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Community - November 13, 2013

Around Town: Venture capital pioneers to be honored at dinner

by Jane Knoerle

On Thursday, Nov. 21, the San Mateo Historical Association will honor William K. Bowes Jr., Reid W. Dennis, William H. Draper and F.P. "Pitch" Johnson for their groundbreaking work in venture capital that changed the economy of the Bay Area. The 6 p.m. dinner will take place at the Hotel Sofitel in Redwood Shores.

The evening will include a panel discussion by the four honored guests with venture capitalist George McCown as moderator.

Past "history maker" recipients include the Lane family, Intel founder Gordon Moore, Dr. Thomas Fogarty, and baseball legend Willie Mays.

The annual dinner is a fundraiser for the operation of the Historical Association's three museums: the San Mateo County History Museum in Redwood City, the Woodside Store near Huddart Park, and the Sanchez Adobe in Pacifica.

Tickets to the dinner are $175 per person. For more information, call the development department of the San Mateo County Historical Association, 299-0104.

'Baubles,Bangles and Bags' benefit

It was a sellout crowd when 300 guests gathered at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton on Nov. 4 for the Peninsula Volunteers' fifth annual "Baubles, Bangles and Bags" benefit featuring more than 150 designer and vintage handbags.

There was lively bidding over designer bags by Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci and Kate Spade, along with "baubles" by David Yurman and Ippolita and "mystery boxes" filled with special surprises.

Camilla Shroff, Darlene Woodson and Pat Grillos were chairs of the event, which included a morning champagne reception and silent auction, followed by luncheon at 12:30 p.m.

During the afternoon, Judy Padis and her daughter, Alexis Padis-McMunn, of Steve Padis Jewelry in San Francisco entertained the audience with jewelry buying tips for the educated woman.

Proceeds from the fundraiser, which premiered in 2009, benefit the Peninsula Volunteers programs: Meals on Wheels, Little House, and Rosener House Adult Day Services.

Thanksgiving cooking

Chef Dmitry Elpirin will give his annual Thanksgiving-inspired cooking classes at the Village Pub in Woodside from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Nov. 23.

Chef Elperin will guide the class through the step-by-step process in preparing a feast, then all will sit down for a family-style meal including brined turkey, carmelized Brussel sprouts, and pecan pie, paired with special wines. Cost is $150. Reserve by calling 851-6844 or email

Beyond bullying

A workshop on promoting empathy and respect among youth will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the San Mateo County Office of Education, 101 Twin Dolphin Drive, in Redwood City. Registration is $50 and light snacks (not dinner) will be provided. To register, call 513-0330.

Whatever floats your boat

Kids are encouraged to pull items from the recycling bin and build their own seaworthy (or tub-worthy) vessel from everyday objects at a workshop to be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St.

The event, sponsored by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library, is open to children ages 5-12 (8 and under must be accompanied by an adult) and registration is required (email Lucinda at:


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