Community - March 31, 2010

Around Town: Charity League honors young volunteers

Twenty-six young women who have completed six years of volunteer work and training were honored at the senior presentation of the National Charity League, Stanford Hills chapter, on March 6 at the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel in Palo Alto.

The young women made their debut at "Presents" wearing white formal gowns.

The National Charity League includes mothers and their daughters in grades six to 12. The purpose of the organization is to foster a close mother/daughter relationship and encourage volunteer work in the community.

Viviane Schaller is president of the Stanford Hills chapter of the National Charity League. Chairs of the senior presentation committee were Denise Blocker and Dana Bolognini.

The nine local girls honored were Margaret Beim, Melissa Benevento, Jessica Blocker, Sophie Emmerson, Katherine Howard, Kristen Howard, Jennifer Krantz, Ann Madding and Christina Ring.

The National Charity League is a nonprofit national organization with 155 chapters in 16 states. The Stanford Hills chapter was started in 1987.

First Easter brunch at Rosewood Sand Hill

Rosewood Sand Hill will host its first Easter Sunday celebration April 4 with a gourmet brunch at Madera restaurant and a petting zoo on the hotel lawn.

Madera will serve a four-course brunch with three choices for each course for $62 per person. A children's version of the brunch is $31. Madera will also offer its full children's menu. Each child will receive rabbit ears and a miniature Easter basket. There will also be a giant Easter egg display.

The Easter Bunny, as well as ducks, chickens, dwarf goats, pot-bellied pigs, turkey, sheep and rabbits, will greet children on the hotel's Vista Lawn. The petting zoo is open to community members, hotel guests and Madera patrons. Rosewood Sand Hill will donate proceeds from the petting zoo to the Palo Alto Humane Society. A donation of $10 is suggested.

For brunch reservations, call 561-1540.

Local author at library

Alexander Kugushev of Menlo Park will discuss his book, "Resilient America: An immigrant examines our nation's adaptive continuity," at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 3, in the downstairs meeting room of the Menlo Park Public Library, 800 Alma St. in Menlo Park.

A journalist by trade and a publisher by profession, Mr. Kugushev views the American experience as an outsider, although he has spent nearly 50 years in this country. Born in France to Russian parents, he lived in Europe through World War II, which he describes as the defining experience of his life. He and his mother immigrated to Argentina after the war and he arrived in the United States in 1960.

The program is presented by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. Free van service is available for Menlo Park seniors and those with disabilities. To schedule transportation, call 330-2512.

Peer counselors are sought

Family Service Agency of San Mateo County is offering two training sessions for volunteers, age 55 and over, interested in becoming senior peer counselors.

The sessions will prepare volunteers for counseling to older adults, who are suffering from such issues as depression, loneliness, isolation, and grief.

A Spanish-speaking session will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, and an English-speaking session will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, April 12, at Family Service Agency, 24 Second Ave. in San Mateo.

To register for the Spanish-speaking session, call Teresa Hurtado at 403-4300, ext. 4321. To register for the English session, call Howard Lader at 403-4300, ext. 4322.


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