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Community - April 13, 2011

Around Town: Nine polo tournaments set for Atherton

The Menlo Polo Club is planning nine tournaments for the 2011 season, including three premiere events, according to club spokesperson Christine Vermes. All tournaments will be played at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton. Admission is open to the public.

The club's opening weekend begins Friday, April 29. The first major tournament, the U.S. Polo Association Ladies Cup, takes place Saturday, May 28. Menlo Polo Club Invitational events will be held June 25 and 26, and Sept. 24 and 25.

Founded in 1923, the Menlo Polo Club is one of the oldest polo clubs in California. Lyn Jason Cobb is president and a third-generation polo player. Her grandfather, William Gilmore, founded the club in 1923. Her father, Mack Jason, was the club's president for 46 years.

The club is managed by Erik Wright, who also manages The Horse Park Polo Club.

Go to for more information.

Energy efficiency class

Thinking about ways to make the monthly utility bill go down? On Tuesday, April 19, the city of Menlo Park hosts an energy efficiency class at the main public library at 800 Alma St.

The class will provide information on home improvements and the state rebate program, Energy Upgrade California. Up to $4,000 in rebates are available per property.

The class starts at 7 p.m. in the library's community room. Pre-registration is not required. Contact Liz Henton with the Energy Upgrade California Program at 363-1949 or to find out more.

'Hats off to Spring'

Wednesday, April 13, is the deadline to buy tickets to the Atherlons' luncheon and fashion show to be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 21, at the University Club, 3277 Miranda Ave. in Palo Alto. Atherlon members will model fashions from the Yum Yum Tree in Los Altos.

Dona Dodson of Woodside is chairman of the event, which will benefit CORA, an organization dedicated to overcoming relationship abuse for women and children. She will be assisted by Eunice Fey of Menlo Park.

Models include Janet Ericksen, Carolyn Miller, Hope Johnson, JoAnn Bright, Sue Thomas, Eileen Duvall, Peggy Ogren, and Ramona Gaunt. Jane King of Menlo Park is the Atherlons president.

Tickets to "Hats off to Spring" are $60 each. Checks made out to Atherlons may be sent to Virginia Peterson, 3511 La Mata Way, Palo Alto 94306.

One big day

Spring ushers in Rebuilding Together's National Rebuilding Day on Saturday, April 30. The nonprofit aims to complete 71 free repair projects for low-income residents and community agencies in 17 cities, including four sites in Menlo Park.

Volunteers will paint, landscape, replace windows, fix roofs, and whatever else it takes to rebuild the sites.

Email or call Kate Comfort Harr at 366-6597, ext. 225, for more information.

At Filoli

"Expressions in Color," a watercolor exhibit of original art by local and regional artists, will be on display at Filoli, 86 Canada Road in Woodside, through Sunday, June 5.

Meet the artists days will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 16, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 17. Many of the paintings will be for sale.

Admission to Filoli is $15 for general, $12 for seniors, and $5 for students, ages 5 through 17. Admission includes tours of the house and garden, access to the Garden Shop, Cafe, art exhibit, and on Saturdays, 10 a.m. docent-led nature hikes by advance reservation.

Visit or call 364-8300, ext. 508, for more information.

History book sale

More than 25,000 "gently used" books will be for sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17, at the semi-annual book sale at the San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway in Redwood City.

All books will be 50 percent off for the sale, which is sponsored by the Funders used book store, located on the ground floor of the museum.

Art on the sidewalk

Ninety artists will display their craft along Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park from Friday, April 15, through Sunday, April 17. Photography, jewelry, sculpture, and more will be on hand, as will the artists.

Admission is free to the 29th annual Sidewalk Art Festival. The show starts at 10 a.m. all three days, and runs until 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, then closes at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Call the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce at 325-2818 or Pacific Fine Arts at (209) 276-4394 for more information.


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