Opening ceremonies, with state Sen. Jerry Hill and county Supervisor Don Horsley, begin at 1:30 p.m. Refreshments, including a birthday cake, cookies, and granola bars, will be served starting at 2 p.m.
Family entertainment will include a puppet skit, craft stations, treasure hunt, and a reading of a new children's book, "Frisky Finds a Home" by Carol Hankermeyer.
The Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park has established a program allowing families to honor their mother on Mother's Day through donations to save mothers and their newborn babies from suffering from neonatal tetanus.
Kiwanis International and UNICEF have teamed up to wipe out neonatal tetanus through the Eliminate Project, whose goal is to give immunization shots to 61 million at-risk women of childbearing age in undeveloped counties.
Through Mother's Day, anyone may make a donation to the project to honor a mother and the honoree will receive an acknowledgment card. Donations should be sent to the Menlo Park Kiwanis Foundation. P.O. Box 322, Menlo Park CA 94026, with Eliminate Project designated as recipient and the name and mailing address of the person to be honored.
The San Mateo County Republican Party Central Committee's Lincoln Day Dinner will take place Friday, May 10, at the BPO Elks Lodge, 229 W. 20th Ave. in San Mateo. No-host bar begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.
Featured speakers are Jim Brulte, chairman of the California Republican Party, and Ruben Barrales, former deputy assistant to President George W. Bush, and now president of Grow Elect, which focuses on recruiting and electing Latinos.
Dinner is $49 per person.
Visit smgop.org or call 931-4596 for more information.
The 21st Stamp Out Hunger food drive will be held across the country Saturday, May 11. To take part, residents are asked to place a sturdy bag of non-perishable or canned food items by their mailboxes before mail is delivered that day.
Letter carriers will collect the items and deliver them to a local food bank.
Last year the Bay Area Stamp Out Hunger food drive collected more than 1 million pounds of food for those in need, with 270,000 pounds going to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.
A free water-efficient landscaping class, titled "Secrets of drought-tolerant landscaping," will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 11, in the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center at 700 Alma St. in Menlo Park.
Those attending will learn how to create water-efficient and low-maintenance landscape using California native plants. To register, call 349-3000.
Mitchell Johnson art
"Mitchell Johnson: Color and Shape," an exhibit of the paintings of Mitchell Johnson of Menlo Park, is on display at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View through Sunday, May 26.
Mr. Johnson holds a master's degree in fine arts from the Parsons School of Design in New York City. He divides his time between his studio and his favorite painting locations in Italy, France, Cape Cod and Denmark.
His paintings can be found in more than 700 collections, including the New Mexico Museum of Arts and the New Britain Museum of American Art. He is married to author and chef Donia Bijan.
Mr. Johnson's work is shown at the Community School of Music and Arts Mohr Gallery, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Party at Rosewood
Rosewood Sand Hill will hold its annual outdoor party launching the summer pool season from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 17. The event will include eight specialty cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, a DJ and dancing. The entrance fee of $25 per person will benefit the Center for a New Generation at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula.
'We love horses'
Strideaway Farms in Portola Valley is hosting a "We love horses" essay contest. There are two categories: individual for children, ages 6 to 12; and family pairs (a child and parent or sibling). Winners will receive the chance to attend one of two "We love horses" days at Strideaway Farms.
Submission deadline is Monday, May 20. The essay should contain 50-500 words and be submitted with the full name and age for each entrant, and a parent's email address. Writers of the first 40 essays received will be invited to one of the "We love horses" days and will receive a $25 Strideaway Farms gift certificate.
Send essays via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to 288 Old Spanish Trail, Portola Valley, CA 94028.
Filoli will hold its semi-annual new volunteer recruitment meeting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Filoli Visitor & Education Center, 86 Canada Road in Woodside. Those attending will learn about the many ways to volunteer at Filoli in such areas as house and garden, nature education, the garden and gift shop, public relations and the cafe.
Register by email at email@example.com.
Gaming career adviser Brice Morrison will lead a gaming career program at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspeil Station Lane in Atherton.
Mr. Morrison will discuss how games are made, the industry market, different gaming career paths, and how to make your own games. A question-and-answer period will following his presentation.