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Inspirations a guide to the spiritual community WOODSIDE VILLAGE CHURCH Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m. with Sunday School and Nursery Care Pastor Mike Harvey Rev. Dorothy Straks

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A partnership that’s built around learning, community — and play By Renee Batti Almanac News Editor


he cover of the April 2 edition of the Almanac featured a photo of Hillview Middle School students raising walls of a bright blue playhouse they had designed and built, under the guidance of woodshop teacher Mike Bratt, as part of the school’s week-long, hands-on learning program pioneered in mid-March. The completed structure was a source of pride to the junior builders, their parents, and their teacher. But what happened to “The House that Hillview Built” — which was pretty much without a practical function on the Menlo Park middle school campus — after it served its instructional purpose? Thanks to the commitment of some community members to the nonprofit organization Puente, which serves residents of the county’s South Coast communities — a largely poor popu-

lation that includes farmworkers and their families — and the efforts of the students, Mr. Bratt and community volunteers, the structure now sits in the Puente playground in Pescadero. “Already, the playhouse is a

‘Many of the children that Puente serves live in small barracks or trailers, so the playhouse seems luxurious.’ KERRY LOBEL PUENTE’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

big success,” said Kerry Lobel, Puente’s executive director. “Seriously, there are children in there from morning until night.” Ms. Lobel said Pescadero has no parks or toddler playgrounds, “so the Puente property is home to a great toddler

play structure, and now the fantastic playhouse. ... Many of the children that Puente serves live in small barracks or trailers, so the playhouse seems luxurious.” Barrett Moore, a parent volunteer who helped with the playhouse-building course, said she and other local people are regular supporters of Puente, a resource center that “runs all sorts of creative, educational, vocational and family services.” “The Hillview kids were so great,” Ms. Moore said after the playhouse was delivered. “Their ideas and hard work really hit a home run with the little kids at Puente. “The dog door needed to be explained to them, though. When you live in a labor camp, there is no such thing as a ‘dog door.’ But once it was explained, they began crawling in and out of it — just as our kids had See PLAYHOUSE, page 19


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Judge delays trial in defamation lawsuit ■

Woodell, two defendants told they must try to settle.

By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer


ill nine months be enough time to settle a defamation lawsuit revolving around campaign sign shenanigans? The defendants, along with a San Mateo County judge, seem to hope so. The delay came at the last minute, on the morning of a trial scheduled to start April 7 after two years of countersuits

and depositions. “My feelings right now are probably similar to what Oakland A’s fans felt on Friday night when they showed up for a game, bought their curly fries and beer, and then heard the announcement that the game was canceled because the field was too wet to use,” said Chuck Bernstein in response to the lengthy delay, the latest twist in the defamation lawsuit filed against him and fellow Menlo Park Fire Protection

District board director Virginia Chang Kiraly. “I’m disappointed that we cannot get this matter resolved once and for all. It is a terrible drain on the resources of the parties involved, as well as on the overburdened court system itself,” Mr. Bernstein said. “After much effort, we were ready to go to trial. It will be hard to reassemble the witnesses, the exhibits, and the various motions in nine months.” The lawsuit, brought by John Woodell, husband of Menlo Park Councilwoman Kirsten Keith,

alleges that the defendants told people that Mr. Woodell had vandalized campaign signs during the 2011 fire board election, after Mr. Bernstein discovered an uprooted Kiraly campaign sign in his yard lying next to a cellphone that turned out to be Mr. Woodell’s. Mr. Woodell has denied vandalizing the sign. With everyone ready to go to trial, Mr. Woodell’s counsel filed a last-minute motion under seal asking for a continuance. Judge Robert Foiles, after several hours, rescheduled the trial

for Jan. 26, 2015, and ordered the parties to once again attempt to settle the case. A request to reopen discovery was denied. Mr. Woodell agreed the week before the trial to pay $5,000.01 to Ms. Kiraly in exchange for the dismissal of her defamation lawsuit against him, according to court documents. His attorney attributed the request for a continuance to media coverage of the settlement, which he said was supposed to be kept confidential. See LAWSUIT, page 6

Hidden license-plate cameras captured two weeks of drive-by traffic Sheriff’s Office used borrowed cameras to try to catch burglars. ■

By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer


adar-equipped vehiclespeed-monitoring trailers often seen along the side of the road in Portola Valley have been doing double duty recently: informing motorists of their forward velocity and taking photographs of their license plates. The hidden license-plate cameras had been borrowed from the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC), Lt. Tim Reid of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office told the Town Council at its April 9 meeting. The cameras captured the information on all the passing license plates, but were looking specifically for a vehicle possibly linked to three residential burglaries that may have taken place on the same day in late March. Town Manager Nick Pegueros invited Lt. Reid to speak on prevention of property crime, which is up this year. With Portola Valley not yet four months into 2014, Mr. Reid noted, the town has already experienced eight residential burglaries. There were 17 burglaries in 2013, and only four in 2012. “It’s not a good start to the year,” Mr. Reid said. The license-plate cameras operated for two weeks, but the plate that deputies were looking for was not among those recorded. The captured numbers will be stored in the NCRIC database — for a year, NCRIC officials say — and

will available to law enforcement agencies if the requesting agency can demonstrate their importance to an investigation, Lt. Reid said. The cameras were running for one and a half days before the town learned of their presence, which came as a consequence of the trailers’ blocking bicycle passage for a time, Lt. Reid said. The silence regarding the cameras “was not intentional,” he said in an email. “I was trying to come up with ways to catch these burglars and had the cameras placed. When I thought that my actions were affecting the town, I called and notified the town manager.” Crime prevention

As for preventing residential property crime, a key step in discouraging burglars is making it hard for them to break in, Lt. Reid said. He recommended motionsensitive lights — discouraged in Portola Valley — alarms, and letting the Sheriff’s Office know when you’re going to be out of town. For now, such notification must be done with a phone call, but an online notification service may be ready by the summer. Providing deputies with contact numbers, maintaining records of serial numbers, and taking photos of possessions are also very important, he said. Photos stored on a digital card should be stored somewhere other than inside a camera at See CRIME, page 6

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Chef in the making Tava de la Garza shows her 3-year-old daughter, Xia, how to grate lemon zest during a Cooking Fun for Children class held recently at the Portola Valley Library. Preschoolers made fresh berry tarts in the class, taught by Jeni Clancy and hosted by Parents Place.

Attorneys to appeal decision in lawsuit over crash that hurt 6-year-old twins By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer


he attorneys representing a Menlo Park family whose 6-year-old twin boys were injured when an elderly driver struck them as they walked on a sidewalk plan to appeal a judge’s denial of punitive damages. San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Lisa Novak issued the ruling on April 4 in response

to the Cadigan family’s second request for punitive damages. “The facts as alleged do not suggest defendant’s conduct was intentional, despicable or oppressive. Alleging that he was elderly, had been in an accident the year prior, and had his driver’s license subsequently ‘suspended’ and then renewed does not rise to the level of malice, fraud or oppression,” she

wrote. Attorney Michael Rose, part of the team representing the family, said they intend to appeal the ruling. He did not go into specifics as to why he thought the ruling should be overturned. The plaintiffs filed the lawsuit against Edward Nelson, a 90-year-old Woodside resident See APPEAL DECISION, page 6

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Although the plaintiff’s team was ready and eager to go to trial, attorney Seth Rosenberg said, they had to ask the court to move the trial date to leave time to deal with any violation of the confidentiality requirements. “It wastes the court’s time and our time when one party chooses not to follow the rules. So we are happy the trial got moved so we can now ask the court to address the misconduct,” Mr. Rosenberg said. He is also contesting the validity of the settlement in light of the public disclosure, according to court records. The motion for a continuance included a request for a change of venue on grounds that press coverage has prejudiced potential jurors against Mr. Woodell, in addition to a request for sanctions against the opposing attorney. Harmeet Dhillon, who represents Ms. Kiraly, has challenged the claim that misconduct had occurred. “The only counsel in this case from the beginning to issue press releases has been plaintiff John Woodell’s counsel,” she said. She expressed deep disap-

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at the time of the Oct. 17, 2013, crash. His BMW SUV struck the boys in downtown Menlo Park as they walked along Santa Cruz Avenue near Walgreens with a nanny and their older brother. The crash broke one twin’s arm and left the other boy in critical condition; he was released from Stanford Hospital following a five-week stay and multiple surgeries. The Cadigan family sought punitive as well as general damages for injuries ranging from multiple, extensive skin grafts and lower-body damage; orthopedic and soft-tissue damage to the upper body; and emotional trauma. A judge dismissed their first request for punitive damages, but allowed the family’s attorneys to file an amended complaint. The April 4 ruling prohibits a third attempt. The amended complaint claimed Mr. Nelson was involved

pointment at the inconvenience to witnesses and the court caused by the delay, but said the judge’s ruling indicates “this meritless and damage-less case was ranked as such a low priority for the court that it told us to come back later — much, much later. We share the court’s apparent dim view of the merits of this case, and continue to hope that the plaintiff will reexamine his case, his motives and the ongoing cost and burden of this litigation, and choose to move on with his life.” At least one witness called to testify shared the disappointment about the trial’s postponement. “This trial is a travesty,” said Menlo Park resident Brielle Johnck, who endorsed Ms. Kiraly during the campaign. “A campaign sign for the fire board election that was found in the bushes with a cell phone does not warrant two years of litigation and hundreds of thousands of dollars paid to attorneys.” “As one who was served a subpoena to testify in this silly case, I am very disappointed a continuance was requested by John Woodell, as I was eager to put this stressful business behind me.” A settlement conference has been scheduled for Jan. 9. A

in an accident in Menlo Park on Nov. 8, 2012, and as a result had his license suspended by the DMV until it was reissued in August 2013. Therefore, the complaint alleged, he should have known “it was not safe” for him to drive. However, as the Almanac first reported, police records show that the 2012 accident involved another driver hitting Mr. Nelson’s car when the driver backed out of a parking space near Safeway on El Camino Real. Investigators determined Mr. Nelson was not at fault. Mr. Nelson’s attorneys did not respond to a request for comment. According to their filings, his license was not suspended as a result of the 2012 accident. While the defense initially claimed the Cadigan children were reckless, careless and negligent, and voluntarily placed themselves in danger, more recent filings describe the family as innocent and entitled to reasonable compensation. The lawsuit is now scheduled for mediation on April 16. A

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risk of being stolen, he said. Steps like these can be helpful to quickly inform officers “what should be where. (When investigating a crime) that timely information is huge,” he said. Surveillance cameras at home

are another effective tool. “We make a lot of cases off just these Costco video setups,” he said. The parking lots at Windy Hill and the Stanford Dish are the scene of occasional breakingand-entering sprees by auto burglars; the Sheriff’s Office may be placing surveillance cameras there, Lt. Reid said. A


Body of missing Menlo Park woman found on Mt. Tam after long search Sheriff’s detectives confirmed that a body found April 12 by search-and-rescue teams on Mt. Tamalpais is that of the missing 33-year-old Menlo Park woman Magdalena Glinkowski. She had last been seen on March 30, according to deputies from the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. Ms. Glinkowski’s body was discovered around 9:25 a.m. in Mt. Tamalpais State Park, where she was believed to have been hiking before her disappearance, according to Lt. Doug Pittman of the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. The search had been called off on April 7 after three days of searching, but was restarted after a man who had been trailrunning in the park reported that he had seen her photo in the media and may have seen her while on a run, Lt. Pittman said. “We felt it was prudent to go back and do an even more intense search,” he said.

About 120 volunteers from Bay Area law enforcement agencies resumed the search in the area the runner said he may have seen her. Search dogs and volunteers from the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office spotted a female body about half a mile from the Bootjack parking lot, where Ms. Glinkowski was seen on a surveillance camera. Her body was found down a steep southeast slope, in a drainage area that Lt. Pittman said is rarely traveled. The area was steep enough for a mountain-rescue unit to use ropes and rigging to get down to the body. The Marin County coroner is examining the body to determine the cause of death. A toxicology test may be required, which could take a month, Lt. Pittman said. Until proven otherwise, although there is as yet no evidence of foul play, the site is a crime scene, he said.

