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Community - December 14, 2011

Briefs: Volunteer chosen for presidential award

Playing cards at the Peninsula Volunteers Little House has led to national recognition for one Menlo Park man.

Leonard Friedman, 87, has devoted 19 years of service at Little House, hosting a bridge club and introducing people to the game each month.

"You get a good feeling when you volunteer," he said in a press release. "You teach people a new game, but you also learn from the experiences. Volunteering makes you healthier, happier and wiser."

Selected by RSVP of San Mateo and Northern Santa Clara County, Mr. Friedman was expected to receive the President's Volunteer Service Award during a ceremony on Monday, Dec.12, at the Peninsula Volunteers Little House.

Facebook meeting

The amount of potential traffic that would be generated by Facebook's plans to employ up to 9,400 workers on its Menlo Park campuses presents a challenge to the city's hopes for making the social networking giant feel at home.

The Transportation Commission meets Wednesday, Dec. 14, to view a staff presentation of the draft environmental impact report (DEIR) for the proposed campus development. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St.

Toy drive

Drop off new, unwrapped toys, food, and money at spots around Menlo Park until Wednesday, Dec. 21, as part of the Menlo Park Firefighters Association annual toy drive.

Drop-off locations include the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce at 1100 Merrill St., the Cheeky Monkey toy shop on Santa Cruz Avenue, fire stations and various city-owned buildings such as the police department and Arrillaga Family Recreation Center. The chamber accepts donations Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kiwanis, Nativity sell Christmas trees

For the 56th year, the Menlo Park Kiwanis Club is selling Christmas trees. The lot is on the El Camino Real at Embarcadero in Palo Alto, in front of the Stanford University football stadium.

Volunteers staff the lot from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends. Proceeds will be used to help youth, seniors and the underprivileged in the community.

Nativity School's Christmas tree lot, at 210 Oak Grove Ave. in Menlo Park, has operated with a volunteer staff of parents and parishioners since 1998.

The lot, open through Dec. 17, features Douglas, grand, Fraser and noble fir trees, wreaths, and garlands. Flame-proofing and delivery services are available.

Hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds benefit Nativity School.

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