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Around Town: Fire foundation invites public to chili cook-off

The Woodside-Portola Valley Fire Protection Foundation will hold its 2nd Alarm Chili Cook-off and BBQ at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at Runnymede Farm in Woodside.

There will be firefighter demos, a chili cook-off, a live auction, and a prize drawing at the event, intended to bring together fire district residents and staff, said foundation board member Lorrie Duval.

There will also be live music, children's fire muster activities, self-guided sculpture tours, and family-style barbecued fare courtesy of Bianchini's Market in Portola Valley.

Adolph Rosekrans, foundation board member and host at Runnymede Farm, says in a press release: "I am delighted to help spread the word about the foundation and look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones."

Event invitations were mailed to all Woodside Fire Protection District residents in mid-August, Ms. Duvall said. Tickets — at $35 for adults and $15 for children under 12 — cover food, drink and activities. The foundation's 1st Alarm Chili Cook-off and BBQ in 2011 sold out.

Sponsors, contributors, and supporters include Bianchini's Market (Portola Valley and San Carlos); Dr. Eric L. Weiss, M.D./The Village Doctor (Woodside); Joe and Ginny Kavanaugh of Coldwell Banker (Portola Valley); A-1 Party Rentals (Redwood City); The Signworks, (San Carlos); Adolph S. Rosekrans Inc. Architects (Woodside); Mike Putterman; Bill Butler; Michael Hedlund; Sarah and Doug Rivers; Margot Lockwood, Coldwell Banker; TJ and Valeta Rogers; and The Bicycle Outfitters (Los Altos).

Created in 2009, the Woodside-Portola Valley Fire Protection Foundation ([]) raises money for fire district equipment, facilities, fire prevention education, and training.

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Peninsula Bridge breakfast in Menlo

"Sailing to Success" is the theme of the 10th annual benefit breakfast for the Peninsula Bridge program to be held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club, 2900 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park. Doors open at 8 a.m.

Peninsula Bridge has a summer program that brings motivated middle-school students from lower-income families onto such campuses as Menlo School, Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo-Atherton High School for academic courses and enrichment activities.

Since the program began in 1989, more than 5,000 students have been involved.

The breakfast is free. A donation may be made at the end of the event. Call 473-9461 to attend.

Arts & Crafts Fest

The Menlo Park Sidewalk Arts and Crafts Fall Fest will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27-29, on Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park.

The hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (on Sunday, it closes at 5 p.m.).

The sale will feature original works by more than 90 artists and craftsmen, including paintings, jewelry, photography, wood items, clothing, toys and more. For more information, contact the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce at 325-2818.

Project Read

Registration is now open for Project Read-Menlo Park's next tutor training program, which begins Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St. in Menlo Park.

Training continues from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, with a final meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Participants are expected to make a minimum commitment of six months. Most students need 90-minute sessions twice a week.

Online and DVD training is available for those unable to attend the training sessions.

For the past 27 years, Project Read-Menlo Park has been changing lives by helping adults improve their reading and writing. The program currently has many learners waiting for tutors.

For more information, email Roberta Roth at or call Project Read at 330-2525.

Habitat for Humanity

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Community Foundation has launched its 15th annual Habitat for Humanity fundraising campaign, a month-long raffle through Oct. 18 in all 57 of its Northern California offices.

All donations collected will be used by local Habitat for Humanity chapters to build homes in 2014. Operators have set a goal of raising $356,000. Raffle tickets are $2 and the public is invited to participate.

Habitat for Humanity says that since its founding in 1976, it has built some 600,000 houses worldwide, providing shelter for about 3 million people.

Skin screening

The Village Doctor will hold its 6th annual skin screening event from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at its office next to the Village Pub at 2979 Woodside Road. People are invited to have a free skin screening examination by Stanford dermatologists, says Louise Marquino of the Village Doctor.

Email or call 851-4747 for more information.



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