Detectives used fingerprints to positively identify Ms. Glinkowski’s body. Ms. Glinkowski was reported missing after not being seen near her Menlo Park home since March 30. She left a note at home that day saying she was going for a hike, Lt. Pittman said. Her car was found on April 4 near the Pantoll Campground. The discovery of the car prompted the launch of a large-scale search. According to her LinkedIn profile, Ms. Glinkowski worked as a software developer for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at Purple Encoding in the Bay Area. She previously worked for Microsoft and Intel. The online profile also states that she enjoyed running and jogging and spoke English, Russian, Polish and French. Bay City News Service


New Record Highs In Home Prices The first quarter of 2014 produced new record prices in our local housing market. Inventory remained low, demand has been off the charts, and the influx of cash buyers willing to pay well above the list price is astonishing. The result is another incredible increase in median home prices from a year ago. The median price for single family homes went up 16% in Palo Alto (from $2,100,000 to $2,435,000), 6% in Menlo Park (from $1,805,000 to $1,913,000), 13% in Los Altos (from $2,100,000 to $2,380,000), 30% in Atherton (from $3,510,000 to $4,555,000), 4% in Portola Valley (from $2,400,000 to $2,485,000) and 17% in Woodside (from $2,050,000 to $2,400,000). Multiple offer situations were the norm and drove the prices significantly above the list price. The sale to list price ratio was 113.9% in Palo Alto, 106.4% in Menlo Park, 113.6% in Los Altos, 102.5% in Atherton, 106.1% in Portola Valley and 98.1% in Woodside.

During the first quarter, there were only 64 new listings in Palo Alto, 53 in Menlo Park, 46 in Los Altos, 24 in Atherton, 23 in Portola Valley and 21 in Woodside. The off-MLS market has also been active, with most off-MLS listings selling with multiple offers. The townhouse/condominium market was stronger than the market for single family houses. During the first quarter 21 units were sold in Palo Alto, with an incredible increase of 28% in median price (from $978,000 to $1,255,000). The sale to list price ratio was 110.5%. 15 units sold in Menlo Park with a 43% increase in median price (from $802,000 to $1,150,000). The sale to list price ratio was 107.7%. Today’s market is the ultimate seller’s market. If you are thinking about selling your home it is a great time to sell. If you are a buyer, make sure that you have an agent with intimate knowledge of the local market to help you compete with other potential buyers.

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Atherton studies ideas for making roads safer for bicyclists, walkers By Barbara Wood Special to the Almanac


n El Camino Real shrunken to four traffic lanes, with a shared bike and pedestrian trail on one side and a bike lane buffered from traffic on the other, is just one of the projects envisioned in the draft master plan for bicycle and pedestrian circulation in Atherton presented to the City Council at a joint study session with the Parks and Recreation Commission on April 2. The total cost of priority projects in the plan is $6.8 million, but consultant Casey Hildreth, an associate planner with Alta Planning and Design, said much of the funding could come from other agencies or grants, and the town would probably be responsible for about $1.5 million of the cost. Mr. Hildreth told the town officials that they should think about how long they wanted to take to make the improvements. “It might take 20 years,” he said. But at least one council member saw a swifter implementation. “In terms of time frame for the dollar amounts you showed,” Councilman Rick DeGolia said, “I’m thinking this is not a 10-year-project, this is a threeyear project.” The master plan shows how bicycles could travel through Atherton and link up with bikeways in adjacent communities.

It also lays out ways in which some simple changes could make Atherton streets more walkable, such as revising the town’s rules for landscaping in the roadside setback. Currently, Atherton allows ground-hugging landscaping of up to 5 inches in height right up to the roadsides. When the consultants looked at the walkability of Atherton’s streets, “we found landscaping to be the number-one impediment,” Mr. Hildreth said. “It’s a nice rural environment, but if the goal is to prioritize walking,” changes will have to be made. The town also needs to improve drainage in some areas and add barriers between walkers and traffic on some busy streets, he said. In a report to the council about the master plan, City Manager George Rodericks and Community Services Director Michael Kashiwagi said that the council still has a number of decisions to make regarding the master plan. They must to vote to accept the draft plan, do environmental analysis of the plan and its projects, approve the final plan, change the town’s regulations for landscaping along streets, change regulations to allow bikes to go through Holbrook-Palmer Park, and put funding for projects in the town’s budget, the report says. Projects given priority in the draft plan include: ■ New shared-use (bike and

pedestrian) paths: El Camino Real from Selby Lane to 5th Avenue and from Atherton Avenue to Encinal Avenue; Watkins Avenue from the train tracks to Middlefield Road and Middlefield Road from Watkins Avenue to Marsh Road; Holbrook-Palmer Park from the corner of the park to the current Felton Gables pathway. ■ Bike lane improvements: Middlefield Road from the town limits to town limits; Valparaiso from North Lemon to El Camino Real. ■ Bike boulevard (shared with cars): Elena and Atherton avenues between Valparaiso and Austin avenues. ■ Intersection improvements: Middlefield Road at Oak Grove Avenue and at Glenwood Avenue; and Valparaiso Avenue at Elena Avenue. The draft plan also recommends two studies. The first, costing $100,000, would study El Camino Real between Selby Lane and Valparaiso Avenue for the feasibility of reducing the number of lanes and adding a shared-use trail. The second calls for spending $50,000 to study the feasibility and preparing a preliminary design for a trail or pathway along Marsh Road from Bay Road to Middlefield Avenue and from Middlefield Avenue on Watkins Avenue to the Dinkelspiel Station Lane Caltrain tracks. See the full report at tinyurl. com/AthertonPaths02. A

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Rescue team member describes grim search for mudslide victims By Barbara Wood Special to the Almanac


Menlo Park firefighter and another member of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District-based search and rescue team have been in Washington state for weeks helping to search for those still missing in the massive March 22 mudslide that devastated an entire neighborhood in Oso, about 50 miles north of Seattle. Division Chief Frank Fraone and Rob Patterson, a retired firefighter from Orange County, and both members of the California Task Force 3 National Urban Search and Rescue team, left on April 3 to join the effort to find those still missing. They expect to head home on April 16.

On the cover A flag flies at half-mast from a makeshift flagpole where a mudslide devastated an Oso neighborhood. Photo by Virginia Hart, courtesy of the American Red Cross.

Division Chief Fraone spoke to the Almanac a week after arriving in Washington, on April 10, about the situation there. He said that two 80-person search and rescue teams are working with 20 Federal Emergency Management Agency dogs trained to find human remains. Some of the dogs, which come from all over the country, are trained to find a scent in water. Using the dogs and maps of the direction of debris flow to choose search areas, large excavators are digging down as far as 30 feet to haul up debris, which is then searched. “It’s a big, big area,” Mr. Fraone said. “It is very hard work.” The work, he said, is “tedious. It’s wet, it’s cold, but they’re working through it.” Workers stay at a base camp near the slide in tents and travel on a road that was built on an old forest service fire trail, he said. “They’re trying to bring as many remains home to their families as they can,” he said. Division Chief Fraone said the number of missing, originally reported at more than 150, is down to seven or eight as of

Photo by Virginia Hart/American Red Cross

Heavy equipment has been brought in to dig down as far as 30 feet to haul up debris, which is then searched.

April 10. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office had reported 36 confirmed fatalities by late afternoon that same day. Local volunteers and family members are searching for vic-

tims as well. “We had two sons who were out there searching for their father from day one, and they found him yesterday,” Mr. Fraone said. “They were able to recover him, and the sons were able to spend some time with

their father.” “There’s still family members out there every day, volunteers out there every day,” he said, with as many as 500 people working at a time. The workers are also trying to return the nearby river to its former course so they can search underwater areas. They are building levees and berms to try to lower the water enough to bring in dogs and excavators. “The water was over our heads,” Division Chief Fraone said. A special unit with underwater sonar has been installed in a sheriff’s rescue boat, which is accompanied by an underwater sniffing dog, he said. Division Chief Fraone praised backing from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District that allowed him and Mr. Patterson to assist the search in Oso. Mr. Patterson is the Incident Support Team leader. “This wouldn’t be possible if not for the support of our fire chief and our board of directors,” Division Chief Fraone said. Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said the search and rescue task force has worked on similar incidents in the past, including the 2003 Columbia space shuttle explosion in east Texas. “I was involved with that incident and we located all seven astronauts,” Chief Schapelhouman said. “Large area search is all about See MUDSLIDE, page 9

First person: Witnessing both pain and human resilience in Oso By Barbara Wood Special to the Almanac


s a Red Cross volunteer I’ve seen areas devastated by hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and fires. I’ve talked to people who have had their homes ripped apart around them, who have lost all their belongings, who have no place to call home months after a disaster. But never have I had an assignment as difficult as my recent two-week stay near Oso, Washington, the scene of a devastating mudslide that destroyed an entire tight-knit community. I’ve been trained by the Red Cross to help people plan how they will rebuild their lives after a disaster; to document the facts needed to offer them assistance with food, clothing and shelter, and to direct them to other community agencies and groups who can help them with other needs. I’ve taken psychological first aid (three times) to learn ways to help them, and myself, cope with the stress that comes with a disaster.

But no one taught me how to respond to a big, strong man who cries as he tells me that he was home with his wife and his son’s girlfriend when the mudslide tore apart their neighborhood; who describes to me the sounds he heard and the scenes he saw as he helped to pry one neighbor, living, out of the rubble of his home and then went on to discover the bodies of four more neighbors. I think my training as a reporter and my experience on other Red Cross assignments helped me to listen, express my sympathy, and offer information about available assistance. Since this man’s experience sounded like one that may have played out in a combat zone, I was thrilled when I was able to connect him with one of our Red Cross mental health volunteers who is an experienced combat psychiatric nurse. I did cry. I was blindsided one morning when I arrived at the shelter we had opened to see a

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4-year-old boy blowing bubbles with a uniformed Navy member. A woman who had told us the day before that her only son and three of her four grandchildren were missing was also there. She put her arm around me and said, pointing to the bubble-blowing boy: “That’s my grandson.” She was a little shaky, so I looked her in the eyes and said, “We’re here for you,” before I ran into a room away from the survivors staying in our shelter to better hear any news of their loved ones, and cried for five minutes. The rest of that day, though, I smiled each time I saw the little boy playing with the service dog of a local Red Cross volunteer, running and laughing and giving his surviving family one good reason to smile and me a lesson in the resilience of the human spirit. By the time my two-week commitment was up, I felt good about what I and the Red Cross had done to help these families. In addition to the things

Red Cross volunteers, including writer Barbara Wood, in center, work with a resident seeking help in the aftermath of the mudslide in Oso.

we usually do — making sure people have a place to sleep, food, water and the information they need to move forward with their recovery — the Red Cross paid for family members to fly in for funerals; made sure funeral costs were paid for; and offered counseling and referrals to other agencies who were dealing with the outpouring of goods and money that had been donated for the members of this community. And I learned that I can help someone get through pain I can’t even imagine.

That survivor who shared his experience with me made me a promise before I left. When we have an earthquake in California, he said, he’ll be here to help me. I believe he will. To donate to the American Red Cross disaster relief fund to help the Red Cross respond to disasters across the country, go to: To donate directly to the Oso survivors through the United Way of Snohomish County, which is giving checks directly to the families, go to: tinyurl. com/kg54wgv A


FAA invites comment from residents under flight paths By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer


strong turnout from Portola Valley, Ladera and Woodside is expected at the workshop hosted by the Federal Aviation Administration in the San Mateo Public Library at 55 W. 3rd Ave. at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 17. At issue: the noise made by a gradually increasing number of commercial aircraft as they pass over Peninsula communities, some of higher altitude, as they approach the San Francisco International Airport. At this workshop, one of five identical events to be held in the Bay Area from April 14-18, the FAA will have people on hand to explain a draft environmental assessment of an FAA plan to optimize the use of Northern California airspace. The 953page draft report, a year in the making, is the work of the FAA and Santa Clara-based ATAC Corporation, whose specialties include airspace and environmental impact analysis. “The materials will include large poster boards depicting

some of the graphics and other information that’s in the draft environmental assessment,” FAA spokesman Ian Gregor told the Almanac. “FAA reps will staff each board and be prepared to help people understand the material in the draft EA.” The report, published March 25, describes “new” routes into major Bay Area airports to save fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The proposed routes are new only to the extent that they are intended to mimic actual routes now in use. The current routes are not precisely adhered to in practice. Two of the proposed routes appear to converge over Ladera. The report assumes more use of GPS to more efficiently guide aircraft, and less use of vectoring — an air-traffic-controllerdirected method employing traditional stepped descents into airports, which generates noise as pilots adjust the aircraft’s speed. The FAA report concludes that the proposed routes “would not result in a significant noise impact” with respect to forecasts of air traffic in 2014 and 2019.

