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April 21, 2004

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Publication Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Short Takes Short Takes (April 21, 2004)

A rare bargain

Often, the larger the quantity, the lower the price, but that wasn't the case at a Chestnut Street bakery. A connoisseur of hot cross buns told the Almanac that the custard-topped Easter season treats were recently selling at Gerry's Cakes in Menlo Park for $1 each. A box of six, however, set her back $7.

If I had a hammer

Volunteers will repair leaking roofs, crumbling stairs and peeling paint at the homes of low-income residents on Saturday and Sunday, April 24 and 25, as part of Rebuilding Together, the program formerly known as Christmas in April.

Both Woodside Priory and Woodside Elementary School students, staff and parents will make repairs to homes in East Palo Alto. In its two day blitz, Rebuilding Together Peninsula volunteers are slated to make repairs on 72 buildings -- 53 homes and 19 community facilities.

On April 24, more than 1,000 volunteers from the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church will work four-hour shifts repairing the East Palo Alto Charter School. Working with the school and members of the Familia Christiano Verbo Church in Redwood City, volunteers will lay floor tiles in 18 classrooms, landscape much of the grounds and paint murals.

Cowboys and Indians

"Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear," for a live broadcast re-enactment of the Lone Ranger episode, "The Telltale Bullet."

For anyone with a nostalgic hankering for the Old West, where men were men, women were scarce, and Native Americans were Indians, the Lone Ranger rides again on Friday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m., at the Museum of American Heritage in Palo Alto. The event features the original script, sound effects, and the participation of two members of the Lone Ranger's cast.

Tickets are $5 for museum members, $10 for nonmembers. Call 321-1004 or visit

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