Almanac

News - March 2, 2011

Briefs: Guild Theatre set to reopen

The water damage to the Guild Theatre in Menlo Park should be repaired by March 10, with the theater scheduled to reopen on Friday, March 11, according to Michael Fant, vice president for real estate development for Landmark Theatres, in a phone interview from Oakland Airport.

Mr. Fant was flying back to Los Angeles after meeting with a contractor at the theater.

During a storm in mid-February, rain penetrated the roof above the upstairs mechanical room, leaked on to the heating and air conditioning system, and continued down into the lobby, where it damaged the ceiling, walls, floor and an electrical panel, Mr. Fant said.

Landmark has leased the Guild for at least 10 years, he added. Landmark is the largest exhibitor of art and independent films in the world, Mr. Fant said.

Mountain lion spotted

A mountain lion was spotted near the 500 block of Westridge Drive in Portola Valley at around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23,, county emergency officials report.

Officials offer these tips:

• Avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active — dawn, dusk, and at night.

• If you see a mountain lion, do not approach it, especially one that is feeding or with offspring, . Most mountain lions will try to avoid confrontation.

• If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms; throw rocks or other objects. Pick up small children.

Visit keepmewild.org for more information.

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