Staff Picks

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All Aboard!

Nothing cures the holiday blues better than an encounter with Santa, Rudolph or a train festooned with 70,000 twinkling lights. A Bay area holiday tradition chugs into town on December 7, when the Caltrain Holiday Train makes its Menlo Park stop at 7:45 pm. Read more

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The Finery of Filoli Estate

If the Filoli Estate looks familiar, count yourself among the fans of Dallas, the 80s television soap opera. Its Dallas days behind it, today Filoli Estate, a popular Menlo Park area attraction, is a slice of living history. Located in nearby Woodside, Filoli sits on 654 acres anchored by a Georgian country house and an exquisite English Renaissance garden. Read more

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The Science of Oktoberfest

This San Jose museum dedicated to all things tech gets in the Barvarian spirit on October 2 when its popular After Hours program marks Oktoberfest with a "Science and Suds" event hosted by Bay Area brewer Gordon Biersch. Read more

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Art, With a Side of Fresh Brewed Coffee

As if it weren't enough to serve some of the best food in Menlo Park - think organic meats, house-made focaccia and farm-fresh local produce - Cafe Barrone upped the ante with art exhibits and live jazz. Read more

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Windy Hill Walk

When we need to take a step back, get some fresh air and clear our heads, one sublime spot springs to mind. Read more

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Menlo's Summer Music Scene

On Wednesday evenings through August 13, kick back with Menlo Park music lovers in shady and historic Fremont Park. Showcasing everything from rock to rhythm and blues, the city's popular (and free) Summer Concert Series presents the best local bands from 6:30 âÂ?" 8 pm. Read more

Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University

HELPING HANDS

Merging art, technology and medicine, the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University presents "Inside Rodin's Hands," an inter-disciplinary approach to the study of French sculptor Auguste Rodin's bronze works of the hand. It all began when Dr. James Chang visited the Rodin Sculpture Garden at Stanford as an undergrad. Read more

Museum of American Heritage

TIME MACHINE TRIP

Timekeeping has come a long way since the sundial, the Egyptians' preferred method for measuring time. For a fascinating look at the evolution of keeping time, from 3500 BC to date, head to Palo Alto's Museum of American Heritage. Read more

Delight Merner

ARTISTS ENCLAVE

While exploring California's early folk art, raise a toast to Delight Merner, a talented, 1930s-era decorator with a keen sense of color. She and her husband Garfield bought land in 1929, intent on creating "a serene and beautiful workplace for artists; to encourage the crafting of handsome objects for everyday use; and to support all peasant or folk art, especially that of early California." Read more

Tech Museum of Innovation

STAR WARS SCIENCE

Hey, this is the birthplace of tech innovation but that doesn't mean we're without a few star-studded side effects. Head over to the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose to see "The Science of Star Wars," a fun, futuristic exhibit exploring that galaxy far, far away. Read more

Allied Arts Guild

CRAFT & COMFORT

Why not go take a stroll through Menlo Park's Allied Arts Guild and maybe do a little shopping? The Guild is a collection of studios and galleries housed in a Spanish Mission-style complex that was founded in the 1920s, as documented then by a local photographer you might have heard of, Ansel Adams. Read more

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BAYOU IN THE BAY

Alligator dumplings, boiled crawfish, andouille and boudinâÂ?¦.yes, there's a little bit of the Big Easy right here in Palo Alto. The place, naturally, is named NOLA and it was recently voted "the hottest bar in the Silicon Valley" by Fortune magazine. Read more

Kepler's Books and Magazines

PICK A PAGE TURNER

Do you ever long to flip through the pages of a good old-fashioned book? Believe it or not, right here at the epicenter of technological invention thrives Kepler's Books and Magazines, one of the country's most revered independent bookstores. Read more