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Atherton SEPTEMBER 2017


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History Made Good

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Afghanistan to Atherton By David Marin


hen married father of (then) two children Sam Jimenez told his employer, uncle Juan - owner of Bayshore Plumbers - that he was leaving work to join the Green Beret, Juan neglected to tell the bookkeeper, paying his nephew Sam’s salary for five years as Sam served in Afghanistan. Sam, thinking the war would end soon and bothered that others were fighting the war on our behalf, enlisted in 2008, attended Special Forces training in Ft. Bragg, N.C. and in 2011 became what he set out to be, a Green Beret, serving in Afghanistan and Africa. Sam was happy to help villagers with plumbing, sewer systems, and wells, a pay it forward ripple effect Juan could not have imagined when he trained Sam in the family business when Sam was young.

I will succeed in life and business and find myself living there, too.” Sam continues to serve in the California National Guard, enjoys gardening and hunting with his boys, and can be found most Saturday mornings on local bike trails. Bayshore Plumbers offers residential and commercial plumbing services. For more information, visit ■

“I was inspired by my uncle and now business partner, Juan, who has always been there not only for me, but our entire family. He has personally trained eight of my cousins and helped them start their plumbing companies in the Bay Area.” “After three Afghan combat tours and numerous deployments to African countries I decided it was time to come home and continue with the rest of my life and spend more time with my family. As soon as Juan knew I was returning he offered me partnership in the business and the position of General Manager.” Sam enjoys working in Atherton homes because he sees Atherton as the American Dream. “Anyone living in Atherton has achieved what we all strive for. It’s a town of winners and someday Aimel, AJ, David, and Victor with Frishta and Sam.

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Three hours after having lunch at the Menlo Charity Horse Show with my guests, Atherton Living sponsors Eric Peterson (Morgan Stanley) and Dr. Katharina Powers (Art Ventures Gallery), I sat down to write about a new sponsor, Sam Jimenez, and his Green Beret journey from Afghanistan to Atherton. The contrast seems striking, but instead it's all the same - people who work hard get what they need. There's an art to presenting information, in business, high-tech, academia, and the non-profit world. In Arthur Sharif 's article this month you'll see the best there ever was... what some call the greatest graph ever drawn. If you or your staff want to improve your presenting information skills, you'll want to attend the December San Francisco Presenting Data course with Edward Tufte, statistician and Professor Emeritus at Yale. David Marin, Publisher |



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Dear Residents, Summer is officially winding down (or even over, depending on where your kids attend school). Halloween is on the way, then Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year. Sometimes it feels like time flies by and we’re not taking nearly enough time for ourselves. This month’s travel location is sure to give you a relaxing, yet fun retreat and it’s a great destination to keep summer in mind as the cooler weather starts rolling in. Also, if you’re looking to add to your art collection, or even just appreciate art, read about this month’s artist, Doug Simon. Inspired by Paul Gauguin’s painting philosophy, Doug creates abstract nature/ landscape pieces that are fascinating to study. If you or someone you know is an artist, we would love to profile them. Send me an email at Sincerely, Melissa McKenzie, Content Coordinator

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Resident FEATURE

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The Crittenden Family: HISTORY MADE GOOD By David Marin


few years ago, Atherton resident Howard “Sandy” Crittenden III picked up acorns under a Bur Oak tree named the Peace Tree near the Garfield Memorial in Washington, DC. After the Civil War, U.S. Senator John J. Crittenden, a relative of Thomas Jefferson, planted the Peace Tree in the hopes that Americans would never again take up arms against each other. Sandy and his wife, Diane, have a Bur Oak growing in their Atherton yard, a sapling they hope to sprout to get more acorns to give to their children. Senator Crittenden’s brother, Thomas Theodore Crittenden, elected governor of Missouri in 1880, approved a $5,000 award offered by the railroad companies for the capture of Jesse James and his brother, Frank. After Robert Ford was convicted of killing Jesse James, he was pardoned by Governor Crittenden. Sandy’s mother, Barbara, was born in Berkeley in 1910. Her father moved to San Francisco from Boston as the Vice President of US Wire and Nails, the predecessor to U.S. Steel, leaving his wife behind as he got settled. While their furniture was on a railroad car heading west, the 1906 earthquake hit and Sandy’s grandfather’s apartment burnt to the ground, so he moved to Berkeley where Barbara was born. Sandy and his sister Grace and her daughter, Whitney, still have much of the mahogany furniture that was saved from the fire in San Francisco. Doris attended UC Berkeley where she met Howard Crittenden Jr. from San  Diego, studying at Boalt Hall in Berkeley to become a lawyer. They were in the basement of Sandy’s grandfather’s home sampling some of their home brewed beer when  they decided to get married in 1931. The Depression was very hard on them, trying to start a law career, so the moved to Tracy where fewer attorneys


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12 smiles at Sun River: Daughter-in-law Emily and son Paul holding Huxley; Josselyn, engaged to son Todd Hazen; Sandy and wife Diane; son-in-law Alan with daughter Whitney; daughter-in-law Alice with baby Marlow and son Ryan.

made it more likely to make a decent living. Howard Crittenden represented the Japanese who were interned during World War II, arguing that they should not be interned. He also represented dairy farmers in the Central Valley and joined a protest against low prices in Stockton, pouring large dairy cans of milk on the court house steps. Towards the end of World War II Howard was called up to serve, attending Stanford to learn German and then sent to Germany to set up new governments in the towns that were under Allied control. He hated his time in the Army and was glad to leave. When he got home, he took his wallet out that he always carried in his jacket chest pocket and put it in  his desk drawer, never to open it again. It had a savings book from a bank in France, names and numbers of friends he had, discharge papers and some money. Today it is still in safe keeping as it was when he put it away.  

grew up in. Born in the original Stanford Hospital, Sandy has done just that, growing up in Atherton, attending Menlo Atherton High School, earning a Boy Scout Eagle Badge along the way. Diane, his wife of 21 years, also gave back, tutoring 3rd and 4th grade students in reading at Garfield School.

Sandy attended the University of Denver, receiving a BA in Psychology and minors in computer science and speech communication. His career has evolved from owning Handy Sandy’s handyman business to owning a highly respected and successful auto repair shop, and then as a real estate agent for the once largest real estate company on the Peninsula, Rupert Taylor Real Estate. Currently, Sandy is an independent real estate Broker and the owner of Crittenden & Associates, representing clients in their real estate needs and managing his own investments. Until recently, Sandy’s main hobby was bike riding. He has ridden in the AIDS Ride to Los Angeles and has biked from Menlo Park to San Diego and pedaled the week-long Bicycle Tour Colorado and Cycle Oregon. Sandy’s volunteer history couldn’t be chronicled with paper milled from a hundred Bur Oak trees. It’s truly remarkable – anyone in Atherton who has ever volunteered for anything stood in line along Sandy Crittenden. His favorites include Rotary; he’s been a member for 28 years, serving as treasurer for a combined six years in two clubs and as a benefactor, supporting the Menlo Park Rotary Scholarship with generous donations and offering the Crittenden Family Scholarship, awarded annually. Currently the president of Friends of Atherton Community Library, Sandy was also the President and Treasurer of Holbrook Palmer Foundation, serving on the board for over 25 years, and he was the point person in major projects at the Holbrook Palmer Park, including major repairs to the Gen Merrill Carriage House and the Water Tower. Sandy also cooked pancakes

Diane and Sandy at Iguazu Falls, Argentina.

