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he Big C usually refers to cancer, but in the case of a new movie coming out in theaters on Friday, July 12, C also stands for comedy and connections, local connections. The executive producer is Laurie Kraus Lacob of Woodside and the investors who backed the feature film, “The Hot Flashes,” are for the most part Silicon Valley women. Ms. Lacob believes one of the main reasons the project resonated with them is because it’s “about a group of women in their late 40s who find a cause, jump behind it, and find that they empower themselves and find a new lease on life.” The cause is early detection of breast cancer. In the movie a friend dies from breast cancer, and on her behalf a group of women, all former high school basketball players, bands together to keep a mobile mammography unit operating in a
Woodside woman backs feature film that spotlights early detection of cancer
WITH A CAUSE BY KATE DALY Special to the Almanac
On the set of their comedy, “The Hot Flashes,” are, from left, executive producers Laurie Kraus Lacob of Woodside and Jenny Johnson and writer/producer Brad Hennig.
small town in Texas. They put on a fundraiser, challenging the high school girls’ state champions to basketball games. Ms. Lacob describes another storyline in the film as “the philandering husband having a midlife crisis.” The film stars Brooke Shields, Wanda Sykes, Daryl Hannah, Camryn Manheim and Virginia Madsen as teammates; Mark Povinelli as their coach; and Eric Roberts as the unfaithful husband. Before filming in 2012, Ms. Sykes had a double mastectomy, but Ms. Lacob says as a standup comedian, the actress still brought hilarity into every scene. “The really challenging thing and fun thing is none of them had played basketball before, so we put them through a twoweek-long training camp,” Ms. Lacob says. A former president of the Women’s National
Basketball Association, Donna Orender, ran the camp and advised on all the basketball sequences on the set. The film was shot in 25 days in the New Orleans area. Chloe McNally of Woodside spent her spring break from New York University there, acting as one of the high school players (#24). She had played high school basketball and says she admired the professional actresses because “they were all so game to play. They did all their own stunts. ... They would give us tips for acting, and we’d give them basketball tips. It was a collaborative experience.” Two other Woodsiders appear in the film for a few seconds. Ms. Lacob’s daughter, Kayci, is in one shot, and investor Susan Breyer is in another. Ms. Breyer’s mother is a breast cancer survivor, but what really drew Ms. Continued on next page
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NOTICE OF COMMISSION VACANCIES
PLANNING COMMISSION JULY 17, 2013 7:30 PM
Give back to your community and consider serving on a City Commission. The City is currently recruiting applicants for the following Commission vacancies that will occur in the remainder of 2013.
PUBLIC HEARING 1. Edward Sprague 25 Roan Place
SDES2013-0002 Planner: Sage Schaan, Senior Planner
Review and approval/denial of a proposal to construct a second story addition to an existing one-story single-family residence, and a new one-story detached music studio/workshop on a 1.37-acre site adjacent in the Western Hills. The property is located within an SCP-7.5 zoning district. 2. AT&T 17288 Skyline Boulevard
CUSE2013-0004 Planner: Sage Schaan, Senior Planner
Review for approval/denial of a proposal to renew a previously approved and recently expired Conditional Use Permit (CUSE2012-0003). The project includes new wireless communication equipment cabinets, small support equipment, and plug to run a backup generator in the event of a prolonged power failure, and a new six-foot tall solid screen fencing, to connect to a nearby installed Distributed Antenna System. The property is located in a Community Commercial (CC) zoning district. 3. Jason Shelton 355 Old La Honda Road
XSET2012-0002 Planner: Sean Mullin, Assistant Planner
Review and approval/denial of a proposed Setback Exception to reduce the required side yard setback from 50 feet to 30 feet. 4. Stuart Escobar 327 Highland Terrace
XSET2013-0005 Planner: Sean Mullin, Assistant Planner
3 Vacancies Summer application deadline: July 31, 2013; Fall deadline: September 27 The Transportation Commission is charged primarily with advising the City Council on matters related to the adequacy and improvement of all types of public and private transportation within and across the City, including the best approaches to establishing and maintaining systems and facilities for the transport of people and goods around the City. SpeciďŹ c focus areas include: s 4HE COORDINATION OF MOTOR VEHICLE BICYCLE MASS TRANSIT and pedestrian trafďŹ c facilities s 4HE DEVELOPMENT AND ENCOURAGEMENT OF THE MOST EFlCIENT and least detrimental overall transportation system for the City supporting the goals of the General Plan s #OORDINATION WITH REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS
Review and approval/denial of a proposed Setback Exception to reduce the required side yard setback from 15 feet to 10 feet, 10 inches.
