Arts & Entertainment - April 28, 2010

Around Town: Menlo Park Chorus gives spring concert

The Menlo Park chorus will present its spring concert, "One World, One Voice, One Song," at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, at St. Bede's Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, in Menlo Park.

The concert features music from every continent, with composers ranging from Aaron Copland to Rachmaninoff. April McNeely is director of the city-sponsored chorus, with John Iosefa as accompanist.

The concert will include members of the new Menlo Park Children's Chorus, composed of children in grades one to six.

Tickets at the door are $15 general admission, $12 for seniors and students, children under 12 free.

Friends of Library celebrate reading

The 16th annual Celebration of Reading will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

The day begins with a performance by fourth-grade orchestras from Oak Knoll and Encinal schools.

Musical performances will proceed progressively through the grades until around 1:30 p.m. The finale will be entertainment by the Menlo-Atherton jazz and concert bands.

The free event is co-sponsored by Friends of the Menlo Park Library. Kepler's will donate a percentage of all purchases that day if the buyer says "It's for the library." Belle Haven Library will be the beneficiary.

Raffle tickets featuring gift certificates from local businesses will be sold, with the proceeds going to Oak Knoll, Hillview, and Encinal schools.

Author writes memoir of life in Hawaii

Menlo Park author Bill Fernandez will sign and discuss his recent memoir, "Rainbows over Kapa'a," at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 1, at the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., in the downstairs meeting room.

In his book, Mr. Fernandez not only tells the tale of his family's history, but also of the history of the polyglot plantation town where he grew up on the Hawaiian island of Kaui.

The former mayor of Sunnyvale, Mr. Fernandez is a retired Santa Clara County Superior Court judge who has been writing a series of historical novels from the indigenous Hawaiian point of view. Go to for more information on Mr. Fernandez and his latest book.

The program is supported by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. Free van service is available for Menlo Park seniors and people with disabilities. For more information or to schedule transportation, call 330-2512.

SRI to host green conference

A two-day gathering of green technology "thought leaders" from California and Scandinavia is set for April 27 and 28 at SRI International in Menlo Park. Tickets are $250.

Nordic Green II, a reprise of a conference in 2008, lists 60 speakers and the confirmed presence of representatives from 43 green-technology-oriented organizations.

Panel discussion topics will include fuel cell technology; bio-fuels, bio-chemicals and biomass conversion; green buildings; and water technologies.

Go to for more information.

Old Woodside Store day

The San Mateo County Historical Association will hold its annual family day at the Old Woodside Store from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 2. The historic store — now a history museum — is at 3300 Tripp Road in Woodside.

Free activities include such 19th century chores and contests as butter churning, pie-eating and seed-spitting contests, washing clothes the old fashioned way, sawing with a two-man saw, and making shingles.

For more information, call 299-0104.

Spring Sounds benefit

An evening of fine food and wine, music and dancing, and live and silent auctions to benefit Adolescent Counseling Services will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club, 2900 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park.

The silent auction will feature hundreds of donations from local individuals and businesses. The five-course dinner will be followed by a live auction of such items as international getaways and dinners prepared at home by well-known chefs. The party band, Honey Circuit, will play for dancing.

For 35 years, Adolescent Counseling Services has provided free or affordable mental health services to teenagers and their families.

Tickets to the benefit are $200 per person. To purchase tickets, call 424-0852.

Farmhouse tea lunches

Yerba Buena Nursery, which is celebrating 50 years of growing plants, is serving farmhouse tea lunches on Saturday, May 8 (Mother's Day tea), and Saturday, June 12 (wildflower tea). The tea service includes sandwiches, scones, pastry and hot tea, served at noon in the Victorian farmhouse, located at 19500 Skyline Blvd. in Woodside.

Cost is $30 per person prepaid. Ages 12 and above are welcome. Reservations are required. Call 851-1668.


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