Around Town: Atherton history book author at libraryPamela Gullard, co-author, with Nancy Lund, of "Under the Oaks: Two Hundred Years in Atherton," will discuss her journey to create the book and answer questions at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at the Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Lane in Atherton. A reception will follow.
Opera and song
Opera arias and legendary love songs will be featured at a Valentine's Day dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at the Little Store restaurant, 3340 Woodside Road in Woodside.
Soprano Ilene Meredith and tenor Peter Girardot will perform, accompanied by pianist Simona Snitskovaya.
The dinner will include champagne, tomato bisque soup, Caesar salad, and New York steak, or petrale sole amandine, rice and zucchini — with chocolate cake for dessert. Cost is $75 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.
For reservations, call 851-8110.
Menlo Park yoga instructor Rebecca Snowball is holding a yoga retreat weekend Feb. 27-28 at the Stillwater Institute, 16350 Skyline Boulevard in Woodside. She is a yoga instructor at Devi Yoga in Menlo Park. For more information, go to yogasoul.com.
Allied Arts gift
The Allied Arts Guild Auxiliary recently donated $110,000 to the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. The auxiliary owns and operates the Allied Arts Guild complex in Menlo Park and runs it for the benefit of Lucile Packard Hospital.
"The auxiliary is extremely proud to be able to donate such a sum of money during such a difficult economic time," says Jackie Holmkvist, 2009 president of the Allied Guild Auxiliary.
The auxiliary raises money for the hospital through public events, such as the Harvest Festival, and private events, including weddings and business meetings. It also raises money by renting artists' shops and studios located at the complex, as well as through sales at the Artisan Shop, which is operated by the auxiliary. It also hosts Tally Ho, a gala fundraiser held each fall.
Allied Arts is located at 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park.
Toy, coat drives
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices collected 5,709 toys and 1,664 coats during the holiday season to benefit families in Northern California, the company announced.
The Toys for Tots and "Operation: One Warm Coat" campaigns marked the 23rd year the company has supported the drives, in partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and several nonprofit organizations.