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here are professions in which badges from a school of some kind have
become a necessity: medicine, the practice of the law, the enforcement of the law. Cooking for restaurants is heading that way, says Executive Chef William Ruiz of the Woodside Bakery & Cafe. But for now, for himself, for longtime Pastry Chef Jesus Mendoza and for Sous Chef Ismael Guido, they don’t need no stinking badges. Mr. Mendoza, who is 35, came to the Woodside Bakery 20 years ago to wash dishes, and moved up by proving himself at various pastry specialties. Mr. Guido, 42, started as a dishwasher 18 years ago; he has some sous chef duties but not the long hours, and for a reason: He also cooks at a Stanford University dining hall. Mr. Ruiz, 48, puts in long hours at the cafe and says he refined his craft while working for other chefs. He’s been the head chef at the bakery and cafe since summer 2012. At times, it’s probably a high-wire act, but always with a net: it’s a family place with a menu that changes slowly, warmth that endures, and regulars who order the same thing time after time. “I think part of the magic here is being a family business. That means a lot to people. It’s like comfort food,” says Jan Sweyer, who with her brother Mark Sweyer bought the bakery and cafe out of bankruptcy in 2006. Their joint career began with the purchase of a deli in Burlingame in 1976 and went on to include an Irish pub in Cupertino and a bar and a cafe, both in Redwood City. They grew up in Woodside, went to community schools and have worked with their classmates’ children. “We have personally hired, and fired, the children of the children we grew up with,” Ms. Sweyer says. “This is our home. This is home. We’re deep in these roots.” Continued on next page
Executive Chef William Ruiz braises lamb shanks in one of the kitchens at the Woodside Bakery & Cafe.
CULINARY MAGIC WITHOUT CULINARY DEGREES AT WOODSIDE BAKERY & CAFE The seating area of Woodside Bakery & Cafe at 3052 Woodside Road in downtown Woodside.
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The importance of soup
If Mr. Ruiz carries himself with the air of a street fighter, it may be a consequence of where he went to culinary school: â€œThe school of hard knocks,â€? he says. Culinary schools have it backward by teaching technique ahead of or instead of cooking science; because the school environment is highly controlled, graduates tend to think they know it all, he says. Acceptance in culinary school once required two letters of reference and time in a professional kitchen. Today, â€œif you have money, you can get into culinary school,â€? he says. â€œSchools are a big machine, a big cog. You feed the machine to keep it turning. ... Cooking is like going to war. Who do you want doing your fighting? West Pointers or guys who have been in the trenches?â€? To bring out his war cry, try ordering something not on the menu. â€œYou want to enjoy your dinner?â€? he says in reply to such a hypothetical request. â€œGood. Stay here and eat what I cook. You can cook your own dinner â€” at home. You come to my restaurant, youâ€™re eating my food.â€? Itâ€™s partly a business decision. â€œIf Joe Schmo comes in and asks for something completely wretched, heâ€™ll tell his friends: â€˜I ordered something that was putrid and the chef made it for me and it was putrid.â€™ Iâ€™d rather have him leave upsetâ€? that he didnâ€™t get what he wanted, he says. Chef Ruiz discovered his lifeâ€™s work in Seattle working for Chef Walter Pisano at Tulio Ristorante. Mr. Ruiz made a
Line Cook Cesar Guillen pulls from the wood-fired oven a few of the 600 individual focaccia baked every day and served as appetizers with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
different soup every day without traditional thickeners such as cream or roux (flour browned in butter). â€œWorking there really pushed my soup-making capabilities to the limit,â€? Mr. Ruiz says. â€œWhen I went to work with Walter, thatâ€™s when I realized that this would be my career.â€? Asked to name a soup from those days, Mr. Ruiz recalls a white bean puree, made with onions, cannellini beans, a bay leaf, preserved lemon and vegetable stock. At the Woodside cafe, there are two soups daily, one of them always vegan and gluten-free. Spinach and mushroom soup is popular, server
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Kacey Crosby says. â€œPeople come in and eat just that, just that and a focaccia.â€? Mr. Ruiz says that one of his first soup-related acts at the cafe was to end the use of chicken bouillon. â€œThrow all that out,â€? he says he told his staff upon seeing a big box of it. â€œCooking is not about convenience, nor is it about taking shortcuts, and thatâ€™s what it comes down to.â€? Despite his emphasis on fundamentals, some members of the cooking staff do occasionally take a shorter route. â€œThey think thereâ€™s a shortcut,â€? Mr. Ruiz says. â€œI tell them, â€˜If there is a quicker
