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News - March 23, 2011

Briefs: Corte Madera jazz vocal group gives free concert

"Panache," Corte Madera School's award-winning jazz vocal group, will perform in concert Monday, March 28, backed by the professional "A Touch of Brass Big Band," in the school's multi-use room.

The concert, free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in the multi-use room, 4575 Alpine Road in Portola Valley.

"Panache" won second place at the 23rd annual Folsom Jazz Festival, competing against middle and high school students from California and Nevada.

Juliet Green, the school's music specialist and a vocalist, directs the group of sixth- through eighth-graders. They will sing some of their favorite jazz standards such as "All of Me."

Her students have been practicing for a month after school with the 19-piece Big Band, under the direction of trumpeter Ed Morrison. The band incorporates brass, woodwinds and rhythm, covering styles from Swing, Latin, Blues, Rock and Ballads to Swinging Gospel.

Portola Valley may adopt tennis law

A new law under consideration by the Portola Valley Town Council may establish penalties for conducting commercial instruction, such as tennis, on a public facility without a permit.

The council will discuss the matter at its meeting on Wednesday, March 23, which starts at 7:30 p.m.

According to a recommendation in a staff report, a violation of the ordinance would result in an infraction, a category of petty crime that includes traffic violations and that results in a fine if convicted.

Commercial instruction at town facilities such as parks, open space and recreation areas requires a written agreement that includes insurance, according to the report.

The council meets in the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road. This meeting will include a staff presentation on a recent Parks and Recreation Committee discussion of this topic.

Also on the agenda: an increase to the discounted rate that a member of the fulltime town staff pays to use the community hall. A staff report recommends that the current rate of $200, set in 1993, increase at least to $525 and possibly $900, with a refundable deposit of $1,000.

Candidate forum for county supervisor race

A 90-minute candidate forum in the race for the San Mateo County District 1 supervisor seat is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center at 1455 Madison Ave. in Redwood City.

The countywide all-mail-in-ballot election begins on April 4 and ends on May 3.

Candidates expected to attend are, in ballot order, Terry Nagel, Gina Papan, Michael G. Stogner, Richard Holober, and Dave Pine.

Go to tinyurl.com/forum-330 for more information.

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