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					Vol. XXVII, Number 20 • Friday, December 9, 2005



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Fab fables take the stage
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Laughing it up at Midpeninsula clubs Page 9

Norbert von der Groeben

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Worth A Look 14

Eating Out 15

Movie Times 28

Goings On 32

Crossword Puzzle Section 2

■ Upfront Smile! You’re on Candid Cop Camera Page 3 ■ Sports More NCAA honors for Menlo Park Page 38 ■ Home & Real Estate Finding that perfect little something Section 2













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Local news, information and analysis
with only a stern warning. “I just made his day,” the officer remarked when he returned to the vehicle. A few seconds later, the scene repeated itself exactly, this time on a small swiveling screen inside the patrol car, with audio coming from a speaker on the roof. The interaction had been captured on digital video. Video cameras in eight Palo Alto police vehicles began recording many officers’ interactions with the public this week. Officers driving the cars will be wearing wireless microphones and a battery on their uniforms. By the end of the year, the cameras will be in all the patrol cars. The police department hopes they will increase the public’s confidence in its officers. “We want to make sure we are transparent,” Perron said, who also argued the cameras would vindicate officers against false complaints. The black cameras, which are shaped like bricks, though slightly smaller, peek through the front windshield, can be swiveled 360 degrees and have powerful zooms. Each is connected to a console on the top of the patrol car’s inside hood. Units for all 26 of Palo Alto’s police cars cost the city $200,000. On Monday night, Police Chief Lynne Johnson will ask the City Council to authorize her to seek $35,000 from state grants to purchase cameras for the department’s motorcycles. The cameras automatically start recording as the car’s emergency lights are turned on. Officers, by department policy, are also required to turn the cameras on whenever they engage in an enforcement contact with the public — that is, when they question someone, issue a ticket or make an arrest. “There’s no misunderstanding — if they do not use it and we find out about it, there will be consequences,” Johnson said. For some police critics, that’s not
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The jury in the patrol car
Video cameras installed in police cars this week; police chief also wants cameras in motorcycles
by Bill D’Agostino he gray sports car sped through a red light on Embarcadero Road, and Palo Alto Police Agent Zach Perron switched on his patrol vehicle’s flashing emergency


lights and pulled the car over. After checking the driver’s license and registration, Perron let the San Francisco man — who said he had recently been laid off — go


Trails price tag approaches $20 million
Five-year dispute of routing foothills trails heading for showdown vote Tuesday, with approval of Stanford’s preferred routes likely
by Jay Thorwaldson he price tag Stanford University may pay for two trail connections to the foothills above its sprawling campus is approaching $20 million — 10 times initial estimates, according to a new report from Santa Clara County. The report recommends following Stanford’s alignments for two trails, a southern trail along Page Mill Road in Palo Alto and a northern trail along Alpine Road in San Mateo County, including a portion in Portola Valley. The trails issue has been agendized for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, whose five members are expected to vote 4-1 to uphold the recommendation from the county’s Parks and Recreation Department. North County Supervisor Liz Kniss has consistently opposed the alignment of the northern trail and voted against linking the approvals as Stanford insisted. Building the two connector trails was a key condition of the county’s approval in late 2000 of Stanford’s development plan for the next decade or longer, known as the general use permit or “GUP.” But Stanford has strenuously maintained it will not allow dedicated trail routes to be built within its Dish or Felt Lake properties, as those areas may someday be needed for academic expansion. Opposition to the Stanford alignments has been voiced by environmental organizations, the City of Palo


Norbert von der Groeben

Local firefighters use straw and wood pallets to set fire to portions of the former Rickey’s Hyatt Wednesday for use in a “live fire drill.” The fires are allowed to burn for several minutes before firefighters extinguish them. The former hotel is scheduled for demolition later in the month.


Auditor: City could save nearly $400,000 in park maintenance
Contracting out would be cheaper; change could worry employee union
by Bill D’Agostino he City of Palo Alto could spend less money maintaining its 31 parks each year if it contracted out more of the work, according to a new report from City Auditor Sharon Erickson.


Currently, contractors clean and repair half of Palo Alto’s parks, mostly the smaller ones. But Erickson estimated that having more parks maintained by outside contractors could save the city nearly $400,000 a year.

“We think that’s a conservative figure,” she said. Community Services Department Richard James, however, said the decision on whether to switch should take into account more factors than money. For instance, he said a contractor may not always provide the same level of service as a city employee. “You’ve got to weigh all those things,” James said. Also, the city’s largest union, the Service Employees International Union, Local 715, would have to be consulted. “Fundamentally, we would be very concerned if city management starts contracting out services that are provided by city employees,” said Phil

Plymale, the union’s chapter chair. “If this is something that doesn’t makes sense and that is not being done in good faith, then we would confront management with that issue.” Next year, the city will seek bids from contractors interested in maintaining the parks and study those offers, James said. Keeping the city’s 262 acres of parks and athletic facilities clean and safe costs $4.9 million a year, according to the report, which the City Council’s Finance Committee will discuss Tuesday night. Overall, the auditor described the conditions of the city’s parks as “very good.” Erickson and her staff visited the parks in late summer. In
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Palo Alto Weekly • Friday, December 9, 2005 • Page 3

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Reader comments via e-mail, voice mail and U.S. mail Stanford’s fights
I was not surprised to read that Stanford is fighting with its employees, because Stanford is also reneging on its agreement to build recreational trails in its Santa Clara County land holdings. On Dec. 12, the union for both the university and the hospital are threatening to strike against Stanford. On Dec. 13, Santa Clara County supervisors are going to vote on whether to accept a widening of Alpine Road (in San Mateo County) in lieu of a recreational trail crossing Stanford’s property that Stanford promised two years ago. Stanford golfers, neighborhood groups, Acterra, Committee for Green Foothills, Stanford Open Space Alliance and other community groups do not accept Stanford’s position on this issue. If they want to get reelected, the Board of Supervisors must stand up to this huge landowner and recognize that Stanford does not always operate in the best interests of this community. If you want to tell the supervisors to hold Stanford to its agreement and provide us with real trails, come to the meeting on Dec. 13 at 1:30 p.m. to speak out at 70 West Hedding St. in San Jose. Elaine Haight Cowper Street, Palo Alto

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We are sorry to hear that Focus Cinema will cease operations at Spangenberg Theatre. We were frequent patrons and appreciated the variety of movies as well as the convenient location, easy parking and great prices. It is a unique business and, more surprising, it also brings in a monthly fee to Gunn High School ($1,000/month). What better deal for a community than to use its existing resources for multiple purposes? How nice of the Focus group to bring its entertainment to sleepy south Palo Alto, which has nothing in the way of night life. Both the school and the film society appear short-sighted in disagreeing about such trivial issues as movie-poster placement and the smell of popcorn in the lobby. While the student art on the walls is very nice, it is hardly a well-lit gallery and usually the lobby is too crowded to view what is there. Moreover, as highschool parents who attend our students’ concerts, plays and parent-education forums here, we disagree that there is a flashy theater ambiance — the modest concession case is tucked away in a corner. In this age of under-funded schools, how can the principal turn down this easy source of income? Was something else the real root of the problem? Was the film group leaving its trash around, forcing school janitors to do extra pick-up? If this is the case, please, negotiate a win-win scenario for the school and the film society. Charge a bit more for tickets, install a fan for the popcorn smell and be strict about clean-up every time. Thank you for the four years. We saw some great titles there. Jane Moss Ferne Avenue, Palo Alto

Menlo politics
Politics as usual in Menlo Park — this scenario occurs over and over: An issue comes up for City Council consideration (e.g., housing ordinance, save the Baylands, the mayoral position, etc.). Myriad citizens appear and argue convincingly for position A. Two or three folks speak in favor of B. The council majority — Jellins, Duboc and Winkler — vote for B, for their minds are made up well ahead of time. Though their votes are futile against the intransigence of the majority bloc, residentialists Cohen and Fergusson support A, thus representing the greater portion of the Menlo Park citizenry. Nancy Barnby Spruce Avenue, Menlo Park

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Main Library to undergo reorganization in spring
Circulation desk to shrink; children’s section to be added
by Saqib Rahim he 47-year-old Main Library will be more spacious after a rearrangement in the early spring, according to a plan unveiled by Library Director Paula Simpson at a public meeting Tuesday night. The major changes will include shrinking the circulation desk to increase public space, converting and expanding the media room to hold newspapers and magazines, adding a children’s collection, and moving the library’s Technical Services unit to the Downtown Library. “The model that worked valiantly for years before doesn’t really work anymore,” Simpson said to the crowd of about 20 community members. With the increasing use of selfcheckout machines, Simpson said, the large circulation desk has become obsolete. Sixty percent of checkouts in the library system are currently done through these machines, she said. The proposed redesign will remove the desk — which was traditionally used for library cards, fines, checkout and check-in — in favor of public floor space that may be used to keep books or media. “Freeing up this space, it’s just going to be so much better,” said Lenore Jones, a Library Advisory Commission member. New walls will be built for the current media room. After the expansion, it will contain the branch’s periodicals, such as newspapers and magazines. The current periodicals area will become a new children’s section, an addition that is both necessary and popular, according to library staff. Not only will this section house some of the Children’s Library’s books while the Children’s Library is being rebuilt, but it will also bring a dash of youth to a branch that has not traditionally served kids. “It’s very unusual to have an adults-only library,” Main Library


Manager Diane Jennings said. Some materials from the Children’s Library, which is closing Dec. 18, were brought over to the Main branch this week. Simpson said the library would keep some children’s books and other items when the Children’s Library reopens in early 2008. Perhaps the most controversial part of the redesign is the relocation of Technical Services to the Downtown Branch.

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“The model that worked valiantly for years before doesn’t really work anymore.”
—Paula Simpson, library director
The library’s Technical Services division buys books, catalogs them and updates the library’s databases. According to Simpson, these tasks can be done anywhere, so Technical Services doesn’t have to be at the Main branch. But at a contentious Downtown Library meeting last month, some residents decried what they saw as an unfair annexation of about onefourth of their floor space. The Main Library plan will also aim to make routine library duties easier. It will move check-in from the large central desk to backroom staff areas in the hopes of reducing worker and volunteer injuries from carrying books long distances. The plan’s design is not yet finalized, Simpson said, but she thinks construction can begin in the early spring. She isn’t sure yet how disruptive the construction will be. ■ Editorial Intern Saqib Rahim can be reached at srahim@

In the Dec. 7 edition of the Weekly, the wrong photo was published alongside the name of the first-place winner, child division, of the Short Story contest. This is the correct photo of Wendy Wu, author of “The Stowaway.” To request a clarification or correction, call Marc Burkhardt, managing editor, at (650) 326-8210, or write to P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto 94302.

Virginia Blach, a longtime resident of Menlo Park, died Dec. 5. A funeral mass will be held Friday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m. at St. Raymond Catholic Church, 1211 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Memorial donations may be made to St. Raymond’s School Scholarship Fund, 1211 Arbor Road, Menlo Park, Ca 94025; or St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park. Henry “Hank” Rennick, a former longtime resident of Palo Alto, died Nov. 23. A memorial mass will be held Saturday, Dec. 10, at 1 p.m. at St. Pius Catholic Church, 1100 Woodside Road, Redwood City. Memorial donations may be made to the Good News Rescue Mission, 3100 Market St., Redding, CA 96001.
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Hourly workers voting on first-ever contract
Hourly workers for the City of Palo Alto, who unionized last year, are voting on their first-ever contract today. If the 180 workers approve the contract then the City Council will vote on the matter Monday night. The contract, negotiated with city management, includes a 4 percent pay raise — retroactive to July 1, 2005 — and some benefits. The workers currently receive no benefits and had last received a pay raise in 2002. The salary increase and benefits are estimated to cost the city $250,000. Proposed benefits include .03 hours of sick leave for every hour worked. The contract would also define an hourly worker as someone who works a minimum of 416 hours a year for the city. The workers perform many of the day-to-day tasks of the city, such as sorting books and teaching swim classes. Also on Monday, the council will vote on giving 206 non-unionized hourly workers a 4 percent pay raise, which would cost approximately $87,000. ■ —Bill D’Agostino

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High-density zoning reviewed Wednesday
A new zoning designation that would allow developers to build highdensity housing near Palo Alto’s California Avenue train station will be reviewed Wednesday night by the Planning and Transportation Commission. The city hopes the new zoning would lead residents in the housing developments to walk, bike or take the train. The commission and the Architectural Review Board preliminarily reviewed the guidelines for the proposed “Transit Oriented Development Combining District” this week. Property owners would be able to build up to 40 units per acre and up to 40 feet high under the new zoning, according to city staff. Those limits would increase to 50 units per acre and 50 feet high if property owners provided more below-market-rate units than the city requires. Owners of properties will have to apply for the new zoning, and it would be subject to City Council approval. Owners for properties on Park Boulevard and Page Mill Road have already applied for the zoning change; the commission will also review those projects on Wednesday. Next week’s commission meeting will be held Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers in City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). The proposal is scheduled to be voted on by the City Council in February. City staff is also proposing similar zoning for properties near downtown’s train station, to be reviewed at a future date. ■ —Bill D’Agostino