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When he arrived home around 1945, Barbara was finishing her Master’s in Education and living in Palo Alto. In 1947 they bought a lot in Lindenwood for $15,000 and for another $15,000 he built  the house that Sandy and Diane live in today. It’s made from clear heart redwood. He acted as his own contractor and installed all the knob and tube wiring himself on weekends.  Sandy’s passion for Atherton began early and remains to this day. There’s a sense of purpose when your family has been in public service for two centuries, and some poetry in the idea of raising children in the home you Atherton Living | September 2017


Diane and Sandy at Hilton Head, South Carolina.

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7-year-old Bella, Atherton’s celebrity Australian Shepherd, has a talent agent and has appeared in print ads for Subaru and United Health Care. Bella has a Facebook page and two YouTube videos. Her goal this year is to wag more and bark less.

at the Menlo Park Holiday Breakfast for 13 years alongside Santa, and prepared meals at Ronald McDonald House. Sandy and Diane have been fortunate to be able to donate funds to charities such as Boy Scouts of America, Menlo Park Rotary College Scholarship Foundation, Planned Parenthood, Sequoia Awards for College Scholarships, Silicon Valley Foundation, Peninsula Family Service Agency, TheatreWorks, Palo Alto Players, UCSF Medical Center, and the Museum of American Heritage. Sandy, Diane and Bella the celebrity dog can be found in Atherton walking most evenings. If you need a hand, they’ll be happy to help. ■ Do you know a neighbor who has a story to share? Nominate your neighbor to be featured in one of our upcoming issues! Contact us at


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8 Faxon Forrests 74 Barry Lane 489 Fletcher Drive 53 James Avenue 120 Toyon Road 222 Camino Al Lago 120 Selby Lane 1 Barry Lane 147 Almendral Avenue 331 Fletcher Drive 79 Deodora Drive 98 Magnolia 30 Adam Way 250 Catalpa Drive 40 Deodora Drive 169 Fair Oaks Lane 84 Edge Road 102 Fair Oaks Lane 74 Middlefield Road 84 Walnut Avenue 41 Maple Avenue 56 Walnut Avenue 91 Belleau Avenue 198 Selby Lane 89 Lloyden Drive

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hile many artists work to live, San Jose artist Doug Simon works to create. Always artistic in his endeavors, Simon was a jeweler for over 20 years before training in his current field of massage therapy.

"I consider massage therapy and bodywork to be an art form and have had thousands of hours of advanced training in Osteopathic techniques that I find extremely effective for chronic and acute pain,” he says. “I presently work at an Acupuncture clinic in Menlo Park and Redwood City.” When Simon was in college he was introduced to the idea of being a professional artist. After doing poorly in an organic chemistry class, Simon needed to not only retake the

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Simon’s View of Whalers Cove, Pt.Lobos State Park 36x60" oils/ canvas, 2017

course over the summer, but had to find a three credit course to keep his student loan valid. While flipping through the course book, he saw an offering for “Introduction to Studio Techniques.” Having always created and knowing he enjoyed art, he signed up. It was in that class he learned charcoal drawing, plaster casts and how to set up and paint still life. It was also where his instructor noticed Simon had a special talent for painting and encouraged him. He switched his major from pharmacy to fine art, graduating from King’s College in Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s before attending the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

His art has been in shows in Florence, Mira and Verona, Italy; San Francisco and New York City. He is currently represented at Amsterdam Whitney Gallery in Chelsea, New York City and his work has been published in Effetto Arte, NY Arts Magazine, New Art International and Art International Contemporary Magazine. When not painting, Simon enjoys gardening during the warmer months, cooking, travel and biking around the salt ponds while searching for inspiration. For more information on the artist or to see a list of available works, visit ■

Now, 42 years later, Simon is primarily a landscape painter, heavily influenced by Impressionist painters and the Paul Gauguin philosophy “Do not copy nature too much. Art is an abstraction.” Simon says he’s inspired by the light and colors of nature and channels the terrain into his pieces. “Being primarily a landscape painter I've always had a deep connection to nature especially water,” he says. “Maybe because life evolved from there. I'm very concerned about the environment and climate changes.” Using mainly oils, Simon often paints en plein air – a style of painting outdoors advocated by French Impressionist painters - but is happy creating indoor and outdoor murals and commissioned works of people and pets, as well as commissioned reproductions of scenic photographs. He also uses watercolor, acrylic and colored pencil in some of his pieces. Simon says he enjoys working very quickly to gradually build layers of color and texture to mimic nature, and sees painting as a way to face one’s fears. His work is largely reminiscent of nature and epitomizes his quest to “capture the complex, fleeting patterns of nature on canvas.” “I’m not happy if I'm not doing it,” he says. “I have an affinity to aspire to the levels of the great painters. Painting presents problems to be solved for a composition to work. It's self-discovery, that can't be taught.”

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arents are making it a priority to pass down to their children the knowledge and tools necessary to responsibly handle a significant inheritance. They often feel their children’s values may become distorted by the comforts and benefits that wealth provides if not given the proper guidance. Ultimately, these parents fear the next generation will squander their wealth rather than use it as a tool for positive change. Generally, the inheritor can feel one of two ways: grounded and financially empowered, or experience a lack of self-esteem and guilt over receiving funds they didn’t work for. But there are several steps that parents can take to help ensure the wealth they’ve protected will both endure and be used wisely by generations to come. Among these first steps are getting organized and having certain vital documents in place, keeping the lines of communication open with their children and involving them at the start of the financial decision-making process.

Estate Planning Documenting your decisions about how your portfolio should be managed, who will receive your assets and in what manner, are all important factors to take into consideration when drafting a trust or will. Parents who create trusts may find comfort in knowing that their children and grandchildren will benefit from a properly managed inheritance and that their assets will continue to be used in a way that reflects their values.

Communication Equally as important is communicating the details of your estate plan to your children and periodically revising those documents as circumstances change (e.g., marriages, births, illnesses or a changing economy). When parents communicate with their children about their values and expectations for the family nest egg, children are more likely to be

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prepared when they receive it, and may also better understand their parents’ motivations. Likewise, parents are more likely to feel assured that their legacy will live on as their children and other beneficiaries learn to invest money and make contributions to society via philanthropic giving. Hosting regular family meetings provides a space where your closest loved ones can share both expectations and concerns, discuss issues and reach agreements together. Some families go as far as developing a family “mission statement” that outlines shared family values and determines common objectives. Children should be involved in these processes from an early age.

