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S E C T I O N  )PMJEBZ ❉ MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE | NOVEMBER 16, 2012 ❉ ■ CLASSIFIEDS ■ R E A L E S TAT E ❉❉ ❉ of Gifts experience give ❉ more ❉ H A P P Y H O L I D AY S From left, Ramona Barrantes, Lesley Wiley, Shari L., and Michelle Baran laugh while preparing pan-roasted chicken with chasseur sauce during a cooking class at Sur La Table in Palo Alto. From flying lessons to cooking classes — giving imaginative presents Story by Lisa Kellman Photos by Veronica Weber B uying gifts for friends on the Peninsula can be like buying gifts for the Little Mermaid. They already have “gadgets and gizmos aplenty” and “whosits and whatsits galore.” When everyone is already carrying the latest gadget and wearing the best the season has to offer, it can be a struggle to pick out gifts that won’t turn up in the back of a closet. One gift that takes up no physical space is knowledge. Gifts of experience are not only enjoyable but can be social and educational. As Peninsula cooking teacher Rashmi Rustagi said: “Knowledge empowers people Continued on next page November 16, 2012 ■ Mountain View Voice ■ ■ 21

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