Almanac

News - December 4, 2013

Briefs: Menlo mayor visits Ireland

The ink had barely dried on the friendship agreement between Menlo Park and Galway, Ireland, when Mayor Peter Ohtaki set off to visit the city's new friend at the end of November.

A history recap for those wondering what Menlo Park has to do with Galway: In Galway sits a neighborhood called Menlo Park, the former home of Dennis Oliver, who later came to the United States during the 1800s and with his brother-in-law, D.C. McGlynn, erected an arched gate in what became known as Menlo Park, California.

Galway Mayor Padraig Conneely came here to sign the agreement in October. For Mr. Ohtaki's trip across the sea, the Galway mayor offered the use of his official car and arranged a free hotel room.

Menlo Park's mayor paid for the airfare out of his own pocket, leaving the city to cover meals and other incidentals with an estimated $660 for the five-day trip.

Sea level challenges

in San Mateo County

As the climate changes, the coastline of San Mateo County may change as well. Assemblyman Rich Gordon and county Supervisor Dave Pine, in cooperation with Congresswoman Jackie Speier, are inviting the public to a Monday, Dec. 9, morning seminar on "Meeting the Challenges of Sea Level Rise in San Mateo County."

The meeting begins at 8 a.m. in the Building 3 theater on the campus of College of San Mateo at 1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd. in San Mateo. The keynote speaker will be John Englander, the author of "High Tide on Main Street."

Go to tinyurl.com/Sea911 for questions or to RSVP, or call Rich Gordon's office at 916-319-2024.

Portola Valley

Holiday fair

The fifth annual Portola Valley Holiday Fair begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Woodside Priory School at 302 Portola Road. The vending spaces are all spoken for, but there is a waiting list, according to the Cultural Arts Committee.

A percentage of the sales go to local nonprofits. Among the items for sale: fine art, jewelry, ornaments, textiles, soaps, greeting cards, handbags and mosaics.

A local Girl Scout troop and Corte Madera Middle School students will provide refreshments as they raise money for an eighth-grade trip. A local resident will be selling chutneys, jams and honey from local bees.

Contact pvholidayfair@gmail.com with questions or requests for more detail.

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