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Around Town: Atherton hosts Silicon Valley art show

by Jane Knoerle

Twenty-four artists from Atherton and Silicon Valley will display their paintings, watercolors, sculpture and photography at Jennings Pavilion at Holbrook-Palmer Park in Atherton on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6 and 7.

The juried show is sponsored by the Atherton Arts Foundation, the town of Atherton, and Silicon Valley Open Studios.

A reception featuring the artists will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6. The exhibit is also open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. Admission is free.

Holbrook-Palmer Park is located at 150 Watkins Ave. in Atherton.

40th anniversary for open space district

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District marks its 40th anniversary with its first Founders' Day Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Monte Bello Open Space Preserve in the Santa Cruz Mountains, near Los Gatos.

The family-friendly festival will include live musical performances, line dancing, a historical exhibit, an opportunity to meet the rangers, a puppet show, food trucks, games and lasso tricks.

State senators Jim Beall and Jerry Hill, Assemblyman Rich Gordon, San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley and Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian are expected to take part in the event.

Celebration at Belle Haven Pool

Belle Haven Pool will host the Menlo Masters and the Belle Haven aquatic community for a Menlo United celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at 100 Terminal Ave. in Menlo Park.

There will be water games, relays, music and food, with an admission charge of just $1. For more information, call Brenda Villa at 330-2237.

Eat, drink, talk and swap books

Kepler's will present the "World Literature Edition" of a book swap Saturday, Sept. 7, at 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park. Guests will mingle over drinks and "munchies" at 6:30 p.m., with book discussions starting at 7 p.m. Festivities will end around 9 p.m.

Readers should bring a book they love and are willing to part with at the end of the evening. They will go home with a book recommended by another book swapper and a free advance reader's edition of a book from Kepler's. Tickets at $30 may be ordered from Brown Paper Tickets online or by calling 800-838-3006.

'Running for Jim'

The ALS Association Golden West Chapter will present the documentary "Running for Jim" at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton.

The film chronicles the story of Jim Tracy, coach of San Francisco University High School girls' cross-country team, who was diagnosed with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in 2010. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the ALS Association Golden West Chapter to support research and to aid families affected by ALS.

Tickets at the door are $10 students and $15 for general admission.

Explore marshlands

Environmental Volunteers is launching two free guided canoe trips for 30 people, offering an opportunity to explore and learn about the marshlands of the San Francisco Bay. There may still be openings for the Saturday, Sept. 28, trip. The Aug. 31 trip is filled.

The Sept. 28 trip will be launched at 10:30 a.m. from the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve near the EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto.

The program is funded by a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation as part of a settlement with Cosco Busan after its container ship struck the Bay Bridge five years ago, spilling 53,000 gallons of bunker fuel into the San Francisco Bay.

Go to to sign up for the Sept. 28 trip.

Teaching fellowship

Born in Menlo Park, Kimberly Hartung has been chosen by the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) as one of its 35 teaching fellows. Selected to participate in the San Francisco Teacher Residency Program, she will be teaching at Lincoln High School in the San Francisco School District.

Ms. Hartung earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Pomona College and a master's degree in education from Stanford University.

KSTF' s goal is to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in the United States.


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