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Community - October 10, 2012

Around Town: Portola Valley talk on sustainable eating

Amy Cox, an advocate for green and sustainable living in suburban communities, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Community Hall at the Town Center, 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

Ms. Cox's talk, "Eating Local: Benefits that Extend Beyond the Palate & the Plate," will address the practice of eating fresh locally grown food that is also in season, and how eating in this way supports a local and sustainable agricultural community.

Ms. Cox is the founder of Chicago-based "subURBAN homestead," which offers lectures, classes and events for organized groups, including corporations, associations, students and nonprofits.

This free program is part of the Tuesday Harvest series of environmental talks. The town of Portola Valley does not endorse speakers in the series or the information they disclose.

For more information, contact Brandi de Garmeaux, the town's sustainability and resource efficiency coordinator, at 851-1700, ext. 222, or

Plein air paint-out at Allied Arts Guild

More than 20 artists have been selected to join with artists of the Portola Art Gallery to paint in the gardens of Allied Arts, 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park, on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 13.

The public is invited to watch the artists at work and stay for the afternoon exhibit, reception and awards presentation. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All displayed works will be for sale

Visit for more information.

Career workshop in Atherton

The Career Advancement Academies at Skyline College will hold a career planning workshop at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane in Atherton.

The workshop is designed to explore personal characteristics and hobbies to help map your career. The free workshop will also offer information about the certificate programs at the Career Advancement Academies, located at Skyline College in San Bruno.

Call Anna Koch, the San Mateo County library services manager, at 312-5205, for more information.

'English Flowers Abloom' benefit

Flower arranger Carolyn Barnes will re-create five prize-winning arrangements from this year's Chelsea Flower Show at a benefit for the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden to be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Freidenrich Conference Center at the Oshman Jewish Community Center, Charleston Road and Fabian Way in Palo Alto

There will be a silent auction for the arrangements with vases. Ms. Barnes will present a short photo overview of the Chelsea Flower Show.

An "English Breakfast Tea," including homemade scones with jam and butter, egg tartlets, fruit tartlets, tea and coffee will be served at 9:30 a.m.

Advance tickets, at $30 for members and $35 for others, may be purchased by calling 329-1356.