Weekly Message - April 2018
BUSINESS NEWS
City Council Rail Subcommittee Public Meeting
On Tuesday, April 17 at 5 pm , the City Council Rail Subcommittee will hold a meeting to review, discuss and provide input on the status of the  Ravenswood Avenue Railroad Crossing  study at City Council Chambers .

This project is evaluating the engineering feasibility of replacing the existing at-grade crossings of the Caltrain railroad tracks by building grade separations of the roadways from the tracks at Ravenswood Avenue and possibly also at Oak Grove Avenue, Glenwood Avenue and Encinal Avenue, with a priority on Ravenswood Avenue. There will be time allotted for the public to provide comments and feedback on the Ravenswood Avenue Railroad Crossing project as well as any rail related topics on interest to the City.

Downtown Parking Structure Project Survey
As part of the City Council's 2018 goal setting meeting, the City Council tasked staff with determining potential uses, siting, funding and design of a downtown parking structure.

Staff has evaluated a number of options for developing a parking structure and/or mixed-use development. With that in mind, there is no consensus yet regarding the mix of uses, siting, funding strategy and design of a parking structure.

Take this survey and share your input before the next City Council study session on April 24, 2018.

AROUND MENLO PARK
Sidewalk Spring Art Stroll
The  Menlo Park Sidewalk Spring Art Stroll , celebrating its 36 th  year, welcomes visitors to browse among the handcrafted works of more than 90 artists whose displays include fine jewelry, photography from many different perspectives, decorative and functional ceramics, abstract and representational paintings, gorgeous turned woodwork and much more. This open-air marketplace celebrates the artists’ talent and an opportunity to learn about their inspiration in creating lasting beauty.

This annual free, family event, sponsored by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, takes place along tree-lined Santa Cruz Avenue off El Camino Real Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21 , from 10 am to 6 pm , and Sunday, April 22 from 10 am to 5 pm .

Facilities Master Plan Community Workshop #1
The City of Menlo Park is in the process of updating the it's Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan. Over the course of the next year, we will be collaborating with the local community to explore things like: what you have, what you would like to keep, what you might like to improve and what future amenities you would like to see brought to Menlo Park's recreation system within the next 20 years.

Provide input and gain insight's into Menlo Park's Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan on Thursday, April 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center .

Earth Day
Free Family Event! Join us for Earth Day on Saturday, April 21  at Shoreway Environmental Center from 10 am to 1 pm in the Visitor's Parking Lot.

Activities Include:
Petting Zoo, Recycling Site Tours, Face Painting, Free Food, Compost Giveaway, Puppet Show, Raffle Baskets, Battery Drop-off, and Eco-Crafts.

2018 Commuter Challenge
Join the 2018 Commuter Challenge ! This Spring, embrace change and discover new transportation modes other than driving alone in your vehicle.

From April 1st to May 31st, people who join the challenge and commute to, from or through San Mateo County using an alternative mode will be eligible to win weekly prizes and one of five grand prizes. Register here.

MEMBERS @ WORK
Menlo Green Challenge
We’re aiming to double the number of Green Challenge takers this year, and help make Menlo Park a clean energy city! Join the Menlo Green Challenge and lower your impact, save money and help create a clean energy future!

Winners are going to be selected to get Certificates of Recognition produced from the City of Menlo Park, Mayor Ohtaki.

Earth Day Celebration at Cheeky Monkey
Cheeky Monkey will be celebrating Earth Day on Sunday, April 22 , with rock painting from 11 am to 4 pm ! Come join us outside the store for painting Kindness Rocks to share with your friends and family.
Be bold, brave, and colorful - spread kindness and positivity by painting and hiding rocks throughout your community! 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

April 17
5 pm, City Council Chambers

April 18
6 to 9 pm, 825 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City

April 20
8:30 to 9:30 am, Chamber Conference Room

April 20-22
Friday to Sunday, Santa Cruz Avenue

April 20-22
Friday to Sunday, Discovery Shop, Menlo Park

April 21
10 am to 1 pm, Shoreway Environmental Center

April 25
5 to 7 pm, Left Bank Brasserie

April 26
8 to 9:30 am, Chamber Conference Room

April 26
4 to 7 pm, SMC Mosquito Control and Vector District

April 26
6:30 to 8:30 pm, Arrillaga Family Recreation Center
Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce | (650) 325-2818 |  menloparkchamber.com