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Publication Date: Wednesday, June 02, 2004

PV town picnic set for June 12 PV town picnic set for June 12 (June 02, 2004)

Portola Valley is 40 years old this year, and the 36th annual town picnic on Saturday, June 12, at the Town Center will note it with an anniversary cake, part of the day's theme of "Community -- Past, Present and Future."

The big anniversary celebration is planned for the Blues & Barbecue Festival in September, said SallyAnn Reiss, chair of the Parks & Recreation Committee, which, along with the Community Events Committee, is hosting the picnic.

While the picnic is traditionally a children's day, representatives from the town's committees will be on hand to talk with residents about programs in town, including plans for the "charrette" -- a series of workshops in June that will involve interested members of the community in the design of a new complex of buildings for the Town Center at 765 Portola Road.

The picnic day begins at 10 a.m. with registration for the Zots-to-Tots running/biking/walking race from Rossotti Field on Alpine Road to the children's -- Tots -- playground at the Town Center at 765 Portola Road. The race begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m.

The awards ceremony with the mayor and the cutting of the cake is scheduled for about 1 p.m. on the stage. The mayor will also speak to the community.

Performing arts start at 11 a.m. and run throughout the afternoon. Among the children's acts scheduled are martial arts, singing and drama. There will be a noontime story and a 2 p.m. appearance by Daffy Dave, a comedian, magician, singer and balloon artist, Ms. Reiss said.

At 11:30 a.m., the games begin. Young kids will have their own panoply to choose from, including "Pennies in the sand," balloon darts, bean bag toss and ring toss. For the older children, there will be water balloon tag and races of the three-legged, potato-sack and wheelbarrow kind.

For those who don't bring their own picnic lunches, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will be selling barbecue, soft drinks and cotton candy.

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