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Community - September 18, 2013

Around Town: Fall book fair benefits Friends of Library

by Jane Knoerle

The Friends of the Menlo Park Library will hold a fall book fair on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22, at the library in the Menlo Park Civic Center at 800 Alma St.

Adult categories, such as history, biography, fiction, mystery, cooking, classics and collectibles, will be for sale in the library's downstairs meeting room. Books for young readers, DVDs, films, and sets of books will be displayed in the grounds around the library entrance.

The Saturday sale hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. On Sunday the sale begins at noon with a bag sale (fill up a bag for $5). All items will be half price until the sale closes at 2 p.m.

For more information, call Tim Goode at 325-3001.

There With Care

benefit event

There With Care, a Menlo Park-based organization that provides services to children and families during a medical crisis, is holding its first benefit on Sunday, Sept. 22, at a home in Atherton.

The sold-out event will include a wine reception, silent and live auctions, dinner and program. More that 100 guests are expected to sample the culinary art of Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn in San Francisco and Stephen Durfee of the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in the Napa Valley (previously of the French Laundry).

Since launching its Bay Area chapter in 2012, There With Care has served more than 170 families referred by Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

Cooking classes

at Iberia

The first fall Spanish cooking class at Iberia restaurant in Menlo Park will feature paella on the patio. Owner/chef Jose Luis Relinque says the class is designed to make paella experts of even the most novice cooks. He will create both traditional and non-traditional paellas outdoors at the restaurant and guests will enjoy tapas and sangria while they work.

There are two classes: 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Guests meet next door at the Rock of Gibraltar specialty food store (associated with Iberia) at 1022 Alma St. Cost is $115.

The Basque Country's culinary traditions will be featured in a class at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. A sweet pepper casserole, pimiento peppers stuffed with salt cod, and lamb braised in vinegar with paprika and garlic are dishes Chef Jose Luis Relinque will prepare. Cost is $125.

Iberia, located at 1026 Alma St. in Menlo Park, will also feature classes on tapas, holiday meals, and guisos (one pot meals) and the art of braising.

Visit for more information.

Workshop on

Japanese tea

A Japanese tea ceremony will be featured in "The Way of Tea" workshop to be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway in Redwood City. Led by Aki Mori, the workshop will include the etiquette, history and philosophy of the way of tea. Fee is $15. To reserve, call 299-0104.

Ride for Ravenswood

The fifth annual Ride for Ravenswood to benefit the Ravenswood Family Health Center will be held Sunday, Oct. 6, beginning and ending at 210 Park Lane in Atherton.

The event is for cyclists looking for the challenge of a 50-mile coastal route or a milder 30-mile Portola loop ride. A short 2-mile walk is available to families. Cyclists check-in time is 7 a.m. Riders depart at 8 a.m. Walkers check-in at 7:30 a.m. and depart at 8:30 a.m.

Registration is $100 for cyclists and $25 for walkers and includes breakfast and a light lunch.

Go to to register.

'One from the

Heart' breakfast

More than 650 guests are expected to attend the annual "One from the Heart" awards breakfast to be held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel in Palo Alto. The event, a benefit for Pathways Hospice Foundation, honors individuals and organizations that have made an enduring contribution to Pathways and end-of-life care.

Tony Mendez, co-author of the book "Argo," will be guest speaker. Mr. Mendez and his wife, Jonna, both retired CIA agents, will tell the story behind the book and the movie.

Seats for the breakfast begin at $100. Over the past 23 years, One from the Heart awards breakfasts have raised more than $4 million for Pathways hospice and home health care.

Go to or call 408-730-1200 to make reservations.

Rancho Day Fiesta

The San Mateo Historical Association will hold the annual Rancho Day Fiesta from noon to 4 pm. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Sanchez Adobe, 1000 Linda Mar Blvd. in Pacifica.

The family-friendly day will feature early California music and dancing, crafts for children, and demonstrations of bygone trades. Rancho style refreshments will be served. There will be a $1 suggested donation in addition to charges for food and crafts.

Francisco Sanchez, owner of Rancho San Pedro (present day Pacifica), built the adobe between 1842 and 1846 at the end of the Mexican period of California history.

Taylor Eigsti

Taylor Eigsti, a Grammy-nominated jazz pianist and composer, will play at the benefit for Ability Production from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.

"We are very happy that Taylor, who grew up in Menlo Park, is donating his talent and time to support our fundraising efforts," says Jeramy Hale, co-founder of Ability Production. Tickets start at $50 and are available at the door.

Ability Production is a nonprofit organization providing support and education for those dealing with spinal cord injuries. Founded in 2004 by Molly and Jeramy Hale, Ability Production is located in Menlo Park.

Free yoga classes

Menlo Pilates & Yoga is offering a number of free classes during September, National Yoga Month. Located at 1011 El Camino Real in Menlo Park, the studio offers a wide range of yoga, pilates and zumba classes.

Go to for a list of free classes and the regular class schedule.


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