Jim Lyons of unincorporated Woodside and Dr. Tina Nguyen of Portola Valley disagree with that conclusion. They have written to the offices of congresswomen Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, and Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, calling the report’s noise data flawed because it is does not account for differences in computerized projections of noise compared with data from actual noise monitors on the ground. The report also does not address higher-than-average ground levels in the Portola Valley area, nor does it discuss the continued use of vectoring, they say. Local governments customarily address controversial issues in public hearings, with live testimony to officials before an interested community. Asked whether there would be public hearings, Mr. Gregor didn’t respond to the question. He did say: “One of the purposes of the proposed project is to increase efficiency by reducing vectoring, speed changes, and altitude level-offs during climb-outs and descents. Controllers always have to have the option to vector, but

(GPS) procedures reduce the need for it. The noise report has extremely detailed information on noise impacts at literally thousands of locations.” Visitors to the workshop, particularly residents of Portola Valley and Ladera, will have questions on these and other issues, but they must be submitted in writing, Mr. Gregor said. Comment cards will be available at the workshop, with options to write to the FAA via email or regular mail. The 30-day comment period on the draft

ends April 24. The FAA will publish responses after the comment period ends, Mr. Gregor said. A request for a 60-day extension to the comment period has been made from the offices of Ms. Eshoo and Ms. Speier, from the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, and from Peninsula governments, including the town councils of Woodside and Portola Valley. Go to to comment and to access the entire FAA report. A

Carriage house restoration plan on Atherton’s April 16 council agenda By Barbara Wood Special to the Almanac


lans for a $2.5 million renovation of the carriage house in HolbrookPalmer Park will be presented to the Atherton City Council at its regular meeting on Wednesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 94 Ashfield Road. Also on the agenda is a letter outlining the town’s objections to many aspects of the environmental report on Caltrain’s proposal to convert to electric trains. The Atherton Dames have hired Woodside architect Adolf Rosekrans to design the 113-yearold building’s restoration. Along with the already restored water tower, the report says, the carriage house is one of only two original buildings built by the Holbrook family remaining in the park. The Dames are proposing that the town pitch in $1 million of the cost, with another $1 million to come from private donations, $250,000 from a grant,


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methodical search and analytics,” he said. “It is possible to find a needle in a hay stack, so to speak, if you can put together all variables and take the time to do it.”

and $250,000 from Dames’ fundraising. The report says that “in its current state, the Carriage House raises serious health and safety concerns.” The Dames propose “a careful restoration of the authentic and historical elements of the Carriage House so that its heritage can be viewed and preserved.” The plans include an updated kitchen, an elevator and disabled-accessible bathrooms, restoring doorways to their original height, and moving stairs to make the building more useful. The council has been asked to endorse the project, and as part of its budget process will later vote on the funding, which the Dames say could be contributed over three fiscal years. The council will also consider at its meeting the contents of a draft letter to Caltrain responding to the environmental report on a proposal to change the rail system to run on electricity.

Among the letter’s objections are including design elements that would allow high-speed rail to be added to the system in the future, and that would require cutting down many heritage trees and installing 30- to 50-foot-tall poles and overhead wires. The letter asks for alternative designs and more research on areas such as traffic impact. Also on the agenda for Wednesday are: a proclamation honoring retired council member Jim Dobbie; final approval of several items including laws about filling council vacancies, mobile food vending and greenwaste-collection rates; proposed resolutions to amend the contract with the police union and to issue day-use permits for Holbrook-Palmer Park; options for the Parker Avenue right-of-way; and details of managing tennis in Holbrook-Palmer Park. To see the full agenda and reports go to

Chief Schapelhouman said the search and rescue task force has also helped out locally. They have responded to collapsed buildings after fires to find people, to the San Bruno gas main explosion site, and to East Palo Alto after a small plane crash several years ago,

Task force members also “broke into a bank vault on Woodside Road to rescue a 2-year-old,” over a decade ago. The search and rescue team has been sponsored by the Menlo Park district for more than 20 years, Chief Schapelhouman said.



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Residents warned after another mosquito with yellow-fever potential found in Menlo By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer


he county’s vector-control agency has again issued a warning that a potentially dangerous mosquito was found, this time on April 10, in the vicinity of the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery at Santa Cruz and Avy avenues in Menlo Park. The Aedes aegypti, a tiny blackand-white mosquito that bites during the day, can carry yellow fever, dengue fever, chikungunya (a fever) and encephalitis viruses, according to a statement from the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District. This species has been detected at 13 locations in 2014, the first on Jan. 22, and all near the cemetery, officials say. This mosquito is not native to California but has also been found in Fresno and Madera counties. There have been no reports of illness so far, and the viruses have not been detected in California, the statement says. “Our goal is to eradicate this mosquito population,” says Robert Gay, the local district manager. “We are doing everything to help ensure this mos-

quito does not become established in our communities.” In 1979, district agents eradicated the Aedes aegypti from the county when it was discovered near San Francisco International Airport. The Aedes aegypti lays its eggs in water in small containers such as pots, pet bowls, bird baths and bottles. “It’s important for residents to survey their yard and (areas) around their house to eliminate even the smallest amount of standing water,” officials say. To reduce chances of being

bitten, the district recommends insect repellants containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535; checking window and door screens for tight fits; eliminating standing water from around the home; wearing long sleeved shirts and long pants; and shielding children, including through the use of mosquito nets over infant carriers, cribs and strollers. Sources of standing water such as neglected swimming pools should be reported to the vector control district at 650-344-8592. A

Emergency response exercise at Cafe Zoe Emergency response teams and community volunteers will attempt to deliver 2,700 “anthrax vaccines” door to door in three hours on Thursday, April 17, with Cafe Zoe in the Willows neighborhood simulating ground zero for an outbreak. The simulation will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

April 21: Small business roundtable Menlo Park will host its first quarterly meeting for small


businesses, defined as those with 100 or fewer employees, on Monday, April 21. Mayor Ray Mueller, who created the roundtable with economic development staff, said he hopes the brainstorming sessions provide a way to identify small business challenges and to collaborate on solutions. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in council chambers at the Civic Center, located at 701 Laurel St.

N PO LI C E C A L L S This information is from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and the Menlo Park Police Department. Under the law, people charged with offenses are considered innocent unless convicted. The dates police received the report are shown.

standing outside and claiming they’d been attacked by two younger women inside the bar. Deputies interviewed the women inside and reported that all the women showed signs of mild intoxication. All four women provided written statements about the incident. March 29.



Discharge of firearm report: Deputies arrested two Redwood City men at about 1:20 a.m. in connection with reports of gunshots coming from a vehicle traveling west on Kings Mountain Road. Deputies also headed west on Kings Mountain encountered a vehicle traveling east and made a traffic stop. The driver, when asked if there were firearms in the vehicle, said “No,” but a deputy saw a revolver on the center console. Charges included possession of and discharging of a firearm. March 27. Residential burglary report: Glass in a side door of a Portola Road home was found smashed, but the door still locked and nothing missing from the home. March 28. Theft report: Someone stole an $800 cast iron gate from a home on Eleanor Avenue. March 29.

Residential burglary report: Someone broke into a garage on Cambridge Avenue through the use of bodily force against a side door and stole drills, saws, a compressor, a grinder and other tools belonging to construction workers, a total loss of about $3,700. April 11. Mail theft report: Police made an arrest after a Menlo Park man reported that the person who recently bought his car in East Palo Alto paid for it with bad checks later found to have been stolen from a residential mailbox on Creek Drive. April 7. Theft reports: ■ Someone stole an estimated $1,500 worth of tools from an unlocked vehicle on Menlo Avenue, and from an unlocked vehicle on Roble Avenue, someone stole a pair of sunglasses and a GPS device. April 7. ■ A package of clothing valued at $173 was stolen from the doorstep of a home on Willow Road, and from the front porch of a home on Hanna Way, someone stole a package. April 8. ■ Two women stole $104 worth of infant formula and several valueless gifts cards from the Safeway supermarket on Sharon Park Drive. April 9. Assault with deadly weapon report: A Fremont woman was arrested and booked into county jail on suspicion of intentionally rear-ending another vehicle after an argument regarding a relationship. There were no injuries. April 4.

PORTOLA VALLEY Possession of stolen goods report: A Hayward man on probation was arrested in the parking lot of the Windy Hill Open Space Preserve in the 500 block of Portola Road. Charges included possession of property determined to have been stolen in a past auto burglary. April 3. WEST MENLO PARK Assault and battery report: Deputies at the Dutch Goose bar and restaurant at the corner of Alameda de las Pulgas and Avy Avenue interviewed two women

TOWN OF PORTOLA VALLEY NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING ON A ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT TO ADD SECTION 18.17, STATE DENSITY BONUS LAW, PURSUANT TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 65915 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Town Council of the Town of Portola Valley will hold a Public Hearing on the proposed adoption of a Zoning Ordinance Amendment to implement the requirements of State Density Bonus Law. The proposed Amendment specifies the materials, process and related requirements for an application under State Density Bonus Law. The Public Hearing will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., in the Town Council Chambers (Historic Schoolhouse), 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley, California. It is recommended that the project be found categorically exempt from CEQA. Public Hearings provide the general public and interested parties an opportunity to provide testimony on these items. If you challenge a proposed action(s) in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at a Public Hearing(s) described above, or in written correspondence delivered to the Town Council at, or prior to, the Public Hearing(s). Information pertaining to the proposal may be viewed at Town Hall, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. All interested persons are invited to appear before the Town Council to be heard at the time and place mentioned above.

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Professor and poet Wesley Trimpi dies at 85 By Nick Veronin Palo Alto Weekly


esley Trimpi, a poet and professor emeritus of English at Stanford University, died of pneumonia at Stanford University Hospital on March 6. He was 85, and a resident of Woodside. Mr. Trimpi is remembered fondly by his former colleagues and students as a dedicated academic who inspired others through his lectures, writings


and poetry. Mr. Trimpi began and ended his academic career at Stanford. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English at the university in 1950 before heading to Harvard University for a doctorate in English. In 1957 he returned to Stanford, where he taught in the English department until his retirement in 1992. In the nearly 40 years he spent

at Stanford, he covered a wide variety of literary subjects — from 17th-century lyric poetry to ancient poetic theory — garnering accolades from fellow academics and helping to shape the minds of his students. His 1983 book, “Muses of One Mind: The Literary Analysis of Experience and Its Continuity,” was praised by the late Harvard medieval scholar Morton Bloomfield as “a major contribution to our understanding of ancient narrative and its theory.”

