Briefs: Atherton special council meetings setAtherton's City Council has scheduled two special meetings to discuss next fiscal year's budget and proposed new rules for the town's committees and commissions, and to confer on labor talks.
The council will meet at 2 p.m. Monday, April 30, to discuss the budget, including the town's capital improvement plan.
In a closed session before the meeting, beginning at 1:30 p.m., the council will meet with the town's labor negotiator regarding ongoing labor-contract talks.
A three-hour special meeting to review the charters and purpose of all existing town committees and commissions, and to discuss proposed new rules and procedures governing them, begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 5.
Both meetings will be held in the Town Council Chambers, 94 Ashfield Road in the Town Center.
Online auction benefits M-A High School
The Menlo-Atherton High School online auction goes live April 23 to April 29, when people can bid on items and getwawys donated by parents and the community, says Paula Rash, spokesperson for the auction.
Visit www.maauction.org to make bids.
Among some 100 items and getaways are: A week in Tahoe, Steamboat Springs, or Sayulita, Mexico; a summer in New York City; Giants tickets; and dinner at Evvia restaurant in Palo Alto.
Proceeds benefit M-A High students through the school's Foundation For the Future.
Football fundraiser on Saturday
Freshmen playing against freshmen on the gridiron at Menlo-Atherton High School:? The board of the Menlo-Atherton Football Association is considering the idea for the 2012 season.
The board is hosting a fundraising dance on Saturday, April 28, in an effort to raise about $60,000 — $40,000 to fund a 40-player freshman team, and $20,000 for new varsity uniforms.
The M-A Football Bear Bash begins at 7 p.m. at the Arrillaga gymnasium in the complex at 701 Laurel St. in Menlo Park. "The Members," a Menlo Park-based band, will play live music.
The 2011 season went well for Menlo-Atherton. Varsity Head Coach Sione Taufoou was named coach of the year, the varsity team made it to the championship game, and the junior varsity team was undefeated.
The school played under the lights at home for the first time and drew record crowds, the football association said.
Go to www.menloathertonfootball.com for more information.