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Community - November 16, 2011

Around Town: M-A holds Big Band dance

Menlo-Atherton High School's 28th annual benefit for its bands and orchestra will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in Ayers Gym on the M-A campus.

All five music groups will play: three graded jazz bands, the concert band, and the new orchestra. The Stanford ballroom dance team will give a swing dance lesson for beginners at 8 p.m. There will be fast music for swing dances, plus slow romantic numbers sung by student vocalists.

The evening will feature homemade desserts, a silent auction and raffle. Tickets at the door are $20 for adults and $10 students and senior citizens.

Holiday house tour

Four Atherton homes decorated for the holidays will be featured on the fourth annual "Finishing Touches: A holiday tour of fine homes & boutique" to be held Dec. 2-3 by the Junior League of Palo Alto/Mid Peninsula.

The tour is based from the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel, 2825 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, where a boutique, luncheon, martini party, and designers' breakfast will be held.

The event begins with a holiday boutique from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, December 2, with a festive luncheon and self-driven tour of the homes from noon to 3 p.m.

That evening a "Mistletoe and Martinis" party featuring martinis, hors d'oeuvres, and holiday shopping will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

On Saturday, Dec. 3, the boutique will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a designers' breakfast and a discussion on "Dressing up for the Holidays" from 8 to 10:30 a.m. A designer-guided tour of the homes via shuttle will depart from the Rosewood at 9 a.m.

The boutique will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday with self-driven and shuttle-driven tours of the homes.

Kathleen Castaillac of Menlo Park and Helen Ungerman of Woodside are co-chairs of the event.

Visit juniorleaguehometour.com for tickets. For more information, call 321-5026.

Thanksgiving dinner

Little House will serve a Thanksgiving dinner of turkey and all the trimmings from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 24, in the Little House cafe at 800 Middle Ave. in Menlo Park.

Chef Larry Wong will prepare turkey, bread stuffing with herbs, mashed potatoes and gravy, roasted vegetables, fall salad with beets and greens, and pumpkin pie.

Cost is $15 per person. Tickets much be purchased by Wednesday, Nov. 23. Little House will also arrange a vegetarian meal in advance. For tickets, call Aida Sanchez at 326-2025, ext. 222.

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