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Publication Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Around Town: 'Anything Goes' at theater gala Around Town: 'Anything Goes' at theater gala (April 21, 2004)

By Jane Knoerle
Almanac Lifestyles Editor

If you've ever wanted to be a Grecian goddess, can-can dancer or a Chinese emperor, now's your chance. Fittings are under way at TheatreWorks' costume shop for lavish outfits to wear to the "Anything Goes" fundraiser to be held Saturday, May 1, at the company's "Scene Shop" at 1110 Hamilton Court in Menlo Park.

Jeffrey Adair and his team at J Floral Art will transform the building into a glamorous setting, fit for a sit-down dinner by top San Francisco caterer Dan McCall, dancing to David Martin's Houseparty and a live auction.

Included in the auction lineup are a chance to meet actor Liam Neeson, a song written just for you by Bon Jovi band member David Bryan, or a walk-on in the West Coast premiere of "Shakespeare in Hollywood."

Local committee members include: Jeffrey Adair, who a week earlier will be producing Menlo School's annual fashion show and gala; Jennifer De Golia, Marcia Goldman, Julie Kaufman and Rosina Lo Sun of Atherton; and Wendy Rohn and Terri Robbins Tiffany of Menlo Park.

Tickets to the gala are $250 each, and you are invited to stop by the costume shop at 1110 Hamilton to pick out a outfit from one of TheatreWorks' past productions. An appointment is needed.

For more information, call 463-1950, ext. 152.

'Living Spaces' garden tour

It just wouldn't be spring without the annual Gamble Garden tour, now in its 19th year. Five Palo Alto gardens will be open Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The self-guided tour may start at any of the private gardens or at Gamble Garden. Top off the tour with a box lunch at Gamble Gardens and a visit to the plant sale and plant clinic, as well as the boutique in the Main House. Thai silk scarves, silk/wool shawls, boutonniere silver pins, iced tea pitchers and tea accessories will be among the many items for sale.

Dan Gregory and Lauren Bonar Swezey from Sunset Publishing will speak about outdoor living at 11 a.m. each day in the Carriage House.

The five gardens include a Spanish colonial garden, a Thomas Church garden surrounding an 1908 craftsman-style house, one with a "Touch of Bali," and another in the heart of Old Palo Alto. The "Palo Verde" garden features antique garden ornaments.

Advance tour tickets are $25 for Gamble Garden members; $30 for others. All tickets are $35 on tour days. Lunch at $18 will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Reservations are needed by April 23. For more information call 329-1356 or visit

Fanatics and fools

Kepler's has hosted appearances by former president Jimmy Carter and the Duchess of York. Now the bookstore is bringing Arianna Huffington, independent candidate in the 2003 California gubernatorial race. to the Menlo Park Council Chambers on Friday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m.

Ms. Huffington is promoting her new book, "Fanatics and Fools: The Game Plan for Winning Back America." Admission is by ticket only: $30 admits one person with one free copy of "Fanatics and Fools," $35 admits two with one copy of the book. To purchase tickets, call 324-4321 or go online at

Wine with Heart

A gourmet dinner on Friday, April 30, at Thomas Fogarty Winery in Portola Valley will be followed by the eighth annual Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Auction. Last year's auction raised more than $100,000 to benefit Stanford University's vascular research program and the American Heart Association. Cost is $500 per person.

The live auction promises plenty of action in bidding for rare wines, getaways to world-class resorts, and private winemaker dinners.

If you can't afford the Fogarty dinner, come on down to the Crowne Plaza Cabana in Palo Alto from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 2, for a wine tasting and auction.

Wines from the Santa Cruz mountains will be paired with appetizers from local restaurants, and both silent and oral auctions will feature spectacular wines. Tickets are $45 in advance, $50 at the door. For more information, call 831-479-9463. Additional information is available at

Big Fun Carnival

There will be a jump house, giant slide, and midway games, to say nothing of food by Top Dog Catering, at the Selby Education Foundation's Big Fun Carnival to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at the Selby Lane School, 170 Selby Lane in Atherton.

The PTA Scholastic Book Fair will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with books ranging from pre-school stories to cooking and craft tomes at discounted prices. For more information visit

Tea party and concert

All five sections of the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra will join forces for a concert and English tea party to raise funds for PACO's upcoming performance tour of the British Isles in June. The concert will be held Saturday, April 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 East Charleston Road in Palo Alto. The $25 admission ($5 for youth) includes tea and goodies following the performance. For more information, call 856-3848 or e-mail

Latino Leaders open house

Young Latino Leaders, a nonprofit youth organization whose membership spans Menlo Park, Redwood City and East Palo Alto, is holding an open house at Fair Oaks Community Center at 2600 Middlefield Ave. in Redwood City on Friday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to commemorate the group's 10th anniversary.

The organization, whose members include students from Menlo-Atherton and Woodside high schools, focuses on community service, academic support, and leadership-training skills, said YLL founder Paul Vega. For more information, call Mr. Vega at 780-7522.

Open house at the co-op

Menlo-Atherton Cooperative Nursery School, located next to Nealon Park on Middle Avenue in Menlo Park, is having an open house on Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to noon. The school is also celebrating its recent re-accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

"This involves ... going through a very rigorous inspection, and we have to meet all sorts of criteria in order to be recognized for this award," says parent Christina Holmes. For more information, call 322-7148 or visit

China 21

"China 21," a film showing ordinary people coping with the social and economic changes in China will be shown at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St. The free film is presented by the United Nations Association Mid-Peninsula and the United Nations Association Film Festival.

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