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School board to decide school sizes
Should Palo Alto’s public schools serve bigger student populations? District administrators believe so, but it will be up to school board members Tuesday night when they vote on a controversial plan to raise the enrollment caps at all 17 campuses. The district’s business manager Jerry Matranga, along with his staff, reviewed the schools’ capacities this fall as part of a year-long review of attendance boundaries. Their study, which involved visiting all the sites, interviewing faculty and measuring play space, revealed room for more students at each site. Specifically, each elementary and middle school can hold 50 more students and each high school 150 more teens, according to the report. Some board members said packing the students in is a risky move. “Originally, there were 22 elementary schools and these sites were designed for much smaller populations of students,” said Gail Price. Current population caps were set in 1999 and limit the number of students in elementary schools to 450, middle schools to 900 and high schools to 1,800. But over the last few years, the schools’ populations have become severely unbalanced. Some schools are far from reaching the cap, while others have gone over and some are close. ■ —Alexandria Rocha

Teacher back in court in January
After waving his right to a preliminary hearing last week, former Jordan Middle School teacher and coach Bill Giordano — who is charged with sexually molesting a student more than 12 years ago — will next appear in court Jan. 10, in which he’ll most likely enter a not guilty plea, said Karen Guidotti, a San Mateo County deputy district attorney. Details of Giordano’s case became scrambled after his Dec. 1 court appearance when his attorney William Stewart said his client had “admitted everything” to Menlo Park police after being arrested in August. Stewart recanted the statement after court, saying his client had only admitted to “contact” with the victim. He would not expand on what “contact” meant and has not returned calls from the Weekly. Giordano is now charged with 21 felony counts of sexual molestation and could face a maximum of 16 years and four months in prison. ■ —Alexandria Rocha
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Talks over school salaries put off to new year
Teachers work without contract while dispute over raises continues
by Alexandria Rocha fter three months of negotiations over a new contract, the Palo Alto school district and its teachers’ union last week agreed to defer further bargaining to January, thus dodging a complete impasse. The district’s 800 teachers have been working without a contract since July. At issue are rising health-care costs and a difference in opinion about how much property-tax revenue is available for salary increases. The teachers received a 2.23 percent increase last school year — their first raise in three years. Last week, the teachers overwhelmingly rejected the district’s offer for the one-year contract, deciding to “hold the line for a reasonable and fair settlement,” according to the union’s Web site. “We did a very rapid polling of our membership and there was a resounding ‘No,’” said Steve Sabbag, president of the Palo Alto Educators’ Association. The district offered a 2 percent raise retroactive to July, but the teachers have asked for 3.75 percent. The offer also promised that if the city’s property taxes are more than 7 percent higher than last year, the teachers would get 50 percent of the surplus. The teachers, however, have asked for 75 percent of the excess of property taxes over 5 percent. Because the Palo Alto Unified School District is a communityfunded system, its revenue — and budget — is largely contingent upon local property taxes. That means employee salaries are oftentimes up in the air until the county reports the district’s property-tax revenue at the end of each school year. Last year, the teachers negotiated a contract that included half of any property taxes above 5.1 percent.




The teachers ended up with a 2.23 percent raise because property taxes came in around 8 percent. It was the first raise the teachers had seen since 2002. “We bit our tongues and stomped and said, ‘That doesn’t feel right, but OK,’” Sabbag said. This year, property taxes are also the source of contention. While the teachers say the district is underestimating the amount of propertytax revenue it will receive, district officials say they have to be careful and plan for the future. “You can’t just say you don’t have the money because we have people who look at the books and say you do,” Sabbag said. “(We) can’t just say, ‘You’re right, you have to be cautious, and I’ll never get a raise.’” Some district officials say it’s not that simple. “I don’t think the district would be good stewards of public money if we didn’t consider the five- and 10-year model,” said Mandy Lowell, vice president of the Board of Education. “No one has a crystal ball, but I can tell you there will be ups and downs in property taxes.” The district, however, is negotiating in a slightly different climate this year with the passage of Measure A, an annual parcel tax voters approved in June that brings in about $9 million a year for teacher salaries and a district-wide classsize reduction program. Sabbag said this year’s negotiations are not affected dramatically by Measure A, since those additional funds are already earmarked to keep past salary increases afloat. Rising health-care costs, a nationwide issue, are complicating the negotiations. This year, the local district has agreed to absorb the increased costs for its classified employees and is expected to do the same for teachers. The increase is about $1,500

per employee this year, bringing the total cost for each person is $9,792. In 2001-2002, the cost was $5,680. Another union, representing the classified employees, has already ratified the compensation and benefits portion of its contract with the district. The 580 employees — who include bus drivers, janitors, and cafeteria servers, among many others without teaching certificates — negotiated a 1 percent raise retroactive to July and half of any property taxes above 5.5 percent. Once the teachers ratify their contract, the classified employees will get the same salary increase because of a “me-too” clause in their contract. Chuck McDonnell, the local union’s chapter president, said they were forced to agree to a contract early so they could meet open-enrollment deadlines for health-care coverage. The teachers didn’t have to come to an agreement earlier because they have a pot of money set aside to cover heath-care costs while they continue negotiating. Sabbag and Lowell have said the negotiation “bar” has been set because the classified employees’ union has already settled with the district. The school district’s new board members, Barbara Mitchell and Dana Tom — who were elected to take over for John Barton and Cathy Kroymann — will have their first regular board meeting Tuesday. The district’s negotiating team decided to defer negotiations until the new school-board members took office. Negotiations between the teachers and district will resume Jan. 4. All meetings are open to the public. For more information, visit or ■ Staff Writer Alexandria Rocha can be reached at arocha@


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Next week’s meeting highlights Barbara Mitchell and Dana Tom, who were elected last month to take over for John Barton and Cathy Kroymann, at their first meeting. The board will vote on a plan to increase the schools’ population capacities. Board members will also hear an update on demographic and enrollment data, which will be used in a year-long study of attendance boundaries. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the district office’s board room (25 Churchill Ave.). Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commission . . . The commission will review a new zoning designation, the transit-oriented development combining district, that would allow developers to build high-density housing near Palo Alto’s California Avenue train station. The commission will also review projects at 2785 Park Boulevard and 195 Page Mill Road. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14 in the Council Chambers in City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). ■
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Palo Alto City Council . . . The council will hold a study session with the Planning and Transportation Commission to hear recommendations from the Mayor’s Retail Attraction Committee . The council will vote on a new contract for the city’s temporary workers, a request from the police chief to apply for $100,000 in state funding to purchase new equipment, including $35,000 for video cameras for motorcycles, new zoning to allow auto dealers in manufacturing districts, the authorization for the city manager to negotiate with the school district to place a 2.5 million gallon well underneath Palo Alto High School, and a resolution in support of the creation of a U.S. Department of Peace. The study session will start at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 in the City Council Chambers of City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). The regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Palo Alto Unified School District . . . The Board of Education will welcome its two newest members,

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Alto and the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, among others. Environmentalists, who also fought the university tooth and nail over the GUP, are expected to again voice their opposition Tuesday. The report discloses that Stanford has increased its funding offers by nearly $6 million above earlier cost estimates of $5 million for the southern trail and $8 million for a San Mateo County trail, which Stanford refused to confirm or deny. According to the new report, Stanford has now offered $2.8 million to Portola Valley to fund trail construction and improvements to Alpine Road in its jurisdiction, in addition to $8.4 million to San Mateo County for a paved bike/pedestrian trail that runs along Alpine Road to its intersection with Arastradero Road at Rosotti’s Alpine Inn. It also has offered $1.05 million to Los Altos Hills to fund a trail link north — just above Highway 280 — along Arastradero Road to Page Mill Road and west toward Palo Alto’s Pearson Arastradero Preserve. Those commitments are in addition to an estimated $7 million cost of constructing the Page Mill trail west of Junipero Serra Boulevard to Deer Creek Road. A new design would split the trail into bike lanes heading south on Deer Creek Road and a hikers-only unpaved trail over the so-called Ramos horse ranch property between Deer Creek and I-280 — ending at where

Arastradero Road passes under 280. The $7 million is about $2 million higher than earlier estimates. Stanford also has spent “more than $500,000” on engineering drawings and cost estimates by the Brian-Kangas-Foulk (BKF) engineering firm, Stanford spokesman Larry Horton confirmed this week. And the costs will likely go higher — they are linked to a constructioncost index that tracks cost increases and inflation. Despite the cost, Horton said Thursday he believes the agreement with Santa Clara County “is a very fair resolution of something that has gone on for a long time.” He said if the agreement is approved by the supervisors, the Page Mill/Ramos Ranch trail (known as S1) “will be open within 12 months,” assuming all permits are approved. Stanford will issue formal offer letters to San Mateo County, Portola Valley and Los Altos Hills assuming the supervisors approve the trails plan. “I believe that when all this is finished that it will be seen by all who use it as a significant and positive recreational amenity,” Horton said. Under the agreement with Santa Clara County, Stanford has committed to leave the offer to San Mateo County and Portola Valley on the table for five years, with a possible extension of two additional years. Santa Clara County Manager Pete Kutras, who has taken a personal interest in the report, told the Weekly that if the northern trail is not approved within that time frame the

funds would revert to Stanford and the commitment would expire. Kutras had taken a helicopter tour of possible alternate routes for Alpine Road route (known as C-1) and had walked the area twice. “The risk is if any one of those jurisdictions (San Mateo County or Portola Valley) decide they don’t want to do the trail,” he said. In reaching the conclusion to follow Stanford’s preferences, Kutras said he and county planning officials “looked at a number of alternatives” in San Mateo County. “One was, for lack of a better word, too deep (into Stanford lands) and not agreeable to Stanford.” Another alternative would have put the trail too close to the small creek in some places, intruding on the riparian habitat and likely disqualifying it from getting approvals by environmental regulatory agencies, Kutras said. Kutras said he believes the route does qualify as a connector trail despite its close proximity to Alpine Road — parts of which may have to be rebuilt to accommodate the trail and shore up two areas where the creek threatens to undermine the road. Horton said the trail link would be cantilevered out over the creek in some areas. Residents of an small neighborhood between Alpine Road and the creek have voiced intense opposition to the Alpine Road alignment, and at one point filed a lawsuit against it. ■ Editor Jay Thorwaldson can be reached at jthorwaldson

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enough. Adam Atito, a member of the city’s Human Relations Commission, said he wanted the cameras to be recording 24/7 “so the community will know what’s going on all the time.” The police chief, though, said that would not be tenable, especially since the cameras would frequently record nothing of interest. “It would definitely increase the cost,” Johnson said. “It just doesn’t make sense.” The department spent the last few weeks test-driving the technology, from Kustom Signals Inc., finding and fixing bugs. During this reporter’s ride-along with Perron on Wednesday, there was one significant glitch — the unit lost audio for about five to 10 seconds. The driver was also occasionally hard to hear. (Perron, who’s been training Palo Alto officers to use the equipment, said they might have to tell some suspects to speak up.) Otherwise, the technology worked — the image was sharp and the audio was mostly clear. When Perron

turned on the car’s flashing emergency lights, the device automatically saved the previous 30 seconds of digital video, then continued recording. (Technically, the cameras are recording all the time but only begin writing permanently to the hard drive 30 seconds before the emergency lights are turned on, an officer turns the cameras on or the car gets into a crash.) The 40-gigabyte hard drive storing the sound and images is kept in the car’s trunk. It is indestructible, Perron said, emphasizing the point by suddenly dropping one onto the concrete floor of the police department’s garage. Each drive holds 16 hours of video, and the information gets imported into a large server at the end of each officer’s 11-hour shift. The cameras are simple to use, Perron said. “If anybody can turn on their VCR — not program, just turn it on — they can use this.” But, Perron added, they have the possibility of changing how officers do business. For instance, he said if he were to find heroin in a suspect’s car during a traffic stop, he’d hold it up to the camera, in essence showing it to a future jury. The agent also said tenance of the parks. One advised having the city set aside a small pot of money for emergency repairs. Recently, the city had to rely on such funds to make unanticipated repairs at two of its parks: Mitchell Park, where a tree fell on a playground and injured park-goers, and Peers Park, where the wooden play structure has been rotting. The work at Peers Park had still

the cameras provide instant feedback. An officer can watch a video from when a suspect starting running away, and notice clues he missed for next time. “This (the camera) is going to be as indispensable a tool as this was 75 years ago,” Perron said, tapping on the car radio. The cameras, Perron also predicted, would have helped the city get swifter resolution to a controversial incident in 2003 when two officers beat a black driver. The two officers, Michael Kan and Craig Lee, went to trial earlier this year; a hung jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict about whether the beating was legally justified. The officers are now back to work. That incident motivated the city to purchase the new equipment. The police chief said she had long been a fan, saying other agencies find they reduce lawsuits and cut down on overtime costs. “I just think that they can be very beneficial in many regards,” Johnson said. ■ Staff Writer Bill D’Agostino can be e-mailed at bdagostino@ not been done as of this week, and children were continuing to play on the damaged structure, despite it being taped off. “Kids cross tape; they think its fun,” Erickson said, expressing concern for their safety. “It’s something else to play with.” ■ Staff Writer Bill D’Agostino can be e-mailed at bdagostino

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the winter soccer season, though, some of the fields suffer greater wear and tear, James said. “The holes in front of the goal — once they start you can’t stop them,” he said. The auditor’s new report listed 22 recommendations to improve main-

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A weekly guide to music, theater, art, movies and more, edited by Rebecca Wallace
The crowd laughs it up at the proudto-be-a-dive bar Ron’s Farmhouse in Mountain View, which hosts comedy nights on Fridays.

