Weekly Message ~ December 2019
Business News
City Council Reorganization Meeting Tonight
You are invited to the City of Menlo Park’s  City Council reorganization on Tuesday, December 17 at 7 pm . Please join Mayor Ray Mueller, Vice Mayor Cecilia Taylor, and City Councilmembers Catherine Carlton, Drew Combs, and Betsy Nash for the swearing in of the new City Councilmembers and selection of the next Mayor and Vice Mayor.

City Council Chambers
701 Laurel St., Menlo Park

During the month of December, major construction activities will continue on U.S. 101 express lanes from I-380 in San Bruno to the San Mateo County/Santa Clara County. This includes work in Menlo Park from the Santa Clara County border to US 101/ Whipple Avenue affecting freeway shoulders and median, freeway ramps and potentially local city streets adjacent to the freeway. Minor activities will also occur north of Whipple Avenue on the freeway. 

The City would like residents and their guests to enjoy suspended residential overnight parking enforcement. We understand that many residents are expecting guests from out of town and hosting events during the holiday season. As a courtesy, the overnight parking ordinance will not be enforced beginning Friday morning, December 20, 2019, through Thursday morning, January 2, 2020 .

The City Council approved a groundbreaking local energy ordinance September 24, 2019, that requires all new buildings to be electric (with some exceptions) and becomes effective January 1, 2020 . The Reach Codes sparked many discussions among Peninsula residents and encouraged many to learn more about induction cooktops. 

Now, Acterra, a nonprofit based in Palo Alto, has created an Induction Cooktop Loaner Program for Bay Area residents to borrow portable induction cooktops. Participants can borrow them FREE for up to three weeks.

Holiday Events
It's a Wonderful Nutcracker by Menlowe Ballet
It's a Wonderful Nutcracker blends the magic and wonder of a traditional Nutcracker with the heartwarming message from Frank Capra's 1940's film, It's a Wonderful Life, The result brings two of the world's most heralded holiday classics together in a clever way that is warm, funny and uniquely entertaining.

Since its premiere in 2015,  It's a Wonderful Nutcracker  has been embraced for its warmth, humor, and original blending of two classic tales. Adults appreciate the ballet’s world-class dancing, while children perch on their seats as dancing dolls magically appear, toy soldiers battle mischievous mice, snowflakes swirl, and a beautiful angel emerges.

December 21-22, 2019
Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center
555 Middlefield Road, Atherton, CA .

Members at Work
Congratulations to Round Table on their 60th Anniversary!
Round Table Pizza just celebrated their 60th Anniversary ! The first Round Table was opened by Bill Larson on December 21, 1959 in Menlo Park. Now there are more than 440 restaurants across the United States.

Congratulations to Round Table on celebrating their 60th Anniversary! Stay updated with their deals on their Facebook page .

Round Table Pizza
1225 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Menlo Park Firefighters Toy and Food Drive
Help Menlo Park Firefighters with their 2019 Toy and Food Drive!

You can drop off new toys, non-perishable food, and monetary donations for members of our community at the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce ( 1100 Merrill St. ) or at the City of Menlo Park ( 701 Laurel St. ).
Christmas Tree Lots
Support our local clubs and organizations by purchasing a tree at
one of these Christmas Tree Lots:

The  Kiwanis Christmas Tree Lot  is located on the Stanford
Campus on the corner of Embarcadero and El Camino Real, across from Palo Alto High School.

The  Nativity School Christmas Tree Lot  is located at Nativity School on the corner of Oak Grove Ave and Laurel St. in Menlo Park.
Amici's December Deal
20% OFF Items of the Month at Amici's East Coast Pizzeria!

Enjoy 20% off Amici's items of the month:
Milano Pizza & Orecchiette with Kale and Sausage.

Offer valid on pick-up & delivery orders during the month of December via  amicis.com . Use  'DEC19'  at checkout.

Mark Your Calendar
December 17
7 to 11 pm, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park

December 21-22
Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center

December 25
Chamber Closed in observance of Christmas

December 26-31
Chamber Open by Appointment Only

December 27
5 to 7 pm, 888 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park
Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce | (650) 325-2818 |  menloparkchamber.com