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Community - March 17, 2010

Around Town: Charming cottages tour

Five homes, which have been remodeled for today's life styles, will be on display at the 19th annual Charming Cottages of Palo Alto house tour Friday and Saturday, March 26-27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The tour, sponsored by the Palo Alto Area Mills College Club, is a benefit for Mills College students who in live in Santa Clara or San Mateo county, and for the endowment fund of the Alumnae Association of Mills College.

Original construction dates for the homes range from 1898 to the 1950s. Remodeling projects for the bungalows, cottages and ranches include transforming an artist's studio into a guest house, adding a second floor, and bumping out a back wall.

Tickets for the tour are $30 in advance and $35 after March 19. You can buy them at the door at 446 Ruthven Ave. in Palo Alto on tour days only.

Got to charmingcottages.org to buy tickets online.

Approximately 100 of the Mills Club members will act as hostesses for the house tour. Katie Sanborn is tour chairman. Among committee members are Judy Castaillac of Atherton and Anna Henderson and Jane King of Menlo Park. Patti Zussman of Portola Valley is president of the local Mills College Club.

Book sale at Menlo Park Library

The Friends of the Menlo Park Library will hold a book sale from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 21, in the library's downstairs meeting room at 800 Alma St. in Menlo Park.

The sale will feature literature, cookbooks, fiction and mystery, biography and history, gardening and home improvement, children's picture and chapter books, and more. Titled "summer sale," the event will have books for summer reading and books priced to be read and left at destinations.

All funds raised will be used to support Menlo Park Library programs and events, the sponsors say.

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