment to the residents of Lytton Gardens. For more info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ecumenical Hunger Program - our 35 year old, private, non-profit, community-based organization located in East Palo Alto provides emergency food, clothing, case management, and household essentials to families in need in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Palo Alto. We have a range of jobs including packing food boxes, interviewing clients, sorting food and clothing, and data entry. For more info, contact Melanie Jones-Carter at email@example.com.
Sports, Classes, and Other Opportunities
Little Pim - Language Learning Program for Children ages 0 to 6
Now there’s Mango for even the youngest language enthusiasts! Mango Languages partnered with Little Pim to create an online language learning system for ages 0-6. It’s the fun, easy, and effective way for kids to learn a foreign language. Just like the rest of the Mango system, it’s free and accessible anywhere you get online, right through the library website! Try it now from our library webpage at menloparklibrary.org.
Softball registration open for Spring 2014!
RCGSL offers a coach pitch/tee ball division for 7 year old beginners and players as young as 5, and a girl/coach pitch division for players 8 years and under. More advanced defensive play and rules are introduced in the 10U and 12U divisions. RCGSL is very similar to the M-A Little League in its organization and size. Each division includes 6-10 teams, allowing for intra-league games, including play-offs for 10U and 12U divisions. Players interested in playing more competitively can try out in May for the summer travel teams (Wicked program), similar to select or all-star teams. The RCGSL home is Woodside High School, a few minutes from Menlo Park and Atherton. Registration is open with early registration discount through 12/1/13. For more information, visit us at www.rcgsl.org, or email Laurel and Hillview mom, Celine Sanie, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Palo Alto Girls Softball
registering players ages 5 to 16 for the 2014 season. Our Spring recreational league has an emphasis on participation, instruction and safety, and lots of games, with pre-season clinics and special programs for beginners. Our youngest players begin with T-ball and grow and develop with us to meet the challenges of competitive fast pitch softball (we are a part of the Amateur Softball Association). Please join us for an exciting — and fun — 2014 season. Those who register by November 28 can take advantage of our $20 Early Bird discount. Scholarship assistance is available. For more information and to register, visit http://www.
Free Family Yoga Classes @ Athleta in Town & Country
YogiBirds led by Encinal mom, Robin Soran, as we learn and practice yoga poses, play yoga-themed games, and wind down together at the end so that grown-ups and kids alike feel relaxed and refreshed. Classes are for children ages 2-5 and their family members or caregivers. Classes will be from 9-9:45am on Wednesdays Nov. 6th, 13th, 20th at the Athleta Store in Town and Country Village in Palo Alto. On November 27th, we will have a special, all ages family class from 9-9:45am. Registration is limited to the first 15 families that sign up. To register email, email@example.com.
Girls in the Class of 2020 (current sixth-grade girls). There are also limited spots available in the Class of 2019 (current seventh grade), as well as the Class of 2018 for eight grade daughters. National Charity League is a nonprofit philanthropic organization of mothers and their daughters, which continues from the beginning of 7th grade through 12th grade. We engage in community service with over 20 local philanthropies, including Ronald McDonald House, Pets In Need and My New Red Shoes. We take on a different job each year, ranging from President to Historian, all of which help teach team building and time management. Membership in this organization affords mother and daughters opportunities to participate in philanthropic work, leadership development and cultural experiences. For more information, please contact Karen Fryling, VP Membership: Karen.Fryling@cbnorcal.com or visit our website: www.nclmidpen.org
SmartFit Kids at Menlo Swim and Sport
Acclaimed for coaching excellence, Menlo Swim and Sport’s SmartFit Kids is an after-school homework and tutoring program that provides academic coaching and homework oversight for students from 1st – 5th grades. Open Monday - Thursday, 3:30-5:30pm. Visit our website for more details http://www.menloswim.
Alpine Strikers FC is excited to announce upcoming tryouts for the spring season. Players new to the club can be evaluated via age group wide tryouts. Roster openings vary from team to team and are at the discretion of the coaches. For general club information, please visit www.alpinestrikers.org. To register your child for tryouts, please click here.