Financial Decision-Making Providing children at an early age with safe, hands-on money management experience teaches them to prioritize and make SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound). Further, allowing children to participate in decisions regarding investments and philanthropic endeavors instills a sense of responsibility and ownership in the process and decisions that are made. When the time comes, these traits and others may prepare them to manage the family legacy both intelligently and responsibly. The good news is that the task of transferring wealth from one generation to the next can be eased. Parents may achieve the results they desire, through a multigenerational effort involving collaborative planning and open channels of communication. As business magnate, entrepreneur and philanthropist once said, “…With great wealth comes great responsibility…to give back to society and…to see that those resources are put to work in the best possible way…” – Bill Gates. The sooner you have “the Money Talk" with your children, the better it may be for both your and their own future. ■ Eric Peterson | Financial Advisor | The Mellos Group 101 California Street, Third Floor | San Francisco, CA 94111 415-693-6018 | CA Insurance Lic. # 0L09472 The opinions expressed by the authors are solely their own and do not necessarily reflect those of Morgan Stanley. The information and data in the article or publication has been obtained from sources outside of Morgan Stanley and Morgan Stanley makes no representations or guarantees as to the accuracy or completeness of information or data from sources outside of Morgan Stanley. Neither the information provided nor any opinion expressed constitutes a solicitation by Morgan Stanley with respect to the purchase or sale of any security, investment, strategy or product that may be mentioned. Article by Contently and provided courtesy of a Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor. Eric Peterson may only transact business, follow-up with individualized responses, or render personalized investment advice for compensation, in states where he is registered or excluded or exempted from registration, © 2016 Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Member SIPC. CRC 1562682 08/16

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or nearly 400 years, the statue of David stood outside Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy, moving inside to The Accademia Gallery in 1873. Michelangelo create David using Calacatta marble. Atherton residents can design, build, and enjoy a bathroom or kitchen using the same Calacatta marble used in cathedrals, churches, and castles. Marble is limestone crushed for eons under rock and earth, making it harder than limestone and better for building. Under tremendous pressure, marble literally morphs into its unique patterns, colors, and swirls, with no two pieces ever identical. Calacatta marble is rare and expensive because it’s cut from only one quarry in the world, on a mountain top near Carrara, Italy, on the coast north of Pisa and Florence, and work is often weather permitting. The heavy slabs are noted for thick veins from gold to grey on a white background. The whiter the background and the more uniform the veining, the more expensive the slab. A luxury stone, Calacatta Marble as flooring is used in entryways and boardrooms, or as slabs in kitchens, executive boardrooms, bathrooms and countertops. Carmel Stone in Palo Alto has a stunning selection of historic and rare marble in their showroom. Visit Monday through Saturday or view pieces online at ■

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September 2017 September 6, Wednesday

September 7, Thursday

Story Time with Judy Schachner @ Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, 94025 A new book by Judy Schachner, the bestselling creator of Skippyjon Jones, is a cause for celebration. And we will be celebrating when Judy Schachner introduces her unmissable new book, Sarabella’s Thinking Cap, a heartwarming story about the importance of imagination and creativity. Time: 6-7pm Cost: Free

Adam Silvera with Sabaa Thair @ Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, 94025 New York Times bestselling author Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in his latest book, They Both Die at the End, a devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day. Time: 7-9pm Cost: Free

September 6, Wednesday

Charged Particles – Plugged-In Jazz with a Spark @ Downtown Library – Fireplace Room, 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, 94063 Join us for Live, Free Jazz in Concert. Charged Particles with Tod Dickow performing the music of Michael Brecker. Charged Particles is: Jon Krosnick, Aaron Germain and Murray Low. Sponsored by Friends of the Redwood City Public Library Time: 7-8:15pm Cost: Free

September 8, Friday

Botanical Art: Watercolor III @ Filoli, 86 Cañada Road., Woodside, 94062 This advanced class continues the development of watercolor skills while focusing on painting complex forms. Students enrolled in the Botanical Art Certificate Program are given homework assignments in each session. Series continues September 29 and October 6. Time: 9:30am-4pm Cost: $235 members, $280 non-members

September 8, Friday

Alexandra Bracken and Tamara Ireland Stone @ Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, 94025 You know Alex Bracken from her New York Times bestselling Darkest Minds series, soon to be a major motion picture, Passenger and Wayfarer. You know Tamara Ireland Stone from the New York Times bestselling Every Last Word, Time Between Us, and Time After Time. Join us to celebrate their new amazing middle-grade reads: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding (about a modern New England boy who must rid himself of the ancient demon inhabiting his body and break his family’s curse) and Click’d (a fun and empowering story that combines friendship and first crushes with computer programming and an app with a glitch).  Time: 7-9pm Cost:Free

September 8, Friday

Menlo Movie Series: Pete’s Dragon @ Downtown Menlo Park, Curtis Street at Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park, 94025 Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford), a woodcarver, delights local children with stories of a mysterious dragon that lives deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. His daughter Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) believes these are just tall tales, until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley), a 10-year-old orphan who says he lives in the woods with a giant, friendly dragon. With help from a young girl named Natalie (Oona Laurence), Grace sets out to investigate if this fantastic claim can be true. Time: 8-9:45pm Cost: Free

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September 9, Saturday

Photography Workshop: Introduction to Garden Photography @ Filoli, 86 Cañada Road., Woodside, 94062 Join master photographer Conrad Johnson as he shares 48 years of professional skill. Achieving the right point of view and time of day is the key to great garden photos. Discover the classic approach to photographing gardens and flowers. Lenses, lighting, shutter speeds, ISO and point of view are discussed and used during this hands-on course. Additionally, how to use reflection in water is shown. Students will benefit by learning to see nature through the eye of a camera. Time: 8:30-11am Cost: $50 members, $65 non-members

September 9, Saturday

Floral Design Themes @ Filoli, 86 Cañada Road., Woodside, 94062 Parties and other special occasions are complimented by floral arrangements. In this class you will complete large arrangements, themed arrangements, hand tied bouquets, flower and plant arrangements, and tropical arrangements.  We will celebrate the conclusion of the class with tablescapes that we create for our own “Vase to Table” luncheon. Additional classes are September 16 and 30. Time: 9:30am-3:45pm Cost: $550 members, $660 non-members; fee includes all classroom plat materials and containers

September 9, Saturday

Catrina’s Workshop @ San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City, 94063 The San Mateo County History Museum will present Maestra Lourdes Morantes, Casa Círculo Cultural’s art teacher, who will conduct a workshop instructing participants on how to paint Catrinas. These iconic Mexican cultural figures, representing death, are part of the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival.  The workshop is designed for elementary and advanced participants. Reservations are required. Call 650-299-0104, ext. 231 or e-mail Time: 1-4pm Cost: $25

September 9, Saturday

Bill Nye the Science Guy with Kara Platoni @ San Mateo Performing Arts Center, 600 North Delaware St., San Mateo, 94401 Bill Nye wants you to change the world! The public face of science for over 20 years, The Science Guy is issuing a call to arms. Whatever your cause, whatever your persuasion, whatever your radical curiosity is driven by, everyone can be the change they want to see in the world. Time: 7:30-8:30pm Cost: $20 no book, $40 with book

September 9, Saturday

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band @ Fox Theatre Redwood City, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City, 94063 Utter the phrase "young blues rock guitarist" within earshot of anyone with even a cursory knowledge of the modern musical vanguard and the first name they are most likely to respond with will be Kenny Wayne Shepherd. The Louisiana born axeman and songsmith has sold millions of albums while throwing

singles into the Top 10, shining a light on the rich blues of the past and forging ahead with his own modern twist on a classic sound he has embodied since his teens. Time: 7:30pm Cost: $38-$78

