Around Town: Woodside High auction set for April 24"Spring into Auction," Woodside High School's annual benefit auction, will be held from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton.
Among the items in this year's auction is a "golden key to the garden," where the winning bidder visits the school's garden once a week for a year to stock up on seasonal fruits and vegetables. The garden, located on campus, is part of the school's Green Academy. Students care for the garden, under the guidance of teacher Josh Rubin.
A dinner for six with school principal David Reilly, donated and hosted by the Woodside Bakery, is another auction item. Among trips up for bid is a visit to New York City, with accommodations at a private apartment overlooking Central Park.
Britt-Marie Sundquist is chair of the event. Her committee includes Leslie Ballinger of Woodside and Kathleen Carr of Portola Valley, president of the Woodside High School Foundation.
Cost of the dinner and live auction is $100 per person. The cost for cocktails and the silent auction is $50 per person. For more information, call 299-9711, or go to woodsidehs.org and click on WHS Foundation.
Menlo Fine Arts Festival
The 28th annual Sidewalk Fine Arts Festival will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 16-18, on Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park.
The festival will feature the work of 100 artists and craftsmen, including jewelry, photography, ceramics, painting, sculptures, and more.
Among the participants are Locke Heemstra of San Mateo, who will showcase his photography of images around the world; Robert Wunce of Santa Cruz, featuring silver jewelry; and Shirley Robles of Danville, who will display whimsical fountains and ceramic sculptures of rabbits and frogs.
Zenon Hipolito, a weaver specializing in Zapotec native art, which originated in Oaxaca, will be weaving rugs during the festival. He offers many styles and colors of rugs and pillows.
Hours for the sidewalk sale are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The festival is sponsored by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call the chamber at 325-2818.
Michele Sharik will present a handbell concert, "The Golden Dance," at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, in Menlo Park. Ms. Sharik will be accompanied by pianist Valerie Sterk.
Ms. Sharik will present a selection of favorite "musical miniatures" in a variety of styles.
Tickets for the concert are $25/$15. A reception will follow in the parish hall. For more information, call 854-6555.
Gamble Garden tour
The 25th annual Gamble Garden spring tour will take place Friday and Saturday, April 23 and 24, with visits to six private gardens in Palo Alto.
The gardens were selected to represent the history of the tour and the changes in landscape over the past 25 years. Five of the gardens were on tour in past years as newly planted landscapes. They have either matured or been completely redesigned and replanted. The sixth garden was featured in Architectural Digest.
One of the gardens has been designed by the San Francisco landscape architects who recently completed the new roof garden for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. An English cottage garden, country French garden, and a 17th century English garden are also among those on tour.
The spring tour also features a plant sale, silent auction, raffle, boutique, and self-guided tour of Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St. in Palo Alto. A gourmet box lunch will be available by pre-order. Complimentary iced tea, a coffee cart and crepe desserts for purchase, will also be at the center.
Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 purchased on tour days. Lunch is $15, with reservations required by April 16. For tickets and information, call 329-1356.
Authors Salon Luncheon
Peninsula Volunteers will hold its 19th annual Authors Salon Luncheon from 10:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at the Fourth Street Summit Center in San Jose. The salon is in partnership with Kepler's Books in Menlo Park.
Five authors will appear at the luncheon. They include Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, T.J. Stiles, Herant Katchadourian, Gary Pomerantz, and Keith Raffel. Nick Taylor, assistant professor of English at San Jose State University and author of "The Disagreement," will be moderator.
Ms. Divakaruni's latest book is "One Amazing Thing." Two of her books, including "The Mistress of Spices," have been made into films.
T.J. Stiles is the author of "The First Tycoon: the Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt," winner of the 2009 National Book Award. Mr. Katchadourian is emeritus professor of psychiatry and human biology at Stanford University. His latest book is "Guilt: The Bite of Conscience."
Gary Pomerantz is a visiting lecturer at Stanford University. His latest book, "The Devil's Tickets," is a narrative from the 1920s about a bridge-table killing and murder trail.
Keith Raffel, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, began writing after he sold his company, UpShot Corporation, to Siebel Systems, which Oracle ultimately purchased. His newest book is "Smasher: A Silicon Valley Thriller."
Admission to the authors' salon is $95. The Fourth Street Summit Center is located at 88 South 4th St. in San Jose. For tickets and information, contact Cathy Duhring at 326-0665, ext. 238.
Menlo School alumni parent reunion
Menlo School's fourth annual alumni parent morning reunion will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Monday, April 26, in the Spieker ballroom in Stent Hall, at Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave. in Atherton.
Alumni parents are encouraged to stay informed and connected. The event is hosted by the Alumni Menlo Parent Association. To respond, go to www.menloschool.org/alumni/events. For more information, call Liza Bennigson at 330-2001, ext. 2553.