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Rotary Club hosts ‘Taste of Menlo Park’
Crayon critters in the spotlight Woodside Elementary School kindergartener Mia shares a drawing of her favorite animal with parent Christine Hutchinson as part of the school’s Junior Achievement Day on May 24. Parents volunteered in each kindergarten through fifthgrade classroom to share Junior Achievement lessons on community and work life. Junior Achievement is a nonprofit that works with educators to design a K-12 curriculum that aligns with state standards while highlighting key aspects of community and work life.
Photo by Barbara Wood
Troop 206 honors three Eagle Scouts Three local scouts — Sean and art history. He has played a ness. He has been a member Smith, Sean McBirney, and variety of sports from lacrosse to of the handbell choir at Menlo Peter Bugos — received their cross country to track and field. Park Presbyterian Church for Eagle award from Troop 2006 A second generation Eagle, his 10 years and is active in Awana, at a Court of Honor held May 5 father, David Smith, was also an a Christian-based program. He at St. Matthias Church in Red- Eagle Scout. enjoys riding dirt bikes with his wood City. Sean McBirney,18, is the son family. His older brother, ColTroop 206, first chartered of Linda and Mark McBirney lin, is also an Eagle Scout. by Trinity Episcopal Church of Menlo Park. Sean has been Peter Bugos, is the son of Kelin Menlo Park in 1958, has involved with scouting since ly and Glenn Bugos of Redwood advanced 177 scouts to Eagle the second grade. He joined City. As a member of Troop 206, rank in the past 55 years. Its Pack 222 as a Tiger Cub Scout he has spent 156 nights camping, membership currently includes and transitioned into Troop backpacked more than 641 miles 52 active scouts from and contributed more Atherton, Menlo Park, than 122 hours of comWoodside and Redmunity service. So far, wood City. he has earned 33 merit Sean Smith, 17, is the badges and expects to son of Sheri Simmons earn some Eagle palms. and David W. Smith of He has been active in Menlo Park. He joined the Catholic scouting Cub Scouts in the third program and earned his grade with Pack 222 Honored at the Eagle Court of Honor on May 5 were, Ad Altare Dei emblem in Menlo Park, then from left, Peter Bugos, Sean McBirney and Sean Smith. For his Eagle project, bridged to Troop 206 he created a meditation in 2006. During his garden for St. Matthias seven years with the troop he has 206 in fifth grade. He has taken Church in Redwood City. More taken on many leadership roles part in many outdoor backpack than 50 scouts assisted him, and was named “Scout of the trips, weekend camping, sum- contributing more than 330 Year” this year by the District mer camps and training ses- hours of service. The project in recognition of his leadership sions. He also served in a differ- involved clearing a quarter-acre and teaching in Troop 206. ent scouting leadership position plot, building a river bed for His Eagle project involved every year. runoff water, two benches, two making sturdy wood markHis Eagle project was com- planters and a bridge, and covers to identify plants along the pleting a park renovation of ering the area with tan bark or Huddart Park nature trail. His Seminary Oaks Park in Menlo rock. project involved more than 300 Park. Peter is a junior at Sequoia volunteer hours. A senior at Menlo-Atherton High School in the International A senior at Menlo-Atherton High School, Sean has been Baccalaureate Diploma program High School, he is interested accepted at UC Riverside and is and runs cross country and in physics, computer science interested in majoring in busi- track.
The Rotary Club of Menlo Park is sponsoring its first annual “Taste of Menlo Park” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Menlo College. The evening of food and wine pairings will benefit local high school scholarships. This year, the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation donated $87,000 to scholarships. Food from 11 Menlo Park and Atherton restaurants and purveyors, as well as wine and beer from Bay Area wineries and breweries, will be featured at the event. In addition to the food and wine sampling, there will be a silent auction and a raffle for prizes that include an iPad and a television. “Our club was looking for an additional way to raise money for our Foundation Fund for local scholarships, and we thought it would be a wonderful idea to bring the community together to share an evening of wonderful food and drinks,” says “Taste of Menlo Park” chair Michelle Tsui. Since 2004, the Rotary Club of Woodside/Portola Valley has hosted a similar event, the successful “Taste of Woodside.” Restaurants and food purveyors taking part in “Taste of Menlo Park” include: Sultana, Menlo Hub, Galata Bistro, Sodexo, Butterscotch on the Go, Bonsai Japanese Cuisine, Menlo Grill, Fey Restaurant, Rubio’s, Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria, and SusieCakes. Storrs Winery, Travieso Winery, Thomas Fogarty Winery, Michael Martella Wines, Woodside Vineyards, and Freewheel Brewing Co. will be providing beverages. Tickets are $55 per person and may be purchased online at tasteofmenlopark.org.
Vintage Affaire in Woodside Invitations are in the mail for the 31st Vintage Affaire to be held Saturday, June 22, in Woodside as a benefit for Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The event will begin at 4 p.m with a silent auction, wine