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Community - February 15, 2012

Around Town: 'Daffodil Daydreams' at Filoli estate

With almost a million daffodils set to bloom, Filoli will host "Daffodil Daydreams" from Friday, Feb. 24, through Sunday, Feb. 26, at the historic Woodside estate.

The event will feature three days of talks, demonstrations, activities for children and families, garden walks, and a fine arts exhibit.

Talks will be given by Jim Salyards, Filoli's greenhouse manager; Bob Spotts, past president of the Northern California Daffodil Society; Lucy Barter, graduate of the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court in England; and botanical art artist Lee McCaffree.

Chef Ursula Gallichotte will give a demonstration on cooking with seasonal foods on Feb. 25. On Feb 26, Melissa Reading, president of the Northern California Daffodil Society, will lead a garden walk. Flower arranging demonstrations will be held each day.

Artists are invited to photograph and paint in the gardens on Friday, Feb. 24, and Sunday, Feb. 26. Reservations for the events are not required.

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 for more information.

Domino tournament

The Children's Health Council Auxiliary will present its 50th and final Masters Domino Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton.

This is the tournament's finale, says co-chair Nancy Schumacher, due to increased costs and decreased participation. "The younger generation has its own activities," she says. Serving as co-chair with Ms. Schumacher is Charlene Chanteloup.

During the past 50 years, the tournament has raised almost $500,000 to support the Children's Health Council.

This year's tournament is dedicated to the late John Inglis of Menlo Park, who served on the community domino committee for many years, donating many tournament prizes.

Other longtime committee members are Carlos Tinsley, George Eshoo, Allan Abrams and Tom O'Doud.

Tournament registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with play at 9:30 a.m. The fee of $150 per advanced player and $75 for novice player includes a continental breakfast, buffet luncheon, tournament play of eight games, and departure gifts.

A golden anniversary cake will be filled with cash and gift certificates. The raffle will feature an entertainment package, including a high definition big screen television, popcorn machine, and many other gifts.

Reservation deadline is Monday, Feb. 20. To register call the Children's Health Council Auxiliary at 617-3916.

Camellia show

The San Francisco Peninsula Camellia Society will hold its 51st annual show and sale on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19, at the Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave. in Redwood City.

The show, which is free and open to the public, will feature more than 1,000 camellia blooms, a sale of new and hard-to-find camellia plants, and a workshop on rejuvenating old camellias.

Show hours are noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. There will be free blooms at the end of the show.

The public may enter blooms in the show between 8 and 10 a.m. on Saturday. Camellia Society members will be on hand to help prepare the blooms, which will be judged later that morning.

Camellia workshops, led by professional gardener Gene Fleet, will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. each day.

Among those entering blooms in the show will be Barbara Tuffli of Atherton, former Camellia Society president. Ms. Tuffli won the Best of Show trophy at the Napa Camellia Society show on Feb. 4, where "competition is incredibly stiff," according to society spokesman Karen Batholomew.

The Redwood City show is sponsored by the Redwood City Parks and Recreation Department.

Tall ships

Starting Feb. 23, the tall ships, Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, will tie up at the Port of Redwood City for two weeks. The ships will be open to school groups and offer three-hour sailing excursions to the public.

The ships will host three-hour "Battle Sails" with booming cannon on Feb. 25 and 26, and on March 3. Tickets range from $60 for adults to $40 for children 12 and under. Family adventure sails will be held Feb. 26 and March 4 at a cost of $35.

Walk-on tours with crews dressed in period costumes will be held throughout the stay. A $3 donation per person is suggested.

Visit historicalseaport.org or call 800-200-5239 for tour times and to purchase tickets.

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