New for the Portola Valley town picnic in 2012: a trail, a club and a shirt. Set for Saturday, June 9, the picnic will include a rededication of the Dwight Crowder Trail along Alpine Road, an information table about a new Portola Valley Women's Club, and a picnic T-shirt designed by A.J. Nybo, a seventh-grader at Corte Madera Middle School.
The day starts with the trail rededication ceremony at 9 a.m. at Ford (baseball) Field, 3399 Alpine Road, with remarks by a member of the Town Council and by a Stanford University representative. Stanford spent about $2.9 million to renew and reroute sections of the trail as part of a 2006 initiative connected to Stanford's plans for developing its land in Santa Clara County.
Dwight Crowder was one of the founding residents of Portola Valley and an early community advocate for preserving views and creeks and for sensible development, given the seismic, scenic and topographic characteristics of the town, according to Town Historian Nancy Lund.
Following the trail rededication ceremony, registration for the Zots-to-Tots walk/run/bike race opens at 9:15 a.m. at the Alpine Inn (Rossotti's) at 3915 Alpine Road. The race begins at 10 a.m. Included with the $10 registration fee, while supplies last, is the T-shirt.
The race ends at Town Center at 765 Portola Road, where children's activities will include a petting zoo, a bouncy house, a slide, a dunk tank and a bungee run.
Food for sale will include cake and snow cones from the Girl Scouts, cotton candy from the Cub Scouts, and popcorn from them both. The Boy Scouts will sell burgers from Draeger's market, hot dogs, veggie burgers, Chinese chicken salad, and snacks and drinks.
The informational table for the Portola Valley Women's Club will be one of several tables, the others representing some of the volunteer-based town committees. The Friends of the Portola Valley Library will be selling used books, CDs and DVDs, and a bookmobile will be outside the Historic Schoolhouse, according to the town's picnic announcement.
The Women's Club is a social group of about 200 women from Portola Valley and the nearby unincorporated communities of Ladera, Vista Verde and Los Trancos Woods. Club activities include hikes, bike trips, bridge and mahjongg, charity work, arts and crafts, and trips to restaurants, club President Dale Lachtman told the Almanac.