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Community - February 13, 2013

Around Town: M-A Fashion Show set for Feb. 23

Seniors at Menlo-Atherton High School will take center stage Saturday, Feb. 23, in "IM-Agine," the PTA's biggest annual fundraiser, in the Performing Arts Center on campus. The show, featuring fashions and dance, will be staged three times (at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.).

A luncheon will be held before the 1 p.m. performance with catering by Renee Moore, a Menlo-Atherton parent.

Starring more than 200 members of the senior class, the fashion show has been a tradition at M-A for more than 37 years, dating back to the days when the fundraiser was known as the "Pumpkin Lunch."

It will be a repeat performance for Charleston Pierce, who is runway coach for the second year. A former model, Mr. Pierce leads talent workshops for models and is an event host and fashion show producer in San Francisco.

M-A seniors will be modeling clothes from Active Agie, Alys Grace, American Apparel, Bloomingdale's, Cassis, Gitane, Helm of Sun Valley, H&M Hillsdale, Leaf and Petal, Macy's, Men's Warehouse, Nike, The North Face, Novelle Bridal, Patrick James, Pickled, Romi, Selix, Tommy Bahama and Vince.

Co-chairs for this year's fundraiser are Renata Mullen, Julie Brody, Susan Benedick and Jill Smith. Nona Ybarra, owner of Captivating Dance, will again direct dance numbers in the show.

Tickets range in price from $5 for students to $85, which includes reserved seating, the luncheon and the show.

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Camellia flower show

and plant sale

The San Francisco Peninsula Camellia Society will stage its 52nd annual show and sale on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16-17, in the Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave. in Redwood City.

The free event will feature nearly 1,000 camellia blooms, a sale of hard-to-find premium camellia plants, a display of ikebana incorporating camellias, and educational workshops. The show will honor member Cameron Ainsworth, 92, of Redwood City.

Society president Caroline Beverstock of Atherton says Mr. Ainsworth is a "person with deep knowledge, who is happy to share that with anyone." After coordinating judging of the show, he will be available to answer questions and identify blooms.

The public is invited to enter blooms in the show between 8 and 10 a.m. Saturday morning. Judging will take place late that morning. On Saturday, the plant sale starts at 9:30 a.m., the show at noon. Both end at 4 p.m. On Saturday both the sale and show run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Menlo Park talk

on 'Arab Spring'

"The Arab Spring and Its Aftermath" will be the subject of a lecture by Dr. Ishmail Agayev at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Little House, 800 Middle Ave., in Menlo Park. The lecture is part of the monthly Dynamic Living lecture series sponsored by the Peninsula Volunteers.

A professor of philosophy and history of religion, Mr. Agayev is considered an expert on Middle East affairs. Admission is $9. For more information, call 326-2025, ext. 222.

Theaters of the Peninsula

Jack Tillmany and Gary Lee Parks will discuss their book, "Theatres of the Peninsula," at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway in Redwood City.

Beginning with the Peninsula's storefront nickelodeons, continuing through the movie-palace period, the age of drive-in theaters, and up to today's multiplexes, the book surveys the region's movie houses past and present.

The presentation is part of the museum's Courtroom Docket program, a monthly series of presentations held in the museum's historic Courtroom A. The program is free with museum admission: $5 for general admission and $3 for seniors and students.

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