Palo Alto Weekly 04.30.2010 - Section 1
Section 1 of the April 30, 2010 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly
Palo Alto 50� State audit blasts High-Speed Rail Authority Page 3 w w w.PaloA ltoOnline.com Making their mark Avenidas honors community members who make a difference Page 22 Spectrum 18 Movies 32 Eating Out 35 ShopTalk 36 Events 38 Puzzles 69 Arts Stories, songs and strings ever-changing Page 27 Sports Paly wins long-awaited baseball title Page 41 Home Monroe Park: An eclectic neighborhood Page 49 JOIN US FOR THE GENTRY GALA FEATURING LOCAL GOURMET CUISINE, DANCING AND ENTERTAINMENT SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2010 � SHERATON HOTEL , PALO ALTO See the Latest Designs of The New Stanford Hospital Enjoy Live Entertainment Including: LATIN DANCE PERFORMANCES & LESSONS MARIACHI CARDENAL COUNTERPOINT A CAPELLA STANFORD SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING Support Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Your Community Hospital VIP RECEPTION & GALA $250/person GALA $150/person Includes VIP Reception (Westin Palo Alto), Admission to Gala (Sheraton Palo Alto), Complimentary Valet Parking and Hosted Bar Includes Admission to Gala (Sheraton Palo Alto) and Two Drinks COCKTAIL ATTIRE For more information visit stanfordhospital.org/gala To RSVP, contact us at hospitalevents @ stanford.edu or 650.721.2272 ABOUT STANFORD HOSPITAL & CLINICS Stanford Hospital & Clinics is known worldwide for advanced treatment of complex disorders in areas such as cardiovascular disease, cancer treatment, neurosciences, surgery and organ transplant. Consistently ranked among "America's Best Hospitals" by U.S. News and World Report, Stanford is internationally recognized for translating medical breakthroughs into care of patients. For more information, please visit http://stanfordhospital.org. Page 2 Upfront by Gennady Sheyner Local news, information and analysis State audit blasts High-Speed Rail Authority New report finds flaws in agency's oversight of contracts, management of risks C alifornia's controversial highspeed-rail project risks major delays because of poor planning, a shaky business plan and lax oversight by the state agency charged with building the $43 billion system, a new report from the California State Auditor Elaine Howle has found. The audit, which the state audi- tor's office released Thursday, identifies a myriad of flaws in the California High-Speed Rail Authority's effort to implement the 800-mile rail system, for which state voters approved $9.95 billion in 2008. The audit found that the rail authority has failed to carefully track the work of its contractors; has not figured out exactly how it will pay for the colossal project; and has spent at least $4 million on invoices without receiving evidence that the work in the invoices was performed. "The report concludes that the High-Speed Rail Authority has not adequately planned for the future development of the program," Howle wrote in the cover letter of the report, which carries the de- scriptive title, "High-Speed Rail Authority: It Risks Delays or an Incomplete System Because of Inadequate Planning, Weak Oversight, and Lax Contract Management." Many of the audit's findings echo the concerns recently expressed by Legislative Analyst's Office; by (continued on page 13) CITY BUDGET Pounding the pavement Property owners could be responsible for sidewalk repairs, liability by Sue Dremann he next time someone trips and falls on a raised or crumbling piece of sidewalk, Palo Alto property owners could be responsible for sidewalk repairs and potentially liability, if the city's proposed budget for the fiscal year 2011 is passed. The Palo Alto Public Works Department is recommending cutting its annual sidewalk-replacement program, which would save $500,000, as part of the city's effort to close an $8.3 million budget gap. Making property owners responsible for sidewalk upkeep is not new. The state Streets and Highways code allows cities to pass on sidewalk costs -- and liability -- to property owners. Many cities, including Menlo Park and Mountain View, already assign responsibility to property owners. Menlo Park requires owners to maintain sidewalks, parking strips, curbs, retaining walls and other infrastructure between the property line and the street, unless the damage is caused by a city tree, according to the city. In Mountain View, the city pays for emergency repairs, but sidewalks may not be replaced for years. Residents who want sidewalks replaced earlier have paid 50 percent of costs, said Bob Kagiyama, the city's principal civil engineer. Palo Alto officials are in the beginning stages of trying to figure out how the program would work. As currently proposed, the city would still make temporary fixes for hazardous conditions, such as raised concrete, which would be filled with asphalt or ground down to make concrete slabs meet. But when old concrete needs replacement, the city could require property owners to take responsibil- T Veronica Weber Happy birthday, International School! International School of the Peninsula fourth graders Stephanie Blackburn, left, and Margot Rajkovic celebrate during the school's 30th birthday last Friday. The party included a masquerade-themed party with colorful costumes, school-wide games and cupcakes. Board of Education for confirmation May 11. "I am extremely pleased to have two great recommendations to bring to the board, both of whom come from our own talented administrative staff," Superintendent Kevin Skelly said in a statement Thursday. "Ms. Villalobos and Mr. Winston carry institutional history that is invaluable to the district as the organization moves ahead." Villalobos, who was born in El Salvador and moved to San Francisco when she was 4, began her teaching career at Paly in 1996. She became the assistant principal at Paly in 2002 and served as principal at Capuchino High School in the San Mateo Union High School District for one year before returning to Palo Alto in 2008. She received her bachelor's degree in political science from UCLA and her masters in public administration from Notre Dame de Namur University. "After all the administrative work I just wanted to get back in the classroom," Villalobos said upon returning to Palo Alto two years ago. "I love being around students." Villalobos said she wanted to teach history for as long as she can remember. "I have a fascination with old stuff," she said in a two-year-old school publication, "New Faces at Gunn. (continued on page 7) EDUCATION Two Palo Alto veterans named high school principals Katya Villalobos to lead Gunn, Phil Winston to head Paly by Chris Kenrick T wo veteran Palo Alto teachers and administrators, Katya Villalobos and Phil Winston, have been named the new principals at Gunn and Palo Alto high schools. Villalobos will replace retiring Principal Noreen Likins at Gunn, and Winston will replace departing Principal Jacqueline McEvoy at Paly. Both nominees have worked most recently at Gunn, where Villalobos currently teaches history and Winston is an assistant principal. The two will be presented to the (continued on page 7) Page 3 Upfront 450 CAMBRIDGE AVE, PALO ALTO, CA 94306 (650) 326-8210 PUBLISHER William S. 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Page 4 `` `` Who do they want to perform the study, a shipbuilder? -- Tony Spitaleri, president of the firefighters' union, on hearing Palo Alto officials scrapped a Fire Department study when they learned the study was to be done by a firefighter. See story on page 3. Around Town THE VISITOR ... Foothill College math students were told in advance a "special guest" would be paying a visit last week, but they were stunned when software billionaire Bill Gates tiptoed into their classroom. Gates was there to observe Foothill's intensive Math My Way program, which is designed to give previously math-phobic students the skills and confidence to succeed at college-level math. Gates had heard about the program from Linda Thor, the new chancellor of Foothill-De Anza Community College District, who spent an hour and a half with the Seattle philanthropist in March along with two other community college leaders. At that time, Gates had expressed interest in how to spread "best practices" from single colleges to community colleges nationwide and followed up with a visit to the Los Altos Hills campus. MOVING ON ... Palo Alto officials were shocked to learn this month that more than a third of the cityowned vehicles are underused and that local departments are reluctant to share what they consider to be "their" vehicles with other departments. The audit prompted the city to freeze its vehicle-replacement program in the current year (saving the city $2.5 million) and to start implementing a switch from the current fiefdom system to a citywide vehicle pool. The City Council's Finance Committee discussed the audit last week and praised it for saving the city money. But while staff was directed to return in January to report on the city's progress, the auditor who put the detailed report together won't be around for the follow-up sessions. Edwin Young, who worked on the vehicle audit on-and-off for more than two years, enjoyed his last day in Palo Alto Thursday. Young is moving to Hawaii to become the city auditor in Honolulu. Young, a senior auditor who joined Palo Alto in 2001 and helped the city auditor's office rack up a variety of awards over the past decade, said he was thrilled to return to Hawaii, where he was born, raised and educated. "I'm really excited about going back to my roots," Young said. ROOM, WITH A VIEW ... Weary wilderness explorers will now have a new resting spot from which to ponder nature's intricacies. On Saturday, the nonprofit Committee for Green Foothills will dedicate a bench at PearsonArastradero Preserve in honor of Joan Bruce, who taught elementary school in Palo Alto from 1951 to 1993. Beginning in 1962, Bruce took students on yearly outdoor classroom trips to Pearson-Arastradero Preserve and Foothills Park. "Joan always felt that nature was a constant and so reliable. She wanted children to embrace it and feel the wonders that surrounded them in the Foothills. She felt that in nature you could teach every lesson necessary. She wanted the children to always be mindful and grateful for our natural surroundings," said Chrisi Fleming, Bruce's teaching assistant and long-time friend. Upon her death, Bruce made a bequest that will help fund an advocacy position, according to the organization. "We are honored that she chose to acknowledge our work with a bequest to help us continue fighting for the preservation of the land and are delighted to dedicate this bench to her memory," said Cynthia D'Agosta, executive director, Committee for Green Foothills. The dedication ceremony begins at 2 p.m. next to the learning center. PEER-TO-PEER PRESSURE ... Brainstorming over how to get more students to ride their bicycles to curb traffic congestion on the Gunn High School campus, Palo Alto school board members hit upon a tried-andtrue formula -- peer pressure. "We seem to react very well to competitive pressure in this community," member Melissa Baten Caswell said. "I'm surprised at how much peer pressure can change behavior." Noting the success of zero-waste lunch efforts in local elementary schools, Baten Caswell said, "A Ziploc bag is like poison now if you're in elementary school. A year or two ago, that wasn't the case -- everybody had their sandwich in a Ziploc bag. Maybe we can harness some of that with our kids" to discourage driving solo to school. Upfront CITY HALL Proposed plans to prevent flooding of San Francisquito Creek City to look for new consultant as it prepares for negotiations with the firefighters' union by Gennady Sheyner alo Alto officials have scrapped a much-anticipated study into staffing levels at the Fire Department after learning that the consultant in charge of the study is unlikely to give them the type of information they're looking for, Assistant City Manager Pamela Antil said Wednesday. The city had hired the firm Emergency Services Consulting International in February to perform a "standards of coverage" study and to offer recommendations on staffing levels in the department. The study was scheduled to be completed in June and to help inform city officials in their negotiations with the Palo Alto Firefighters, Local 1319, whose contract expires on June 30. But the city fired the consultant, Joe Parrott, last Friday, days after a City Council committee heard a preliminary report on the study and learned Parrott is affiliated with the International Association of Fire Chiefs -- a support network for fire chiefs and emergency-response leaders -- and has never recommended a staffing reduction to any municipalities for whom he's consulted. Antil said that after hearing the overview last week, staff decided that Parrott's report wouldn't give the council the type of in-depth analysis of staffing levels and overtime that the city was hoping to see. She said staff is now proposing a new study that would go beyond the "standards of coverage" analysis and focus on staffing levels and overtime expenditures, which have soared in recent years. "The overview they gave at the Finance Committee did not give us any preliminary analysis," Antil said. The committee learned at its April 20 meeting that Parrott, who was hired for the $55,000 study, serves as a deputy fire chief in Salem, Ore., and has never recommended reducing staffing. Councilman Larry Klein said he was concerned about Parrott's "institutional bias," while Vice Mayor Sid Espinosa said he was "amazed" and "flabbergasted" by the city's decision to hire a consultant who has never recommended shrinking the staff. Tony Spitaleri, president of the firefighters' union, accused the city of killing the study because it seemed unlikely to give the council the conclusion it was seeking. Spitaleri said the city's decision to scrap the study only confirms the union's argument that the public needs to have a greater say on its public-safety operations. Spitaleri also disputed the city's assertion that Parrott's status as a professional firefighter makes him biased in any way. "But who do they want to perform the study, a shipbuilder?" Spitaleri said. P The union is currently circulating a petition that would require Palo Alto voters to approve any decision to reduce Fire Department staff or close a fire station. The petition needs to garner 5,442 signatures by mid-June to qualify for the November ballot. "They want someone to come in and say, `You have too many firefighters,' so that they can take it into negotiations and hold it over our heads and tell us they have to reduce firefighters," Spitaleri told the Weekly. "This is a good example for why we think the public should weigh in on whether public safety is adequate." Parrott was chosen by a committee of high-level fire officials and financial analysts from the Utilities Department and the Administrative Services Department, Fire Chief Nick Marinaro told the committee. With the city facing a projected $8.3 million budget gap in fiscal year 2011, which begins July 1, council members are preparing for tough negotiations with the firefighters' union. Last week, the council passed a resolution calling the proposal in the petition "bad governance" and asking voters not to sign it. Courtesy of San Franciscquito Creek Joint Powers Authority Palo Alto dumps controversial fire-staffing study The San Franciscquito Creek Joint Powers Authority is examining four plans to avert flooding in neighborhoods along the waterway. The fixes include work on bridges, levees and channels that are blocked. PUBLIC SAFETY Fixes eyed for flood-prone bridges Flood-control agency proposes bridge fixes, bottleneck removal for neighborhoods around the San Francisquito Creek by Gennady Sheyner S `They want someone to come in and say, "You have too many firefighters," so that they can take it into negotiations and hold it over our heads and tell us they have to reduce firefighters.' --Tony Spitaleri, president of the firefighters' union Spitaleri said the petition has already garnered more than 3,000 signatures. Marinaro said the scope of Parrott's staffing study didn't meet the intent of a 2003 city audit, which recommended a fresh analysis of staffing levels at the department. The new scope will give more consideration to minimum-staffing and overtime issues, he said. "We just felt it was more prudent to erase the slate and start over," Marinaro said. Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com. READ MORE ONLINE The Weekly's original article about the committee's concern, `Council members: Bias in fire-staffing study?' was posted on April 21 and can be found on Palo Alto Online. www.PaloAltoOnline.com eeking to protect Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park from the volatile San Francisquito Creek, a regional flood-control agency has proposed a new plan to fix up bridges and remove bottlenecks at some of the flood-prone areas along the waterway. The proposal, which will be presented to city councils and neighborhood groups in the next two months, calls for modifying at least two, and possibly four, bridges along the creek. This includes the Middlefield Bridge and low-lying and troublesome Pope-Chaucer Bridge, which was overwhelmed by water in the 1998 flood. Len Materman, executive director of the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority, said modifying the bridges along the creek would be an important first step in protecting property owners between U.S. Highway 101 and Middlefield Road from major floods. He is also proposing to remove debris and other structures that decrease the amount of water the creek can hold. "There are several locations between Highway 101 and Crescent Park where there are structures in the channel," Materman said. "In some cases these are rocks that were placed there a long time ago because people thought that would stabilize the creek." Materman estimated that these measures alone would contain a "50-year flood" -- a flood that is projected to happen once every 50 years. Materman, whose agency includes officials from Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, the Santa Clara Valley Water District and the San Mateo County Flood Control District, said it's not yet clear what types of modifications the bridges would require. Some might have to be completely rebuilt, while others may require less drastic fixes. The ambitious new proposal is the latest attempt by the creek authority to protect the three cities from floods like the one in 1998, which damaged more than 1,700 properties and which is considered a 45year flood. The effort received a major boost last July when the participating cities agreed to modify an old levee and widen a downstream channel in East Palo Alto, where the flood threat is most acute. The state Department of Transportation is also working on its own major project -- rebuilding the section of U.S. Highway 101 over the creek. The Caltrans project is expected to be completed in 2012 and improve water capacity between Palo Alto and East Palo Alto. The creek authority's plan would supplement these projects. At last month's meeting of the group's board of directors, Materman presented four upstream alternatives. The most rudimentary alternative involves modifying the Middlefield and Pope-Chaucer bridges along with the bridges at University Avenue and at Newell Road and removing bottlenecks. The other three alternatives add flood-control measures that would enable the creek to handle a 100-year flood. These additional measures include building floodwalls along the creek, between U.S. Highway 101 and the Crescent Park neighborhood; constructing an underground bypass channel for water between 101 and the eastern portion of Palo Alto; and building an upstream detention basin, which would hold surges in water volume, such as during heavy rains. If all the participating cities agree to build a bypass channel, only the Pope-Chaucer and the Middle- field bridges would be modified. Estimated costs for the projects range from about $34 million (fixing all four bridges and removing bottlenecks) to $82 million (two bridges, bottlenecks and a new underground bypass). Materman called the "detention basin" solution one of the best options for preventing a flood, but the proposal has been a tough sell so far. The most feasible location for such a structure would be on property owned by Stanford University. So far, Stanford has been reluctant to let the creek authority use its land for flood control, though Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt, who sits on the authority's board of directors, said the option is still "on the table." The ultimate goal of all the pending projects is to protect the communities around the creek from a 100-year flood -- a phenomenon that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer estimated would cause 25 times as much damage as the 1998 flood. The Corps is in the midst of its own flood-protection study for the San Francisquito Creek -- an endeavor that has lagged because of inadequate federal funding. Art Kraemer, who lives in Crescent Park near the creek, said the neighborhood's board of directors discussed the creek authority's latest plans at a meeting last week and agreed to support the most basic alternative, which they hope can eventually be coupled with an upstream detention basin. "This alternative will solve the problem of 1998, but it won't solve the problem of a 100-year flood," Kraemer said. "The only real solution is for Stanford to allow the construction of a catch basin." Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com. Page 5 Upfront EDUCATION EDUCATION Ravenswood to close Stanford charter school Trustees cite poor academics, but other factors may come into play by Chris Kenrick n a stunning rebuke to Stanford University, the Ravenswood City School District Board of Trustees last week voted to shut down a Stanford-run charter elementary school at the end of the school year, citing poor academic performance. The 3.5-year-old East Palo Alto Academy Elementary School will close its doors to more than 200 students in June. Stanford had argued the decision was made on skimpy data -- barely more than two years' worth of test scores. Stanford officials said if given another year or two the school's results would begin to match or exceed those of two older high-performing charter schools in the Ravenswood district or the district's own schools, which recently have shown improvement. But Ravenswood trustees -- who oversee seven schools serving children in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park -- weren't having it. They opted instead to accept the closure recommendation of Superintendent Maria De La Vega. De La Vega cited poor results on state tests and said visitors to the school site had observed serious problems with classroom behavior management. She said the school's current program was inadequate and that Stanford was unlikely to be able Courtesy of Aedis Architecture & Planning I to improve it sufficiently. The 3-1 vote to accept De La Vega's recommendation was conducted in less than five minutes, with no discussion by board members.Trustees Victor Lopez, Larry Moody and Sharifa Wilson supported closure and trustee Saree Mading opposed the motion. A fifth member who previously had supported Stanford, John Bostic, was absent. Trustees did offer some reprieve to a Stanford-run charter high school, the 8.5-year-old East Palo Alto Academy High School. They agreed to extend the school's charter until 2012 or until Stanford finds another sponsoring agency for the high school -- whichever comes sooner. Privately, Stanford officials appeared stunned by Ravenswood's decision to close the elementary school. Publicly, they said Stanford faculty will continue to "work closely" with the teachers of the elementary children, who will be transferred to other Ravenswood district elementary schools. "Stanford has a long-term commitment to the students of East Palo Alto. We are pleased that we will continue our partnership with the Ravenswood school district, and that the board is supportive of our successful high school program," Stanford Education School Dean Deborah Stipek said. Ravenswood's decision to close the Stanford elementary school will bring additional funds to the cashstrapped, declining-enrollment school district. The district receives state funding for each pupil attending a neighborhood school, so former Stanford students who return to their neighborhood schools this fall will bring revenue with them. Indeed, just prior to the vote April 22, trustees heard from their Chief Business Official Megan Curtis about a looming deficit. Curtis said staff members have identified many potential cuts but the district may have to consider more drastic measures, including school closures and furloughs, to close the budget gap. The 3,000-student district loses about 40 percent of its potential enrollment each year to charter schools or to the Tinsley desegregation program, a 23-year-old court settlement that allows 160 of Ravenswood's non-white kindergartners each year to enroll in neighboring Palo Alto, Menlo Park and other area school districts as far north as Belmont. Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be e-mailed at email@example.com. The proposed expansion of Jordan Middle School includes a new 4,300square-foot multi-use room, a 1,800-square-foot stage, relocating music classrooms and adding storage rooms for drama and PE. Jordan Middle School expansion moves forward Plans call for new classroom building along Middlefield Road, expanded cafetorium by Chris Kenrick xpansion of Jordan Middle School, including a new classroom building and an expanded cafetorium, was discussed by the Palo Alto Board of Education Tuesday. The board unanimously approved "schematic designs" for the $12 million changes, planned to accommodate projected enrollment growth at Jordan from the current 960 students up to 1,100. about 14 percent of the graduating class. There were 67 from Gunn and 54 from Paly. Fall 2007 figures were nearly identical, and fall 2009 figures were not available, according to Foothill-De Anza Director of Communications Becky Bartindale. Another 18 Palo Alto district graduates matriculated at De Anza in the fall of 2008, she said. In a session about transfer options following a Foothill education, students learned they can lock in priority, or even guaranteed, admission to various four-year institutions. E Construction could begin in July 2011 under current projections, and last until April 2013. The funds come from a $378 million facilities bond backed by 78 percent of school district voters in June 2008. The bond funds are being spent to upgrade all 17 of Palo Alto's public school campuses, and make way for expected enrollment growth. (continued on page 13) HIGHER EDUCATION Foothill College woos potential freshmen With talk of university-transfer guarantees, community college promises `world class' experience by Chris Kenrick D ressed in a crisp blue shirt and bow tie, the tall, lanky Matais Pouncil was in recruitment mode. "We're not talking second-rate education here," he said from the stage of Foothill College's Smithwick Theatre. "We're talking a firstclass, world-class experience." Pouncil, a Foothill administrator, spoke Wednesday to a hall full of local high school seniors at "Day on the Hill," an introduction to life on the Los Altos Hills campus. Several dozen seniors from Gunn and Palo Alto high schools, in the midst of firming up their post-high school plans, took time off from school to attend. "I really liked it," Paly senior Mollie Sitzer said. "I was very pleasantly surprised at the commitment the teachers seemed to have Page 6 with the students, because there are so many of them. "I'd expect them to act somewhat stressed out, but they didn't." Sitzer, a graduate of Fairmeadow Elementary and JLS Middle schools, plans to study Japanese and illustration and pursue a career as a concept artist. Students attended workshops on financial aid, student services and the community college's transfer program, which allows a student to contract with certain University of California and California State University campuses for guaranteed junior-year admission if the student meets certain requirements at Foothill. "It was very informative, especially since I'm going to be going to Foothill for two to three years and then transferring to a four-year college," Gunn senior Suzanne MacPherson said. MacPherson plans to major in psychology and pursue a career as a therapist. She hopes to complete her undergraduate education at a UC or a private four-year institution. Gunn senior Danial Rahbar attended the Day on the Hill with his mother, Afsaneh. Rahbar is a relative newcomer to Palo Alto, having attending school until 10th grade in Iran. After Foothill, Rahbar said he hopes to complete a degree in civil engineering at the University of California. Foothill is the largest single recipient institution of Paly and Gunn graduates -- not a well-understood fact in college-obsessed Palo Alto. In the fall of 2008, 121 district students enrolled at Foothill -- `We're not talking second-rate education here. We're talking a first-class, world-class experience.' --Matais Pouncil, Foothill administrator Under "transfer admission guarantee" agreements, Foothill students who meet certain coursework and grade-point-average requirements can secure guaranteed admission to UC campuses at Davis, Irvine, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz, as well as private four-year institutions including Cornell University, Santa Clara University and the University of San Francisco. Minimum Foothill grade-pointaverage requirements for those programs range from 2.0 to 3.5. Foothill also has "priority admission" partnerships with certain institutions, including UCLA, Mills College and Whitman College in Washington. "If you come to Foothill, we can't wait to see you," Elaine Piparo, Foothill's transfer director, said. "We want you in our school." Mindy Sitzer accompanied her Paly daughter, Mollie, to the Foothill event. "It was very informative," Sitzer said Wednesday night. "I got a feeling that everybody there is really supportive. They're looking out for our best interests. They're really supportive in helping the kids attain their goals. "I also got a sense of how crowded it's going to be when Mollie needs to take classes," Sitzer continued. "We went to three breakout sessions, and they were full. "Getting the classes you want and need I think is going to be a challenge." Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. Upfront COMMUNITY Sidewalks (continued from page 3) Palo Alto man dies after backward fall from skateboard Services to be held this weekend for Tim Sullivan, 20, a Gunn graduate and student in Santa Cruz by Chris Kenrick S ervices will be held this weekend for 20-year-old Timothy Sullivan, a lifelong Palo Altan, who was pronounced brain dead Monday after he sustained head injuries in a skateboarding accident in Capitola early Sunday. "For us as parents, it's the middle-of-the-night call we all dread," his mother, Sherry Cassedy said of the predawn phone call that notified them of the accident, involving a backward fall off a skateboard while Sullivan was returning from a party. Sullivan, a sophomore at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a 2008 graduate of Gunn High School, remained on life support at Valley Medical Center in San Jose until Wednesday night, when doctors removed his healthy organs for waiting recipients. "He's a young, vibrant healthy body from the neck down and, hopefully, his healthy body will allow others to sustain their lives and he will live on in those people," Cassedy said Monday. Cassedy and Sullivan's father, Matt Sullivan, spoke in an interview in the back yard of their Maureen Avenue home, where Tim grew up and attended Fairmeadow Elementary, Jordan Middle and Gunn High schools. Sullivan was taking upper-level math and German courses at Santa Cruz and had just learned he had been accepted to study at the Free University of Berlin next fall, his mother said. "He was so excited about it. He was trying to get his German to the level where he could study and take classes in German in Berlin." Sullivan was an athlete, having played soccer and baseball at Gunn. He loved skateboarding, Hacky Sack, surfing and "just playing, just being out in the world," his mother said. "He was just a very fun-loving, open-hearted person." Cassedy and Sullivan had visited with Tim, the youngest of their three children, Saturday evening at his home in Santa Cruz. "We spend some time in Santa Cruz since he's been Timothy Sullivan there, and we stopped by their little house to say hi and chatted for a few minutes," Cassedy said. "We went off to the movies, and they went off to a party later on. "I think we've really instilled the message that you don't drink and drive, so if you're going to a party you don't drive," she said. Sullivan's roommate was on a bicycle and Sullivan on his skateboard, without a helmet, when the accident occurred around 3 a.m. Sunday, she said. "He had just come down a hill in Capitola and was moving pretty fast when the board came out from under him. He fell backwards and hit hard on the back of his head," Cassedy said. He was airlifted to Valley Medical Center. His roommate called Cassedy and Sullivan, who drove to the medical center, arriving at about the same time as their son. "From the first consultation we had with the emergency doctor, the trauma doctor, he was not optimistic about Timmy's survival at all," Cassedy said. Sullivan never regained consciousness, his mother said. included developing and monitor ing the school budget, coo r d i n a t i ng campus supervisors, d is c ipl i ne, field trips, special testing arrangeKatya Villalobos ments, supervising substitute teachers, monitoring attendance and tracking textbooks. Thursday's announcement takes Skelly a step further in replacing top leadership that have announced departures from the financially stressed school district. The school board earlier this week confirmed the appointments of Anne Brown and Katherine Baker, "You dodge so many bullets during your parenting years where they survive a near miss," said Cassedy, a longtime family lawyer and mediator in Palo Alto. "I think we just feel really blessed to have had 20 years with him, and that's what we want to really hold onto and focus on. "Sometimes you can sit and talk about it rationally, and then that all goes out the window and you're hanging on by your fingernails and it shifts again. "We're just putting one foot in front of another until we can move into a future that until now seemed unimaginable." Cassedy and Sullivan said they hope to meet the recipients of their son's organs. The donation process is anonymous unless both recipients and donor families choose to meet. The family plans a memorial mass today, Friday, at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 3233 Cowper St. A celebration of life will be held Saturday at the amphitheater at Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Road. Family and friends are invited to gather at 2:30 p.m., with eulogies beginning about 3:30 p.m. and ending by 6 p.m. In addition to his parents, Sullivan is survived by his brother, Tyler, of Santa Cruz; his sister, Cassedy, of Portland; his grandmothers, Alma Sullivan of Woodside and Paddy Cassedy of San Jose; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Rather than flowers, the Sullivan family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Timothy Sullivan Legacy Fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, 2440 West El Camino Real, Suite 300, Mountain View, CA 94040. Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be e-mailed at email@example.com. who replace retiring principals Lupe Garcia of Palo Verde Elementary School and Ca r men Giedt of Terman Middle School, respectively. Phil Winston Also departing in June are Assistant Superintendent Linda Common, Director of Student Services Carol Zepecki, Secondary Education Director Burton Cohen, Curriculum Services Coordinator Barbara Lancon and Paly Assistant Principal Todd Feinberg. Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. ity, according to Glenn Roberts, the city's public works director. How much responsibility, financially or legally, that a homeowner would take on is still uncertain, Roberts said. "Some cities do 50-50; some do 100 percent," he said. If Palo Alto requires a property owner to cover 100 percent of costs, the owner could receive a notice directing them to hire a contractor. In a 50-50 agreement, the city might bill the owner for half the costs, he said. Roberts said the city pays $3 per square foot on average for sidewalk repair. A typical replacement area is 40 to 50 square feet, he said. But he cautioned the $3 price is a discounted rate to the city as part of a large contract. The average consumer price to replace a segment of the sidewalk, excluding permit costs, is $1,250, according to Dennis Turchet, owner of Peninsula Concrete Contractors, Inc. in Redwood City. Additional permit fees vary from about $250 to $350, according to Palo Alto concrete contractor Mick Pellizzari of A. Pellizzari & Co. Inc. Sidewalk liability could also be a sticking point for many property owners, although homeowners' insurance usually covers it, Roberts said. In January, the city paid $24,000 to resident Paula Goldberg after she tripped over a buckling slab of concrete on Waverley Street in 2006 and tore a ligament in her thumb. City Attorney Gary Baum said the city has paid $50,000 to $350,000 a year for sidewalk-related injuries in the last six years. The budget proposal does not include a transfer of liability to property owners, but that could change. A possible transfer has been discussed internally by city staff, Baum said. Some residents said transferring sidewalk maintenance to homeowners is a bad idea. Kay Schauer said the majority of sidewalk damage she and her husband encounter during their daily walks is caused by roots from city trees. Schauer said it would be unfair to have to pay for the city-caused damage if the crack washes out and breaks up the pavement. But cosmetic repairs are another matter. When someone wants to match the color of the rest of the sidewalk or to raise the pavement to the level of their driveway, the city should not be responsible, she said. "Years ago City Council adopted a wonderful goal for a very high percentage of 50 percent shade on roads and parking areas ... and committed the resources to achieve that goal," said Trish Mulvey, a former steering committee member for the San Francisquito Creek Watershed Council. "The proposal that sidewalk repair costs be shifted to residents will inevitably lead to a loss of our urban forest as individual property owners opt to remove trees in lieu of maintenance costs -- our own short-sighted `tragedy of the commons,'" she said. The City of Palo Alto will hold a community meeting on proposed budget cuts on May 15 at 9:30 a .m. at Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road. Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be e-mailed at sdremann@ paweekly.com. Principals (continued from page 3) "I'd say my dad was my first history teacher. We were always playing games and having conversations relating to history. History is part of me -- it's who I am." Winston began his teaching career in the Milpitas Unified School District where he taught for six years. In 2005 he joined the Palo Alto district as a teacher at JLS Middle School. In 2006 he was named dean of students at Gunn, becoming an assistant principal in 2007. Winston received his bachelor's degree in psychology from California State University, Hayward, and a master's in special education and a master's in educational administration from Santa Clara University. Winston's duties at Gunn have Look inside today's insert for savings. Always great EVERYDAY PLUS LOW PRICES Club Card Specials S A F E WAY C L U B e NC Page 7 Palo Alto Historical Association presents a public program Upfront News Digest PAST'S Annual Heritage Preservation Awards Hale Street Pumping Station Davis up for New Orleans top cop East Palo Alto Police Chief Ron Davis has been named one of three finalists for the job of New Orleans police superintendent, less than a week after he announced he had made the semi-finalist list for the Seattle police chief position. Davis has been police chief in East Palo Alto for almost five years, and spent 20 years with the Oakland Police Department before that. East Palo Alto police Capt. Carl Estelle said Davis could find out within the week if he has been selected as New Orleans' top cop. He is also separately scheduled to interview with the Seattle Police Department on May 8 as one of 11 semi-finalists for that job. -- Bay City News Service Speaker: Shiva Swaminathan Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto In the past week, the number of ballots returned has gone from 12,000 to more than 16,000, according to Support Our Schools campaign co-chair Tracy Stevens, who is monitoring the number of ballots returned to the county. Measure A requires a two-thirds majority to pass. It would replace the current $493-per-parcel annual tax with a $589-per-parcel annual tax, with a 2 percent a year "escalation adjustment" and an optional exemption for seniors. Funds from the current tax generate about $9.4 million a year, some 6 percent of the school district's operating budget. The increased tax would yield an additional $1.8 million a year. The proposed tax has a six-year sunset clause. There has been no organized opposition to Measure A in the current campaign. -- Chris Kenrick Downtown Palo Alto has... 5 Rug Galleries 10 Banks 12 Cell Phone Stores 29 Clothing Stores 43 Restaurants 0 Women`s Centers... Until Now! Hospital CEO named a PIA `hero' Christopher Dawes, president and CEO of the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, has been named a "community hero" for his longtime advocacy of children's health, according to the Peninsula Interfaith Action (PIA) group that advocates for social justice, housing and health care for the Peninsula. The group also named Assemblyman Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) a "public sector" hero for tackling "some of the most pressing issues facing California, including health care and economic development." Hill, elected to the Assembly in 2008, chairs the Health and Human Services Budget Subcommittee and the Select Committee on Biotechnology. Dawes was named a "private sector" hero for his leadership in health care and at the 312-bed children's hospital. He was named CEO in 1999 after a decade as chief operating officer. In addition to the major hero awards, PIA also presented 15 "Community Hero Awards for PIA Congregations." The complete list is available at www. paloaltoonline.com. -- Palo Alto Weekly staff Toys banned for `unhealthy' meals Tuesday was a sad day for the McDonald's Happy Meal. The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted to ban toys and other prizes from "unhealthy" children's meals served at restaurants in unincorporated areas of the county. "We're doing it now because the rates of childhood obesity continue to skyrocket," said Ken Yeager, board president, who introduced the law. A typical child's meal at a fast-food restaurant can contain 650 calories, more than half a child's daily nutritional need, he said. The ordinance limits meals to 485 calories before "incentive items" can be linked to purchase. (At McDonald's, that means the burger or Chicken McNuggets with apple slices and either 1 percent milk, apple juice or Sprite is OK, but the cheeseburger meals are out.) "Many have called and said this isn't a role government should play, but government has to pay the costs of problems created," Yeager said. Still, not all parents are supportive of the supervisors' new law. Some accused the board at its meeting Tuesday of "nannyism," Supervisor Liz Kniss said. A second reading of the ordinance, which passed Tuesday on a 3-2 vote with Supervisors Yeager, Kniss and Dave Cortese for it and Donald Gage, George Shirakawa opposed, is scheduled for May 11. The ordinance would go into effect 90 days later. -- Carol Blitzer Event aims to get teens connected Op eni ng M ay 1 4 , 2 0 1 0 555 Lyt ton Ave nu e , P a lo A lto, C A 9 4 3 0 1 Show Mom You Care! Join us for a Mother's Day Tea at Avenidas Village! Thursday, May 6 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm 450 Bryant St, Palo Alto Enjoy afternoon tea with us as you learn more about how we can help you keep your mom independent, safe and connected as she lives in her own home. To RSVP for this free event, please call (650) 289-5405. Page 8 Finding ways to support local youth will be the topic Sunday at a public gathering organized by two members of the Palo Alto school board and Peninsula Interfaith Action. "Connecting and Caring: We Can Do Better for Our Youth," is the title of the event to be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the parish hall of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. Child care will be provided. School board members Barbara Klausner and Barb Mitchell will join representatives from a range of local religious congregations to discuss ways to provide meaningful adult and peer connections, particularly for students who have few or none. "There are a lot of kids who don't really know anyone, don't have a meaningful interaction on a regular basis with adults," said Greg Smitherman, a Palo Alto parent and St. Mark's member involved in planning the event. "They sit in class, take the tests, but don't feel connected." Smitherman cited JLS Middle School's annual Panther Camp for incoming sixth graders as a possible model for community-building on other campuses. "We look at this meeting as the beginning of a process of driving toward getting kids better connected so when they need to reach out to somebody, there's at least someone they can talk to. We think the school district is just one component of a much broader effort," Smitherman said. For more information, call Smitherman at 650-3212266. -- Chris Kenrick Jury deadlocked in Frost sit-lie case Victor Frost, perhaps Palo Alto's best-known panhandler, won a partial victory last Friday afternoon after a jury in his sit-lie ordinance violation trial returned "hopelessly" deadlocked. The jury spent most of Friday deliberating whether Frost, 62, had violated the city's sit-lie ordinance when he refused to move from his panhandling spot in front of Whole Foods Market in downtown Palo Alto. Frost was cited 11 times after being warned by police, each citation carrying a potential $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail. The city dropped all but six citations, which Frost received between April 15 and May 22, 2008. The judge declared a mistrial after polling each juror -- eight voted in favor of conviction, four for acquittal -- on if they believed they were ever likely to return with a unanimous verdict. Palo Alto's ordinance does not allow persons to sit or lie on the sidewalk within 50 feet of a business in the downtown commercial area. But exceptions are made for people with disabilities who are in wheelchairs and children in strollers, among other provisions. Public Defender Marks Dames argued that Frost's milk crate, which he sits on while panhandling, should be considered an aid to his disability, since Frost suffers from congestive heart failure and cannot stand for long periods of time. Dames said the case is likely to be reset for another trial. But the judge could dismiss the case if he feels there is not likely to be a verdict. A pretrial conference is set for June 8. -- Sue Dremann LET'S DISCUSS: Read the latest local news headlines and talk about the issues at Town Square at www.PaloAltoOnline.com Ballots due Tuesday on Measure A Ballots for Measure A, the proposed $589-perparcel annual school tax, mailed to voters earlier this month, must be received at the county Registrar of Voters office by Tuesday, May 4, to be counted. Last-minute voters also can drop their ballots off at Palo Alto City Hall Monday and Tuesday until 5 p.m. Your life, your way, in your home Upfront These and other news stories were posted on Palo Alto Online throughout the week. For longer versions, go to www.PaloAltoOnline.com/news or click on "News" in the left, green column. Online This Week Question:Where can you get a 3 course lunch in Palo Alto for less than $10? Answer: Bistro Maxine. "Le Lunch Menu" Soup du jour (vegetarian) or House Salad Savory Crepe of your choice Dessert House Coffee Only $9.95 20-year-old shot to death in East Palo Alto An East Palo Alto man was shot and killed Wednesday night, and police seek information about the killing. (Posted April 29 at 6:56 a.m.) Palo Alto May Fete Parade set for Saturday Funny, it doesn't look a day over 87. This Saturday, Palo Alto's annual May Fete Children's Parade marches through downtown for the 88th time. The May 1 parade starts at 10 a.m. at the corner of Emerson Street and University Avenue. (Posted April 29 at 8:45 a.m.) HP to acquire Palm for $1.2 billion Calling it a "transformational deal," HP announced Wednesday that it will purchase Palm, Inc., of Sunnyvale, a provider of smartphones powered by the Palm webOS mobile operating system, for $1.2 billion. (Posted April 28 at 3:50 p.m.) STANFORD HABITAT CONSERVATION PLAN County off air-quality report card's `dirtiest' list For the first time after being among the nation's 25 dirtiest counties for two years, Santa Clara County has improved in the American Lung Association's clean-air test. (Posted April 28 at 12:18 p.m.) PUBLIC MEETINGS Official Public Comment Meeting Sponsored by USFWS and NOAA Fisheries Menlo Park gym to be named after Arrillaga family Palo Alto land developer John Arrillaga has lent his family's name to several athletic facilities on the Stanford campus. Now one in Menlo Park will bear the name as well. (Posted April 28 at 11:34 a.m.) S Palo Altans tackle high-speed-rail design If you can't stop the high-speed-rail system, you might as well help design it. That's the position more than 80 Palo Alto residents and rail critics took Tuesday night when they joined California High-Speed Rail Authority officials in a discussion on what the controversial system -- estimated to cost at least $43 billion -- could and should look like when trains zip through the city. (Posted April 28 at 12:30 a.m.) May 25, 2010 7:00 - 8:30 pm Tresidder Memorial Union Oak West Room 459 Lagunita Drive, Stanford Informational Meetings Sponsored by Stanford University tanford University, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA Fisheries), has developed a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) for Stanford lands. The primary goals of the plan are to stabilize or increase the populations of covered species and to enhance and protect their habitat, including riparian vegetation, creeks and grassland and seasonal wetlands. The Federal Agencies' Notice of Availability of the HCP and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) can be found at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-8300htm For more information please visit http://hcp.stanford.edu, call the information line 650.615.8445, or email the project team at email@example.com. Castilleja students win $30K to design phone app Four Castilleja School students have won $30,000 in venture capital to develop a new app for the Google Nexus One Phone. (Posted April 27 at 3:18 p.m.) Chief says fatal Menlo Park fire likely an accident A fatal fire at a Menlo Park home early Tuesday morning appears to have started accidentally, Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman said. (Posted April 27 at 3:15 p.m.) May 6, 2010 7:00 - 8:30 pm Portola Valley Town Center Buckeye Room 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley May 13, 2010 6:30 - 8:00 pm Palo Alto Art Center, Meeting Room 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto Community colleges ask for computer equipment The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is seeking donations of used computer equipment for its Computer Donation and Scholarship Program, which refurbishes used computers and gives them to economically disadvantaged community-college students. (Posted April 27 at 12:35 p.m.) Upcoming Events Innovation and Vision for a Greener Future Mountain lion spotted on Portola Valley deck A mountain lion was spotted on the deck of a home in San Mateo County's Portola Valley area early Sunday morning, according to the county office of emergency services. (Posted April 27 at 8:47 a.m.) Assembly bill targets `predatory equity' schemes Spurred by the recent implosion of Page Mill Properties' East Palo Alto portfolio, California's elected officials are considering barring state pension funds from investing in companies that rely on displacing tenants to turn a profit. (Posted April 26 at 5:41 p.m.) Stanford grad at core of SEC suit against Goldman Fabrice Tourre, a 2001 Stanford University graduate who is allegedly the principal architect in a "toxic" sub-prime mortgage scheme that cost investors more than $1 billion, appeared for the first time before Congress Monday. (Posted April 26 at 5:20 p.m.) Cosponsor: Starburst Construction End-to-End Business Networking...From Relationships to Real Results Warren Buffet responds to Peninsula mom design by harrington design Jennifer Bestor didn't know what to expect last month when she mailed a rather whimsical letter to billionaire Warren Buffet about her research on Prop. 13. His response, though, has left the Menlo Park mother smiling -- and energized. (Posted April 26 at 3:30 p.m.) Speier introduces $1 billion bay-restoration bill A bill to spend $1 billion over 10 years to restore and clean up San Francisco Bay has been introduced in Congress by Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, she announced Friday in a press conference by a storm drain in South San Francisco. (Posted April 24 at 10:27 a.m.) Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce 122 Hamilton Avenue Palo Alto (650) 324-3121 www.PaloAltoChamber.com Page 9 Commitment To Excellence $500 Discoun (with purchase of 2010 Photo Contest Watch for the June 4th Edition of the Weekly announcing all the winners! Upfront Original Ownership Since 1975 t Coupon new roof) All Types of Roofing & Gutters Residential & Commercial S.C.L#785441 1901 Old Middlefield Way, Mtn.View 650-969-7663 CityView A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week Board of Education (April 27) School construction: The board approved "schematic designs" for a $12 million expansion of Jordan Middle School, including a new, six-classroom building along Middlefield Road and a large addition to the cafetorium along North California Avenue. Yes: Unanimous Parks and Recreation Commission (April 27) Dog ordinance: The commission recommended directing staff to consider recreational opportunities for dog owners at new and existing city parks. Yes: Walsh, Crommie, Losch, Hetterly, Markevitch, Lauing No: Dykwel Planning and Transportation Commission (April 28) Stanford hospitals: The commission heard a presentation on the fiscal impacts of Stanford University's proposed expansion of its hospital facilities. The commission also discussed the status of negotiations between the city and Stanford over a development agreement for the project. Action: None High-Speed Rail Committee (April 29) High-Speed Rail: The committee discussed pending rail-related legislation and the impact of high-speed rail on Caltrain operations. Action: None Guiding principles: The committee created a subcommittee composed of council members Klein and Price to consider the committee's guiding principles. Yes: Unanimous LET'S DISCUSS: Read the latest local news headlines and talk about the issues at Town Square at www.PaloAltoOnline.com Public Agenda A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The City Council will present the Architectural Review Board 2010 Design Awards; hold a study session on the library construction projects; consider adopting a 10-year Energy Efficient plan; and consider entering into an energy contract with Ameresco. The meeting is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. on Monday, May 3, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). CITY COUNCIL ... City Manager James Keene will hold a public meeting to discuss his proposed budget for the fiscal year 2011. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). HIGH-SPEED RAIL SUBCOMMITTEE ... The subcommittee plans to discuss the proposed high-speed-rail system, pending rail-related legislation and impact of the project on Caltrain. The meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 6, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to discuss a request by Courtney Laird of Keys School on behalf of First Christian Church for a major architectural review, a conditional use permit and a variance for 2890 Middlefield Road, a request to add seven new classroom buildings and remove two existing classroom buildings to reduce size. The board also plans to consider a request by the city's Utilities Department to construct an emergency water well in Eleanor Pardee Park. The meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 6, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss the 2011 budget for the city manager's, city clerk's and city auditor's offices; the Administrative Services Department; human resources and city libraries. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). 2010 Photo Contest Congratulations! Winners and Selected for Exhibition have been notified Watch for the June 4th Edition of the Weekly announcing all the winners! All those that entered but weren't notified, please pick up your photos at 450 Cambridge Ave, M-F 8:30am - 5:30pm Page 10 Upfront Neighborhoods A roundup of neighborhood news edited by Sue Dremann AROUND THE BLOCK A-TUMBLIN' DOWN ... Demolition of Alma Plaza in Palo Alto began on Monday, as workers used heavy equipment to tear down the long-vacant building that once housed a Lucky's, then an Albertsons, supermarket. The former shopping center in the 3400 block of Alma Street near East Meadow Drive once housed stores and restaurants in addition to the grocery store. Plans for Alma Plaza include 37 single-family homes, 14 below-market-rate apartments, a grocery store, retail space and a community room. It was approved in 2009. WELL, WELL, WELL ... Some Barron Park residents huddled in a downpour on April 10 all for the sake of a few benches. Five Barron Park Association board members and eight neighbors were joined by Claire Elliott of the nonprofit Acterra to discuss ideas for the Matadero Well Site. The area is a favored spot by some residents because of its creekside location near Josina and Whitsell avenues. Residents used to sit there on benches, which were so well-used they crumbled. The City of Palo Alto had them removed, but no replacements were installed. The city has offered used benches in storage. Various ideas were put forth at the meeting, according to Lynnie Melena, association president: a neighborhoodwide design competition, public art and landscaping. COLORFUL PARKS ... A program offered by Friends of the Palo Alto Parks aims to bring more hues to neighborhood open spaces. Through the Color Our Parks program, Rinconada Park has gained additional plants; at Bol Park, work is progressing on a native plant garden. The Friends are collaborating with the City of Palo Alto and the Kiwanis Club. The Friends can use their nonprofit status to help other interested neighborhood groups liven up their local parks, they said. More information is available at www.friendsofpaparks.org. Veronica Weber Deborah's Palm, a nonprofit women's center located in a Palo Alto Victorian, is set to open May 14. The center will offer classes, counseling, mentoring and volunteer opportunities. An oasis in the neighborhood New Lytton Avenue women's center offers a place to gather, connect by Sue Dremann owntown North resident Katie Ritchey this week walked through the well-appointed ground floor of her new nonprofit for women, Deborah's Palm, pointing out the opportunities that will be available to all who come through the door: a resource center, game table, library, research nook, kitchen and professional counseling offices, to name a few. "It's a gift," said Ritchey, a Palo Alto native who has dreamt for years of creating a place for connection for Palo Alto's overly worked, stressed-out women. Named after the Biblical prophet and judge Deborah, who held court under a palm tree, the center will offer educational and recreational classes, brown-bag lunchtime lectures, professional counseling and community-service activities and mentoring, she said. A library, resource center and therapy with licensed counselors 2010 Photo Contest Winners and Selected for Exhibition have been notified Watch for the June 4th Edition of the Weekly announcing all the winners! All those that entered but weren't notified, please pick up your photos at 450 Cambridge Ave, M-F 8:30am - 5:30pm Congratulations! D Send announcements of neighborhood events, meetings and news to Sue Dremann, Neighborhoods editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or talk about your neighborhood news on Town Square at www. PaloAltoOnline.com. are open to women of all ranges of socio-economic, ethnic and racial backgrounds. There are fees for the classes, but counseling is open for all women, regardless of economic standing, she said. There is no membership fee, she said. Ritchie and a group of friends funded the center out of their own pockets, taking two years to convert the old Victorian at 555 Lytton Ave. into what they hope will be a restorative gathering place for women. The center will open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Mayor Pat Burt on May 14 from noon to 6 p.m., with live music, door prizes and gift bags. Ritchey said she hopes women working downtown will consider Deborah's Palm a destination place. Silicon Valley women face particular challenges, despite the no(continued on page 12) `What's your Watch them at www.PaloAltoOnline.com The Pa lo Alto Sto ry Pro je c t story?' Page 11 Heard the one about the plane that crashed into a man's car on Embarcadero Road? Did you know developers once eyed Arastradero Preserve as a place to build shopping centers and schools? These stories and other tales about Palo Alto, as told by local residents as part of the Palo Alto Story Project, are now posted on the Internet. Upfront The Peninsula's Premier Funeral Service Provider Serving families since 1899 980 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, California 94301 (650) 328-1360 www.rollerhapgoodtinney.com Funeral Home FD132 File photo/Veronica Weber L U C I L E PA C K A R D C H I L D R E N ' S H O S P I TA L Your Child's Health University Lucile Packard Children's Hospital offers classes and seminars designed to foster good health and enhance the lives of parents and children. CESAREAN BIRTH CLASS This two-hour class is taught by a labor and delivery nurse/childbirth educator who helps prepare families for cesarean delivery. Information about vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) will also be discussed. - Wednesday, June 2: 7:00 - 9:00 pm Katie Ritchey sits in front of Deborah's Palm, a new women's center in Palo Alto set to open May 14, at the former site of the Victorian on Lytton Bed and Breakfast. Deborah's Palm (continued from page 11) INFANT MASSAGE WORKSHOP Learn techniques of infant massage along with tips to relieve gas, aid digestion and soothe the soreness of vaccination sites on your baby. Class is recommended for infants from one month of age to crawling. - Saturday, June 5: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm SIBLING PREPARATION CLASS This class for children two years of age and older will help prepare siblings for the emotional and physical realities of the arrival of a newborn. - Saturday, June 12: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm PEDIATRIC WEIGHT CONTROL PROGRAM Join us for a family-based behavioral and educational weight management program that promotes healthy eating and exercise habits for over-weight children and their families. More than 80% of children achieve long-term weight loss through this program -- and parents lose weight too! - Call (650) 725-4424 for information on the next Open House. Call (650) 723-4600 or visit www.lpch.org to register or obtain more information on the times, locations and fees for these and other courses. L U C I L E PA C K A R D C H I L D R E N'S H O S P I T A L C A L L TO D AY TO S I G N U P F O R C L A S S E S ( 6 5 0 ) 72 3 - 4 6 0 0 Page 12 tion some hold that "rich Palo Alto women have everything," she said. But money can't buy love -- or friendship -- or rid one of isolation, she said. Bay Area women often live hectic lives, struggle with the increasing economic costs of the area and pressure to "do it all," raising families, juggling careers and caring for aging parents, she said. "Self-care is often put on the back burner, and we find ourselves thirsty and depleted," she said. The germ for Deborah's Palm came in part out of Ritchey's own experiences with uncertainty and isolation. A breast cancer survivor, she also spent nearly four years caring for her ailing mother, who had had a debilitating stroke, she said. "I wanted to provide a place that's easy to access when you're depressed and down. Often (in crises), you're asking `Who do I go to?' "Even though we're in a community rich with resources it's a mystery how to access those resources if you're not attuned," she said. Ritchey started thinking seriously about creating Deborah's Palm while studying for her master's degree in clinical psychology, which she received last December. A former biologist with Syntex (now Roche), she has three grown children. She returned to school after becoming an empty-nester, she said. She has been a mentor to teens, a lay counselor teacher and trained to be a lay chaplain for Stanford University Hospital, working in the bone-marrow transplant ward. Her masters' thesis was on how social support networks alleviate stress in women throughout their lives. "I examined what made up women's social networks in early, middle and late in life, and it changed," she said. There was one constant. "Women are stressed and feel isolated," she said. It was the quality of the relationships and not the quantity of people, she added. Women who had deeper relationships were more satisfied. "You can't buy relationships. You can't buy connection and restoration. We're providing an opportunity for that to happen organically ... and that just happens when you get women together," she said. Deborah's Palm will eventually offer three types of mentoring: cross-cultural, older and younger women and experience-based, for women with similar situations, she said. Prints of famous and powerful women -- Queen Victoria stands out -- grace the walls. Persian rugs and dark leather chairs provide a cozy ambience for settling into. A full-service kitchen is available for cooking classes or to make a pot of tea. There's a card table for Scrabble and a computer for research. A separate building houses a class/art and recreation room. Ambient light streams in, playing on differently colored walls, from periwinkle to green to lipstick red. Women can sun themselves in the landscaped garden with a burbling fountain or listen to lunchtime lectures under three mature palms, gaining wisdom as they might have in Deborah's time. Deborah is chronicled as having roused her people out of deep despair to battle against their oppressors. In modern times, Ritchey hopes the center can do the same. "Everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. You don't know what it is," she said. Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be e-mailed at sdremann @ paweekly.com. Upfront PALO ALTO CITY COUNCIL CIVIC CENTER, 250 HAMILTON AVENUE BROADCAST LIVE ON KZSU, FM 90.1 CABLECAST LIVE ON GOVERNMENT ACCESS CHANNEL 26 High-speed rail (continued from page 3) state Sens. Joe Simitian and Alan Lowenthal; and by a multitude of rail watchdogs and project opponents. Chief among these is the concern that the rail authority's business plan has failed to identify the necessary funding sources for the project and to adequately consider some of the project's biggest risks. The rail authority's 2009 business plan projected, for example, that the rail authority would receive $4.7 billion from the federal government as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. So far, the agency has received only $2.25 billion. "The program risks significant delays without more well-developed plans for obtaining or replacing federal funds," the auditor's report states. The report also notes, however, that the rail authority is working to improve its approach to managing funding risks. The agency recently hired a risk-insurance manager and revised its risk-management process. The audit states that the authority "must ensure that these actions for managing risk are fully implemented so it can respond effectively to circumstances that could significantly delay or even halt the program." The new report is particularly scathing in its review of the rail authority's oversight of contracts. The auditor's office found that the rail authority "does not generally ensure that invoices reflect work performed by contractors." Though the rail authority's program manager is required to review each invoice and make sure the work was performed before notifying rail authority staff to release money for the funds, that procedure has not been followed. In fact, the audit found that the rail authority paid at least $4 million to regional contractors without documented notification from the program manager. In other cases, the rail authority paid contractors for work or for items that were not part of their terms of agreement. In one case, it reportedly spent $46,000 on furniture for its program manager. The payment was "based on an oral agreement, despite the fact that its written contract expressly states that oral agreements not incorporated in the written contract are not binding." The written contract, the audit notes, requires the program manager to "provide its own furniture, equipment and systems." `The report concludes that the High-Speed Rail Authority has not adequately planned for the future development of the program.' -- Elaine Howle, California state auditor The audit also points out one case in which the rail authority paid a regional contractor more than $194,000 to subcontract for tasks that were not included in the work plan. The rail authority also reportedly paid its program manager $53,000 for work on a federal grant application -- work that was also not included in the work plan. The rail authority's program manager, not named in the audit, is the firm Parsons Brinckerhoff. The report also had major questions about the peer-review committee, which was mandated by state legislation and which is supposed to be reviewing the rail authority's plans. Auditors found that only five of the eight members of the com- mittee have actually been appointed. The auditor's office also found that members of this group have not been holding public meetings -- which the auditor's office believes may violate the Bagley-Keene Act, which governs open meetings. The audit recommends that the rail authority produce "alternate funding scenarios"; keep a better track of its expenditures; and make sure it receives accurate reports on contractors' progress. Curt Pringle, chair of the rail authority's board of directors, wrote in his response to the auditor's office that the rail authority agrees with the auditor's recommendations, but not the report's title. "We do believe, however, that the report's inflammatory title is overly aggressive considering that the contents of the audit's findings are not equally scathing," Pringle wrote. "While the Authority is appreciative that the report in its entirety reflects more objectively the challenges of a state entity in transition from a planning body to one responsible for implementing a large-scale infrastructure project, we also appreciate that not all Californians are able to read each and every word in the audit report and therefore may be misled by the title and headlines contained within." The rail authority also wrote in its response to the audit that it is already working to update its riskmanagement practices; clarify its efforts to secure private funds for the rail project; and implement a database that tracks expenditures. Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@ paweekly.com. READ MORE ONLINE The state audit report and a community discussion about its findings are posted on Palo Alto Online. www.PaloAltoOnline.com Jordan (continued from page 6) The Jordan project also includes drainage improvements and other changes to the school's central amphitheater. The amphitheater is known as Hugh Center Court, named for a popular typing teacher who drove a convertible with bull's horns fixed to the front of the hood and organized many student activities. Center taught at Jordan from 1951 to 1982. The new classroom building, dubbed the "N Wing," will occupy part of the parking lot along Middlefield Road, running parallel to the current bank of science classrooms there. It will contain six classrooms, plus offices and restrooms, with doors facing to the inside of the campus. Parking and drop-off circulation along Middlefield will be reconfigured, but architects said the current total of 90 parking spaces will be maintained. `I've had only two or three parents come to me (about the Jordan expansion), so either it's perfect, or folks aren't yet engaged about it.' --Melissa Baten Caswell, Palo Alto school board member A new "multi-use building" with a stage will be added onto the current cafetorium along North California Avenue, and the music program will be moved into what is now the cafetorium. School board members, who had seemed unsatisfied with a presentation on the project in March, thanked designers from Aedis Architecture & Planning for providing far more detail and visuals on this round. Many details remain to be refined, including traffic circulation and pedestrian spaces in the current Middlefield entrance and parking lot area. School board members expressed particular concern that neighbors and Jordan families be made aware of the plans. "When something like this happened on another campus I heard from parents, `Why didn't you ask us about this? Why didn't you tell us?'" board member Melissa Baten Caswell said. "I've had only two or three parents come to me (about the Jordan expansion), so either it's perfect, or folks aren't yet engaged about it. I don't know." The project now moves into the socalled "design development" phase, with submission to the Division of State Architect -- a state agency that must approve all public school construction -- slated for October. The current timetable calls for construction bidding and award to take place in June and July of 2011. Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be e-mailed at email@example.com. 1. Proclamation and Presentation of Architectural Review Board 2010 Design Awards by Mayor Burt to Recipient Architectural Firms 6:00 PM or as soon as possible thereafter 2. Closed Session: Legal Negociations 7:00 PM or as soon as possible thereafter 3. Proclamation Recognizing Foster Care Month 4. Proclamation Recognizing TheatreWorks on Its 40th Anniversary 5. Update on the Library Bond Measure Projects and the College Terrace Library Infrastructure Renovation 6. Presentation of the City Manager's Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2011 7. Adoption of a Resolution Amending Rules and Regulations Governing the Provision of Utility and Public Works Services, Including Rules and Regulations 1-11, 13, 15-18, 20-27, and 29; and Repealing Rules and Regulations 12 and 14 8. Approval of a Utilities Enterprise Fund Contract with All Day Electric Company, Inc. in the Total Amount of $561,458 for a 4kV to 12kV Conversion Capital Improvement Project in the Area Between Alma Street, Middlefield Road, Loma Verde Avenue and East Meadow Drive (CIP: EL-08002) 9. Approval of a Water Enterprise Fund Contract with URS Corporation in the Total Amount of $662,065 for Professional Engineering Services for the Well Testing and Rehabilitation Design of Five (5) Existing Water Wells Project WS-08002 10. Adoption of an Ordinance Approving and Adopting a Plan for Improvements to the Nolte Property Addition to Mitchell Park 11. Adoption of a Resolution Summarily Vacating Public Access and Public Recreation Access Easements at 600 and 620 Sand Hill Road 12. Adoption of Ordinance Amending Section 2.30.360 (Exemptions from Competitive Solicitation Requirements) of Title 2 (Administrative Code) of the Palo Alto Municipal Code Regarding Contracts and Purchasing Procedures 13. 2nd Reading: Adoption of an Ordinance Amending Section 18.08.040 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code to Change the Classification of Property Located at 1700 Embarcadero Road from PC Planned Community 2378 and PC Planned Community 2491 to Service Commercial (CS) and Site and Design (D) Review (First reading April 12, 2010 � Passed 8-0, Holman not participating) 14. Approval of the Naming Recognition Plan for Significant Donations to the Palo Alto Library Foundation's Capital Fundraising Campaign for Measure N Projects 15. Public Hearing: Finance Committee Recommendation to Adopt the Draft 2010-15 Consolidated Plan, Draft 2010-11 Action Plan and Associated 2010-11 Funding Allocations and Adopt a Resolution Approving the Use of Community Development Block Grant Funds for Fiscal Year 2010-2011 16. Public Hearing: Finance Committee Recommendation to Consider Adoption of a Resolution Amending Utility Rate Schedules W-5 and S-5 of the City of Palo Alto Utilities Rates and Charges Pertaining to Water and Wastewater Service Connection Fees 17. Adoption of Two Resolutions to Incorporate a Side Letter Agreement with the Palo Alto Peace Officers' Association (PAPOA) to Provide a Supplemental Military Leave Benefit to Pay for the Differential Between Regular Salary and Military Pay to PAPOA Members Called to Involuntary Active Duty Amending: (1) Section 1601 of the Merit System Rules and Regulations Regarding the 2007-2010 Memorandum of Agreement, and (2) the Compensation Plan for Police Non-Management Personnel (PAPOA) Adopted by Resolution No. 8779 18. Approval of Utilities Public Benefit Three-Year Contract with OPOWER, Inc. in the Total Amount of $574,083, $213,000 of Which Comes From Federal Stimulus Funds, for Administration and Delivery of Residential Home Energy Reports 19. Finance Committee Recommendation to Approve the 2010 Ten-Year Electric Energy Efficiency Plan 20. Colleagues` Memo from Mayor Burt, Vice Mayor Espinosa, Council Members Yeh and Scharff Requesting the City Council Direct the Utilities Advisory Commission to Make Recommendations to the City Council on a Comprehensive Energy Efficiency and Renewables Procurement Strategy 21. Utilities Advisory Commission Recommendation to City Council to Adopt Two Resolutions: (1) Approving A Power Purchase Agreement with Ameresco San Joaquin LLC for the Acquisition of Up to 52,000 Megawatt-hours per Year of Energy Either Over Fifteen Years at a Cost Not To Exceed $88.7 Million, or Over Twenty Years at a Cost Not to Exceed $122.4 Million, and (2) Approving A Power Purchase Agreement with Ameresco Crazy Horse LLC for the Acquisition of Up to 52,000 Megawatt-hours per Year of Energy Either Over Fifteen Years at a Cost Not to Exceed $80.7 Million, or Over Twenty Years at a Cost Not to Exceed $111.3 Million; Finance Committee Recommendation to Direct Staff to Re-examine the Alternative Energy Program Policies and Goals (TENTATIVE) AGENDA-SPECIAL MEETING-COUNCIL CHAMBERS MAY 04, 2010 - 6:00 PM 1. City Council, Palo Alto Boards and Commissions, and Community Meeting to Receive Presentation from City Manager on the Proposed Fiscal Year 2011 Budget STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS The High Speed Rail Committee Meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 06, 2010 The Finance Committee Meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 06, 2010 regarding: 1) Transmittal of 2011 General Fund Budget � CAO's (except City Attorney), Council, ASD, ASD Internal Service Funds, Human Resources, Library (TENTATIVE) AGENDA-SPECIAL MEETINGCOUNCIL CHAMBERS MAY 03, 2010 - 5:45 PM Sign up today www.PaloAltoOnline.com Page 13 Get Involved! 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He was born and raised in The Republic of Congo. At a young age he left his village to work as a cook in Brazzaville. There he met his first wife Makelola Louise and together they had a daughter. He moved to the United States in 1959 to work as a housekeeper and cook. He joined a church in San Mateo and eventually found a job at Stanford Medical School in the department of psychiatry working with research animals. He remained at Stanford for 38 years until he retired in 1999. Most important to him was his family, his culture and his music. When he came to the U.S., he brought his talent and music to people by playing drums in the park, leading drum circles and building Tanawa chairs. In 1976 he formed the dance troupe "Fua Dia Congo." When his daughter Regine came to the U.S. later that year, she became lead dancer and together they helped bring East Palo Alto to the forefront of African culture in the United States. In 1982 he began teaching weekly drum classes at Peninsula School in Menlo Park. He also formed a Congolese rock band, Bole Bantu. He joined the Congolese Dance and Drum Workshop as cook and drum teacher, where he met his second wife, Nancy Edelson, with whome he had two more daughters. Loved ones recall him as upbeat, strong, forgiving, and loving. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Edelson Boukaka; daughters Regine Boukaka Ndounda, Miayuku Boukaka and Makela Boukaka; one grandchild; and many other relatives and friends. and wrote The Parks of Palo Alto for the Palo Alto Historical Association. As a member of the Board of Contributors of the Palo Alto Weekly, she wrote a monthly column for years. She was the editor of The Tall Tree, the Palo Alto Historical Association's monthly bulletin; the RSVP newsletter, published by the Retired Senior Volunteer Program; the Unitarian Church newsletter, and the American Jewish Women's ORT newsletter. She loved hiking in the Sierra Nevada. In the 1980s, the National Park Service revamped the Yosemite park plan and she became concerned that the park would be accessible only to the young. She campaigned for access and facilities for seniors and persons of limited mobility. She also supported the Mono Lake Committee and was a Guardian of the Lake. Marthe is survived by her spouse, Karl Paley Cohen of Palo Alto; daughters Beatrix Cashmore, Martine LeBouc and Elisabeth Brown; four grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren. Carlberg Jones, 67, a former Palo Alto resident, died in Aguascalientes, Mexico, April 16, after a sixmonth battle with cancer. He was born in New York City. The family moved to Palo Alto in the early 1950s. He attended Palo Alto schools. He graduated from Cubberley High School and San Francisco State University. After playing in an orchestra in Chihuahua, Mexico, he served in the U.S. Army, playing in the 28th Army Band. He then graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with an master's degree in music. He taught at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, played horn in the S.F. Opera Orchestra in the 1970s, then opened New Pieces, a quilting and music store in Berkeley. He then accepted a position in a university-affiliated woodwind quintet in Colima, Mexico. In 2007 he began playing with the symphony orchestra in Aguascalientes. He was widely respected not only for his excellence as a player and teacher, but also for his expertise in music theory and instrument repair, loved ones recall. He is survived by his daughter, Lindsey Jones of Berkeley; son Ashley Jones of Oakland; brother William Jones of Hickory, N.C.; and one grandchild. rectly involved with the San Francisco 49ers entertainment in the late 1980s and 1990s. He was also very involved in helping people in the community with substance abuse problems -- either working as a counselor, or directly with individuals. Loved ones recall his honesty and peacefulness, which he shared with the people around him. He is survived by his brother Joseph Quever; sister-in-law Jeanene Scott; and aunt Emily Chesley. Any donations can be made to a nonprofit substance abuse program or a hearing-impaired program of choice. Howard R. Williams Howard Williams, 94, a Stanford Law School professor and authority on oil and gas law, died April 14 at his home in Palo Alto. Born in Evansville, Ind., he graduated from Washington University, earning membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He studied law at Columbia University, where he was a member of the law review and a Kent Scholar. He was a U.S. Army major and saw active duty in Europe during World War II. From 1946 to 1951, he taught at the University of Texas Law School. He was named to the Columbia Law School faculty in 1951. He moved west to join the Stanford Law School faculty in 1963, where he taught until his retirement in 1985. He wrote more than 30 articles and nine books in the areas of gas and oil law, property, trusts, wills, and estates, was the first holder of both the Robert E. Paradise Professorship of Natural Resources Law and the Stella W. and Ira S. Lillick Professorship in Law and won the 1994 Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation's Clyde O. Martz Teaching Award. He is survived by his son, Frederick Thompson Williams; one granddaughter; and two greatgranddaughters. A memorial service will be held May 22 at 2:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto, 625 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto. Flowers may be sent to the Methodist Church for the service on May 22. Gifts may be donated to support a student scholarship at Stanford Law School. Carlberg Jones Virginia (Jinny) Brane Schulz, age 76, 51-year resident of Palo Alto, died on February 27, 2010. Missed by children Charles, Edward, Virginia; grandson Matthew; sister Barbara; nephew David, niece Katherine; ex-husband Charles; and many friends. Born August 10, 1933. Raised in Yonkers, NY. BA, Phi Beta Kappa, Smith College. Also attended Cornell University and Harvard Busi- ness School. Homemaker, and Educational Consultant for Palo Alto schools and State programs. Later earned AAs from De Anza College, and MBA from UC-Berkeley. 20 years in IT at NASA/ Ames, HP, IBM, and Dialog. Retired in 2004. Long-time interests in parapsychology, healing, spiritualism, yoga, meditation, world mysteries, travel, and turtle object collecting. Memorial service Sunday May 2, 2:00 pm, Lucie Stern Community Center, Palo Alto. Further information at www.tributes.com/VirginiaBrane-Schulz PA I D OBITUARY Marthe-Hermance Cohen Marthe-Hermance Cohen, 95, Palo Alto Weekly Board of Contributors columnist, died March 20. She was born in Vernon, France. As a child she traveled with her parents in North Africa with the French cavalry, as chronicled in her 1988 book, "Mamie." She received a masters' degree from the School of Journalism in Lille. In 1936, while attending the Sorbonne, in Paris, she met American Karl Paley Cohen. They married in 1938 and immediately sailed to New York to avoid the start of WWII. In 1956 the family moved from Bayside, New York, to Palo Alto, California, when Karl took a job with General Electric in San Jose. She was chairperson and contributing member of the Writers Group of the Palo Alto branch of the American Association of University Women. She researched Donald Quever Donald Quever, 61, a longtime Palo Alto resident, died January 29. He was born in Lakewood, Calif., and moved to Palo Alto at age 9. He attended St Aloysius Catholic School and graduated from Cubberley High School. He enjoyed his job working for United Spirit Association, being di- William W. Anderson was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, a caring physician who lovingly practiced Neurology and Musculo Skeletal Medicine until mid February, 2010 and was a long time resident of Hillsborough and San Mateo. William passed away peacefully in Palo Alto on April 3rd; he was 85 years old. William was born to William Joseph and Marie Westerlin Anderson of Rockford, Ill on July 3, 1924. William graduated from Augustana College, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1946 and graduated from Chicago Medical School in 1950. He left to serve his country in the Korean War, stationed at United States Army Hospital as a Captain in Osaka, Japan where he received a Korean and United Nation Service Medals. While stationed in Japan William met his future wife to be, Mary Elizabeth Franklin, a civilian Librarian with the Yokohama Command of the U.S Forces. William and Mary married in Kobe, Japan on July 4, 1952. After his tour of duty the devoted couple moved back to the United States in 1953 where William completed his residency training in Neurology at Charity Hospital and later University of Michigan. Weather motivated William and Mary to move to the Bay Area where he began his medical career at the University of California San Francisco as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology. He started one of the first Neurological private practices on the Peninsula, initially in Redwood City, then in San Mateo. He was a Neurological Consultant at Tohushukai Hospital, Osaka, Japan and Chubu Hospital in Okinawa, Japan. William also volunteered his medical services to Project Hope in Sri Lanka and the Western Samoa Hospital. William was a long time member of the local San Francisco Bay Area Swedish Club, the American Academy of Neurology, the San Francisco Neurological Society (a past President), and the Society of Clinical Neurologists. He wrote and co authored articles for publications. His passion for ongoing education especially for his grandchildren, dedication to his work, beliefs, integrity, ethics and deep love of helping people continued till his short courageous battle with Leukemia/Lymphoma. His energy, enthusiasm for life and devotion to his family and assisting people was enormous. He will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him. He is survived by his loving son Jon, his wife Tessie and their two children Erica and Steven, his daughter Elizabeth McManus, her husband Dennis and their children William and Mandy, his sister Sally Webb and her husband Bob. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary (also known as Molly) Anderson, his sister Joanna Berentson and his brother John Anderson. A memorial celebration of his life will be held on May 1, 2010 @ 1PM at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations in his name be made to Palo Alto VA Inpatient Hospice Unit. Services entrusted to Roller Hapgood & Tinney Funeral Home. www.rollerhapgoodtinney.com PA I D OBITUARY Page 15 In print and online, we're #1 FIRST PLACE GENERAL EXCELLENCE FIRST PLACE BEST WEBSITE FIRST PLACE LOCAL NEWS COVERAGE FIRST PLACE SPORTS COVERAGE FIRST PLACE PAGE LAYOUT & DESIGN FIRST PLACE FEATURE PHOTO FIRST PLACE EDITORIAL --California Newspaper Publishers Association, 2010 Page 16 Interfaith Communities United for Youth and Families The Communities of Compassion, Faith and Spirituality are committed to building strong communal and spiritual foundations for our youth and families. Aldersgate United Methodist Church 4243 Manuela Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94306 650.948.6806 www.aumcpa.org All Saints Episcopal Church 555 Waverley St. Palo Alto, CA 94301 650.322.4528 www.asaints.org American Muslim Voices 650.387.1994 www.amuslimvoice.org Congregation Beth Am 26790 Arastradero Rd. Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 650.493.4661 www.betham.org Special Event: Connecting & Caring: We Can Do Better for Our Youth Sunday, May 2, 2010 6:30 � 8:00 p.m. St. Mark's Episcopal Church 600 Colorado Ave. Palo Alto CA 94306 Congregation Etz Chayim 4161 Alma St. Palo Alto, CA 94306 650-813-9094 www.etzchayim.org Congregation Kol Emeth 4175 Manuela Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94306 650. 948.7498 www.kolemeth.org Covenant Presbyterian Church 670 E. Meadow Dr. Palo Alto, CA 94306 650.494.1760 www.covenantpresbyterian.net First Baptist Church of Palo Alto 305 N. California Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94301 650.327.0561 www.fbc-paloalto.org First Church of Christ, Scientist 3045 Cowper St. Palo Alto, CA 94306 650. 493.7870 www.cspaloalto.org Special Event: "God's Law of Abundance in the Divine Economy" Sunday, May 23, 2010 7:30 p.m. Cubberley Theatre 4000 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto, CA 94306 First Congregational Church United Church of Christ 1985 Louis Road @ Embarcadero Palo Alto, CA 94303 650.856.6662 www.fccpa.org First Lutheran Church (ELCA) Palo Alto 600 Homer Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94301 650.322.4669 www.flcpa.org First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto 525 Hamilton Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94301 650.323.6167 www.firstpaloalto.com Grace Lutheran (ELCA) 3149 Waverley St. Palo Alto, CA 94306 650.494.2121 www.gracepa.org Humanist Community in Silicon Valley P.O. Box 60069 Palo Alto, CA 94306 650.964.7576 www.humanists.org INCH � Interfaith Network for Community Help 1600 Adams Dr. #119 Menlo Park, CA 94025 650.321.7760 www.inchelp.org Palo Alto Christian Reformed Church 687 Arastradero Rd. Palo Alto, CA 94036 650.493.1152 www.pacrc.org St. Mark's Episcopal Church 600 Colorado Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94306 650.326.3800 www.saint-marks.com Special Event: Connecting & Caring: We Can Do Better for Our Youth Sunday, May 2, 2010 6:30 � 8:00 p.m. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish Our Lady of the Rosary Church 3233 Cowper St. Palo Alto, CA 94306 408.395.7949 www.paloaltocatholic.org Special Event: May Mass & BBQ Dinner Celebrating Youth with Senior Send-off Blessing Sunday, May 20,2010 6:00 � 8:30 p.m. Our Lady of the Rosary Church Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto 505 E. Charleston Rd. Palo Alto, CA 94306 650. 494.0541 www.uucpa.org University Church in College Terrace (Home of Episcopal Lutheran Campus Ministry @ Stanford) 1611 Stanford Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94306 650.857.9660 www.unichu.org Vineyard Christian Fellowship 445 Sherman Ave. #S Palo Alto, CA 94306 650.327.5727 www.vcfp.org Wesley Church 470 Cambridge Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94306 650.327.2092 www.wesleychurch.org Advertisement made possible in part through the support of the Council of Churches Santa Clara County. Page 17 Editorial It's home stretch for schools' Measure A All-out `Yes on A' effort aims to surpass two-thirds approval in mail-in campaign that effectively ends this week, with an exception W ith no organized opposition to a $96 annual increase in an existing parcel tax for Palo Alto schools, a new generation of campaign leaders has conducted a high-energy effort to achieve the needed two-thirds approve for Measure A. Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions Bravo, M-A and Sequoia Editor, Thank you for your front-page article, "Taking a Deep Breath" (April 9, 2010) addressing the troubling issue of stress levels in high school students. Let's acknowledge Menlo-Atherton High School for its positive approach. Scheduling final exams before winter break and converting to a modified block schedule were two steps, even before involvement in Stanford's Challenge Success program, taken toward alleviating stress. For the past four years, M-A has also been involved in educating students, parents and faculty about teen sleep problems, which also relate directly to the stress issue. In fact, the Sequoia Union High School District's new directive mandating later school start times for the majority of its students seeks to address the relationship between lack of sleep and many emotional stressors. I hope those who worry about the problems of making start-time changes recognize that many school districts across the country have, over the past decade, successfully made the transition without great difficulty. On balance, when you compared the stress reduction generated by more sleep for our teens to the logistical problems of start time changes, I feel the scale tips easily to the side of more sleep. Let me also mention the demonstrated positive effects of more sleep on our students' academic and athletic performances. Finally, a bravo to the Sequoia Union High School District for its leadership in instituting later school start times for the majority of students this year. Let's look forward to better, less stressful school years for our students. Maggie Betsock 1160 Hermosa Way Menlo Park who showed utter contempt to the concept. Long live Frost and his positions, physical and intellectual. Chuck Atchison Lincoln Avenue Palo Alto "I'm overwhelmed by the energy and passion of the campaign," Superintendent Kevin Skelly commented this week. "You can't control the results but you can control the effort, and it's been all out." Campaign leaders warn that today is the final day for voters to mail in their ballots and be sure they get counted, although Saturday mail might get there and there is a drop-off box at City Hall for late voters Monday and Tuesday. The last days of the mail-in-only campaign have arrived after many months of effort involving literally hundreds of volunteers, with a huge push during April to increase the vote. On Monday and Tuesday, those who don't mail ballots can drop them off at the Palo Alto City Hall, in the city clerk's office. They must be in by Tuesday -- postmarks don't count. As we stated in early April, approval of this tax increase -- from $493-per-parcel to $589 -- will mean the Palo Alto Unified School District will be better able to maintain programs that contribute to the nationally recognized excellence of our schools. The need is severe. The district this year faces a gap between revenues and expenditures of several million dollars, and unless new revenues can be found the impacts on educational programs will be substantial -- and damaging. The increased tax will generate an estimated $1.8 million in additional revenues. The existing tax, approved by 74 percent of voters in 2005, has been generating about $9.4 million a year, about 6 percent of the district's budget. It will expire next year unless replaced with this new tax, which should produce about $11.2 million. These are local funds that cannot be siphoned off by a state government desperate to close its own budget shortfall. Like the 2005 tax, Measure A will also be a six-year tax, continuing an exemption for senior homeowners who request one. Unlike bond measures, which are limited to constructionrelated costs, a parcel tax can be used for educational programs, equipment and staff. If approved, Measure A funds can be used for faculty and staff salaries, primarily to limit increases in class size, preserve "core programs," reduce potential teacher layoffs, and help close a huge gap in the district's budget. Al Yuen, one of three co-chairs of the campaign, cited the high-energy push by hundreds of volunteers, who mostly represent a new, younger generation of people getting involved in the district. But there are older volunteers, also. People seem to realize that "the cornerstone of our Palo Alto community is the strength of our schools," he said. The outcome of Measure A will extend beyond our schools to a broad cross-section of the community, even to homeowners with no children in school. Real estate professionals have long reported that a significant factor in the price of Palo Alto homes is the quality of education our schools provide. Prospective buyers have even paid premium prices for homes within certain school-attendance areas based on relatively small differences in average test scores between schools. But the truly important reason to support this tax increase is all around us in our community, on foot and on bicycles, in parks and playgrounds. It is our children and grandchildren, the next generation that is the collective responsibility of all of us, whether or not we have school-age children or grandchildren of our own. We owe it to them to provide the best quality of education and school experience we can, even (or especially) during economically challenging times. Measure A is a key component of our being able to meet that responsibility. As Skelly correctly observes, "The consequences are great for our schools." As with the campaign workers, voters should resist a natural tendency to being overconfident in this important vote. Every vote will count. And now's the time! If you haven't already done so, vote YES on Measure A -- right now -- and head for the nearest post office. Firefighters outdated? Editor, The position