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Community - May 2, 2012

Around Town: Film on how media misrepresents women

"Miss Representation," a documentary film that explores how the media's misrepresentation of women and girls has led to under-representation of women in positions of power and influence, will be shown at the Performing Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton High School at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3.

Journalism teacher Betsy Snow and students Anna de Benedictis and Helmi Henkin will introduce the film, which was produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom.

The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was shown on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

The program, part of M-A High's Parent Education Series, is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served in the center's foyer from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

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TheatreWorks holds spring surplus sale

Artificial Christmas trees, vintage trunks and luggage, wedding dresses, even a Chinese dragon head made of papier mache/Styrofoam, will be for sale from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, May 4, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at 1100 Hamilton Court in Menlo Park.

TheatreWorks is purging its costume and props departments and offering a wide variety of items from its 42-year hoard.

Prices range from 25 cents for patterned teacups to a Baldwin spinet piano played live on stage going for $500 or best offer. All proceeds will benefit TheatreWorks' annual operating fund.

Woodside holds May Day Parade

Woodside will hold its 90th annual May Day Parade and festival on Saturday, May 5. This year's theme is "Viva Woodside" as the parade falls on Cinco de Mayo.

Steve Frank, assistant principal at Woodside Elementary School, will be this year's parade grand marshal.

The Royal Court, chosen from the kindergarten class at Woodside Elementary, will include King Colin Johnson, Queen Klara Hachigian-Kruetzer, princes George Krikorian and Julian Sheehan, and princesses Madi McCauley and Jaclyn Abbey.

The Woodside School PTA will announce the Citizen of the Year, a person in the community who has made significant contributions to the well-being of children.

For more information, contact May Day chair Kassia Kingsley at 415-602-8290.

Art and wine afternoon

Four new gallery artists will be introduced with an art and wine afternoon from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Portola Art Gallery, located in the Allied Arts Guild at 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park.

The new artists are Misako Kambe, Jan Prisco, Linda Salter and Carolyn Wang. Their work will be featured in a group show during the month of May.

Domenico Winery of San Carlos will host a wine tasting during the opening reception.

Project Read tutor training

Training for those wishing to volunteer as tutors in the Project Read-Menlo Park program will take place Tuesday, May 8, and Saturday, May 12.

The May 8 session will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and the May 12 training from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St.

Project Read offers free, one-on-one tutoring to adults who can't read or who need to improve their English reading, speaking and writing skills. No experience is necessary for tutors, who are supplied with all materials needed to work with students.

Tutors and their students set their own hours and location for working together.

Volunteers are asked to attend all of the training sessions, but for those with scheduling conflicts or who want to train earlier, DVD training is available.

Call 330-2525 to find out more, or to sign up to be a Project Read tutor; or drop by the Project Read office in the Menlo Park Library during office hours Mondays through Thursdays beginning at 2 p.m.

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Martin Yan at food fair

Celebrity chef Martin Yan will appear at the third annual Artisan Food Fair on Saturday, May 12, in the courtyard of La Piazza, 604 Main St. in downtown Half Moon Bay. He will prepare a stir fry, offer cooking tips, and sign books.

The event is sponsored by kitchenware store Toque Blanche, which has invited food producers to present and discuss their products, including culinary lavender, vinegars, olive oil, chocolates, coffee, teas, and artisan food from Spain.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public.


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