Community - August 11, 2010

Around Town: Culinary cook-off at county jail

Four teams of inmates will take part in the first culinary cook-off to be held at the San Mateo County Jail from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17. Sheriff Greg Munks and JobTrain's chef Adam Weiner have teamed up to host the competition. Judging will be by local chefs and dignitaries.

A culinary program is one of several vocational training courses offered by the Menlo Park-based JobTrain. Chef Weiner and the Sheriff's Office have created a parallel program at the jail. When released, inmates will be able continue classes at JobTrain's Menlo Park campus at 1200 O'Brien Drive.

The cook-off will take place at the Maple Street Facility, 1590 Maple St. in Redwood City. For more information, call Lori Stone, 330-6454.

Puppets, Shakespeare, and free food

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" comes to Menlo Park, courtesy of Salon Menlo. On Saturday, Aug. 22, the literary group will host a discussion of Shakespeare's play, featuring clips from different film versions of the work and a live reading put on by puppets.

The fun starts at 1 p.m. in the Fireside Room of the Menlo Park Burgess Recreation Center. Free brunch will be provided. For more information, call 533-4088 or e-mail Lauren John at

Drought-resistant landscaping class

Want a lower water bill without sacrificing your garden? Two free classes may show you how. The city of Menlo Park and the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency will host classes on Aug. 28 and Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon in Menlo Park. Maximum class size is 40. The exact location will be given only to those who register.

Go to or call 349-3000 to reserve a space.

Volunteers needed to help veterans

The Menlo Park Library needs volunteers to serve disabled veterans who love to read. The position would involve monthly visits with veterans at the skilled nursing facility in Menlo Park to learn their reading interests and to provide library materials. Time commitment is approximately 10 hours a month. For more information, call Roberta Roth at 330-2512.


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