September 10, Sunday

Kidchella – Andy Z and the Andyland Band @ Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City, 94026 Andy Z, winner of Disney Interactive's iParenting Media Award, delights kids and kids-at-heart with his musical adventures in the make-believe world of Andyland. His music has been heard on NBC's Today Show and his performances have been featured in the Pandora Video Series and on the Pottery Barn Kids Style house website. Children are drawn in by his energetic music that runs the gamut from educational to just plain silly; dance songs to sing-a-longs to full body movement. Genres include rock, British pop, jazz, folk, country, hip-hop, blues, Irish and classic traditional kids’ tunes. The Andyland Band makes the most of the harmonic energy provided by an electric performance and feature props and costumes. Their dynamic performances are not to be missed. Time: 11am-1pm Cost: Free

September 10, Sunday

Bay Shore Lyric Opera @ Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City, 94063 For the classical, instrumental and opera music lover, or anyone who appreciates great musical talent! Families will love these free concerts, performed outdoors on beautiful Courthouse Square. Time: 5-7pm Cost: Free

September 11, Monday

The Slaves Who Work for Us – An Evening on Human Trafficking @ Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, 94025 You may not see it, but human trafficking has infiltrated nearly every aspect of our daily lives. From your smartphone to your sneakers to the walnuts and almonds in your cupboard, so much of our utilities and the foods we consume have been touched by the hands of a person who has no control over their individual liberties. Randy Newcomb, President and CEO of Humanity United, presents a conversation around one of the most pressing global challenges of our time. Justin Dillon (author of A Selfish Plan to Save the World), a part-time rock star and founder of the paradigm-shifting non-profits Slavery Footprint and Made in a Free World joins writer/ professor Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, whose book What Slaveholders Think, has offered an unprecedented voice to the slaveholders themselves, revealing the insidious logic buttressing human exploitation. Time: 7:30-8:30pm Cost: $10 student, $20 no book, $35-45 one book, $70 both books

September 12, Tuesday

Botanical Art: Studio Time @ Filoli, 86 Cañada Road., Woodside, 94062 This studio format is for students who would like to get the extra help they need. Bring your work– in–progress and/or homework assignment to get instruction and guidance with your drawing and

painting techniques. Time: 9:30am-3:30pm Cost: $50 members, $60 non-members

September 12, Tuesday

Movie Night: Frida @ Menlo Park Library, Downstairs Program Room, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park, 94025 This stylized, award-winning film stars Salma Hayek as Mexican surrealist Frida Kahlo, chronicling the famed artist’s turbulent marriage to Diego Rivera, her political activism, and the severe pain she experienced following a bus accident. Time: 6:30-8:30pm Cost: Free

September 12, Tuesday

Drew Daywalt, Matt Meyers and BB8 @ Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, 94025 Drew Daywalt is best known for the New York Times best-selling The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home, both illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. His most recent picture book, The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors, illustrated by Adam Rex, also hit the New York Times list. Matt Myers is best known for creating the art for Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett - also a NY Times bestseller. And BB8 became an instant favorite in The Force Awakens. Time: 6-8pm Cost: Free

September 13, Wednesday

Botanical Art: Drawing Plants in Perspective I @ Filoli, 86 Cañada Road., Woodside, 94062 This foundation course teaches students to accurately draw plants by observing basic botanical shapes and structures and illustrating them in great detail with botanical accuracy. Each of the three sessions focuses on one shape to emphasize and develop observation and foreshortening skills. Students learn to interpret hidden edges to achieve a believable drawing and work on shading skills through value contrast to create three–dimensional shapes. Students enrolled in the Botanical Art Certificate Program are given homework assignments in each session. Additional classes are on September 13, 20 and 27. Time: 9:30am-4pm Cost: $235 members, $280 non-members

September 13, Wednesday

San Mateo County History Makers Dinner @ Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, 1333 Old Bayshore Hwy, Burlingame 94010 The 2017 San Mateo County History Makers Dinner will honor philanthropist Tad Taube of Woodside.  Time: 6-9pm Cost: $200+

September 13, Wednesday

Nat Geo Live Presents: Terry Virts – View From Above @ Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City, 94063 Sometimes, a little distance is all you need to see things in a brand new way. For astronaut Terry Virts, his newfound perspective was from the International Space

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Station (ISS), where he installed the Cupola module, granting an unprecedented 360degree view from the station. When he later became the commander of the ISS, he made good use of the Cupola, taking more photographs than any astronaut who came before him. Many of those images were later used in the National Geographic book View From Above and IMAX film A Beautiful Planet,but to hear Virts tell it, no photo can capture the perfect shade of blue from a sunrise viewed from outer space. Time: 7pm Cost: $45-$63

September 13, Wednesday

Laurie Halse Anderson @ Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, 94025 Meet Laurie Halse Anderson, the inspirational New York Times-bestselling author known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity. Her work has earned numerous American Library Association and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Chains also made the Carnegie Medal Shortlist in the United Kingdom. Her debut novel, Speak, was a National Book Award Finalist, a New York Times bestseller, a Printz Honor book, and was made into a movie starring Kristen Stewart Time: 7-9pm Cost: Free

September 14, Thursday

Timeless Garden Design @ Filoli, 86 Cañada Road., Woodside, 94062 Refreshments in the service courtyard from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Lecture begins at 6:00 pm in the Visitor and Education Center. Presenter: Alexis Datta, Former Head Gardener at Sissinghurst Castle. Alexis Datta spent over twenty-two years leading the team of gardeners and horticulturists as head gardener of Sissinghurst Castle Garden, the famous English site designed by Vita Sackville-West and her husband, Harold Nicolson in the 1930s. Join us for this exciting illustrated talk to learn about the history and philosophy of the garden and how Vita’s overflowing flowerbeds and Harold’s formal garden structure of Classical and Moorish influence are maintained and enhanced into the twenty first century. We will get a virtual tour of each of the distinctive themed “rooms” of the property, and find out how Ms. Datta achieved such spectacular results, while maintaining great affection for the garden’s creators. Time: 5-7pm Cost: free to members, $20 non-members

September 15, Friday

Getting Started: Flower Arranging for Everyone @ Filoli, 86 Cañada Road., Woodside, 94062 Flower arranging is a fun and creative way to bring the garden indoors and brighten your home. Using a variety of beautiful seasonal blooms find out how to cut, condition, arrange and display flowers through insightful demonstrations and hands–on learning. Take home your very own creation for further enjoyment. Time: $100 members, $120 non-members; materials included in fee Cost: 9:30am-12:30pm


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September 15, Friday

Ribbon Cockades @ Filoli, 86 Cañada Road., Woodside, 94062 Marvel at the spectacular forms than ribbon can take! In this workshop, students will use pleated, looped and interlaced grosgrain ribbon to create beautiful French hat decorations called cockades or cocardes. The namesake of the cockscomb, these centuriesold geometric ribbon forms were especially popular during both world wars in the 20th century. They are used as military insignia, award ribbons, shoe bows, jewelry, as well as hat, dress, and home furnishing decorations. After insightful demonstrations you’ll practice making samples of basic folds with lots of variations on the theme. Basic sewing skills are needed to enjoy these fun classes. Time: 9:30am-12:30pm Cost: $150 members, $180 non-members

