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Schools - October 19, 2011

Around Town: Astronaut joins book fair at Oak Knoll

Oak Knoll Elementary School will hold its annual book fair, in partnership with Books Inc., from Sunday, Oct. 23, through Friday, Oct. 28 on the school campus, 1895 Oak Knoll Lane in Menlo Park.

A sneak preview will be held Sunday, Oct. 23, from 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., followed by a special event: "Life in Space: An Evening with Astronaut Karol 'Bo' Bobko" from 5 to 6 p.m.

Colonel Bobko flew on three space shuttle missions and was enshrined in the Astronaut Hall of Fame this past May. He will talk about his experiences working in space and answer questions selected from more than 400 questions submitted by Oak Knoll students as part of the "Ask an Astronaut" program.

Family Night will be held Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and will feature a "space museum." Space program artifacts on loan from NASA will be on display, including a genuine Apollo helmet, a glove and boot used for spacewalks, and a shuttle flight suit.

There is no cost to attend; all books are priced at regular retail prices, with a portion of the proceeds donated by Books Inc. to the Oak Knoll Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). The PTO provides enrichment activities and supports the school's curriculum.

Book fair hours are 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for Thursday when the fair closes at 2 p.m.

Authors' event: 'Theaters of the Peninsula'

In their new book, authors Gary Lee Parks and Jack Tillmany provided film and theater buffs a pictorial visit to the Peninsula's cinemas, past and present.

They will sign copies of the book, "Theatres of the San Francisco Peninsula," on Saturday, Oct. 22, from noon to 2 p.m. in the gift shop at the San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway in Redwood City.

Visit historysmc.org or call 299-0104 for more information.

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