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Community - October 3, 2012

Around Town: 'Camelot' theme for Woodside's Day of the Horse

More than 300 riders are expected to dress in Arthurian costumes for this year's Day of the Horse, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13, in Woodside.

Now in its eighth year, Day of the Horse will have two components: a trail ride and a horse fair. The trail ride attracts riders who will walk the town trails dressed in "Camelot" costume.

The horse fair, located near Woodside Town Hall, is expected to draw more than 1,500 people to its free equestrian activities, which include pony rides, demonstrations, and rides on the Wells Fargo Stagecoach. There will be food booths and live music.

Day of the Horse is sponsored by the Woodside-area Horse Owners Association. The association says more than $85,000 raised by the event has been gifted to Woodside-area programs, including the Folger Stable Renovation in Wunderlich County Park, trail development and maintenance in town, county parks, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, regional equestrian activities for children, and large animal rescue.

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JobTrain fall gala

Ten Silicon Valley couples and Google are hosting a benefit for JobTrain on Friday, Oct. 12, at Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park.

The evening will feature a cocktail reception, hors d'oeuvres, and dancing to the music of Pride & Joy. Tickets at $250 per person are available at

The sponsoring couples are: Sukhinder Singh and Simon Cassidy, Theresia Gouw and Tim Razetta, Allison and Dan Rose, Andrea and Geoff Ralston, Sarah and Clay Jones, Martha and Paul Chamberlain, Aileen Lee and Jason Stinson, Tricia Chang and Warren Packard, Sarah and Greg Sands, and Ginger and Mike Williams.

JobTrain is a nonprofit vocational training center located at 1200 O'Brien Drive in Menlo Park. Formerly known as OICW, the organization has offered job-training services for 47 years, including vocational classes, career placement, and individualized career programs that incorporate GED preparation, computer literacy, counseling, and supportive services.

St. Raymond

Pumpkin Festival

St. Raymond School, at 1100 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park, will hold its third annual Pumpkin Festival on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13.

Family entertainment will include pony rides, face painting, carnival games, a climbing wall, a bungee trampoline, and bounce houses. Food and drink will be for sale

Visitors are invited to hunt for the perfect pumpkin in the pumpkin patch, where pumpkins range in price from $3 to $7. Admission is free. Hours are 3:30 to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Harvest supper benefits

artists program

The Djerassi Resident Artists Program will host its sixth annual fundraiser, Artful Harvest, on Sunday, Oct. 14, from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at the program's SMIP Ranch in the hills above Woodside. A multi-course harvest supper, created by chefs Mark Sullivan and Dmitry Elperin of Spruce and the Village Pub restaurants, will highlight the event.

Hors d'oeuvres and wine will kick off the afternoon for silent auction previews at 3 p.m. Supper will be served at 4 p.m., followed by entertainment by composer/trumpeter Sarah Wilson and choregraphers and aerial performers "Catch Me Bird," author Marilyn Yalom, and singer/songwriter Ronee Blakely.

The silent auction will include works by Djerassi alumni artists, as well as merchandise packages.

Artful Harvest reservations are $250 per person and may be made online at or by calling 747-1250. The Djerassi Resident Artists Program SMIP Ranch is located at 2325 Bear Gulch Road West in Woodside.

'Holidays on a High Note'

Foothill Auxiliary to Peninsula Family Service will host its 15th annual "Holidays on a High Note" home entertaining benefit from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton. Floral designer Talmage McLaurin will be guest speaker.

Tablescapes and floral artwork from 25 Bay Area designers will be on display, including those of Casa Flora Designs of Menlo Park, and The Shoppe at Menloville. Mr. McLaurin's presentation will be at 10:30 a.m., with luncheon at 12:30 p.m.

Tickets at $115 per person may be reserved by calling Eileen Sullivan at 415-309-3412.

Paella party

Slow Food South Bay invites the public to attend its "Ultimate Paella Party" to be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, in a private garden. Chef Richard Poncini will create a paella using organic tomatoes and peppers, fish from boats at Pillar Point Harbor, and meat from the San Mateo County coast. Only the rice and saffron will come from more than 50 miles away, says events chairman Ann Duwe.

Jim Anderson of the Half Moon Bay Fisherman's Association will talk to guests about challenges facing the local fishing fleet, one of the oldest in California. Classically trained guitarist Richard Patterson will entertain.

Visit and enter Ultimate Paella Party in the keywords box to buy tickets at $115. The location and driving directions are given with reservations.

For more information, call Ann Duwe at 941-6381.