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Around Town: Filoli festival celebrates autumn

The annual Autumn at Filoli Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the historic estate in Woodside. Activities will include heirloom fruit tasting, docent-led nature hikes, orchard tours, line dancing, and flower-arranging demonstrations.

For children, there will be a Happy Birds show, puppet and magic shows, face painting, and the Bubblesmith, who makes giant bubbles.

Visitors will be able to taste rare pears, apples and grapes from Filoli's Gentlemen's Orchard containing more than 650 varieties of heirloom fruit. Children can visit the pumpkin patch, choose and decorate a pumpkin to take home, or help Filoli volunteers operate the apple cider press.

A catered barbecue or vegetarian lunch is available by advance purchase only: $20 for adults and $11 for children.

Admission to the festival is $20 for members, $25 for non-members and $5 for children between 5 and 17.

Go to or call 364-8300, ext. 508, on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information and to buy tickets. Advance purchase is strongly recommended.

Riekes Center

holds fundraiser

The Riekes Center for Human Enhancement, a nonprofit community center in North Fair Oaks, is hosting a fundraiser to raise money for scholarships to help more people participate in the center's programs for athletic fitness, creative arts and nature awareness.

The event will be held Friday, Sept. 20, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the Riekes Center, 3455 Edison Way in North Fair Oaks. Tickets are $150 per person, or $100 for age 24 and under. People are asked to make advance reservations.

Guests are encouraged to dress comfortably and wear sneakers so they can play interactive games and engage in other activities while listening to original music performed by Riekes faculty and students. Jesse Cool will provide dinner.

Go to for more information, or send an email to, or call (650) 364-2509.

Hidden Villa holds

'Humanitarian' dinner

Audrey Rust, the Noble and Lorraine Hancock family, and Sibella Kraus will be honored for their contributions to environmental, social and educational causes at the 17th annual Josephine and Frank Duveneck Humanitarian Awards dinner on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills.

Proceeds from the event will go toward underwriting more than $550,00 in partnerships and scholarship opportunities during the year, organizers say. Dinner tickets are $250.

Email or call 949-9702 for tickets.

Junior League party

In anticipation of its annual holiday home tour Dec. 6 and 7, the Junior League of Palo Alto/Mid Peninsula will hold a kickoff party from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at HOME, the home furnishings store and design group at 789 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park, and next door at The Shop, the League's resale store. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Twenty percent of purchases made at HOME from Sept. 19 to 30 will benefit the Junior League. The Shop will offer 20 percent off purchases on the evening of Sept. 17.

Coastal cleanup day

The California Coastal Commission announces the 29th annual coastal cleanup day will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 21.

The event will take place at more than 800 locations around the state. Last year more than 65,000 volunteers removed almost 770,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from California beaches, lakes and waterways.

The city of Menlo Park is asking for volunteers to help clean up at the following locations: San Francisquito Creek at Alma Street and East Creek Drive (contact Susan Stansbury at 330-6720); and Bedwell Bayfront Park at the edge of San Francisco Bay at U.S. 101 and Marsh Road (contact Davena Gentry at 475-2012).


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