of firefighter is really somewhat archaistic. How many fires do they actually fight these days? Cities facing budgeting realities need to reinvent these positions as public-safety positions that include fire fighting, emergency medical aide, emergency preparedness and other roles deemed necessary for the good of the community. These new employees, replacing the old firefighters, should come to work, just like the police and other city employees, do their assigned jobs and go home when their shift is finished. It is no longer reasonable to pay firefighters to sleep, grocery shop, prepare meals and hang around the firehouse. We now live in a 24/7 world and there is no reason that the newly invented "public-safety job" cannot find essential tasks to be preformed at all hours of the day and night. When they are on the job they should be working. The fire engines do not have to sit in the firehouse if nothing is going on. Just like going to the store, essential personnel can be assigned to tasks as a group and go out to the worksite with a fire truck. They can jump on the truck there as quickly as they can from the fire station. There are probably hundreds of ways that "public safety" personnel can be deployed. With looming budget cuts to school police teams, they can take over the role of ensuring safety around school zones. They can watch train tracks. They can train neighborhood leaders in emergency preparedness. At night they can be extra eyes on the street. They can do building inspections. They can help out on short-term projects -- building, moving, cleaning. The possibilities are endless once we dump the old system and require these city employees to work full time. Tina Peak Palo Alto Avenue Palo Alto YOUR TURN The Palo Alto Weekly encourages comments on our coverage or on issues of local interest. What do you think? Should the old fountain at the end of California Avenue business district be replaced with another traditional fountain or a "work of art" fountain or sculpture? Submit letters to the editor of up to 250 words to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, address and daytime phone number so we can reach you. We reserve the right to edit contributions for length, objectionable content, libel and factual errors known to us. Anonymous letters will generally not be accepted. You can also participate in our popular interactive online forum, Town Square, at our community website at www.PaloAltoOnline.com. Read blogs, discuss issues, ask questions or express opinions with you neighbors any time, day or night. Submitting a letter to the editor or guest opinion constitutes a granting of permission to the Palo Alto Weekly and Embarcadero Publishing Co. to also publish it online, including in our online archives and as a post on Town Square. For more information contact Editor Jay Thorwaldson or Online Editor Tyler Hanley at email@example.com or 650-326-8210. Kudos to Victor Frost Editor, Kudos to Victor Frost, as he takes his seat in contentious posture with society. He insists, and is successful, on living his life his own way while testing the limits of public acceptance. He is far more a legitimate, trustworthy citizen than many politically correct inhabitants of our culture. I recall his platform in the race for a City Council seat decades back. One item he promoted was "citizens personal votes" on all significant issues brought before the council for enactment. Witnessing the power of technology, where we can each represent ourselves, he promoted the ultimate form of representative government. He displayed an intellect and a position surpassing that of many contenders, including one Page 18 Check out Town Square! Hundreds of local topics are being discussed by local residents on Town Square, a reader forum sponsored by the Weekly on our community website at www.PaloAltoOnline.com. Post your own comments, ask questions, read the Editor's blog or just stay up on what people are talking about around town! Guest Opinions Getting things done around here by Alison Cormack have been asked, "What does it take to get something done in this city?" In Palo Alto, as anywhere, there's a simple answer: It takes reasonable people willing to work for something, not against something. Reasonable people willing to set aside what they want to get what works for everyone. Reasonable people willing to ask others for three things -- time, votes and money. It was my privilege to serve as the chair of the library bond campaign that passed in 2008. It's worth remembering why that plan succeeded where two others had failed. I think it's primarily because the plan itself was balanced. It fixed the 50-year-old buildings we have and use every day. I enjoyed the opportunity to be an advocate for getting something positive done when so much of what we read about is opposition to projects. I left my personal preferences (for at least one large library) somewhere along the line in 2006 and supported the branch-based bond campaign because it's what works best for everyone. The one-or-many debate stalled progress on renewing our libraries for far too long. I had a dedicated team of more than 100 people who gave their time to ask others for votes and money to run the campaign. Where are we now? The city staff is working hard behind the scenes to get things done. The monthly stakeholder meetings are filled with detailed schedules of contracts for moving books, issuing bonds, getting myriad City Council approvals, informing library patrons Awesome kids build community I of closing-for-construction ceremonies, choosing public art and finalizing color palettes for the interiors of the buildings. It is heartening to see this steady progress and it will be exciting to see the construction fences go up and work begin this summer. Three months from now, we will have closed two libraries, opened a temporary one, and started construction in two locations. The library has an electronic newsletter about the projects. You can sign up for it by clicking on "Book Lists for Every Taste," then "Custom Bookletters," then "Palo Alto Library Projects." While you're there, sign up for some of the other interesting BookLetters. You can get periodic e-mails on the topic of your choice, whether it's business, teen novels or book club selections. I have also been asked, "What needs to be done next?" Well, let's review the three things we needed to be successful: time, votes and money. We put in the time and we got the votes. W Three months from now, we will have closed two libraries, opened a temporary one, and started construction in two locations. But the job of library renewal isn't done. Again, money is the key. The library bond that passed in 2008 cannot, by law, pay for anything except design and construction of the (continued on next page) by Ray Bacchetti and Gail Price hen we talk about how good our schools and teachers are, isn't that another way of saying how great our kids are, too? They participate in service projects, serve on boards and committees, study hard, pay attention to inclusion as well as diversity, work after school, win prizes, show creativity, caring, and a lively interest in their several worlds of school, family, sports, clubs, electronic communication, and hanging out. Their parents provide for, love, and are proud of them. And, of course, they're not perfect. (They are our kids, after all.) But there's something missing from this picture of typical kids growing up in a favored community. We think it is the way many of us adults hold kids in our thoughts, especially teenagers. There's an arm's-length quality to it ... as if they are slightly hazardous. When did you last walk down University Avenue and smile at a kid you didn't know and say "Hi"? We objectify or stereotype them. Like all stereotypes, a lot is missing or wrong about the one labeled "kids." To make that label authentically richer, let's acknowledge in policy and practice the blooming, buzzing, exciting and talented reality that is our kids. In the recent set of three Youth Forums, roughly 100 people (kids and adults) attended each one. They fashioned a list of actions that would shorten that arm's-length distance. Some were about school surveys leading to dialogue among teachers, students, admin- istrators and parents; co-creating with businesses youth-friendly projects and spaces; and building youth involvement into city commissions and programs. In another venue the March 31st "Growing Up Asian in Palo Alto" meeting of 200+ adults and youths�the kaleidoscopic self-reports of kids started unraveling the stereotype of a math/science dominated adolescence. In these settings and others, we've seen that young people have many thoughtful and insightful comments if given a safe and supportive environment to express themselves. Communities around the Bay Area are building asset-based perspectives about kids. They're creating ways to engage them in community problem solving, municipal government, programs that help them meet their own and the community's needs. They've shifted from "kids as a problem" to kids as resources, as people who can be meaningfully present for each other and in community affairs. Research is helpful here, where it is frequently noted that young people seek support, advice, solace and celebration from their peers rather than adults in their lives. While this will naturally occur in person and via social media, communities should continue to find ways to provide safe and nurturing settings -- with clearly defined ways of accessing services and adult counsel if needed. Part of the impetus for the asset-based approach comes from Project Cornerstone and its list of 41 "developmental assets." These (continued on next page) Streetwise What is your proudest achievement? Asked at the Palo Alto Public Library main branch. Interviews by Katia Savchuk. Photographs by Veronica Weber. Stan Kazul Retired lawyer and judge Iris Way, Palo Alto "My family: three kids and living with the same woman for over 40 years and knowing she's the boss." Agnes Dado Registered nurse Clark Way, Palo Alto "Becoming a nurse. I'm very proud to have helped a lot of people in my career. I think that's what counts." Steve Cabot Engineer Sebastapol Avenue, Santa Rosa "Starting a newspaper a long time ago when I was in college. It's what I really wanted to do." Gary Melnick Medical records clerk Coral Court, Los Altos "That I managed to hold down a job and stay employed for almost 20 years -- and try to give a little bit of money to those less fortunate than myself." Debby Miller Artist Tasso Street, Palo Alto "I've been married for 32 years -- that's pretty nice. Two nice boys. And I'm in graduate school -- a Master of Fine Arts." Page 19 SPRING RUMMAGE SALE WOODSIDE VILLAGE CHURCH LARGEST FURNITURE SALE EVER May 6, Thursday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Outside only 8 a.m. May 7, Friday 9 a.m. - noon Outside only 8 a.m. Everything � price "Dollar-a-Bag" Sale 11 a.m. - noon Church Grounds 3154 Woodside Road, Woodside 650.851.1587 Guest Opinions Getting things done (continued from previous page) three library projects. All the things that make libraries work -- computers, books, e-books, bookshelves, tables, chairs, download stations, check-out stations and conference equipment in the meeting rooms -- still need to be paid for. Due to budget cuts throughout the city, our community will need to provide the funds to launch our libraries into the 21st century. RAIN OR SHINE A Guide to the Spiritual Community First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto Sunday School for all ages � 9:00 a.m. Sunday Services � 10:25 a.m. "The children in our midst, the mission at our doorstep, a place of hospitality and grace" 625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto (650) 323-6167 I am confident that will happen. We at the Palo Alto Library Foundation have just embarked on a three-year, $6 million fundraising campaign. Our leadership circle is already filling up with generous donations and we'll be out asking for many more. The Palo Alto Weekly's Holiday Fund recently awarded $50,000 to the Library Foundation for this campaign. I'm delighted to announce that we have formed our Campaign Council, comprised of 20 well-respected residents who support our efforts. But please remember that we're a group of volunteers, not professional fundraisers with a big budget for research or staff. So if we don't get in touch with you, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give online at www.palf.org. Together, we can get these projects done. Watch for a renovated Downtown Library in 2011, a new Mitchell Park Library and Community Center in 2012, and a renovated and expanded Main Library in 2013 -- coming soon to a neighborhood near you! Alison Cormack is president of the Palo Alto Library Foundation and chaired the successful Measure N library-bond campaign in 2008. She can be e-mailed at email@example.com. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, UCC This Sunday: Youth Mission Trip Sunday Spring Musical April 30, May 1 & 2 at 7:00 pm 39 Books Featuring 80 children and youth! Awesome kids (continued from previous page) University Public Worship Sunday, May 2, 10:00 am "The Labor of Mothers" Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann Music featuring University Organist, Dr. Robert Huw Morgan and the Memorial Church Choir http://religiouslife.stanford.edu We Invite You to Learn and Worship with Us. Timothy R. Boyer. A place of caring, sharing and growing Worship Service 10:30 AM. www.fpcmv.org 1667 Miramonte (Cuesta at Miramonte) 650.968.4473 INSPIRATIONS A resource for special events and ongoing religious services. To inquire about or make space reservations for Inspirations, please contact Blanca Yoc at 326-8210 x6596 or email firstname.lastname@example.org are family, community and school qualities that, when present in a young person's life, predict less risky behaviors and more positive ones. More can be learned about this important program at www.projectcornerstone.org. The concept is finding its way into Palo Alto initiatives. Stay tuned. In addition to recognizing youth support of each other, we need to honor the many insights and actions they bring to their families, other adults and the community at large. In engaging them, we build Palo Alto's social and intellectual capital. There are roles for the schools, the business community, city government, service organizations, the faith community, nonprofits and others. And there is an essential role for kids themselves to help their community redefine young people as maturing citizens who think well, work hard, have fun, enter into activities with imagination and an intention to do good work, all the while building trust and respect. Each time we act in this arena, whether as kids or adults, we are defining the kind of community we are. And we are learning that, whether as adults or kids, we're better off as a community whenever we get to know each other and work together. Ray Bacchetti is a member of the Palo Alto Human Relations Commission and a former school board member who has long been active is seeking ways to "build community," and Gail Price is a member of the Palo Alto City Council and a former member of the school board. Bacchetti can be e-mailed at email@example.com and Price can be e-mailed at gail.price3@ gmail.com. Page 20 Page 21 Cover Story Making theirmark PHOTOGRAPHS BY VERONICA WEBER AND KIMIHIRO HOSHINO T FOR AVENIDAS `LIFETIMES OF ACHIEVEMENT' HONOREES, THEIR TIME AND ENERGY ARE NOT JUST THEIR OWN hey have been the community's guardians. The six people chosen by the nonprofit Avenidas to receive a "Lifetimes of Achievement" award this year have served community members who are poor, disabled, disenfranchised or simply needing an ounce of encouragement. Each has made his or her mark in other ways, from physics to politics. But it is their desire to turn their abundance into someone else's gain that has earned them recognition. This year's honorees are philanthropist Elizabeth Wolf, venture capitalist Gordon Russell, former Mayor Marge Bruno, physicist Emery Rogers and community volunteers Fred and Marcia Rehmus. Avenidas, a Palo-Alto based organization serving local seniors and their families, presents the annual awards, which recognize outstanding contributions made by people 65 and older. There were 39 nominees this year, according to Kari Martell, Avenidas' director of marketing and communications. The honorees "exemplify the Lifetimes of Achievement honorees include (clockwise from left) Emery Rogers, Elizabeth Wolf, Gordon Russell, Marge Bruno and Marcia and Fred Rehmus. successful traits of remaining active, involved and committed to the causes they care about, helping to make a difference in our community," Avenidas CEO Lisa Hendrickson said. A celebration of the honorees will be held Sunday, May 16, from 3 to 5 p.m. at 669 Mirada Ave., Stanford. It is hosted by Avenidas and co-sponsored by the Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Online. The party is the sole fundraiser for Avenidas. Tickets, which are tax-deductible, are $75 and can be purchased by calling 650-289-5445 or visiting www.avenidas.org. Page 22 Cover Story Veronica Weber Marcia and Fred Rehmus pause in the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden Center, where Marcia presided over the board and served on many committees. Palo Alto couple exemplifies good citizenship with years of active involvement FRED AND MARCIA REHMUS M Veronica Weber Emery Rogers, a retired physicist and philanthropy executive, stands in a playground at the Children's Health Council, where he served on the board. Accomplished in physics and philanthropy, he prefers to give the spotlight to others EMERY ROGERS W by Martin Sanchez hen retired physicist and philanthropy executive Emery Rogers talks about his life, he spends as much time complimenting the people he's worked with as he does describing his own experiences. "Everywhere I've turned, I've met fascinating people," he said. That statement is hard to deny. Rogers has, after all, worked with military scientists, Silicon Valley pioneers and even a Nobel Prize winner. Still, the breadth and depth of his charitable and professional accomplishments indicate an intelligence, work ethic and moral strength at least as influential as a group of successful colleagues. Rogers grew up in Beverly Hills and enrolled at Stanford University in 1941. He originally planned to attend Harvard University but decided on Stanford after his stepfather, a Stanford alumnus, gave the school a glowing review, he said. "I'd never even seen it," he said. He planned to study philosophy but soon switched to physics and never looked back. At the time, he was the university's only undergraduate physics student, he said. The advent of America's involvement in World War II led Rogers and many of his classmates to graduate a year early to join the war effort, he said. During the war, Rogers put his physics knowledge to use in the Joint Army Navy Precipitation Static Project, which aimed to prevent airplanes from losing radio contact with their bases during storms. The job involved "a lot of flying, but nobody was shooting at me," he said. The project was successful, he said, and its results can be seen to this day. "Whenever you get on an airplane now, look out the window to see the little wick dischargers on the wingtips," he said. Rogers returned to Stanford in 1946 and found the once-barren physics department flush with hundreds of new undergraduates due to the post-atomicbomb prominence of nuclear technology, he said. He completed his doctorate in physics in 1951 after researching an early form of MRI technology under the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Felix Bloch, Rogers said. "I never dreamed that someday you could fit a human body into one of those. ... Whenever I will be wheeled into an MRI, I can say, `I know you'," he said. Rogers worked at Varian Associates (continued on page 26) by Karla Kane arried for nearly half a century, Fred and Marcia Rehmus reckon that between them they've racked up 94 combined years of volunteer experience. Just a bit short of hitting the collective 100-year mark, Fred said he's sure they'll keep active enough to join the "century club" soon. "One hundred years?" Marcia said with a grin. "I plan to have many more!" That spirit of enthusiasm for community involvement has led to the Rehmuses' longtime participation in numerous local organizations in a range of fields, including art, education, gardening and health, benefiting everyone from kids to college students to the elderly. "I feel extremely fortunate to have lived in this area for a long time and gotten to know so many people," said Marcia, who moved out west from New England in the early 1960s. Volunteering "builds connections with people, organizations and community issues." A 30-plus-year resident of Atherton (the Rehmuses moved to Palo Alto's Classic Residence by Hyatt senior residence four years ago, and spent some early years in Denver and Seattle), Marcia's made her mark on the community in many ways. She's served on boards in the Menlo Park and Sequoia school districts, PTAs and parents' clubs at Stanford University; presided over Palo Alto's Gamble Garden board (and was involved with numerous boards and committees there); served on the Avenidas board and helped found the Avenidas Village program; and currently serves on the Breast Cancer Connections board, to name a few involvements. Marcia considers her work with her three children's schools, Gamble Garden and Breast Cancer Connections especially meaningful. "Being involved with the public schools was very important to me. And Gamble Garden is such a wonderful, unique place," she said, as she looked out upon her own lush patio garden. Marcia has found that true interest and passion are required to be an effective volunteer. "Volunteering is fun! It keeps you thinking and creating. It keeps you young. I only get involved with things I know I'm going to enjoy," she said, adding that one of the responsibilities of a community leader is to find and inspire others to carry on the work in the future. "I believe you should always be looking for your replacement and surrounding yourself with good people. I love to meet people and get them interested in leadership roles," she said. "Don't get on her list," husband Fred joked of his wife's recruitment abilities. "She's indefatigable." Fred's good humor is one of many characteristics that have made him a successful leading citizen in his own right. With a professional background in financial planning, the Stanford Graduate School of Business grad has served in various capacities on Stanford's Cantor Arts Center membership board, the board of the Oregon Shakespeare Company, several Stanford University alumni boards and parents' organizations, and many more. A talented artist (his handmade birdhouses won a Sunset Magazine award), his love for the intricately carved artwork of native cultures of the Pacific Northwest has led him to become a major advocate for and patron of the Cantor Arts Center, which now features the Rehmus Family Gallery for Native American Art. "Cantor's the most successful university museum in the country," he said, proudly. In 2002, Fred was instrumental in the gift of the "Stanford Legacy" totem pole, decorated with symbolic representations of the Stanford family story, installed on campus. "I wanted one at home in Atherton but Marcia objected," the avid collector said, smiling at the memory. While many pieces of art decorate their apartment, most of them are kept at Fred's office. Commissioning the artwork for Stanford was "a joint effort with the university, the artist and us," he said. And his artistic interests aren't limited to crafting, carving and Shakespeare. "He cooks, too!" Marcia said. Though Fred and Marcia don't tend to volunteer with the same groups, they enjoy other activities together -- annual trips to Maui and Lake Tahoe are favorites. They also love spending time with their six grandchildren. "A grandparent -- that's just the greatest thing you can be," Marcia said. For the Rehmuses, a lifetime of working toward community improvement and involvement has been a no-brainer. "To have the community you want, you have to step up," Fred said. "Money is one way, but time is even more important," Marcia added. Quite simply, for the Rehmuses, "it is the core responsibility of a good citizen to be involved," he said. Editorial Assistant Karla Kane can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. Page 23 Cover Story Veronica Weber Veronica Weber Elizabeth Wolf, a champion of causes benefiting children, sits on a planter bench in a garden behind Abilities United, where she serves on the board. Venture capitalist and philanthropist Gordon Russell stands outside the main clinic at Ravenswood Family Health Center in East Palo Alto, where he serves as a trustee. Venture capitalist and one-man philanthropic force by Monica Hayde Schreiber ne day in the early 1980s, Gordon Russell opened his mail and everything changed. He thumbed idly through the stack of letters, still preoccupied by his busy day as a partner with the venture capital firm Sequoia Capital. A newsletter caught his eye. It was from Parca, a local provider of services for people with developmental disabilities. He thought he'd take just a quick glance, but an article about a boy with Down Syndrome drew him in. He sat down to read, his mind drifting back to his boyhood in Boston and a neighbor boy, Brian, who had Down Syndrome. "My parents loved Brian," he recalled with a smile. "He was always at our house. I remembered how welcoming and kind my mother and father were to Brian and how that was unusual then -- in the 1940s -- when children like him were often kept almost in hiding." Memories of Brian turned to memories of his parents, people of modest means, neither of whom had more than a high school education. They both worked demanding jobs but GORDON RUSSELL Longtime Palo Alto resident has made generosity a family project ELIZABETH WOLF O always volunteered, always helped people in need. A day later, Russell was standing in the Parca offices with a large check and list of questions about what he could do to help. "It was an incredibly powerful experience," said Russell, a Portola Valley resident who, at 77, has all the exuberance and energy you'd expect of a man who took up golf at 70 and wonders aloud at what additional projects he could fit into his schedule. The former medical technology executive still gets a little choked up remembering that day at Parca. "I felt so good. To suddenly realize how I could make a difference -- it was truly a catalyst." A catalyst indeed. Over the next two decades, while running the go-go life of a VC and raising a son and two stepsons, Russell quietly became a one-man, philanthropic force of nature, providing superhuman levels of time and money to dozens of nonprofits and other organizations. Whether helping Native American students find their way (continued on page 26) `We felt that we had so much, and many had so little, and we wanted to make a commitment. We didn't call it "philanthropy," we called it "for helping others."' -- Elizabeth Wolf by Aimee Miles or philanthropist Elizabeth Wolf, the business of helping others has been a family affair for as long as she can remember. At 77, the cheerful, bespectacled Wolf is a veteran of Palo Alto community service and still helps run the family foundation she started with her husband decades ago, for which her children now serve as trustees. Wolf champions causes benefiting children in underserved areas and still divides her time between volunteering and managing the foundation, whose beneficiaries have included arts and education programs, medical and scientific research projects, and nature and environmental initiatives. "I'm exhausted at the end of the day," Wolf said. "It takes a lot of energy to do it well." A Taunton, Mass., native, Wolf attended Wheelock College in Boston, where she trained to be a teacher. After graduating, she began teaching second- and third-graders in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. A former minister's wife introduced her to Hans Wolf, who had completed his master's degree at Harvard Business School and was working for a metals fabrication company in Attleboro. They were engaged six weeks later F Page 24 Cover Story and married six months after their first date. "I think if any of my kids did that I would go crazy," Wolf said, laughing. Though both had grown up frugally, the couple shared a passion for philanthropy and community service, which had been a part of their own family traditions. By 1966, the Wolfs decided they had $1,000 in their yearly budget that they could set aside just for that purpose. "We decided we'd be able to start a foundation," Wolf said. "We felt that we had so much, and many had so little, and we wanted to make a commitment. We didn't call it `philanthropy,' we called it `for helping others.'" The Hans and Elizabeth Wolf Foundation was born that year. The charity was tailored to support handpicked community-oriented nonprofits whose causes the Wolfs believed in. The couple later moved to Dallas, where Hans had a job with Texas Instruments. Wolf made good friends there, but she said the "extremes of weather" didn't suit her. In 1975, the family resettled in Palo Alto. She found the weather, and the culture, quite agreeable. "I liked the focus on community here," she said. The couple continued to nurture their foundation while raising their four children. Wolf's Palo Alto home, where she has lived for 35 years, isn't as crowded or bustling as it once was. Wolf now enjoys taking quiet dinners on the patio, where her meals are complemented by a breathtaking view of the foothills and the Bay. In its heyday, the house served as a setting for Valentine's parties, church fundraising dinners and family gatherings. A thin strip of wood secured to the kitchen wall serves as a testament to the comings and goings of friends and family members over the years. The height chart, which displays dozens of markings dated as early as 1977, traces the upward progression of Wolf's children and grandchildren, along with measurements of obliging visitors who often traveled long distances to visit them. They included the nephew of a homestay student, the son of Wolf's minister, and her late husband's former nanny in Germany. Wolf fondly remembers hosting graduate exchange students from India, Germany, New Zealand, France and China, many of whom are still in touch with her today. Residents were expected to help out around the house and take care of their laundry, which contributed to a sense of belonging, Wolf said. "They felt part of the family," she said. After Hans died in 2004, Wolf continued managing their foundation herself, scaling back the number of grant recipients to a more manageable 50 organizations. This year, her daughter Deborah took over as president. Wolf still helps run the foundation with her children while balancing a hectic schedule that includes baby-sitting grandkids, singing in the church choir, visiting grant recipients, and serving as a board member of Abilities United, an organization that provides training and support services to people with physical or developmental challenges. She and the children meet annually to discuss the foundation's next funding cycle. Recent grants have supported Stanford pancreatic cancer research, the Eastside College Preparatory School, and the Kleinmond School near Capetown, South Africa, established to educate children orphaned by AIDS. Despite juggling multiple commitments, Wolf sees her demanding agenda as a gift. "I've sometimes said I'm the luckiest person I know," she said. "One of the most exciting things for my husband and me and for the children is having the privilege to be able to give. It's very rewarding." `Even in high school, if I thought someone was being unjustly mistreated or disciplined I would intervene -- even though it was really none of my business.' -- Marge Bruno A retirement community near their home, Pilgrim Haven, was trying to expand and Bruno had become concerned. "There was neighborhood opposition and I -- I'm almost embarrassed to say it -- was a part of it," said Bruno, who later went on to sit on Pilgrim Haven's board for a decade. "I started going to planning commission meetings and city council meetings and, again, I felt I could do that as well as they could." Once elected to the Los Altos City Council, Bruno helped to form a stakeholder committee that hammered out an acceptable plan, letting Pilgrim Haven expand while addressing neighborhood concerns. Bruno's eight years on the council, including two terms as mayor, led to regional posts in the area of "paratransit" (federally mandated transportation for people with disabilities) and air quality. Looking back, she said, the most gratifying work she did had to do with air quality, community service and libraries. "How do you regulate air quality without doing terrible harm to business?" she said of her work on the Bay Area Air Quality Management Board in the early 1990s. "I felt as though we were doing really important work. It had a major impact, and many of these issues are ongoing." Board membership on the Community Services Agency of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills also left a major impression. "The need is so enormous, and it's an agency that I think does really good work," she said. And finally, helping to create an endowment for the Los Altos Library -- now more than $2 million, used mostly for acquisitions -- ranks among her most gratifying experiences. Growing up in a culture where girls weren't necessarily expected to be educated, Bruno recalls some aunts and uncles teasing