Community - November 17, 2010

Briefs: St. Raymond joins local-food movement

St. Raymond School in Menlo Park has launched a program that helps families teach their children about the benefits of locally grown fruits and vegetables, while supporting the school's garden program.

About 25 participating families, who have children at the pre-K through eighth-grade private Catholic school, pay $240 for eight deliveries of produce over four months.

Each family receives two tote bags, which are filled by parent volunteers, plus a bag of mixed green leaf lettuce mix, says Kathleen O'Sullivan, chair of the school's garden advisory committee.

Peter "Farmer Pete" Trembois, owner of Field of Greens Farms in San Juan Bautista, delivers boxes of fresh produce to the school twice a month.

Proceeds help pay for the school's garden coordinator, Betsy Colby.

St. Raymond is located at 1211 Arbor Road in Menlo Park.

— Samantha Bergeson

Fadiman shows her latest film

Menlo Park filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman's newest documentary, "Reclaiming Their Voice: The Native American Vote in New Mexico & Beyond," will be shown for free in San Francisco on Nov. 24 and Palo Alto on Dec. 14.

Narrated by actor Peter Coyote along with Stanford University scholar Dr. Michael Wilcox, the film is a collection of stories about Native Americans and their efforts to combat injustice. Ms. Fadiman, producer and director of the film, runs a nonprofit video production company called Concentric Media.

American Indian Movement-West is sponsoring the first showing of the film at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24, at the Bahai Center, 170 Valencia St. in San Francisco.

The Peninsula Peace and Justice Center is hosting a showing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14 in the Fireside Room at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 E. Charleston Road in Palo Alto.

Go to for more information about the film.

Amy Sedaris gives talk

Amy Sedaris, comedienne, playwright, actress, and now author of the new book, "Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People," is speaking at a benefit for Breast Cancer Connections at Gunn High School at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17.

The talk will take place in Spangenberg Theatre at Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Road in Palo Alto.

Go to for tickets at $38 for one person and one copy of her latest book, and $45 for two tickets and two books.


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