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Community - October 5, 2011

Briefs: Walk to end Alzheimer's disease set for Oct. 15

Now in its fourth year, the Silicon Valley Walk to End Alzheimer's disease is hoping to attract 2,500 walkers to Arena Green Park in San Jose on Saturday, Oct. 15, says Peter Daly of Woodside, chairman of the Northern California and Nevada chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

The association helps stage hundreds of walks across the country to raise money and awareness about the disease, the sixth leading cause of death, according to the association.

The goal for this event is to raise $450,000 toward care, support and research. An estimated half a million people are living with Alzheimer's disease in California, the association says.

"It's heartwarming to see so many families, friends and co-workers gather together to walk in honor of loved ones who are or have been affected by the disease," Mr. Daly says.

Visit walk@alznorcal.org for information on how to sign up, form teams, and find sponsors. Walkers may also register the day of the walk starting at 8:30 a.m. There is no entry fee.

Free parking will be available at HP Pavilion. Peet's coffee and Hobee's coffee cake will be handed out, while entertainers such as Grupo Folklorico Los Laureles perform.

The walk is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The course is flat and three miles long, with a one-mile shortcut.

Afterward, speakers will talk about their experiences with Alzheimer's disease. Gary Scott Thomas of KRTY Radio will emcee. The band, Men Behaving Loudly, will be back again this year to play rock and roll. A bounce house and crafts center will be set up for children.

Walk to School Day

More than 3,000 schools in the United States are taking part in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

One-third of the elementary and middle schools in San Mateo County, including schools from Atherton, Menlo Park, and Woodside, are participating.

For information about Walk to School Day events in San Mateo County, contact Doris Estremera at 573-2208.

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