PRACTICE TESTS HSPT and ISEE (all levels) and TEST PREP Wed. Nov. 27th, Fri. Nov. 29th, Sat. Nov. 30th, Sun. Dec. 1st. During November holidays, practice test sessions or tutoring sessions will be given. Times are 9-12 but other times available. Pls. contact to reserve. Mon. Nov. 11th Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving holidays no school Fee is $75 per test administered at Omega's office. Test will be scored and returned. Private and group tutoring lessons and classes also offered in test prep and other subjects. Omega offers practice tests on Saturdays and Sundays, 9-12 pm. Other times available. Pls. contact for more information. Omega's office is located at 1030 Curtis St., #201, Menlo Park across from Trader Joe's. firstname.lastname@example.org or 650.324.1662 or visit www.omegateaching.com
SpringDown Holiday/Winter Camp
Holiday Camps: December 23, 26, 27
Winter Camps: February 17 - 21
Learn how to ride or improve you horsemanship skills during our one week program. Riders are grouped according to experience, but no experience is needed to attend our camps. Our knowledgeable instructors and helpers will teach you all about horses working in small, interactive groups to give you hands on experience with your horse. Please see our web site at www.springdown.com, or call our office at (650) 851-1114 for more information and application procedures.
Menlo College Youth Basketball Clinics
Over the next three months
Spring Clinic Series
Menlo College, Atherton, CA
Menlo Park Library
Storyteller John Weaver
Every Thursday afternoon at 4pm beginning October 31.
Thursday Afternoon School-Age Storytelling series! Something cool after school! No, not a story time; story telling. Traditional-style storytelling creates unique images in the mind of each listener. School-agers & adults alike will love these captivating, hilarious tales—all told without a book.
Women Basketball Players
Sundays at 10AM
Looking for additional players for a women's basketball group. Oak Knoll/Hillview/Encinal/Laurel moms that play basketball on Sundays at 10AM in the Oak Knoll multi.Whether you have played before or would like to learn, we would love to have you join us. It is a great workout and a lot of fun. Please email Margie Roginski at email@example.com for more info.
Thursday Afternoon School-Age Storytelling series
Thursdays @ 4 p.m. – The Menlo Park Library presents traditional-style storytelling that create unique images in the mind of each listener, school-agers & adults alike will love the "tricksters and treats" that fill their imagination during this special Halloween afternoon event!
Join Menlo Park Library's resident tale-spinner, Storyteller John Weaver, for the kick-off event Summit Preparatory Charter High School and Everest Public High School
Open Houses are held together for both of our schools:
Thursday, Dec 5, 7-9 pm
Summit Preparatory Charter High School
890 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94063
Tuesday Nov 5, 7-9 pm, Saturday, Feb 8, 10 am - 12 noon
Everest Public High School
455 5th Avenue, Redwood City, CA 94063
Learn more about our rigorous, college-preparatory program
Meet current students, parents, and faculty
Be able to pick up and submit an application
Be able to sign up for Shadow Days and Parent Tours
Gingerbread House Making Contest
December 14th from 2:00-4:00 PM
At the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma Street, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Teens ages 11-18 are encouraged to let their inner architect shine by creating their own Gingerbread House at Menlo Park Library on December 14th from 2:00-4:00 PM. Pictures will be taken of each confectionary creation and the most original gingerbread house will be awarded a prize. Gingerbread and candy will be provided by Menlo Park Library. Registration is required; please send an e-mail to Irish Atajar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Horseback riding opportunities
McIntosh Sponsored Child Essay Contest. Toni and Colin McIntosh are reaching out to young riders in the area to help sponsor the riding endeavors and promote positive extracurricular activities for students in the area. We would like to host an essay competition for children in middle school (grade 6-8). The essay topic would be "What riding with McIntosh Stables would mean to me." The winning student author, as chosen by McIntosh Stables and is final, would receive 6 months of sponsored lessons at McIntosh Stables and a McIntosh T-Shirt.
Stanford School of Medicine
Is conducting a longitudinal research study that uses psychological testing and brain imaging technology to see how reading skills develop in preterm and full-term children.
Researchers at Families with English speaking children aged 5 years and 9 months to 6 years and 7 months are invited to join the study. At age 6, there are two to three testing sessions. Parents will receive a comprehensive assessment on how their child performs on the tests. Children receive $10 per testing session, and $50 for the scan as well as a picture of their brain. Please contact Vanessa Durand at 650-498-7690 or email at email@example.com
Menlo Tennis Academy
Come join the fun on the courts at Burgess Park with Menlo Swim and Sports' Tennis Academy, a beginning program for kids age 6-10 based on the dynamic US Tennis Association 10/Under program, designed to build a foundation of essential skills important to the development of youth tennis players. Novice and advanced novice levels available; lessons Monday and Wednesday afternoons. More information www.menlotennisacademy.com.