Stand and deliver
Comedians find community in small local venues
by Liz Scott ■ photographs by Norber t von der Groeben

an Jose and San Francisco may have the big comedy clubs, but there’s something to be said for the more intimate venues of the Midpeninsula.


According to Daymon Ferguson, a comedian who aspires to become an exlawyer, “You get to see some stuff that you’re not going to find at your more commercial clubs.”
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Center: Who needs a real bridge? Justin McClure takes on the more intimate Midpeninsula comedy scene at Ron’s. Left: McClure and his mike.

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Lynn Ruth Miller, a 72-year-old comedian from Pacifica, pelts the crowd at Ron’s Farmhouse with bras.

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Stuff like 72-year-old Pacifica comedian Lynn Ruth Miller singing about feminism to the Sex Pistols’ “Anarchy” and throwing bras into the crowd. And the fact that the smaller local rooms tend to have no cover charges or drink minimums on comedy nights. Although Palo Alto and Mountain View aren’t home to any official comedy clubs, some bars regularly host comedy nights. There’s Friday’s “Comedy Rehab Showcase” at the proud-to-be-a-dive-bar Ron’s Farmhouse in Mountain View, as well as “Rudy’s Comedy Jam” on Wednesdays at Rudy’s Pub in Palo Alto, and Monday comedy nights at The Rose & Crown pub in Palo Alto. Ferguson says all tend to foster more of a sense of camaraderie among comics, rather than competition. “In a lot of places like L.A. and New York, the comedy scene is very confrontational. You’re all for yourself, whereas here we don’t really have that,” he said. “We have a community of comedians.” Mountain View comedian Erikka Innes, who appears at The Rose & Crown and sometimes hosts openmike nights at Ron’s, says audiences are friendly around here as well. Crowds can range from a dozen to a packed house of fiftyplus. “You see a bunch of regulars every Monday that are there for the comedy,” said Innes, who works as a technical writer by day. “They’ll come up to you and say, ‘Wow, that one was new.’” Local venues host a variety of funny folks, including national

headliners, people trained at the San Francisco Comedy College and amateurs taking part in openmike nights. And each comic has a distinctive style: some get worked up about politics and current events, while others focus on their own lives. Ferguson, for instance, often centers his jokes on his experiences buying a house in the South Bay, a subject near and dear to many of his fans’ hearts. In his view, stand-up comedy in this area is thriving these days. “Comedy seems to do well in Republican administrations,” he said. “Read into that what you will.” ■

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Lynn Ruth Miller takes on the audience at Ron’s. Photograph by Norbert von der Groeben.

What: Local stand-up comedy nights at Ron’s Farmhouse, Rudy’s Pub and The Rose & Crown. Where: Ron’s is at 2026 W. El Camino Real in Mountain View; Rudy’s, 117 University Ave. in Palo Alto; and The Rose & Crown, 547 Emerson St. in Palo Alto. When: Fridays at 8 p.m. at Ron’s, Mondays at 10 p.m. at Rudy’s, and Mondays at 9 p.m. at The Rose & Crown. Cost: Comedy nights are typically free. Info: Call (650) 961-1149 for Ron’s, (650) 329-0922 for Rudy’s and (650) 327-7673 for The Rose & Crown.

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Jackson Davis, a TheatreWorks regular, is phenomenal as the Baker; he brings depth and maturity to a complex role. Robert Brewer has graced local stages in many roles, but he’s perfect for Jack, with a youthful swagger and deceptively innocent good looks. Dual princes Patrick Leveque and Michael Hunsaker are appropriately hunky, with honeyed voices and hysterical, balletic leaps. Their duets are terrific highlights. Christiane Noll is a revelation as the Baker’s Wife. Her voice, her expressiveness, and her comic ability all combine in a brilliant, flawless performance. Thursday Farrar, as the Witch, casts a spell over the audience from her first hiss, demonstrating terrific range. What a delight when she is transformed. Cristin Boyle is a fluttery, vulnerable Cinderella, determined but wistful, eager but weary, with a beautiful lyric soprano. Regional veteran Maureen McVerry entirely inhabits the role of Jack’s Mother with charming, motherly venom. Little Red Riding Hood transitions from spoiled brat to thoughtful adolescent quite believably in the capable talent of Courtney Stokes, an experienced and exceptional young performer who clearly has a great future in store. Bill Olson almost steals the show as the mournful but surprisingly sprightly cow; the physicality he brings to the role is remarkable. Cinderella’s mother and stepsisters are given full treatment by three fabulous actresses, Suzanne Grodner, Alison Ewing, and C. Kelly Wright, all of whom have been praiseworthy in previous TheatreWorks productions. Here they shine brightly with comic vigor and first-rate voices. Tielle Baker, Martin Rojas-Dietrich, Kristen Sharpley, Gary S. Martinez and Kristin Stokes round out the ensemble with wonderful talent and energy. There isn’t a weak link among them. Take this outstanding cast and put them on J.B. Wilson’s lovely, evocative and occasionally amusing set, dress them in Jill C. Bowers’ spot-on costumes, and support them with the expert musical direction of local star William Liberatore, and you have a recipe for greatness, a memorable production the likes of which may not be seen again for a long while. It’s only in town five weeks. Treat yourself for the holidays. ■

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TheatreWorks’ revival features talented ensemble


by Jeanie Forte nce in a blue moon, a production comes along in which every element fits together perfectly, and you’re drawn in from start to finish. You leave the theater with a feeling of supreme satisfaction, having witnessed true magic in the alchemy of live performance. TheatreWorks’ current production of “Into the Woods” is such a show. rousing Act One finale, “Ever After,” Stephen Sondheim’s enchanting has the glow of broken spells and music and lyrics are brought to life gratified wishes. And that’s the fairywith superb staging and a talented tale ending — “they all lived happily cast. This is Robert Kelley and his ever after.” production team at their finest, and Act Two takes us beyond the fairythat’s saying a lot. tale, into the sobering depths of the Those not familiar with “Into the “ever after” woods, where children Woods” will find this a great produc- must grow up and adults must take retion for first viewing, full of charm sponsibility for their actions, where and sophistication. Theater-goers who life is not neat or tidy or predictable, have seen it already, even many times and death is real. Sondheim’s vision is before, will fall in love with it all over quite dark at times, but ultimately upagain. People who are lukewarm lifting — it’s his own particular brand about live theater will become con- of reassurance and hope amidst what verts. It’s that good. can be a bewildering and threatening “Into the Woods” plays out in two world. distinct halves, like twin sides of a The cast includes local favorites coin. The first half takes familiar and outstanding imports — casting fairytale elements and characters — a director Leslie Martinson deserves childless Baker and his Wife, a Little kudos along with director Kelley for Red Riding Hood, a poor boy named putting together an amazing ensemJack, a hapless Cinderella, and a ble. Longtime crowd-pleaser Francis crafty Witch — and stirs them to- Jue is back, in excellent form as the gether, concocting a heady potion of wise Narrator, and James Monroe desire, daring and deviousness. Iglehart prances and growls as the deAs the characters contrive schemes liciously evil Wolf. Both these popufor fulfilling their innermost yearn- lar performers are a delight to watch. ings, they discover to what lengths Iglehart also struts his stuff later in they are willing to go in order to suc- the show as the no-nonsense Stewceed. They learn about life, about ard, and Jue also choreographed, with themselves, about their mates. The admirable restraint.

What: “Into the Woods,” music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine, presented by TheatreWorks Where: At the Lucie Stern Theatre at 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto When: Through Jan. 7, with 7:30 p.m. shows Tuesdays, 8 p.m. shows Wednesday through Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. shows Saturdays (no matinee Dec. 10), and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. shows on Sundays. No performances Dec. 24, 25, 27, and Jan. 3. Cost: Tickets range from $20 to $54. Info: Call (650) 903-6000 or go to

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Hunter, prey and artist
Complex Stanford exhibit finds grief, resilience, and even humor in hunting
by Rebecca Wallace hat would you expect from an art exhibit about hunting? Passionate pleas to stop the killing? Splashes of red paint? The results are far more subtle — and intricate — in “When the Hunter Gathers,” an exhibit at Stanford University’s department of art and art history. With mixed emotions, artist Mary Tsiongas mines the complexities of hunting, finding grief, resilience, a love of the wilderness and even humor. “I never wanted it to be a judgment on either side,” Tsiongas said. In one digital video piece, “Reawakening,” a hand smoothes the gray fur on an animal, as though stroking a pet cat. But there’s a sign next to the screen reading “Please touch hand.” When the hand is touched, it moves away, revealing a hole in the animal. In another, “Compulsion to Repeat,” speeded-up scenes rush through gory moments of taxidermists working with dead animals. And then the video becomes slow motion, and close-ups show human hands moving gently, almost caringly, over furry heads and bodies. A small taxidermy mannequin, pale and hairless, is seated in front of the screen watching the video. The works can provoke strong emotion, and Tsiongas said the process of creating them often caused her grief. The feeling was not just for the animals, but also for a way of life. Hunting is less common nowadays — and so is a strong human connection with the wilderness, she said. Disappearing hunting grounds also mean disappearing pristine lands. “Hunters are among the few people who have maintained an intimacy with the diminishing wilderness,” Tsiongas wrote in a statement posted with her work in the elegant, pocket-sized Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery. It would probably be odd if Tsiongas’ digital videos, sculptures, light boxes and photography didn’t show some mixed feelings on the matter of


hunting. A former Bay Area resident who is now an assistant professor in electronic arts at the University of New Mexico, she has environmentalist leanings. But her connections to hunting run deep. Tsiongas spent her early childhood in rural Greece, where her grandfather and father often brought home the fruits of their hunting for pelts or for the dinner table. Tsiongas’ grandfather spoke of tracking the animals, admiring their cunning. He also respected such rules as the prohibition on hunting deer, she said, recounting one story: One day her grandfather heard gunshots and a deer ran right into his arms. After a startled moment, the animal bolted away. When other hunters ran up asking whether he had seen the deer, he lied and said he hadn’t. “It was a magical story that stayed with me for years,” Tsiongas said. An interest in hunting also remained, and about four years ago she began interviewing other hunters. She was surprised to find many championing the environment. They wanted to be able to keep hunting animals in their natural habitat. On the Internet and in hunting videos she found scenes “of seeming tenderness” alongside images of triumph. Many are in her digital video work: there are hunters “cradling” the heads of their dead, as well as others raising them for trophy shots, she said. In another digital video, “Shoot,” Tsiongas fires arrows directly into the camera. Cars rush by, and occasionally an arrow makes a loud thwack as it hits home. The piece could be chilling, but it is more complex than just hunter and prey, said Gail Wight, an assistant professor in studio art at Stanford. “She looks so vulnerable shooting,” Wight said. “She’s not quite taking aim and shooting in that classic confident pose of an archer. She has a student’s pose.” Wight, who is on the gallery committee and has known Tsiongas for

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In “Hind Sight,” a taxidermy mannequin of a deer can be seen as ghostly and vulnerable. Or it can portray a message of survival, artist Mary Tisongas says: after all, the arrows have missed it.

hopeful note. Called “Hind Sight,” it’s a foam taxidermy mannequin of a deer drinking from a black pond studded with arrows. To some, the deer seems ghostly and exposed, especially since the mannequin has no fur, tail or ears. The artist, though, sees a moment in time just after the arrows were fired, just before the deer runs off. “It’s invincible,” she said of the deer. “There’s a shower of arrows, but they’ve completely missed it.” ■

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In these photos, Mary Tsiongas has mingled her own face with that of a coyote and a bighorn sheep, bringing human and animal remarkably close together.

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many years, said her work was chosen for a Stanford exhibit partly because it complements art classes being taught. Current topics include digital arts and video, and Wight will teach a class on art and biology in the spring. Wight found herself moved to tears by the photography in “When the Hunter Gathers.” Each of the four images combines a photo of Tsiongas with one of a commonly hunted animal. The photos are interwoven to create concentric circles that look like targets.

