Almanac

Community - August 17, 2011

Around Town: How to coexist with mountain lions

A woman who for two years has been monitoring mountain lions in the Santa Cruz Mountains will give a talk in Woodside about how to coexist with them.

The talk starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, in Independence Hall, 2955 Woodside Road. It will be followed by questions.

The speaker is Yiwei Wang, a doctoral student at UC Santa Cruz who has been putting tracking devices on dozens of mountain lions to learn about their behavior, health and habitat.

To reserve a seat, call Town Hall at 851-6790.

Sunday: North Fair Oaks street fair

Dancers, acrobats, and the San Jose Sharks mobile shark tank will be on hand Sunday, Aug. 21, for the 10th annual San Mateo County Sheriff's North Fair Oaks Community Festival.

The highlight of the day's events will be the coronation of the 2011 North Fair Oaks Queen of the Festival at 2:30 p.m. She will receive a $6,000 scholarship, while three finalists will share $9,000 in scholarships. Funds raised by the festival go to youth, intervention, and diversion programs run by the Sheriff's Office.

Held in Redwood City, the free event runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Middlefield Road between First and Fifth Avenue.

Riekes Center holds fundraiser

The Riekes Center for Human Enhancement is hosting a fundraiser to raise scholarships to help more people participate in the center's programs for athletic fitness, creative arts, nature awareness, and physical therapy.

The deadline to order tickets for the "Rally for Riekes" is Aug. 28. The event will be held Sept. 10, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the Riekes Center, 3455 Edison Way in North Fair Oaks. Tickets are $125 per person, or $100 for age 24 and under.

Guests are encouraged to dress comfortably and wear sneakers so they can play interactive games and engage in other activities while listening to original music performed by Riekes faculty and students.

Jesse Cool will provide dinner. Speakers will include a disabled veteran and a scholarship student.

Go to riekes.org for more information, or send an email to: rallyforriekes@gmail.com.

Luau at Little House

Polynesian culture will be celebrated when Peninsula Volunteers hosts a luau at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at Little House, 800 Middle Ave. in Menlo Park.

Little House executive chef Larry Wong will prepare a meal that includes teriyaki flank steak cubes, Asian chicken and vegetables, and "Kahlua Pig" in wonton shells.

Traditional island music and dancing will be performed by the Pacific Islanders. Dinner will be served at 5:30, with a dance beginning at 7.

Tickets are $20, and may be reserved by calling 326-2025, ext. 222; or by sending an email to asanchez@peninsulavoluteers.org.

Senior fair

Information booths and free services will be on offer at the Senior Showcase Information Fair, set for Saturday, Aug. 27, at Little House, 800 Middle Ave. in Menlo Park.

The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Participants can have their blood pressure checked, their documents shredded, and their questions answered by a pharmacist at no charge. "Goody bags" will be handed out to the first 250 participants, according to a press release. For information, call 344-5200.

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