way to do something to where the end result is the same, Iâ€™d let you know that.â€™â€? They do get it, though, and itâ€™s inspiring â€œcoming in here day in and day out and seeing them grasp it.â€? Donâ€™t be fat
Pastry Chef Mendoza also learned his skills on the job at the bakery. He began as a dishwasher at 15, expressed an interest in baking, and spent 18 months making Danish pastries, he says. Next came six months of cookies and a year of cakes. â€œWhatever station (my boss) showed me, I learned fast, quickly,â€? Mr. Mendoza says. He
TOWN OF WOODSIDE INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR PLANNING COMMISSION Districts 1 Unexpired term to February 2016 The Planning Commission participates in the administration of the planning laws and policies of the Town. It is responsible for recommending to the Town Council ordinances and resolutions necessary to implement the General Plan and adopted development policy. The Commission also conducts necessary public hearings to administer the planning laws and policies of the Town and acts upon applications for zoning amendments, conditional use permits, variances, subdivisions and other related functions as may be assigned by the Council. The Planning Commission meets on the ďŹ rst and third Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.; Commissioners are appointed for a four-year term; one member is appointed from each Council district. A listing of district addresses is provided on the Townâ€™s web site at www.woodsidetown.org, Town Hall, Boards and Committees, Planning Commission, Districts. Interested residents may request information and applications Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM-12 noon and 1-5:00 PM at Town Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, at the Townâ€™s web site, www.woodsidetown.org, Residents, Volunteer Opportunities, or telephone the Town Clerk at (650) 851-6790. Deadline for applications is Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 5:00 PM.
became head baker and then pastry chef. That apprenticeship trajectory continues. Heâ€™s trained about 200 bakers, 20 of whom are now pastry chefs, he says. Making pastry is about love, Mr. Mendoza says, the love of customers biting into one and having the words, â€œOh, itâ€™s good,â€? arise from somewhere inside. Among his students: his future wife and his brother, both of whom still work there. Much like buying and eating pastry, making it is about self-discipline. Is it hard not to overdo the sampling of oneâ€™s work? â€œYes, itâ€™s very hard, very hard,â€? Mr. Mendoza says with a broad smile. Sample 10 different items and you may have ingested 2,000 calories. â€œYou have to run every single dayâ€? to keep the weight off, he says. Conscious of this, he says he tries to keep the fat content just above the point at which its absence might be noticed. â€œI want customers to eat, but I donâ€™t want them to be fat.â€? The bakery makes four sandwich breads for the cafe: Tuscan, ciabatta, rye and sourdough â€” and some 600 focaccia every day. Among breads for sale in the bakery is a 100 percent whole wheat loaf. Pure whole wheat bread can be tricky in terms of taste and texture. The key, Mr. Mendoza says, is allowing the bread adequate rise time. While white breads need just two hours, whole wheat needs six. Patience and precision are important in baking, he says, adding: â€œI want people to eat more healthy bread.â€? Timing, itâ€™s everything
Mr. Guido, a man of few words for this interview, says he came to the attention of the management after they noticed his interest in cooking. â€œI noticed that I liked it, too, and I love it now,â€? he says. And the customers love it. â€œWe try to take items away (from the menu) but people ask for it,â€? he adds. â€œAll the food is really good.â€? â€œI donâ€™t think anyone can touch Ismael on fish and meat dishes,â€? Ms. Sweyer says. Itâ€™s his timing, she says, his understanding of how the entree continues to cook after itâ€™s off the stove. â€œHe cooks them to perfection. It will be perfect when it gets to the table.â€? How is it working for Mr. Ruiz? â€œI listen,â€? Mr. Guido says. â€œIâ€™ve got the knowledge, Iâ€™ve got the experience, but I listen.â€? A
On the cover: Pastry Chef Jesus Mendoza at the Woodside Bakery & Cafe puts the finishing touches on a pastry heart covered with chocolate raspberry ganache. The day begins at 5 a.m. for Mr. Mendoza, now in his 20th year with the bakery after starting as a dishwasher at the age of 15.
