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Community - February 20, 2013

Around Town: Joan Baez and Bella Sorella to perform at benefit

Legendary folk singer Joan Baez and Bella Sorella, an award-winning soprano ensemble, will perform at a benefit concert for the Peninsula College Fund to be held Saturday, March 2, at Sacred Heart Preparatory.

The evening begins with a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception at 6 p.m., followed by the 7:30 p.m. concert at Homer Center on the Sacred Heart Schools campus, 150 Valparaiso Ave. in Atherton.

Bella Sorella is a soprano ensemble featuring sisters-in-law Nova and Susanne Jimenez, along with Joyce Lee (violin) and Danielle Naler (piano). Nova Jimenez and her husband, Tomas, are mentors to a Peninsula College Fund student who will graduate from UC Berkeley in June.

The Peninsula College Fund is a nonprofit organization founded in 2005 to help low-income, first-generation college students to graduate and achieve their education and career goals.

Visit peninsulacollegefund.org for tickets that range in price from $125 to $1,000.

'Daffodil Daydreams'

at Filoli estate

With hundreds of daffodils set to bloom, Filoli will host "Daffodil Daydreams" from Friday, Feb. 22, through Sunday, Feb. 24, at the historic Woodside estate. The event marks the opening of Filoli for the 2013 season.

"Daffodil Daydreams" features three days of talks, demonstrations, activities for children and families, and garden walks.

On Feb. 23, Chef Ursula Gallichotte will give a demonstration on cooking with seasonal foods. On Feb. 24, Melissa Reading, president of the Northern California Daffodil Society, will lead a garden walk. Flower arranging with seasonal blooms will take place Feb. 22 through 24. A stained-glass demonstration will take place Feb. 23. Reservations for the events are not required.

Visit filoli.org for exact times.

Artists are invited to photograph and paint in the gardens on Friday and Sunday.

The opening celebration is free with paid admission to Filoli: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $5 for those ages 5 through 17.

Visit Filoli.org or call 364-8300, ext. 507, for more information.

Scholarships for seniors

Seniors at Menlo-Atherton and Woodside high schools are among those eligible to apply for scholarships offered by the Charitable Foundation of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors.

The scholarship program is a partnership with 18 local high schools, where principals and faculty nominate three exceptional graduating seniors. The program awards a $1,000 scholarship to one nominee from each participating school. Final selections are made by a committee that includes representatives from the local business community, area high schools and colleges, and the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors.

Completed applications must be returned to the high school's principal or scholarship counselor by Monday, March 11. For more information, call Nina Yamaguchi at 408-861-8822.

Library book sale

Menlo Park Friends of the Library will hold a book sale for "gently used" books from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2, in the Oak and Elm rooms at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, across from the library parking lot.

There will be, among others, a wide selection of biography, history, literature, mystery, science fiction, religion, philosophy, children's and young adult books.

Free museum Fridays

The San Mateo County History Museum continues its "Free First Fridays" program on March 1. Admission is free, with two programs for the public without fees. At 11 a.m. preschool children will be invited to learn about trains and hear the story, "Terrific Trains." At 2 p.m., museum docents will lead tours of the museum for adults.

The San Mateo County History Museum is located at 2200 Broadway within the 103-year-old "Old Courthouse" in Redwood City.

Saturday jazz at

Rosewood Sand Hill

Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel, on Sand Hill Road at Interstate 280 in Menlo Park, is now featuring live jazz on Saturday nights from 7 to 11 p.m. in the hotel lounge (library). Entertainers include the Rick Vandivier Trio, which plays every third week. No reservations are required.

Claire Mack talk

in Menlo Park

Former San Mateo mayor Claire Mack will talk about her life and new novel, "Sister Samms and Sister Johnson, The Neighborhood," at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Menlo Park Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St. in Menlo Park.

The book is the story of two women who love and take care of their community. Ms. Mack characterizes the women as "saucy black women who weave tales about their suburban neighborhood and their lives."

Ms. Mack was the first African-American woman elected to the San Mateo City Council; she served three terms as councilwoman and three terms as mayor. She retired in 1998 from KCSM-TV after almost 30 years in television and radio broadcasting.

The free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library and the East Palo Alto Library. Free wheelchair-accessible van service is available for Menlo Park and East Palo Alto seniors and people with disabilities. Call 330-2512 for van reservations.

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