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TOWN OF ATHERTON NOTICE OF ELECTION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Special Municipal Election, to be consolidated with the County, will be held in the Town of Atherton, on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, for the following ofďŹ ce: ONE SHORT-TERM SEAT EXPIRING IN DECEMBER 2014 The polls will be open between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN that candidates for said ofďŹ ce must be residents and registered voters of the Town of Atherton. All nomination papers must be obtained from and returned to the City Clerk (or designee), Town Hall/Administration Building, 91 AshďŹ eld Road, Atherton, California. The nomination period opens at 8:00 a.m. on July 15, 2013 and closes at 5:00 p.m. on August 9, 2013. Because there is no incumbent, the ďŹ ling period will not be extended. DATED: July 3, 2013 Photo by Michele K. Short
In the film, a group of women in their late 40s, who were high school basketball players, challenge the current high school girlsâ€™ state champions to raise money for a mobile mammography unit.
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Breyer to the film is â€œthere are no movies about middle-age women that have a lot of heart, soul and courage,â€? whereas this film â€œis a celebration of women with humor, a lot of love and energy.â€? â€œGood Morning Americaâ€? TV host Robin Roberts makes a cameo appearance. â€œSheâ€™s a breast cancer survivor and former college basketball player; she was herself, and put a plug in for women of a certain age who still got game,â€? Ms. Lacob says. Ms. Lacob is an ovarian cancer survivor and her sister is a breast cancer survivor. Ms. Lacob serves on the Advisory Council for the Stanford Cancer Institute and the Steering Committee for the Stanford Womenâ€™s Cancer Center. She says she hasnâ€™t played basketball since grade school, but has spent countless hours watching her four kids play at Menlo School. One now plays at Washington University and another one is assistant general manager for the Golden State Warriors. A friend introduced Ms. Lacob to San Francisco writer Brad Hennig, a Texan who played basketball and lost both his mother and aunt to breast cancer. This is his first screenplay to be produced. He produced it with two veterans of the business: Nina Henderson Moore, a cancer survivor who played basketball and worked as a cable TV executive with BET and Starz, and Susan Seidelman, who directed â€œDesperately Seeking Susan,â€? â€œShe Devil,â€? â€œBoyton Beach Club,â€? and the TV pilot for â€œSex and
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Among the stars in the film are Brooke Shields, Wanda Sykes, Daryl Hannah, Camryn Manheim and Virginia Madsen.
the City.â€? She directed â€œThe Hot Flashes,â€? too. Jenny Johnson, chief operating officer of Franklin Resources, also served as executive producer. Their job, Ms. Lacob says, was to raise $6 million to make the film. Out of the two and a half years she has been involved, Ms. Lacob estimates, the fundraising part took about 18 months. Jane Solomon was living in Woodside when she invested. Her aunt, sister and cousin are breast cancer survivors, and like Ms. Lacob, she is involved with Under One Umbrella event, a benefit for the Stanford Womenâ€™s Cancer Center. Thatâ€™s where another important connection was made. Sheryl Crow spoke about her own battle with breast cancer when she performed at a luncheon in Menlo Park in 2012. Shortly after that, Ms. Lacob says, â€œWe convinced her to
write a song for this movie. It rolls during credits. ... Itâ€™s called â€˜Leaning in a new directionâ€™ and is about women supporting each other ... the value of friendship, sisterhood, friends you can count on.â€? Another investor, Joanie Sullivan of Woodside, was thrilled to attend a private showing of the movie at Stanford on June 24. It was an appreciation event for Under One Umbrella donors. The Sullivansâ€™ daughter, Sue Foley, survived breast cancer and husband Jack Sullivan invested in the movie as a birthday present to his wife. Most of the other investors attended the Hollywood premier on June 27, where they walked down a pink carpet instead of red, and enjoyed an after-party hosted by the filmâ€™s partner, the American Cancer Society. The actresses filmed a PSA for the organization to promote getting mammograms. So far the film has sold out at film festivals in Miami and Dallas, and in Oklahoma City, where the showings were fundraisers for tornado victims. On July 12, the movie will be playing in theaters in a dozen cities, including AMC Mercado in Santa Clara and Sundance Kabuki in San Francisco. That same day it will be released on video on demand. The DVD version will come out later. The movie is rated R due to some colorful language, and what Ms. Lacob calls â€œsexual innuendo and a little drug use.â€? She notes as a first-timer to the film industry: â€œI learned a lot on this one. ... I would certainly know more the next time, and am open to it.â€?
