Community - April 21, 2010

Around Town: 'Fashion International' show at Priory

Woodside Priory is celebrating its culturally diverse community with "Fashion International" on Friday, April 23, at the school's Rothrock Performing Arts Center, 302 Portola Road in Portola Valley. There will be two shows: a matinee performance at 3 p.m. and an evening performance at 7 p.m., preceded by a 6:30 p.m. reception.

Instead of asking local retailers to showcase their designs,

"Fashion International" will feature clothing from India, Japan, Hungary, Korea, South America, and Africa, which has been supplied by Priory parents and teachers.

It will also showcase student designer talent with fashions by Fendi Chen, Adrian Dannis, Matt Hill, Soo Bin Koh, Shoshana Levitt, Elena Long, Cullen Mo, Holly Mudge, Alexandra Quinby, and Lauren Schilling. Francesca Sterlacci Purvin, who is co-chair of the event, is founder of the school's fashion club. She has taught fashion design for more than 15 years in New York and San Francisco, and says she has never seen a more inspired group of design talent than at the Priory.

One-third of the Priory high school student body will be modeling in the show. Co-chair Chris Wilhite is training the models to appear on the runway.

Tickets are $10 for the 3 p.m. show, $30 for the evening show. All proceeds will benefit the Priory's Access Fund, which provides student scholarships.

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Pulitzer Prize winner

T.J. Stiles, one of the five authors appearing at the Peninsula Volunteers Authors Salon Luncheon on April 25, has just won the Pulitzer Prize for his biography, "The First Tycoon; the Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt." The biography also won the 2009 National Book Award.

Admission to the Authors Salon is $95. It will be held at the Fourth Street Summit Center, 88 South 4th St., in San Jose. For ticket information, call Cathy Duhring at 326-0665, ext. 238.

Earth Day celebration at Menlo School

More than 150 Menlo School students are expected to take part in the school's third annual Bike to School Day as part of the school's celebration of Earth Day on April 22. After meeting for coffee cake (provided by Hobee's restaurant) and hot chocolate at a Menlo senior's home, the students will bike down Valparaiso Avenue at 7:40 a.m. behind a police escort.

The ride was organized by Menlo School graduates Scott (class of 2009) and Kevin (2003) Platshon, who have been selling special edition Earth Day T-shirts during the school's Green Week. Their clothing company, Waddlebird, sells T-shirts and swim trunks. They will donate proceeds from the sales of the Menlo shirts to Conservation International.

Waddlebird's mission is to protect endangered species and their crucial habitat and help communities build a sustainable relationship with nature, says Kevin Platson.

'All Faiths Gospel Music Festival'

Former 49er Guy McIntyre will be master of ceremonies for the 17th annual "All Faiths Gospel Music Festival" to be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 23 and 24, at Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley Street in Palo Alto.

The concert, presented by the Interfaith Network for Community Help (INCH), is a benefit for the East Palo Alto Students Scholarship Fund. The concert will feature world-renowned jazz singers, gospel choirs and praise dancers, according to INCH executive director Spencer Tyrus.

The goal of the event is to raise ten $1,000 scholarships to be distributed to talented eighth-grade students in the Ravenswood City School District, who are at risk of dropping out of school, due to difficult life situations, says Mr. Tyrus.

Suggested donation for each evening is $15, payable at the door. For the best seats, arrive early.


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