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September 16, Saturday

Botanical Art: History of Botanical Art @ Filoli, 86 Cañada Road., Woodside, 94062 This class is an in–depth study of the rich history of botanical art from its early beginning through the 20th century, including its recent revival and the important role it plays today. Participants will view a collection of originals, copper plate engravings, and books focusing on major botanical artists such as Maria Sybilla Merian, Georg Ehret, and P.J. Redouté. Historically significant events, such as the Age of Exploration, and important Florilegiums will be presented. Students enrolled in the Botanical Art Certificate Program are required to write a paper on their favorite historical botanical artist. Time: 9:30am-2:30pm Cost: $65 members, $80 non-members

September 16-17, Saturday-Sunday

A Taste of Egypt @ 401 Hudson St., Redwood City, 94062 Egyptian art and bazaar with life Arabic music, face panting, bounce house and Egyptian food. Time: 10am-8pm Cost: Free

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September 17, Sunday

Daniel Goleman: Mindful Meditation @ Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, 94025 Today, meditation is a panacea for everything from your weight to your relationship to your achievement at work. But how and why does it work? Pulitzer Prize-winning neuroscientist Daniel Goleman demonstrates the ground-breaking research that shows how targeted and smart meditative practices can successfully alter your personality and create lasting positive change. Sweeping away decades of neuromythology and common misconceptions about the practice of meditation, Goleman presents the science behind developing a more spacious, less attached view of the self, and the ingredients needed to transform your meditation beyond pleasant states and achieve lasting, new personality traits. Time: 3-4pm Cost: $10 student, $20 no book, $45 with book

September 18, Monday

Bruce Henderson: How the Ritchie Boys Defeated Hitler @ Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, 94025 Number one New York Times bestselling historian

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Bruce Henderson turns his expert eye to the littleknown World War II saga of The Ritchie Boys. Comprised of the same grit and raw power of classic true stories like the Band of Brothers and The Boys in the Boat, Henderson's new work reveals the unsung story of a group of young men who became crucial to the Allied Victory. Time: 7:30-8:30pm Cost: Free

September 19, Tuesday

Botanical Art: Labeling, Matting and Framing @ Filoli, 86 Cañada Road., Woodside, 94062 Labeling, matting, and framing are all essential elements in completing and presenting your artwork. This class teaches students the various ways to label their botanical artwork and demonstrates matting and framing techniques in a range of styles from the traditional to the contemporary. Mats and frames will be available for practice. Please bring one completed painting and a digital camera for class activities. Time: 9:30am-12:30pm Cost: $50 members, $60 non-members

September 19, Tuesday

Exhibit Opening: Sketches from World War I @ San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City, 94063 Recognizing America’s entry into World War I in 1917, 100 years ago, Sketches from World War I will feature Peninsula soldier Alvin Page Colby’s art created when he was training at Fort Lewis and then serving in France as a cook in the 91st “Wild West” Infantry Division. After the War he returned to

Burlingame and continued working at the Wisnom’s store in San Mateo. These sketches have never been on display for public viewing before.  Time: 10am-4pm Cost: $6 adults, $4 seniors and students

September 19, Tuesday

Botanical Art: Portfolio: Presenting Your Artwork @ Filoli, 86 Cañada Road., Woodside, 94062 How you present yourself and your artwork is very important. This class includes instruction on how to write a biography, a resumé of exhibitions, and an artist statement. Photographing and reproducing artwork are also discussed. Please bring your portfolio and artwork for class activities. This class prepares students for the Botanical Art Certificate Program portfolio presentation. Time: 1-4pm Cost: $50 members, $60 non-members

September 19, Tuesday

The Silk Road: Ancient Globalization @ Menlo Park Library, Downstairs Program Room, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park, 94025 Time Before jet planes and smartphones, merchants and pilgrims spent months traveling over perilous land and sea routes to carry luxury goods and new ideas thousands of miles across lost civilizations. Accompany the travelers over high mountain passes and parched deserts on their voyages of discovery and exchange. Time: 6:30-7:30pm Cost: Free

September 20, Wednesday

Soman Chainani @ Keplers Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, 94025 We are thrilled to welcome Soman Chainani back in his triumphant return to the Endless Woods with the action-packed fourth installment of his epic New York Times bestselling series. The School for Good and Evil, the first book in the series, is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one. Newbery Medalwinning author Ann M. Martin called it "a fairy tale like no other, complete with romance, magic, humor, and a riddle that will keep you turning pages until the end " Time: 7-9pm Cost: Free

September 20, Wednesday

City Council Meeting @ Council Chambers, 94 Ashfield Rd., Atherton 94027 The Town of Atherton City Council will hold its monthly meeting. Time: 7-10pm Cost: Free

September 21, Thursday

Marie Lu @ Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, 94025 Marie Lu is one of the most beloved writers of YA literature. and one of Enterntainment Weekly's 27 female authors who are ruling science fiction and

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fantasy right now. With over 2.2 million books in print, Marie Lu has been dubbed a “hit factory” by the New York Times. We obsessed over the blockbuster Legend series. Obsessed. We went on to enthuse over the #1 New York Times-bestselling Young Elites series. And we’re thrilled to welcome her back with Warcross, a sci-fi thriller that conjures an immersive, exhilarating world in which a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girls hacks her way into its dangerous depths, and where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all. Like the worlds of Ready Player One and The Matrix, Warcross takes us into a strikingly realistic vision of what the future may hold, where the lines are blurred and the effects of video games seep from the virtual world into reality. Time: 7-9pm Cost: Free

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September 23, Saturday

Afternoon Tea at Filoli @ Filoli, 86 Cañada Road., Woodside, 94062 Experience this lovely tradition in the relaxing and gracious ambiance of Filoli. Enjoy delicious sandwiches, seasonal salads, scones with fresh lemon curd and pastries presented on linen tablecloths. Tea is served in our beautiful collection of china teacups, donated through the years by Filoli members and volunteers. Time: 1-2:30pm Cost: $50 members, $60 non-members

September 22, Friday

September 25, Monday

Menlo Movie Series: Beauty and the Beast @ Downtown Menlo Park, Curtis Street at Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park, 94025 Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast's hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside. Time: 7:30-10pm Cost:Free

September 23, Saturday

Autumn Festival @ Filoli, 86 Cañada Road., Woodside, 94062 Join us for an extended day of family activities throughout the property.10am-4pm and Autumn Afterglow from 4-6pm with music, appetizers, and beverages on the Woodland Court. New Autumn Festival Activities: Oakland Zoomobile, Autumnal Scavenger Hunt, Open Greenhouses, Bees on display, Newts at Filoli presentation, New: Art projects: celebrating Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), mandala making, face painting and flexible food options for sale on site (Cafe open in Visitor Center and barbecue on the Woodland Court at lunchtime. Appetizers, wine, beer, and soft drinks

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NCEFT Heroes and Horses, Jewels and Jeans Gala @ NCEFT, 880 Runnymede Road, Woodside 94062 Attend the National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy’s 9th annual Heroes and Horses, Jewels and Jeans Gala, an exuberant evening of elegant dining, mounted color guard presentations, music and a professionally run live auction. Time: 5pm-10pm Cost: $225 per individual ticket; sponsor and underwriting opportunities available Narrative Grace – Nicole Krauss with Elizabeth Rosner @ Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, 94025 Nicole Krauss has spent her career turning JewishAmerican fiction on its head. Dubbed by Vanity Fair in 2009, a "New Yiddishist," her work continues to project an unmistakable grace and a profound ability to capture the human experience unlike any other. Time: 7:30-8:30pm Cost: $10 student, $20 general, $40 premier

