Issue date: October 21, 1998

Around the Town: Authors' luncheon features noted writers Around the Town: Authors' luncheon features noted writers (October 21, 1998)

An impressive lineup of best-selling authors will be on hand for the seventh annual C.A.R. (Community Association for Rehabilitation) Authors' Luncheon, to be held Saturday, October 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hyatt Rickeys in Palo Alto.

Ethan Canin, the brilliant young author of "For Kings and Planets," and Elizabeth George, one of the country's best-known mystery writers, lead a list that includes children's author Elisa Kleven; Bill Barich, whose latest book "Carson Valley" is set in the wine country; and David Ewing Duncan, author of "Calendar," which covers 13,000 years of history.

The authors will share anecdotes and read excerpts from their books, which will be for sale before and after lunch. Los Altos writer Mary Jane Moffat will be master of ceremonies with Pam Brown of Atherton and Carrie Drake of Portola Valley as chairmen. Nancy Park of Atherton, former C.A.R. board president, is honorary chairman.

Tickets for the luncheon are $60. Proceeds benefit C.A.R., a nonprofit organization serving 2,200 people with disabilities each year. For reservations call Carol, 812-2826.

Atherton arts. "Italian ceramics, past and present," will be the topic for a lecture-demonstration of majolica ware given by Denina Morgan, owner of Colli Umbri, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 21, at the Pavilion in Holbrook-Palmer Park. Miss Morgan is a former lecturer with the Phillips Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Cost is $10 and includes a reception after the talk. The event is sponsored by the Atherton Arts Committee as the town observes its 75th anniversary.

PV provisionals. Peninsula Volunteers announces 19 new provisional members who have already begun their activities on behalf of Midpeninsula seniors. The provisionals includes: Mary Ann Fellman and Sharon Michigami, Woodside; Janet Dore, Gloria Eddie, Lynn Evans, Joan Gill, Carol Gumucio, Patricia Purcell and Mary Ann Sing, Atherton; Jane Larkin, Ann Maxwell, Grace Muchmore, Lynn Murphy and Judy Palm, Menlo Park; Linda Drew, San Carlos; Diane Chesler, Redwood City; Stacey and Linda Schneller, Los Altos; and Colleen Perkins, Sunnyvale. There is a waiting list for the 1999-2000 provisional class. For more information, call 326-0665.

Holiday Boutique. One of the first holiday events, "The Spirit of Giving" holiday boutique, given by the Junior League of Palo Alto/Mid-Peninsula, takes place November 13, 14 and 15 at the newly renovated Crowne Plaza Cabana in Palo Alto.

A variety of events include two luncheons, afternoon tea, a Beanie Babies trunk show, and a children's holiday cookie party. At the luncheons, the Escada Boutique in San Francisco will introduce its spring couture collection.

The luncheons will be held Friday, November 13, in the hotel ballroom with two seatings: 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; cost is $40. A Victorian tea will be held Saturday, November 14, from 2 to 4 p.m.; cost is $25. The cookie party will be held Sunday, November 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at $15 per adult or child. Children must be accompanied by adults. The Beanie Baby trunk shows will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, November 14, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, November 15.

General admission is $5 at the door with a ticket valid for all three days. For more information and to make reservations, call 321-5026, ext. 22.

Proceeds will benefit the League's projects to improve the health and education of women and children.

See the tree. A holiday tea, timed to the arrival of the traditional Christmas tree at Allied Arts Guild, will be held Monday, November 2, at Allied Arts restaurant. Seatings will be at 2 and 3:30 p.m. Cost is $15 prepaid. For reservations call 324-2588. The tea will benefit Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital.

Holiday teas at Gamble Gardens. No, it's not too early to make reservations for five days of holiday teas at Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden Center, beginning Tuesday, December 8, and continuing through Saturday, December 12. Last year's teas were sold out by mid-November.

The teas will feature homemade sweets and savories and the house will be decorated for the holidays, including a Christmas tree with tea cup ornaments.

Cost is $15 per person with reservations required. Call 329-1356 from 9 a.m. to noon daily. Proceeds benefit the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden Center, a non-profit horticultural foundation. The gardens are open to the public every day from dawn to dusk at no charge.




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