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Community - May 8, 2013

Briefs: Symphony gives concert in Menlo

Silicon Valley Symphony, directed by Michael P. Gibson, will present its final concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave. in Menlo Park.

Organist Lothar Bandermann will present the world premiere of his composition, "An American Experience." Organist Margaret Martin Kvamme will play Saint-Saens' Symphony No. 3, the "Organ Symphony."

The concert will also be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors when purchased at the door.

Kick for a cause

Kuk Sool Won of Menlo Park Martial Arts and Character Development Academy hosted its fifth annual Kick-A-Thon on April 20 at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center in Menlo Park to benefit Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and the Menlo Park Martial Arts Scholarship Program.

More than 40 students performed repeated single-, double- and triple-kick drills for an hour. The students had gathered pledges for the Kick-A-Thon and family members were on hand to count the kicks. At the end of the hour, the students had completed a total of 93,500 kicks and raised $9,607. The youngest participant, age 3, completed 100 kicks.

Gregory Starling joins

Community Corps

Gregory Starling of Portola Valley is one of 160 men and women who have pledged to perform 10 months of national service as part of the Atlantic Region's 19th class of the National Civilian Community Corps, an AmeriCorps program.

He may work with such organizations as Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross and the Nature Conservancy.

Mr. Sterling, who heard about AmeriCorps at a college career fair workshop, will graduate from the program on Nov. 14 with an education award of $5,550.

Growing up in Portola Valley, he attended Corte Madera and Ormondale schools and was a member of the first graduating class at Summit Prep. He graduated from California Lutheran University with a degree in criminology.


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