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Taste of Woodside benefits Rotary charities

The Rotary Club of Woodside/Portola Valley is holding its annual Taste of Woodside wine tasting event from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, at the Village Church at 3154 Woodside Road.

The event will have food from local restaurants and silent and live auctions on items such as vacations in Bali (Indonesia) and Antigua (Guatemala). Tickets are $150 per person, with group discounts: four tickets for $500 and eight for $800. Proceeds benefit local and international Rotary projects.

It's been a busy year for the club. Local activities included gifts of illustrated dictionaries to third-graders in "less affluent" school districts and scholarships based on essays by high school students, Rotary Club member Kenneth Broome told the Almanac.

Internationally, the club helped build a birthing center in the West Bank in Palestine. Also participating were clubs in Nazareth, Ramallah and five in the San Francisco Bay Area, including in Menlo Park, Mr. Broome said.

Built at a cost of more than $40,000, the birthing center makes it unnecessary for women in remote areas and in need of a hospital to have to go to Ramallah, a trip that passes through several checkpoints.

A project in planning stages would upgrade 35 cable bridges in Nepal at a cost of about $100,000, Mr. Broome said. The bridges are vital during the monsoon for children getting to school, the sick getting to medical centers, and farmers getting to their markets.

The Rotary Club of Woodside/Portola Valley is inviting other local clubs to participate in this project.

Go to tasteofwoodside.com for more information on Taste of Woodside.

Dave Boyce

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