“They talk about placing kinship in a target mentality,” Wight said. “You are a target, and you’re killing something that you identify with so closely.” Tsiongas, though, said she also finds the pieces funny. In the photos she’s trying to mimic the facial expressions of the animals, from coy coyote to proud bighorn sheep. Viewers look long and hard to see where the animal ends and the human begins. Tsiongas also believes the piece in the center of the exhibit has a

What: “When the Hunter Gathers,” an exhibit of works by Mary Tsiongas Where: Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery, 419 Lasuen Mall, Stanford University When: Through Dec. 15. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Cost: Free. Info: Call (650) 723-3404 or go to

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‘The Nutcracker’
After training at Western Ballet since she was four, Alison Share, 17, is debuting as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Mountain View company’s production of “The Nutcracker.” Shows are this weekend at 7 p.m. on Friday and at 1 and 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St. Tickets are $22.50 for adults and $18.50 for children and seniors. There will also be two special events at the center. At 3 p.m. on Saturday, fans can join a Sweet Tea Party with the Sugar Plum Fairy and her court. Tickets are $7. At 3 p.m. on Sunday, there’s a free gathering for kids to meet the costumed characters after the show. Call (650) 903-6000.

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Singing in your car is one thing; trilling the high notes in Handel’s “Messiah” under the direction of a conductor is quite another. Folks have the chance to do the latter on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St., in company with the Mountain View choral group Schola Cantorum and the Redwood Symphony Chamber Orchestra. Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. At 8 p.m. this Saturday, Schola Cantorum also puts on its “Christmas Garland” concert, with works including Wendell Whalum’s “Betlehemu.” Tickets are $22 for adults and $18 for seniors and students, and the performance is at the First United Methodist Church at 625 Hamilton Ave. in Palo Alto. Call (650) 254-1700.

Holiday concerts
Seasonal music is also on offer by the Palo Alto-based Aurora Singers, who are holding holiday concerts at 2 p.m. Saturday at Little House, 800 Middle Ave. in Menlo Park, and at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road. Works will include “The Holidays Are Here,” which was written by chorus director Dawn Reyen, and carols from various lands. The Menlo Park concert is a benefit for Little House’s arts programs; tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. For the Palo Alto concert, there is a suggested donation of $9 general and $7 for seniors and students. Go to

The Cat in the Hat and other lively favorites take the stage as “Seussical, The Musical” opens this Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre at 1305 Middlefield Road. Music is by Stephen Flaherty, with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and book by Ahrens and Flaherty. The whole shebang, of course, is based on the immortal works of children’s author Dr. Seuss. The show runs through Dec. 17, with Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children. Call (650) 463-4970.

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grilled ahi tuna ($17.95), which came with a roasted pineapplepomegranate salsa. She explained that the fish was cooked just as she prefers it — simply seared on either side. We should have taken her literally, because instead of having the purplish inner hue we expected, the thick fillet was virtually uncooked on the inside. Too bad, since it was a nice piece of sushi-grade tuna and the salsa was zesty. We enjoyed the coconut-crusted shrimp ($14.99), which was served with an orange-ginger dip. The shrimp came butterflied with the tails on. Its crispy light-brown crust only hinted at the coconut base. Served on the side, the dip is appropriately described as a “glaze,” due to its marmalade-like consistency and fruitiness. The various textures, temperatures and tastes marry well together. I can’t remember the last time I ordered trout, but heeded our waiter’s advice. He was right. The Southern pecan-crusted rainbow trout ($14.99) was filleted and lightly fried with a slight nutty crunchiness, and came smothered in a brown sugar bourbon butter sauce that was rich, sweet and a little naughty. Served with saffron rice, it was immensely satisfying. The real Roadhouse treasure lies in the middle panel of the menu, where burgers and steaks are listed. The burgers ($5.99, add $1 for cheese) are just as you hoped: Quality meat well seasoned, with a warm bun and stack of lettuce, tomato and onions to freshen it up. Similarly, the chef didn’t get too artsy with our 8-ounce filet mignon ($18.99). If he used any spice, it wasn’t more daring than a pinch of salt and pepper. Otherwise the cut spoke for itself: cooked to a perfect medium — pink and juicy on the inside with grill lines of smoky char on the outside. It literally melted in my mouth. Of everything we tried, this was the most memorable experience. And the least was the red currylemongrass shrimp ($14.99). It was listed on the menu as a pasta dish, so we were puzzled to discover that the “vegetable pasta” was in fact julienne strips of carrot and eggplant mixed with shrimp, mushrooms and tomatoes in a watery broth that didn’t deliver its advertised curry flavor. Call me provincial, but when I order pasta I expect to bite into some semolina. Glad I left room for dessert. The chocolate-lovers’-only ganache ($4.99) was two hefty slices of dense semi-sweet cake with thick ribbons of sweet chocolate arranged over a colorful strawberry reduction. The fresh apple tarte ($4.99) was more of a pie, but we won’t complain. The slice was oversized and the crust thick and sugary. A mound of whipped cream on top and heavy cream underneath nicely sandwiched the tart caramelized apple slices. We were informed that the whitechocolate crème brûlée ($4.99) was actually more of a flan. Apparently, the fire marshal wouldn’t allow them to fire up the requisite blowtorch used to caramelize the sugar topping. So the chef punted and produced what is actually a very nice, though somewhat indescribable, alternative with a tasty chocolate pudding on top. However, the fresh strawberry shortcake ($4.99) flopped, because the Roadhouse substituted a biscuit for the typically sweet and moist shortcake. That’s right, the dry kind that comes with gravy. Hey, guys, the dish is called “shortcake” for a good reason. It comes with shortcake. But these folks deserve more slack than that. The California Roadhouse brims with promise. Service was fantastic, and for every disappointing dish we found many that we loved. More importantly, Mountain View has long needed a place where you can get a great steak and baked potato at a good price. Now it has one. ■
Brian Connelly

Waitress Diane Hughey, one of California Roadhouse’s amiable staff members, is kept busy bringing a variety of dishes to customers.

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California Roadhouse fills a need in Mountain View: a great steak and baked potato for a good price
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or many months, workers were seen inside the ground-floor space of a building erected where the old Mountain View City Hall used to be, at the southeast corner of Castro and California streets. As the interior was slowly being transformed, passersby were apt to wonder, “What the heck’s going on in there, anyway?” The answer came last September, during the bustling Art & Wine Festival weekend, when the lights finally came on at the new California Roadhouse. To this day, many pioneering patrons, including us, are dining there out of sheer curiosity. On a recent trip to the Roadhouse, we were quickly seated by amiable staff members. A bucket brimming with salted peanuts in the shell was sitting on our table. Ice water arrived with soft butter and warm home-

baked rolls that were lightly glazed and creamy inside. Noshing on all those free and filling eats, we began to feel satiated before studying the menu. Slow down, buster. We first sampled appetizers, including a decadent deep-fried blooming onion flower with a buttermilk batter accompanied by a cool ranch dip ($5.99). Our rich Maryland-style crab cakes ($9.99) were delightfully heavy on the blue crab meat and light on the Saltine filler, served atop squiggles of red pepper and roasted garlic aioli alongside field greens in balsamic vinegar. The Parmesan fried artichoke hearts ($6.99) were crispy on the outside, velvety on the inside, and heavenly with a dollop of roasted garlic aioli. Not all of the appetizers rated as highly. New Orleans BBQ shrimp ($7.99) arrived in the shell served
Hahn’s Hibachi, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto (650) 323-2555 Many of the supposedly Korean dishes served here are really American fare. Hahn’s boasts 15 two-seat tables on the inside and three cafe-style tables out front. Simple yet classy atmosphere. Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.Sat. 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Sun. 5-9:30 p.m. $$ (Reviewed December 6, 2002) Half Moon Bay Brewing Co., 390 Capistrano Ave., Princeton-by-the-Sea (650) 7282739 Home of perhaps the best outdoor

atop garlic sourdough toast in a tangy Tabasco butter sauce. After peeling a couple of them, my fingers were so gooey and sticky that I had to wash up before the entree arrived. It would be nice if the shrimp were served peeled in that scrumptious sauce. Roadhouse entrées range from baffling to sublime. Most (except for pasta dishes) come with a choice of sides, and we recommend the corn on the cob, saffron rice, and red smashed potato. Soup is also available as a side and we enjoyed the du jour, a rich beef variety that hit the spot on that cold night. The meat was tender on-the-ovenroasted Danish baby back ribs ($13.99 half rack/$18.90 full), and our half-rack portion was plentiful. It was topped with diced green onions and slathered in a thick barbecue sauce, which we found overly sweet and sticky. I prefer drier ribs with a sauce that drips off the meat rather than clings to it. Our waitress recommended the

California Roadhouse, 401 Castro St., Mountain View. (650) 254-8981 Hours: Open seven days a week, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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patio in all of Half Moon Bay, this microbrew always has a crowd waiting to get in, especially for the wonderful handcrafted beers. A seafood-based menu goes beyond typical pub grub, including terrific fish tacos. Daily 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. $$ (Reviewed July 27, 2001) Hangen Szechuan Restaurant, 134 Castro St., Mountain View (650) 964-8881 This simple restaurant features some of the best Chinese food for the price in Mountain View. Among the house specialties are General

Tso’s Chicken, kung pao scallops with peanuts in a spicy brown sauce and prawns in walnut cream sauce. Lunch, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily; Dinner, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily $$ (Reviewed September 30, 2005) Homma’s Brown Rice Sushi, 2363-B Birch St., Palo Alto (650) 327-6118 Natural sushi with brown rice, vegetarian sushi. Homma’s Brown Rice Sushi has the feel of a hidden secret that only savvy locals know about. No-frills, self-service. A must for the health-conscious. Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-

2:30 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.; Sat. noon-2:30 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. $$ (Reviewed June 16, 2000) Hunan Garden, 3345 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (650) 565-8868 Opened in 1998, it may well be the prettiest Chinese restaurant on the Peninsula. The kicker is: the food is just as delightful. Look for Chinese-American classics and more sophisticated Chinese fare. Daily 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-9:30 p.m. $$ (Reviewed October 9,

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Oregano’s 941-3600 4546 El Camino, Los Altos Gourmet Pasta, Pizza. Banquet Rooms Spalti Ristorante 327-9390 417 California Ave, Palo Alto Exquisite Food • Outdoor Dining Trattoria Buon Gusto 328-2778 651 Maloney Lane, Menlo Park Sicilian Menu • Family owned

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Fiesta Del Mar 965-9354 1006 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View Mexican Cuisine & Cantina Fiesta Del Mar Too 967-3525 735 Villa Street, Mountain View Open Weeknites to 11pm, Weekends to 12pm Palo Alto Sol 328-8840 408 California Ave, Palo Alto Huge menu • Homestyle Recipes

Armadillo Willy’s 941-2922 1031 N. San Antonio Rd., Los Altos Range: $5.00-13.00 The Duck Club 322-1234 100 El Camino Real in the Stanford Park Hotel, Menlo Park. American Regional cuisine Henry’s Prime Steakhouse 323-7600 888 El Camino Real, Menlo Park Great Steaks New Menu Prime and Niman Ranch Steaks Hobee’s 856-6124 4224 El Camino Real, Palo Alto Also at Town & Country Village, Palo Alto 327-4111

New Tung Kee Noodle House 520 Showers Dr., MV in San Antonio Ctr. Voted MV Voice Best ‘01, ‘02, ‘03 & ‘04 Prices start at $3.75 See Coupon 947-8888 Fandango Pizza 494-2928 3407 Alma, Palo Alto Live Bluegrass Music Pizza My Heart 327-9400 220 University Ave., Palo Alto Range: $1.50-16.50 Pizza Chicago 424-9400 4115 El Camino Real, Palo Alto This IS the best pizza in town Ramona’s Pizza 322-2181 2313 Birch St., Palo Alto Free Delivery • N.Y. Hand-Spun Pizza

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Chef Chu’s (650) 948-2696 1067 N. San Antonio Road on the corner of El Camino, Los Altos 2002 Zagat: “Gold Standard in Fresh Chinese Cuisine.” Jing Jing 328-6885 443 Emerson St., Palo Alto Spicy Szechwan, Hunan, Food To Go, Delivery

