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Saturday: Prairie Rose Band performs in Menlo Park

The Prairie Rose Band brings "music of the Old West and of the West that never was" to Menlo Park with a free program on Saturday, July 12.

The performance will begin at 11 a.m. in the Menlo Park City Council Chambers at 701 Laurel St. in the Civic Center.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library, the event spotlights the cowboy-outfit-wearing band whose wide-ranging repertoire includes songs popular during the Civil War, 1930s and 40s western swing, country hits, a bit of Stephen Foster and Cole Porter, and audience requests.

The band, which travels throughout the greater Bay Area, is made up of four musicians: George Martin on banjo and vocals, Paula Scholten on guitar and vocals, Gene Tortora on eight-string dobro and vocals, and Mark Hedin on bass.

Free wheelchair-accessible van service is available for Menlo Park area seniors and people with disabilities. Call 330-2512 for van reservations.

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