Community - May 12, 2010

Around Town: 'Dallas' theme for Las Lomitas auction

It's a visit to Southfork for the Las Lomitas Education Foundation's annual spring auction. "Dallas," referring to the 1980s-era television show, is the theme for the benefit, to be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at Portola Farms in Portola Valley.

The evening will feature live music, dinner, and both silent and live auctions. "Hot ticket" items will be passes to the season finale of the "American Idol" television program, tickets to the 2011 Super Bowl in Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and dinner in your home, prepared by Chef Dmitry Elperin of The Village Pub.

An online auction will run from May 13 to 23, featuring restaurant gift certificates, home decor items and services, fitness services, tickets to museums and performances, and more.

The auction has five co-chairs this year: Jeanette Kennedy, Komal Shah, Lisa Shepard Reid, Noelle Queen, and MJ Crousore. The committee hopes to equal the $200,000 the benefit auction raised last year, says Ms. Kennedy.

Each year the auction addresses a specific need for the school district. This year is "back-to-basics," with funds going to textbooks and instructional materials.

Tickets to "Dallas" are $100 per person.

Got to to buy tickets or access the online auction.

Volunteers needed for cancer relay

A meeting for volunteers for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Menlo Park will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, in the Fireside Room at Menlo College.

Relay for Life is a team event, where participants walk around a track relay-style overnight. The teams will gather at Burgess Park on Aug. 28. Volunteers are needed to organize and recruits teams, seek community support, coordinate the event, plan entertainment and activities, and more.

To join Relay for Life in Menlo Park as a volunteer or team participant, contact Allison Harrer at

Workshop on child temperament

A free workshop on "Understanding your child's temperament" will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave in Menlo Park. Strategies for dealing with different types of temperament will be discussed.

Go to or call 854-5897 to register.

A true dogleg

The 4th annual Critter Classic Golf Tournament/Benefit for the Peninsula Humane Society will be held Monday, May 24, at the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club.

Those interested in playing or receiving an invitation should contact Dawn Kelsey Fanara at 340-7022, ext. 375, or at

Critter Classic Golf Committee members include local residents Barbara Dali of Woodside, Kristy Brandenburg of Menlo Park, and Cathy Wentz of Atherton.

Immigrant's Day

The fifth annual Immigrant's Day Festival will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 16, at the San Mateo County History Museum.

The museum has an exhibit called "Land of Opportunity: the immigrant experience in San Mateo County."

Dance and musical performances, representing many countries, will be held outside on the Courthouse Square stage. There will be international food tasting and crafts for children. A citizenship ceremony will be included.

The courthouse is located at 2200 Broadway in downtown Redwood City. The festival is free and open to the public.


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