Community - December 8, 2010

Around Town: Holiday concert at St. Bede's Church

The Menlo Park Chorus will perform traditional carols and offbeat versions of holiday favorites in its "Twisted Christmas" concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at St. Bede's Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park.

"We are combining familiar Christmas tunes with new arrangements," says director April McNeely. "The chorus will also perform some funny spoofs."

Refreshments will be served after the performance. Tickets will be available at the door for $15 for general admission, $12 for students and seniors, and free for children under 12.

Santa drops by

Santa will visit all three of the Woodside Fire Protection District fire stations during their open houses from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15.

Santa will pose for pictures and ask what children would like for Christmas, but he's also hoping families will bring along new toys to give to underprivileged children. This month the fire stations are collecting toys on behalf of the Toys for Tots program.

At the open houses, families are invited to climb on the fire trucks and enjoy refreshments at these locations: 3111 Woodside Road in Woodside; 135 Portola Road in Portola Valley; and 4091 Jefferson Ave. in Redwood City.

Plum Pudding Party

The Woodside Village Church is hosting its annual Plum Pudding Party at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, in the Courtyard (in Guild Hall if it rains).

The event provides plum puddings, cupcakes for the kids, hot cider, coffee and hot chocolate, and lots of Christmas carol singing, said church spokesperson Barbara Tagg.

All ages will get a chance to play carols on hand chimes before Santa arrives with goodies for the kids.

Vic Frederick, a longtime Woodside resident, stops shaving each fall and grows a beard that, by Christmas time, is "considerable and transforms him into a Santa with a real, live beard," she said.

The church is at 3195 Woodside Road in Woodside.

Shadow puppets

Daniel Barash of the Shadow Puppet Workshop will present "Spin Me a Shadow, Tell Me a Winter's Tale" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road.

Mr. Barash will introduce the audience to the art of shadow puppetry, followed by a shadow puppet performance of folktales from around the world. The program is appropriate for all ages.

Masonic Lodge officers

The public is invited to the installation of officers for the Three Great Lights #651 Masonic Lodge at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at 651 Roble Ave. in Menlo Park. Light refreshments will be served after installation. For reservations, call 853-8900.

Phillips Brooks

The Phillips Brooks School Chorus is 50-singers strong and will celebrate the holidays at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Kepler's bookstore, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

Art lecture

Kay Payne, docent at the De Young Musuem of San Francisco, will give a slide-lecture presentation on the Post-Impressionist exhibit now at the museum. The presentation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the Portola Valley Library at 765 Portola Road. For more information, call 851-0560.

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Teddy bear teas

The Stanford Park Hotel will hold teddy bear teas on Sunday, Dec. 12 and 19. Guests will be served tea, hot chocolate, finger sandwiches, and holiday sweets. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite teddy bears. Cost is $30 for adults, $20 for children 5-12, and free for children under 5.

The hotel will also serve a holiday tea from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Dec. 24 in the Duck Club restaurant. Cost is $30 per person. Reservations are required for all teas; call 330-2790.

Selby Lane book sale

Selby Lane School will hold its annual Scholastic Books warehouse sale Friday through Sunday, Dec. 10-12. The sale features books for all ages discounted 50 to 80 percent and is a fundraiser for the elementary school.

Visit to download $10 or $25 coupons to use at the sale. Enter source code: PDF. Selby Lane School is located at 170 Selby Lane in Atherton, about 1.5 miles west of El Camino Real.


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