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Around Town: Thousands expected at Sunset celebration

More than 20,000 visitors are expected for Sunset's 15th annual Celebration Weekend scheduled for June 2-3 at the magazine's seven-acre headquarters at 80 Willow Road in Menlo Park.

Highlights of the weekend include "the ultimate outdoor living room," wine seminars, travel and garden stages, and many food events, including the appearance of celebrity chef Guy Fieri.

For the "ultimate outdoor living room," Sunset will transform an asphalt patch of its parking lot into a backyard, complete with the House Arc, a modular dwelling designed by Bellomo Architects of Palo Alto.

Along with visits from well-known food personalities, there will be a backyard farm demonstration area, where guests can learn about the latest trends in canning, beekeeping and backyard chickens.

Also appearing on the outdoor living stage will be Chip Wade, host of HGTV's "Curb Appeal" and "Elbow Room," Ahmed Hassan, host of "Yard Crashers," and Karl Champley, master builder and host of "Wasted Spaces,"

Always a sellout, guests are urged to register for first-come, first-served wine seminars early. Sunset's wine editor, Sara Schneider, will conduct the seminars.

Summer camping will be the focus of the travel stage, with advice on the best campsites, natural wonders, and road trips.

Celebration Weekend takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3. General admission is $16, $14 seniors, kids free under 12. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Visit for more information.

West Bay Opera presents 'Aida'

West Bay Opera will present its first-ever production of "Aida" by Giuseppe Verdi on four dates: May 25 and 27, and June 2 and 3, at Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.

The opera, sung in Italian with English titles, will be conducted by Michel Singher with Yefim Maizel directing.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday, May 25, and Saturday, June 2; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 27, and Sunday, June 3. The May 27 performance at 2 p.m. will be followed by a post-performance discussion with the cast and directors seated onstage.

Tickets are $40 to $70 with group discounts.

Visit or call 424-9999 for tickets and more information.


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