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Community - May 15, 2013

Menlo benefit looks to the future

Menlo School's 63rd annual fashion show benefit, "M-13-Portal to the Future," will be held Friday, May 24, in a large decorated tent on the Menlo School campus in Atherton. The event will feature luncheon and dinner runway shows, showcasing senior students in Bloomingdale's fashions for spring and summer.

The benefit raises funds for financial aid, which supports a fifth of the student body, said school spokesperson Jill Kasser

The catered luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m., and the black-tie-optional dinner starts at 6 p.m. The shows will be highlighted by entertainment vignettes and dance routines performed by seniors.

Menlo benefit chairs Elizabeth Jenson and Kathy Jadallah are working with a committee of more than 130 adult volunteers, plus hundreds of students.

Serving as producer, choreographer and fashion show director, respectively, are Alex Perez, Jan Chandler and Jeffrey Adair.

Mr. Perez is director of creative arts and communications at Menlo School. Ms. Chandler, the school's dance director, has served as the benefit's choreographer for 30 years. Mr. Adair, co-owner of JFloral Art in Menlo Park, has produced and/or directed the show off and on for more than 20 years.

Brenda "BB" Bernheim is assistant fashion show director and professional model Linda Lance returns as model trainer.

The cost is $100 for the luncheon and $210 for the dinner show.

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Spring Sounds gala

Adolescent Counseling Services will host its annual Spring Sounds gala from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at AutoVino, 205 Constitution Drive in Menlo Park.

Guests will view antique and luxury cars during the martini cocktail hour with a live jazz trio. The event will includes silent and live auctions and a three-course sit-down dinner with wine. ACS provides free and affordable mental health services to teens and families.

Go to for more information. Tickets are $200 per person.

Interfaith conflicts

The Rev. D. Andrew Kille will give a talk on "A look at interfaith conflicts" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at Little House, 800 Middle Ave. in Menlo Park. He is the director of Interfaith Space, dedicated to developing interfaith relations in the South Bay. Tickets are $5 for Little House members and $9 for others. To register, call 326-2025, ext. 222.

Priory seniors

Three Woodside Priory seniors — Emre Sonmez, Joe Farned, and Dylan Croll — are running in the Bay to Breakers in San Francisco on Sunday, May 19, to raise money for the Daraja Academy, an all-girls secondary school in Kenya.

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Summer intership

Monday, May 27, is the deadline for high school and college students to apply for part-time internships in the office of Assemblyman Rich Gordon. Interns will be based in the Los Altos district office.

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