her parents for not putting limits on her or getting her "under control." "Even in high school, if I thought someone was being unjustly mistreated or disciplined I would intervene -- even though it was really none of my business," she said. She recalled a friend of her brother's, four years younger, who was being raised by a single father from Mexico. "The father worked very hard in a restaurant. This was a poor area. The father worked nights. "At one point this young man missed a final exam because he didn't wake up in time, and he was going to fail the course. "I knew he'd been working really hard and I thought, `This is really wrong. Yes, he did miss the final, but he should be given a chance to take it.'" Bruno took it upon herself to speak to the teacher. "I said, `This kid doesn't really have a chance. His father's not home. There's nobody there to make sure he wakes up on time. Give him another chance.' "And he did. And that story just reinforces my busybodiness," she said. Page 25 Kimihiro Hoshino Marge Bruno, former Los Altos mayor and city councilmember, visits the Los Altos Library at least twice a week. She helped the library get a large collection of books and DVDs through the Vision 21 Project. An energetic, self-described `busybody' by Chris Kenrick wiry bundle of energy greets a ring of the doorbell at the Los Altos home of Marge and Mike Bruno. Though long retired, Marge Bruno -- in the throes of preparing for a departure to China the next day -- is dressed for success as a banker or politician, two of the several careers she has had. "I don't drink anything with caffeine ever, ever, ever," said Bruno. "I'm just too wired on my own." Bruno's uncontainable energy has led her from a childhood in an Italian-Jewish neighborhood of Queens to a varied life as a student, stay-at-home mom, banker, elected official and -- in her own words -- "busybody." Often it was watching others -- then deciding she could do the same thing just as well herself -- that served as her jumping off points. Bruno got married after studying economics at Hunter College and in graduate school at Cornell University. "In those days, you stayed home and had children, which was fine," she recalled. "I never resented it -- I loved it." MARGE BRUNO A But when the family migrated from Ohio to Los Altos in 1973, Bruno found herself with two sons in high school, few acquaintances and energy to spare. She went back to earn an MBA at San Jose State University and took a job in corporate lending at Bank of America, where she got a first-hand view of Silicon Valley history. She recalls seeing Steve Jobs -- "just a kid" -- coming into the bank barefoot, back in Apple's pre-IPO days. Bruno's own accounts -- ROLM, System Industries -- were then Valley greats that since have been sold and absorbed by other companies. "Working with all these startups you start to think, `I could do that -- why don't I have a business?'" So she left the bank with two others and formed a mortgage brokerage business, Adobe Financial Group, lending on commercial properties. The Brunos had made a pact to retire at 55, which they did in the early 1990s -- Marge from banking and Mike from his career as an organic chemist with Raychem. By that time, Marge Bruno was on to other things, anyway. WE S T BA OPER Tickets online at WBOpera.org BOX OFFICE 650.424.9999 2009-10 J G L FIFTY-FOURTH SEASON OS� UIS MOSCOVICH ENERAL DIRECTOR Cover Story A C U S T O M S O L U T I O N S F O R E V E R Y S T Y L E A N D E V E R Y B U D G E T O U R P E N I N S U L A S H O W R O O M S H A V E C O N S O L I D AT E D. V I S I T U S AT O U R N E W LY E X PA N D E D A N D R E N O V AT E D C A M P B E L L S H O W R O O M . T H E B AY A R E A ' S L A R G E S T ! CAMPBELL SHOWROOM W W W. VA L E T C U S T O M . C O M H O M E O F F I C E S M E D I A W A L L B E D S C L O S E T S Y Russell (continued from page 24) from the reservation to his alma mater, Dartmouth College, or serving on the board of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, or promoting environmental research through the Woods Hole Research Center, Russell's motivation to give seems to have been constrained neither by the type of cause nor the number of hours in a day. Since he retired from Sequoia Capital seven years ago, one initiative in particular has captured his heart and dominated his time: Ravenswood Family Health Center, the East Palo Alto-based provider of free or low-cost primary medical care to the uninsured or underinsured. As a longtime donor and member of the board of directors, Russell has helped guide the nonprofit clinic from its early years. "Gordon is an incredibly generous human being," Luisa Buada, Ravenswood's CEO, said. "He's always looking for an opportunity to give. He's simply one of the best board members you could have because he brings his many years of the private industry experience but is completely sensitive to the fact that as a nonprofit, with a consumer-majority board, we operate very differently from the for-profit sector. He engenders a lot of respect and gives a lot of respect back." Describing the magnitude of the need and the sense of satisfaction that comes from helping people who would otherwise have few medical treatment options outside of the emergency room, Russell said, "I am absolutely blown away each time I go into the waiting room." He matter-of-factly addresses the heated policy debates of the moment, the political questions about who should be insured or not insured, but still appears visibly troubled when contemplating how someone in his position could not help. "I think people are, by nature, kind and generous givers," he said. "I think it comes down to a person's ability to get outside of themselves. Really, it is almost Biblical -- think of the Good Samaritan. Would you be that person who stops to help? Why wouldn't you?" It is as simple as his mother always said: "They need it; you have it. Give it." Nearly everyone has "time, talent or treasure" that they can offer, he said. Without saying it directly, Russell suggested that seniors are especially well-situated to give of themselves. "One of the few benefits -- perhaps the only benefit -- of getting older is that you gain some wisdom," he said with a smile. "What also changes as you get older is the degree of your self-interest. It is easier to see yourself as part of something greater." tween the sciences and engineering and the arts," he said. Such initiatives included the development of subtitle technology for the San Francisco Opera and the donation of musical instruments to technical high schools, he said. Rogers believes that this interdisciplinary knowledge is still extremely important. "You see a lot of scientists at the front row at the opera, but I wish you would see more arts in people in the front row at science exhibitions." The HP Company Foundation was not Rogers' only charitable effort. He has also served on the boards of the Palo Alto United Way (in the `50s), the Stanford Convalescent Hospital, the Children's Health Council and Castilleja School. Rogers has been married to his wife, Nancy, for 47 years. She is "entirely capable of sitting here and receiving this award" given her own volunteer work, he said. "I just cheer her on," he said. Rogers receives time-consuming kidney dialysis treatments three times a week. Predictably, he described the people he sees during those sessions as "extraordinary people ... patients and attendants alike." He surfs the Internet, "talking to the world" during dialysis sessions, he said. He advises other dialysis patients to "never spend your time watching the clock," he said, echoing his attitude toward life in general. Rogers (continued from page 23) from 1949 to 1967 and HP from 1967 to 1979, managing both of those companies' analytical instrument departments. The companies were "extremely exciting in those days," he said, and he developed a great respect for the companies' founders. In 1979, William Hewlett and David Packard -- whom Rogers called "the greatest managers of all time" -- asked Rogers to start a charitable foundation for the company. He agreed and ended up running the foundation until 1986. One of Rogers' ideas was to allow HP employees to champion charitable causes of their own choosing and to have them funded with company dollars. Hundreds of employees got involved, he said. He also wanted to fund projects that would "bridge the gap be- `You see a lot of scientists at the front row at the opera, but I wish you would see more arts in people in the front row at science exhibitions.' -- Emery Rogers Heating & Air Conditioning Great Rebates Available OFF LI ST WITH T HIS SOME 25% RESTR EXPIR ICTIONS AP ES 6-3 P 0-2010 LY PRICE C OUPO N Low Flow Toilets Tank-Less Water Heaters Furnaces Air Conditioning $20 DISCOUNT WITH AD! (One Discount Per Job) About the cover: Avenidas' Lifetime of Achievement 2010 honorees -- back row, from left: Gordon Russell, Emery Rogers and Fred Rehmus; front row, from left: Elizabeth Wolf, Marge Bruno and Marcia Rehmus -- stand outside the Garden Court Hotel. Photo by Veronica Weber. "Don`t Cuss...Call Us" 1 1 9 0 D E L L AV E N U E 408.370.1041 F O R M E R LY E U R O D E S I G N (650) 321-5500 Free Estimates on Equipment. Tooto, Grohe, Kohler, Delta, Bradford White, Rheem, Carrier, Bryant, Day & Night, Lennox Today's news, sports & hot picks C E N T E R S G A R A G E S Page 26 Arts & Entertainment A weekly guide to music, theater, art, movies and more, edited by Rebecca Wallace n Laurie Anderso t brings her lates artistic vision -- nd stories, songs a tanford strings -- to S by Rebecca Wallace f Laurie Anderson ran a museum, the artists could come in at night and add new brushstrokes to their paintings whenever they wanted. "Why not just change it?" she asked. "There's some idea that a work must be finished." The pioneering multimedia artist feels the same way about her new work, "Delusion." So it's hard to spell out exactly what her performance will be like in Stanford's Memorial Auditorium next week. Described as "a meditation on life and language" with music, stories, songs and video, "Delusion" premiered in February at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver and has been evolving ever since. During shows in London earlier this month, for instance, Anderson added references to British politics. At Stanford on May 5, she said, there will be "a whole new version." "It's always changing," she said of the work during a phone interview. "It changes with the winds." Anderson, too, seems oft-blown by the breezes. Especially the jet stream. The 62-year-old New York artist, who began her recording career in 1980 with the minimalist song "O Superman," is living on the go these days, jetting around with various projects. She was just in Rio planning an exhibit of her films and musical instruments she designed. In Europe, the recent ash cloud tangled her travels (leading to "a long, exhausting bus ride through Portugal"), and she sounds a bit apprehensive about an upcoming trip to Iceland. For the moment, at least, she's stateside. Anderson, who has also published six books, began writing "Delusion" as two plays for two people struggling with contradictory points of view that never resolve. She wasn't even going to be in the plays. But then she found the work going in different directions, as it is wont to do when you're an artist schooled in so many media. "You start working on an opera and it turns into a potato print," Anderson joked. "Which is fine, unless you're the person who commissioned the opera." In the middle of writing "Delusion," Anderson wanted to include some images, and then some film, and then some music. Before long, it became a multimedia work with her songs, spoken-word passages and visual designs. She also plays violin, with guest horn players Colin Stetson and Doug Wieselman set to accompany on May 5. Still, stories remain the core; the work centers on 20-some short tales, many exploring the ways people's minds spin, others branching off in different directions. Many were inspired by dreams. One, Anderson says, gives a new take on the old carrot-and-stick tale in which a human waves a carrot to get a donkey to do something. This particular donkey has had enough of carrots. Earlier incarnations of "Delusion" have included meditations on the space program -- apropos for Anderson, who became NASA's first artist-in-residence in 2002. An audio clip posted by London's Barbican Theatre, where Anderson performed earlier this month, is a snippet from the "Delusion" story "Who Owns the Moon?" In it, she muses on an international debate with gentle humor: "The Russians said: `Wait a second. We were there first.' And the Americans said: `No, no, no, no, I Leland Brewster/Courtesy Stanford Lively Arts Multimedia artist Laurie Anderson performs on violin with her visual design projected behind her. (continued on page 30) Page 27 Arts & Entertainment West Coast premiere from one of America's most renowned-- and daring--creative pioneers. Art meets technology in Delusion, Anderson's new evening-length solo work, previewed at the recent Vancouver Cultural Olympiad. Joyce Goldschmid The cast of "Rent" includes, from left, Brian Conway, Danelle Medeiros, David Saber, Scott Fish, Nicole Frydman and Victoria Morgan. Back to the heart of `Rent' Palo Alto Players production reminds us why the original '90s hit made it big by Chad Jones n 1996, as an audience member about to see "Rent" on Broadway, I knew several things. This was the hottest show on Broadway in a long, long time. Jonathan Larson, the composer and creative force behind the show, had died tragically the night before the show opened in its off-Broadway incarnation. And `80s pixie pop princess Debbie Gibson was sitting directly in front of me. Fourteen years ago, "Rent" blew my mind. Rock music had finally arrived on Broadway without any apology. For months after I saw the show, I listened almost exclusively to the original cast album and reveled in Larson's attempt to blend Sondheim sophistication with the gritty, raw power of contemporary pop rock. Then, through no fault of its own, "Rent" became a spoof of itself. For proof, look no further than the marionette movie "Team America: World Police" and its satirical version of the show called "Lease." Though "Rent" won the Pulitzer Prize and ran for more than a decade on Broadway, it became a victim of its own success. The movie version, which employed almost all of the original cast, was a flop both creatively and commercially thanks largely to director Chris Columbus' limited vision of the show. Last year, a touring production of the show, featuring original stars Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp, limped through San Francisco revealing "Rent" to be, in spite of some lingering charms, a relic of the `90s. Way back in 1996, I did find myself wondering what the show, with its drug use, AIDS-support groups, drag queens, gay relationships and unapologetic grittiness, would be like when it started to play the community theater circuit. What I couldn't have imagined then was that just such a community theater production -- the current Palo Alto Players production, to be specific -- would remind me why I loved the show in the first place. Certainly, not every small theater group in the country is going to jump at the chance to produce "Rent" and risk alienating audiences that are happy with a steady stream of "Annie" and "The Sound I THEATER REVIEW of Music." But Palo Alto Players, a troupe that seems to invite risk, tackles the show courageously and with no holds barred. I will tell you that at intermission during last Sunday's very senior matinee, the older woman behind me turned to her companion and said, "The voices are fantastic, but this is the most god-awful show I've ever seen." I will also tell you that she came back for Act 2 and stood up at the end (and not because she was beating a hasty retreat). You can sell "Rent" as a boffo Broadway hit based on Puccini's "La Boh�me," but the truth is that the show is a loud, flawed, difficultto-follow tale of self-indulgent artists living and dying in New York's East Greenwich Village. If the performers have charm and charisma, all of that will cease to matter because the focus shifts to Larson's dynamic songs and the incredible spirit and energy the show exudes at its very best. That's where director/choreographer Joe Duffy's Palo Alto Players production shines. Set designer Patrick Klein gets the rough-hewn set just right -- Christmas lights adorning chain-link fences, scrappy fliers plastering the walls, urban junk littering the landscape -- and lighting designer Jim Gross generates just enough flash (including some blinding bolts directed to the audience) to make this more of a rock `n' roll experience than traditional musical theater. From the opening number, it's clear the 15-member cast has the requisite energy to carry the load of this imperfect but eminently loveable show. Scott Fish is Mark Cohen, our guide into the world of these latter-day bohemians, and he's a wonderful singer and actor. As Mark's roommate and best friend, Roger, David Saber is not the usual virile rock-star type frequently cast in this role. He's more sensitive and insecure, which works well with the troubled character and makes his powerful solo, "One Song Glory," all the more effective. Nicole Frydman as performance artist Maureen and Victoria Morgan as Joanne, Maureen's lawyer lover, steam up the stage in their secondact duet, "Take Me or Leave Me," and Frydman makes the most of Maureen's silly performance piece, "Over the Moon." Danelle Medeiros makes a sultry Mimi, a young stripper whose affection for Roger isn't quite as strong as her affection for white powder sold in tiny bags. Her big number, "Out Tonight," generates some genuine heat, complete with glitter exploding from her hair. Brian Conway's take on tragic drag queen Angel benefits tremendously from the costumes by Mary Cravens, who gets every detail spoton, right down to the ruffled panties, and Tony Murillo Jr.'s Tom Collins is believable as an MIT professor smitten with an unlikely lover. Musical director Matthew Mattei and his five-piece band re-create the original "Rent" sound with impressive accuracy, though the sound design too often makes them sound like they're playing a really good party a few houses away. It's also hard to make sense of the larger group numbers. For instance, during "Another Day," which cuts to the heart of the show's "no day but today" theme, the sound of the main characters and the ensemble become muddled. The amazing thing about "Rent" -- in 1996 and today -- is that in spite of its flaws (awkward lyrics, some ineffective songs, logical lapses in the story), it builds an emotional momentum that has a big payoff at the end. Much like "Hair" did 40 years ago and Green Day's "American Idiot" is doing on Broadway today, "Rent" changed the musical-theater game. The show is dated, and it will never be everybody's favorite musical, but there's still a big heart at its core -- a heart that the Palo Alto Players have no trouble finding. What: "Rent" by Jonathan Larson (additional lyrics, original concepts by Billy Aronson), presented by Palo Alto Players Where: Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto When: Through May 9, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sundays Cost: Tickets are $30 with student, senior and educator discounts. Info: Go to www.paplayers.org or call 650-329-0891 2010 Photo Contest Congratulations! Winners and Selected for Exhibition have been notified Watch for the June 4th Edition of the Weekly announcing all the winners! All those that entered but weren't notified, please pick up your photos at 450 Cambridge Ave, M-F 8:30am - 5:30pm Page 28 Arts & Entertainment Lively Arts announces new season Performers explore the theme `Memory Forward' through sound, video, sculpture by Rebecca Wallace St. Elizabeth T he inventor and sound sculptor Trimpin can find music in any object you can think of. Many of the items are pieces of the past: typewriters, slide projectors, vintage toy monkeys. Still, there's a modern thread running through his work. Trimpin is known for linking computers with traditional instruments: having a MIDI-controlled player piano, for instance. The artist's unusual vision fits in with Stanford Lively Arts' theme for its new season, "Memory Forward." Announced on Tuesday, the 2010-11 season has a new work by Trimpin as its centerpiece. The season starts in October and will conclude May 14, 2011, with the world premiere of Trimpin's installation and performance work "The Gurs Zyklus (The Gurs Cycle)," said Jenny Bilfield, Lively Arts' artistic and executive director. Trimpin, who goes by his surname, is a native of Germany who lives in Seattle. He is collaborating with New York vocalist and director Rinde Eckert to create the piece, which will be steeped in memory. It will tell the story of the internment camp Gurs, where many Jews from Trimpin's hometown were sent during World War II. Commissioned by Lively Arts, "The Gurs Zyklus" will incorporate speech and other sounds, video and sculpture. Trimpin will be on the Stanford campus during the months before the performance, working and teaching at the Center for Research in Music and Acoustics. Lively Arts' 41st season is a mix of jazz, theater, Hindustani classical music, bluegrass, folk, dance, and chamber and vocal music. Opening night, Oct. 13, explores the memory theme with "Awakening: 9/11 Meditation," a program featuring composers from 14 countries. Performers are the Kro- 15th annual A Benefit Golf Tournament for St. Elizabeth Seton School Stanford Golf Course Monday, May 17, 2010 11 AM Shotgun For information, please call the Development Office Courtesy Sankai Juku 650-326-1258 *Sponsors needed - various levels available Above: The Japanese dance company Sankai Juku. Left: The violinist Midori. nos Quartet and the Palo Alto-based Cantabile Youth Singers. Stanford composer Jonathan Berger also harks back with his piece "Memory Slips," which will have its U.S. premiere on March 4, presented by the violin-cello-piano threesome Trio Voce. Other commissions and premieres include the West Coast premiere of "Life," written by Dutch composer Louis Andriessen and set to be performed Nov. 5 by Bang on a Can All Stars. The contemporary-music ensemble calls itself "part rock band and part amplified chamber group." The Nov. 5 program also includes music by Brian Eno and Julia Wolfe. More classical strings music also abounds. Violinist Midori will give a recital with pianist Robert McDonald on Nov. 17, (continued on page 30) St. Elizabeth Seton School is a Catholic Community school that offers a realistic private school choice for East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park families. Seton's doors are open to all students regardless of their ethnic, religious and socio-economic background. Singer Toshi Reagon will perform with her American folk/blues band BIGLovely. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders PALO ALTO GRAND PRIX ROAD RACE SERIES JOIN IN THE 2010 SEASON! 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Laurie Anderson (continued from page 27) Tuesday, May 18 7:00 � 9:00 p.m. Bethany Lutheran Church 1095 Cloud Avenue, Menlo Park Guest Speaker: Dr. Erica Pelavin Parents Place, Palo Alto Erica Pelavin, L.C.S.W., Ph.D. is a family therapist and Organizational Psychologist specializing in relationship issues and work-life integration. A believer in individual and family resilience, she approaches her client's family and school challenges from a strength-based perspective. In addition to her work with families, she facilitates support groups in the areas of bereavement, chronic illness and learning differences. SEATING IS LIMITED AND IS ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED Go to www.bethany-mp.org/tempers to make your reservation! Or email email@example.com or call 650-854-5897, ext. 210. Please provide your name, phone number, email address, and number of people attending. no. We had the first guys there.' And the Italians said, `Well, we saw it first.'" When asked whether this story will be in the next performance of "Delusion," Anderson responded, not unkindly, "We'll see." Other topics Anderson explored in the London performances included the war in Iraq, "Moby Dick" and the nature of happiness, Times reviewer Donald Hutera wrote earlier this month. "It's up to us to connect the dots between her deceptively glib, loose musings," he wrote. Hutera called the visual imagery on stage "dreamy and artificial," with the music sometimes "harsh" and "dense" and sometimes filled with "gentler, almost folkloric melodies." His conclusion: "It all adds up to a kind of lulling, questioning multimedia essay on the cosmos, coupled with an elegy for unconditional love." "Delusion" is also a sad piece, Anderson said, noting that "a few people die" in it. She said: "I really enjoy feeling sad. I've recently made the discovery that you can feel sad and not be sad. You don't have to be whatever you're talking about." Over the years, Anderson has often been praised for use of technology in the arts, which has included electronically altering her voice and building experimental musical instruments. But she's not averse to basic ink on paper. One of her projects that she sounds the most pleased about is writing another book, gathering more of the stories she constantly absorbs from the people around her. "To be able to build something out of words," she said, "is so magic." What: Multimedia artist Laurie Anderson presents her new work "Delusion," through Stanford Lively Arts. Where: Memorial Auditorium, Stanford University When: 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 5 Cost: $26-$60 for adults, $10 for Stanford students, with other discounts available for youth, groups and other students Info: Go to livelyarts.stanford.edu or call 650-725-ARTS. Anderson will also give a free talk at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, in Stanford's Pigott Theater as part of the Art + Invention Speaker Series. Lively Arts (continued from page 29) The Bowman program builds confidence, creativity and academic excellence. www.bowmanschool.org Page 30 while the in-residence St. Lawrence String Quartet plans its customary series of three performances, including a May 1 West Coast premiere of a new Osvaldo Golijov work. Jazz remains an important element of the Lively Arts season, this year focusing on work from the bassist and bandleader Charles Mingus. Bassist Christian McBride returns to Lively Arts on Nov. 13, with other jazz events including the Mingus Big Band on April 13. Musicians from other corners of the world include Indian vocalist Shubha Mudgal on Oct. 20, singer Toshi Reagon with her American folk/blues band BIGLovely on Oct. 29, and Israeli rock singer Berry Sakharof on Jan. 29. In dance, the hip-hop company Rennie Harris Puremovement takes the stage Jan. 22 after a campus residency, while the Japanese butoh company Sankai Juku comes to Lively Arts on Nov. 9. In theater, the Word for Word Performing Arts Company brings Elizabeth Strout stories to the stage on Jan. 9, and then dramatizes work by writers from Stanford's Stegner creative-writing fellowship program in a Feb. 26 show. Season subscriptions go on sale in mid-June, with single tickets on sale beginning in August. For details about the full season, go to livelyarts.stanford.edu or call 650-725-ARTS. Matthew Campbell The sound sculptor Trimpin is set to perform at Stanford in May 2011. Arts & Entertainment Free Presentation by Robert A. Spanner, Esq. Worth a Look Parade May F�te Children's Parade Funny, it doesn't look a day over 87. This Saturday, Palo Alto's annual May F�te Children's Parade marches through downtown for the 88th time. The May 1 parade starts at 10 a.m. at the corner of Emerson Street and University Avenue. This year's theme is "Free to be ... me!" with Palo Altan Terri Valenti as grand marshal. Valenti is a professional-football official who has worked with the United Football League and officiated at various school levels. The parade features festive decorated floats, school marching bands and oodles of children high-stepping, skating, tumbling and cycling. Youth groups have already signed up, but parade organizers say that kids who come to the event by 9:30 a.m. can still march in one of three categories: kids with pets, kids in costume and kids on wheels. After the parade ends at 1 p.m., Partners in Education will host the annual PiE Fair with games, music and refreshments at Addison Elementary School, 650 Addison Ave. The May F�te Parade is presented by the City of Palo Alto's recreation division, with sponsors including the Weekly and the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation, which will also present the city's annual Black and White Ball on Oct. 2. For details about the parade, go to www.cityofpaloalto.org/recreation or call 650-463-4921. All programs are held in the Palo Alto Art Center's auditorium at 1313 Newell Road. Events are free, but reservations are required. Call 650329-2366. For a full schedule, go to www.djerassi.org/lectureseries. html. Avoiding and Defending Against Foreclosure Don't allow this to happen to your home! Find out: Theater `Anton in Show Business' Chekhov is downright great and all, but will he play in Texas? Jane Martin's play "Anton in Show Business" depicts a Texas theater company hoping to pack the house with a production of the iconic Russian playwright's "Three Sisters." It's a behind-the-scenes look at theater, auditions and all. A little theater company portrays the little theater company: Dragon Productions opens its production of "Anton" tonight, April 30, at its small house at 535 Alma St. in downtown Palo Alto. The show runs through May 23, with performances Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2. A "talk-back" with the director and cast is scheduled for after the May 16 show. Theater veteran Stephen D. Maddox, who most recently directed "Kismet" at Lyric Theatre of San Jose, directs the Dragon production, and the all-female cast includes Dragon executive producer Meredith Hagedorn. Tickets are $25 general and $20 for seniors and students on opening night, and $20/$16 thereafter. Call 650-493-2006 or go to www. dragonproductions.net. Wednesday, May 5, 2010 2:00�3:00 p.m. celebrates Menlo Park City Council Chambers 701 Laurel Street Menlo Park, CA 94025 To Register E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (Events held in the Council are only sponsored by the organization indicated and are not sponsored by the City of Menlo Park) Please join us for the Palo Alto Poverty Simulation-- a crash course into the day-to-day realities of life with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress. Palo Alto Poverty Simulation Friday, May 7, 2010 Noon to 3:45 pm Free Registration and Lunch Hosted by the Garden Court Hotel Information: www.Poverty-Simulation.com Direct registration inquiries and questions to Eileen Richardson, Downtown Streets Team: (650) 462-1795 or email@example.com Organizers: Art `Where Art Originates' Creative souls from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program are planning another lecture series in Palo Alto. Throughout the series, called "Where Art Originates," 15 artists from the rural Woodside program give insight into their work through talks, Q&A sessions and performances. This year's series runs May 6 through Nov. 4, Thursdays at 7 p.m. Next week's initial event is themed "Discovery and Remembrance." Three artists are scheduled to appear: Tokyo poet Mariko Nagai, Vienna video and photography artist Jutta Strohmaier, and Mexico composer Edward Trevino. Later evenings include "Engaging Perception" on June 10, with Texas playwright Timothy Braun and Rhode Island media artist Bundith Phunsombatlert. On July 15, the theme is "Playing with Time and Memory," with Sao Paulo media artist Felipe Barros, Ireland writer Eilis Ni Dhuibhne and San Jose visual artist Emanuela HarrisSintamarian. Member FDIC Sponsors: � � � � � � � � � � harrington design Media Sponsors: Page 31 Movies OPENINGS "THIS IS THE BEST COMEDY" "SINCE `THE HANGOVER'!" Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS FOR THEATERS AND SHOWTIMES Solar Power Gardening Zero Emissions Lawn Care A Division of A Landscape Contractor Company CA License 816176 � Solar-charged electric landscape maintenance equipment � All organic fertilizers and soil supplements � Non-toxic weed and pest control � Water conservation management � New landscape construction and renovations � FREE consultation with ad SolarPowerGardening.com 1-650-868-9896 Page 32 This time around, Freddy Krueger from "A Nightmare on Elm Street" is played by an Oscar-nominated actor, Jackie Earle Haley. -- including Rooney Mara, Kyle notice reads like orders for a suiA Nightmare on Elm Gallner ("Veronica Mars"), Ka- cide mission, the movie puts the Street 1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) Ol' tie Cassidy and Kellan Lutz (from reviewer in the unenviable posiCuisinart Hand is back in "A that Midas-touched "Twilight") tion of a) kicking Brendan Fraser Nightmare on Elm Street," a -- don't have much personal- when he's down and b) picking pointless, unimaginative "re- ity, and Bayer's direction lacks apart a movie that will soon be imagining" of Wes Craven's clev- compensatory verve. Worse, the the favorite of every 6-year-old on picture blatantly repeats all of the your block. erly conceived slasher movie. For Hollywood, it's a win-win. In eight films between 1984 most memorable visuals from the and 2003, Freddy Krueger serial- original film instead of inventing The stats show that both Fraser and anthropomorphized animals killed, always sporting a bladed fresh ones. There's a bit of tweaker humor are catnip for the kiddies, and asglove and an unfashionable redand-green-striped sweater, and as the kids scramble for pharma- saultive direct marketing to your always played by Robert Englund. ceutical aid, and though reigned tots likely means you won't have Now Oscar-nominated actor Jack- in, Freddy still has a sick sense a choice about taking them. In ie Earle Haley ("Little Children," of humor (his best line here is a gesture of "aw, shucks" grati"Watchmen") has taken on the cribbed directly from the origi- tude, the producers populate role, which requires him to spend nal). But the boogeyman from the margins with semi-familiar most of his screen time unrecog- the boiler room simply isn't very comedians who can be had at nizable due to burn makeup and a scary this time. The burn makeup bargain rates: Ken Jeong ("The has the appearance of a stiff rub- Hangover"), Angela Kinsey heavily processed voice. What always gave the "Night- ber Halloween mask (with space- ("The Office"), Toby Huss, Jim mare" films a bit of added ca- alien eyes), which hobbles Haley Norton, Patrice O'Neal, and Rob Riggle and Samantha Bee from chet was how Craven bridged the more than necessary. The narrative play with the "The Daily Show." (Also Wallace slasher genre with supernatural horror. Having once been hunted idea of Krueger as a predatory Shawn, a far cry from "My Dinand murdered, Freddy takes re- Pied Piper, the sins of the par- ner with Andre.") Not a one of them is able to venge from beyond the grave, ents, and repressed memories might have worked -- especially wring a laugh out of the material, haunting the dreams of his victims, typically teenage and con- with more Freudian dream imag- though Fraser will have kids in spicuously nubile (Johnny Depp ery -- but this latest in Michael stitches as director Roger Kumble Bay-produced horror remakes -- best known for "Cruel Intenwas among the first batch). What happens in dreams takes a mostly anti-creative ap- tions" -- showers his star in hudoesn't stay in dreams. As Thom- proach. As such, it's conceivable man and animal waste products. as Dekker's Jesse succinctly puts this "Nightmare" might put audi- Cruel intentions, indeed. In the sort of brave performance that it, "If you die in your dreams, you ences to sleep. never gets its due at Oscar time, die for real." Samuel Bayer's reRated R for strong bloody hor- Fraser also lets his bulbous belly boot adds one scientific innovation in the threat of involuntary ror violence, disturbing images, hang out as he scampers around "micro-naps," which allow for terror and language. One hour, in a towel, tighty-whities and, yes, nothing at all. mini-nightmare shocks between 35 minutes. Oh, right. There is a plot: Fraser more elaborate dream sequences. -- Peter Canavese plays Dan Sanders, a supposed Where Craven's original delibeco-developer who keeps getting erately sidestepped making Fredtalked into moral compromises Furry Vengeance 1/2 dy a child molester (not wanting (Century 16, Century 20) Re- by his co-workers and bosses. to exploit then-recent cases), the new film explores that possibility, member Yogi Bear? Imagine if When he blows up a beaver dam and what little suspense there is in he and Boo Boo and all of their in the interest of expediting his the screenplay by Wesley Strick animal friends were "maniacal, housing development in the Ore("Cape Fear") and Eric Heisserer sociopathic" forest vigilantes gon timberland, the local raccoon concerns whether or not Freddy ticked off that someone built Jel- takes notice and begins listening is innocent of the crimes that ulti- lystone Park in their home. Throw in on his business calls. That's in Brendan Fraser, and you get right: The animals understand mately got him killed in a fire. English, though they don't speak In backpedaling from the camp "Furry Vengeance." I wish I were kidding. Look, it (whew!). of all those sequels, Bayer's verIn short order, the woodland sion winds up dour and draggy, reviewing the "animals attack Brendan Fraser" movie is a no- creatures make Dan's life h-eseeming longer than its 95 minutes. The teens in this go-around win situation for a critic. Aside double-hockey-sticks, going after from the fact that the screening him when he's alone and mak- MOVIE TIMES A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) (R) 1/2 Alice in Wonderland (PG) The Back-up Plan (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) City Island (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Clash of the Titans (PG-13) Date Night (PG-13) 1/2 Century 16: 11:30 a.m.; 12:40, 2, 3:10, 4:30, 5:40, 7, 8:10, 9:30 & 10:35 p.m. Century 20: 11:10 & 11:55 a.m.; 12:40, 1:30, 2:25, 3:10, 4, 4:50, 5:40, 6:30, 7:20, 8:10, 9, 9:50 & 10:45 p.m. Sat. also at 10:15 a.m. Century 20: In 3D at 11:20 a.m.; 1:55, 4:30, 7:30 & 10:05 p.m. Century 16: 12:50, 3:40, 7:05 & 9:40 p.m. Century 20: 11:40 a.m.; 1, 2:20, 3:40, 4:50, 6:15, 7:25, 8:50 & 10 p.m. Sat. also at 10:25 a.m. Century 16: 12:05, 2:40, 5:30, 7:55 & 10:25 p.m. Century 20: 11:45 a.m.; 2:15, 4:40, 7:10 & 9:40 p.m. Century 16: 1:45 & 6:45 p.m.; In 3D at 11:35 a.m.; 2:15, 5:20, 8 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 1:35 & 6:35 p.m.; In 3D at 11:50 a.m.; 2:25, 5:10, 7:40 & 10:25 p.m. Century 16: 11:25 a.m.; 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:40 & 10:05 p.m. Fri. & Sun.-Thu. also at 4:25 & 9:25 p.m. Century 20: 11:25 a.m.; 12:20, 3:05, 5:30, 7:55 & 10:15 p.m. Fri. & Sun.-Thu. also at 4:10 & 9:05 p.m. Century 16: 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:50 & 10:15 p.m. Century 20: 12:30, 2:55, 5:35, 8 & 10:20 p.m. Sat. also at 10:10 a.m. Aquarius: 2:15, 4:30, 7 & 9:15 p.m. Wed. at 2:15 & 4:30 p.m. only. Century 16: 11:40 a.m.; 2:10, 4:40, 7:10 & 9:35 p.m. Century 20: 11:30 a.m.; 1:50, 4:20, 7 & 9:25 p.m. Century 16: 12:20, 3:30, 6:50 & 10 p.m. Century 20: 11:10 a.m.; 2, 4:55, 7:45 & 10:35 p.m. Guild: 1:15, 4:30 & 8 p.m. Palo Alto Square: 2:20, 4:45 & 7:20 p.m. Fri.-Sat. also at 9:40 p.m. Century 16: 1, 3:25, 5:50 & 8:30 p.m.; In 3D Fri.-Sat. & Mon.-Wed. at 11:50 a.m.; 2:20, 4:50, 7:20 & 9:45 p.m. Sun. at 4:50, 7:20 & 9:45 p.m. Thu. at 11:50 a.m.; 2:20 & 4:50 p.m. Century 20: 5:25 p.m. Fri. & Sun.-Thu. also at 12:05 & 2:45 p.m. ; In 3D at 11:15 a.m.; 1:40, 4:15, 6:55 & 9:20 p.m. Century 16: Thu 12:01 a.m. Century 16: Thu. at 12:05 a.m. Century 20: Thu. at 12:01 & 12:05 a.m. `What's your Fri Only 5/1: Sat Only 5/1: Harry Brown 2:20, 4:45, 7:20, 9:40 The Square 2:00, 4:30, 7:15, 9:45 Harry Brown 2:20, 4:45, 7:20, 9:40 The Square 4:30, 7:15, 9:45 5/3-5/6: Harry Brown 2:20, 4:45, 7:20 Sun thru Thurs The Square 2:00, 4:30, 7:15 The Pa lo Alto Sto ry Pro je c t Stories about Palo Alto, as told by local residents as part of the Palo Alto Story Project, are now posted on the Internet. Watch them at www.PaloAltoOnline.com story?' Death At a Funeral (2010) (R) (Not Reviewed) Exit Through the Gift Shop (R) (Not Reviewed) Furry Vengeance (PG) (Half star) The Ghost Writer (PG-13) 1/2 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Not Rated) Harry Brown (R) (Not Reviewed) How to Train Your Dragon (PG) 1/2 Iron Man (PG-13) Iron Man 2 (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) 1/2 Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D Century 16: Sun. at 2 p.m. Century 20: Sun. at 2 p.m. (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Kick-Ass (R) La Mission (R) The Last Song (PG) (Not Reviewed) The Losers (PG-13) 1/2 Mayweather vs. Mosley Fight (PG-13) (Not Reviewed) Century 16: Noon, 1:20, 3, 4:20, 6, 7:15, 9 & 10:20 p.m. Century 20: 11:20 a.m.; 12:45, 2:10, 3:35, 5, 6:25, 7:50, 9:20 & 10:40 p.m. Sat. also at 10:05 a.m. Century 20: 11:35 a.m.; 2:15, 5:05, 7:50 & 10:30 p.m. Century 20: 8:05 & 10:35 p.m. Century 16: 11:45 a.m.; 2:25, 4:55, 7:25 & 10:10 p.m. Century 20: 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40 & 10:10 p.m. Century 16: Sat. at 6 p.m. Century 20: Sat. at 6 p.m. The Metropolitan Opera: Century 20: Sat. at 10 a.m. Palo Alto Square: Sat. at 10 a.m. Armida (Not Rated) (Not Reviewed) Oceans (G) (Not Reviewed) The Secret In Their Eyes (R) Century 16: 12:10, 2:30, 5, 7:30 & 9:50 p.m. Century 20: 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:05 & 9:15 p.m. Aquarius Theatre: 2:30, 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. The Square (R) (Not Reviewed) Palo Alto Square: 2, 4:30 & 7:15 p.m. Fri.-Sat. also at 9:45 p.m. No 2 p.m. show Sat. Skip it Some redeeming qualities A good bet Outstanding Cin�Arts at Palo Alto Square: 3000 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (493-3456) Guild: 949 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (266-9260) Internet address: For show times, plot synopses, trailers and more information about films playing, go to Palo Alto Online at http://www.PaloAltoOnline.com/ Aquarius: 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto (266-9260) Century Cinema 16: 1500 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View (800-326-3264) Century 20 Downtown: 825 Middlefield Road, Redwood City (800-326-3264) ON THE WEB: The most up-to-date movie listings at www.PaloAltoOnline.com ing him appear insane to his colleagues, his wife (Brooke Shields) and his teenage son (Matt Prokop of "High School Musical 3"). The critters infest a pic-a-nic basket intended for his boss, hotbox his SUV with skunk spray and climactically cause mayhem at the annual Forest Festival, just in time to -- well, I wouldn't want to give anything away. Full disclosure to the politically sensitive: The eco-friendly message of "Furry Vengeance" is brought to you by Participant Media, makers of "Food, Inc." and "The Cove." Next time, guys, give a hoot and don't pollute the multiplex. Save the children. Rated PG for some rude humor, mild language and brief smoking. One hour, 32 minutes. -- Peter Canavese To view the trailers for "A NIghtmare on Elm Street" and "Furry Vengeance go to Palo Alto Online at www. PaloAltoOnline.com NOW PLAYING Alice in Wonderland (Century 16, Century 20) A time jump and convenient amnesia allow an older hero -- in this case Mia Wasikowska's 19-yearold Alice -- to rediscover the childhood adventures depicted in Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass." This Alice is a runaway bride, escaping the marriage proposal of a Victorian prig and tumbling down the ol' rabbit hole. In the chamber below, she reenacts Carroll's pre-feminist puzzle of body consciousness to gain entry into Wonderland. It's all more tiresome than entertaining, especially with mind-numbing CGI exhaustion setting in. Rated PG for fantasy action/violence, and for a smoking caterpillar. One hour, 48 minutes. -- P.C. (Reviewed March 5, 2010) Clash of the Titans (Century 16, Century 20) Long before the Pegasus turns up in a raven hue, the new remake of 1981's "Clash of the Titans" is clearly a horse of a different color: darker. It's a gamble that could have paid off with a sharper script, but the three screenwriters involved haven't changed the original that much: "Titans" is still pretty dimwitted and incoherent. The difference now is that it's lost its camp appeal. Rated PG-13 for fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief sensuality. One hour, 46 minutes. -- P.C. (Reviewed April 2, 2010) 1/2 Date Night (Century 16, Century 20) Canned crises plague longtime marrieds in "Date Night," the hyped teaming of comedy stars Steve Carell and Tina Fey. "Date Night" concerns "a boring married couple from New Jersey": Phil and Claire Foster. Instead of another dinner at the local steak house, the Fosters put on their best and head to a New York City hotspot for a dinner they hope will become aphrodisiacal. Things get cra-zay when the Fosters are mistaken for a couple of crooks who have ticked off the district attorney (William Fichtner), the dirty cops on his payroll (Common and Jimmi Simpson), and a local mobster (Ray Liotta). Rated PG-13 for sexual and crude content throughout, language, some violence and a drug reference. One hour, 28 minutes. -- P.C. (Reviewed April 9, 2010) 1/2 The Ghost Writer (Palo Alto Square, Century 20) Ewan McGregor plays this mystery's dogged flatfoot, a ghost writer hired to rewrite the autobiography of a former prime minister (Pierce Brosnan). The ghost's predecessor lately washed up on the shores of Cape Cod, not far from Lang's seaside property. The death is deemed an accident; still, no sooner does the new ghost arrive than a scandal involving Lang blows up. Suddenly facing war-crime charges, Lang appears to have authorized the illegal use of British Special Forces for a secret kidnap culminating in CIA torture. Rated PG-13 for language, brief nudity/sexuality, violence and a (continued on next page) Page 33 Movies STANFORD THEATER The Stanford Theatre is at 221 University Ave. in Palo Alto. Go to www.stanfordtheatre.org or call 650-324-3700. Lady for a Day (1933) A poor woman and her friends pretend to be rich in front of her daughter's snooty future in-laws. Fri. at 7:30 p.m. Flying Down to Rio (1933) Fred Astaire's and Ginger Rogers' first film together. Fri. at 5:50 and 9:15 p.m. Gilda (1946) Rita Hayworth stars in a love triangle set in South America. Sat.-Tue. at 7:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun. also at 3:50 p.m. Gun Crazy (1949) A rural boy is taken with guns. Sat.-Tue. at 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) A British butler is transplanted to the American West. Wed.-Thu. at 7:30 p.m. Twentieth Century (1934) A Broadway hotshot tries to get his exlover, now a Hollywood diva, to resurrect his career. Wed.-Thu. at 5:45 and 9:10 p.m. (continued from previous page) drug reference. Two hours, eight minutes. -- P.C. (Reviewed March 5, 2010) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Guild) Henrik Vanger (Sven-Bertil Taube), the aging doyen of a giant industrial complex, opens an anonymous package containing a pressed flower. Just as he has on every birthday since his beloved niece Harriet disappeared 40 years earlier. Vanger hires journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nykvist) to make one last attempt to find the girl. Mikael is joined in his quest by the punkish Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace), the "girl with the dragon tattoo." The results of their search are shocking but never implausible. Not rated. Two hours, 32 minutes. -- R.P. (Reviewed March 19, 2010) 1/2 How to Train Your Dragon (Century 16, Century 20) Based on Cressida Cowell's children's book series, "Dragon" concerns a Viking community beset by dragons of all shapes and sizes. Led by Stoick the Vast (Gerard Butler), the Vikings are all capable dragonslayers, with one exception: Stoick's scrawny son Hiccup (Jay Baruchel). Hiccup laments, "Killing a dragon is everything around here," including the way to get a girlfriend. Though he lacks brawn, Hiccup is mechanically adept, and during a raid brings down the most fearsome of the dragons: Night Fury. Given his chance at last, Hiccup discovers he's not a killer. Instead he frees his catch, only to discover its damaged tail renders it flightless. Before you can say, "E.T., phone home," Hiccup is designing a prosthetic to get his new friend back in the air. Rated PG for sequences of intense action and some scary images, and brief mild language. One hour, 38 minutes. -- P.C. (Reviewed March 26, 2010) Kick-Ass (Century 16, Century 20) What a superhero-loving teen took to the streets in his own homemade costume? That's the idea behind "Kick-Ass," itself based on a fanboy-fave comic-book series by writer Mark Millar ("Wanted") and illustrator John Romita Jr. "With no power comes no responsibility," Dave Lizewski muses, but he's wrong, of course. When he pulls on his eBay-bought wetsuit and prowls the streets as "Kick-Ass," he's taking his very life into his hands. Lizewski quickly lands Some of the many colorful characters from "Alice in Wonderland." "How to Train Your Dragon" is still taking flight in local theaters. himself in the hospital, lucky to be alive. But that accomplished, the story spins wilder and wilder "what-if"s, throwing Dave (an appealingly nerdy Aaron Johnson) into a world much broader than the walls of his high school. Rated R for strong brutal violence throughout, pervasive language, sexual content, nudity and some drug use -- some involving children. One hour, 57 minutes. -- P.C. (Reviewed April 16, 2010) The Losers 1/2 (Century 16, Century 20) Jeffrey Dean Morgan is Clay, the leader of a specialops squad known as "The Losers." Clay is flanked by wisecracker Jensen (Chris Evans), ruffian Roque (Idris Elba), father-to-be Pooch (Columbus Short) and soft-spoken sharpshooter Cougar (Oscar Jaenada). A misled mission in Bolivia forces the team to feign death -- and seek vengeance on murderous government powerhouse Max (Jason Patric). The group finds an unlikely partner in mysterious femme fatale Aisha (Zoe Saldana), whose animosity against Max is fueled by personal motivation. Soon the gang is stealing helicopters and planning suicidal assaults in hopes of finally putting the kibosh on Max's war-mongering machinations. "The Losers" is harmless -- and mindless -- entertainment. But at $10 a ticket, you deserve better than that. Rated PG-13 for a scene of sensuality, violence, sequences of intense action and language. 1 hour, 38 minutes. -- T.H. (Reviewed April 23, 2010) The Secret in Their Eyes (Aquarius) The story is about modes of seeing -- including the passive watching of could-be lovers whose hesitation spans decades. The man and woman are court investigator Benjamin Esposito (Ricardo Darin) and lawyer Irene Menendez-Hastings (Soledad Villamil). The film begins in 1999, with Benjamin retired and struggling against writer's block to launch a second career as a novelist. Concluding he must get out of his system the defining story of his erstwhile career, he visits his former colleague Irene, object of the great unconsummated love of his life. Though she is now married with children, possibility still hangs in the air as the pair recall a murder case from 25 years hence and the politics that hampered the investigation and prosecution. "The Secret in Their Eyes" doesn't hedge any bets, offering romance, mystery, prosecutorial tension and social critique. Rated R for a rape scene, violent images, some graphic nudity and language. Two hours, seven minutes. -- P.C. (Reviewed April 23, 2010) "THE BEST MOVIE NOW PLAYING! A MARVELOUS, ONE-OF-A-KIND CONTRAPTION, A SPINNING -Owen Gleiberman, -Joshua Rothkopf, TIME OUT NY -Elizabeth Weitzman, NY DAILY NEWS (HIGHEST RATING) TOP OF A MOVIE. SO MUCH DAMN FUN." ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY Today's news, sports & hot picks (HIGHEST RATING) "GRADE `A'! AMUSING, PROVOCATIVE, AND ENORMOUS FUN!" -Gary Thompson, PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS "JOYOUS! ONE OF THE MOST INSPIRED, ADROIT, HILARIOUS DEBUT FEATURES EVER!" -Amy Taubin, Presents The 41st Annual Stanford Tennis School on the Stanford Campus Directed by Dick & Anne Gould ADULT DAY CAMP JUNIOR DAY CAMP April 30th Doors open at 6:30 pm Eric Rohmer`s series "Comedies and Proverbs" � Ah! Que le temps vienne O� les coeurs s'�prennent!* Rimbaud *Ah! May the time come When love begins "FUNNY -Thessaly LaForce, FILM COMMENT AS HELL!" THE NEW YORKER " Overnight & Day Camps for juniors offered all summer at Stanford. Directors are Stanford coaches, John Whitlinger & Lele Forood. Marie Riviere, Beatrice Romand, Eric Hamm Danielle Trudeau, Moderator www.frenchfilmclubofpaloalto.org Established in 1977, the French Film Club is an independent non-profit Organization, open to the public. For full program and discounted tickets go to our website. Call 650-400-3496 for details. NOW AQUARIUS PLAYING "YOU'LL BE LAUGHING HELPLESSLY!" LANDMARK THEATRES 430 Emerson Street, PALO ALTO 650-266-9260 www.landmarktheatres.com All Ability Levels Welcome USSportsCamps.com 1-800-NIKE CAMP ROLLING STONE -Peter Travers, Page 34 Eating Out RESTAURANT REVIEW The treasures of Mi Pueblo New Latino market in East Palo Alto offers more than mere groceries by Sheila ou don't have to speak Spanish to shop at Mi Pueblo Food Centers. Nor do you need to be in the market for avocados, warm tortillas or pickled pigs' feet. The rapidly growing San Josebased chain focuses on its Latino core, but carries a multicultural inventory of packaged goods ranging from Allens Mustard Greens to Zatarain's Gumbo File. At the sparkling new East Palo Alto store, a former Circuit City across from Ikea, you walk in and immediately catch the welcoming scents of tamarind pods and taqueria. Cynthia Arroyo, 16, goes there for coffee every morning on her way to school. The Arroyo family lives nearby and has hardly been to Costco since mid-November, when Mi Pueblo became East Palo Alto's first supermarket in 23 years. As Y Tiled tables offer plenty of seating at Mi Pueblo. Himmel she says: "If we need cilantro, we go to Mi Pueblo. Apples, cheese: Mi Pueblo. The produce is so fresh, and they don't sell cigarettes." Tiled tables offer plenty of seating, and there is festive music and Mexican village scenery. The menu is huge and adaptable. Have your carne asada (grilled beef) on a platter, as a burrito or taco, or by the pound. A combo plate of chicken or beef fajitas ($4.99) comes with beans and rice. The staff is friendly and helpful. Wondering if the earthy mole sauce is too spicy for your palate? Ask for a taste, as at an ice cream parlor. Here are a few of my favorite things: 1. Deep, rich mole with tender chicken ($6.99 a pound) 2. Chewy, sweet barbecued pork ribs ($6.49 a pound) (continued on next page) Veronica Weber DINNER BY THE MOVIES AT SHORELINE'S Recipe from Harry's Bar in Venice Pizzeria Venti ble! availa g a r yo in cfoterur h ble! availa ng cateri s vation g reser ceptin arty! now ac liday p o Harry's Bar opened in 1931 when Giuseppe Cipriani, an enterprising bartender at the Hotel Europa in Venice, got some financial assistance from a rich, young American from Boston named Harry Pickering. According to Cipriani company history, Pickering had been a customer at the Hotel Europa for some time, suddenly stopped frequenting the hotel bar. Cipriani saw Pickering one day and asked why he no longer patronized the bar. Pickering was broke, he explained to the bartender -- his family cut him off when it was discovered he had not curtailed his recklessness and fondness for drinking. So, Cipriani loaned his patron a chunk of cash -- about 10,000 lire, or $5,000 U.S.. Two years later, Pickering walked back into the Hotel Europa, ordered a drink at the bar, handed 10,000 lire to Giuseppe Cipriani � he then handed Cipriani more. "Mr. Cipriani, thank you. Here's the money. And to show you my appreciation, here's 40,000 more, enough to open a bar. We will call it Harry's Bar," Located on Calle Vallaresso, close to the Piazza San Marco, the bar -- as the Cipriani's have always called it -- was first conceived as a hotel bar, serving no food, and later transformed into a restaurant. There are many imitators, but only one Harry's Bar. To honor this famous Italian culinary icon, we submit our version of one of Harry's Famous recipes... Tagliolini with shrimp and zucchini from Harry's Bar (TAGLIOLINI CON I GAMBERI E LA ZUCCHINA DALLA HARRY'S BAR) 1-inch by 1/4 inch strips shelled, deveined and cut in half Reggiano cheese plus extra to pass at the table fresh tagliatelle (egg pasta) To cook: Bring a large pot of water to boil before preparing the sauce. If using dry pasta salt boiling water and add pasta. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, let it cook until golden, about 30 seconds, and discard it. Add the zucchini and cook for two minutes. Add the shrimp, the pepper fl akes, and some salt, the wine and cook for three minutes, tossing constantly, until the shrimp are bright pink and fi rm to the touch. Reserve 1/4 cup of the mixture for garnish. Set aside. If using fresh pasta, salt the boiling water, add the pasta, and cook until "al dente" (about 2-3 minutes). Drain well in a colander. Toss the pasta with the zucchini-and-shrimp mixture, add the butter and the Parmesan, and toss well. Transfer to a heated serving platter dish and garnish with the reserved shrimp-and-zucchini mixture. Pass around a small bowl of grated Parmigiano cheese. 1390 Pear Ave., Mountain View (650) 254-1120 www.mvpizzeriaventi.com Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday Page 35 Eating Out (continued from previous page) 3. Chile relleno ($3.29) with paper-thin batter, in light tomato sauce, sprinkled with queso fresco 4. Tender cubes of beef tongue in green salsa ($6.99 a pound) 5. Shrimp ceviche tostada ($2.99) 6. Carne asada soft taco ($1.35) 7. Carnitas ($5.99 a pound) I didn't love the tamales ($1.49 each), with their high ratio of masa to meat. The fish ceviche paled next to the shrimp, and the grilled pork (al pastor) was a bit dry. pp p p g p p g chocolate honey lavendar eggplant pomegranates plums cherry apricots apriums pluots okra butter lettuce little gems escarole basil thyme marjoram parsley rosemary savory salmon beef pasture l e s berries males sausa read zucchi g gs m e a milk cheese quash bean awberri a s pump a t o ar tich nuts toff nates asian pears plums apricots avocado cherry pluots okra butter l li l l b il h j l s pen ! O y8 Ma d ownt own PALO ALTO FARMER'S MARKET Connecting food lovers and farmers since 1981 SATURDAYS 8a-12p | GILMAN ST @ HAMILTON H T T P : / / W W W. P A F A R M E R S M A R K E T. O R G FREE DELIVERY (with min. order) Spotting my group studying the thirst-quenching aguas frescas, another counterperson offered us tastes. These fresh fruit drinks tamp down the heat and herbs of taqueria fare. Although cheery and fun, Mi Pueblo may not be where you want to dine. But when choosing food to go, consider your travel time. Ceviche tostadas quickly get soggy. Chiles rellenos may need reheating. If you aren't going to eat right away, my advice is to buy the parts and assemble your meal yourself. Such as: a pack of crispy corn tortillas, a quarter pound of shrimp ceviche, some house-made ranch-style guacamole, a little queso fresco to sprinkle on top. Or match your stews or carnitas with a fresh-baked roll (20 cents!) or a family pack of 50 corn tortillas ($2.49), still steaming. There are green (jalape�o) tortillas, red (chipotle), white and purple corn. The leftover tortillas freeze nicely. This is only the latest of many Mi Pueblos around Northern California. Best known to Mountain View residents is the much-loved and much-visited store on South Rengstorff Avenue, right near the train tracks. Mi Pueblo Food Center 1731 Bayshore Road, East Palo Alto 650-248-2171 www.mipueblofoods.com Hours: Daily 6 a.m.-10 p.m. ShopTalk by Daryl Savage URBAN OUTFITTERS AT STANFORD? ... The on-again, off-again rumors of Urban Outfitters coming to town are on again. A year ago, the retailer was very close to making a deal in downtown Palo Alto on the corner of University Avenue and Emerson Street, in the former location of Magnolia Video and the former, former location of Ross Stores. Although that deal fizzled, it now looks as if Urban Outfitters is seriously eyeing the Stanford Shopping Center. Although company officials are mum about the possibility, and mall spokesperson Julie Kelly declined to comment, reliable retail sources close to the negotiations say Urban Outfitters could open at Stanford as early as the fall. Further fueling this report are job postings on several online employment sites seeking store managers and sales associates for Urban Outfitters, with the location listed as Stanford, California. Also in the rumor mill is Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters' sister store in the orange-red building at Alma Street and Addison Avenue in Palo Alto. Sources reveal it may also be mulling a move to the mall. MING'S OK'D TO BUILD HOTEL ... Ming's Restaurant, at Embarcadero and Bayshore roads in Palo Alto, got the green light earlier this month after unanimous City Council approval for the restaurant to build a four-story, 143room, extended-stay hotel on the current site. Plans call for an approximate two-thirds reduction in the 15,000-square-foot restaurant when the hotel is completed. GARDEN COURT RENOVATES ... The Garden Court Hotel at 520 Cowper St. in Palo Alto recently completed a $9 million renovation. Its 62 guest rooms were redesigned by Spanish designer Pablo Paniagua. The hotel has long been known for opening its meeting rooms and hall to community-based organizations, under the leadership of General Manager Barbara Gross. "Nonprofits are the foundation of the community," she said. The boutique hotel was built in 1986 and bought in 2006 by the Spanish firm Vincci Hoteles. CUPCAKES AND STATIONERY ... This unusual pairing arrives at Paperwhirl next month. The whimsical three-year-old shop at 230 University Ave. -- which had been at Stanford Shopping Center for 27 years -- is adding fresh cupcakes to its inventory. Owner Chris Chang said she decided to jump on the cupcake bandwagon because she thought it would be "a good synergy." She added, "With the economy being the way it is, anything that can help bring in more foot traffic is good." This is the first retail outlet for Bebecakes, which up until now has done only custom orders for weddings, parties and corporate events. "I'm very excited to come to downtown Palo Alto," said Johanna Machado, a former fashion designer who is the creator and baker of Bebecakes. A Woodside resident, she credits her grandfather, a New York baker, with introducing her to the world of baked goods. "Even though there are a couple other cupcake stores in the area, I believe I can add something. I'm someone who's local. And I'm big on customer service," she said. Machado offers 14 varieties of cupcakes, including the VaVa Voom, an intense chocolate cake with cream cheese and chocolate-chip filling. "It's definitely not low-calorie," she said. 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Call TODAY to make an appointment Phone: 650.619.9942 Location: Palo Alto, CA www.patricefortune.com *Supervisor: Penny Donnelly, RN, MFT Fresh news delivered daily Page 36 Heard a rumor about your favorite store or business moving out, or in, down the block or across town? Daryl Savage will check it out. She can be e-mailed at shoptalk@ paweekly.com. MEXICAN The Oaxacan Kitchen 321-8003 Authentic Mexican Restaurant 2323 Birch Street, Palo Alto also visit us at 6 Bay Area Farmer's Markets www.theoaxacankitchen.com of the week PIZZA Pizza Chicago 424-9400 4115 El Camino Real, Palo Alto This IS the best pizza in town AMERICAN Armadillo Willy's 941-2922 1031 N. San Antonio Rd., Los Altos Range: $5.00-13.00 Hobee's 856-6124 4224 El Camino Real, Palo Alto Also at Town & Country Village, Palo Alto 327-4111 CHINESE Peking Duck 856-3338 2310 El Camino Real, Palo Alto We also deliver. Su Hong � Menlo Park Dining Phone: 323�6852 To Go: 322�4631 Winner, Palo Alto Weekly "Best Of" 8 years in a row! Spot A Pizza 324-3131 115 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto Voted Best Pizza in Palo Alto www.spotpizza.com POLYNESIAN Trader Vic's 849-9800 4269 El Camino Real, Palo Alto Dinner Mon-Thurs 5-10pm; Fri-Sat 5-11pm; Sun 4:30 - 9:30pm Available for private luncheons Lounge open nightly Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4-6 pm Voted Best Thai Restaurant 2009 -- Palo Alto Weekly Burmese Green Elephant Gourmet (650) 494-7391 Burmese & Chinese Cuisine 3950 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto (Charleston Shopping Center) Dine-In, Take-Out, Local Delivery-Catering INDIAN Darbar Indian Cuisine 321-6688 129 Lytton, Downtown Palo Alto Lunch Buffet M-F; Open 7 days Janta Indian Restaurant 462-5903 369 Lytton Ave., Downtown Palo Alto Lunch Buffet M-F; Organic Veggies SEAFOOD Cook's Seafood 325-0604 751 El Camino Real, Menlo Park Seafood Dinners from $6.95 to $10.95 Scott's Seafood 323-1555 #1 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto Open 7 days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner Happy Hour 7 days a week 4-7 pm Full Bar, Banquets, Outdoor Seating www.scottsseafoodpa.com Lunch Dinner Cocktails Take Out Outdoor Seating Available Dinner 7 days a week Lunch Mon-Sat 11-3 pm 543 Emerson Ave, Palo Alto 650-323-770 ThaiphoonRestaurant.com CHINESE Chef Chu's (650) 948-2696 1067 N. San Antonio Road on the corner of El Camino, Los Altos 2008 Best Chinese MV Voice & PA Weekly Jing Jing 328-6885 443 Emerson St., Palo Alto Authentic Szechwan, Hunan Food To Go, Delivery www.jingjinggourmet.com Ming's 856-7700 1700 Embarcadero East, Palo Alto www.mings.com New Tung Kee Noodle House 520 Showers Dr., MV in San Antonio Ctr. Voted MV Voice Best `01, `02, `03 & `04 Prices start at $4.75 947-8888 ITALIAN Spalti Ristorante 327-9390 417 California Ave, Palo Alto www.spalti.com Pizzeria Venti 650-254-1120 1390 Pear Ave, Mountain View www.MvPizzeriaVenti.com Fresh, Chef Inspired Italian Food THAI Thaiphoon Restaurant 323-7700 543 Emerson St., Palo Alto Full Bar, Outdoor Seating www.thaiphoonrestaurant.com Best Thai Restaurant in Palo Alto 3 Years in a Row, 2006-2007-2008 JAPANESE & SUSHI Fuki Sushi 494-9383 4119 El Camino Real, Palo Alto Open 7 days a Week STEAKHOUSE Sundance the Steakhouse 321-6798 1921 El Camino Real, Palo Alto Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30 am-2:00pm Dinner: Mon-Thu 5:00-10:00pm Fri-Sat 5:00-10:30pm, Sun 5:00-9:00pm www.sundancethesteakhouse.com MEXICAN Palo Alto Sol 328-8840 408 California Ave, Palo Alto Search a complete listing of local restaurant reviews by location or type of food on PaloAltoOnline.com Page 37 Goings On The best of what's happening on "Machines of Memory" Smith Andersen Editions hosts "Machines of Memory," a show of sculptures and monotypes by Joseph Zirker. The artist says his new work was inspired by memories of living in Southern California by an amusement park and working the night shift at a foundry. The exhibition runs through May 5, open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Smith Andersen Editions, 440 Pepper Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-327-7762. www.smithandersen. com "Seasons" The exhibition "Seasons" features five of The Main Gallery artists, Arup Biswas, Brandy Brune, Elizabeth Noerdlinger, Erna Metzger and Robert Terrebonne. Through May 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. The Main Gallery, 1018 Main St., Redwood City. Call 650-701-1018. www.themaingallery.org "Shore To Summit" "Shore to Summit", an exhibit of fine art photography by Dan McLean, Bob Adler, and Jennifer Fraser, will be held through May 1, free. Gallery House, 320 California Ave. (through Printers Inc. Cafe), Palo Alto. www.galleryhouse2.com A Show of Our Own An independent Open Studio Exhibit. Work by artists Rachel Tirosh, Julia Byun & Ruth-Anne Siegel including oil paintings, collages, one-ofa-kind artisan pieces and photography. May 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 759 Talisman Court, Palo Alto. www.mixsome.com Collage and Print Art Exhibit Matters of the Heart, a collage and print exhibit by local artist, Lucia Miracch. Sales revenues from this show will be donated to Breast Cancer Research. Through May 31, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Massage Therapy Center, 368 California Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650329-0130. massagetherapypaloalto.com Fine Art Photography Reception/Show "Shore to Summit", an exhibit of fine art photography by Dan McLean, Bob Adler, and Jennifer Fraser, will be held at Gallery House, through May 1, 6-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 California Ave. (through Printers Inc. Cafe), Palo Alto. Call 650-326-166. www.galleryhouse2.com the Midpeninsula Art Galleries Horses & Wild Things Rosemarie Gorman, an award-winning local artist, exhibits her collages and large watercolor paintings at Gallery 9 through May 2. Subject matter includes wild horses, rivers & canyons. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos. www.gallery9losaltos.com Silicon Valley Open Studios - Menlo Park Five Peninsula artists -- Marcia Enns, Frances Freyberg, Kim Holl, Julia Munger Seelos and Alice Weil -- are among the many Bay Area artists showing work during the Silicon Valley Open Studios event. The five will exhibit paintings and fine-art photography over the weekends of May 8-9 and May 15-16. Freyberg is donating her May 15-16 profits to Mission Hospice. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. SVOS Group Site #46, 856 Partridge Ave., Menlo Park. www.francesfreyberg.com ACS Spring Sounds Gala ACS in celebrates 35 years of providing free and affordable mental health services to Peninsula communities. This formal evening of fine food and wine, live music and dancing, and live and silent auctions will raise funds to help sustain the services ACS provides. Sat., May 1, 6-11 p.m. $175 per ticket on or before March 15. $200 after March 15. Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club, 2900 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-424-0852 ext.105. www.acsteens.org Golf Classic As a benefit for Family and Children's Services, participants can play the private course of the Los Altos Golf & Country Club, meet former 49ers Roger Craig and Harris Barton, and try to win a Tesla Roadster. Mon., May 17, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. $250 per person ($75 for the dinner). Los Altos Golf & Country Club, 1560 Country Club Drive, Los Altos. Call 650-543-5412. www.fcservices.org/ news/events_golf-2010.html Romero Alive in His People A benefit for poor communities in El Salvador featuring a presentation by the participants in a March delegation to El Salvador there to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Romero's assassination. Students from Stanford and other schools participated. A Salvadoran dinner will be served. May 2, 4-7 p.m. Suggested donation of $20, $15 for students. No one turned away for lack of funds. Fellowship Hall, First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto. "Starting Your Summer Garden" This class focuses on creating healthy soil and harvests. Students will learn to direct sow seeds such as corn, lettuce, squash, beans and carrots, and learn transplanting techniques. (Plants easily transplanted include basil, chard, cucumbers, tomatoes.) Class includes a tour of the Common Ground Demonstration Garden. Saturday, May 22, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $31. Common Ground Garden Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-4936072. summergarden.eventbrite.com Alternatives to Lawns Information on replacing lawns with lower-maintenance, drought-friendly landscaping. May 1, 10:30-12:30 a.m. $31. Common Ground Garden Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-493-6072. http://www. commongroundinpaloalto.org/ Drip Irrigation This hands-on class, held at the Common Ground Demonstration Garden, will teach the simplicity of installing and maintaining a drip system. May 8, 2-4 p.m. $31. Common Ground Garden Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-493-6072. http://www.commongroundinpaloalto.org/ eBay Computer Class Learn about the popular online auction site. May 4, 7 p.m. free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422 . Feldenkrais Feldenkrais classes are intended to help participants improve flexibility, coordination and strength. Fridays, 11 a.m.-noon. $40 members/$45 nonmembers(4 classes). Little House fitness room, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-327-9419. www.Umovebetter. com Folk Dance Class Marcel Vinokur teacher, Tuesdays, beginning April 6. Beginning teaching at 7, Intermediate teaching at 7:30. No partners necessary. Featuring dances from the Balkans and Israel. Free refreshments. 7-10:15 p.m. $45 residents, $60 nonresidents for 12 week quarter, $7 Classes/Workshops Benefits drop ins. Burgess Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 6503270759. Greek Dance Learn two or three dances from different areas in Greece. Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers or dance shoes. No previous experience needed. May 2, 1:30-3 p.m. Free. Every Woman Health Club, 611 Jefferson Ave., Redwood City. www.everywomanhealthclub.com Healthy Eating Habits for Children Discussion will include information on fat, sugar, protein, fiber, herbs, and supplements in relation to children's health, along with strategies to avoid food battles with your child. May 6, 7 p.m. free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422 . Lose Weight Mindfully "A radical innovation leading to lasting weight loss combining the power of Mindfulness based stress reduction/developing a concentrated and focused mind and the cultivation of kindness towards self and others," organizers say. Led by Elad Levinson, LCSW. Wednesdays starting May 5, 7-9 p.m. Free introduction to eight-week class. High Health, 2251 High St., Palo Alto. Call 650-269-9942. www. loseweightmindfully.com Manifest Through the Power of Yoga Yoga class on Tuesdays, 7:30-9 p.m. $15 /class. Ananda Church, 2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Call 650-323-3363. www. anandapaloalto.org Nationhood and Nation-building in South Asia Since independence, the countries of South Asia have shared certain experiences that have shaped the way they have imagined the individual nations and the narratives of nationalism that have emerged from such imagination. April 2830, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Stanford Economics, 579 Serra Mall, Galvez,, Stanford. Call 650-724-8932. http://southasia.stanford. edu/conferences Pilates Cardiocamp This is a Pilates (abs and back) strength training and cardio program. April 26-May 19, weekdays, 6-7 a.m. first week free/ $11.50-$16 a class. Palo Alto Christian Reform Church, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. Call 831531-4874. www.PilatesCardiocamp.com Planting a Summer Vegetable Garden Join Master Gardener Ann Burrell to learn how to plan s summer vegetable garden, how much to plant, how much to water and when to harvest. May 1, 10-11 a.m. Free. Master Gardener Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto. Call 408-282-3105. mastergardeners.org/scc.html Sounding for Self-Care Circles "Use your voice, breath, and music to take better care of your whole self. Building community through sound. Led by a rotating group of sound healing practitioners," instructor Lisa Chu says. Thursdays, 7:308:30 p.m. $15/drop-in fee. The Cradle of Manifestation, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Ste 150, Mountain View. Call 650-3252914. themusicwithinus.com Start a salad garden Class includes easy planting, harvesting and kitchen preparation instructions, salad and dressing demo. Snack and recipes will be provided. May 1, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $31 + $5 materials fee. Common Ground Garden Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-493-6072. http://earthdaygarden.eventbrite.com/ T'ai Chi for Beginners T'ai Chi Chuan is a soft, internal energy martial art and whole-body movement promoting balance, health and relaxation. Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m. $104 (nine classes). Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City. Call 650-780-7311. www. redwoodcity.org/parks Big Bear Run 5K course winds through Atherton's Lindenwood neighborhood. The race is open to children and adults of all ages. Proceeds buy equipment and pay tournament fees for M-A's 50+ girls and boys teams. Awards will be given for all age groups. May 2, 9 a.m. $25 adults/$10 kids. Menlo Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-218-6674. m-aboosters.org Community Mental Health Conference Dr. Siang-Yang Tan, Professor and licensed psychologist, is keynote speaker for the Conference on Mental Health. The conference will encourage those whose Community Events OF NOTE How To Clinics Sign up on our website to reserve your seat Blue period "Blue Deer," a 2010 mixed-media piece, is one of the works by Elizabeth Gomez at the Community School of Music and Arts. This series looks at animals who must dwell side by side with people as the human population grows. "When I see wild animals in my backyard I get a childish hope that not everything will vanish," Gomez said in a press release. She teaches art at the Orion Alternative School in Redwood City. The exhibition runs through May 30, open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 to 3, at 230 San Antonio Circle in Mountain View. Call 650-917-6800, extension 306, or go to www.arts4all.org. Page 38 CALENDAR LISTINGS CALENDAR. Information for Weekly and Master Community Calendar listings must now be submitted online. Please go to www.PaloAltoOnline. com, click on "Master Community Calendar," and then click on "Submit a listing." Listings are published in the papers on a space-available basis. NEWS. The online form is for Calendar listings only. To submit information for possible use elsewhere in the paper, send it the usual way: e-mail editor@paweekly. com; fax (650) 326-3928, Attn: Editor; or mail to Editor, Palo Alto Weekly, 450 Cambridge Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94306. QUESTIONS? If you have questions, call the reception desk at the Palo Alto Weekly between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekdays, (650) 326-8210. After hours, you may press zero and leave a message in the general mailbox. For complete Calendar listings, go to www.PaloAltoOnline.com and click on "Master Community Calendar." Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. Call 415-357-1111. www.ncco.org SFCO Rockin' Robin This final concert of the 2009-10 season features the world premiere of Gabriela Lena Frank's Hailli Lirico. Also: Music of Mozart, Reich and Bartok. Sat. May. 8, 8-10 p.m. Free. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. Call 415-248-1640. http:// www.sfchamberorchestra.org/concerts/ home-concert/ Stanford Choral Invitational The Stanford Memorial Church Choir hosts this showcase of choral ensembles from Stanford and the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Appearing this year will be the Stanford Memorial Church Choir, Cantabile Vocalise, CSUEB Chamber Singers and more. April 30, 8 p.m. General $10 / student $5 / senior $9. Memorial Church, Stanford University, Stanford. music.stanford.edu/events/calendar.html Ballroom Dancing Country Two Step will be taught Fri., Apr. 30, 8 p.m. Lessons for beginning and intermediate levels, no experience and no partner necessary. General dance party 9 p.m.-midnight. Singles & couples welcome. Free refreshments. Dressy casual attire. $8. Cubberley Community Center Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-856-9930. www.readybyte.com/fridaynightdance English Country Dancing Peninsula English Country Dance welcomes all, from beginners to experienced dancers. Live music, no partner needed, all dances taught. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Dance meets first, third, fifth Wednesdays through June 2010. 8-10 p.m. $15 supporters, $9 non-members, $7 members, $5 students or pay what you can. Flex-It Studio, 425 Evelyn Ave., Mountain View. Call 650-493-6012. Latin Dance Fusion Workout Steps from many genres are folded into easy-tofollow combinations. Move to flamenco, cha-cha, cumbia, swing, merengue, salsa, samba, middle eastern, or other Latin dances. Wear athletic shoes/clothing and bring an exercise mat. Saturdays, 10-11 a.m. $10. Los Altos American Legion Hall, 347 First St., Los Altos. Call 650948-1484. Tanya and Vassil at Stanford International Dances Stanford International Dancers presents an evening of dance and music with Tanya Kostova, Vassil Bebelekov and Maria Bebelekova on May 7, 8-11 p.m. $12, students $6. Flex-it aerobics studio, 425 W. Evelyn Ave., Mountain View. Call 408-733-5529. dance.blochg.com Thursday Evening Dance Fox Trot, Waltz, Polka and more every Thursday evening. Light refreshments will be served. Come alone or bring a partner. Thursdays, 7-10 p.m. $7 per person. PV Inc Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650326-2025. www.penvol.org Acterra's 40th Anniversary Party Celebrating Acterra's four decades of environmental action in the Bay Area. May 1, 6-11 p.m. $90. Lucie Stern Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-7043823. www.acterra.org/party Native Plant Nursery Workday Wednesday (Palo Alto) Volunteers will learn about local, native plants such as gumplant, jaumea and salt grass as they sow the seeds for next years planting season at our on-site nursery. Due to the sensitive nature of the restoration site, space is limited and RSVP is requested. Wed., May 12, 1-4 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve, Directions will be provided upon registration., Palo Alto. Call 510-452-9261 ext. 109. www.savesfbay. org/bayevents The Latest in Greywater and Rainwater Capture Deva Luna of EarthCare Landscaping discusses new innovations in water-saving techniques for the home. May 6, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Redwood City Council Chamber, 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City. Call 650-599-1485. www. tasteandtalk.eventbrite.com Wetland Weeding at San Francisquito Creek (Palo Alto) Help remove invasive weeds. Due to the sensitive nature of the restoration site, space is limited and RSVP is requested. Sat., May 8, 9 a.m. to noon. Free. Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve, Directions will be provided upon registration., Palo Alto. Call 510-452-9261 ext. 109. www.savesfbay.org/bayevents Wild Quest Volunteer on May 2 at Wild Quest. This outdoor event is to help raise funds for Environmental Volunteers. Help with set-up, parking, safe road crossings, and break down. Three shifts needed. Proceeds go to science and nature programs provided to 10,000+ children yearly. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Free for volunteers, $50 event ticket. Palo Alto Baylands, 2775 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-947-6542. www.evols.org "Longing for Sea Change" This series of video installations by contemporary artists living and working in Africa and the diaspora addresses broad human issues of humanity in moments of upheaval, fragmentation and transition. (Museum open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays.) Through June 26, 2011, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. Call 650- 724-3600. museum.stanford. edu/news_room/sea_change.html A Show of Our Own Work by artists Rachel Tirosh, Julia Byun and Ruth-Anne Siegel, including oil paintings, collages, one-of-a-kind artisan pieces and photography. May 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 759 Talisman Ct., Palo Alto. www.mixsome. com Museum Night at the Los Altos History Museum Hours extended to 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. The latest exhibit is "Through Thick and Thin: A Tale of Two Sisters" (the story of Sarah Winchester and Isabelle Merriman). Docentled tours of the J. Gilbert Smith House, which was built in 1905. 4-7 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 So. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. www.losaltoshistory.org Picture This! A History of Photography Exhibit showcases examples of how photography has contributed to our comprehension of life and history as the technology of making and preserving images has been improved. An exhibit highlight is "Capturing Light and Time", a presentation of the photographic work of Wayland Lee. Through Oct. 3, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. free. museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-3211004. www.moah.org Tracing the Past, Drawing the Future Feb. 17, 2010-July 4, 2010. Tracing the Past, Drawing the Future: Master Ink Painters in 20th-Century China. This exhibition draws upon paintings and calligraphy on loan from Chinese collections and highlights the works of four artists known in China as the "Four Great Masters of Ink Painting." 11 a.m.-5 p.m. free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. Call 650-724-3600. museum.stanford. edu/index.html Banana Slug String Band Concert Songs performed by the Banana Slug String Band include rock tunes, ballads, folk songs and reggae and rap numbers. The performance will also incorporate theater and puppetry elements. Sponsored by the Palo Alto Child Care Advisory Committee. Mon., May 3, 10-11 a.m. $5 (age 10 & under), $8 (over age 10). Cubberley Community Center Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-329-2280. Blossom's Annual Mother's Day Pampering Party Open house sessions are free, taught by Blossom instructors. Sign up online to register. May 8, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Blossom Birth, 299 S. California Ave. Suite 120, Palo Alto. Call 650-3212326. blossombirth.org/pamper/index. html Choral Fest at Shoreline Amphitheatre "Everybody's Got a Song to Sing," the 9th Annual Choral Fest featuring choirs from all schools in the Mountain View Whisman School District. Pre-show entertainment by Graham & Crittenden Middle School jazz bands. May 10, 5-8 p.m. Free. Shoreline Amphitheatre, One Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View. www.arts4all.org/attend Cubes & Crayons: "Kids' Night Out" Cubes & Crayons, which provides office space, childcare and family activities, is hosting a "Kids' Night Out" event. Parents can drop their kids off for children's art activities and story time, along with pizza, snacks and games. Four Friday times are planned: March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, each 5:30-8:30 p.m. $50 general, $40 for members. Cubes and Crayons, 154 E Dana St., Mountain View. www.cubesandcrayons.com Family Game Night Bring favorite board games and a dessert to share. April 30, 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 408-851-8282. http://www.valleypreschurch.org Free Docent-led Wildflower Walks To spotlight spring wildflowers, Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve docents offer free wildflower walks every Saturday and Sunday from mid-March through early June. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Edgewood Exhibits Dance If it's useful and local, it's on Palo Alto Online! www.PaloAltoOnline.com families have been impacted by mental illness and dispel associated stigmas and inspire compassion and justice. May 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $25 (box lunch included). Mental Health Conference, 950 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-3238600. www.mppc.org/mentalhealthconference Gourmet Vegetarian Dinners The Peninsula Macrobiotic Community serves a gourmet vegetarian dinner every Monday (except holidays), 6:30 p.m. Full vegan meal includes soup, grain, beans or bean products, vegetables, dessert, and beverage. 6:30-8 p.m. $15. First Baptist Church, 305 N California Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-599-3320. peninsulamacro.org Native Plant Sale Native plants, seeds and bulbs deemed suitable for California gardens will be sold. Attendees can speak to experts about lawn alternatives such as native perennials, wildflowers and grasses. Native plant books, posters and note cards will be sold. Organized by the Santa Clara Valley Chapter, California Native Plant Society. Cash/check only. Sat., May 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. www.cnps-scv.org Ninth Annual Pathways Run/Walk The Pathways Run/Walk starts and finishes at the Westwind Community Barn and runs through the Byrne Preserve and extends into the Los Altos Hills Pathways system. The run features a 5K/10K Pathways Run/ Walk at and a one-mile Fun Run at 10:30 am. Parking is limited. May 8, 9-11:30 a.m. 5K/10K - $20, $25 on race day. One mile - $10, $15 on race day. Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-941-7222. www. lahpathways.org/ The Good Stuff Rummage Sale St. Timothy's church is hosting its annual "The Good Stuff" rummage sale Sat., May 8, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. St. Timothy's Church, 2094 Grant Road, Mountain View. Call 408530-0554. www.sttims.org Bach's "St. John Passion" by California Bach Society A baroque orchestra, including some of the Bay Area's finest players, joins the 30-voice California Bach Society for this masterpiece. May 1, 8-10 p.m. $10-$30. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. Call 415-262-0272. www.calbach.org Clerestory: "Soul's Light" The Bay Area's male vocal ensemble performs music of the spirit, from America to the Middle East. May 8, 8-10 p.m. $17, $10 student/ senior in advance, available online from clerestory.org, or $20 at the door. All Saints' Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto. www.clerestory.org Compline: An Evening Service of Song A reflective 30-minute musical service of hymns, chant and psalms sung in serene candle-lit ambiance. April 11: Trinity Lutheran; April 18: Threshold Singers; April 25: Christ Church Portola Valley; May 2: Early Music Singers; May 16: All Saints Episcopal Church; May 23: Stanford student ensemble. 9-9:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Call 650-723-1762. religiouslife. stanford.edu Elyse Hope, soprano: Love Songs This senior recital will include Schumann's Concerts "Die Lotusblume," Mozart's "Come Scoglio" and other selections. May 1, 2:30 p.m. Free. Campbell Recital Hall, Stanford University, Stanford. music.stanford.edu/ events/calendar.html Fortnightly Music Club Concert Fortnightly Music. Flute, vocal, piano and violin works of Mozart, Larsen, Haydn, Liszt, Chausson, Wieniawsky, and Ysaye. Sun., May 2, 8 p.m. free. Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. www.fortnightlymusicclub.org Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra Concert David Ramadanoff directs MSCO's final concert of the season in Weber's Overture to Oberon, Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, and two pieces with acclaimed pianist Daniel Glover, Franck's Symphonic Variations, and Richard Strauss's Burleske in D minor. Free reception with the artists follows concert. May 15, 8 p.m. $5-20. Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley. www.mastersinfonia.org Menlo Park Chorus Spring Concert The Menlo Park Chorus performs music from every continent, with composers ranging from Aaron Copland to Rachmaninoff. The program spans liturgical, tribal and folk. The City-sponsored chorus performs with Director April McNeely, accompanied by John Iosefa. Refreshments served after performance. April 30, 7:30-9 p.m. $15 / $12 children under 12 free. St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-325-8412. Mother's Day Celebration with Nancy Cassidy Nancy Cassidy performs her original music. Sun., May 9, 3-5 p.m. $16 per person in advance; $20.00 per person at the door. Hidden Villa Ranch, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-949-9704. www.hiddenvilla.org Music's in the Air Benefit Concert with Bella Sorella, an award-winning soprano ensemble that combines classical and contemporary styles in melodic duets spanning more than 300 years and seven languages. Also featured are local chefs pairing food with fine wines. Proceeds support music education in local schools. May 2, $75. Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. Call 650-237-9130. www.mfm. org Palo Alto Two-Piano Club A concert held by the Palo Alto Two-Piano Club features duo-piano music by Mozart, Brahms, Ravel, Milhaud, Gershwin, Piazzolla, Clark and others. Sat., May 8, 2 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. Ragazzi Boys Chorus at Sequoias Ragazzi choristers will sing "Songs from the Heart," famous opera and Broadway numbers, with soprano soloist Jennifer Cowgill. The boys will sing La Carita by Rossini and the men will sing Standchen by Schubert. There will be dance songs by both the Concert Group and the Young Men's Ensemble. May 7, 7-8 p.m. free. Hanson Hall, The Sequoias, 501 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Sea to Shining Sea New Century Chamber Orchestra presents works by Barber, Copland, and the premiere of a commission from Bolcom, with music director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. May 7, 8 p.m. $32-54. First United Methodist Family and Kids Environment Park and Natural Preserve, 10 Old Stage Coach Road, Redwood City. Call 1-866463-3439. www.friendsofedgewood.org Healthful Eating Habits For Children The discussion will focus on what a nutritious diet is, and how to get children to follow it. Topics will include how fats, sugar, protein, fiber, herbs and supplements relate to kids' health. Thu., May 6, 7-8 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org Hot Chocolate Storytelling Book Swap PA Children's Theatre hosts Pajama's and Hot Chocolate Storytelling Book Swap. Free and open to kids from preschool to 5th grade, participants are invited to wear comfy clothes and partake in hot cocoa provided by PACT while listening to stories read by Teen Art's Council. Optional book swap. May 8, 2 p.m. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-463-4930. www.cityofpaloalto. org/depts/csd/activities_and_recreation/ attractions/childrens_theatre/ Kids Otter Read Day The second annual Kids Otter Read Day Around the Bay is Sat., May 1. Linden Tree will host five authors for this event. Meet Katherine Otoshi, Caren McCormack, Caryn Huberman Yacowitz, Laura Rennert and Dorina Lazo Gilmore. May 1, Free. NutrtureShock Come hear the author of NurtureShock, Po Bronson, give practical parenting tips based on what science reveals about commonly touted techniques and child development, including teens' lying, adolescents' sleep habits, praising young children, and other issues. May 6, 7-9 p.m. Hay Market Theatre, 50 Embarcadero, Palo Alto. Randel McGee and Groark Ventriloquist Randel McGee and his dragon Groark put on a show with silly stories and songs. Mon., May 10, 4-4:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org Spring Farm Tours Docents lead small groups on tours of working homestead farm. Visit animals in pens and meet new farm babies: cow and calf, sheep and lambs, goats and kids, pigs and piglets, chickens, rabbits, ducks, geese. Walk in large vegetable garden and century-old barns. By Friends of Deer Hollow Farm. Third Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $5 each, children under 2, free. Deer Hollow Farm, Rancho San Antonio County Park, 22500 Cristo Rey Drive, Los Altos. Call 650-9036430. www.fodhf.org Spring Festival Little Acron School-Annual Spring Festival. All proceeds help fund programs for children's learning and playing experience. May 8, 9 a.m.-noon. Little Acorn School, 1667 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View. Toddler Storytime An interactive storytime for children ages 18-35 months and a parent or caregiver. Stories, songs, finger plays and more. Tuesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-3282422. www.smcl.org "Trouble the Water" "Trouble the Water," Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature, about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. May 13, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Annenberg Auditorium, 435 Lausen, Stanford. Call 650-723-0997. http://ethicsinsociety.stanford.edu/ethics-events/ events/view/736/?date=2010-05-13 Funny Movies Month April is Funny Movies Month. "Groundhog Day" April 2, "The Out-of-Towners" April 9, "The Naked Gun" April 16, "Waiting for Guffman" April 23, and ending with "What About Bob" April 30. 2-3:30 p.m. $1 members/$2 nonmembers. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Call 650-289-2436. avenidas.org Boyd and Wain Former Palo Alto residents Boyd and Wain play folk and roots music. April 30, 6-8 p.m. Angelica's Bistro, 863 Main St., Redwood City. Call 650-924-3974. www.myspace.com/ katyboyd Brandon Tyler Brandon Tyler performs live May 5, 7:30-9 p.m. Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View. Colin Carthen CD release performance for Colin Carthen. April 30, 8-10 p.m. Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View. Kathy Kallick Band CD Release "Between the Hollow & The High-Rise" is the new CD release by the Kathy Kallick Band. May 1, 8-11 p.m. $18-20. First Presbyterian Church, 1667 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View. Call 510-530-0839. www.kathykallick.com Film Live Music Page 39 Page 40 Sports Shorts OF LOCAL NOTE . . . The national finalist Stanford women�s basketball team will be recognized in a pregame event at Friday night�s San Francisco Giants baseball game at AT&T Park as part of the team�s �College Night� promotion. Along with the team being recognized before the game, junior forward Kayla Pedersen will have the honor of throwing out the night�s ceremonial first pitch. The Giants will be taking on the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park, with first pitch scheduled for 7:15 p.m. RUGBY AT STANFORD . . . Stanford's Steuber Stadium will be the site of the USA Rugby Collegiate National Championships on Friday and Saturday. The Cardinal women's club team finished second to Penn State last year and hopes to regain the national title they won from the Nittany Lions two years back. Stanford opens against Brown University at 11 a.m. Friday, with Penn State and Army following at 1 p.m. The women's Division I championship match is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday. Stanford defeated Virginia, 43-5, in the Elite Eight to reach the Final Four. The Cardinal downed Northern Iowa, 62-0, in the Sweet Sixteen. U.S. national team member Jessica Watkins leads the Cardinal, with support from Kasonni Scales, Amelia Villines, Jamie Lawrence, Melanie Nacouzi, Christina Mayberry, Janae Grijavela and Jennifer Cooperrider. The men's Division I and Division II and women's Division II championships will also be contested at Stanford this weekend, with first day action at Steuber and on Dan Elliott Field. The second-seeded Cal men (24-0) looks to win their 25th Division I title. The Bears open against Arkansas State at 5 p.m. Friday. Top-ranked BYU takes on No. 4 Army in the other semifinal at 3 p.m. BYU is the defending national champion. The men's Division II semifinals features No. 9 Claremont Colleges and No. 4 Miami University in a 3 p.m. match, while thirdseeded Temple plays No. 15 seed Massachusetts-Amherst in the semifinals at 5 p.m. Palo Alto seniors Joc Pederson (10) and Scott Witte had plenty to celebrate as the Vikings rallied to topple host Los Gatos, 13-8, on Wednesday to earn the team's first SCVAL De Anza Division baseball championship since 1994. Pederson and Witte both hit solo home runs in the victory. Paly's long-awaited baseball title a blast Vikings hit four home runs and rally from five runs down to beat Los Gatos for first De Anza Division title since 1994 by Keith Peters alo Alto baseball coach Erick Raich knows he is safe. There will be no water dumped on him after Friday's regular-season home finale against Los Gatos. That's because the celebratory dunking took place Wednesday, moments after the Vikings clinched their first SCVAL De Anza Division title since 1994 with a thrilling come-from-behind 13-8 triumph over the host Wildcats. "Yes, I got the bucket of water dumped on me," Raich said. "The players got me good, and I didn't even see it coming." Actually, Raich should have expected the water bath, especially after the Vikings had rallied from an 8-3 deficit with seven runs in the Allie Shorin P Friday College baseball: Stanford at Washington, 6 p.m., KZSU (90.1 FM) Saturday College baseball: Stanford at Washington, 6:30 p.m., KZSU (90.1 FM) (continued on page 44) Sunday College baseball: Stanford at Washington, noon, KZSU (90.1 FM) A return to NCAA polo tourney continues for Stanford, Eaton Monday College baseball: Santa Clara at Stanford, 5:30 p.m., KZSU (90.1 FM) Tuesday College baseball: San Jose St. at Stanford, 5:30 p.m., KZSU (90.1 FM) S SPORTS ONLINE For expanded daily coverage of college and prep sports, please see our new site at www.PASportsOnline.com by Keith Peters tanford senior water polo standout Kelly Eaton is a biology major who has been accepted into the master's program for the 2010-2011 school year. Thus, one decision already has been made for her. "So, I don't have to think about getting a job for one more year," she said. That's a good thing because Eaton has some other important things to think about these days, like trying to find a way to get herself (and her teammates) a national championship ring. "We've come close the last three years and it would be nice to finish with a national championship," she said. The Cardinal finished third at the NCAA Championships the past two years after taking second in 2007, Allie Shorin ON THE AIR top of the sixth. And, Raich should have figured something was coming after watching his team blast four home runs. "Yeah, wow, what an amazing game to clinch a league championship with," said Raich, 27, in his first season at the helm. "We had so many contributing players and it was fitting that we came back through some adversity to pull out the win." The victory extends Paly's win streak to 16 consecutive games and gives the Vikings a 13-0 division mark (21-3 overall) heading into Friday's game. "As for finishing the season unbeaten, it would be great," Raich Paly's Will Glazier (left) congratulates Christoph Bono on his three-run homer in the seventh for the Vikings' final runs in a 13-8 win. Eaton's first season of water polo at Stanford. In order to have a chance at that NCAA ring, the Cardinal first has to get to San Diego for the playoffs. Stanford begins that quest on Friday when it opens the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament at UCLA's Spieker Aquatic Center. The nationally No. 1-ranked Cardinal (22-1) will put its No. 1 seed on the line against No. 8 Arizona State (16-12) at 1:30 p.m. Stanford defeated ASU in league play, 18-8, on April 18 in Tempe, Ariz. The Cardinal enters the tournament looking for its first title since 2006. Since that crown, Stanford has finished second twice (2007, `09) and third once (2008). A victory in the tourney finale guarantees Stanford a berth in the (continued on page 42) Page 41 Sports STANFORD ROUNDUP Cardinal women's lacrosse can decide its own fate All team needs to do is win the MPSF title this weekend to qualify for the NCAA Play-In game coming up T by Rick Eymer he Stanford women's lacrosse team felt like something was taken away from them last year when it was denied a spot in the NCAA tournament despite its .778 winning percentage, which included a win over one of the top programs in the nation. The No. 14 Cardinal (11-5) won't have to put its fate in anyone else's hands this year. It's as simple as winning the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament and earning an automatic spot in the NCAA Play-In game. Stanford has won the past six MPSF tournament titles, but it hasn't been easy. California has been the team to beat in the past and this time it just may be Denver, not only the top seed of the conference tournament but also the host site. The second-seeded Cardinal opened the tourney on Thursday afternoon with a 16-1 rout of seventhseeded Fresno State, in only its second season of play. Dana Lindsay led Stanford with five goals. It won't be as easy in the semifinals, nor the championship match, should both Stanford and Denver advance to Saturday's final. Stanford will likely play California in Friday's semifinals. The third-seeded Bears play No. 6 St. Mary's. The Pioneers (12-4) beat Stanford, 17-12, on April 11 to claim the MPSF regular-season title. Their only common opponents were on their MPSF schedule. Denver won at California in double overtime while Stanford posted a 12-7 win in Berkeley. The Pioneers beat UC Davis by 10, while Stanford survived by three. The Cardinal is led by a group of seniors that includes Dana Lindsay, Amanda Schwab, Claire Hubbard and Julie Christy. Lauren Schmidt is an academic senior and a redshirt junior. On Thursday, Schmidt was named the MPSF Player of the Year for the second straight year. Second-year coach Amy Bokker, who on Thursday was named MPSF Coach of the Year for the second straight season, inherited the upperclassmen, which have helped make a smooth transition with the new coach and still maintain a standard of excellence. The senior leadership hails from places like Bryn Mawr, Pa, Lutherville, Md. and Wayland, Mass., where lacrosse is more of a religion than a novelty and is followed closely at every level. There are two players, freshmen Anastasia Fullerton and Jacqueline Candelaria, listed on the roster as being from California. Sophomore Caroline Smith is from Dallas. Everyone else comes from the Eastern Time Zone, with an emphasis on the east coast. Hubbard extends her school record for both season and all-time with every assist she records. Entering Thursday's contest, she had 35 on the year and 82 for her career. Most of those assists are for junior Sarah Flynn, who leads the team with 36 goals, or Lindsay, who has 32. Schmidt (27) and junior Leslie Foard (26) are right behind. Hubbard, one of five players with at least 36 points, ranks sixth in the nation in total assists and eighth with her 2.19 per game average. Stanford ranks 12th overall in scoring offense with 14.19 goals per game. The Cardinal ranks 39th in scoring defense at 10.63. Junior goalie Annie Read ranks 13th in the nation with 148 total saves, and 15th with a .492 save (continued on page 45) Keith Peters Stanford's Jessica Steffens (left) blocked this shot attempt by USC while Annika Dries (right) helped defend for goalie Amber Oland (in cage) during the Cardinal's 7-6 overtime win over USC last weekend. Water polo (continued from page 41) Local grads battle in polo T he Bucknell women's water polo team is making some big waves on the East Coast, and the Bisons have sophomore Hallie Kennan from Palo Alto High to thank for it. Kennan scored three goals and added three assists to help Bucknell defeat Princeton, 11-9, as the Bisons overcame the Tigers' homepool advantage to win their firstever Southern Championships on Sunday in Princeton, N.J. Bucknell (15-9) now has won three straight games. Sunday's triumph earned the Bisons an automatic berth into this weekend's Eastern Championships in College Park, Md. It will be Bucknell's nine straight year in the event. The winner of the event will qualify for the NCAA Championships in San Diego. Only one team east of the Mississippi will advance. Against Princeton, Kennan posted her fourth game this sea- son of at least six points. Fellow Palo Alto High grad Tara Murao, a freshman, came off the bench and drew four of her team's eight ejections. Bucknell jumped to a 4-1 firstquarter lead and never trailed. Palo Alto High grad Phoebe Champion scored a goal for Princeton (18-9), which was playing in its 10th straight Southern Championships title match. Despite its runnerup finish, Princeton will join Bucknell in the Eastern Championships. Coincidently, the two have been paired in the opening round of the tournament on Friday after Bucknell received a No. 4 seed and Princeton at No. 5 seed. Michigan is the No. 1 seed while Hartwick is No. 2 and Indiana No. 3. Harvard, which earned an atlarge berth, features Palo Alto High grads Lizzie Abbott and Roxanne Pinto. NCAA playoffs, while a runnerup finish most likely sends the Cardinal, as well. Advancing to NCAA play shouldn't be a problem for Stanford if it plays like it did last weekend in a big 7-6 overtime victory over then-No. 1 USC. It was Senior Day for Eaton, the final home match of her Stanford career. To make it even more special for the Menlo-Atherton High grad, members of her very own fan club -- age-group water polo players she coaches -- were in the stands at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center. Eaton couldn't disappoint her fans, now could she? Of course not, so she didn't. Eaton scored the winning goal in the first of two overtimes to carry No. 2-ranked Stanford to a thrilling come-from-behind victory on Saturday. The victory gave the Cardinal its first MPSF regular-season title since 2007 while handing the Trojans (6-1, 20-2) their second defeat of the season. Stanford also earned the top seed for the MPSF Tournament. It was fitting that on Senior Day, seniors Kelsey Holshouser and Eaton each scored twice to lead the Cardinal. Senior two-meter Alex Koran drew a pair of five-meter penalties, which led to two Cardinal goals, while fellow two-meter senior Jessica Steffens made numerous key field blocks to deny a number of Trojan shots. Eaton got the deciding goal with 1:20 left in the first of two overtime periods. Her second goal of the match gave her 159 in her career. Eaton, however, didn't take credit for the victory. "I think our defense won the game," she said. "It just wasn't one goal." But, it was the deciding one on a very important day for her teammates, who likely will earn the nation's No. 1 ranking heading into the final weeks of the season. No Keith Peters Stanford senior Kelly Eaton (5) from Menlo-Atherton High scored the winning goal in a 7-6 overtime win over then-No.1 USC. pressure. "I've had some clutch goals in my career," said Eaton, "so I'm used to the pressure." The pressure on was early as Stanford fell behind by 4-1 after one period. But, the Cardinal had been there before -- in its first meeting with the Trojans that ended in a 10-7 win on Feb. 6. "We were down 4-1 the last time we played them here," Eaton said. "In that one, we just decided to get one goal at a time, just chip away." Stanford did that again Saturday with Monica Coughlan, Kim Krueger and Melissa Seidemann providing additional goals. Coughlan's goal in the second quarter trimmed Stanford's deficit to 4-2. Cardinal coach John Tanner said it helped turn things around after a first quarter where "We were just inept on offense." But, things changed when Coughlan finally broke the ice. "That was a really inspiring goal," Tanner said, noting the combination of that and two important stops on USC power play situations provided a spark. When Holshouser scored with 50 seconds left before halftime, Stanford was down only 4-3 heading into halftime. "We started playing smarter on offense, which allowed us to play better defense," Tanner explained. Once back in the game, Cardinal goalie Amber Oland caught fire and played one of the best games of her career for the Cardinal, making 13 saves and holding USC, the MPSF's most prolific scoring team, to just six goals. After USC took a 4-1 lead by the five-minute mark of the second period, Oland stepped up and made 11 of her 13 saves the rest of the way and allowed just two goals over the final 27:17 of action. Stanford finally took its first lead of the game when Menlo School grad Kim Krueger found the net for a 6-5 lead with 4:26 left to play. That goal appeared to be the winner until the Trojans caught a break in the final seconds when Oland blocked a shot by USC's Patricia Jancso. The rebound found an unmarked Kristen Dronberger, who fired a shot past Oland with six seconds to play. That set the stage for Eaton in overtime, and her fan club couldn't have been happier. Page 42 Sports PREP TENNIS PREP ROUNDUP A Menlo sweep in finals Knights take singles, doubles at the WBAL tournament; M-A improves to 18-0 by Keith Peters t wasn't an all-Menlo tennis finale at the West Bay Athletic League Individual Tournament on Wednesday at Menlo. But, it was close enough and three Knights walked off the courts as champions. Menlo senior Patrick Chase won the singles title with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Pedro Robinson from Sacred Heart Prep, while the tandem of junior Andrew Carlisle and sophomore Justin Chan claim the doubles crown with a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over teammates Kyle Sum, a junior, and freshman Daniel Morkovine. An all-Menlo finale was prevented by, perhaps, the seeding. Menlo sophomore Jonathan Katzman wound up in a semifinal opposite Chase and dropped a 6-3, 6-4 decision. Otherwise, it was an all-Menlo day. "I thought Patrick did fine," said Menlo coach Bill Shine. "Sometimes it's hard to win when your're a really, really heavy favorite to win." And for his doubles team? "Justin Chan and Andrew Carlisle are just an unbelievable doubles team," Shine said. "They have great chemistry and they really know each other. I didn't think they would have a problem going through the tournament, which they didn't." Perhaps the best outcome of the day for Menlo was just getting in the final matches. After rain delays on Tuesday and early Wednesday, Shine was concerned the tournament might get pushed back to a Thursday finish. Had that happened, Shine would have had to cancel a dual match at Saratoga. "We really needed that match," Shine said. "We really haven't been tested since nationals." The Knights (19-0) haven't needed to put their best lineup on the court since March 20, when they capped a four-victory performance by winning their first-ever National Invitational championship in Newport Beach. Since then, Menlo has won eight straight and none of the matches have been close. The CCS seeding meeting will be Monday night, with first-round matches starting on Wednesday, May 5. Menlo is the likely No. 1 seed while Saratoga should be No. 2, with Bellarmine probably the No. 3. The Knights and Falcons should get byes into the quarterfinals on May 7. At the rain-delayed Peninsula Athletic League tournament in Burlingame, Menlo-Atherton senior Alec Haley advanced to the singles finale on Thursday with a 7-6 (7-1), M-A boys make splash in big swim showdown Bears take sole possession of first place by holding off Burlingame, 86-84; SHP boys and girls win in WBAL by Keith Peters he Menlo-Atherton boys' swim team avenged last season's dual-meet loss to Burlingame and took a step closer toward an unbeaten PAL Bay Division mark with an 86-84 victory over the Panthers on Tuesday. Both teams came in undefeated, but only the Bears emerged with a 5-0 record. Burlingame made it close at the end by winning the 100 breast and 400 free relay. Most of the races were close and most produced fast dual-meet times. In the 200 free, for example, Burlingame's Wyatt Butler (1:45.02) held off M-A's Nick Henze (1:47.66). In the 50 free, the Bears went one-two with Max Wilder (23.37) and Graham McClelland (23.40). Wilder came back to win the 100 free (51.03). Kei Masuda also was a double winner in the 200 IM and 100 fly (53.73). In another key race, Scott Swartz (57.62) and Eric Wright (58.85) went one-three in the 100 back to help wrap things up. Wright, Wilder, Masuda and Henze finished second in the 400 free relay, but sped to a fast 3:20.58 clocking while Burlingame won in 3:18.89 -- both excellent dual-meet times. Menlo-Atherton surprisingly went one-two in the 200 medley relay to start the meet because Burlingame decided to stack the free relays. Had the Panthers gotten second in the 200 MR, they would have won the meet. Alex Gow's fourth-place finish in the 100 back by 0.15 also was important. If reversed, the meet would have ended in a tie. Other races that had the same effect included the 100 breast, where M-A's Emory Welton was fourth, and both the 100 fly and 100 breast where M-A's Jed Springer dropped three seconds off his PR in both races. If Springer had improved by only two seconds in each race, the meet was a tie. In Atherton, senior David Culpan and sophomore Tom Kremer turned in some top Central Coast Section times as Sacred Heart Prep wrapped up the West Bay Athletic League dual-meet title with a 11159 victory over visiting Harker on Tuesday. The Gators finished 6-0 in league (7-1 overall) with their only loss a nonleaguer to St. Francis. Culpan, better known as a water polo player, continued his breakthrough swim season by winning the 200 free in 1:47.03 and taking the 500 free in a lifetime best of 4:46.52, which ranks him No. 4 in school history. Kremer approached his personal best in the 200 IM while winning in 1:57.27 in addition to taking the 100 fly in 53.26, just off his PR of 53.00 that ranks No. 3 in school history. Both swam on the winning 200 free (1:29.75) and 400 free (3:25.59) relays along with junior Andrew Savage, who clocked T I Menlo sophomore Justin Chan (left) discussed strokes with junior Andrew Carlisle during their doubles win in the WBAL finale. Menlo senior Patrick Chase runs down a return during his 6-1, 6-4 win over Pedro Robinson of SHP in the WBAL singles final. 6-2 victory over senior teammate Alden Mitchell. Both players helped MenloAtherton finished off its finest regular season in program history with a 7-0 nonleague victory over host St. Francis at Cuesta Park on Monday. The Bears finished 18-0, their first unbeaten regular season ever. "We got off to a slow start," said M-A co-coach Carlos Aguilar. "Monday matches are tough for the guys and we had our Bearathon (fundraiser) on Saturday, so they were a bit burnt out. Once they got going, they won handily." Neither Aguilar nor fellow cocoach Tom Sorenson, however, had water dumped on them to celebrate the perfect regular season. "Let's just say there were smiles, but to their credit, they acted like they'd been there before!" Aguilar said. "A very mature group!" a season-best 48.71 to win the 100 free. In girls' swimming, Sacred Heart Prep swept aside the final contender for WBAL dual-meet honors with a 96-74 victory over visiting Harker on Tuesday. The Gators (7-0, 7-3) wrapped up the league dual-meet title with one final tri-meet left against beatable Mercy-Burlingame and Notre Dame-San Jose. Harker had the first-place points with seven victories, but SHP had the depth. Sophomore Erin Sheridan sparked the Gators by winning the 100 free (55.06) and 200 free (2:01.01) in addition to swimming a leg on the winning 200 free relay. In Burlingame, Menlo-Atherton and Burlingame may have battled to a tie in 2009 but it wasn't that close on Tuesday when the teams met again in a PAL Bay Division showdown in the Panthers' pool. While both teams came in undefeated, Burlingame showed that the teams aren't that close by winning eight of the 11 events. M-A senior Sarah Winters broke up the Panthers' domination by winning the 200 free in a season best of 1:55.05 and doubling back to take the 500 free in 5:12.19. Burlingame, however, swept all three relays and lost only one other individual event as M-A's Becca Dorst won the 50 free in 26.44. The Bears fell to 4-1 in league and now must finish ahead of Burlingame at the league finals to either share or claim the overall PAL title. At the fifth annual Section Challenge last weekend at Palo Alto High, sophomores Jasmine Tosky of Palo Alto and Kremer of Sacred Heart Prep made quite a splash in a meet that brought together some of the top teams and swimmers from the Central Coast, North Coast and San Joaquin sections. Tosky and Kremer certainly were two of the standouts during a record-breaking day. Tosky, along with junior Sarah Liang, each won two individual events and swam legs on winning relays to help the Paly girls successfully defend their title. Kremer, meanwhile, won an event with a school record and took second in another in addition to contributing to a pair of runnerup relays to help the SHP boys finish third overall. Tosky won the 200-yard free in 1:50.12, her fastest high school time ever, and captured the 500 free in 4:51.35 -- again her fastest ever (non-club) time. Both times were automatic All-American clockings. Tosky also anchored two relay teams to victory in CCS-leading times to help the Vikings win the team crown by 4 1/2 points. Tosky's 200 free established a meet record and improved her No. 2 rank in school history, trailing (continued on page 46) Keith Peters Keith Peters Page 43 Sports Allie Shorin Palo Alto's Drake Swezey slides home with a run during the Vikings' 13-8 win over Los Gatos on Wednesday. Swezey had a homer and 2 RBI. Prep baseball (continued from page 41) said. "However, now that we have clinched first place, I want to allow our seniors to play on Friday and give them their due respect for all of their hard work through this season. We have had great leadership from all of them and they deserve to be sent off the right way." The senior class includes Geoff Dodson, Jared Beeson, Wyatt Shaw, Conner Raftery plus starters Scott Witte, Joc Pederson and Wade Hauser. They have helped compile one of the most memorable seasons in program history, which stretches to 1899 when Paly won its first league title. Palo Alto won 10 league titles between 1899 and 1927 before experiencing a drought until 1987. The Vikings won the De Anza crown in 1994, took the El Camino Division title in 2002 and now have their 14th championship following Wednesday's long-awaited title. "All of the players reacted like true champions," Raich explained. "They didn't rush the field; they just came out like they expected to win and represented themselves like champions. "This was more than satisfying. I am speechless. These players are models of what it takes to be a champion and how hard work and dedication pays off." The Paly seniors went 16-17 as juniors, 14-13-1 as sophomores and 7-17 for those who played as freshmen. This is only the program's fifth winning season since 2001. "I can't thank all of the players enough for how hard they have worked this season, and have come in every day with a goal to get better. I have never had as much fun as I have this season coaching. I am excited for what is in our future." That's probably because Raich will return 14 of his current players next season, many of whom contributed in a big way Wednesday against Los Gatos. Juniors Drake Swezey and Christoph Bono, for example, pounded home runs and accounted for six RBI and four hits. But, once again, the offense was spread around with everyone, it seems, contributing. "The offense once again was a Allie Shorin Palo Alto senior Scott Witte came on in relief and pitched the final two innings of the Vikings' 13-8 victory over Los Gatos on Wednesday that clinched the SCVAL De Anza Division title. Witte allowed no hits or runs. huge contributor," Raich said. "We had eight different players with important RBI and everyone played a key role in this quest for a championship." Palo Alto jumped out to a quick lead when Pederson ripped a leadoff homer over the right-centerfield fence. Witte followed with another solo blast in the top of the second for a 2-0 lead. The Vikings gave one back when Jason Shepardson, the half-brother of Raich, got into a pitch and sent it over the fence in center. Palo Alto went up 3-1 before the Wildcats broke it open in the fifth inning and took an 8-3 lead. The Vikings responded right away, tacking on seven runs of their own -- highlighted by a two-run homer by Drake Swezey -- to take a 10-8 lead going into the final inning. Paly sent 13 batters to the plate in the sixth, taking advantage of five walks, an error and a hit batsman. The Vikings padded their lead in the seventh when Cory Tenanes led off with a walk and Pederson followed with a single. Bono then put the decision out of the Wildcats' reach with a monster three-run homer that cleared the scoreboard in right field. In Atherton, it was Menlo's youth movement once again that made a difference in the Knights' West Bay Athletic League baseball victory over visiting Crystal Springs on Wednesday, as the Knights remained within a game of first place with a 17-3 romp. Menlo improved to 4-1 in league (15-6 overall). On the mound, it was sophomore lefthander Jake Batchelder, who extended his scoreless inning streak to 21 innings as he moved to 6-0 on the year by throwing five shutout innings. At the plate, it was sophomore Dylan Mayer, who went three for three with four RBI, including Allie Shorin Palo Alto's Cory Tenanes gets into a pitch during his team's 13-8 titleclinching victory over host Los Gatos on Wednesday. his fifth home run of the season. Fellow sophomore Freddy Avis added two hits and two RBI while senior Jackson Badger added three hits and two RBI. Junior Phil Anderson contributed two hits. Menlo blasted the game open with 11 runs in the second inning, highlighted by Mayer's threerun homer. The Knights return to WBAL action on Friday by hosting Pinewood, which will be a tuneup for next Wednesday's game against first-place Sacred Heart Prep on the Knights' field at 4 p.m. Speaking of Sacred Heart, the Gators rebounded from their first loss after seven straight victories and remained atop the WBAL standings with a 13-2 blasting of visiting Harker on Wednesday. The Gators improved to 5-0 in league (11-9-1 overall) heading into their big showdown next Wednesday at second-place Menlo. In the SCVAL El Camino Division, Gunn pounded out 12 hits, including five for extra bases, as the Titans romped past visiting Lynbrook, 11-1, on Tuesday. Graham Fisher picked up his four win on the season while allowing just two hits in four innings on the mound. Danny Luskin earned the save. The Titans (6-4, 8-11-2) scored a run every inning for the first time this season. Travis Bowers and Jake Verhulp led the offense. Bowers had two doubles and three RBI while Verhulp added two RBI on a triple and single. Tyler Harney and Jack Hannan also had two hits for Gunn, which took advantage of runners in scoring position as by hitting five sacrifice flies. Menlo School sophomore Jake Batchelder improved to 6-0 and extended his scoreless inning streak to 21-0 in a win over Crystal Springs. Page 44 Keith Peters Sports Stanford roundup (continued from page 42) percentage. Defenders like junior Karen Nesbitt, sophomore Catherine Swanson and seniors Eleanor Foote and Charity Fluharty have helped to ease the pressure on Read. Stanford has the appropriate credentials on display for the NCAA committee. Now all it has to do is win the MPSF tournament. Baseball Stanford (10-5, 21-14) seemed to be in trouble two weeks ago after losing a Pac-10 series to Oregon and coming perilously close to slipping under the .500 mark overall. An eight-game winning streak, since snapped in Monday night's 9-3 loss at Santa Clara, breathed new life into the No. 22 Cardinal as it heads to Washington (alma mater of Tim Lincecum) for an important conference series beginning Friday night at 6 p.m. in Seattle. Saturday night's 6:30 p.m. game is set for Safeco Field as part of a day-night doubleheader with the Seattle Mariners. Stanford's recent streak of success can be traced to its run production, though a resurgent left-hander Brett Mooneyham is also part of the equation. Jonathan Kaskow and Tyler Gaffney are in the forefront of the improved run production. Kaskow, whose season average is a team-best .469, is hitting .559 over his past 11 games. Gaffney upped his average to .345 after he ignited his aluminum bat to the tune of .611 over the past four games. He has 11 hits in his last 18 at bats, scored six runs and driven in two. In his previous eight games Gaffney was 8-for-35 (.211) with six runs scored and one RBI. Stephen Piscotty, Colin Walsh and Menlo School grad Kenny Diekroeger have also used the recent winning streak to improve their batting averages. Diekroeger, named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Monday, owns a .378 average (17-for-45) over his past 11 games. He's added 10 RBI to his total of 27 over that span. Stanford enters the weekend in second place, a game behind Arizona State in a tightly-packed conference race. Softball Until junior pitcher Ashley Chinn shut down San Jose State, 4-1, Tuesday night, Stanford had trouble stopping anybody over a sevengame losing streak that began when freshman hurler Teagan Gerhart began experiencing soreness in her right arm. Gerhart won her 22nd game in 26 decisions when she beat Oregon State, 1-0, on April 10. She had a 1.37 ERA afterward. Stanford pitchers were 0-7 with an 8.79 ERA from April 11 until Chinn's gem, in which she did not allow an earned run. The Cardinal was outscored 55-20 during its worst losing streak in years. 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The Vikings' first three swimmers -- Liang, junior Sabrina Lee and sophomore Margaret Wenzlau -- gave Tosky a small lead for her anchor leg and that was all she needed on her way to a sizzling 50.20 split that carried Paly to first place in 3:32.95, a meet record and the fastest time in the CCSection this season. That clinched the title with 266 points as Mitty finished third in the relay and settled for second in the standings with 261.5. Liang added victories in the 200 IM, a season best of 2:05.18, and another season best of 1:05.73 to win the 100 breast. Lee had a pair of fourth places (100 free and 100 back) while Wenzlau tied for second in the 50 free and finished third in the 100 fly in a season best of 57.16. None of the relay swimmers are seniors. In the boys' meet, Kremer broke his own school record in the 100 back in 51.33, an automatic AllAmerican time. He also took second in the 200 free in 1:41.02, another All-American time that also was his personal best (not including club times) while ranking him No. 2 in school history. Kremer also swam legs on the Gators' runnerup 200 free relay (1:28.05) and 400 free relay (3:12.83), both of which clocked season bests. SHP beat perennial CCS champ Bellarmine (3:13.30) in the 400 free relay. Kremer is clearly the team's big point-getter, but he has a strong supporting cast that includes senior David Culpan and juniors Philip Bamberg and Andrew Savage. That foursome made up both relay teams that produced sizzling performances. Sacred Heart Prep finished third with 138 points, trailing first-place Bellarmine (276.5) and Campolindo (226) of the NCS. Palo Alto was eighth with 102 points. Paly sophomore Byron Sanborn had a solid meet with a third in the 100 breast (a season best of 1:00.44) and a fifth in the 200 IM in another season best of 1:59.34. 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Track and field The Menlo boys and Priory girls provided many of the top efforts at the fourth WBAL meet of the season, held Wednesday at Menlo. Menlo junior Sam Parker got the better of rival Arnaud Kpachavi of Priory in the boys' 1600 as Parker laid off the pace before finally overtaking Kpachavi on the homestretch to win in 4:39.73. Kpachavi was second in 4:43.06. Menlo's Max Parker won the 100 (12.52), teammate Lowry Yankwich took the 800 (2:29.99), Alex Lawler won the 110 high hurdles (19.70) and the 300 intermediate hurdles (46.11), Nathan Rosenblum won the shot put (31-7), Jordan Williams won the long jump (18-6 1/2), John Shanley took the triple jump (37-4) and the team of the Parker brothers, Yankwich and Lawler took the 1600 relay in 3:45.04. Kpachavi bounced back from his loss in the 1600 to win the 400 in 52.07. Sammy Albanese Castilleja School The senior pitcher struck out 19 while throwing a nohitter in a 3-0 softball victory before getting four RBI and striking out 17 while tossing a perfect game, giving her nine straight no-hitters -- No. 2 in state history. Kimmie Flather Palo Alto lacrosse Tom Kremer Sacred Heart Prep The sophomore swam eight races in two meets and set three personal bests, including a school record in the 100 back, while helping the Gators beat SI in a dual meet and third at the Section Challenge with All-American times. Andrew Buchanan Menlo golf pleted WBAL round-robin play with the Gators coming through with a slightly larger margin of victory than the one-shot affair two weeks ago. Menlo junior Patrick Grimes led all scorers with a clinical, 3 birdie, no bogey 32. St. Mary's-bound senior Dalan Refioglu, and sophomore Kevin Knox, led the Gators with even-par 35's. The win by SHP marked the final regular-season match for seniors Jeff Knox, Brett Van Zanten, Anthony Tran and Refioglu. Next up for both teams is the WBAL Championships on Monday at Menlo Country Club. One team and three individuals will advance from the WBAL playoff to the CCS regional tournament the week of May 10th. As the WBAL round-robin champion, SHP will be playing in the CCS regional on May 11th. At the SCVAL tournament at San Juan Oaks in Hollister, Palo Alto (420) finished third behind Los Altos (409) and Los Gatos (411), both of which qualified for a CCS regional. The Vikings' only hope of advancing is with an at-large berth. Palo Alto's Michael Yuan (167) did qualify as an individual. Softball Gunn moved into second place in the SCVAL El Camino Division race with a 3-0 victory over visiting Lynbrook on Tuesday. The Titans improved to 6-2 in league (13-9 In the girls' side of the meet on a cold and windy day, Kat Gregory paced Priory with a 5:20.66 victory in the 1600. Teammate Eugenia Jernick won the 100 (13.68) and added a victory in the 300 hurdles (50.53), while the Panthers' 1600 (4:36.04) relay team also won with Gregory anchoring. A day earlier at Sacred Heart Prep, Matt Walter and Chris Gaertner each won two individual events to help the host Gators run away with the boys' team title in the fourth WBAL meet of the season. Walter, who already has played football and soccer this school year, showed off his sprinting skills once again by sweeping the 100 (11.40) and 200 (23.06). Gaertner, a football/basketball player, added a victory in the 300 intermediate hurdles (46.08) and long jump (19-10 1/2) as the Gators piled up 144 points to outdistance St. Lawrence (99). Sacred Heart swept the 400 (44.62) and 1600 (3:44.48) relays while Zach Watterson won the 800 (2:04.79), Greg Hook won the triple jump (38-10 1/2) and John Oppenheimer took the shot put (44-6). Honorable mention Kat Gregory Priory track and field GOT WRINKLES? 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