One of Mr. Trimpi’s former students, Denis Logie, recalled taking a poetry class led by the professor in 1959. “It was a class I was ill-prepared for,” Mr. Logie stated in a university press release. “I loved poetry, but had received no formal insight or instruction in my high school. Professor Trimpi awakened in me an understanding and thirst and love for poetry, which has never abated.” Kathy Hannah Eden, an English and classics professor at Columbia University who studied under Mr. Trimpi as a graduate student, dedicated her first

book to him. She remembers him as a deeply inquisitive and intellectual man, with a passion for understanding the ancients. “The questions that preoccupied him in and out of the classroom proved fundamental to understanding the deep investment of the ancients, their admirers and even their detractors, throughout the centuries in what we call ‘literature’ today,” Ms. Eden said. “Wes was, without a doubt, the scholar’s scholar.” Steven Shankman, a professor of English and classics at the Continued on next page

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NOTICE TO BIDDERS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Trustees of the Las Lomitas Elementary School District of San Mateo County, California, hereby invites and will receive sealed proposals for the furnishing of all labor and materials for the following work: Portable Buildings at La Entrada Middle School Work done shall be in strict accordance with Plans and SpeciďŹ cations prepared by: Sugimura Finney Architects 2155 S. Bascom Ave. Ste 200 Campbell, CA 95008 Plans and SpeciďŹ cations will be distributed via: Bidders calling 650-854-6311 Ext. 42 to reserve a document set 48 hours prior to bid walk will be provided documents during the mandatory bid walk Additional Plans and SpeciďŹ cations may be viewed at: Las Lomitas School District Main OfďŹ ce 1011 Altschul Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025 By appointment only / 48 hr. notice or Online via District document portal Call 650-854-6311 ext 42 for appointment or directions to access online portal Written bids must be submitted no later than 2:00 PM Tuesday May 06, 2013 at the Las Lomitas Elementary School District Main OfďŹ ce. Mandatory Pre-bid conference has been scheduled for 10:00 AM Thursday April 17, 2013 Attendance is mandatory at pre-bid conference. Attendees must be present for the entire meeting in order to be deemed a qualiďŹ ed bidder. Meet at The following Site La Entrada Middle School (Meet at main ofďŹ ce) 2200 Sharon Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025 In accordance with the provisions of California Business and Professions Code Section 7028.15 and Public Contract Code Section 3300, The District requires that the bidder possess the following classiďŹ cation of contractorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license at the time the bid is submitted: Class B General Contracting Any bidder not so licensed at the time of the bid opening will be rejected as non-responsive. No bids will be accepted from, or a contract awarded to, any party or ďŹ rm in arrears to the District or who is a defaulter as surety, contractor, or otherwise. Each bid must be accompanied by certiďŹ ed check, cashierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s check, or bidderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bond in the amount of ten percent (10%) of the tendered bid, made payable to the order of Las Lomitas Elementary School District as a guarantee that the bidder will, after being notiďŹ ed of acceptance of his/her bid, enter into a contract with the Board in accordance therewith and ďŹ le the necessary bonds as called for in the SpeciďŹ cations. Rejection of Bids The board reserves the right to reject any and all bids. The Board also reserves the right to waive any informality in any bid received. Selection of Lowest Bid The successful bidder will be selected per the lowest base bid. Per Public Contract Code Section 20103.8 Prevailing Wage Requirements This Project is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;public workâ&#x20AC;? to which general prevailing wage rates will apply in accordance with Labor Code Section 1770, et seq. The Prevailing wage rates are available on the DIR website at The Contractor and all Subcontractors under the Contractor shall pay all workers on all work performed pursuant to this Contract not less than the general prevailing rate of per diem wages and the general prevailing rate for holiday and overtime work as determined by the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations, State of California, for the type of work performed and the locality in which the work is to be performed within the boundaries of the School District. This project is subject to labor compliance monitoring and enforcement by the Department of Industrial Relations. The successful Bidder shall comply with all requirements of Division 2, Part 7, Chapter 1, of the Labor Code. Contractor shall submit certiďŹ ed payroll monthly via the eCPR system. Escrow Accounts Pursuant to Section 22300 of the Public Contract Code, the Agreement will contain provisions permitting the successful bidder to substitute securities for any monies withheld by the District to ensure performance under the agreement or permitting payment of retentions earned directly into an escrow account. Disabled Veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Business Enterprise In accordance with Education Code Section 17076.11, The Las Lomitas Elementary School District has â&#x20AC;&#x153;a participation goal of at least 3% per year of the overall dollar amount expended each year by the school district for Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises.â&#x20AC;? Thus, all contractors bidding on this project are required to make a good faith effort to achieve this 3% participation goal. Requirements for demonstrating that this good faith effort has been made are included in the Project Manual 18NThe AlmanacNTheAlmanacOnline.comNApril 16, 2014

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University of Oregon, also studied under Mr. Trimpi as a graduate student. He remembered his former teacher as an â&#x20AC;&#x153;exacting scholarâ&#x20AC;? who understood poetry and literature in an academic way, but also intuitively. Mr. Trimpi, according to Mr. Shankman, possessed â&#x20AC;&#x153;a keen and sensitive understanding of, and feeling for, poetic formâ&#x20AC;? and was â&#x20AC;&#x153;himself an accomplished poetâ&#x20AC;? with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;feel for the word, the line, and for meter.â&#x20AC;? Mr. Trimpi was born on Sept. 3, 1928, in New York City,

N.Y., to William Wesley Trimpi Sr. and Marion Bock Trimpi, according the Stanford release. He was admitted to the hospital last week after falling in his Woodside home. He is survived by his former wife, poet Helen Pinkerton Trimpi; his two daughters, Erica Light and Alison Corcoran; his sons-in-law, Martin Light and Robert Corcoran; his brother, Michael L. Trimpi; his sister, Abigail M. Kellogg; two grandsons; and a great-granddaughter. A memorial service will be held at a date to be announced, according to Stanford. A





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imagined they would.” Mr. Bratt, along with adult volunteers and students Jacob Richter and Zach de Haff, delivered and installed the playhouse on a recent morning. “The rain of course decided to do its major drop just as we arrived at the community center to start unloading the project,” Mr. Bratt said. “We had lots of adult help, but our two students were right in the thick of things getting soaked and putting the house together.” Mr. Bratt said students in his “House that Hillview Built” mini-course “were completely responsible for the design of the playhouse and for the construction. I acted as the supervisor along with Barrett Moore and Arne Ericson (of Novo Construction in Menlo Park). “The students were divided into three groups to create their vision

of the playhouse. When each group had come up with a design, they had to present it to the rest of the students, and in the end they voted on the design they liked the best. As supervisors, we helped bring some of the ideas back to reality, but that was our only part of the design process.” Mr. Bratt said students were shown how to lay out a wall and “made aware of adjustments that needed to be done to fit the 6x6 limitation.” Each group created a set of plans for their wall section, he said, and he designed the base structure, which, for many of the students, was their “first exposure to hammering.” But it wasn’t their last, and the structure was completed in good order, winning praise from the school community and beyond. “It is my hope that the students came away with some construction knowledge and a sense of accomplishment, because many of the visitors (who) passed through the room could not believe that

students had done almost all of the work,” Mr. Bratt said. “The community support was wonderful, the trailer we used to haul the sections was provided free of charge by Tony Shadle of Shadle Construction, and Arne Ericson gave up a week’s worth of his time to help the students understand how to build a playhouse,” he said. And without Ms. Moore’s help, “the student design part of the project, and all of the details that needed to be done, would have been a nightmare for me.” Ms. Lobel of Puente noted in a written statement that the project “was a partnership between kids in two unique communities built around play. For some of these kids, the playhouse will be larger than their homes.” She said some common questions kids asked about the house were: Will it have a bathroom? Will it have furniture? What is a dog door? And, can I stay overnight?

Emery H. Rogers Emery H. Rogers, 92, an early pioneer of Silicon Valley, passed away peacefully on March 28th. He embodied the true spirit of the Valley with his prodigious intellectual curiosity, philanthropic nature and kindness toward others. He was known for his love of connecting with people, exalting in their diversity. That was a key to the affection held for him by his wide-ranging family. In 1949, Emery joined Varian Associates, one of the Valley’s first tech companies. His early work at Varian included integrating the physics and chemistry worlds and commercializing the technology. Emery completed his doctorate in physics at Stanford in 1951. He joined Hewlett-Packard in 1967, managing the international Analytical Instrument Group. In 1979, William Hewlett and David Packard asked him to institute a charitable foundation for the company, which he managed until 1986. Emery is survived by his wife, Nancy, his three children, Emery Rogers of Gilroy, Meredith Callahan of Boulder, CO and Anne Wager of Seattle, WA; five step-children: Gay Freeborn of Brownfield, ME, Tricia Christopher of Oakland, Nancy Freeborn of San Francisco, Charles Freeborn of Portland, OR and Philip Freeborn of Berlin, Germany; four grandchildren: Catherine Callahan Nichols, Emery Wager, Abigail Wager and Lily Rogers; two great grandchildren: Camille Sylvie and Elsie Marie Nichols; and four step-grandsons: Brian and Dylan Christopher and Philip and Alexander Kurz. Contributions to The National Kidney Foundation or The Lucille Packard Foundation for Children’s Health are suggested. PA I D



‘Rotary Connects’ April 23 meeting open to all Anyone interested in finding out more about Rotary is invited to an evening event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Menlo Park on Wednesday, April 23, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at LB Steak House, which is located at the corner of University Drive and Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park. Dubbed “Rotary Connects,” the event is an effort by the club and its members to make connections with the local community and explain how the club’s numerous service projects benefit youth, families and the less fortunate. Mayor Ray Mueller, among other city leaders, will attend the event. “As mayor, I have made connecting with our business community a high priority,” Mr. Mueller said. “Our business community is the bread basket of the city, and business works best when it is connected.” Rotary clubs can be found in more than 100 countries, and all adhere to the motto “Service Above Self.” In Menlo Park, the club conducts service projects, including awarding more than $100,000 in college scholarships to local high school students. A $20 fee will be charged to members and non-members at the door. Appetizers, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. To reserve a spot, contactYuhui Chen at by Monday, April 21.

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Mildred Mollie Polinger May 12, 1911 – March 21, 2014 On Friday, March 21, Mildred Mollie Polinger, 102, passed away peacefully in her sleep next to Elliot, her husband of 69 years. She was a woman of indomitable spirit with a fabulous sense of humor, and boundless love for her family and friends. Mildred was born on May 12, 1911, in Spokane, WA, and married the love of her life, Elliot Polinger, M.D., there in 1944. They settled in Atherton in 1954 where she resided until her passing. Mildred was active in the Menertons and enjoyed volunteering at Stanford’s Speech and Hearing Clinic’s library. She loved bridge and enjoyed her bridge club, as well as playing almost weekly with friends. She was also a member of Temple Beth Jacob in Redwood City since the early fifties. Mildred is survived by two children: Barbara DeGrand (James), of Williamsburg, VA, and Jean Meyer (Jerry), of Loomis, CA. She is also survived by two grandsons and a great-grandson. She was interred at Hills of Eternity cemetery on Monday, March 24th. If you would like to make a donation, the family is requesting they be made to the Menlo Park Firefighter’s Association, Local 2400, Menlo Park, Ca 94025. PA I D


Florence Eugenie Kashian Aug. 13, 1918-March 23, 2014 Florence Eugenie Megerdichian Kashian, a 45 year resident of Menlo Park, passed away on March 23, at the age of 95. The daughter of Armenian immigrants, Florence was born in Boston, Massachusetts, as the older of two children, and grew up in Braintree and Cambridge. She studied voice and piano at the New England Conservatory in Boston, which led to a life filled with music and performance. She was introduced to her husband, Puzant (Paul) Kashian, by her cousin just before the Second World War, and they were married two months after Pearl Harbor. After living at Fort Hood, Texas, while Paul was serving in the Army, they settled in Glenview, Illinois for 20 years and raised their family of three children. In addition to her music, and while raising her children, Florence was a member of the choir at St. James Armenian Church in Evanston, Illinois as well as Glenview Community Church in Glenview, where she sang soprano solos, including those from Handel’s Messiah every Easter Sunday. Weary of the long winters, Florence and Paul left the Midwest and moved to Pebble Beach where they lived for two years. While visiting their son James, who was a student at Stanford, they discovered Menlo Park and fell in love with the large deciduous trees and flora reminiscent of their Midwest roots. They moved to Menlo Park in 1969 and founded Kashian Persian Rugs, which continued until her husband’s death in 1985. Menlo Park and the friends they made here became their home for the rest of their lives. Florence was a happy and fun-loving person who wanted to bring joy to people. She was an excellent cook, loved to entertain, and enjoyed her family and friends. She traveled extensively, was a member and benefactor of St. Andrew Armenian Church in Cupertino, and an officer of many Armenian organizations. She was an avid reader and served as a volunteer at Menlo Park Library. She leaves behind her children, Barbara Snow of Madison, Wisconsin, James Kashian of Los Angeles and his partner Thomas Proctor, and Ruth Meehan of Menlo Park and her partner Chris Dawson, her four grandchildren, James Gubbins, Alexander Gubbins, Emily Meehan and Kevin Meehan, and Kevin’s wife, Alexandra, and her two great grandchildren, Gianni Gubbins and Domenic Gubbins, the sons of James Gubbins. There was a private service for the family at Alta Mesa Cemetery in Palo Alto, where Florence joined her loving husband to travel together through the next journey. PA I D


