Community - November 17, 2010

Junior League to tour Atherton homes

The Junior League of Palo Alto/Mid Peninsula will hold its third annual fundraiser, "Finishing Touches: A Holiday Tour of Fine Homes and Boutique" from Dec. 2 to 5.

The tour will include several homes in the Atherton area decorated for the holiday season by local interior and floral designers, as well an expanded boutique for holiday shopping.

"Finishing Touches" is based at Sacred Heart Schools, 50 Emilie Ave. in Atherton, where guests can park and check in, and then take a shuttle bus to each home.

Guests can shop in the holiday-themed boutique, which features local vendors.

Tour hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4 and 5.

Sponsors include Emily Joubert, Florabella, Sprinkles, Frette, Tom's Teak Furniture and Tiny Prints.

An opening night celebration at a local residence kicks off the event Thursday, Dec. 2, and features cocktails, gourmet food, and a raffle.

In addition, the League will throw a festive luncheon Friday, Dec. 3, at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton. It includes a home-tour ticket that can be used for a Friday-only, self-driven tour, or for the shuttle-guided tour on Saturday or Sunday.

"Finishing Touches" supports such League projects as Done in a Day, First Teachers, Fostering Families, and Shelter Network, as well as community grants the League makes to nonprofit organizations.

Go to to buy tickets. Tickets for the weekend tour are $40 in advance and $50 at the door.

The Junior League of Palo Alto/Mid Peninsula is made up of about 1,200 local women. Each year, the League contributes more than $400,000 and an estimated 35,000 volunteer hours to the community, a spokesperson said. Its offices are at 555 Ravenswood Ave. in Menlo Park.


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