SmartFit Kids at Menlo Swim and Sport
Open Monday - Thursday, 3:30-5:30pm
Acclaimed for coaching excellence, Menlo Swim and Sport’s SmartFit Kids is an after-school homework and tutoring program that provides academic coaching and homework oversight for students from 1st – 5th grades.
Visit our website for more details
Kidizens Fall Program 2013: Leveraging Love of LEGOS to Learn Civic Responsibility
Kidizens is a civic and economic enrichment program that uses a model LEGO building environment to bring various real-world concepts to life. Students aged 6-11 build, manage and govern their own LEGO cities in a fun, social learning environment and learn about city governance, economics and leadership. Each city (group of children) is given a huge swath of LEGO land on which to create its own small civilization. The kidizens serve as Mayors, Judges, Sheriffs and in many other roles on the City Council, as well as managing city budgets, enacting laws, and coping with natural disasters and crises. They also interact with other cities and develop strategies to partner/ cooperate on various issues. This highly interactive social learning framework inculcates analytical thinking, strategic problem solving and develops public speaking and leadership skills. Please visit our website at www.thekidizens.com, call 650-384-0412 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on classes and scheduling.
Library volunteers are needed at K-8 public schools in the Ravenswood District to support and encourage students as they learn to read. Activities include reading to children, helping students find books they love, checking-out books, and organizing. Reading skills dramatically impact children's educational prospects, so this is a fun way to make a big difference! For more information, please visit http://readerstakeflight.org
Classroom Volunteers Needed in East Palo Alto Looking for parents willing to volunteer in a K-4 classroom this school year. Assist teachers with tutoring and individualized instruction much like you may have done in your own child’s classroom, but these classes have no parents helping...no PTA. The schools are located in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park. It’s one hour per week with training starting September 6th. Our organization coordinates everything. To learn more about us, visit www.allstudentsmatter.org Have questions or want to sign up? Contact Carolyn Blatman at CBlatman@aol.com.
Circle of Friends Preschool offers a play-based program where children have opportunities to create, explore, problem solve, learn skills and concepts, and integrate knowledge in a small, hands-on supportive environment. Our goal is the development of the whole child: physical, emotional, social, language and intellectual. Providing detailed assessment of each child helps us to build partnerships with families to support emerging competencies. In Menlo Park for children 3-5 years old, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm, Contact Debbie or Stephanie at email@example.com, Website: https://sites.google.com/site/cofpreschool/
Classroom Volunteers Needed in East Palo Alto – Start in September
We are looking for parents willing to volunteer in a K-4 classroom next school year. Assist teachers with tutoring and individualized instruction much like you may have done in your own child’s classroom. These K-4 classrooms are in schools located in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park. It’s one hour per week and we’d like to add more volunteers to assist in classrooms this coming Fall. Our organization coordinates everything. To learn more about us, visit www.allstudentsmatter.org. Have questions or want to sign up? Contact Carolyn Blatman at CBlatman@aol.com.
Emotion Regulation Research at Stanford
Participants with Autism, ADD/ADHD and Controls Needed
We are currently conducting a research study at Stanford University on emotion regulation and reactivity among children with and without an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) compared to children and adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) and typically developing participants. We are recruiting children with ASD, ADD/ADHD and typically developing children between the ages of 8 and 22. The study consists of up to 4 sessions and participants will be reimbursed $30 for each session and an additional $30 if the online components (questionnaires and a daily emotion journal) are completed. The total potential cash reimbursement is up to $160. US Citizens only (must have social security number to receive payment). Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in having your child participate
IRB Approved Parent Correspondence 4/7
Stanford University EPGY
Online courses K-8
Tuition: $95 for 5 months; $135 for 10 months
Language arts and writing
Contact EPGY for Spanish translation
Society Skateshop provides skateboarding lessons
Menlo Park Burgess skatepark
The lessons are through the Menlo Park Rec Center
Ravenswood Education Foundation - Adopt-A-Teacher
Every child deserves a quality education. You can help make this happen by getting involved with our neighboring school district, Ravenswood. The Adopt-a-Teacher program is a wonderful volunteer opportunity for families, friends, small groups and neighbors to work together to provide much needed encouragement and school supplies to a K-8 teacher in East Menlo Park/Palo Alto schools. Over the course of the nine-month school year, volunteer teams typically spend approximately one hour a month and $500-$600 in school supplies for their adopted teacher's class.
Contact the Adopt-a-Teacher coordinators:
Jennifer Vettel (email@example.com) or Jeanne Simonian (firstname.lastname@example.org).