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Childhood friends stay connected through music By Samantha Bergeson
tar and bass. By junior year, the band was officially pieced together, and by senior year, it inosaurs may be extinct, won M-A’s annual Battle of the but great music doesn’t Bands contest. die. A local band, made They have limited time to play up of four childhood friends together. Each member attends a who all graduated from Menlo- different college so they keep in Atherton High School in 2011, contact by sharing music files by hopes to keep their music alive. computer. “The common thing The band, named Tyrannosau- now for college bands since rus Sex, plays mostly technology is so jazz-funk, influenced by great is to ... use a variety of rock bands. DropBox to share Its members are guiGarageBand files tarist and backing vocalor recordings back ist Stefan Turkowski, and forth and then drummer Colin Sutadd to it,” Mr. Sutton, bassist Jonathan ton says. Wyatt, and lead vocalist Each song is and guitarist Noah Stid. started by a band The cover The band has released of the band’s album, member who lays two albums, “Barely a foundation and “Rough and Dirty.” Covered” in Februrary then shares the 2012 and “Rough and Dirty” fragment with the other band in October. T-Sex has played members via DropBox. Most of at a variety of bistros and cafes the second album, “Rough and throughout the Bay Area, with Dirty,” was written this way. its most recent show at the “One of the interesting things Brainwash Cafe in San Francisco about this technique for songon Dec. 29. writing is ... everyone fills in As drummer Colin Sut- the gaps on their own in totally ton explains it, the boys were different ways,” bassist Jonathan “friends since the beginning” Wyatt says. “And then when of elementary school and began we come back together, you jamming together starting fresh- can have these totally different man year. It was a smooth tran- images about what the rest of the sition since “we have all been song is going to look like.” playing and jamming for years. Such a patchwork method ... We all kind of know how each of song collaborations based other operates,” he says. on riffs or singular beats can Each played an instrument sometimes create a rift in the and taught one another gui- group itself. As guitarist Stefan Special to The Almanac
Turkowski says, there tends to be some disagreement about the direction of songs. “There’s definitely some tribulations,” he adds. “And trials,” Mr. Sutton chimes in. The band practices when all its members are in town, which happens only when there are breaks from school. This past summer band members consistently practiced every three days to gear up for their August sold-out gig at Angelica’s Bistro in Redwood City. The main focus of the group is the instrumental sound, complemented by the deep voice of Noah Stid. As the main singer, he takes on the responsibility of writing the lyrics. “The lyrics usually have a lot of meaning behind them; we just tell him not to write about his girlfriend too much!” Mr. Sutton jokes. As a unit, the band is mostly influenced by Gov’t Mule, a Southern folk-rock group formed out of the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers. T-Sex covered two Gov’t Mule songs on its first album. Yet the members have a conflicting preferences when it comes to music, ranging from bluegrass to metal. Their friendships and professionalism transcend individual quarrels, they say. The band, Mr. Sutton says, “is really what all of our tastes come together as.” Visit tinyurl.com/Band-122 to see the band’s website.
