Community - March 3, 2010

Around Town: M-A High School Thespians stage 'Forum'

The Menlo-Atherton High School Thespians will present "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" at 7 p.m. March 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 in the Menlo-Atherton performing arts center on the Atherton campus. There will be a 2 p.m. performance on March 13.

The play is a fast-paced musical farce set in ancient Rome. The book is by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Mandy Peoples is director. Student director is Maya Lozinski. Margaret Ringler and Kendall Dubroff are stage managers.

The Menlo-Atherton band will perform, and the production will be bandmaster Frank Moura's last musical before retiring. Tickets, for sale at the door, range from $5 to $12.

Workshop on creative writing

Author and editor Phyllis Filiberti Butler of Menlo Park will lead a four-week creative writing workshop at Little House, 800 Middle Ave. in Menlo Park, beginning on Thursday, March 11.

The workshop will cover the writing of personal memoir, family history, short stories, and creative nonfiction, Ms. Butler says.

The sessions begin at 1:30 p.m. The cost is $25 for Little House members and $30 for nonmembers.

Ms. Butler is the author of "Valley of Santa Clara," a review of the Valley's architectural heritage. Her articles have been published in a number of newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Jose Mercury News.

For more information about the workshop, call 326-0723.

Domino tourney benefits CHC

The 48th annual master's domino tournament by the Children's Health Council Auxiliary will be held Saturday, March 6, at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton.

The event is a benefit for the Children's Health Council. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and tournament play at 9:30 a.m. The fee is $140 per advanced player, and $70 per novice player; the fee covers a continental breakfast, buffet luncheon, and thank-you departure gifts.

To register, call Charlene Chanteloup at 326-4437, or Nancy Schumacher at 854-5599.

Pancake breakfast

Menlo/Atherton Boy Scout Troop 206 will serve a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 6, at the Trinity Church parish hall, 330 Ravenswood Ave. in Menlo Park.

The breakfast will include pancakes, sausages, fruit, juices, coffee and tea. Cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children 10 and under. Cub Scouts in uniform eat free.

Art, wine auction to benefit Alzheimer's Association

An art and wine auction to support art therapy services to Alzheimer's sufferers is set for 6-9:30 p.m. on March 5 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. The event benefits the Alzheimer's Association's "memories in the making" program, which is offered locally at Rosener House and Canyon House in Menlo Park.

Tickets cost $125 and are available at the door. Go to to preregister or call 962-8111 for information. The Computer History Museum is located at 1401 Shoreline Ave. in Mountain View.


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