Around Town: Holidays hit a high noteThe Foothill Auxiliary to Peninsula Family Service kicks off the holiday hoopla with "Holidays on a High Note," its annual benefit featuring floral presentations, holiday table settings, a home boutique store, luncheon, and silent auction. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton.
Peninsula Family Service was formerly known as Family Service Agency of San Mateo County.
The feature presentation will be "Ikebana: Japanese Floral Design" by Ikebana master Soho Sakai.
Many local businesses, including Pomegranate Events and Floral Design of Woodside, will showcase holiday home entertainment ideas.
Kris Forbes, chairman of the benefit, estimates there will be approximately 30 table settings and floral presentations.
The boutique will open at 9 a.m., the Ikebana presentation begins at 10:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person with advance reservations required.
For tickets, an invitation, or more information, call Peninsula Family Service at 403-4300.
Gourmet harvest supper at Djerassi ranch
The Djerassi Resident Artists Program will host its fifth annual fall fundraiser, Artful Harvest, from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, at the program's ranch, 2325 Bear Gulch Road in Woodside.
Chefs Mark Sullivan of Spruce and Dmitry Elperin of The Village Pub will prepare a multi-course harvest supper featuring just-picked organic greens from the ranch.
Hors d'oeuvres and wine will kick off the afternoon with silent auction previews at 3 p.m. Supper will be served at 4 p.m., followed by a live performances created by choreographers Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton.
The silent auction will include works by Djerassi Program alumni artists, as well as art packages for arts organizations and businesses.
Go to djerassi.org or call 747-1250 for reservations. Tickets are $200 per person and benefit the Djerassi Resident Artists Program.
Sidewalk arts and crafts festival
The 14th annual Menlo Park Sidewalk Arts and Crafts Fall Fest will be held on Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 15-17.
Original works by 90 artists, including jewelry, photography, ceramics, paintings, and sculptures, will be for sale. Artists will be on hand to chat with visitors or demonstrate their skills.
Unusual items include handcrafted glycerin soaps by Jocelyn Hastings of San Jose, one-of-a-kind cloth dolls and puppets by Beth Karpas of Mountain View, and kimono bags by Yoshiko Nordin, also of Mountain View.
The sidewalk sale is sponsored by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call the Chamber at 325-2818.
The Los Altos Hounds will present their 18th stable tour, "A Day in the Country," from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24.
Visitors explore some of the Peninsula's unique barns. The event includes show jumping, carriage driving, foxhounds and more.
Tickets are $25 and free for children under 5. Tickets and tour information may be picked up the morning of the tour at the Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, in Portola Valley. Look for the Los Altos Hounds' table in front of the old school house.
For more information, call 851-2551.