"Our mission at Bay Area Lyme Foundation is to accelerate medical breakthroughs that will make Lyme disease easy to diagnose and simple to cure, " says Ana Thompson, executive director at Bay Area Lyme Foundation.
Although Lyme disease is one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the United States, the search for solutions is under-funded, receiving only $1 per patient for every $910 spent on West Nile disease, according to Ms. Thompson. While Lyme disease can usually be treated with antibiotics if caught early, it is often misdiagnosed, leading to a much more debilitating illness, she said.
Go to bayarealyme.org or call 530-2439 for more information
Filoli flower show
Childhood stories will magically come to life in "Petal Tales, Once Upon a Time," Filoli's 25th anniversary flower show, to be held Mother's Day weekend, May 9 through 12, at the historic Woodside estate.
The show's theme — interpreting children's storybooks with flowers — will be reflected through flower arrangements, plant collections, table settings, children's exhibits and garden landscapes.
The four days of festivities will include Mother's Day teas, champagne brunches, boxed lunches, flower-arranging demonstrations, and musical performances.
The flower show begins with an opening night reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 9. In keeping with the theme and 25th anniversary, Mrs. Roth's son, William, and twin daughters, Lurline Coonan and Berenice Spalding, will be guests.
Visitors will be able to meet designers, while viewing their exhibits, and stroll through the gardens at dusk. Hors d'oeuvres, wine and champagne will be served. Tickets are $75 for members and $85 for others.
The traditional Mother's Day champagne buffet brunch is scheduled for Sunday, May 12, at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. The last day to purchase brunch tickets is Monday, May 6.
Go to filoli.org or call 364-8300, ext. 508, for more information.
Six Peninsula artists — Alice Weil, Jean Prophet, Julia Munger Seelos, Lynn Montoya, Kim Holl and Frances Freyberg — will exhibit paintings, jewelery, pottery, textiles and fine art photography in Menlo Park during Silicon Valley Open Studios.
The free event will take place the weekend of May 4-5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 856 Partridge Ave. in Menlo Park. The event is part of the 27th Silicon Valley Open Studios, where hundreds of local artists open their studios to the public during the first three weekends in May.
The artists will donate artwork to a raffle to benefit Mission Hospice & Home Care. In addition, photographer Frances Freyburg will donate net proceeds for her weekend sales to Mission Hospice to support patients who cannot afford care.
Classes and informational sessions with the social work staff will be part of the open house at Rosener House Adult Day Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Guests are invited to join the drum circle with music therapist Chance Selinger at 10:30 a.m.
Rosener House is celebrating 35 years of care for adults with challenges, include post-stroke, Parkinson's, mild cognitive impairment or dementia. It is located at 500 Arbor Road in Menlo Park. Call 322-1026 for more information.
Woodside Store day
The San Mateo Historical Association invites the public to a free day at the historic Woodside Store, corner of Tripp Road and Kings Mountain Road in Woodside, from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 5.
Children will enjoy cutting a log with a two-man saw, cleaving shingles with a mallet, competing in a seed-spitting contest, making dolls and other activities.
Visit historysmc.org or call 299-0104 for more information.
Wingding family fest
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and the Santa Clara Audubon Society are holding a celebration of birds and spring from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve, one mile south of the junction of Skyline Blvd. and Page Mill Road.
Events will include bird walks, visits from the live birds of rescue organizations, bird-themed hands-on science stations, arts and crafts, and displays. Visitors should bring a "no garbage" lunch. Drinking water will be available. No advance registration is required.
Home Buying 101
The San Mateo County Association of Realtors will present "Home Buying 101: everything you ever wanted to know about buying a home but were afraid to ask," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, in the Oak Room at the San Mateo Public Library, 55 West 3rd Ave. in San Mateo.
Go to samcar.org/homebuyerworkshop to register for the free workshop.
Host family sought
The Rotary Club of Menlo Park seeks a host family for a 17-year-old female student from Brazil who will be attending Menlo-Atherton High School from mid-August through December. If you are interested, contact Mark Flegel at 326-9661 or MarkFlegel@aol.com.
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