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Community - October 30, 2013

Around Town: Seminar on family history

The San Mateo County Genealogical Society, working with the Menlo Park Family History Center, will hold a seminar on Saturday, Nov. 2, in Menlo Park for people interested in learning more about family history research techniques.

Curt Witcher, former president of the National Genealogical Society, will conduct four classes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Menlo Park LDS Church, 1105 Valparaiso Ave. in Menlo Park.

Pre-conference registration price is $32 for members of the county genealogical society and $42 for others ($48 at the door).

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Book sale

The Friends of the Woodside Library will hold a used book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the library, 3140 Woodside Road.

The sale will include children's books, art and coffee table books, leather-bound classics, Bibles, foreign language books and dictionaries, and cookbooks, many in pristine condition. Sheet music, books on CDs, and movies on DVDs will also be for sale.

Proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Woodside Library, which sponsors children's programs, provides computer support, and supplements the library's book, video and audio collections.

Toque of Town

The second annual "Toque of the Town" gala, featuring Michelin-starred chefs, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel in Menlo Park. The evening will benefit the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.

A seated dinner will be created by Peter Rudolph of Madera restaurant at Rosewood Sand Hill, Mark Sullivan of Spruce, Dmitry Elperin of the Village Pub, and Kayvon Jordan of Mayfield Bakery & Cafe.

There will also be silent and live auctions. The evening will honor Bob and Orene Kearn. Individual tickets for the event are $200. For more information, contact Amira Schultz at 415-356-2231.

Michelin stars

Madera at the Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park and the Village Pub in Woodside once again have been named to the one-star list in the 2014 edition of the annual Michelin restaurant guide. Chef TJ in Mountain View also received one star, which indicates "a very good restaurant in its category."

Baume in Palo Alto received two stars, which denotes "excellent cuisine, skillfully and carefully crafted dishes of outstanding quality." Each restaurant is also rated on ambiance, comfort, specialties, wine and more.