News - May 25, 2011

Around Town: 'Discoveries that rewrote history'

Stanford professor and archaeologist Patrick Hunt will discuss his book, "Ten Discoveries that Rewrote History," at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 4, in the downstairs reading room at the Menlo Park Library, located at Alma Street and Ravenswood Avenue.

Mr. Hunt, who has been teaching archaeology, mythology and art history since 1994 in the Classics Department of Stanford University, will talk about his list of greatest archaeological discoveries, which includes the Rosetta Stone, Troy, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Mr. Hunt received a big turnout when he spoke at the library three years ago, said Roberta Roth, outreach librarian at the Menlo Park Library.

"(Mr. Hunt) has traveled around the world," said Ms. Roth. "The last time he was here he brought a slideshow from his archaeological digs and travels." Ms. Roth added that attendees can expect a similar presentation this year.

The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions, have refreshments, and purchase Mr. Hunt's book after the talk.

The event is part of a series of monthly Saturday programs sponsored by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. The library has been offering the Saturday programs for the past 16 years, Ms. Roth said, and has covered a variety of topics from health to black history month.

The event, which is free to the public, is being co-sponsored by the library's Adult Summer Reading Program and is in line with this summer's topic, "novel destinations."

Free van service is available for Menlo Park seniors and people with disabilities. Call 330-2512 or send an email to for more information.

— Caitlin Moyles

InnVision garden gala

The annual InnVision garden gala will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at a private home in Atherton. With a theme of "InnVision in Wonderland," the benefit will feature a high tea, musical entertainment, croquet, surprise guests, and a live auction.

InnVision helps men, women, and children break the cycle of poverty and move toward self-sufficiency. Its programs include the Opportunity Services Center, Palo Alto Food Closet, Breaking Bread Hot Meals program, and Hotel de Zink shelter.

Visit or call Ann-Marie Meacham at 408-380-8702 for tickets at $150.

Opera and song at Little Store

The Little Store will present an evening of opera and song from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at the restaurant, 3340 Woodside Road in Woodside.

Eileen Meredith, soprano, Raymond Chavez, tenor, and Ron Valentino, pianist, will entertain with opera arias and Broadway melodies.

The event is $75 per person and will include dinner with a choice of salmon en croute or roasted lamb chops. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 851-8110.


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