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YOSEMITE-BOUND . . . Jesse Cool, proprietor of the Flea Street Café and jZ Cool Eatery in Menlo Park and the Cool Café at Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center, has big plans for Jan. 31 through Feb. 2. As part of the “Chefs’ Holidays” program, she’ll be guest chef at The Ahwahnee restaurant in Yosemite. The program includes a reception, kitchen tours, cooking demonstrations and a fivecourse gala dinner. Reservations can be made by calling The Ahwahnee at (559) 253-5635.
a healthful sensibility, with food simply and respectfully treated. The cafe has a breezy, eat-in-or-takeout approach and specializes in cold salads and desserts. Mon. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tue.-Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $ (Reviewed February 18, 2000) Kamei Japanese House, 240 Castro St., Mountain View (650) 964-6990 Kamei has a large menu that goes beyond the usual teriyaki, tempura and sushi, and is one of the few Japanese restaurants in the Bay Area that features “robata” cuisine, or Japan’s version of barbecue. Lunch Mon.Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Sat. noon-3 p.m. Dinner Mon.-Thu., Sun. 5-10 p.m.; Sat. 511 p.m. $ (Reviewed April 28, 1995) Kan Zeman, 274 University Ave., Palo Alto (650) 328-5245 Features a unique menu of Middle Eastern Mediterranean cuisine with dishes that focus around the culinary traditions of Jordan, Israel, Lebanon and Syria. Mon.-Sun. breakfast 6 a.m.-2 p.m.; Mon.-Sun. lunch 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tue.-Sun. dinner 5-10 p.m. (closed Monday for dinner). $$ (Reviewed February 14, 2002) Kincaid’s Bayhouse, 60 Bayview Place, Burlingame (650) 342-9844 This is the place to watch planes on approach to land at SFO and is also a perfect place to take visitors or conduct business. The large, varied menu is full of fresh fish dishes, even some more unusual ones, such as Hawaiian tombo (albacore tuna). Spicy Bloody Marys are also a specialty here Lunch Mon.Fri. 11:30-2:30 p.m.; Dinner Mon.-Thu. 510 p.m., Fri. 5-10:30 p.m., Sat. 4:30-10:30 p.m., Sun. 4:30-10 p.m. $$-$$$ (Reviewed July 27, 2001) Kirk’s Steakburgers, 76 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto (650) 326-6159 Kirk’s is reminiscent of an old ‘50s diner and consid-

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1998) Iberia, 1026 Alma St., Menlo Park (650) 325-8981 Spanish classic at a relocated site, now in Menlo Park. Menu is dominated by olives, seafood, garlic, and tomatoes. Also known for its authentic Spanish tapas. Mon.-Fri. noon-2 p.m.; Mon.-Sun. 5:30-10 p.m. $$$$ (Reviewed November 3, 2000) Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana, 520 Cowper St., Palo Alto (650) 853-3888 Il Fornaio serves outstanding Italian fare — homemade pastas and grilled meats shine. Excellent wine list. Popular breakfast with the corporate and dot-com crowd. Fabulous outdoor courtyard. Weekend brunch is a great way to start the day. Reservations recommended. Mon.-Thu. 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri. 7 a.m.-midnight; Sat. 8 a.m.-midnight; Sun. 8 a.m.-11 p.m. $$$-$$$$ (Reviewed August 29, 2003) In-N-Out Burger, 1159 N. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View (800) 786-1000 Like its L.A. homeland, there is so much hype surrounding In-N-Out Burger that it would be tough to live up to expectations. It’s burgers, fries, shakes. Sun.-Thu. 10:30 a.m.-1 a.m. ; Fri.-Sat. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m. $ (Reviewed June 26, 1998) Izzy’s Brooklyn Bagels, 477 S. California St., Palo Alto (650) 329-0700 Authentic bagels - boiled not steamed - in 17 varieties, spreads and more served at this kosher bagel shop. Lunch choices include pizza, salad and bagel sandwiches. Mon.Fri. 6 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat. 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sun. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. $ (Reviewed December 22, 2000) Janta Indian Cuisine, 369 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto (650) 462-5903 Tandoori specialties, lamb, chicken, seafood and vegetarian dishes. This family-owned restaurant cooks everything from scratch and provides attentive service. Small and cozy. Monday through Friday for lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Also open Saturday for lunch, noon to 2:30 p.m. Open every day for dinner, 5 to 10 p.m. $$$ (Reviewed September 23, 2005) Jidaiya, 330 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto (650) 325-2696 This authentic sushi bar offers solid, reasonably priced food and the ambiance is always festive, bordering on frenetic. Recommended are the vegetable tempura, spicy tuna roll, hamachi negi and miso soup. Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. $$ (Reviewed May 5, 2000) John Bentley’s, 2991 Woodside Road, Woodside (650) 851-4988 Elegant, intimate dining in Woodside’s original old firehouse; contemporary American menu with lots of surprises. Reservations recommended. Lunch Monday - Friday 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Bar menu Monday - Friday 2 - 4 p.m.; Dinner Monday - Thursday 5-9 p.m.; Friday - Saturday 5 - 9:30 p.m. $$$$ (Reviewed September 17, 2004) Juban, 712 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park (650) 473-6458 Grills are built into each tabletop and the waitstaff is more than happy to let you know how long to grill the chicken and where best to place the scallops on the heat. Mon.-Thu. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. 5-9:30 p.m. $$$ (Reviewed June 19, 1998) jZcool, 827 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park (650) 325-3665 The cooking style reflects

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ered by many to be the best burger in town. Don’t go without trying the fries and a shake. Sun.-Thu.11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. $$-$$ (Reviewed January 3, 2003) Krispy Kreme Donuts, 2146 Leghorn St., Mountain View (650) 254-1231 Who can resist the hot, sugar glazed doughnuts coming off Krispy Kreme’s production line? It’s a good thing they can pump out 3000 doughnuts an hour. Sun.-Thu. 5:30 a.m.midnight; Fri.-Sat. 5:30 a.m.-1 a.m.; Drivethru open 24 hours daily. $ (Reviewed September 22, 2000) Krung Siam Thai Cuisine , 423 University Ave., Palo Alto (650) 322-5900 A touch of idiosyncratic charm pervades the place, where patrons enjoy lively, informal Thai dining in a simple, appealing setting. There are all of the Thai menu regulars, plus some exotics like Angel Wings and Heart Girl. Lunch Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dinner daily 5-10 p.m. $$ (Reviewed November 27, 1998) La Fiesta, 240 Villa St., Mountain View (650) 968-1364 Classic Mexican cuisine at fair prices makes La Fiesta a favorite among locals. Also features 100 percent blue agave tequila margaritas (the best you can get). Most popular during the lunch hour, and dinners most weeknights , but brunch is a winner too. Lunch Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner Mon.-Thu. 5-9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 510 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $ (Reviewed August 30, 2001) La Gondola Ristorante, 242 State St., Los Altos (650) 941-7702 The storefront dining room manages to be simultaneously romantic and comfortable. Big booths can accommodate the whole family, and even little kids will find a warm reception. Straightforward pastas and familiar veal dishes seem to be the kitchen’s strongsuit. Lunch Mon.Sat. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dinner daily 59:30 p.m. $$ (Reviewed January 28, 2000) La Morenita, 800 Emerson St., Palo Alto (650) 329-1727 La Morenita is a casual Mexican restaurant that welcomes its diners with heaping plates of good food. Lunch and dinner specials are a good value for the money. Mon.-Wed. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Thu.Fri. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. $$ (Reviewed April 30, 2004) Ladera Country Deli, 3140 Alpine Road, Portola Valley (650) 851-4254 You’ll find a dizzying array of freshly made salads, sandwiches and soups at this epitome of a neighborhood deli. Roast beef and turkey are roasted daily; salad selections change seasonly. Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $ (Reviewed November 17, 2000) Lakeside Cafe, 3160 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View (650) 965-1745 Lakeside Cafe offers waterfront dining for breakfast and lunch — watch the sailboats and wind surfers skim across the dark water from prime seats in the sun or shade, while enjoying a glass of wine or a sandwhich. Mon.-Fri.: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun.: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $ (Reviewed September 5, 2003) Lavanda, 185 University Ave., Palo Alto (650) 321-3514 Mediterranean cuisine is prepared at Lavanda using Italian cooking methods. Small plates reign, as do homemade pastas, along with a 700-bottle and 25-plus glass selection of wine. Riedel stemware is used, appropriate to each varietal. Thursday-night tasting events. Mon.Thu. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-10 p.m.; Fri. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-11 p.m.; Sat. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 5-9 p.m. $$$ (Reviewed September 6, 2002) Le Boulanger, 2225 Broadway St. , Redwood City (650) 568-9395 This mini chain combo of bakery and cafe serves pastries and coffee, as well as a more substantial menu of salads, sandwiches and pizzas for lunch or dinner. Daily 7 a.m.-4 p.m. $ (Reviewed April 19, 2001) Le Boulanger, 720 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park (650) 322-5528 This mini chain combo of bakery and cafe serves pastries and coffee, as well as a more substantial menu of salads, sandwiches and pizzas for lunch or dinner. Mon.-Sat. 6 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. $ (Reviewed April 19, 2001) Le Petit Bistro, 1405 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View (650) 964-3321 Wonderfully romantic and intimate in atmosphere, Le Petit Bistro has an intriguing and delicious menu, which includes baked fillet of Atlantic salmon in potato crust, vegetarian crepe, roast duck. Casual atmosphere. Dinner Tue.-Sun., 5:30-10 p.m. $$$ (Reviewed October 24, 2002)

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To help meet its financial deficit the City Council has voted to eliminate funding for the Brown Bag and Twilight Concert Series. We are distributing this pledge form and asking for your help to keep this series alive. Fill out the information below and send to: Suzanne Warren, Producer, Twilight and Brown Bag Series City of Palo Alto/Arts & Culture Division 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301 Please check the appropriate box below if writing a check (checks only please, no cash) Make your check payable to the City of Palo Alto Summer Concert Series To make a pledge and pay later, mark the appropriate box and you will be called. All donations are tax deductable. Confirmation of your donation will be sent to you by mail. I am including a check with this pledge. I am pledging and will pay after I receive a call. Thank you for your support of the City of Palo Alto Brown Bag & Twilight Concert Series.
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If you’re looking for a gift for a mom-to-be, or a new mom and her baby, stop by All About Mom & Me. You’ll find a wide assortment of maternity fashions, children’s clothing, pajamas, furniture, dishware, crib and twin bedding. Ask them about customized canvas art for baby’s room!

Pamper yourself this holiday season at La Monique’s nail salon. And don’t forget your friends and family! Gift certificates are available for manicures, pedicures or relaxing facials. For five years in a row La Monique’s has been voted “Best of Mountain View”.

BK Collections in downtown Los Altos offers unique jewelry for holiday gift givers. For one-ofkind designs, take a look at Michael Michaud’s nature-inspired collection: the Maple Leaf; the Copper Pin, the Cranberry; fresh water pearl earrings,
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the Sunflower 3-drop pendant. $45 to $200 each. Look and feel your best for the holidays. American Male salon’s Quality Grooming Experience includes a master stylist haircut, warm face towel wrap, mini-facial, scalp massage, warm paraffin hand dip; $49. Holiday bonus: Purchase a series of five and get the sixth one free. Pilsner glass plus gift-wrap. Give the gift of indulgence with a gift certificate from Beauty Nails salon. It’s a nice way to pamper yourself or a friend. And during the holidays, they have special rates on all nail services. This year give the gift of fitness from Vivre! Vivre is Palo Alto’s finest full-service fitness and wellness club. We offer a list of outstanding services and provide the ultimate in customer service. Gift ideas include a one month “Get Fit” membership, personal training or massage packages. Call 328-2820 for more information or visit Vivre Studios at 611 Emerson Street. Melt your Secret Santa’s heart by gifting them a one-hour hot tub with steam sauna, plus a one-hour massage at Palo Alto’s own Watercourse Way on 165 Channing Ave. Call (650) 4622000 or visit for gift cards or gift certificates. Maybe you can wrap yourself up in a big red bow and come along for the fun. See all the beauty of the holidays with a trip to Palo Alto Eyeworks. Go to 461 California Ave. to get great gift ideas from our eye wear accessories. We have gift cards in every amount to give or to use to exhaust your medical flex spending accounts. With gift cards you can bank unspent money and spend it when you’re ready. Call (650) 3275665 or go to PaloAltoEye-

