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Arts & Entertainment - May 8, 2013

Atherton event benefits San Francisco Symphony

The Mid-Peninsula League of the San Francisco Symphony will celebrate "An Evening in Paris" with cocktails, floral displays, fine dining and musical entertainment on Sunday, May 19, at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton.

This is the third year the gala will be held at the Circus Club. For many years, the league's major fundraiser was a garden tour. The difficulties of staffing and finding homeowners willing to open their gardens to the public led members to look for a new format, which has proved a winner.

Andrea Palmer of Menlo Park and Jane Hartman of Burlingame are co-chairs of this year's gala, which begins at 5 p.m. During the cocktail hour, guests will visit tables with floral displays for sale, as well as auction items, ranging from "secret packages" to gourmet dinners in private homes. A mime and strolling musicians will add to the Parisian atmosphere.

During dinner in a "Paris Bistro," a live auction will feature such items as a photographic safari in South Africa.

Proceeds from the event benefit the San Francisco Symphony and its education and community outreach programs, including "Concerts for Kids." For 22 years, the league's docents have prepared students in the second- and third-grade in the Ravenswood School District with weeks of music listening and training before attending "Concerts for Kids" performed by the San Francisco Symphony. The children's concert tickets and bus transportation are paid for by the Mid-Peninsula League.

Tickets to the benefit are $190 per person with reservations due by May 10. For more information, call 321-3718.

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