Thomas Samuel Glikbarg Thomas (Tom) Samuel Glikbarg passed away on February 13, 2013 at the age of 82 at his home in Atherton after a long battle with multiple myeloma. He was surrounded by his loving family at the time of his death. Tom was born June 5, 1930 in San Francisco. He was raised by his father, A. Samuel Glikbarg, after his mother passed away shortly after his birth. Tom played baseball and was an All-City basketball player at Lowell High School. He attended Stanford University where he played freshman basketball and many intramural sports, graduating in 1952 with a degree in business. He was well known for his achievements as president of Lyon’s Restaurants, a very successful restaurant chain, where he fostered a family atmosphere and earned the respect and loyalty of the employees. At the time of his retirement there were 86 restaurants throughout California and the Paciﬁc Northwest. Tom was an avid sports fan. He was a regular at Stanford athletics events and attended over 50 Big Games. He thoroughly enjoyed Giants and 49er games. He loved playing tennis at the Menlo Circus Club and golﬁng at the Springs Club in Rancho Mirage and Half Moon Bay Golf Links. Tom sat on the board of directors twice at the Menlo Circus Club, served as president of the Springs Club in Rancho Mirage and was on several
local boards. He was well known for his exceptionally sharp wit and great sense of humor. He is survived by his wife of 52 years Elizabeth (Betsy), their children John Glikbarg (Becky), Bob Glikbarg (Jan) and Ellen Shea (Tom), 8 grandchildren (Elisabeth, Thomas, Ben, Leanne, Ryan, Patrick, Kevin and Casey), his sister Eleanor and her husband Arthur, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was a loyal and loving husband and father and relished spending time with his family. Many thanks to Yumi Ando, MD., Pathways Hospice, and Care on Call for their incredible support. A “Celebration of Tom’s Life “ will be held at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton on Saturday, February 23 at 3:00. In lieu of ﬂowers please consider donating to Pathways Home, Health and Hospice in memory of Tom Glikbarg, 585 North Mary Av., Sunnyvale, 94085 or MMTI Fund in memory of Tom Glikbarg, UCSF Foundation, Box 45339, San Francisco, CA 94145, or your charity of choice. PA I D
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Mrs. Finley J. (Diane) Gibbs passed away peacefully at her Atherton home on January 28, 2013, after a brief illness. She had just celebrated her 100th birthday in October. Diane was born in Manila, The Philippines, to Camille Glubetich Pickering and John Kuykendall Pickering. She moved to California as a little girl to live with her aunts and attend school. She graduated from Castilleja School in Palo Alto (’31) and UC Berkeley (’35), where she was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority. After college, Diane returned to Manila, where she married the late Finley J. Gibbs. The Gibbses raised their four children in Washington, D.C., Manila, Palo Alto, and ﬁnally Atherton. Diane loved to play golf and bridge, and was a world traveler. She volunteered at the Allied Arts Guild and the MRI, was a member of both the Century and Town & Country Clubs in San Francisco, and was a long time member of the Menlo Country Club in Woodside. She is survived by her children Finley P. Gibbs (Patricia), Judith Gibbs Brown (Dwite), Camille Gibbs Herrick (Sherman), and Christina Gibbs Thrash (Wallace). She also left behind twelve grandchildren, twenty ﬁve great-grandchildren, two nieces and four nephews. The family requests that any donations in her memory be directed to Castilleja School and to the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. PA I D
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Myron “Mike” Beigler Nov. 8, 1926 – Jan. 17, 2013
Myron “Mike” Beigler, biochemist, artist, and longtime resident of Portola Valley, California, died from cancer on January 17, 2013, at the age of 86. Mike was born in 1926 in Detroit, Michigan. Invited to join the Army Specialized Training Program at 17, Mike was preparing to join the troops abroad when he contracted meningitis, causing him to lose most of his hearing, but enabling him to study biology at the University of Michigan through the remainder of the war. In 1947, Mike moved to New York City to attend the Art Student’s League, immersing himself in the burgeoning abstract expressionist movement with fellow students Larry Rivers and Alfred Leslie. Together they transferred their GI Bills to New York University in 1948, where Mike earned a BS in Art Education, learning and teaching ceramics while spending his evenings with Tony Smith, Robert Motherwell, and Willem deKooning amongst others. Soon thereafter, matters of practicality turned Mike’s attention from art towards his other true passion: science. He earned his BS degree in biology and chemistry from NYU in 1953, eventually moving to California to work for Lockheed on the Polaris nuclear submarine missile system, preparing reports for President Eisenhower. Mike then embarked on an innovative and proliﬁc career in the ﬁeld of amino acids and nutrition science. By the end of his career, Mike was named on over 40 U.S. and international patents, having traveled the world and worked with companies in Japan and Germany. From the late eighties onwards, Mike rededicated himself to ceramics and sculpture. He developed a technique whereby he immersed cloth in hot wax, draping the pieces over each other, and ﬁnally creating a bronze rendition of the sculpture. In hanging each piece, Mike sought to explore the beauty and simplicity of gravity itself. Mike will be remembered for his extraordinary intelligence and talent in both the arts and sciences, his insatiable curiosity, kindness, and readiness to support and mentor those who were lucky to call him friends and family. He is survived by his wife of twenty years, Foster Beigler. PA I D
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H. George Resch Active in libertarian movement
A memorial service will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at AutoVino, 205 Constitution Drive in Menlo Park, for H. George Resch, who died Dec. 12 at his Menlo Park home. He was 78. Mr. Resch H. George Resch was born in Neenah, Wisconsin, and graduated from Lawrence College in 1960. He was a graduate student at Indiana University. Active in the libertarian movement, he assisted F.A. Harper in founding the Institute for Humane Studies and worked for the William Volker Fund. He joined the inner circle of the American economist and historian Murray N. Rothbard, who inf luenced his political views more than anyone else, say associates. He was also a friend of Congressman Ron Paul. Mr. Resch worked for the Banta Printing Company
and also served as research director of the Howard Ruff organization, but for the greater part of his career he was associated with Camino Coin Co. in Burlingame, founded by his close friend Burt Blumert. He is survived by a brother and two nieces. Donations may be made to the Mises Institute, 518 W. Magnolia, Auburn, AL 36832.
