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Arts & Entertainment - January 11, 2012

Around Town: Broadway musicals featured in benefit concert at Menlo

Selections from "Fiddler on the Roof," "Oliver," Man of La Mancha," "Camelot," and other 1960s musicals will be presented at the 10th benefit for Lighthouse for the Blind, to be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14 and 15.

Steve Gill, retired Menlo School teacher, his daughter, Anne, and several "friends of Annie's" will sing at the benefit, which takes place in Stent Hall at Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave. in Atherton. Suggested donation is $15.

Shortly after graduating from high school in 1997, Anne Gill was in a near-fatal car accident that left her blind and brain injured. In 1999, Mr. Gill organized the first concert to support San Francisco's Lighthouse for the Blind and its summer camp at Enchanted Hills Camp in Napa Valley for visually impaired adults who have other disabilities.

Over the years, the concerts have raised more than $65,000 to help dozens of adults with multiple impairments attend Enchanted Hills Camp.

Mr. Gill is a veteran singer with local theater groups. Other benefit performers, all Menlo School students, alumnae or teachers, are: Mark Newton, Rachel Bar-Gadda, Alex Powar, Jenn Mitchell, Julie Powar, and Danielle Brown. Karl Franzen and Mollie Thompson will be special guests. Also involved in the presentation are John Jordan, Alex Perez, vocal coach Sharon Davis, and musical director Linda Jordan.

For tickets or information, call Steve or Nancy Gill at 948-4648.

Open house for Filoli volunteers

The many ways to volunteer at Filoli will be discussed at the semi-annual volunteer recruitment open house at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, in the Visitor and Education Center at the Woodside estate, 86 Canada Road in Woodside.

More than 1,200 volunteers help sustain Filoli, a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Reservations are required for the open house.

Email or call 364-8300, ext. 300, by 4 p.m. Jan. 13, to make reservations. Leave name and phone number.


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