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Community - March 21, 2012

Around Town

Menlo College hosts luau

Menlo College will host its 21st annual luau on Saturday, March 24, in the school's Haynes-Prim Pavilion. Doors open at 4 p.m., with a Hawaiian buffet served at 5 p.m. The show starts at 6 p.m.

"We will have authentic Hawaiian food and authentic dances performed by our students," says Mary Robins, director of career services and Hawai'i Club adviser. Members of the club have spent six months preparing for the show, particularly learning traditional dances.

Tickets for the luau are $40 for general admission, and $20 for students and youth. Menlo College students and children under 6 are admitted free. Visit menlo.edu/luau to buy tickets.

Chef, author talk on

Persian New Year

Chef and author Donia Bijan of Menlo Park will talk about the ceremonies and symbolism of Norouz — the Persian New Year, which coincides with the first day of spring — at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the Redwood City Library.

A native of Iran who moved to the United States with her family as a teenager, Ms. Bijan last year released a memoir, "Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen."

There will be tea and traditional Persian sweets served at the free event. The library is at 1044 Middlefield Road.

Spring Sounds gala

"Be Enchanted" is the theme for this year's Spring Sounds gala, to be held Saturday, March 24, at Club Illusions, 260 S. California Ave. in Palo Alto. The evening benefits Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS), which provides mental health services to teens and families in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

Featuring a Mediterranean theme, the party will include dinner, a hosted bar from 6:30 to 9 p.m., entertainment, shopping in a bazaar, drawing prizes and a live auction.

Tickets are $200 per person. Visit springsoundsevent.org or call 424-0852 for tickets and event information.

St. Raymond School

holds rummage sale

St. Raymond School will hold a rummage sale from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 1, in the school gym at 1211 Arbor Road in Menlo Park.

The sale will feature "gently used" adult and children's clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, books, linens, kitchenware, small appliances, tools, artwork, games and sporting goods.

Discounts will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds will benefit St. Raymond School.

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