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July Fourth events: Celebrating Bill Lane's legacy at junior rodeo

Activities include rodeo, parades, festivals and ragtime music

By Caitlin Moyles

The memory of local legend Bill Lane will be celebrated at the Woodside Junior Rodeo, a staple of the Fourth of July activities in these parts.

The Bill Lane Western Heritage Award includes a $1,000 scholarship and a silver belt buckle given to a youth based on academic record, horsemanship, and an essay. Past captains of the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County will select a winner from junior rodeo participants.

Mr. Lane, who died July 31, 2010, was a longtime member of the patrol. He was a former owner of Sunset magazine, an active philanthropist, and the first mayor of Portola Valley.

More than 100 youth from around California will ride in the junior rodeo in events ranging from roping and barrel racing to bull riding (for older contestants). Doors open at 8 a.m. Monday, July Fourth, at the Mounted Patrol Grounds at 521 Kings Mountain Road in Woodside.

Admission costs $20 for adults and $10 for those kids ages 6 to 18. Kids under 6 get in free. Call 851-8300 for more information.

Menlo Park parade and festival

Everyone is invited to join the Menlo Park Fourth of July parade, which starts at 11:45 a.m. in the Wells Fargo parking lot at the intersection of Santa Cruz Avenue and Chestnut Street and then winds down toward El Camino Real. Kids are encouraged to decorate bikes and wagons.

The annual July Fourth festival runs from noon to 2:30 p.m. at Burgess Park. Activities include giant inflatable jump houses and slides, crafts, face painting, and three rock walls. The House Rockers will grace the festival with music, and community vendors will sell refreshments.

A $6 wristband is required for some activities and can be purchased at the parade or the festival. Call 330-2200 for more information.

Ragtime music

Anyone who fancies live ragtime music, here's your chance to indulge. Musicians will perform on the piano, mandolin, and guitar at the All-American Ragtime Blast concert in Menlo Park to raise money for San Francisco's USO.

Organized by local pianist Nan Bostick, the concert will be held at Menlo Park First Baptist Church at 1100 Middle Ave. from 3 to 4:30 p.m. A barbecue dinner prepared by Pastor Rick Line follows at 5 p.m.

Performers include Nick Robinson and Dennis Pash of The Ragtime Skedaddlers String Band and Meredith Axelrod and Pete Devine of Devine's Jug Band. Another highlight is a piano duel between Ms. Bostick and guest Dave Majchrzak, music director of Missouri's International Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, who is traveling in from St. Louis.

The concert is free, but donations are welcome. The barbecue dinner costs $5. No reservations required.

Go to firstbaptist.com for a map to the church or call 323-8544 for more information.

Redwood City

Redwood City honors 150 years of the city's fire department bright and early as the firefighters serve up a fundraising pancake breakfast at 755 Marshall St. from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.

The annual festival starts at 9 a.m., offering arts and crafts for sale; a jump house and other kids' activities; a car show; a fire engine display; and live music, including the marching bands of Stanford University and the University of California at Davis.

A parade kicks off at 10 a.m. Go to parade.org for maps of the festival area and of the parade route. Visit redwoodcity.org to register for the 35th Annual Fun Run, which meets at Brewster Avenue and Arguello Street and takes off at 9 a.m.

Et alia

Not far from the Redwood City parade, the San Mateo County History Museum at 2200 Broadway offers something a little more retro: a chance to churn ice cream and make parachutes, whirligigs, and flags from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is $2.50 for adults, $1.50 for seniors and students. Check historysmc.org or call 299-0104.

La Honda historian and resident Bob Dougherty will be at the museum from noon to 2 p.m. to sign his book, "La Honda." With images from private collections, the book pays tribute to the pioneering spirit of the early settlers of La Honda.

Go to sfsymphony.org to get tickets to Mountain View's concert by the San Francisco Symphony at Shoreline Amphitheatre. The 8 p.m. show concludes with a fireworks display. Tickets are $19.50 to $47.35.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) offers a free tow up to five miles for drivers who imbibed during the holiday celebrations, from 6 p.m. on July 4 to 6 a.m. the next morning. Drivers can call 800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP) and request a "tipsy tow."

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