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Frank Pasqua Loved to garden

Frank Pasqua, a resident of Menlo Park since 1961, died April 1 at home. He was 87. Mr. Pasqua worked as a recovery room technician at Sequoia Hospital from 1961 until 1989, when he retired. He met his wife, Connie, when she was on a visit home to Sicily, where Mr. Pasqua lived at the time, according to their son, Joe. “They fell in love and were married. Dad followed mom back

to the United States (in the Boston area) in 1956.” Mr. Pasqua was an avid gardener “who grew enough Frank Pasqua fruits and vegetables to feed the entire extended family,” his son said. “Pears, apples, oranges, prickly pears, strawberries, lemons, lettuce, green beans, tomatoes, squash, and much more.” Mr. Pasqua is survived by his wife Connie; daughter Margaret; son Joe; two brothers;

Thomas W. Borden Aug. 18, 1926 – March 14, 2014 On March 14, 2014, Thomas W. Borden passed away peacefully after a brief illness in Portola Valley. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years, Barbara. He is survived by his three children, Ann Bruhn, John Borden, and Jim Borden, their respective spouses Rande Bruhn, Donna Borden, and Julie Borden, and his grandchildren, Katie Crews, and her husband Matthew, Matt Bruhn, Luc Borden, Elaine Borden, Craig Borden, and Mary Borden. Tom was born in Long Branch, NJ on August 18, 1926 to Ruth Winckler Borden and Bryan Steele Borden. He grew up in Long Beach, CA where he attended Will Rogers Junior High and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1944. He attended the College of the Pacific as a member of the Navy V12 program and then was transferred to the Navy ROTC program at the University of California, Berkeley, graduating in 1948. He was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. Following college, Tom spent two years working at Weeden & Co., a San Francisco-based investment firm. From 1951 to 1953 he served his country in the Korean War, as a Supply Officer aboard the USS Wantuck. Upon returning to the Bay Area, Tom rejoined Weeden & Co, and in 1954 he married Barbara Jean Seal from Long Beach, CA. They moved to Menlo Park later that year where they lived for nearly 50 years, raised their family, and built life-long friendships. Tom enjoyed his work, and his 40 years in the investment business at Weeden & Co., and later at Stone & Youngberg. He was a longtime member of the San Francisco Bond Club where he served as president from 1970-1971. He served on the Board of Governors of the National Association of Securities Dealers for three years. He was also Chairman of the NASD Disciplinary Committee for Northern California, Oregon, and Hawaii, and he actively participated in arbitration hearings for 20 years. Tom also served on the San Mateo Grand Jury. He was an active participant in the Rotary Club in Menlo Park. He was an enthusiastic supporter of the Rotary’s scholarship programs, the Haas School of Business, UC’s Transfer Alliance Project, and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Tom led a busy social life as well. He was a long-time member of the University Club in San Francisco and the Menlo Circus Club. He found a great deal of pleasure spending time with his many friends, travelling extensively, and attending Stanford football games. The last 13 years Tom lived at the Sequoias in Portola Valley. He enjoyed the years there where he formed new friendships and enjoyed his old ones. He particularly loved staying connected and close to his grandchildren. Perhaps his greatest joy was being with his family at Lake Tahoe. From 1955 through 2013 he spent part of each summer on the lake in the company of his family, swimming, rowing, and sharing the beauty of the outdoors. For his family, he will be remembered as Tom, Dad and Papa, and as a loving, supportive, and positive presence in our lives. We will miss him dearly. A celebration of Tom’s life will be held later this month. His family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Menlo Park Rotary Foundation or the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. For further information contact Ann at: www. PA I D


two grandchildren; and a large extended family in the Bay Area and in Sicily. A funeral Mass and a rosary service have been held. Donations in Mr. Pasqua’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society or Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

Ruth Elaine Hobar Loved playing tennis, bridge

Ruth Elaine Hobar, a native of Salinas, a resident of Menlo Park for 40 years and an employee at Sunset Magazine for 17, died under hospice care on April 3. She was 86. Ms. Hobar was active in her communities, including doing volunteer work with the Girls Scouts and, in Salinas, Ruth Elaine the Peter RabHobar bit Chapter of the Children’s Home Society. Her passions were playing bridge and playing tennis, a sport at which she was still active at age 85 at Mission Ranch in Carmel, according to a remembrance provided by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home in Salinas. Ms. Hobar also traveled internationally. She grew up and went to school in Salinas and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley. In 1950, she married Erik J. Hobar, who died in 1993. She loved See’s Candy chocolates, she was charming and gracious, and she had a beautiful smile that carried her through her final illness, cancer, without a complaint, according to her family. Ms. Hobar is survived by her daughter, Karen Swanson of Meridian, Idaho, and three grandsons. Her good friend, Burton Anderson of Carmel, also survives her. A memorial service was held on April 11 at the Church of the Wayfarer in Carmel, where she attended church for 12 years. Gifts in Ms. Hobar’s name may be made to Hospice of the Central Coast and/or the Salvation Army.

Lee Lewis Harwood A citizen of the world

A celebration of the multifaceted life of Lee Lewis Harwood is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at The Sequoias retirement community at 501 Portola Road in Portola Valley. After 26 years as a Sequoias resident, Ms. Harwood died March 2 at The Sequoias with members of her family by her side. She was 96. Continued on next page

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Lee Lewis was a native of Evanston, Illinois, and graduated from Stanford University in 1938 as a member of Cap and Gown, a women’s honorary society, according to an account of her life by relatives. In 1938, she married Wilson Franklin Harwood, a man she met at Stanford and to whom she was married for 69 years. As a consultant, Mr. Harwood traveled internationally and the couple set up house in 25 different locations over 50 years. They lived for a time in Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Iran, Peru, England, Kuwait, Egypt and both coasts of the United States. Ms. Harwood found many and diverse ways to occupy herself during their travels. While in Kuwait, she was secretary to the Turkish ambassador. While in the Philippines, she founded a band at the American School in Manila. In Tehran, she helped establish an orphanage, and in Peru, she helped establish a mobile health clinic in a railroad car for the wives of railroad workers. When she and her husband settled in Portola Valley in 1965, Ms. Harwood continued her active life. She joined the League of Women Voters, played in the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra, based in Palo Alto, and was president of the Community Committee for International Students at Stanford and “adopted” foreign students each year. As editor of The Sequoian newsletter in the late 1980s, Ms. Harwood led the transition to desktop publishing of the newsletter. Ms. Harwood is survived by children Margaret “Peg” Harwood Milledge of Palo Alto, Sara Harwood Arnold of Lexington, Massachusetts, and Lewis Harwood of Bethesda, Maryland; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. The family is asking that donations in Ms. Harwood’s name be made to KQED, the League of Women Voters, or the Tomorrow Fund at The Sequoias.

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Elizabeth Foster DeLong 1960-2014 On April 7th 2014 Elizabeth “Betsy” DeLong passed away peacefully after a year-long battle against brain cancer, surrounded by family at her home in Menlo Park. She is survived by her husband of thirty-one years, Gregory Stephen DeLong, and her three children: William Foster “Will” DeLong, Miles Robert DeLong, and Natalie Elizabeth “Tally” DeLong. She is also remembered by her sister, Martha Peabody “Muffin” Foster, her brother, Timothy Hatherly Foster, her aunt, Josephine Harding Brownback, and six nephews and eight nieces. She is preceded in death by her parents, Elizabeth Harding “Beth” Foster and Hatherly “Bud” Foster III. Born on March 24, 1960 in Rochester, New York, Betsy moved to Atherton, California, with her family when she was seven years old. She forged life long friendships at Las Lomitas Elementary School and then at Castilleja School, graduating in 1977. Betsy continued her education at Southern Methodist University in Texas and graduated in 1981, double majoring in psychology and business. She was a loyal sister of SMU’s Kappa Alpha Theta. In a time when the industry was male-dominated, Betsy followed college to become a successful stockbroker back in California, a career spanning 25 years. In this capacity she worked at Smith Barney, Robertson Stephens, and Citibank. In more recent years, she was a constant volunteer at her children’s high school, Sacred Heart Preparatory School in Atherton. Furthering her deep roots in the area, Betsy also worked at Alys Grace in Menlo Park. There she gained tremendous satisfaction from a community that connected her to old and new friends alike. Since childhood Betsy was a member of the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton and spent much time there with friends. Betsy enjoyed spending time outdoors, walking and exercising, and loved the theater and concerts. She was an avid tennis player, and loved to compete whether she was playing a varsity tennis match during high school, or participating in Menlo Circus Club tournaments in later years. Above all, Betsy loved spending time with her family and friends. With her upbeat, infectious personality and incredible sense of humor, those closest to her know she could have been an actress, an avocation she pursued in her youth. Betsy often brought a whole room to laughter with her quick wit, infectious laugh, and her famous, spot-on impressions. Her open, positive nature and desire to help others, earned her the highest admiration. Poised and always elegant, she was gracious to everyone she met. Known lovingly as the “cool Californian” by her east coast relatives, Betsy always took special time to introduce others to new experiences. Betsy was an exceptionally devoted mother and friend. She is remembered as a dedicated companion who, even in her illness, always placed the needs of others above her and gave more than she took. Her composure and decorum never faltered in the face of her imminent passing. Betsy was the light in many people’s lives and lived everyday with courage, determination and honor. A memorial service honoring Betsy will be held at 4:00pm on Friday, April 25 at Saint Raymond Church at 1100 Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park. You may honor Betsy with a contribution to the school and community she loved, Sacred Heart Schools. Please direct gifts to Sacred Heart Schools in support of the Financial Aid Program. Gifts can be made online at https://www2. or mailed to 150 Valparaiso Avenue, Atherton. PA I D


INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR COMMITTEES ARTS AND CULTURE COMMITTEE Meets first Thursday of each month, 5:00 p.m.; appointed for two-year term. The Committee strengthens multigenerational community involvement by initiating, sponsoring and celebrating local art, creativity and cultural activities including, but not limited to, the areas of art, photography, design, music, horticulture, culinary arts, literature, drama and dance. The Committee will create opportunities to educate, inform and engage the community about cultural affairs and will organize and supervise events to showcase local creative talent EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS This committee is newly formed and the meeting day has not yet been determined; appointed for staggered two-year term. The Committee supports the General Plan policies to institute or participate in education related to natural hazards and to support emergency preparedness education. The Emergency Preparedness Committee works with Town staff to develop and maintain appropriate plans and procedures for responding to disasters, including wildfires, earthquakes, floods and other emergencies. The Emergency Preparedness Committee supports the work of the Citizens’ Emergency Response and Preparedness Program (CERPP) to develop a network of volunteers to respond to emergencies at the neighborhood level. The Emergency Preparedness Committee works with staff to recruit, organize, train and maintain a team of volunteers who can assist staffing an Emergency Operations Center when Town staff is partially or wholly unavailable. The Emergency Preparedness Committee works with staff to develop emergency communication facilities and capabilities and to provide residents of the Town with information and training in emergency topics. LIVESTOCK AND EQUESTRIAN HERITAGE COMMITTEE Meets fourth Wednesday of each month, 5:30 p.m.; appointed for unexpired one-year term. The Committee reviews applications for professional stable permits and forwards recommendations to the Planning Commission. It also reviews applications for exceptions to the private stable regulations and forwards recommendations to the Planning Director. It conducts inspections of stables in accordance with the requirements of the Municipal Code. The Committee develops and supports education and information programs which aid the community in sustaining, protecting enhancing and enjoying equestrian activities and facilities. The Committee is also a resource for Town Council, staff and residents on equestrian matters. OPEN SPACE COMMITTEE Meets fourth Thursday of each month, 5:30 p.m.; appointed for two-year term. The Committee advises and assists the Town Council, Planning Commission and staff in implementing the policies and goals of the Open Space and Conservation elements of the General Plan, specifically with respect to acquisition and maintenance of conservation easements and open space preservation. PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE Meets on call of Chair; appointed for two-year term. The Committee advises the Town Council and staff on issues of community public safety, including police and fire services provided within the Town. RECREATION COMMITTEE Meets first Thursday of each month, 7:30 p.m.; appointed for three-year term and unexpired two-year term. The Committee guides the activities of the community recreation programs. SUSTAINABILITY AND CONSERVATION COMMITTEE Meets fourth Monday of each month, 6:00 p.m.; appointed for two-year term and unexpired one-year term. The Committee advises and assists the Town Council, Planning Commission, and staff on conservation, open space, noise, public services and facilities as pertaining to the elements of the Town’s General Plan. WOODSIDE HISTORY COMMITTEE Meets second Thursday of each month, 10:00 a.m.; appointed for unexpired one-year term. The Committee advises the Town Council and staff regarding actions, policies and plans relating to historic preservation. Committees are volunteer positions and serve in an advisory capacity to the Town Council. Interested residents may request information and applications Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-12 noon and 1-5:00 p.m., from the Town Clerk’s Office at Town Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, or telephone (650) 851-6790, or through the Town’s web site at Deadline for applications is Friday, May 2, 2014.


