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f animals could talk or text, Riley’s Place would outrank Justin Bieber in Facebook friends. For now, the volunteer-powered nonprofit leasing space on a Woodside property is growing one hug at a time when special kids experience its unique hoof and fur therapy. Founded in 2009, Riley’s Place is dedicated to enriching the lives of children on the San Francisco Peninsula experiencing chronic or life-threatening health problems and/or challenging family situations. Children, who’ve spent far too much of their young lives around lab coats, blood draws, and the inside of MRI machines and transitional homes, can kick-up dust in a barn where they might groom a miniature horse, ride in a pony cart, go nose-to-nose with a Nigerian Dwarf goat, or cuddle the
best laptops — a bunny, hen or guinea pig. Programs offered through Riley’s Place are free. Their onsite play dates with fourlegged friends, visits to private homes for children too ill to travel, and time spent at Ronald McDonald House and Haven Family House encourage and facilitate children’s interaction with animals, allowing them to experience the joy and healing that spending time with animals can bring. Riley Church, the inspiration, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in 2004 and passed away two years later at age 14. Near the end, when Riley could no longer travel, friends brought a miniature horse to her San Carlos home. The look of See RILEY’S, page 23
Almanac photos by Michelle Le
Top: Meeting bunnies Casper and Robin at Riley’s Place in Woodside are, from left, Violet, Landen and Devondre. Above: Riley’s Place Executive Director Wendy Mattes leads children on a tour of the site.
On the cover During a visit to Riley’s Place in Woodside, Landen, left, and Devondre meet Millie, a bunny adopted from the Peninsula Humane Society. Almanac photo by Michelle Le.
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Palo Alto Medical Foundation Community Health Education Programs Mountain View, 650-934-7373 Palo Alto, 650-853-2960
For a complete list of classes and class fees, lectures and health education resources, visit: pamf.org/register.
Lectures and Workshops Advance Health Care Directive Senior Center Lectures Presented by Betsy Carpenter Sunnyvale City Senior Center, 550 E. Remington Dr., Sunnyvale Wednesday, June 22, 1 to 2 p.m., 650-934-7373
Effective Parenting Dr. Marvin Small Memorial Parent Workshop Series Presented by Susan Stone Belton, ParentsPlace 701 E. El Camino Real, Mountain View Tuesday, July 12, 7 to 8:30 p.m., 650-934-7373
Good Food PAMF Healthy Screenings Film Series Panel discussion after ﬁlm led by Ed Yu, M.D., PAMF Family Medicine 701 E. El Camino Real, Mountain View Friday, June 24, 7 to 9 p.m., 650-934-7373 An intimate look at the farmers, ranchers, and businesses that are creating a more sustainable food system in the Paciﬁc Northwest.
Cancer Care – Eating Tips During Cancer Care Treatment – Exercise for Energy – men and women’s group – Expressions – Healing Imagery
– Healthy Eating After Cancer Treatment – Look Good, Feel Better – Qigong – When Eating is a Problem, During Cancer Treatment
Childbirth and Parent Education Classes – – – – – – – – –
Baby Safety Basics Breastfeeding Childbirth Preparation Feeding Your Young Child Infant and Child CPR Infant Care Infant Emergencies and CPR Introduction to Solids New Parent ABC’s – All About Baby Care
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OB Orientation PAMF Partners in Pregnancy Prenatal Yoga Preparing for Birth/Fast Track Preparing for a Second Birth with Yoga: A Refresher – Sibling Preparation – What to Expect with Your Newborn
Living Well Classes – Mind/Body Stress Management
– Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Nutrition and Diabetes Classes Mountain View, 650-934-7177 s Palo Alto, 650-853-2961
Time For a Checkup. Doc, What Am I Due For? Presented by Alireza Shafaie, M.D., PAMF Internal Medicine San Carlos Library, 610 Elm Street, San Carlos Monday, June 27, 7 to 8:30 p.m., 650-591-0341 x237 We will review preventive health recommendations based on age and sex and review the reason for these recommendations.
Understanding Vitamins and Herbs – Harvesting the Evidence! Presented by Kathy Orrico, PAMF Pharmacy Coordinator 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto Tuesday, July 12, 7 to 8:30 p.m., 650-853-4873 This talk will review recent updates about the known beneﬁts and harms associated with vitamins and herbal supplements commonly available in your neighborhood drug store. We will present tips for selecting reliable products and keeping your healthcare providers in the loop!
