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Community - June 2, 2010

Briefs: Speaker revisits Kerouac's 'On the Road'

Beat generation expert Richard Marcel will interview Al Hinkle, real-life counterpart of the character Ed Dunkel in Jack Kerouac's novel, "On the Road," at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 5, at the Menlo Park Library.

"On the Road" is largely autobiographical, based on road trips of Mr. Kerouac and his friends, who are thinly-disguised as characters in the book. Published in 1957, the novel is often considered a defining work of the post-war Beat Generation.

The free library event will include music and poetry by Gary Horsman and artwork by Uma Rani Iyli and Leah Lubin. For more information, call 330-2512.

Want to run for the school board?

District residents interested in running for the Menlo Park City School District Board of Education in the Nov. 2 election are invited to a Candidate Information Night at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 2.

The informational meeting will be held in the district office at 181 Encinal Ave. in Atherton.

Current board members Maria Hilton and Mark Box will talk about the roles and responsibilities of board members, discuss district initiatives and challenges, provide details on filing as candidates with San Mateo County, and answer questions.

There will be three seats on the five-member board up for election. The filing period to become a candidate is July 12 through Aug. 6.

Project Read

Hobee's California restaurant in Town & Country Village shopping center in Palo Alto will hold a fundraiser to benefit Menlo Park Library's Project Read from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 10.

Customers who bring in a flier announcing the fundraiser (available at the library) will have 20 percent of their bill donated to the library's adult literacy program. For more information, call 327-4111.

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