September 26, Tuesday

Jessica Cluess with Stephanie Garber @ Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, 94025 Magic and intrigue and monsters, oh my! Join us to celebrate Jessica Cluess and A Poison Dark and Drowning , the explosive sequel to last year’s A Shadow Bright and Burning. Romantic and deliciously dark, prepare to be sucked into this monster-ridden, alternative England from page one. Henrietta is not the Chosen One, but she was brought to London to train with Her Majesty's sorcerers and stands at the center of the war against the Ancients. Now, the demons' leader has asked for her. There will be proposals and final reckonings in this fabulous sequel that takes familiar tropes and

September 27, Wednesday

September 27, Wednesday

Meet the Author – Mark Shaw @ Downtown Library – Fireplace Room, 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, 94063 For more than fifty years, the exhaustive 18-month investigation of the JFK assassination by What's My Line? television star, celebrated journalist, and revered investigative reporter Dorothy Kilgallen has been buried due to a cover-up by those threatened with a tell-all book she was writing about the JFK assassination for Random House. When the famed journalist, called by the New York Post, "the most powerful female voice in America," was found dead in her Manhattan apartment in November 1965 of an alleged drug overdose, no investigation occurred despite a staged death scene and suspicions by those closest to her that she had been murdered. Now the full thrust of Kilgallen's search for the truth is exposed for the first time. Time: 6:30-8:30pm Cost: Free

September 28, Thursday

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estate. Individuals may have access to the Garden on a select day each month, after hours from 3:30– 6:30pm, to create landscape paintings, drawings and photographs. Photographers may use tripods; other artists may use easels and work in the medium of their choice. Models, wedding and engagement photos, family portraits or any other professional photography is not allowed. Artists must provide all their own materials and storage containers for the removal of all used water and non–toxic cleaning fluids. No fluids of any type are to be disposed of at Filoli. Space is limited, pre–registration is highly recommended. Time: 4-7pm Cost: $20 members, $30 non-members

September 28, Thursday

Science Night @ Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park, 94025 Science Night is coming back! Join us for fun and fascination, with exhibits and hands-on activities aimed at children elementary school age, all the way up to adults.   Time: 6:30-8:30pm Cost: Free

September 28, Thursday

Fighting for Justice: Fred Korematsu @ Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, 94025 Fred Korematsu defied the governments WWII orders that all Japanese Americans leave the west coast to be incarcerated. The ACLU-NC represented Korematsu all the way to the Supreme Court. Now, when the lessons of Fred Korematsus life are even more important to remember, Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi will speak about their new book for children, Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, which tells the story of Fred Korematsu and the imprisonment of Japanese Americans, linking that injustice to the struggles of other groups. Time: 7:30-8:30pm Cost: Free

come together to create an unparalleled musical experience. Time: 9pm Cost: $60 Photography 101 @ Filoli, 86 Cañada Road., Woodside, 94062 This new one-day class will equip entry level photographers with the knowledge and techniques needed to take their photography to the next level.  Students will learn how to take control of their cameras through the use of manual/semi-automatic settings and, in turn, how their images ultimately look and feel. Topics covered will include lighting, composition, exposure, shutter speed, aperture/ depth of field and ISO. Class will include an easy to follow presentation, hands on assistance and practice in the Filoli Garden, plus a review and discussion of the day’s results.  Students must have a basic understanding of how to operate their own equipment; please no point and shoot cameras. Time: 9am-4pm Cost: $120 members, $145 non-members

September 30, Saturday

Botanical Art: Watercolor Essentials: Highlights and Reflective Light @ Filoli, 86 Cañada Road., Woodside, 94062 Capture the glow of your subject by balancing highlights, shadows, and reflected light to make it luminous. Find out how to skillfully observe, measure, and draw your subject, followed by careful and accurate color mixing. You are then ready to paint and capture the elegant shape, bold colors, and textures using proper lighting to make your subject come to life. Time: 9:30am-3:30pm Cost: $80 members, $90 non-members

September 30, Saturday

Fall Wreaths @ Filoli, 86 Cañada Road., Woodside, 94062 Find out how to make beautiful fall-themed wreaths using seasonal branches, leaves, foliage and flowers. The techniques you learn in class will enable you to make wreaths for any season. Time: 9:30am-12:30pm Cost: $130 members, $155 non-members; fee includes all classroom plant and design materials

September 29, Friday

October 1, Sunday

Spanish Harlem Orchestra @ Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City, 94063 Spanish Harlem Orchestra, the two-time Grammy winning Salsa and Latin Jazz band, sets the standard for excellence for authentic, New York style, hard core salsa. Live or recorded, it doesn't get any better. Whether a concert hall or an outdoor jazz festival, there is no easing you in, they are coming at you full force from start to finish. Their energy on stage, rich sound and musical precision leave audiences mesmerized until the last note is played. With an unwavering respect for the music’s rich history, thirteen world-class musicians and vocalists


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September 30, Saturday

Stephanie Perkins with Nina LaCour @ Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, 94025 We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Stephanie Perkins, the New York Times bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After. back to Kepler’s. Her hotly anticipated new novel, There’s Someone Inside Your House is a heart pounding page turner that is a little like Scream meets YA – a book to be read with all the lights on. Time: 3-5pm Cost:Free

September 29, Friday

Winning Love Through

The Property Through Time @ Filoli, 86 Cañada Road., Woodside, 94062 Discover how the families that lived at Filoli used what is now the Nature Preserve. Go on a Docent led hike to visit these special locations - the pond and water tanks, the Bocce court, the cemetery and so much more. This hike covers approximately 2 miles of trails with steep inclines; dress for hiking and don’t forget your camera! Time: 10am-noon Cost: $10 members, $20 non-members; children $5members, $10 non-members

For those of you who want to win the love from others easier, here are the best Feng Shui techniques:

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October 1, Sunday

Julie Lythcott-Haimes @ Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, 94025 Are we who we are through what we've accomplished or what we've endured? New York Times bestselling author Julie Lythcott-Haims is one of Kepler's Literary Foundation's favorite speakers. Known across the country for her probing, no-nonsense insights into parenting today, LythcottHaims has served as the dean of freshmen and undergraduate advising at Stanford and raised her family, right here in the Bay Area. Time: 4:30-5:30pm Cost: $10 student, $20 general, $40 premier

October 3-4, Tuesday-Wednesday

Watercolor and Gouache Workshop Small Bird Nests @ Filoli, 86 Cañada Road., Woodside, 94062 If you have wanted to try painting the details of dry botanicals along with the weavings of a bird nest, you’ll love this class. If this is your first nest painting class the instructor will guide through all the steps using smooth texture hot press watercolor board, precise brushes and the best quality paint. Insightful demonstrations and one-on-one instruction in an inspiring location will allow you to re-create a masterpiece made simply by a bird. Time: 9:30am-3:30pm Cost: $210 members, $250 non-members; fee includes all materials