Myron â€˜Mikeâ€™ Beigler Biochemist, artist
Myron â€œMikeâ€? Beigler, a longtime resident of Portola Valley, died of cancer Jan 17. He was 86. Mr. Beigler was born in Detroit. Invited to join the Army Specialized TrainMyron â€˜Mikeâ€™ Beigler ing Program at 17, he was prepared to join the troops abroad when he contracted meningitis, causing him to lose most of his hearing, but enabling him to study biology at the University of Michigan through the remainder of the war.
In 1947, he moved to New York City to attend the Art Students League. He earned a bachelorâ€™s degree in art education, learning and teaching ceramics, while spending his evenings with Tony Smith, Robert Motherwell and Willem de Kooning, among others, according to his wife, Foster Beigler. Mr. Beigler then earned a bachelor of science degree in biology and chemistry from New York University, eventually moving to California to work for Lockheed on the Polaris nuclear submarine missile system, preparing reports for President Eisenhower. He then embarked on a career in the field of amino acids and nutrition science. He was named on more than 40 U.S. and international patents, his family said. From the late 1980s, Mr. Beigler once more dedicated himself to ceramics and sculpture. He will be remembered for his intelligence and talent in both the arts and sciences, his curiosity, kindness, and readiness to support and mentor others, say family members. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Foster Beigler.
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Kramer wins Cyclo-cross title Henry Kramer of Menlo Park won the menâ€™s 55-59 UCI Cyclocross Masters World Championship on Jan. 31 in Louisville, Kentucky. Racing for the California Giant Berry Farms team, Kramer finished the threelap race in 37 minutes and 43 Henry Kramer seconds, just 4 seconds ahead of the second place finisher, Randy Fields. The world championship is an event Kramer has competed in 10 times, eight times in Belgium. A sportsman who has been bicycle racing for 30 years, he says cyclocross racing has â€œquite a group of riders in Northern California, especially around Santa Cruz. This is one of six master titles that has been brought back to the Bay Area. Several of us hope to defend our titles next season, which will probably mean returning to Europe.â€?
