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Community - April 27, 2011

Around Town: Big Bear 5K run set for Sunday, May 1

In this season of foot races, the 5-kilometer Big Bear Run is open to runners and walkers of all ages and is set for 9 a.m. Sunday, May 1, at Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton.

Race entry fees are $25 for adults and $10 for students 18 or younger, and the rates jump slightly after April 25. Proceeds go to support equipment and tournament fees for more than 50 athletics programs at M-A.

Corporate sponsors this year include DemandTec in San Mateo and Intuit in Mountain View, according to spokeswoman Diana Holliday.

"The success of the fundraiser is especially important this year as state funding continues to drop, leaving the teams without adequate financial support," she said in the announcement.

Registration on the day of the race begins at 7:30 a.m. at the main gym, though racers can pick up their T-shirts and race bibs on Friday, April 29, between 1:30 and 5 p.m. in the T parking lot off Ringwood Road.

The day will include awards for each of the eight age groups, music, and refreshments from local businesses, including Hobee's, Jeffrey's Hamburgers and Cedro Ristorante Italiano. More than 1,000 people participated in 2010, she said.

Go to for more information and to register online (for a fee of $3.25).

'Predicting earthquakes' topic of USGS talk

USGS seismologist Susan Hough will talk about "Predictable Earthquakes" at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in conference room A, Building 3, on the U.S. Geological Survey campus at 345 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park.

Ms. Hough will give an update on the ability of scientists to predict potentially destructive earthquakes, and separate fact from fiction.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Mother's Day tea at Yerba Buena

Yerba Buena Nursery in Woodside will offer a Mother's Day tea with seatings at noon and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7. A traditional tea, including sandwiches, scones and pastry, will be served in the Farmhouse. The gardens will be open for strolling.

Cost is $30 per person. Reservations may be made by calling 851-1668. The nursery is located at 19500 Skyline Boulevard in Woodside.

Fashion show for kids

Aidan Chisholm of Menlo Park is an 11-year-old fashionista and, what's more, she's putting on a show.

On Sunday, May 1, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Aidan and friends are presenting a fashion show to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Jennings Pavilion at Holbrook-Palmer Park in Atherton.

"I am expecting 75 guests. I have 12 models from Oak Knoll, La Entrada, and Menlo schools from the ages 5 to 12," says Aidan. The kids will model clothing and accessories from Bubble in Menlo Park and Honeys and Heroes in Palo Alto.


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