October 6, Friday

Free First Fridays @ San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City, 94063 Admission is free the first Friday of every month. Explore the museum, enjoy playing in the past and a general tour. Time: 10am-4pm Cost: Free

October 7, Saturday

A.D.A.P.T. Meeting @ Atherton Town Council Chambers, 94 Ashfield Road, Atherton 94027 The volunteer Atherton Disaster and Preparedness Team meets on the first Saturday of every month. Join your neighbors and learn about community safety and emergency preparedness. Time: 9-10:30am Cost: Free

October 7, Saturday

Redwood City PortFest @ Port of Redwood City Waterfront, Seaport Court at Seaport Blvd., Redwood City, 94063 A free public event along the beautiful Port of Redwood City waterfront, with food trucks, music, local vendors, boat rides, a Kid's Zone and much more! Visit for more information. Time: 10am-3pm Cost: Free

October 7, Saturday

Beekeeping Basics – Overwintering Your Hives @ Filoli, 86 Cañada Road., Woodside, 94062 Come learn the basics of beekeeping. Classes will cover everything from hive setup to regular maintenance of your colony. No experience or prior knowledge of bees is required as we will bring you up to speed on how these fascinating creatures operate, how important they are to us and the world, and why they need our help. Time: 10am-noon Cost: $45 members, $50 non-members

October 7, Saturday

Native Plant Dyes @ Filoli, 86 Cañada Road., Woodside, 94062 There is an abundance of native California plans that can be used to create natural dyes. Learn about the species that yield dye, how to extract the dyes and finally how to apply them to a variety of fibers such as fabrics and threads. Everyone will get their hands into it and dye samples to take home. Time: 10:30am-12:30pm Cost: $45 members, $55 non-members

October 3, Tuesday

Stephen Bramucci and Aree Chung @ Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, 94025 We can’t wait to welcome Steve Bramucci and Arree Chung and be introduced to The Danger Gang, their new book full of adventure, suspense, humor and heart that Mac Barnett (The Terrible Two) said read like a "A fast-paced, comic update of a classic swashbuckler!" Time: 6-8pm Cost: Free

October 6-7, Friday-Saturday

Ikebana: Introduction to Moribana @ Filoli, 86 Cañada Road., Woodside, 94062 Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) is noted for perfect proportions and dramatic use of negative space. The world’s top floral designers recognize that a command of ikebana design principles results in better, more sculptural design work. In this four– lesson course, students will be introduced to the unique design principles of Ikebana, by creating arrangements in moribana (flat, shallow) containers. Students will learn about line, mass, dimension and asymmetry as well as techniques for successfully using a pinfrog. During each lesson there will be demonstration/lecture, hands-on design by students, and critique. Time: 9:30am-4pm Cost: $275 members, $330 non-members; fee includes all classroom and plant materials

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PONY UP! By Dr. Katharina Powers


or more than 30 years, Napa, CA based artist Gordon Huether has contributed large-scale, site-specific artwork to the public realm across the United States and around the world. His work includes integrated architectural installations, freestanding sculptures, and immersive artwork for landscape settings. In addition, Huether creates private commissions and more intimate works of fine art. Living and working in California for most of his life, Gordon is particularly honored to chart a great number of projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. Gordon Huether took the timeless tradition of horses and heroes bronze statuary as his departure point while embracing a contemporary approach that gives the sculpture both a timeless sensibility and documents the time in which we live,  by using techniques and technologies not available even fifty years ago. Equestrianism in its broader sense is the conceptual premise for this installation. The various contexts in which we have been interacting with horses throughout the course of history and how this interaction between man and animal has shaped us, was a crucial point of inspiration. The many facets of these interactions such as the creative and cultural one, the recreational, the context of competitive sports, or that of transportation all are layers that came into play during the conceptual development phase for this sculpture, which is metaphorically reflected in the use of the many layers of glass.   Seemingly suspended ten feet in the air, Pony Up! features a life-sized horse that appears to be made of bronze. Visual tension is created, as there seems to be no visible structural support for the horse. The horse appears to be suspended in light, but is actually contained within seven layers of safety-laminated glass fins with laminated dichroic glass on each layer. Dichroic glass is highly light sensitive and changes color dependent on the viewer’s angle of vision and time of day. The colors change from red to yellow to ice blue. The multiple layers of glass and color make for a dynamic visual experience. The fiberglass horse is faux painted bronze  and the sculpture sits on a massive poured-in-place concrete base and measures approximately 14’ H x 8’W x 5’D. Huether's projects have included art installations for universities, hospitals, recreation centers, civic buildings, libraries, museums, airports, transportation centers, parking garages, and private corporations.  His fine art has been exhibited at museums and galleries, and is collected across the United States and abroad. Visit Art Ventures Gallery to learn more.

Pony Up! features a life-sized horse that appears to be made of bronze.

Dr. Katharina Powers is the art connoisseur for Atherton Living. She grew up surrounded by fine art and arrived in the Bay Area in 2012 following the sale of the 200-person-strong company she founded and ran in Germany and Switzerland. At Art Ventures Gallery Katharina serves as gatekeeper, curator, and bridge that spans the connection between visiting artists and their audience. Katharina studied law in Germany and the U.S., and earned a PhD from the Max Planck Institute for International Intellectual Property and Copyright Law. Art Ventures Gallery is at 888 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park. See ■ 650-368-7716

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therton residents thinking (or dreaming…) about a collectible car garage must first decide, where. Some build free standing garages (or car barns), like this one with arched roof timbers, or they convert rooms in their homes to garage space, or they build underground, perhaps with a car elevator. If space is a premium, many stack cars on lifts, doubling the capacity. Completely stand alone, this car barn has an elevated walkway for viewing, custom lighting, and an indoor hand-laid brick floor. Notice that there’s little ingress for ultra-violet light - the enemy of exterior paint and interior leather. Garages like these can be built from steel, heavy timber, recycled wood, and even stone, depending on your taste. Some collectors want a kitchenette, bathroom, humidor, game room, office, an indoor car wash, dehumidifiers, entertainment systems, WiFi, video and motion sensors, and a place for tools and extra parts. With limited space, some collectors build underground and use elevators and spinning turnstiles to move cars. Even more so than above ground stand-alone garages, underground garages require even

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more attention to temperature, humidity, ventilation, fire suppression, firewalls, and security. Once we’re done building the fun begins. has a wide variety of memorabilia for foreign and domestic cars. www. collectorstudio has a great collection of automotive art and obscure pieces, like original Ferrari luggage, old timing watches, and racing trophies from bygone days. Sean Supple – the exclusive provider of contractor/building editorial for Atherton Living - is the founder and owner of Supple Homes, specializing in additions, remodels, and whole house design/build, adept at any style traditional, craftsman, Mediterranean, contemporary, and modern farmhouse. See more at, or call Sean at 650-380-9352. ■

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therton is home to artists, numbers people, and residents keen to history. Here we have all three in what Yale professor Edward Tufte calls the greatest graph ever drawn: Charles Joseph Minard’s depiction of Napoleon’s March to Moscow. Mr. Tufte will teach a one day Presenting Data course at the Park Central Hotel in San Francisco on December 4-6 – see Edward Tufte is the author of The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, a glorious read for anyone tasked with, or fascinated by, presenting information. He earned BS and MS degrees in statistics from Stanford and a PhD in Political Science from Yale. The New York Times calls him, “The da Vinci of data.” Tufte’s description of Minard’s graph is as powerful as the graph itself: “This classic of Charles Joseph Minard (1781-1870), the French engineer, shows the terrible fate of Napoleon’s army in Russia. Described by E. J. Marey as seeming to defy the pen of the historian by its brutal eloquence, this combination of data map and time-series, drawn in 1869, portrays the devastating losses suffered in Napoleon’s Russian campaign of 1812.” “Beginning at the left on the Polish-Russian border near the Niemen River, the thick (tan) band

The New York Times calls Edward Tufte, “The da Vinci of data.” Mr. Tufte will be in San Francisco teaching a class December 4-6. Photo courtesy of Graphics Press.

