Community - April 7, 2010

Around Town: Fashion show boosts high school sports

Members of the Woodside High School Athletic Boosters are calling their spring fashion show a "Purrfect 10." The show will have two performances on Saturday, April 10, in the high school's performing arts center.

The luncheon show will begin with a noon buffet, catered by The Talk of Broadway, followed by a 1 p.m. fashion show. Cost is $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. The second show will take place at 5 p.m. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior.

More than 60 seniors, as well as parents and teachers, will be modeling fashions from a number of Peninsula stores, including Alta and Fleet Feet in Menlo Park, and the Black & White store and Coldwater Creek at Stanford Shopping Center.

Teachers and staff who will model include principal David Reilly; vice principals Maureen Campbell, Diane Mazzei and Alvaro Caleron; librarian Anne Ken (with her daughter), and teachers Gale Hale and Marcia Blondel.

Fourteen members of the athletic department will also model. Diane Carr is choreographer for the show.

Kim Colyer is event chairman. Her committee includes Tina Patrick, store curator; Karen Peterson, parent liaison; Brian Murphy, senior liaison; and Gina Weiss, program designer. The show is the main fundraiser for the Woodside High athletic program.

Car show at M-A High

The fourth annual "America's Pastime" car show, benefiting Menlo-Atherton High School baseball, will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17, on the school's playing field.

The show will feature classics, muscle cars, race cars, vintage automobiles, imports, trucks, and motorcycles. Registration is $25 per car and includes an event T-shirt and dash plaque. For more information, call 716-8129.

Live opera at The Sequoias

Verismo Opera will present Puccini's "Tosca" at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at The Sequoias, 501 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

Baritone John Minagro as the villain Scarpia and soprano Michele-Bridget Ragsdale as Floria Tosca, will perform the leading roles in the three-act opera. Both have appeared with the San Francisco Opera.

The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call 851-1501.

Mornings with Margaret

The Palo Alto Auxiliary to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital will present "Mornings with Margaret," a three-lecture series by Dr. Margaret Deanesly on April 15, 22 and 29 at Nordstrom, Stanford Shopping Center, on the third floor. Doors open at 10 a.m.

Her subjects are "Aging Anxieties," April 15; "Menopausal Madness," April 22; and "Adolescence Angst," April 29.

Cost is $100 for all three lectures. A single lecture is $40. Checks payable to Palo Alto Auxiliary may be mailed to Gerry Nelson, 136 Encinal Ave., Atherton, CA 94027. For more information, call 325-9692.

Benefit concert in Portola Valley

The Picasso Ensemble will present a concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, at Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road in Portola Valley. Proceeds will be used to benefit the children's library of Pueblo Nuevo, Nicaragua.

The library was founded 10 years ago by Kristina Mundera, a teacher at Escondido School in Palo Alto.

The Picasso Ensemble includes Susan Brown, violin; Victoria Ehrlich, cello; Josephine Gandolfi, piano; and Wendy Hillhouse, mezzo soprano. Guest artists will be LaDoris Cordell and Deanne Tucker. Ms. Gandolfi is a longtime resident of Menlo Park.

The concert will feature music for instrumental trio by Dvorak, Susan Brown and Alexis Alrich, and songs by Spanish composer Manuel deFalla and local composer Karen Linford.

Suggested donation is $15 for general admission and $10 for students. Tickets are available at the door.

Edwardian tea

An Edwardian tea will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway in Redwood City. Guests are encouraged to wear period costumes.

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Project Read tutor training

Registration is under way for Project Read-Menlo Park's spring tutor training. Training begins Tuesday, April 20, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Menlo Park Library at 800 Alma St. in the Civic Center.

The training continues from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 24. The final session, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, is a follow-up meeting for tutors who are currently meeting with adult students.

Additional training workshops and meetings are scheduled throughout the year. Videotaped and DVD training and resource materials are available to those who cannot attend the sessions.

For more information, call Project Read at the Menlo Park Library, 330-2525.


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