/s/ THERESA N DELLASANTA, City Clerk Town of Atherton
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Walk4Water This one-mile walk, organized by the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, is designed to simulate the experience of villagers in rural Africa. Participants will go to a water source, fill their buckets and return for snacks and activities. The MPPC will donate $25 per registrant toward clean water projects. July 13 in Menlo Park and July 16 in Mountain View at Open Door Church Mountain View on 1667 Miramonte Ave. 1 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-3297424. www.mppc.org/walk4water Connoisseursâ€™ Marketplace This summer festival features live music, food, fine art and crafts, chefsĂ demos, wine, champagne, microbrews and margaritas, artisan specialty food, health and wellness displays, green products, a collector car show and a Kidzone. July 20-21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Downtown Menlo Park, Menlo Park. Call 650-325-2818. www.miramarevents.com/alacarte
Talks/Authors Maren & Jamie Showkeir combine lessons from their yoga practices with expertise as workplace consultants, the authors discuss â€œFinding Sanity Off the Mat and on the Job.â€? July 10, 7-9 p.m. Free. Keplerâ€™s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. Music@Menlo Encounter I: In the Beginning ... There Was Bachâ€? At this
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â€˜Aladdinâ€™ by Fratello Marionettes a show for ages 4 and up. July 15, 3-4 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. â€˜Families Interested In Private Schoolsâ€™ NextStep hosts an event to help reduce the stress surrounding the competitive private school search and application process. July 18, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Menlo College, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton. Call 330-646-8260. â€˜Reading Is So Deliciousâ€™ Storytime & Snack The Woodside Library hosts a storytime and snack event with Johnny Appleseed stories and comparative apple tasting. Sign-up required. Ages 5 to 10; parents welcome to attend with child. July 11 and July 23, 3-3:45 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.smcl.org Fratello Marionettes Present â€˜Aladdinâ€™ All ages welcome. Program funded by Friends of Woodside Library. July 17, 10-11 a.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.smcl.org Lego Club The Atherton Library hosts a Lego club, where children can build legos. Fridays, July 5-26, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. Mad Science The theme of this Mad Science workshop is ĂŹTaste & SmellĂŽ. Suitable for ages 3-5. Sign-up required. July 15, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. TheatreWorks PlayMakers Camp TheatreWorks Education introduces TW PlayMakers, K-8 summer camps that feature theatre games and activities, with each program
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At Keplerâ€™s Novelist Anthony Marra, a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, will discuss his new book, â€œA Constellation Photo by Smeeta of Vital Mahanti Phenomena,â€? with Stanford creative writing teacher and Pulitzer Prize-winner Adam Johnson at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, at Keplerâ€™s, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park. The novel opens with eight-year-old Havaa looking on as her father is dragged off by Russian soldiers for a crime he did not commit. Mr. Marra holds a masterâ€™s degree in fine arts from the Iowa Writersâ€™ Workshop. Continued from previous page culminating in a performance created by the students. June 17-July 28 and July 22-Aug. 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $550 per child. Jordan Middle School , 750 North California Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-463-7146. www.theatreworks.org/ learn/youth/camps TheatreWorks PlayMakers Camp TheatreWorks Education introduces TW PlayMakers, K-8 summer camps that feature theatre games and activities, with each program culminating in a performance created by the students. July 8-19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $550 per child. Jordan Middle School , 750 North California Ave., Palo Alto . Call 650-463-7146. www.theatreworks.org/learn/youth/camps Uncle Jerâ€™s Bee Show Uncle Jerâ€™s Bee Show will answer questions about bees, with a program including puppets and two-frame observation hives with live bees. Ages 5 and up. July 22, 6-7 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Live Music Music on the Square: â€˜Sun Kingsâ€™ The Sun Kings, a Beatles tribute band, will perform as part of Redwood Cityâ€™s â€œMusic on the Squareâ€? summer concert series. July 19, 6-8 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.redwoodcity. org/events/musiconthesquare.html Music@Menlo Carte Blanche Concert I: â€˜Percussion Complexitiesâ€™ The Carte Blanche series begins a program of Bach percussion music, featuring Christopher Froh, Ayano Kataoka and Ian Rosenbaum, July 20, 8 p.m. $40/$50 full price; $20/$25 for under age 30. The Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. www.musicatmenlo.org Music@Menlo Concert Program I: Piano/Piano This installment of Music@ Menlo features a piano-centric performance. July 19, 8 p.m. $55/$65 full price; $20/$30 for under age 30. The Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Music@Menlo Prelude Performance Featuring artists from Music@MenloĂs Chamber Music Institute International Program for advanced and preprofessional artists, ages eighteen to twenty-nine. They will be performing various dates throughout July and August. Visit musicatmenlo.org for program details and to reserve your free ticket. 5:30 p.m. Free. The Center for Performing Arts at MenloAtherton, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
NOTICE OF ELECTION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a General Municipal Election will be held in the Town of Woodside on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, for the following OfďŹ cers: A member of the Town Council to ďŹ ll the ofďŹ ce now held by Deborah C. Gordon, from District 2, for a full term of four years; A member of the Town Council to ďŹ ll the ofďŹ ce now held by David Tanner, from District 4, for a full term of four years; A member of the Town Council to ďŹ ll the ofďŹ ce now held by Anne Kasten, from District 6, for a full term of four years.
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