This is the first time in its 64-year history that the championship has been held outside Europe, he said. According to Wikipedia, cyclocross is a form of bicycle racing that is strongest in the traditional road-cycling countries, such as Belgium, France and the Netherlands. Races typically take place in the fall or winter and consist of many laps of a short course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles, requiring the rider to dismount, carry the bike, and remount. One story about the origins of cyclocross is that European roadracers in the early 1900s would race each other to the next town over and were allowed to cut through farmersâ€™ fields, over fences, or take any other shortcuts in order to win. This was a way for them to stay in shape during the winter months and put a twist on roadracing, says Wikipedia. Continued on next page
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Olympian heads aquatics outreach Brenda Villa, the most decorated female water polo player ever (four-time Olympian, three-time world champion), has joined Menlo Swim and Sport as head of aquatics outreach. Ms. Villa, who won a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics with the U.S. women’s water polo squad, will be in charge of launching a new water polo program for girls 14 and under at Belle Haven pool in Menlo Park. The program, which starts in March, will emphasize reaching girls in the neighborhood. She will also hold girls’ performance clinics and camps for experienced water polo players from around the Peninsula. Cost of the Belle Haven water polo program will be $80 a month, which includes two lessons a week. Scholarships will be available through the Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation. The Belle Haven pool is located at 100 Terminal Ave., across the street from the Onetta Harris Community Center. Until this year, it was closed in the winter. Having the pool open yearround for water polo will also give the community more access, says Menlo Swim and Sport spokesperson Gudrun Enger. Ms. Villa, who now lives in Mountain View, grew up Continued from previous page
Henry Kramer grew up in Menlo Park, where he lives with his wife, Holly, and daughter, Kate. He attended Menlo School and the University of Colorado. For the past 30 years he has operated Econo Tree Service, a tree-care company based in Redwood City. Asked if his daughter, a freshman at Menlo-Atherton High School, will carry on the cycling tradition, he notes she is too busy as a competitive horseback
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Brenda Villa will launch a water polo outreach program in Belle Haven, for girls under 14.
in Commerce, California. She started swimming with a club team at the age of 6 and followed her brother into water polo at age 8. She made the girls Junior Olympic team while in high school. She played with the boys’ water polo team at Bell Gardens High School because the school did not have a girls’ team. She came to Stanford University in 1998 as the water polo program’s most heralded recruit. She scored 69 goals rider and lacrosse player. Of his recent win he says: “It is a proud moment for us and our community to bring this jersey back home to Northern Califor-
her freshman year, according to Wikipedia, and was named the NCAA Women’s Water Polo Player of the year. In 2002 she led her Stanford team with 60 goals to win the NCAA Women’s Water Polo championship. That year she was awarded the Peter J. Cutino Award as the top female college water polo player in the United States. Ms. Villa won gold in team competition in the 2012 London Olympics; silver in 2000 Sydney and 2008 Beijing Olympics; and bronze in the 2004 Athens Olympics. In team competition in the World Championships, she won gold in the 2003 Barcelona event and the 2009 Rome event, and silver in the 2005 Montreal event. A co-founder of Project 2020, a nonprofit that helps provide opportunities for low-income youth to have swimming and water polo lessons, she recalls growing up in Commerce, where there were city-sponsored programs so children didn’t have to pay to play sports. “Inspired by my work with project 2020, I was attracted to the strong community environment in the Belle Haven neighborhood and look forward to building our new water polo teams,” says Ms. Villa in a press release.
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TOWN OF PORTOLA VALLEY Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart. The Town of Portola Valley Seeks Dedicated Volunteers for the following Town Committees: Community Events Committee Meets as announced; appointed for a one-year term. This Committee organizes the annual Blues & Barbeque Open Space Fundraising Event, the Town Picnic and the Volunteer Appreciation Holiday Party. Cultural Arts Committee Meets second Thursday of each month; appointed for a one-year term. Increase cultural awareness among residents of Portola Valley by sponsoring and supporting local cultural activities in the areas of art, music, science and nature, history, horticulture, drama, literature, photography and dance. Emergency Preparedness Committee Meets second Thursday of each month, 8:00 a.m.; appointed for a oneyear term. This Committee works with Town Staff to ensure that neighborhoods and Town government are ready to respond to possible emergencies such as earthquakes, wildfires and flooding. Other duties include maintaining emergency supplies and equipment, planning response to emergencies and educating Town residents.
nia and the Bay Area. Winning it allows one to wear it for the following season and from then on don the rainbow stripes forever.”
Nature and Science Committee Meets alternate even-numbered months 2nd Thursday at 4:00 p.m. The objectives of this Committee are to increase appreciation for Portola Valley’s natural environment by providing opportunities for residents and visitors to observe and study local natural history, encourage scientific dialog and promoting scientific literacy in the community and provide information to the community about science, technology and natural history.
WOODSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Woodside Preschool Registration 2013 Please join us for a Woodside Preschool Orientation and Visitation, Tuesday, February 26th from 8:30-10:00 a.m. (adults only). Woodside Elementary School District will be accepting applications for the Fall 2013 Preschool Classes beginning March 1, 2013. Woodside Preschool is a half-day, fee-based program running from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Children must be at least 2 years, 9 months old as of September 2nd, 2013 in order to apply. Preschool students are placed in either the Preschool or Pre-K class based on age and availability. Priority is given to children living within the Woodside School District boundaries. Interested families are encouraged to attend our Orientation and ﬁll out an application. Applications will be available for pick up at the elementary school ofﬁce or download online beginning March 1st. For more information regarding Woodside Preschool please contact Lisa at email@example.com, (650) 851-1571 ext 250 or visit our website at www.woodside.k12.ca.us.
Open Space Acquisition Advisory Committee Meets as announced; appointed for a one-year term. This Committee supports preservation of the Town’s rural environment by advising the Town Council on open space acquisitions and uses. Parks and Recreation Committee Meets third Monday of each month, 7:30 p.m.; appointed for a one-year term. This Committee meets to develop, promote and maintain quality recreational and community enrichment programs, recreational facilities and park areas in the Town of Portola Valley. Sustainability Committee Meets third Monday of each month, 3:30 p.m.; appointed for a one-year term. This committee assists the Town in meeting the adopted greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets and the goals and objectives outlined in the Sustainability Element of the General Plan. The primary mission is to encourage residents to reduce their energy and water use. Teen Committee Meets as announced; appointed for a one-year term. This Committee meets to promote awareness of the unique needs of teens, as well as to provide visibility to teen contributions to our society. Trails and Paths Committee Meets second Tuesday of each month, 8:15 a.m.; appointed for a one-year term. This Committee meets to provide a system of trails and paths that provide passageways for people, whether on foot, horseback or bicycle. It is their objective that these trails be safe, pleasant and provide access to all parts of town. Applications are available on-line at www.portolavalley.net on the home page under the Town Committees tab. Hard copies are available at Town Hall. Town Clerk Sharon Hanlon Town of Portola Valley 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (650) 851-1700 ext. 210
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Joan Baez and Bella Sorella to perform at benefit Legendary folk singer Joan Baez and Bella Sorella, an awardwinning soprano ensemble, will perform at a benefit concert for the Peninsula College Fund to be held Saturday, March 2, at Sacred Heart Preparatory. The evening begins with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception at 6 p.m., followed by the 7:30 p.m. concert at Homer Center on the Sacred Heart Schools campus, 150 Valparaiso Ave. in Atherton. Bella Sorella is a soprano ensemble featuring sisters-inlaw Nova and Susanne Jimenez, along with Joyce Lee (violin) and Danielle Naler (piano). Nova Jimenez and her husband, Tomas, are mentors to a Peninsula College Fund student who will graduate from UC Berkeley in June. The Peninsula College Fund is a nonprofit organization founded in 2005 to help low-income, first-generation college students to graduate and achieve their education and career goals. Visit peninsulacollegefund. org for tickets that range in price from $125 to $1,000.
‘Daffodil Daydreams’ at Filoli estate With hundreds of daffodils set to bloom, Filoli will host “Daffodil Daydreams” from Friday, Feb. 22, through Sunday, Feb. 24, at the historic Woodside estate. The event marks the opening of Filoli for the 2013 season. “Daffodil Daydreams” features three days of talks, demonstrations, activities for children and families, and garden walks. On Feb. 23, Chef Ursula Galli N CA L E N DA R Visit AlmanacNews.com/calendar to see more calendar listings
Special Events Menlo-Atherton Fashion Show The M-A Fashion Show is a professionally choreographed performance that will feature more than 200 seniors. Feb. 23, 1-8:30 p.m. $5-$65; shows at 1, 4, 7:30. M-A Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-322-5311. www. mabearspta.org Bridal Fair The theme of this years Fare is to finding inspiration locally. Attendees meet the peninsulas top wedding planners, florists, gown and tuxedo vendors, limo. Feb. 24, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $15. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City. www. foxrwc.com
Art Galleries ‘Scenes from the Silk Road’ — photographs by Frances Freyberg The Portola Art Gallery presents “Scenes from the Silk Road” — photographs of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Syria by Frances Freyberg. Through Feb. 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-321-0220. www.francesfreyberg.com Paintbrush Diplomacy Art Exhibition The exhibit, on display in the Admin-