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Shop your local merchants this holiday season for details. You’ll find unique gifts at the Avenidas Fire House Gallery, a cooperative that exhibits the works of artisans who are at least 50 years old. Avenidas has a wonderful collection of fine art, holiday cards and table linens. Hand made wearable art includes beaded and fabric handbags, scarves and shawls. Give a gift that will endure for generations — a redwood tree planted for your loved one. The Sempervirens Fund, a conservancy group, is dedicated to preserving the redwoods of northern California. For $25, a new tree is planted for a reforestation effort in state parks in northern California. Enhance your beauty for the New Year at Radiant Skincare. Remove crow’s feet, brow lines, and unwanted hair. They’re staffed with some of the best plastic surgeons in the Bay Area ready to advise you in making the best choices with peace of mind. State-of-the-art equipment, relaxed office atmosphere. To enjoy the best Italian cuisine in the Bay Area with your friends, family and co-workers, book your holiday parties now in Palo Alto’s fine Bella Luna Ristorarante Italiano at 233 University Ave. Call (650) 3221846 or visit to make your arrangements. Bella Luna also has gift certificates available for tasty and treasured stocking stuffers! Get a truly remarkable present for her. How about a highly collectable Piero Guidi Purse from Darren McClung Estate and Precious Jewelry on 700 Welch Road? The beautiful, bright and colorful designs are magic circus characters and animals on well-made coin purses, wallets and clutches. Visit or call (650) 321-5994 to get yours before they sell out. Come to Benchmark Diamonds Holiday sale at 475 University Ave. to complete your holiday shopping with panache! There’s so much to choose from. How about a Divino contemporary diamond pendant and earring set, Chameloen’s invisibly-set sap-

phire jewelry, or Lyric’s sterling silver and diamond jewelry. Call (650) 327-3475 for details. Everyone loves handcrafted holiday gifts. At Hand & Mind Craft Gallery, 15 Stanford Mall-on the El Camino side of Stanford Mall, we have fabulous pairs of hand-

crafted, glass salt and pepper shakers that you’ll love. There are gold fish, elephants, dogs, pigs and other wonderful animals from which you can choose. Call us at (650) 3285500 or see some of our other great gift ideas at www.Stan- If you’re hosting a holiday party this season, Los Altos Card & Party has your party supplies. Choose from their big selection of cups, plates and napkins in a variety of themes and patterns. And don’t forget New Years Eve

when you’ll need party favors, horns and hats! Give the gift of happy memories. University Art in downtown Palo Alto has an extensive selection of photo frames, wall
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We’ve Got Lots in Store for the Holidays
Children and Youth
One Red Dot by David A. Carter Each of the ten magnificent pop-up sculptures challenges readers to find the one red dot. From the flip-flop flaps to the whimsical wiggle-wobble widgets, each page is an original piece of artwork to cherish and admire. [ SIMON & SCHUSTER ] Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black It all began with a strange, mysterious correspondence left for authors Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black at a small New England bookstore. Written by three siblings, the letter told of their great-great-uncle Arthur Spiderwick and an unfinished tome filled with eyewitness accounts of creatures otherwise thought to be the stuff of legend. [ SIMON & SCHUSTER ] A Family of Poems, My Favorite Poetry for Children by Caroline Kennedy Drawing from the poems her own family cherished, this volume contains more than 100 selections from all five continents. [ Hyperion ] Winter's Tale An Original Pop-up Journey by Robert Sabuda "Winter's Tale" is Robert Sabuda's most spectacular original pop-up story yet. The simple, elegant text is illustrated with breathtaking artwork and extraordinary paper engineering. Stunning visual effects of foil, glitter, and a twinkling surprise further capture the magic of winter. This is a must-have for everyone's bookshelf. [ SIMON & SCHUSTER ] Beyond the Great Mountains by Ed Young Ed Young's spare prose, as lovely as a rice-paper painting, describes in measured detail the beautiful and mystical land that the author so clearly loves. The unique format and gorgeous paper-collage illustrations, highlighted with Chinese characters, combine to convey the many facets of China to form a poetic picture of the land's grace, depth, and majesty. [ Chronicle Books ] The Gift of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell What can Mooch the cat give Earl the dog when Earl has everything? The answer, of course, is nothing. This simple picture book story features characters from McDonnell's popular comic strip, "Mutts." Illustrations. [ Hyperion ] Visual History of The World National Geographic, The world history book to define all others, "National Geographic Visual History of the World is a classic in the making. No other volume offers such a comprehensive and richly illustrated chronicle of world events, from the construction of the Pyramids to the overthrow of the Taliban. Readers see how momentous happenings, personalities, catastrophes, discoveries, and inventions unfold in a visually stimulating layout." [ Random House ]

Complete New Yorker A cultural monument, a journalistic gold mine, an essential research tool, an amazing time machine. [ Random House ]

Universe in a Single Atom by the Dalai Lama Gallileo, Copernicus, Newton, Niels Bohr, Einstein. Their insights shook our perception of who we are and where we stand in the world and in their wake have left an uneasy co-existence: science vs. religion, faith vs. empirical enquiry. Which is the keeper of truth? Which is the true path to understanding reality? [ Random House ]

Wine Country Europe by Ornella D'Alessio and Marco Santini There is no better way to enjoy wine than at its source, and it is in Europe, the birthplace of wine, that you can find still the most beautiful vineyards in the world. Wine Country Europe is a dream tour of the Old World's most celebrated regions, from the famed areas of France and Italy to lesserknown discoveries in Austria and Hungary. These breathtakingly picturesque wineries make for perfect travel destinations, and in full-color photographs throughout, the book reveals the amazing variety of landscapes that foster vineyards throughout the continent. [ Random House ]

Young Bond Silverfin by Charlie Higson This thrilling prequel to Ian Fleming's novels introduces the boy who would become a legend. This brilliantly crafted first tale in the series uncovers the unknown story of James's first adventure, set in the Highlands of Scotland. [ Hyperion ]

Winter Lights by Anna Grossnickel Hines With these ingredients Anna Grossnickle Hines celebrates the lights that brighten the darkest season of our year. In poems and quilts she captures each heartening glow and flicker, from the moon and aurora borealis to the holiday lights of Santa Lucia, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Chinese New Year to one lone candle and a hidden flashlight in the deep, dark night. [ HarperCollins ]

Flush by Carl Hiaasen Noah's dad is sure that the owner of a casino boat is flushing raw sewage into the harbor. Now Noah is determined to succeed where his dad failed and will sink the crooked casino and prove the boat owner is dumping illegally. [ HarperCollins ]

Archipelago by David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton For this project, Middleton and Liittschwager gained unprecedented access to photograph on and around these protected islands that are otherwise completely off-limits to people. Home to nearly seventy percent of our nation's coral reefs, known as the "rainforests of the sea," the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands is a remarkable ecosystem that supports a vast array of interdependent native plants and animals that have evolved in this habitat over millions of years, many existing nowhere else on the planet. [ HarperCollins ]

Memories of John Lennon by Yoko Ono JOHN LENNON . . . AS MUCH A PART OF OUR WORLD TODAY AS HE EVER WAS He touched many lives in his brief forty years, and continues to move and inspire millions more to this day. Now, invited by Yoko Ono, friends, family, and fans from all walks of life -- including some of the great artists of our day - reminisce about Lennon as a visionary and friend, musician and performer, husband and father, activist and jokester. [ HarperCollins ]

Misadventures of Maude March by Audrey Couloumbis Eleven-year-old Sallie March is a whip-smart tomboy and voracious reader of Western adventure novels. When she and her sister, Maude, are orphaned for the "second time, they decide to escape their new selfserving guardians for the wilds of the frontier and an adventure the likes of which Sallie has only read about. This time, however, the wanted woman isn't a villain out of a dime novel-it's Sallie's very own sister! [ HarperCollins ]

Septimus Heap Magyk by Angie Sage The seventh son of the seventh son, aptly named Septimus Heap, is stolen the night he is born by a midwife who pronounces him dead. That same night, the baby's father, Silas Heap, comes across a bundle in the snow containing a new born girl with violet eyes. The Heaps take this helpless newborn into their home, name her Jenna, and raise her as their own. But who is this myster ious baby girl, and what really happened to their beloved son Septimus? [ HarperCollins ]

Collins Big Book of Art by David G. Wilkins and Ian Zaczek From cave paintings to the Renaissance, Impressionism to Pop Art, The Collins Big Book of Art takes you on a journey through the history of art in a delightful and informative way. With more than 1,200 works of art represented, this is both a coffee table book and an educational experience. [ HarperCollins ]

Visions of Heaven by David Stephenson, Victoria Hammond and Keith F. Davis There's an ethereal magic to standing beneath a dome, neck craned, looking up at a vision of the heavens created by some long-ago figure of genius. From the Pantheon to the Hagia Sophia, the power of the dome seems transcendent. Photographer David Stephenson's magnificently kaleidoscopic images of dome interiors capture this evanescent drama. [ Chronicle ]

More Great Kepler's Gift Ideas
Inklings, from Johnny Ink, located in San Francisco Inklings are ready-made clues that send one lucky recipient on a riddlebased romp around the house in search of your gift! Using a few of your everyday house-hold places and things, Inklings helps you create a smart and playful treasure hunt and a memory that may outlive your gift! All you need is 15 minutes and a gift. Inklings pretty much does the rest. With versions for Kids, Teenagers, Grown-Ups, Lovers and Anniversary, there's an Inklings for just about everyone. Card Caddy and Calendar by GFDG Studio, located in Los Altos The Card Caddy is a complete solution for managing greeting cards, important recurring dates & holidays, and frequently used addresses. The Card Caddy is a perfect gift for all occasions and will make your New Year's resolutions that much easier to maintain year round! Each Caddy comes equipped with: 12monthly tabs, four holiday/ occasion tabs, and A-Z address tabs. Booktastic, designed by former Scotts Valley resident, Laine Kenelle. Laine, nominated this year for Innovator of the Year Award, brings us Booktastic!, a fun board game designed for book lovers, families and educators. The game combines traditional strategic and competitive play with the sharing of modern literary trivia. With a question category that includes no wrong answers, anyone can play! Wild Words, designed by Peter Roizen, Los Gatos resident Crossword-game fanatics be forewarned-the territory of game playing is about to get rocky. Mixing the love of word games with strategy and deception," Wild Words: The Crossword Game with a Wild Card!" takes the family board game to a whole new level. Developed by Los Gatos resident Peter Roizen, the game could be likened to the Olympics of Scrabble. CollegeCase and AppliCase Menlo Park resident, Diane Brandt and San Francisco resident, Susan Rothstein, both Stanford MBAs and mothers of college students, have come up with a product that will your student effectively tackle their application process with AppliCase or stay organized, while away at college with CollegeCase. Don't delay - these sleek organizers are selling quickly! Art Game, Old Mummy and More from Birdcage Press, located in Palo Alto Birdcage Press brings art, history and nature alive for the whole family with its award-winning games. Check out best sellers, such as Old Mummy and the Renaissance Art Game in Kepler's Marketplace of Ideas My Green Thumb, brought to us by Gail Holmen, Tiburon resident Organizational specialist Gail Holmen, who lives and gardens in Tiburon, has made it easy to keep you organized by pulling together a three-ring binder 'system' to collect all your gardening "stuff". My Green Thumb provides a framework for gardeners to manage their "growing" needs, from seed packets, landscaping drawings, plant information, magazine clippings and the other things we seem to amass. A perfect gift for the gardener in your family! Handcrafted Gifts, brought to us by Berkeley-based, World of Goods Kepler's is pleased to present World of Goods' beautiful handcrafted gifts and accessories from artisans around the world. Their fair trade creations are a unique blend of traditional handcrafts and modern design and help support artisans, build communities and protect our environment.

On This Earth Nick Brandt depicts the animals of East Africa with an intimacy and artistry unmatched by other photographers who choose wildlife as their subject. He creates these majestic sepia and blue-tone photos--contrasting moments of quintessential stillness with bursts of dramatic action--by engaging with these creatures on an exceptionally intimate level, without the customary use of a telephoto lens. Evocative of classical art, from dignified portraits to sweeping natural tableaux, Brandt's images artfully and simply capture animals in their natural states of being. With a foreword by Alice Sebold and an introduction by Jane Goodall. [ Chronicle ]

Follow me to Kepler’s. It’s our bookstore.
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025 Phone: (650) 324-4321

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frames, photo albums and memory supplies. Ask one of their professional designers to create a unique and beautiful custom frame. It’s a gift that will be cherished for a lifetime. Pamper your friend with a Spa

Basket filled with rejuvenating products from Monde Spa. It has oriental herbal bath salts, herbal massage balm, lemon grass soap, and an exfoliating sponge. Include the Spa Deck — fifty cards with home recipes to soothe your soul, center your

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mind; beautify your body. Make a resolution for 2006 that you’re going solar. We at Palo Alto Hardware can help you get what you need and tell you about the rebates and tax credits still available to make the project more affordable. Visit us at 895 Alma St. or call (650) 327-7222 and reduce your dependency on the grid while increasing your dependency on the sun. What better gift can you give than music for the holidays? Palo Alto’s Peninsula Piano Bro-

kers makes it easy with a holiday first-month rental price of $99, including delivery and pickup. Visit them at 4333 El Camino Real, their website, or call them at (650) 949-2800 to learn more about their wonderful and large selection of pianos. Surprise sales every day? Visit Romi Boutique daily to see what the bargain of the day is. Come to 624 Emerson and shop their incredible cashmere sweater, lingerie, holiday tops, fun dresses and adorable skirts. You may fall in love with something that’s on sale. Or you might find a

holiday gift that happens to be on sale. Call (650) 322-7664 for more information. Stanford cardinal red makes a great holiday gift color. Get all your friends and family a new wardrobe of Stanford clothes for holiday gifts. Visit the Stanford Bookstore at 519 Lasuen Mall or call us at (650) 725-6136. We also have games, frames, stocking stuffers and more that doesn’t have Stanford written on them. And the best stocking stuffers - gift cards. Call (650) 725-6136 for details. Looking for a special gift for the

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off at, or send a check to UMPA at 425 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, 94301. You can also call (650) 325-3663 or visit “Service of Lessons and Carols” is a traditional service of readings and song, based on the King’s College model, with your favorite hymns and carols of the season. Experience the free

service on Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. at Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall. For more details, call (650) 725-ARTS or visit Events/. Christmas Garland presents “Schola Cantorum” on Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. for music of the season from around the world, in(continued on next page)

