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Arts & Entertainment - November 6, 2013

Around Town: Symphony performs in Menlo Park

"Liszt of Favorites" is the theme of the Silicon Valley Symphony's fall concert to be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave. in Menlo Park.

A second performance will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave. in Palo Alto.

The concerts will include Mozart's "Sinfonia Concertante" with soloists Julian Brown, violin, and Evan Buttemer, viola. In addition, Maestro Michael Gibson will give a mini conducting lesson and select several children from the audience to conduct the orchestra in the finale of Rossini's "William Tell Overture."

Tickets at $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors and students, and free for children, 12 and under, will be available at the door up to 30 minutes prior to the performance. There will be no reserved seating.

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New chef for LB Steak

John Gurnee , former chef de cuisine at the Wayfare Tavern in San Francisco, is the new chef for LB Steak restaurant at 898 Santa Cruz Ave. in downtown Menlo Park

Mr. Gurnee, 35, is a native of Sacramento and a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. He began his career with stints at Jianna and Campton Place in San Francisco before returning to work at restaurants in Sacramento.

Currently a resident of San Francisco, he says he enjoys exploring the city and hunting waterfowl in the Sacramento Delta.

LB Steak is open daily for dinner.

Book talk by Bill Fernandez

"Kaua'i Kids in Peace and War," a memoir of his life as a child in Kaua'i, will be the subject of a talk by retired Judge Bill Fernandez at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in the Menlo Park City Council chambers.

Mr. Fernandez describes an idyllic life when he ran barefoot on the reefs, surfed on an old ironing board, and made his own fishing spear. Those days abruptly ended when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and, for the first time, he witnessed racism against his Japanese neighbors.

The talk includes a PowerPoint slide presentation and singing. The event is free and supported by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. Free van service is available for Menlo Park-area seniors and those with disabilities. Call 330-2512 for reservations.

Bay origins

Geologist Ken Lajoie will discuss the origins of the San Francisco Bay at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the San Mateo County History Museum. He will describe how, at the height of the last ice age, there was no bay, and how the earth's warming led to its creation. During the ice age, camels, mammoths, ground sloths and bison thrived in the Bay Area.

The program is free with the price of admission to the museum: $5 for general admission and $3 for students and seniors. The museum is located at 2200 Broadway in downtown Redwood City.

Children's health

Children's Health Council Auxiliary is launching a fundraising drive to install a pathway of personalized bricks as part of its project to beautify the Children's Health Council courtyard and garden in Palo Alto in honor of Dr. Esther B. Clark, who founded the Children's Health Council 60 years ago.

Personalized bricks may be ordered to honor a loved one, celebrate a student or parent, thank a teacher or staff member, or remember friends and family. The bricks come in three sizes; 4 by 8 inches ($150), 8 by 8 inches ($250) or 12 by 12 inches ($500). A groundbreaking ceremony will be held as the project gets underway. Those ordering the first 100 bricks will be invited to attend. Go to or call 326-4437.

The Children's Health Council, located at 650 Clark Way in Palo Alto, offers programs to help children reach their full emotional, educational and developmental potential.


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