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Community - March 27, 2013

Around Town: Family festivities at Spring Fling

Family festivities are planned for Filoli's annual Spring Fling scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the historic Woodside estate. On hand for the annual celebration will be a clown, puppies, a miniature horse, and the Bubblesmith, who creates giant bubbles.

There will also be live music, a magic show, puppet show, face painting and arts and crafts for children.

Docent-led nature walks will be available throughout the day on the trails in Filoli's woodland. Visitors will be able to visit the three historic greenhouses, where there are plants that have been in Filoli's collection from the 1920s. In the potting shed, children may decorate a container and pot a plant to take home.

The Shorebirds Band will entertain near the Sunken Garden and Joe's Jazz Ensemble will perform at the tennis court.

Admission is $25 ($20 for Filoli members and $5 for children ages 5 to 17). Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 364-8300, ext. 508. Box lunches at $18 for adults and $10 for children must be ordered in advance.

Community day at Folger Stable

The public is invited to attend open house at Folger Stable in Woodside from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 30. The event includes trail rides for $20, pony rides for small children for $5, tours of the property and free beverages.

The community open house is sponsored by Bay Area Equestrian Connection. The stables are located in Wunderlich County Park, 4040 Woodside Road in Woodside.

Easter brunch at Rosewood

A three-course Easter brunch, an elaborate chocolate Easter egg display, and an outdoor petting zoo on the lawn will highlight Sunday, March 31, at the Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel.

The petting zoo will feature rabbits, ducks, chicken, goats, pot-belly pigs and sheep, with donations benefiting the Palo Alto Humane Society. The hotel will also offer cookie decorating and picture-taking with the Easter Bunny.

Easter brunch in Madera restaurant begins at 11 a.m. Cost is $85 for adults (half price for children). Reservations may be made through

The hotel is on Sand Hill Road at Interstate 280.

Sculpture tours

in Woodside

Reservations are now being taken for the annual sculpture tours that are held from April through November at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program facility, located at 2325 Bear Gulch Road in Woodside.

There are six director's tours ($50 per person) and 12 two-mile tours (free of charge). Both require advance registration.

The director's tour typically lasts more than four hours, covers approximately 3 1/2 miles and visits more than 25 sculptures. The two-mile tour is about 2 1/2 hours in length and includes 20 sculptures. The tours are strenuous, as the trails consist of both steep uphill and downhill hiking.

Visit for tour dates and more information. For tour reservations, call 747-1250.

Really Ragtime

Allied Arts Guild will present "Really Ragtime" to benefit Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way in Palo Alto.

Doors open at 1:15 p.m. for the program that will feature Frederick Hodges and other ragtime musicians. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets at $25 will be available at the door.

Visit or call 561-3215 for more information.

Lute Songs and Solos

Singer Doris Williams will perform "Lute Songs and Solos of the Renaissance" at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, in the Menlo Park Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St.

She will be accompanied by Claudia Gantavar on Renaissance recorder. Ms. Williams received degrees in vocal music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods from Oakland University in Rochester, Minnesota, and Stanford University.

The concert is made possible by Friends of the Menlo Park Library. Free wheelchair accessible van service is available. Call 330-2512 for van reservations.

New ceramic work

"Inspired by Fire," new ceramic work by Jo Killen of Menlo Park, will be on display from Friday, April 5, to May 30 at the Pacific Art League, 227 Forest Street in Palo Alto.

A practicing sculptor for 15 years, Ms. Killen has been an art teacher and worked as a graphic designer, illustrator and art director. After leaving Hewlett-Packard in 2001 as a project manager, she returned to creating art and for the first time tried her hand at pottery at the Palo Alto Art Center. She works out of her home studio in Menlo Park.

A reception for the artist will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 5. Ms. Killen also shows her ceramics in the Artisan Shop at Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park.

Cafe Zoe hosts

student exhibit

Cafe Zoe, a popular hub for caffeine- and community-loving locals, has added another dimension to its offerings of international flavors: Art by students of the nearby German-American International School (GAIS).

The artwork by students from kindergarten through eighth grade will be on exhibit through March 31 at the cafe, 1929 Menalto Ave. The private school and the cafe are neighbors in the Willows area of Menlo Park.

"The children's artwork is such a joy visually, and we look forward to the energy and excitement it brings to the cafe community," Cafe Zoe owner Kathleen Daly said in an announcement from GAIS.

The exhibit provides more than visual joy to the cafe community, however. "Students truly see themselves as artists when they see their artwork displayed in a public place," according to Maike Silver, the GAIS staff member who coordinates the exhibit. "They develop self-esteem and confidence in their own abilities to create art and in forming partnerships with the community."

Go to for cafe hours.

Fremont Older home

and garden tour

Free tours of the historic Fremont Older "Woodhills" home and garden will be conducted Sunday, April 14. The home is located in the Fremont Older Open Space Preserve on the urban fringe of Cupertino and Saratoga.

In 1914, Fremont Older, an unconventional newspaper editor, and his wife, Cora, an author and historian, moved into the home designed by architect Frank Delos Wolfe. The Olders hosted many literary and political guests in their home, including Jack London and Carl Sandburg.

In 1975, the Midpeninsula Open Space District purchased the property and the deteriorating house was scheduled for demolition. Newspaper publishers Mort and Elaine Levine wanted to see the journalistic legacy of Fremont Older and "Woodhills" preserved. They were granted a long-term lease and have restored the house and re-designed the grounds with drought-tolerant and native landscaping.

The Levines, former owners of the Almanac, still live at "Woodhills" and the home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Reservations for the annual tour are required and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis by calling the district office at 691-2153.

Night of Dreams

More than 200 guests attended the Night of Dreams benefit Feb. 26 at the Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Family Connections, a free preschool for low-income families, with locations in East Palo Alto, eastern Menlo Park, and Redwood City. The evening raised more than $60,000.

The event honored three important supporters: Little Wonders, a play-based, parent-participation program; the Sequoia District Adult School; and Chris Adair, director of the San Carlos Education Foundation's Spring Fling.

Family Connections was founded in 1993 and has helped more than 1,000 families with early childhood education.


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