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artist in your life? University Art, in downtown Palo Alto, has an extensive selection of artist supplies. They have finely crafted studio easels, painting tables constructed of African mahogany; palettes made from maple, walnut and mahogany; paint brushes and fine art papers. This year, the City of Palo Alto is giving everyone ample parking to shop and stroll in downtown Palo Alto and on California Avenue. Enjoy a meal at one of the city’s fine dinning establishments and shop the local businesses without worrying about parking! Imagine, three hours of free parking at any of the garages to go along with two hours of free parking at the surface lots and on-street. What a gift this holiday season! Make it a musical holiday season at Gryphon Stringed Instruments, 211 Lambert Ave in Palo Alto. We are San Francisco Bay Area’s leading source of mandolins, banjos, ukuleles, and both nylon and steel-string acoustic guitars. Our wonderful employees will answer all your questions to ensure you’ll get the right instrument for your needs. Go to GryphonStrings .com or call (650) 493-2131 for more information. Judith A. Frost and Co. has thousands of unique gift ideas from every era in Palo Alto’s first consignment store at 67 Encina Avenue. Choose from a showroom full of rare antiques, small and large, in prime condition, fabulous sterling silver and fine jewelry, exquisite glassware, exceptional Imari and lovely old and new ceramics and glassware. Call (659) 324-8791 or visit The Urban Ministry Food Closet Needs canned good for its grocery bag give-away. Drop them


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cluding Wendell Whalum’s Betlehemu, Nelhybel’s Estampie Natalis, the Welsh lullaby Suo Gan and the Christmas Garland of Conrad Susa. Join the 120 voices of Schola Cantorum, with Music Director, Gregory Wait, and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year! Tickets are $18-$22 and the concert is at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto, 625 Hamilton Ave. Call (650) 254-1700 or visit http://www for more information. “Holiday Musicale” is a lively concert to fill your holiday season with joy, featuring some of our top performers performing festive music from many cultures. Come Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. to Stanford’s Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall. Tickets are $5-$10. For more information, call (650) 725ARTS or visit http://music

Ragazzi Boys Chorus will feature American composers and music from the Revolutionary times until today in “An American Christmas.” The concert will be at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, 2650 San Hill Road in Menlo Park on Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10-$25 and are available at (650) 3428785. Hear “A Holiday Organ Recital” by Stanford University Dept of Music University Organist Robert Huw Morgan performing seasonal favorites on the FiskNanney and Murray-Harris organs on Dec. 11 at 1:30 p.m. in Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall. Tickets are free. For more information, call (650) 725-ARTS (2787). “A Chanticleer Christmas” with voices of Chanticleer graces Stanford’s Memorial Church with the annual yuletide concert of sacred songs, spirituals, and carols. It’s Dec. 13 & 14 at 8 p.m.

in Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall. For more information, call (650) 725-ARTS (2787). Tickets are $44. “Schola Cantorum” presents the oldest and most popular Messiah Sing on the Peninsula on Monday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. Gregory Wait will conduct the Redwood Symphony Chamber Orchestra along with the audience through the choruses and solos of Handel’s masterpiece. Tickets are $16 adults; $12 seniors/students with ID/children (12 & under). For tickets call 650-903-6000 or order tickets online at www. “Sing and Play Along Messiah” in Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall in Stanford is Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. Vocal scores are available for purchase before the concert and orchestral scores are provided. Tickets are $5-

$10. For more information call (650) 725-ARTS (2787). Nationally recognized, Mountain View-based horn quartet, Quadre The Voice of Four Horns, presents “Holiday Horns” on Tuesday, Dec.13 at 7 p.m. at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. Quadre partners with Graham Middle School, Mountain View and St. Francis High Schools to ring in the season. Tickets are $10 adults; $5 seniors/students/children (12 & under). For tickets, call 650903-6000 or order tickets online at www.performingarts@ Billy Defrank Center and the Silicon Valley Gay Men’s Chorus present the “SVGMC Holiday Concert” at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16 and Saturday Dec. 17 in the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. Enjoy favorite carols from around the globe. Tickets

are $20. For tickets, call 650903-6000 or order tickets online at www. performingarts Avenidas Senior Center will hold a “Trim-A-Tree Party” at 2 p.m. on Nov. 30 at 450 Bryant St. to make gingerbread houses, sing in a sing-along, and trim their tree. For more information and to make your reservation, please call Judy at (650) 3265362. “El Camino Youth Symphony Holiday Concert” features special Guest and Afro/Cuban specialist Michail Spiro performing with the ECYS Percussion Ensemble. The concert features contemporary American pieces and ECYS Concerto Competition winners. Dec.18 at 2:30 p.m. in Spangenberg Theatre on Palo Alto’s Gunn High School campus, 780 Arastradero Road. For more information, call (650) 725ARTS (2787).

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Movie reviews by Jeanne Aufmuth, Tyler Hanley and Susan Tavernetti OPENINGS

(Century 16, Century 12) If “The Lord of the Rings” is a shot of whiskey, then “The Chronicles of Narnia” is a glass of milk. Not only is C.S. Lewis’ tale a far easier read than Tolkien’s trilogy, the new Disney adaptation is also the adolescent answer to Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning epic. “Rings” gave us elves and dwarves; “Narnia” offers speaking beavers. Tolkien’s hero was a wandering king; for Lewis it’s a wayward kid. And the parallel villains are almost polar opposites: A dark demigod and a white witch. But “Narnia” is a worthwhile watch for children and adults alike. The production values are phenomenal, from gorgeous visual effects and stunning costumes to marvelous sets and spot-on performances. Director Andrew Adamson (“Shrek” and “Shrek 2”) remains faithful to the source material, and actress Tilda Swinton (“Constantine”) is the best cinematic villainess since Cruella De Vil. Fans of the novel know the story well. Four British children — Peter (William Moseley), Susan (Anna Popplewell), Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Lucy (Georgie Henley) — are essentially orphaned during World War II and sent to live in an oddball professor’s enormous mansion. Bored and a bit curious, the children play a game of hide-and-seek — which leads Lucy into an enchanted wardrobe and the mystical realm of Narnia. Lucy’s three siblings soon wander into Narnia as well, a vast world littered with magical creatures and talking beasts. But all is not well in Narnia. The land is enveloped in a frigid cold, courtesy of the sinister White Witch (Swinton). Soon the children find themselves in the middle of a bitter war between the Witch and Aslan (voice of Liam Neeson), a majestic lion and the rightful ruler of Narnia.

The plot of “Syriana” is convoluted, but the cast (including Matt Damon) brings humanity to the compelling mix. The battle scenes in “Narnia,” such as this one with William Moseley as Peter, are stellar — and in true Disney fashion, not a drop of blood is spilt.

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The similarities between “The Chronicles of Narnia” and “The Lord of the Rings” come as no surprise considering Lewis and Tolkien were friends, contemporaries in a group of authors commonly called The Inklings. The movies — like the novels — complement each other well. “Rings” director Peter Jackson’s New Zealand-based company Weta Workshop Ltd. created armor, weapons and props for “Narnia.” The film falters in its pacing. The first half of the film crawls along while the second half coasts like a galloping unicorn. Meanwhile, a stellar battle scene is rife with amazing sights such as minotaurs and centaurs clashing swords, and griffins soaring overhead. And realism takes a backseat to Disney sensibilities in said battle — not a single drop of blood is spilt. “Narnia” may not tower above Tolkien’s fantasy phenomenon, but it’s a wonderful way for kids to ring in the holiday season. Rated: PG for battle sequences and frightening moments. 2 hours, 10 minutes. — Tyler Hanley (Century 16, Century 12) “Syriana” writerdirector Stephen Gaghan ignored Samuel Goldwyn’s oft-quoted adage, “If you want to send a message, call Western Union.” His scorching take on the oil-fueled politics of the Persian Gulf joins the recent cinematic insurgency criticizing American policies at home and abroad. But the messenger, not the message, created a problem: Gaghan shocks and awes the viewer with a relentless barrage of fast-developing, multiple storylines that makes the content difficult to process. You didn’t need to belong to a think tank to follow “Traffic,” the terrific multi-threaded narrative (and message movie) that put the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar in Gaghan’s hands four years ago. “Syriana” is much

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more complex. Gaghan advances the cast-of-too-manycharacters in Stratego fashion, methodically moving them across a board riddled with oilindustry intrigues until they finally converge in the drama’s explosive climax. Characters functioning as game pieces rarely engender emotional connections with an audience. This indictment of CIA covert operations, the military-industrial complex, global corruption and greed appeals to the mind, not the heart. Credit the cast’s top-notch performances for bringing humanity to the table of ideas. George Clooney plays a CIA spook dealing with a stolen Stinger missile, orders to assassinate a reform-minded Middle-Eastern prince (Alexander Siddig), Hezbollah, and a college-bound son (Max Minghella) longing for a normal senior year given that “prom in Pakistan sucks.” Christopher Plummer heads a powerful Washington law firm that dispatches Jeffrey Wright to scrutinize a merger of Texas oil companies, one of them owned by Chris Cooper. Matt Damon acts as an energy analyst based in Geneva with his wife (Amanda Peet) and children; he experiences tragedy at a lavish party thrown by an infighting Arab royal family. Factor in Pakistani migrants laid off from their oil-field jobs and the Chinese making a bid for fossil-fuel drilling rights, and the plot really thickens. Unabashedly outspoken against America’s meddling in the Middle East, Gaghan’s ambitious thriller adds another voice to the public discourse. Whereas “Good Night, and Good Luck” keeps things simple, “Syriana” taxes you to understand its “Everything is connected” tagline. Still, the effort is worth it. Rated: R for violence and language. 2 hours, 6 minutes. In English with English subtitles for snippets of Farsi, Arabic, French and German. — Susan Tavernetti

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(Century 16) This sweetly compassionate Israeli offering has its heart firmly established in the home and the hearth. The festive Jewish holiday of Sukkot is a time for celebration and harvest, a time for worship and cheerfully shared meals. For Moshe Bellanga (Shuli Rand) and his wife, Malli (Michal Bat Sheva Rand), this traditional time of joy is tainted by the frustrations of poverty. Moshe doesn’t have the shekels to build a proper sukkah (a temporary dwelling used during the festival) or for the four species to make up a proper blessing: date-palm branches, myrtle, willow and citron. What’s a member of the Chasidim to do? When Moshe and Malli receive an anonymous cash donation from a local charity it seems like a gift from the heavens, and just in time to gather together the necessary holiday accoutrements. The childless couple invites an old friend of Moshe’s and one of his buddies to share their feast, an important “giving” element of Sukkot. Little do they know that the two are escaped convicts for whom the couple’s faith (and Moshe’s shady past) is an object of ridicule and scorn. A broader base of knowledge would be helpful in understanding the foundation of this folksy and subtly baffling tale of Orthodox belief and tradition, but its core of tolerance is universal. Moshe’s and Malli’s manner of dealing with their obnoxious guests is both humorous and poignant, their spirituality and faith in their God and each other unwavering. Filming in a confined area lends a stagy air to the proceedings. But the warmth and charm therein cannot be denied. Rated PG-13 for adult themes. 1 hour, 30 minutes. In Hebrew with English subtitles — Jeanne Aufmuth
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The Stanford Theatre is located at 221 University Ave. in Palo Alto. Screenings are for Friday through Sunday only. The theatre is closed on Monday and Tuesday. For more information call (650) 324-3700. Come September (1961) A playboy who spends every September at his villa in Portofino arrives early and discovers his major-domo running the villa as a bed and breakfast. Starring Rock Hudson. Fri. at 7:30 p.m. Pane, Amore e Fantasia (1953) This Italian comedy’s popularity made an international star of Gina Lollobrigida, who soon found her way to the United States. Fri. at 5:45 & 9:35 p.m. Heaven Can Wait (1943) On his death, Henry van Cleve (Don Ameche), at heart a good and generous man, assumes that his philandering has destined him to Hell. But the remarkably urbane Devil insists on on reviewing his entire life. Sat. & Sun. at 7:30 p.m.; Sun. also at 3:45 p.m. Portrait of Jennie (1948) In this fantasy a painter meets an otherworldly little girl in Central Park. It turns out she’s from another time. Sat. & Sun. at 5:50 & 9:35 p.m.

