Around Town: TheatreWorks holds 'Anything Goes' benefitTheatreWorks will hold its 10th annual "Anything Goes" benefit Saturday, Oct. 20, from 5:30 p.m. to midnight, at its scene shop, 1100 Hamilton Court in Menlo Park.
Guests are invited to choose an outfit from one of TheatreWork's past productions to wear to the party. Past guests have been attired as everything from go-go dancers to the Pope, Egyptian priestesses to Samurai warriors. The evening will include cocktails, dinner by Grace Street Catering, dancing and a live auction.
Among the co-chairs is Judy Heyboer of Menlo Park. Among the committee members are Julie Kaufman of Atherton, Cynthia Keely of Portola Valley, and Barbara Shapiro of Menlo Park.
Visit firstname.lastname@example.org or call 463-7159 for tickets. Tickets are $275 to $500 per person.
"Be the Torch" is the theme of a benefit breakfast for the Peninsula Bridge program, to be held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club, 2900 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park. Doors open at 7 a.m.
Peninsula Bridge has a summer program that brings motivated middle-school students from lower-income families onto such campuses as Menlo School, Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo-Atherton High School for academic courses and enrichment activities.
Since the program began in 1989, more than 5,000 students have been involved. Most of the students come from the Ravenswood school district in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto, and the Redwood City and San Mateo-Foster City districts.
The breakfast is free. A donation may be made at the end of the event.
Visit peninsulabridge.org for more information.
'Dine Out' benefit
Forty restaurants will donate 10 percent of each diner's check to the Peninsula Volunteers' "Dine Out for Meals on Wheels" on Tuesday, Oct. 16.
The Meals on Wheels program serves residents in San Mateo County, delivering more than 150,000 hot meals each year to those in need. In addition, homebound seniors receive safety-wellness checks.
Local restaurants taking part in "Dine Out" include, by city: Menlo Park: Amici's East Coast Pizzeria, Bona Restaurant, Carpaccio, Celia's Mexican Restaurant, El Cerrito Mexican Restaurant, Gambardella's, Lutticken's After 5, Menlo Grille, Menlo Hub, Round Table Pizza, and Trellis. Portola Valley: Parkside Grill. Woodside: Alice's Restaurant, Woodside Bakery.
Portola Valley: Film,
program on bullying
Filmmaker Sunnie McFadden-Burtis, who produced the Canadian documentary, "Bullying: A Culture of Silence," will show the film and give a presentation on the topic at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley. She will discuss the profound consequences of long-term bullying and offer tools to assist families.
Sidewalk arts fest
The Menlo Park Sidewalk Arts and Crafts Fall Fest will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., along Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park.
More than 90 artists and craftmakers will sell paintings, jewelry, photography, wood items, clothing, accessories, toys and more. The artists will be on hand to visit with patrons and some will demonstrate their craft.
Elmira de Raaf of Palo Alto will show her women's hats. A native of Russia, Ms. de Raaf opened her first store in Amsterdam in 2003. She designed hundreds of one-of-a-kind hats, including one for Queen Beatrix. She has been named one of the top hat designers in the world by Hat magazine.
Fall Fest is sponsored by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call the chamber at 325-2818.
Rosener open house
An open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Rosener House Adult Day Services, 500 Arbor Road, in Menlo Park.
Music therapist Chance Sellinger will talk about "Promoting wellness with music" at 10:30 a.m. Social work staff will be on hand to answer questions. Caregivers will explain how Rosener House can make life better for older adults with Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, dementia and other challenges. The activity staff will show what a typical day at Rosener House is like.
For more information, call 322-0126.
The College of San Mateo will host a Family Science and Astronomy Festival from 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 on the campus at 1700 West Hillsdale Blvd. in San Mateo.
Events will include planetarium shows, telescope viewing of the night sky, science demonstrations, and hands-on workshops for children and adults.
Astronomer Seth Shostak will give a talk on "The Search for Life Nearby and Beyond" at 8 p.m. in the theater (Building 3). All events are free and open to the public.
Visit tinyurl.com/Stars-102 for a schedule of events.