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Around Town: Thousands expected for Compassion Weekend

More than 4,000 participants are expected to take part in Menlo Park Presbyterian Church's eighth annual Compassion Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28.

The public is invited to join congregants who — instead of attending regular worship services that weekend — will take part in 33 service projects throughout the Peninsula. The projects will be funded by the church's Christmas offering, which raised more than $510,000.

Menlo Park Presbyterian Church has been located in Menlo Park for almost 140 years and today has four campuses, including locations in Mountain View and San Mateo.

Go to to sign up for Compassion Weekend.

Seminar on family history

The San Mateo County Genealogical Society, working with the Menlo Park Family History Center, will present a seminar on family history with D. Joshua Taylor from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Menlo Park Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1105 Valparaiso Ave. in Menlo Park.

Mr. Taylor is a genealogy researcher and speaker, featured on the NBC program "Who Do You Think You Are?"

The San Mateo County Genealogical Society was established in 1982 to encourage the study of family history. The society's library is located on the campus of Canada College in Woodside. The Menlo Park Family History Center has been serving the area for nearly 40 years and has a staff of more than 70 volunteers offering free genealogy consulting to the public.

The conference price is $48.

Visit and click on "Seminars" for more information.

Frederick's Follies

The Police, Kiss and the Beach Boys are among the rock bands that will be impersonated at the 11th production of Frederick's Follies from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, in the multi-use room at Corte Madera School in Portola Valley.

This year's three-act play is titled "Frederick's Follies:A Space Oddity" and will feature rock band performances from Mr. Frederick's fifth-grade class as well as guest appearances by other students and members of the community.

The public is invited to this free community event. Corte Madera School is at 4575 Alpine Roard in Portola Valley.

Hats Off to Dr. Seuss

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the children's book, "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins," an exhibit of the hat collection of Theodor Seuss Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss), alongside prints and sculpture from the Dr. Seuss collection, will be on display at Peabody Fine Art, 603 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park, through May 12.

The "Art of Dr. Seuss" curator will unveil the hat collection at the opening evening event on Saturday, April 27, from 5 to 8 p.m, at the gallery.

This is the first time that Dr. Seuss's hat collection has traveled outside the Seuss estate. The collection is being shown at selected venues throughout the country.

Woodside book sale

The Friends of the Woodside Libary will hold their semi-annual used book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the library, 3140 Woodside Road in Woodside.

The sale will include a wide selection of novels, travel and cooking books, and children's books. There also will be a good selection of books on California history and the Civil War, said Margaret MacNiven, president of the Friends of the Woodside Library.

Paperback books will cost 25 cents, hard cover books, $1. A selection of coffee table books will be for sale at prices ranging from $3 to $20.

Host family sought

A host family is sought for a 17-year-old female student from Brazil who will be attending Menlo-Atherton High School from mid-August through December. If you are interested, contact Mark Flegel at 326-9661 or


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