Around Town: Conference on housing options for seniorsAvenidas senior center in Palo Alto will present its second conference to help seniors learn about housing options in the Bay Area. The day-long conference will take place Saturday, Feb. 28 at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Keynote speaker Richard Adler will talk about what the next few years might hold for baby boomers.
Attendees will receive breakfast and lunch, their choice of three out of seven breakout sessions, access to sponsors and a copy of Avenidas' "Where to Live" housing guide. Avenidas members pay $35; others pay $40 or, after Feb. 20, all pay $45. The conference is co-sponsored by Avenidas and Nancy Goldcamp of Coldwell Banker.
To register online, go to www.avenidas.org or call 289-5445.
Domino tournament in Atherton
The Children's Health Council Auxiliary's 47th annual Master's Domino Tournament will be held Saturday, March 7, at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and play begins at 9:30 a.m. The tournament fee is $140 for advanced players and $70 for novice players. A continental breakfast and buffet luncheon are included. There will also be tournament prizes and "thank you" departure gifts.
For more information, or to register, call the auxiliary voice mail at 617-3816; coordinator Charlene Chanteloup at 326-4437; or Grace Vitale at 324-2330.
Sculpture tours of Djerassi compound
The Djerassi Resident Artists Program's "Walk in the Wild" annual sculpture tours will again be available to the public from mid-April through October.
The walking tours of the 580-acre facility in Woodside include a selection of the more than 40 sculptures created by resident artists over the past 30 years.
There will be five director's tours ($45 per person) led by executive director Dennis O'Leary and 12 two-mile free tours led by program staff. Advance reservations are required for all tours.
On March 10, the program will begin taking reservations for the five director's tours: April 19, May 30, June 28, July 18, Sept. 12, and the first six of the two-mile tours: March 29, April 9, April 30, May 10, June 4 and June 14.
On June 2, the program will begin taking reservations for the final six two-mile tours: July 9, July 19, Aug. 20, Sept. 3, Sept. 20, and Oct. 11.
The director's tour lasts more than four hours and visits 25 sculptures. The two-mile tour lasts about two-and-a-half hours and visits 20 sculptures. Both tours include strenuous hiking.
For tour reservations, call 747-1250.
Author speaks on aging artfully
Amy Gorman, author of "Aging Artfully: 12 Profiles of Visual and Performing Women Artists Aged 85-105," will discuss her book at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, in the downstairs meeting room at the Menlo Park Library.
Ms. Gorman will also talk about the book's accompanying CD, "7 Songs of Women's Lives" by Francis Kandl, a musical tribute to the women in "Aging Artfully." A 32-minute DVD, "Still Kicking," profiling six women from the book, will be shown.
Free van service is available for Menlo Park seniors and people with disabilities. For more information, or to schedule transportation, call 330-2512.
Docent discusses lure of the exotic
Docent Belinda Marchall of the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums will discuss 19th century French artists' fascination with "The Lure of the Exotic: Camels, Palm Trees and Harem Girls" at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the auditorium of Little House, 800 Middle Ave. in Menlo Park. Cost is $3 for members; $5 for other. For more information, call 326-2025.
Ending chaos in Afghanistan, Pakistan
Journalist Ahmed Rashid will speak on "Ending Chaos in Afghanistan and Pakistan" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, in Cubberly Auditorium at Stanford University. The event is free and open to the public.
Mr. Rashid is the author of "Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia." He is considered an expert on the travails of U.S. policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The talk is sponsored by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies in the School of Humanities and Sciences.
Benefit for arts education
The Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View will hold its benefit for arts education, "Young @ Art" from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club, 2900 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park.
The evening will include a cocktail reception, dinner, performances and exhibitions by faculty and students, and a live auction. Tickets are $250 per person. To purchase tickets, call Kelly Hudson at 917-6800, ext. 303.