Community - February 9, 2011

Around Town: Dr. Bortz speaks on 'New Medicine'

Dr. Walter Bortz of Portola Valley will speak on his new book, "New Medicine: The Science and Civics of Health," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, at Kepler's bookstore, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

In the book, Dr. Bortz focuses on why he thinks American medicine is spiraling toward disaster. He argues that the financial interests of biotech and drug companies have distorted the healthcare system. Thanks to them, he says, medicine today is economically motivated to treat disease rather than to prevent it.

Dr. Bortz is a clinical associate professor of medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine and a graduate of Williams College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He has written extensively on the importance of physical exercise in promoting longevity.

'Community conversation' on foster youth

"A Night for Abigail," a "community conversation" about foster youth, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, at the Menlo-Atherton Center for the Performing Arts.

Carrie Du Bois and Charlene Margot are co-chairs of the event, which will highlight the challenges facing foster children. The program will include presentations from Pat Mijanich and John Ragosta of CASA of San Mateo County (formerly Advocates for Children), Susan Herman of Help One Child, Bonnie Hansen, principal of Sequoia High School, and a panel of emancipated foster youth.

The evening is sponsored by CASA, Help One Child, Sequoia Union High School District, and the 17th District PTA. The event is free and open to the public.

"Abigail" refers to a ward of the California Courts who was taken from her meth addict mother at birth and put into foster care. "Tonight is a tribute to Abigail and all the children like her. We hope to make these kids visible to you," says Ms. Margot.

Contact Charlene Margot at for more information.

'County Creations' at history museum

Visitors are encouraged to design their own game or create a robot at "County Creations" from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway in Redwood City. The museum will showcase inventions by San Mateo County residents.

Craft activities are included in the admission fee of $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students.

Go to or call 299-0104 for more information.

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