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ircraft noise is a fact of life on the Midpeninsula, but espe- volume prevents us from using them... While we keep almost all cially in the Portola Valley and Woodside areas that often are SFO arrivals at 8,000 feet at night, it is not possible to keep all SFO directly under the southern and western approaches to San arrivals at that altitude during the day because that would create Francisco International Airport (SFO). conflicts with other aircraft using that busy space.” Now, as part of its plan to optimize the routes into SFO, the Any hopes that the FAA would respond to questions posed April Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is required to publish an 17 before the comment period ends a week later were dashed by an environmental assessment (EA). The FAA is also holding public FAA spokesman, who told the Almanac last week that only written workshops around the Bay Area, which will provide those con- comments would be accepted April 17 and that all FAA comments cerned about noise from low-flying commercial jets an opportu- on the questions submitted would be made to the questioner in nity to submit written comments only about the draft assessment, writing. instead of taking live testimony as many had hoped. Local residents who had hoped to hear their questions answered Local residents, with support from congresswomen Anna Eshoo and had made a concerted request to extend the comment period and Jackie Speier, had planned to testify at the on the FAA’s assessment by 60 days have been workshop about the FAA’s new maps in the draft disappointed by the agency’s current plan. EDI TORI AL report. “Two flight path options (will) converge It also remains unclear if the two congressdirectly over Portola Valley, and specifically over women can prevail on FAA officials to take The opinion of The Almanac the neighborhood of Ladera,” said Tina Nguyen of residents’ many concerns into account. They have Portola Valley and Jim Lyons of unincorporated written a letter to the secretary of transportation Woodside in a co-authored letter to the congresswomen. What asking him to instruct the FAA to extend the comment period by will be the altitudes of these flights as they pass over these hillside 60 days. communities? Will traditional air traffic control, with its noisy The Airport Community Roundtable, a group of officials braking maneuvers, be constrained? Why do computer-modeled from Peninsula communities, including Woodside, Portola Valnoise projections disagree so significantly with data from actual ley, Menlo Park and Atherton, make their concerns heard, but noise monitors? to what effect at the FAA? They, too, have called for a 60-day The FAA has said it will take such questions — in writing — at extension to give those interested more time to research their workshops the week of April 14 and publish responses later. This questions. would be a concern since it would not allow any back-and-forth Mayor Ann Wengert, who represents Portola Valley on the before the 30-day comment period ends on April 24. Roundtable, says the noise issue “is a real interesting dynamic. ... For many years, residents have tried and failed to get assurances (The FAA is) not required to even respond to comments, but they from the FAA that its flight rules would restrict incoming jets to have said that they likely will (this time). This will be a serious test a minimum altitude of 8,000 feet when passing over a navigation of how much impact citizen groups can have. If residents have combeacon in the hills above Woodside, a minimum that Rep. Eshoo ments, this is the time.” managed to get the FAA to agree to in 2001. But residents who moniClearly the FAA owes it to everyone affected by the new approach tor the altitudes of these flights say that many continue to violate routes a chance to testify in person before their peers on the draft that minimum despite a reminder by Ms. Eshoo in 2005. environmental assessment. In the interest of getting all pertinent An FAA spokesman has said that “Northern California control- comments and questions on the record, we urge the FAA to respond lers have noise abatement Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to live testimony at the workshop and extend the comment period and use them when traffic volume permits. Often, however, traffic for another 60 days.

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Lucky break at tax time Editor: Recently in the news I have heard nothing but sad stories about horrific things that people have done with no respect for human decency. So when I opened my mail yesterday, I was surprised to find this wonderful note: “Hope I did the right thing. I discovered your tax returns and other letters atop the postage machine at the Menlo Park post office with no stamps on them. I put proper postage on them and dropped them in the slot. I hope that was your intent. My name is Robert, also of Menlo Park.” Robert of Menlo Park, thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and for restoring my faith in humanity and for demonstrating that human kindness does still exist, especially in Menlo Park. Gail Halford Morey Menlo Park Continued on next page

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Our Regional Heritage Menlo Park Historical Association

Tom Ford opened his signature Menlo Park property at 3000 Sand Hill Road in 1978, which by 1995 had attracted about 40 firms that were said to control about one-third of the nation’s venture capital business. Mr. Ford, who died in 1998, was an attorney, and when he first arrived in the Bay Area he served as legal counsel for the Stanford University business office and as director of land development.

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‘Hands On’ program has proven track record

By Jack Ringham

Editor: I read with great interest your recent cover story “Learning by Doing.” I am very pleased to see that the student-centered approach to learning that is based on hands-on experience, choice, immersion and passion is being embraced, albeit for only a week, by Hillview School. At Peninsula School, the private school in Menlo Park from which I recently retired, this approach is at the core of our pedagogy. It empowers both students and teachers to explore their common interests in a manner that is far more effective than is usually the case in a more traditional classroom environment. When we were developing our Upper School (5th-8th grade) program in the early 1970s, we instituted a program remarkably similar to the one in the article, in which five times a year, for three-week blocks, students and teachers engage with one another in small groups exploring topics of their choice and passion. All these years later, our


on’t electrocute our great trees They’ve done nothing wrong, if you please Never had a fair trial And do nothing vile Just stand there enjoying the breeze We don’t need electrification For a little more acceleration To arrive slightly faster Creates a disaster For us, but for you, celebration


Don’t cut down the trees that we love For electrified wires above They’re a horrible sight A real visual blight Out-the-door give those wires a shove About three hundred forty-eight Atherton trees facing their fate To be pruned or cut down Ruin part of the town Of course it is something to hate

“Choice” program is one of the things that our former students remember most about their Peninsula experience. We have found over the nearly 90 years of the school’s exis-

Menlo Park’s number: six twenty-nine To suffer the chain-saw’s loud whine The Tree City’s pride For a faster train ride Shouldn’t suffer a major decline We’ve studied the D-E-I-R More pages than needed by far But they hide key info You don’t want us to know So fewer bad comments there are

Tier 4 locomotives are new Almost no emissions they spew Fuel efficient success With noise that is less They accelerate faster too

A “Blended System” you say High-Speed-Rail, Caltrain share right-ofway But details are few We don’t have a clue So therefore our answer is “nay” And we do not admire The huge cost of the wire Eight hundred million or more A tax waste we abhor That Tier 4 would never require We say to electrification Please take a lengthy vacation So let our trees grow Until we can know A real plan for our destination

The E I R mind was pre-set An electrify goal must be met As would be suspected Diesel options rejected Tier 4, not a thought did it get So give Tier 4 diesels a chance You’ll find they can really enhance

tence that this “progressive” approach continues to foster in our students creativity, love of learning and an ability to adapt readily to the new realities of our rapidly changing

Better service and more Keep the trees we adore Let all options take part in the dance

Jack Ringham has served on the Atherton Rail Committee for more than 10 years and lives on Fair Oaks Lane.

world. Our students graduate, tearfully but happily, as proud, confident, informed and curious young adults, eager and ready to dive into the exciting oppor-

tunities that await them in their future lives. Jerry Hearn El Nido Road, Portola Valley

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G U I D E TO 2014 S U M M E R C A M P S F O R K I D S

For more information about these camps, see our online directory of camps at To advertise in this weekly directory, call: 650-326-8210 Summer at Saint Francis

Athletics Alan Margot’s Tennis Camps


Alan Margot’s Tennis Camps provide an enjoyable way for your child to begin learning the game of tennis or to continue developing existing skills. Our approach is to create lots of fun with positive feedback and reinforcement in a nuturing tennis environment. Building self-esteem and confidence through enjoyment on the tennis court is a wonderful gift a child can keep forever! Super Juniors Camps, ages 4-6; Juniors Camps, ages 6-14. 650.400.0464

City of Mountain View Swim Lessons

Mountain View

Rengstorff and Eagle Park Pools We offer swim lessons for ages 6 months to 14 years. Following the American Red Cross swim lesson program, students are divided into one of the 11 different levels taught by a certified instructor. Rengstorff Park Pool, 201 S Rengstorff Ave and Eagle Park Pool, 650 Franklin St. 650.903.6331

Club Rec Juniors & Seniors

Mountain View

Club Rec Juniors and Seniors is open for youth 6-11 years old.These traditional day camps are filled with fun theme weeks, weekly trips, swimming, games, crafts and more! Rengstorff Park, 201 S. Rengstorff Avenue 650.903.6331

Nike Tennis Camps

Stanford University

Weekly overnight and day camps offered throughout June, July and August for boys & girls ages 6-18. Options for all ability levels, great Nike prizes and camp t-shirt. Adult weekend clinics offered in June and August. Come join the fun and GET BETTER THIS SUMMER! 1.800.NIKE.CAMP (645.3226)

Palo Alto Elite Volleyball Club

Menlo Park/Palo Alto

In our 7th year, a community club with close ties to the schools we offer volleyball camps for girls, grades 3 - 12. From basics for beginners to advanced techniques for High School. Located at Arrillaga Family Gym (MP). Brush up on skills, get ready for school tryouts.

