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Arts & Entertainment - November 27, 2013

Around Town: Junior League holds holiday house tour

The Junior League of Palo Alto/Mid Peninsula will hold its sixth annual fundraiser, "Finishing Touches: A Holiday Tour of Fine Homes and Boutique," on Dec. 6 and 7.

The tour will include four Menlo Park and Atherton homes decorated for the holiday season and a boutique for holiday shopping.

"Finishing Touches" will be based at Four Seasons Hotel, 2050 University Ave. in East Palo Alto, where guests can park and check in, then take a shuttle bus to each home, beginning at 10 a.m. The final shuttle departs at 2 p.m.

Additional events include a festive luncheon, featuring designer Jeffrey Alan Marks, and a "Mistletoe & Martinis" cocktail party on Friday, Dec. 6; and a holiday party featuring seasonal flower arranging by Isabella Boyer Sikaffy of Florabella, table decorating and menu planning on Saturday, Dec. 7. All events will be held at the Four Seasons.

Sponsors include Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry, Derco Jewelers, and C. Wonder.

"Finishing Touches" supports such League projects as Done in a Day, First Teachers, Fostering Families, and Shelter Network, as well as community grants the League makes to nonprofit organizations.

Go to to buy tickets. Tickets for the weekend tour are $40.

Holiday train

Glowing with lights and holiday decorations, the Caltrain Holiday Train will visit Menlo Park for a 20-minute stop on Sunday, Dec. 8.

Decorated with thousands of lights, the Holiday Train will visit nine Caltrain stations on the evenings of Dec. 7 and 8. At each of the stops, people can join in singing with onboard carolers and a Salvation Army brass band. Santa and Ms. Claus will get off the train to greet children and pose for pictures.

The Holiday Train is sponsored by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

'A Christmas Carol'

Stage and film actor Duffy Hudson will present a one-man production of Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Menlo Park City Council Chambers.

Mr. Hudson will portray all 46 characters in the play during the 75-minute production. He is known for his one-man touring productions in which he portrays famous personalities, as well as his performances of Dr. Seuss classics and "A Christmans Carol."

The free event is sponsored 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.

'Tree Treasures'

The San Mateo County History Museum will present "Tree Treasures" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. The free day at the museum will feature photos with Santa and children's crafts, including making old-fashioned Christmas tree ornaments.

The San Francisco University Handball Choir will perform holiday tunes at 1 p.m. "Tree Treasures" is held in conjunction with Redwood City's "Hometown Holidays." The museum is located at 2200 Broadway in Redwood City.