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– Diabetes Management – Healthy Eating with Type 2 Diabetes – Heart Smart (cholesterol management)
– Living Well with Prediabetes – Sweet Success Program (gestational diabetes)
Weight Management Programs – Bariatric Surgery Orientation – Healthy eating. Active lifestyles. (pediatric programs, ages 2-6) – HMR Weight Management Program
– Lifesteps® – New Weigh of Life – Take Charge of Your Body
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AWAKE Bariatric Surgery Breastfeeding Cancer Chronic Fatigue
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CPAP Diabetes Drug and Alcohol Kidney Multiple Sclerosis
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Special Events Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, is holding sidewalk office hours for constituents to bring questions, ideas and solutions regarding state legislative issues that affect their community. June 12, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Menlo Park Farmers’ Market, Chestnut Street between Santa Cruz and Menlo avenues, Menlo Park. Call 650688-6384. senatorsimitian.com Sunset Magazine Celebration Weekend will feature cooking demos, home and garden ideas and more. June 4 and 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $16; $12 seniors; kids under 12 free. Sunset Headquarters, 80 Willow Road, Menlo Park. www.sunset.com/cw Nativity Carnival Carnival rides, game booths, food court, beverages and a silent auction, benefiting Nativity School. June 10-12, 5-11 p.m. Free. 210 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. www.facebook.com/nativitycarnival Arrillaga Family Recreation Center Re-grand Opening A celebration of the ReGrand Opening of the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center. There will be an opening ceremony, tours of the new building, classroom demonstrations and more. June 4, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2200. www.menlopark.org
On Stage ‘Annie’ Woodside Elementary School’s annual tradition of an operetta production performed by the 8th grade class. June 2-4, 7-9:30 p.m. $12/ adults, $10 children. Sellman Auditorium, 3195 Woodside Road, Woodside. ‘[title of show]’ TheatreWorks presents the new musical “[title of show]” written by a pair of undiscovered writers about a pair of undiscovered writers writing a new musical. June 1-26, with evening and matinee performances. $24 (for students)-$42. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. www.theatreworks.org
Talks/Authors ‘Artists & the Creative Process’ 2011 Djerassi Program resident artists Aaron Hamburger from New York City and Lena Lapschina from Lagenlois, Austria, perform and speak about their work. June 6, 7 p.m. Free. Reservations required. Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. ‘Financing Alternatives: Where’s the Money?’ A discussion of funding options for companies. June 9, 3-6:30 p.m. $20-50. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, 1100 Marsh Road, Menlo Park. Call 408-960-3807. financingalternatives-FullCal.eventbrite.com
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pure joy on Riley’s face when the horse walked to her and stayed there with her head in Riley’s lap was the event that led to Riley’s Place. In 2009, the National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy invited Riley’s Place to share its lovely, 12-acre Woodside property and they’ve made the most of the sweetheart lease, adding a goat jungle gym, bunny cottage, garden and tree fort with a million-dollar view. A Tuff Shed for office work, a passenger vehicle to bring kids on site, and gift cards to Portola Valley Feed top their wish list; annual expenses for a miniature horse run just over $4,000. Riley’s Place is lean, smart and resourceful. In well-run nonprofits, 75 or 80 cents of every dollar funds programs and services versus “overhead.” At Riley’s Place, it’s closer to 85 cents. The vision and leadership comes from Wendy Mattes, who was Riley Church’s riding
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Chris Adrian discusses his new novel, “The Great Night,” a retelling of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” June 1, 7 p.m. Members free. General admission requires purchase of event book or a $10 gift card. Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers. com Emma Donoghue discusses her novel, “Room,” about a mother who keeps her son inside one room. June 2, 7 p.m. Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Melissa Marr discusses her new novel, “Graveminder,” a story about the living, the dead and a curse that binds them. June 3, 7 p.m. Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Community Events ‘Eating for Health’ Bauman College, Eucalyptus Magazine and the Stillheart Institute host a dinner and nutrition discussion with Dr. Ed Bauman and Chef Sitarani Brian. Reservations required. June 15, 6-9 p.m. $55. Stillheart Institute, 16350 Skyline Blvd., Woodside. Day of the Horse Meeting Woodsidearea Horse Owners Assn. invites area residents and equestrians to its meeting June 1 at Folger Estate Stable in Wunderlich Park. Carriage Room Museum tour, 5-6 p.m. Meeting at 6 p.m.: Day of the Horse logo apparel trunk show and sale, rider registration, raffle ticket sales and more. No charge. Folger Estate Stable, Wunderlich Park, 4040 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-728-5064. www.whoa94062.org Spring Down Open Horse Show Classes from beginner lead line to more advanced hunter/jumper. June 5, $15/class. Free to observers. Spring Down Equestrian Center, 725 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-1114. www. springdown.com
