Battalion Chief Jerry Nave says the firefighters have been hosting holiday open houses for so many years; they're now seeing second-generation visitors. "It's a small community, that's why we like it," he says, recognizing some young married people who grew up in the area and are now bringing their babies to the stations for photo opportunities with Santa.
Families are invited to climb on fire trucks and enjoy cookies, candy canes and cocoa from 7 to 9 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots drive, a community outreach to less-fortunate children in San Mateo County. Toy collection bins will remain outside the stations until Dec. 22.
Fire Station 7 is at 3111 Woodside Road in Woodside. Fire Station 8 is at 135 Portola Road in Portola Valley. Fire Station 19 is at 4091 Jefferson Ave. in Emerald Hills.
The stations are decorated with colorful characters the firefighters cut out of plywood and painted when they started the tradition years ago.
— Kate Daly
Gingerbread House workshop for kids
On Saturday, Dec. 10, the Village Pub will offer a holiday baking class for children ages 5 and up. The hands-on class will teach kids how to use a selection of utensils, how to follow a recipe, and how to decorate. Each child will have his own gingerbread house to prepare.
The class runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost per child is $85 and includes instruction, a gingerbread house, apron, and a snack. To reserve, call Danielle Lembi at 851-9888.
Reservations are being taken for Christmas tea and lunch at the 1905 farmhouse at Yerba Buena Nursery in the hills above Woodside.
The lunch is a hot meal that includes appetizer, choice of chicken Wellington or vegetable Wellington, and a yuletide dessert. The lunches will take place on six dates over two weekends: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Dec. 9-11, and Dec. 16-18.
Guests, ages 12 and over, are welcome, and are asked to arrive by noon. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m.
Cost is $45 per person. Call 851-1668 to reserve seats.
Canned food drive
Menlo-Atherton High School students are conducting their annual canned food drive, which was started many years ago by the late Coach Ben Parks.
Working with Second Harvest Food Bank, students collect canned goods at Safeway in downtown Menlo Park and in Sharon Heights, Key Market in Redwood City, Whole Foods in Palo Alto, and Roberts Market in Woodside.
The food will be distributed to families at the Ecumenical Hunger Program, 2411 Pulgas Ave. in East Palo Alto, from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 10. For more information, call Kelly Todd, 322-5311.