Weekly Message - October 2017
Halloween Hoopla Parade and Merchant Trick-or-treat
Join us for Halloween Hoopla this Saturday, October 28th ! I t’s sure to be a treat! Begin the day by gathering with the other ghosts and goblins at Maloney Street parking lot behind 640 Santa Cruz Avenue for our annual costume parade through downtown Menlo Park! Then go door to door at the local businesses for the Merchant trick-or-treat. All activities are free and fun for the whole family. We look forward to seeing you there for this spooktacular event!

Stop Hunger Food Drive
Sodexo and Vallombrosa Retreat Center have teamed up to host a Food Drive in benefit of the Northern California Wildfire Victims. Please join us in our collection efforts.

October 23 - 30th, 2017
Vallombrosa Retreat Center
250 Oak Grove Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Drop-off station will be located in front of lobby entrance.


719 Santa Cruz Ave.
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Kerry Hoctor, the Village Stationers’ owner, describes a true stationary store as a business that offers cards, gifts, and office supplies. Village Stationers was established by Kerry’s parents in 1966 and later managed by Kerry himself in 1981, after his parents retired.

Beginning his career at the age of 12 as a sales clerk at Village Stationers with his parents, Kerry found that, not only did he enjoy retail, but was also good at it as a kid. He later recognized he could run the business and bought the store at the age of 26, “never having second thoughts,” Hoctor said.

When he first began, Hoctor remembers working 14-15 hours a day, seven days a week but has felt “blessed” for having committed employees who have devoted 10-15 years of their lives to the store.

Throughout the years Village Stationers has had its challenges. Not only did it have physical competitors near by, but online shopping also became a major problem. However, due to their committed clientele and expansion on invitation and printing services, Village Stationers prevailed.

Dia de los Muertos / Halloween
Have you been to one of Facebook's festivals? The next one is on  October 28, 2017  from  12 to 5 pm . It's a blast of fun for the whole family. Bring the kids in costume for parade, trick-or-treating, cookie decorating, FREE kids zone with haunted house and corn maze, and a pumpkin patch! Shop for fall produce, decor & crafts.

Woodland School Mentor Program
Woodland School in Portola Valley is seeking female mentors for its 5th-6th Grade Girls' Mentor Program! The purpose of our mentor program is to make our students strong from the inside out - to build resilience. Students these days, especially our girls, need the support of a "village" to help them navigate a world that continues to send mixed messages through a variety of media sources. The unique experiences and insights that each girl will gain by having a mentor will enhance her education at Woodland as well as be a rewarding and growth experience for each mentor as well.

To learn more about the program and inquire about becoming a mentor, click here !
Night of Lights
Come join the Menlo Park Fire Protection District for a Night of Lights. Bringing back old traditions to our Friday Night Open House, celebrating 100 years of service. Watch the trucks and engines light up the sky as they rescue a person from the tower. Vintage fire trucks, hose cart and many more historic displays to our newest technology from drones, a Quint Fire Truck, and updated equipment used for fire and rescue.

Friday, October 27, 2017
6:30 - 8:30 pm
300 Middlefield Road


October 23-30
Vallombrosa Retreat Center, Menlo Park

October 24
11 am to 1:30 pm, Sharon Heights Country Club

October 25
6 to 8 pm, CCRM San Francisco, Menlo Park

October 25
6:30 to 8 pm, Arrillaga Recreation Center

October 27
6:30 to 8:30 pm, 300 Middlefield Road

October 28
7:30 to 11 am, Guadalupe River Trail in San Jose

October 28
11 am to 2 pm, Fremont Park

October 28
12 to 5 pm, 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park

November 3
8:30 to 9:30 am, Chamber Conference Room

November 4
9 am to 12 pm, City Corporation Yard, Menlo Park
Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce | (650) 325-2818 |  menloparkchamber.com