Kids & Families ‘Shark Storytime’ “I”m a Shark,” by Bob Shea and “Shark Vs Train” by Chris Barton will be presented in this storytime event for kids. June 5, 11:30 a.m. Free. Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com World Oceans Day at MSI The Marine Science Institute will celebrate World Oceans Day with activities including docent tours of its aquarium and classroom facilities. Visitors can also take a two-hour trip on the Bay aboard the 90-foot R/V the Robert G. Brownlee. Admission to the aquarium is free; prices for Bay trips are listed online. Advance registration required. June 4, 10-5 p.m. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City, Ca, 94063. Call 650-364-2760. sfbaymsi.org
Et Alia African Drumming with Onye Onyemaechi Drummer and performer Onye Onyemaechi performs. Born in Nigeria, he has played and toured in the United States and Europe, conveying African culture and village values. June 16, 10-11 a.m. Free. Independence Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. www.smcl.org
instructor at Webb Ranch. This superwoman has served as the organization’s only executive director, collecting no salary; she cultivates board members and volunteers, books visits, posts on Facebook, oversees animal husbandry, and writes the best thank-you’s, whether donations are alfalfa hay or checks. She recruits board members to complement her skills: an attorney, builder, retired Atherton police chief Glenn Nielsen, an equine veterinarian, Riley’s former pediatric oncologist at Lucile Packard, and seasoned nonprofit executives. Riley Church’s parents, Andrea and Martin Church of
‘Cherries on Top’ Menlo Park resident and print-making teacher Cherise Thompson will display monotypes from her “The Party Continues” series through July 2 at Gallery 9, 143 Main St. in Los Altos. For the past year, Ms. Thompson has volunteered one afternoon a week at the Boys & Girls Club in Menlo Park teaching print-making. A reception for Ms. Thompson and artist Suej McCall will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 3, at the gallery. Salon Menlo: ‘Mildred Pierce’ The Salon Menlo program celebrates the fictional and cinematic character Mildred Pierce through film clips from the 1945 Joan Crawford film and readings from the 1941 James Cain novel. Nick Szegda and Lauren John lead the discussion. Pie will be served. June 5, 1-4 p.m. Free. Recreation Center, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call 650-522-4088. Silicon Valley Symphony Fourteen-yearold violinist Stephen Waarts will perform the Violin Concerto in E Minor by Felix Mendelssohn with the Silicon Valley Symphony performing. Michael Paul Gibson will also conduct Rossini’s “L’Italiana in Algeri” overture, Vaughan Williams’ “Thomas Tallis” and Prokofiev’s “Classical Symphony.” June 3, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $20 general; $15 seniors/students; free for children 12 and under. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park. Call 415- 287-6002. Dr. Seuss Rare Editions 2011 Tour This exhibition of art by Dr. Seuss highlights works from the private reserve of the publisher, including “Elephant Presenting a Flower to a Bird” and “My Petunia Can Lick Your Geranium,” plus sculptures executed in the 1930s. Through June 30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Peabody Fine Art Gallery, 603 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650322-2200. www.peabodyfineart.com ‘Springtime Novelettes’ The Bayer Ballet Company presents “Springtime Novelettes.” June 12, 1 and 4 p.m. $20. Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 1-800-838-3006.
San Carlos, have been involved from the beginning and now serve on the board. But, one visit says much more than a peek at the books or board roster. It’s why Riley’s Place holds a monthly open house. Somewhere between hearing Riley’s story, petting a “mini,” and climbing the tree fort, adults get why it’s so meaningful for kids to feel like kids, not patients, when Riley’s Place becomes their place for the day. Visit Rileys-Place.org for more information. To arrange for an onsite visit or off-site visit to a facility, contact Wendy Mattes at (650) 703-5199 or firstname.lastname@example.org.