The Sacred Heart Sports Camp


Mountain View

Advanced Sports Camps (5th-9th grades): We offer a wide selection of advanced sports camp designed to provide players with the opportunity to improve both their skills and knowledge of a specific sport. Each camp is run by a Head Varsity Coach at Saint Francis, and is staffed by members of the coaching staff. 650.968.1213 x650

Arts, Culture, Other Camps Camp Boogaloo & Camp Zoom

Mountain View

These new Summer Day Camps are sure to keep your kids busy! Camp Boogaloo, open to youth 6-11 years old, will be held at Castro Park, 505 Escuela Ave. Camp Zoom, open to youth 9-12 years old, will be held at Crittenden Athletic Field, 1500 Middlefield Road. Both of these traditional day camps are filled with fun theme weeks, weekly trips, swimming, games, crafts and more! 650.903.6331

Castilleja Summer Camp

Palo Alto

Castilleja Summer Day Camp offers a range of age-appropriate activities including athletics, art, science, computers, writing, crafts, cooking, drama, and music classes each day and weekly field trips. 650.328.3160

City of Mountain View

Mountain View

Recreation Division Discover fun with us this summer through the many programs available with the City of Mountain View Recreation Division. From sports to traditional day camps, to cooking camps, dance camps and art camps... we have it all! Mountain View Community Center, 201 S. Rengstorff Avenue 650.903.6331

Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA)

Mountain View

50+ creative camps for Grades K-8! Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Musical Theater, School of Rock, Digital Arts, more! Oneand two-week sessions; full and half-day enrollment. Extended care available. Financial aid offered. 650.917.6800 ext. 0

powered by Hi-Five Sports Club Hi-Five Sports is thrilled to present our third multi-sport competitive summer camp to the San Francisco Bay Area! Through experienced, passionate, and patient coaching, we believe the timeless lessons that only sports can teach with stay with the kids for the rest of their lives. camp/bayarea_camp_summer_camp_atherton/ 650.362.4975

Deer Hollow Farm Wilderness Camps

Spartans Sports Camp

Exciting activities for kindergarteners through teens include swimming, field trips, sports and more. Enroll your child in traditional or special focus camps like Computer Animation, Baking, Urban Art & Murals, Outdoor Exploration and many others! 650.223.8622

Mountain View

Spartans Sports Camp offers multi-sport, week-long sessions for boys and girls in grades 2-6 as well as sport-specific sessions for grades 5-9. There are also strength and conditioning camps for grades 6-12. New this year are cheerleading camps for grades Pre-K - 8. Camps begin June 9th and run weekly through August 1st at Mountain View High School. The camp is run by MVHS coaches and student-athletes and all proceeds benefit the MVHS Athletic Department. Lunch and extended care are available for your convenience. Register today! www. 650.479.5906

Stanford Baseball Camps


Stanford Baseball Camps have gained national recognition as the some of the finest in the country. These camps are designed to be valuable and beneficial for a wide range of age groups and skill sets. From the novice 7 year-old, to the Division 1, professionally skilled high school player, you will find a camp that fulfills your needs. 650.723.4528

Stanford Water Polo


Ages 7 and up. New to sport or have experience, we have a camp for you. Half day or fully day option for boys and girls. All the camps offer fundamental skill work, scrimmages and games. 650.725.9016

Summer at Saint Francis

Mountain View

Sports & Activity Camp (ages 6-12): This all-sports camp provides group instruction in a variety of field, water and court games. Saint Francis faculty and students staff the camp, and the focus is always on fun. The program is dedicated to teaching teamwork, sportsmanship and positive self-esteem. After camp care and swim lessions available. 650.968.1213 x650

Summer Sports Camp@SportsHouse

Redwood City

All sports camp for kids ages 6-13 at SportsHouse from June 16 - August 15. Full day of fun, all summer long. Lunch included. After camp care optional. 650.362.4100

Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve

Children ages 6-14 can meet the livestock, help with farm chores, explore a wilderness preserve and have fun with crafts, songs and games. Older campers conclude the week with a sleepover at the Farm. Near the intersection of Hwy 85 and Hwy 280 650.903.6331

J-Camp Oshman Family JCC

Palo Alto

Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC)

Palo Alto

PACCC summer camps offer campers, grades 1st to 6th, a wide variety of fun opportunities! Neighborhood Adventure Fun and Ultimate Adventure Fun for the more active and on-the-go campers! New this year: Sports Adventure Camp, JV for the younger athletes and Varsity for the older sports enthusiasts! We introduce FAME - Fine arts, Music and Entertainment -- a 4-week opportunity for the artists. Returning is Operation Chef for out of this world cooking fun! Swimming twice per week, periodic field trips, special visitors and many engaging camp activities, songs and skits round out the fun offerings of PACCC Summer Camps! Open to campers from all communities! Come join the fun in Palo Alto! Register online. 650.493.2361

TechKnowHow® Computer and LEGO® Summer Camp

Palo Alto Menlo Park/Sunnyvale

Fun and enriching technology classes for students, ages 5-16. Courses include LEGO® projects with motors, K’NEX®, NXT® Robotics, Arduino™, iPad® Movie Making and Game Design. Classes feature high-interest, ageappropriate projects which teach technology and science skills. Half and Full day options. Early bird and multiple week discounts are also available.

YMCA of Silicon Valley What makes Y camps different?



We believe every child deserves the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Y campers experience the outdoors, make new friends and have healthy fun in a safe, nurturing environment. They become more confident and grow as individuals, and they learn value in helping others. We offer day, overnight, teen leadership and family camps. Financial assistance is available. Get your summer camp guide at camp 408.351.6400

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Academics Early Learning Write Now! Summer Writing Camps

Palo Alto/ Pleasanton

Emerson School of Palo Alto and Hacienda School of Pleasanton open their doors and offer their innovative programs: Expository Writing, Creative Writing, Presentation Techniques, and (new) test-taking skills. Call or visit our site for details. 650.424.1267; 925.485.5750

Foothill College

Los Altos Hills

Two Six-Week Summer Sessions beginning June 10. These sessions are perfect for university students returning from summer break who need to pick up a class and high school juniors, seniors and recent graduates who want to get an early start. 650.949.7362

Harker Summer Programs

San Jose

K-12 offerings taught by exceptional, experienced faculty and staff. K-6 morning academics – focusing on math, language arts and science – and full spectrum of afternoon recreation. Grades 6-12 for credit courses and non-credit enrichment opportunities. Sports programs also offered. 408.553.0537

iD Tech Camps and iD Tech Academies


Take interests further and gain a competitive edge! Ages 7-17 create apps, video games, C++/Java programs, movies, and more at weeklong, day and overnight summer programs. Held at Stanford and others. Also 2-week, pre-college programs for ages 13-18. 1.888.709.TECH (8324)

iD Film Academy for Teens


Discover how filmmaking or photography can lead to a rewarding career. 2-week, pre-college summer programs for ages 13-18. Held at UC Berkeley, Yale, and NYU. Also weeklong camps for ages 7-17 held at iD Tech Camps. 1.888.709.TECH (8324)

iD Game Academy for Teens Design & Development

Stanford/ Bay Area

Instead of just playing games, design and develop your own. 2-week, precollege summer programs in game design, development, programming, and 3D modeling. Also week long camps for ages 7-17 held at iD Tech Camps. 1.888.709.TECH (8324)

iD Programming Academy for Teens

Stanford/ Bay Area

Gain a competitive edge and learn how programming can become a college degree and even a rewarding career. 2-week, pre-college summer programs in programming, app development, and robotics engineering. Also weeklong camps for ages 7-17 held at iD Tech Camps. 1.888.709.TECH (8324)

ISTP’s Language Immersion Summer Camp

Palo Alto

ISTP Summer Camp is designed to give participants a unique opportunity to spend their summer break learning or improving in a second language. Students are grouped according to both grade level and language of proficiency. Our camp offers many immersion opportunities and consists of a combination of language classes and activities taught in the target language. Sessions are available in French, Mandarin and Chinese and English ESL and run Monday through Friday, 8am to 3:30pm with additional extending care from 3:30pm to 5:30pm 650-251-8519

Mid-Peninsula High School

Menlo Park

Summer at Mid-Pen includes 5 weeks of diverse classes designed to keep students engaged in learning. Our summer classes have two purposes: to offer interesting electives and allow students to complete missing high school credit. Summer session runs from June 23 to July 24, 2014 650.321.1991

Stanford Explore: A Lecture Series on Biomedical Research


EXPLORE biomedical science at Stanford! Stanford EXPLORE offers high school students the unique opportunity to learn from Stanford professors and graduate students about diverse topics in biomedical science, including bioengineering, neurobiology, immunology and many others.

Stratford School - Camp Socrates

Palo Alto/Bay Area

Academic enrichment infused with traditional summer camp fun--that’s what your child will experience at Camp Socrates. Sessions begin June 23 and end August 8, with option to attend all seven weeks, or the first four (June 23July 18). Full or half-day, morning or afternoon programs available. Perfect for grades preschool through 8th. 17 campuses throughout Bay Area. 650.493.1151

Summer at Saint Francis

Mountain View

Summer at Saint Francis provides a broad range of academic and athletic programs for elementary through high school students. It is the goal of every program to make summer vacation enriching and enjoyable! 650.968.1213 x446

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Art Galleries ‘85 Years 85 Artists’ exhibit Menlo College looks at the past 85 years through the eyes of artists. Artists from around the world were randomly assigned a year to illustrate. The “85 Years 85 Artists” exhibit has participating artists in 21 states, plus the Netherlands, England and Italy. MondayFriday, March 26-July 11, 9-5 p.m. Free. Menlo College Administration Building, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton. Call 650-543-3901. ‘Japan Revisited’ Photo Exhibit The Portola Art Gallery presents “Japan Revisited,” photographs by Frances Freyberg. The color photos feature landscapes, cityscapes, shrine scenes and portraits from Freyberg’s 2013 travels through the country. MondaySaturday, April 1-30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-321-0220. ‘SpaceCase’: Paintings by Jessica Eastburn The CaÒada College Art Gallery presents “SpaceCase,” a series of paintings by local artist Jessica Eastburn. Using traditional manual methods, Eastburn has created paintings that resemble highly-digitalized artwork. A special reception will be held March 18 to celebrate the opening. Monday through Thursday, March 18-April 17, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Canada College Art Gallery, Building 9, Room 152, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside. Call 650-306-3336.

Classes/Workshops Creative writing class This class will assist those interested in writing stories, either for personal satisfaction or publication. The instructor, author and feature columnist Phyllis Butler, has had her work appear in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News and international publications. Tuesdays, April 3-24, 1:30-2:30 p.m. $55 for all meetings; $15 drop-in class. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025 ext. 222. Digital Photography with Neal Mesnchel Taught by acclaimed photojournalist Neal Menschel, this four-week workshop will focus on camera equipment, capturing images and composition. April 3-24, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $150. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025 ext. 222. littlehouse/ eBooks and eAudiobooks Help The Portola Valley library invites community members to make a one-on-one appointment to receive help accessing the library’s free online books. Bring a device and any questions to this session. Please contact the library to sign up for an appointment. Wednesdays, March 19-May 28, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. Pastel plein air painting classes with Jan Prisco The Portola Art Gallery’s Jan Prisco will offer weekly pastel plein air painting classes at Allied Arts Guild and other Peninsula locations. Beginning and intermediate pastel painters are welcome. Wednesdays, April 16 through August 1, 1:30-4:15 p.m. $30/class; $100/four-class bundle. Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-341-9519. Tai Chi with Ben Dineen Tai Chi classes will be held in the Woodside Native Plant Garden, weather permitting. This centuriesold Asian exercise seeks to produce stronger bodies, better balance and a sharper mind. Instructor Ben Dineen invites all ability levels to this 60-minute class. The program is funded by the Friends of Woodside Library. Fridays, April 4-25, 10-11 a.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147.

Clubs/Meetings ‘SRI Organon Toastmasters’ Meeting Toastmasters aims to improve communication and leadership skills. Each week the organization focuses on a different topic related to public speaking. Meetings are open to the public. Each Tuesday through April 25, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. SRI International, Building

G, Laurel Ave., opposite Menlo Park City Hall, Menlo Park. Non-Fiction Book Club The club will hold a discussion of “My Beloved World” by Sonia Sotomayor. Drop-ins are welcome. April 17, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-8510560.

Community Events ‘Living with Autism’ conversation Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park hosts an hour-long conversation exploring how to cope with the challenges of autism. Participants will learn about autism and connect with others who live with or who care for people with autism. Complimentary snacks will be provided. April 16, 7-8 p.m.; April 17, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-854-5897. Community Poem at Atherton Library The Atherton Library will be celebrating National Poetry Month with a collaborative poem. All community members are invited to contribute to a collective poem created and on display in the library. April 1-30, library hours. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650328-2422. Fine Arts Museums presentation The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will give a docent lecture on the exhibit “Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art,” which features the work of 19th century avant-garde painters such as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Vincent van Gogh. April 22, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free for members; $5 non-members. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-3262025 ext. 222 . Fourth annual Sequoia 5K Stampede The upcoming Sequoia Stampede 5K race is a fun-filled, community event and one of the core fundraising events for Sequoia High School Athletics. April 26, 9 a.m.noon. $10-$30. Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Ave., Redwood City. Call 650-3611000. Relay for Life Kickoff There will be an informational event for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, coming up this summer in Menlo Park. The fundraiser will be filled with fun music, games, booths and kid-friendly activities. April 27, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Fremont Park, corner of Santa Cruz Avenue and University Avenue, Menlo Park. RFLCY14National?fr_id=57306&pg=entry Rotary Connects at LB Steakhouse Community members are invited to join the Menlo Park Rotary Club for an evening of networking with business leaders and city officials. April 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $20. LB Steakhouse, 898 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 805-290-2931.

