Around Town: Financial crisis -- talk by hedge fund managerMatthew Kratter, president of Kratter Capital, will speak in Woodside on Tuesday, May 26, on the causes of and cures for the economic crisis from the perspective of a hedge fund manager.
The free Woodside Forum program, which include time for questions, will run from 7:30 to 9:15 p.m. in Guild Hall at Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Road in Woodside.
Among the questions Mr. Kratter may address: How did the financial system, managed by the "best and the brightest," take such a dive? What is the "shadow banking system"? Why did Lehman Brothers collapse? Why did the government invest billions to keep AIG afloat? What is meant by "toxic assets," which we, as taxpayers, now own by the billions? How can we recover from the mess we're in?
The Woodside Forum is a series of free public service events sponsored by Woodside Village Church. For more information, call 465-0011.
'Symphony Soiree' at Rosewood hotel
Members of the Mid-Peninsula League of the San Francisco Symphony will present a benefit dinner and program by the San Francisco Symphony at the new luxury Rosewood Sand Hill hotel on Sunday, May 31. The hotel opened recently at 2825 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/MidPen2009.
Golden Acorn nominations open
The Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce is receiving nominations for the Golden Acorn Awards from its members. Chamber members receive nominating forms by mail and may also access forms from the chamber's Web site: menloparkchamber.com/.
Golden Acorn Awards celebrate the achievements of community members and organizations in four categories: educator/public service, community service, nonprofit organization, and business excellence.
The Golden Acorn Awards will be presented this fall. Deadline for nominations is Friday, May 29. For more information, call 325-2818.