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Community - March 6, 2013

Around Town: 'Oklahoma!' plays in Portola Valley

by Jane Knoerle

The Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory (PVTC) will present the well-loved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Oklahoma!' March 13-17 and March 21-23 at PVTC's Lane Family Hall Theatre, 945 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

The first collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, "Oklahoma!" opened on Broadway in 1943 and ran for more than 2,000 performances. It was adapted for the screen in 1955.

The 50-member cast includes many local youths and adults. Principal roles include Matt Waters as Curly; Elizabeth Lawrence as Laurey; Betsy Burdick as Aunt Eller; Noelle Goodman-Morris Gibbs as Ado Annie; Torrey Rothstein as Will; Mark Goodman-Morris as Andrew Carnes; Don Gustafson as Jud, and Joe Khirallah as Ali Hakim.

The show is directed by Cheryl Goodman-Morris and choreographed by Noelle Goodman-Morris Gibbs. Musical director is Raf Ornes

A benefit performance will be held Saturday, March 16, with a champagne toast and festivities following the performance. Tickets range from $15 to $50 and may be purchased by calling 851-8282, ext. 105.

'Paint the Garden" workshop at Allied Arts

An exhibit of "Classic California" landscapes by Kristen Olson of Palo Alto will be on display at the Portola Art Gallery at Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park, during March. A reception for the artist will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 9.

Ms. Olson is also offering a one-day "Paint the Garden" workshop at Allied Arts from 10 a.m. To 5 p.m. Saturday, March 15. Students will paint in the guild's outdoor environment in the style of the impressionists. The workshop is open to beginning through advanced oil, acrylic, gouache and watercolor painters. Cost is $125 and includes a gourmet lunch at the Blue Garden Cafe.

Email or call Ms. Olson at 427-0591 for more information.

Persian New Year gala

Pars Equality Center will host its third annual Nowruz Gala in honor of the Persian New Year on Saturday, March 9, at the Santa Clara Marriott.

More than 600 guests are expected for the evening of music and dancing, which will include a live performance by Iranian singer Andy Madadian.

The ball will benefit the Menlo Park-based nonprofit Pars Equality Center, founded in 2010 to provide social and legal support for the Iranian American community. Founder and executive director is Bita Daryabari of Atherton. Pars Equality opened a second office in San Jose last year and will open a third office in Westwood in Los Angeles on April 1.

For gala tickets and further information, contact Goli Ghorashi at 321-6400.

Woodside High stages

'Legally Blonde'

"Legally Blonde, The Musical" comes to the stage at Woodside High School on Friday, March 8, for the first of five performances in the school's Performing Arts Center at 199 Churchill Ave.

The musical is about a young woman who enrolls in Harvard Law School in pursuit of her boyfriend, and while there has an epiphany about the uses of the law to help others. Fifty Woodside High students are in the cast.

Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 8 p.m. on March 8 and 9, and 15 and 16. The Sunday matinee on March 10 begins at 2 p.m.

Go to for tickets, which range from $10 to $20. Call 367-9750, ext. 4851, to buy tickets by phone, or visit the campus box office between 3 and 4 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, starting March 7.

Go to for more on the school's drama program.

Low-water landscaping

The city of Menlo Park will hold a free water-efficient landscaping class from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 9, at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center., 700 Alma St. in Menlo Park. Those attending will learn how to create a water-efficient and low-maintenance landscape using California native and drought-tolerant plants.

` Visit at or call 349-3000 to register.

Folger Stable

'barn raising'

The Community Horse Advocacy Program for San Mateo County (CHAPS) and San Mateo County are seeking funds to provide a new roof and other structural repairs to the upper barn at the Folger Stable in Wunderlich County Park in Woodside. The upper barn is now a boarding barn for horses.

"We have about 50 percent of the nearly $97,000 needed," says CHAPS president Holly Nash.

Donations may be made out to CHAPS/MPF, stating "Upper Barn" on the check. Send it to 521 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside, CA 94062.

Visit for more information.

'Wonderful Town'

at Crystal Springs

Jesse Rothbard of Woodside is taking part in Crystal Springs Uplands High School's presentation of the music comedy, "Wonderful Town." Show times are 7:30 p.m. on March 7 and 8, and 3 p.m. on March 9, in the school's auditorium at 400 Uplands Road in Hillsborough.

First opened on Broadway in 1953, Tony-winning "Wonderful Town" features music by Leonard Bernstein, with lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.

Visit or call 342-4668 for tickets.


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