CaÒada College Main Theater, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside.

Environment ‘Earth Day on the Bay’ 2014 The Marine Science Institute will hold its annual “Earth Day on the Bay” event, offering both education and entertainment. April 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free; $20 kids, $40 adults for Discovery Voyage boat tour. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City. Call 650-364-2760 ext. 16. html Connecting the Dots 2014: ‘The Climate, Energy, Food and Water Nexus’ Experts from Stanford will speak about the interactions between the ways humanity uses climate, energy, food, water and other environmental resources. Authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability will take part in the discussion. Registration is required. April 18, 12:30-6:30 p.m. Free; priority given to those affiliated with Stanford. Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez St., Stanford. tomkat.stanford. edu/ctd/?utm_content=buffera4d66&utm_ medium=social&utm_source=twitter. com&utm_campaign=buffer

Exhibits ‘Conversation Pieces’ Exhibit This exhibit contains four pairings of works on paper: human figures, botanical still lifes, nature studies and artists’ portraits. Wednesday-Sunday, until May 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. ‘Inside Rodin’s Hands: Art, Technology and Surgery’ James Chang has incorporated Rodin’s hand sculptures into his hand surgery educational program, using new technologies that scan the sculptures, create interior anatomy and allow for virtual surgery to correct the condition. The exhibition provides an interactive experience for visitors. Wednesday-Sunday, April 9-Aug. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. American Photographs: A Cultural History Professor Alexander Nemerov designed this exhibition to illuminate his course on American photographs. The 14 works on display range from a Civil War-era photograph by Timothy O’Sullivan to street photography by Robert Frank, work by Diane Arbus from the 1960s and work by Helen

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Levitt from the 1970s. March 12 to July 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. Carleton Watkins: ‘The Stanford Albums’ To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Act of 1864, Cantor Arts Center will mount an exhibition of 19th-century photographer Carleton Watkins’ Pacific Coast photographs, all drawn from three unbound albums in Stanford library’s Special Collections. April 23-Aug. 17, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. Kusamura Bonsai Club 54th Annual Show Club members will be on hand to answer questions during this two-day bonsai show. Demonstrations both days at 1:30 p.m. will give insight into how these living works of art are created. Saturday, April 26, noon to 5 p.m.; April 27, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-327-0450. www. Portola Valley Watershed exhibit 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Town of Portola Valley. The library will help celebrate throughout the month of April with an exhibit of the local watershed, including Sausal Creek. Monday-Saturday, April 1-30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650851-0560.

Family and Kids ‘Laura’s Star’ film screening The Cantor Arts Center will be showing the German film “Laura’s Star.” In this animated 80-minute feature, 7-year-old Laura moves from the country to the city and begins a friendship with an equally disoriented shooting star. April 20, noon-3 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Dr. at Museum Way, Stanford. ‘Paws for Tales’ Kids Program Atherton Library hosts a program -- in partnership with the Peninsula Humane Society and the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals -- where children ages 5 and up can sign up to read to a trained service dog, with the goal of improving reading skills and building confidence. Time slots are available the fourth Saturday of each month. Through June, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-3282422.



Concerts Master Sinfonia Concert 4 Maestro David Ramadanoff will conduct Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra’s final concert of the season. It will include performances of local composer Jeremy Cavaterra’s “Monterey Suite,” Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor” featuring soloist Akimi Fukuhara, and Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 8 in G Major.” A free reception with the artists will accompany the event. April 26, 8 p.m. $15-$25; free for youth under 18. Portola Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley. aspx?c=Concert4 Stanford Easter Concert An Easter concert, entitled “There is a Balm in Gilead: An Easter Celebration of Christ,” will be held in Stanford Memorial Church. It will include vocal, string, organ and choir performances, as well as a keynote address by Robert M. Daines, Pritzker professor of law and business from Stanford. The event is sponsored by the Latter-day Saints Student Association at Stanford. April 19, 3:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford . Redwood Symphony’s ‘Fantastic Four’ Redwood Symphony’s “Fantastic Four” concert will include performances of works by composers John Adams, Claude Debussy, local Lee Actor and Louis Gottschalk. April 19, 8 p.m. $10-$30; free for children under 18.

Babies and Books Storytime AT this event for newborns to children 18 months, there will be rhymes, songs, lap play and short stories. This program is funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. April 28, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-8510560. Easter Crafts at Cheeky Monkey During this pre-Easter event, children can decorate plastic Easter eggs and make their own bunny ears. April 19, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Cheeky Monkey Toys, 640 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-328-7975. www. Kamishibai: Japanese story card theater This event will include a performance of Japanese paper card story theater, or Kamishibai. In addition to hearing Japanese folktales in English, there will be a craft activity and Japanese cookies to snack on. April 18, 2-3 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650851-0147. Menlo Park Egg Hunt The City of Menlo Park, the Menlo Park Firefighters’ Association and the Menlo Park Fire District will hold its annual Egg Hunt at Burgess Park. The Easter bunny will arrive at 10 a.m. for pictures; the egg hunt will start at 10:30 a.m. Other attractions will include bounce houses, crafts and a jelly bean guess. April 19, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Burgess Park, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Menlo Park Tennis Festival This festival will feature special demonstrations from tennis professionals, music, prizes and other activities for all levels. It is open to all players ages 6-12 and their family members. April 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $10/player. Burgess Park Tennis Courts, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2232. tennis-festival Oran Etkin: ‘Wake Up, Clarinet!’ New York-based clarinet player Oran Ektin is the creator of the Timbalooloo method of teaching music to young children. His awardwinning children’s CD “Wake Up, Clarinet!” inspired this live family concert, which brings instruments to life as they become characters in the story. April 19, 2:30-3:30 p.m. $10. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. BNSPS_14.pdf Toddler Storytime This program for children 18 months to 3 years old will include songs, stories and movement activities to encourage children to listen and read. This

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C A L E N D A R program is funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. Crafts follow storytime. Tuesdays, March 4-April 29, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.

Film ‘Chasing Water’ screening and talk Stanford’s Bill Lane Center for the American West will hold an event with a screening of the film “Chasing Water: A 1,500 Mile Quest Down the Colorado River” and a talk from the photographer in the film, Pete McBride. Registration is required. April 23, 7-9 p.m. Free. Clark Center Auditorium, 318 Campus Drive West, Stanford. events/chasing-water-1500-mile-quest-downcolorado-river

Health Clinical Trials Awareness Week The Stanford Cancer Institute will hold its third annual Clinical Trials Awareness Week. This five-day event is designed to promote cancer research, and will have educational and interactive activities for patients, staff and the community. April 28-May 2, 10 a.m. Free. Stanford Cancer Center, 875 Blake Wilbur Drive, Stanford. Call 650-498-7061. www. Seventh annual Autism Spectrum Disorders Update This one-day conference is for parents, educators and care providers of children with an autism spectrum disorder. This update will focus on new research, therapies and insights, as well as living with autism. The event is sponsored by the Autism Center at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. April 19, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $125. Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez St., Stanford. Call 650-721-6327.

On Stage ‘Les Miserables’ by Ram’s Head Ram’s Head Theatrical Society at Stanford University is putting on a production of classic musical “Les Miserables,” based on the novel by Victor Hugo. April 11-19, 8-10:30 p.m. $10-$20. Memorial Auditorium, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford.

Religion/Spirituality Easter service at Ladera This Easter service will feature music from a Brass Quarter, the Youth Ukulele Choir and the Sanctuary Choir, as well as an egg hunt. All are welcome. April 20, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-854-5481. Easter sunrise service Ladera Community Church and Valley Presbyterian Church will greet Easter dawn with prayers and song on the hill behind the Woodside Priory dining hall. View the campus map here: 6:30 p.m. Free. Woodside Priory, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-854-5481. Good Friday service Bethany Lutheran Church will host a Good Friday service. April 18, noon-7:00 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. www. Maundy Thursday Tenebrae service Beginning with communion as the “Last Supper,” the event will then move into a Tenebrae service. It will retell the story of Jesus’ journey to the cross, extinguishing the light along the way. April 17, 7-7:45 p.m. Free. Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-854-5481. Skills for Stress Reduction Morning workshop features Dr. Cynthia McDonald, experienced counselor and clinician, who will offer simple tools for managing stress and coping with anxiety. Cost includes coffee and scones. Contact the center to RSVP. April 26, 8:30 a.m.-noon. $25. Vallombrosa Retreat Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-325-5614. University Public Worship Public worship at Stanford’s Memorial Church is open to everyone. Sundays through June 29. 10-11 a.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Call 650-723-1762.

Lectures & Talks ‘Rev Up Your Biz Dev Mojo’ Led by expert Chip Doyle, this evening will teach effective strategies and practice them in highenergy breakout sessions with peers from Women in Consulting. April 17, 6-8:30 p.m.

$45-$65. Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. Call 408-2669658 ext. 11. site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=jhLOK0PEL oF&b=8023581&ct=13727263 Author Albert Rothenberg Albert Rothenberg, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and currently a Stanford fellow, will speak about his novel “Madness and Glory.” The work of historical fiction follows a real doctor, Dr. Philippe Pinel, who freed the mentally ill during the French Revolution. April 24, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. Author Barbara Ehrenreich with Angie Coiro Barbara Ehrenreich will discuss her new book, “Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth about Everything,” in conversation with Bay Area journalist Angie Coiro. Ehrenreich’s new book reconstructs the story of her adolescent search for meaning. April 25, 7:30 p.m. $10 general; $15 at the door. Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Author Edgar H. Schein Edgar H. Schein will discuss his books “Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help” and “Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling.” Schein analyzes the social and psychological dynamics common to many helping relationships, explains why help is often not helpful and shows how wouldbe helpers might ensure their assistance is welcomed and useful. April 29, 7 p.m. Free. Channing House, 850 Webster St., Palo Alto. Call 650-324-4321. edgar-h-schein Author Ian Morris Historian, archaeologist and Stanford Classics professor Ian Morris will discuss and sign his new book, “War! What Is It Good For?: Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots.” His work tells the story of 15,000 years of war, going beyond the battles and brutality to reveal what war has done to and for the world. April 16, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-3244321. Author Justin Go U.C. Berkeley graduate Justin Go will discuss and sign his debut novel, “The Steady Running of the Hour,” in

which a young American discovers he may be heir to the unclaimed estate of an English World War I officer. April 22, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. event/justin-go Author Susan Schillinglaw Susan Schillinglaw will discuss and sign her new book, “Carol and John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage.” Carol Henning Steinbeck, John Steinbeck’s first wife, was the inspiration for his great work of the 1930s, culminating in “The Grapes of Wrath.” Shillinglaw, professor of English at San Jose State University, directed the Center for Steinbeck Studies there from 1987 to 2005. April 17, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. event/susan-schillinglaw Conversation with Tony Kushner Stanford University will host a conversation between professor Peggy Phelan and Tony Kushner. Kushner is the award-winning author of such plays and screenplays as “Angels in America,” “Lincoln,” “Caroline or Change” and “Munich.” April 16, 6-7 p.m. Free (open to public). Pigott Theater, Memorial Auditorium Complex, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford. taps. Georgia O’Keeffe docent presentation A docent from the de Young Museum will give a presentation about its Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit, Modern Nature. This exhibit covers the Lake George period of the artist’s career, when she created more than 200 paintings. April 19, 2 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422.

Marion Nestle: Advocacy for Healthier Food Systems Marion Nestle, author of the book “Food Politics,” will speak about ways that the food movement can draw on the lessons learned from social movements of the past to define advocacy goals, targets and methods; engage allies; and monitor progress. April 17, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford. Call 650-736-6247. Youth event: Author Andrea Cremer Andrea Cremer will attend a book talk for her new novel, “The Inventor’s Secret,” an alternate history and steampunk adventure that asks what would have happened if the British had won the Revolutionary War. April 23, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www. Youth event: Author Matthew Jobin Matthew Jobin will read from and sign his book “The Nethergrim,” a fantasy work that combines reality, magic and adventure. April 18, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-3244321.

For all listings This Calendar contains partial listings of community events. To see all listings, go to and on the green navigation bar on the left, click on “Community Calendar.”



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