Napoleon's March to Moscow: The War of 1812. Photo courtesy of Graphics Press.


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shows the size of the army (422,000 men) as it invaded Russia in June, 1812. The width of the band indicates the size of the army at each place on the map. In September, the army reached Moscow, which was by then sacked and deserted, with 100,000 men. The path of Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow is depicted in the darker, lower band, which is linked to a temperature scale and dates at the bottom of the chart. It was a bitterly cold winter, and many froze on the march out of Moscow. The crossing of the Berezina River was a disaster, and the army finally struggled back into Poland with only 10,000 men remaining. Also shown are the movements of auxiliary troops, as they sought to protect the rear and the flank of the advancing army. “ “Minard’s graphic tells a rich, coherent story with its multivariate data, far more enlightening than just a single number bouncing along over time. Six variables are plotted: the size of the army, its location on a twodimensional surface, direction of the army’s movement, distance traveled, and temperature on various dates during the retreat from Moscow. The word “Napoleon” does not appear. It may well be the best statistical graph ever drawn.”

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An Illuminating Island Getaway


By Melissa McKenzie

ocated on the southern shore of the island of Vieques at Puerto Mosquito (Mosquito Bay) in Puerto Rico, the magical bioluminescent bay is not only the brightest bio bay on record but one of the 50 most romantic places on Earth, according to Travel & Leisure Magazine. Millions of microscopic organisms in the water – over 160,000 per liter - create a stunning blue-white glow and the bay’s dinoflagellates give of light from dusk until dawn. Tour guides say that while there are other bioluminescent pools around the globe, Vieques’ is the only place where the water glows year-round. According to the island’s website, the bio bay is best viewed in new moon phases, when the night sky is the blackest. New moons for the remainder of the year will occur Sept. 17-23, Oct. 18-22, Nov. 16-20 and Dec. 20-23. Although it’s a sight to behold, the waters are currently threatened by artificial light from developments popping up along the bay and through pollution, destruction of mangrove

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Peace It Together

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fter seeing her sister suffer through a series of abusive relationships and noticing there weren’t any local programs for the perpetrators of teen dating violence, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) Deborah Licurse started Peace it Together - a nonprofit focused on prevention and intervention of dating violence that is dedicated to offering affordable mental healthcare services – in 1999. The organization has three major focus areas: court mandated group therapy for juveniles convicted of domestic abuse, court mandated parenting programs for those in high-conflict custody battles and individual psychotherapy. In PIT’s dating and domestic violence programs the goal is to identify the beliefs that support abusive lifestyles. By keeping


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participants accountable for their actions, they work through their minimizing, denying, blaming and rationalizations to overcome the way of thinking that led to their abusive behavior. Each graduate of the program is given the opportunity to voluntarily attend an extra 25 individual counseling sessions for free, and according to Licurse, 71 percent of juveniles in the domestic violence program have experienced one or more traumas and the majority are often victims of witnessing domestic and other types of violence. PIT’s co/parallel parenting program helps parents put focus on their children without putting them in the middle of their parents’ custody dispute. Licurse says the program focuses on assertive communication skills, conflict resolution, and has the client work on their own self-awareness through regulating emotions, looking at thinking errors/distorted thinking and analyzing how their feelings of rage result in unproductive behaviors. The goal, says Licurse, is for the parents to learn the skills needed to be respectful and civil toward their former partner while focusing on their children’s well-being. The organization’s third main focus is offering cognitive behavioral therapy to individuals on a sliding scale. “We provide counseling on a sliding scale according to one’s gross annual income, but often will reduce the fee to whatever the person can afford,” says Licurse. “They may not have insurance or are on a fixed income. It just depends on their circumstances. We really want to provide affordable mental healthcare for people who cannot afford mental healthcare.” Although PIT’s other programs are trauma-centered, its individual psychotherapy offerings

through HIPPA-compliant video conference software), become an evidence-based program by working with Applied Survey Research, expand its mission to include the elderly and caretakers and possibly offer its volunteer therapists a small stipend. PIT is also currently seeking new dynamic board members to assist with fundraising efforts. Ideal board members have a passion for the cause and professional or personal connections that could help financially benefit the organization’s fundraising efforts. Peace-it-Together is at 1588 Homestead Road in Santa Clara. Visit for more information on the non-profit and its programs. ■

are available to anyone unable to afford or obtain a referral from their doctor to see a therapist on a regular basis. With two LMFTs, six therapist trainees currently enrolled in a master’s LMFT program and a small team of volunteers, PIT’s biggest challenge is obtaining funding to grow the organization. “I think we have really solid programs,” says Licurse. “We have a wonderful staff - the outreach staff, the volunteer staff, the administrative staff who volunteer. The people are great. Our board is wonderful, but funding is our biggest obstacle to growth. It’s always a challenge.” Once additional funding is secure, PIT plans to increase its outreach program through school talks and presentations, promote its teen depression group therapy program, offer telemedicine (sessions

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Authenticity and

Kindness By Vanessa Valerio


uthenticity is the quality of being genuine or real. In general, we don’t like or trust people who come across as false. In fact, we try to avoid them. However, we live in a world where we sometimes feel compelled to say things we don't mean so that others will approve of us. We pretend to be what we are not, and we end up robbing ourselves the quintessence of who we really are.  Carl Jung said, "The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are." We are encouraged to live and experience an authentic life. From my experience, being authentic has  enabled me to be a more effective leader. Being authentic  has helped me face my fears and insecurities, made me more aware of my intentions in everything I do, and helped me differentiate between what is actually happening and what is going on in my head, which I consider as stories or interpretations. I promote transparency and learn from my  mistakes, and people have seen my vulnerability.  Who you are is always within you. You deserve to be that person. As a leader, being authentic has opened many possibilities. When I talk to a client or a caregiver, I embrace them for who they are, without any bias or judgment. This approach turns me into a stronger advocate for them. When people ask me what the secret to Care Indeed's success is, I tell them that there is no secret. It's having a deep understanding of what our clients need: the need to be cared for, with love and compassion. It's knowing what our caregivers want: a workplace where they can continue to grow and be treated like family. My goal is to inspire them and give them reasons to work for Care Indeed beyond a means of living.  At Care Indeed, keeping our clients and caregivers happy has been, and will always be, our passion and motivation. To propagate kindness is the core of why we're here, and we're fully committed to this deeper purpose. Care Indeed is celebrating its 7th anniversary this month. I am grateful to everyone who has made this milestone possible. We thrive because we choose to be authentic and kind. 38

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