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Community - April 20, 2011

Around Town: Online auction benefits M-A

Travel to Mexico, ski at world-class resorts, tour Facebook, enjoy a gourmet meal, see the World Champion Giants, get tickets to a "GLEE Live!" or Katy Perry concert ... and support Menlo-Atherton High School at the same time.

M-A High's on-line auction, M-A on eBay, opens Monday, April 25. and closes Sunday, May 1.

Sponsored by the school's Foundation for the Future, the auction funds smaller class sizes, expanded curriculum, professional development for teachers, and other programs and services, said spokesperson Stephen Fioretti of the foundation.

Anyone can bid on about 120 auction items online.

One of the highlights is an Italian dinner for 11 prepared by the M-A boys' water polo coach Marco Palazzo and his wife Paola. "Marco hails from Sicily and played water polo professionally for years before bringing his polo and culinary skills to California," says Mr. Fioretti.

"Marco and Paola will prepare a Sicilian meal for you and your friends, complemented with a selection of Italian wines. The party can either be catered at your home or hosted at the home of one of the dinner sponsors."

Go to maauction.org to register prior to the auction and to get more information.

Easter at Rosewood

A petting zoo on the hotel lawn will be a feature of the Rosewood Sand Hill's Easter celebration. The petting zoo, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 24, and a visit with the Easter Bunny are open to the community, as well as hotel guests.

The zoo will feature ducks, chickens, goats, pot-bellied pigs, sheep and rabbits. All proceeds from petting zoo admission will be donated to the Palo Alto Humane Society.

Madera restaurant at Rosewood will serve a four-course menu for $68 per person. A children's version of the menu is half price. Each child will receive a miniature Easter Basket. Call 561-1500 for more information.

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