Community - November 10, 2010

Around Town: Deck the halls: Filoli estate celebrates holidays

by Samantha Bergeson

Filoli, the historic estate in Woodside, holds its nine-day Holiday Traditions fundraising celebration from Nov. 26 through Dec. 4. This year's theme is "Visions of Sugarplums Dancing," with decorations and merchandise inspired by classic tales of past holidays.

Holiday Traditions is centered on the first floor of the 36,000-square-foot mansion, with each room transformed to showcase the merchandise on sale for the Holiday Boutique.

The Filoli house courtyard will be turned into a 19th century winter park with gas lamps, park benches, and ice skaters, said Filoli spokeswoman Christina Syrett.

Highlights of the nine-day event include a dinner party with live music on Saturday, Nov. 27, and a Filoli Children's Party on Saturday, Dec. 4. Buffets lunches and bistro dinners are held at select times throughout the event.

Proceeds support the preservation of Filoli, a 654-acre property that is a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Go to or call 364-8300, ext. 508, for more information or to purchase tickets. Space is limited. Tickets are non-fundable and non-exchangeable.

Traffic safety classes for older drivers

Older Driver Traffic Safety Seminars, presented by the California Highway Patrol's Senior Volunteers, are set for Nov. 18 at the Highlands Recreation Center in San Mateo, followed by a seminar on Jan. 24 at the Twin Pines Community Center in Belmont.

These free, half-day classes are designed to help older adults drive more safely and remain driving longer. Topics include rules of the road and how to compensate for certain age-related challenges.

Space for each class is limited to the first 50 registrants. For more information or to register, call 363-4572.

Woodside High grads plan to tour Europe

For two weeks in June of 2011, some graduates of Woodside High School plan to explore Italy, France and Spain on an EF educational tour. They will visit the Cinque Terre of Italy, the French Riviera, Barcelona and Madrid, according to Lisa Camera, the teacher facilitator.

"After the students' extensive study of European history and literature, this will be a very rewarding experience for all," she said.

The tour costs about $4,000 per student, including airfare, accommodations, guided tours, most meals, and basic incidentals.

To help defray the costs for this the diverse population of student travelers, donations may be sent to: Lisa Camera, c/o Woodside High School, 199 Churchill Ave., Woodside, CA 94062. Make checks payable to: Woodside High School. Note on memo line: Donation: Lisa Camera Tour 2011.


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