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Community - May 29, 2013

Around Town: Local talent stages show at Valley Presbyterian

The 20th Crossroads & Friends Coffee House and Talent Show will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at Lane Family Hall on the campus of Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

The musical and comedy show will feature local singers, musicians, comedians, mime artists and others. The show will be modeled on "Prairie Home Companion," the Garrison Keillor radio show.

Local bluegrass ensemble Steep Ravine will headline the show. The band of locally based musicians, includes mandolin player Andy O'Brien, a 2007 graduate of Menlo-Atherton High School.

Crossroads Coffee House was first staged in 1994 as a going-away party for the pastors, Mark and Cheryl Goodman-Morris, who were taking their first summer sabbatical. "We had so much fun, we decided that we would say goodbye to them at the beginning of every summer, whether they were leaving town or not," said event emcee Chris Preimesberger, founding member of the Crossroads folk group that hosted the first show and still runs the event today.

The Goodman-Morrises will perform a mime sketch in this year's show. Mark Goodman-Morris has a college degree in mime.

Desserts and coffee will be served. Admission is free; donations will be accepted.

Farmers' market

at Ormondale

Second-graders from Ormondale School in Portola Valley will hold a farmers' market from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 31.

The students have been working to create all sorts of items to sell, including bird feeders, painted pots, clay figurines, garden signs, festive hats and mosaic-tiled stepping stones. Fresh produce from the school garden and other local gardens will be for sale.

The farmers' market will also host local musicians and food trucks. Ormondale School is located at 200 Shawnee Pass Road in Portola Valley.

Teacher honored for

environmental ed

The Garden Club of America has awarded Stewart Slafter, history and garden teacher at Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton, the Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award. The $1,000 award recognizes individuals who have furthered the early environmental education of children.

Mr. Slafter was nominated by Anne Westerfield, and the award was presented by Lennie Gotcher and Nettie Ramsay, all members of the Hillsborough Garden Club.

"I"m honored and humbled to have received this award," said Mr. Slafter. "I am truly inspired by the Sacred Heart's founding sisters' principles of being responsible for creation and to be stewards of the earth's resources. Teaching our children to respect and protect the environment is an integral part of our campus' sustainability curriculum."

The Sacred Heart campus has 10,000 square feet of organic gardens and a farm with animals. Students assist in the daily care of the gardens and animals, including chickens, turkey, rabbits and goats. The school says that Sacred Heart is the only school on the Peninsula that has been certified by the San Mateo Department of Health to use produce grown on campus in its two cafeterias.

Sculpture tours

At 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, the Djerassi Artists Program will start taking reservations for the final six two-mile walking tours of sculptures created on the property by resident artists over the past 34 years.

Led by staff and volunteers, the two-mile tours are free, begin at 10 a.m., last about 2 1/2 hours, and visit 20 sculptures. Times available are: Thursday, Aug. 15; Sunday, Sept. 1; Thursday, Sept. 19; Sunday, Oct. 6; Thursday, Oct. 24; and Sunday, Nov. 10. For the two-mile tour, reservations are limited to two places per call.

The Djerassi Program is located at 2325 Bear Gulch Road in Woodside. For reservations, call 747-1250.

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