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Community - November 20, 2013

Around Town: Menlo Pres holds Global Gift Fair

Artisans from more than 13 developing countries will be represented at the Global Gift Fair at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park, on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23 and 24. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The fair will offer handcrafted textiles, ceramics, jewelry, and home and fashion products. Each product is made by an individual striving to break the cycle of poverty through their own handiwork and creativity, says church spokesperson Monica Brandt.

"The fair is a great way to shop with a purpose," says Bennie Ingraham, mission director at the church.

One hundred percent of the proceeds are reinvested with the artisans, Ms. Brandt says.

Last year, Global Gift Fair sales totaled more than $128,000.

Woodside Priory stages 'Macbeth'

Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley is staging Shakespeare's "Macbeth" in a style that is "a homage to the greatest SciFi films and TV shows," says theater teacher and director John Sugden.

Light-swords, aliens, futuristic robots and starships are designed to make the play accessible to new audience members, but Shakespeare's language will be there in its entirely, and the focus will be on the characters and "driving heart of the play," Mr. Sugden says.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 21-23, and 2 p.m. Nov. 24 at the school's Rothrock Performance Hall, 302 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

Tickets are $5 for students and $15 for adults and can be bought at the door or online.

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The Peninsula Youth Ballet will present its annual production of "Nutcracker" Nov. 30-Dec. 8 at the recently refurbished San Mateo Performing Arts Center.

The choreographer is Akayo Takahashi. Tickets range from $45 to $75. Clara's Tea Party is $10 per person.

Visit or call 800-595-4849 for times and ticket information.

Shelter supply drive

Project WeHope, an emergency shelter covering the coldest six months of the year, is holding a supply drive for key shelter needs, such as blankets, hand towels, bath towels, sheets, robes and coats, in time for the shelter opening and annual Thanksgiving dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 26. An open house will be held that day at 4:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m.

Donations may be dropped off at the shelter office, 1854 Bay Road in East Palo Alto.


Peninsula CatWorks will have cats and kittens looking for a home at the Pet Place in Menlo Park on Saturday, Nov. 23, from noon to 3 p.m.

Visitors are invited to have a hot cup of spiced cider. Food donations will be accepted all month for the animal shelters. The Pet Place is at 777 Santa Cruz Ave.


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