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Around Town: Volunteers stage food, fitness day Around Town: Volunteers stage food, fitness day (June 02, 2004)

Peninsula Volunteers invites the community to its 2004-2005 membership season kickoff with "Fun, Food and Fitness Day" on Thursday, June 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Jennings Pavilion in Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park.

Joyce Nash, a clinical psychologist and author of "Maximize Your Body Potential," will give the keynote address. Personal trainer Dianthe Harris and Dan McClure of Fifty-Plus Fitness Camp will demonstrate exercises and discuss nutritional tips. Chef Pamela Keith, founder of Kitchen Craft, will talk about her passion for cooking.

At information tables, people such as feng shui master Linda Lenore and representatives from Curves and the Pilates Zone will provide demonstrations and advice.

A buffet lunch and wine tasting will be included in the event, which costs $35 per person. The luncheon begins at noon. LynAnn King will provide vocal entertainment.

The event will showcase Peninsula Volunteers services. Founded 55 years ago, the organization has 400 members and provides services at Little House Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center and Rosener House Adult Day Services Center, both in Menlo Park, and through the Meals on Wheels.

Reservations for the event can be made in advance by sending a check to Pat Magee c/o Peninsula Volunteers, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park CA 94025.

Portola Valley talent

A rock band, pianist, poet and guitarist will be among the entertainers at the 11th Crossroads & Friends Coffee House at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 5, in Lane Family Hall at Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road.

The Lunatics improv comedy troupe from Menlo-Atherton High School is also tentatively scheduled to perform at what is billed as Portola Valley's longest-running talent show.

Dessert and coffee will be served. There is no admission charge, but donations will be accepted to cover the cost of the event. Families are welcome to attend. For more information, call 365-9419.

Cowboy poetry and music

"Sourdough Slim" will be there. So will "The Saddle Cats," a Western swing band. So why not mosey out to the Mounted Patrol grounds at 521 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside, for the annual Woodside western music and cowboy poetry concert? The concert is slated for 7 p.m. Saturday, June 19.

Performers will also include singers Kay Hansen and Bob Weber, and cowboy poet Larry Maurice.

Tickets are available at the gate for $15. Gates open at 5p.m. and a barbecue supper costs $10. For more information, call the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County at 366-7860.

Recorder orchestra to perform in Portola Valley

The Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra will give a free concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 6, at the Portola Valley Town Center multi-use room at 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

This is the third consecutive year that the Portola Valley Arts Committee has sponsored the event, said Diana Fischer of Portola Valley, a member of the orchestra.

The June 6 program features works by Mozart, Byrd and Pepusch as well as a sonata for recorders by Fred Palmer, the orchestra's director.

Joining the orchestra will be oboe soloists Nicholas Vigil and Rick Goodman as well as Bay Area composer Glen Shannon, who will direct a movement, entitled Stroll, from his suite, Wanderlust.

For more information, go to www.sfems.org/mpro.

Growing up in Palo Alto

Longtime Ladera resident Ryland Kelley will be the featured speaker at the annual dinner of the Palo Alto Historical Association on Wednesday, June 9. The event, open to the public, will be held at the Sheraton Palo Alto, 625 El Camino Real, with a social hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.

In his book of poetry, "Rings of Growth," Mr. Kelley wrote about growing up in Palo Alto. The book was written in 1994 to benefit the Palo Alto Historical Association and the Centennial Endowment Fund during the city's centennial celebration.

During his business career with Hare, Brewer and Kelley Inc., he was involved with many residential and commercial developments on the Midpeninsula.

Talk on women in Afghanistan

After losing many basic rights under the Taliban regime, have the women of Afghanistan seen their lives improve substantially? Nadia Hashimi, public relations and media director for the CARE nonprofit group, will speak on this topic at the Bechtel International Center at Stanford University on Tuesday, June 8.

Born in Kabul in 1980, Ms. Hashimi has developed a bi-monthly magazine for CARE, which seeks to improve life in Afghanistan through field projects such as helping fund schools there.

The program is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. after a 7:30 p.m. reception. The cost is $5 for members of the World Affairs Council, which hosts the event, $8 for nonmembers, and free for Stanford staff and students. For reservations, call (415) 293-4600 or e-mail: registration@wacsf.org.


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