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mous swine with high anxiety; and the voiceless Fish Out of Water, who can find humor in even the most dire situations. When an apparent piece of the sky actually does drop into Little’s bedroom, he and the gang quickly find themselves investigating the phenomenon. The Kentucky Fried Corporation may see a slump in business when “Little” hits the big screen, because if all chickens were this cute the world would stick with turkey. Rated: G. 1 hour, 21 minutes. — T.H. (Reviewed Nov. 4, 2005) Good Night, and Good Luck ✭✭✭✭ (Guild) Director George Clooney makes a bold move and raises tough issues in the meticulously recreation of a seminal chapter in television history, when broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow dared to challenge Sen. Joseph McCarthy and his Red Scare fear-mongering on his CBS “See It Now” program. Spare and austere, the black-and-white film opens at a 1958 awards banquet that Murrow (David Strathairn) turns into a platform to muse about the media. Concerned that televi-

sion “is being used to distract, delude, amuse and insulate us,” the newsman adamantly insists that it “can teach, it can illuminate, it can even inspire.” All the actors deliver spot-on performances, from Frank Langella as William S. Paley to Clooney as producer Fred Friendly and Robert Downey, Jr. and Patricia Clarkson as clandestinely married staffers. Rated: PG for mild thematic elements and brief language. 1 hour, 33 minutes. — S.T. (Reviewed Oct. 14, 2005) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ✭✭✭1/2 (Century 16, Century 12) Following the success of director Alfonso Cuaron’s “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” edgy auteur Mike Newell (“Donnie Brasco”) tackles Harry’s fourth year with remarkable aplomb. When Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) reach Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, headmaster Albus Dumbledore (Michael Gambone) announces that Hogwarts will host the legendary Triwizard Tournament,

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where three young wand-wielders compete in a trio of dangerous events. Hopeful participants toss their name into the Goblet of Fire and keep their fingers crossed. But when Harry’s name mysteriously wafts out of the blue-lit Goblet, the tournament becomes a fight for survival. Newell snags Cuaron’s cinematic baton and sprints, maintaining the dark tone of “Azkaban” while sprinkling in healthy doses of humor and humanity. Rated: PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images. 2 hours, 30 minutes. — T.H. (Reviewed Nov. 18, 2005) Just Friends ✭✭1/2 (Century 16, Century 12) Chris (Ryan Reynolds) and Jamie (Amy Smart) are inseparable high-school friends in suburban New Jersey. But Chris — awkward and overweight — is harboring a deep love for his gorgeous gal-pal. Ready to confess his feelings at a graduation bash, Chris instead finds himself humiliated by the class jock and fleeing for the West Coast. Flash forward 10 years. Chris has dropped the weight and picked up a Hollywood attitude. His new life means big money as an executive in the music biz and dating a parade of beautiful models. When an intended trip to Paris with pop star Samantha James (Anna Faris) goes awry and the two serendipitously arrive in Jersey, all of Chris’ old emotions resurface. The talented young actors shine in this romantic ode to “friend-zone” angst. But director Roger Kumble simply can’t calm the film’s ridiculous slapstick storm. Rated: PG-13 for sexual content including some dialogue. 1 hour, 28 minutes. — T.H. (Reviewed Nov. 25, 2005) Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang ✭✭✭ (Century 16) This is a show-off’s crime comedy. But writer/director Shane Black’s craftsmanship and co-stars Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer infuse the convoluted plot with a big dose of infectious fun. Downey Jr. plays a petty thief boosting Xboxes in New York’s East Village, when he stumbles into an audition while running from the police. Lucky break. Before you can sing “There’s no business like show business,” he’s cast in the starring role and navigating the dangerous waters of a Hollywood pool party. There Harry swoons over a starlet named Harmony (Michelle Monaghan) and starts doing research for his role with gay detective Gay Perry (Kilmer). Mystery, sex, betrayal and bullets come next. Heavy on style and light on substance, “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang” is a postmodern pastiche for those who like the artifice of motion pictures and the sleazy side of America exposed with a smile. Rated: R for language, violence, sexuality and nudity. 1 hour, 43 minutes. — S.T. (Reviewed Nov. 11, 2005) Pride & Prejudice ✭✭✭1/2 (Century 16) Elizabeth “Lizzie” Bennet (Keira Knightley) is the favored daughter of the five belonging to the struggling Mr. and Mrs. B (Donald Sutherland and Brenda Blethyn). Mom is a meddlesome tattler who wants a good match for each of her girls while Dad stands by in a permanent state of bemusement. The first appropriate suitor on the horizon is the upstanding and very rich Mr. Bingley (Simon Woods) who rents a neighboring estate. At his side is family friend Darcy (Matthew MacFadyen), a snooty nobleman for whom Lizzie develops an instant dislike — or consuming crush depending on your point of view. While Lizzie and Darcy ebb and flow with pent-up desire thwarted by monumental miscommunication, older sister Jane (Rosamund Pike) falls for the socially superior Bingley and flighty Lydia (Jena Malone) worms her way into a duplicitous and disastrous union. “Pride” does not tread new ground and must rely heavily on narrative energy and individual effort to set it apart from its predecessors. Rated: PG for mildly mature themes. 2 hours, 8 minutes. — J.A. (Reviewed Nov. 11, 2005) Rent ✭✭✭ (Century 16, Century 12) It’s the season of love in this vigorous adaptation of Jonathan Larson’s tragic take on a cluster of young New Yorkers infected with the AIDS virus. The story kicks off with East Village loft roomies Mark Cohen and Roger Davis (Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal) emerging from a difficult year. When former roommate Tom Collins (Jesse L. Martin) reappears after a long absence a chain of events is set in motion. Physiological fortunes rise and fall for these impassioned bohemians while they struggle with the excessive baggage of relationships, illness and social disaffection. More rock opera than musical, “Rent” has energy to spare. Rated: PG13 for strong language, drug use and sexuality. 2 hours, 8 minutes. — J.A. (Reviewed Nov. 23, 2005) Shopgirl ✭✭✭ (Century 16) Claire Danes gives an ethereal performance as the wistful shopgirl of Steve Martin’s dreams, based on his stirring novella of the same name. Mirabelle (Danes) is a simple Vermont transplant who lives a lonely life surrounded by luxury — the luxury of diaphanous silk gloves in the fine accessories department of Saks Fifth Avenue. After dark, Mirabelle returns to her solitary apartment and creates artsy charcoal drawings while barely scraping by and hoping against hope for Prince Charming to appear. A couple of dates with a garrulous musician who picks her up at the Laundromat (Jason Schwartzman as Jeremy) yield an interesting sexual escapade and little more. Jeremy is no prince and not very charming at that. Mirabelle’s afterglow arrives in the form of a handsome stranger (Martin as Ray Porter) who enters her retail domain and purchases a pair of black gloves. The two begin to date, and Ray’s sophisticated influence subtly transforms Mirabelle from geek to chic. “Shopgirl” is an oasis of old-fashioned charm in a modern world. Stylish, quirky and affecting. Rated: R for language and nudity. 1 hour, 46 minutes. — J.A. (Reviewed Nov. 4, 2005) The Squid and the Whale ✭✭✭1/2

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Last Year’s Holiday Fund Grant Recipients
2004-05 Holiday Fund Grants
Adolescent Counseling Services . . . . . .7,500 American Red Cross -Palo Alto Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5,000 Challenge Learning Center . . . . . . . . . .5,000 Children’s Day in EPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4,000 Cleo Eulau Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5,000 Community Breast Health Project . . . . .5,000 Community Development Institute . . . .5,000 Community Legal Services in EPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10,000 East Palo Alto Kids Foundation . . . . . . .7,500 East Palo Alto Senior Center . . . . . . . . .5,000 East Palo Alto YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10,000 Ecumenical Hunger Program . . . . . . . . .7,500 Family Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7,500 Foundation for a College Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5,000 Free At Last . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5,000 Jordan Middle School PTA . . . . . . . . . .5,000 Kara . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10,000 Lytton Gardens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5,000 Music in the Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2,500 New Creation Home Ministries . . . . . .5,000 Pacific Islander Community Center . . . .5,000 Palo Alto Art Center Foundation . . . . . .5,000 Palo Alto Housing Corporation . . . . . . .5,000 PAPPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10,000 Parents Place Family Resource Center 10,000 Ravenswood City School District-Health Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10,000 St. Francis of Assisi Boys Club . . . . . . .2,500 St. Vincent de Paul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5,000 Support Network for Battered Women . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5,000 West Bay Opera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5,000 YES Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7,500 Youth Community Service . . . . . . . . . . .5,000 Zohar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3,000 Child Care-Capital Grants Friends Nursery School . . . . . . . . . . . . .5,500 Palo Alto Community Child Care . . . . .10,000 PreSchool Family . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10,000

on-profit organizations serving families and children in the Palo ★ Alto area are facing unprecedented challenges and need our help. Through a unique partnership between the Palo Alto Palo Alto Weekly Weekly and local foundations, the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday HOLIDAY Fund is hoping to raise over $300,000 this year to support these groups and FUND DRIVE the people who benefit from their services. ★ With contributions of matching funds from the Packard, Hewlett and other local foundations, your tax deductible donation to the Holiday Fund will be doubled in size. Last year $240,000 was raised from over 625 people in the community, and 36 local groups received grants in support of their programs. Help make this year’s Holiday Fund campaign our most successful ever. Send in your contribution today and then check out our progress by watching the growing list of donors in each issue of the Palo Alto Weekly. All donations of $25 or more will be acknowledged in every issue of the Palo Alto Weekly between late November and the end of the campaign in mid-January. With your generosity, we can give a major boost to the programs in our community helping our kids and families.

Give to the Palo Alto Weekly’s Holiday Fund and your donation is doubled. You give to non-profit groups that work right here in our community. It’s a great way to insure that your charitable donations are working at home.

256 donors through 12/7 totalling $52,761 with match $105,522 has been raised for the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund
36 Anonymous . . . . . . . . . . . .$8595 Jan & Beverly Aarts . . . . . . . . . .** Richard & Nancy Alexander . . .500 David & Sue Apfelberg . . . . . . .100 Ed & Margaret Arnold . . . . . . . .** Tom & Annette Ashton . . . . . . .100 Bob & Corrine Aulgur . . . . . . . . .** Ray & Carol Bacchetti . . . . . . . .** Larry Baer & Stephanie Klein . . .** John & Marilyn Barker . . . . . . .100 Gail Barklow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Elizabeth Salzer & Richard Baumgartner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300 Al & Liz Bernal . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Daniel Blachmant & Barbara Stewart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Roy & Carol Blitzer . . . . . . . . . .** Charles & Barbara Bonini . . . . .100 Steven & Linda Boxer . . . . . . . . .** Richard & Carolyn Brennan . . . .** Gloria Brown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200 Richard Cabrera . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Luca & Mary Cafiero . . . . . . . . .** Mary Frances Callan . . . . . . . . . .50 Eph & Sally Cannon . . . . . . . . . .** Robert & Micki Cardelli . . . . . . .** Bob & Mary Carlstead . . . . . . . .** John & Nancy Cassidy . . . . . .1000 Ted & Ginny Chu . . . . . . . . . . .200 Julie O. Cockroft . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Mike & Jean Couch . . . . . . . . . .150 Chip & Donna Crossman . . . . . .** Robyn Crumly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** John & Pat Davis . . . . . . . . . . . . .** John & Ruth DeVries . . . . . . . . .** Paul & Carol Diamond . . . . . . .200 Marianne Dieckmann . . . . . . . .200 Ted & Cathy Dolton . . . . . . . . . .** Attorney Susan Dondershine . . .200 James & Shirley Eaton . . . . . . . .** Tom & Ellen Ehrlich . . . . . . . . . .** Joseph & Meri Ehrlich . . . . . . .250 Leif & Sharon Erickson . . . . . .250 Stanley & Betty Evans . . . . . . . .** Russ & Alice Evarts . . . . . . . . . .** Allan & Joan Fisch . . . . . . . . . .200 Victor & Beverly Fuchs . . . . . .250 Gregory & Penny Gallo . . . . . . . .** Elvia Fernandez Garwood . . . . .100 Buck Gee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2500 Betty W. Gerard . . . . . . . . . . . . .150 Annette Glanckopf . . . . . . . . . . .50 Matt Glickman & Susie Hwang .300 Burton & Carol Goldfield . . . . .200 Paul Goldstein & Dena Mossar . .50 Margot Goodman . . . . . . . . . . . .** Frederick Rose & Anne Gregor 250 Eric & Elaine Hahn . . . . . . . . . . .**

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(Cinearts) A strained marriage is at the core of the Berkman family’s very existence. Writer-mom Joan (Laura Linney) struggles to make things right for the sake of her boys, 12-year-old Frank (Owen Kline) and 16-year-old Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) who worships the very ground his father walks on. That’s hard to fathom since dad Bernard (Jeff Daniels) is a pompous, faded intellectual vainly clinging to past triumphs to fortify his sagging ego. The couple’s separation is inevitable. Joan and Bernard divvy up time with the boys and the cat and squabble over their vast library of books while assuring the boys that nothing will change. The collapse of this nuclear family is peppered with wry humor that nevertheless rubs raw. Compelling and painful and definitely worth a look. Rated: R for language and mature adult themes. 1 hour, 20 minutes. — J.A. (Reviewed Oct. 28, 2005) Walk the Line ✭✭ (Century 16, Century 12) Joaquin Phoenix can talk the talk and snarl his way through a Johnny Cash song. He stays the path, walking the line to a remarkable performance that captures more than the Man in Black’s gravelly vocals and guitarslinging stage mannerisms. His flashes of vulnerability and pain alternate with smaller moments of humor and spontaneity in James Mangold’s overlong biopic of Cash’s early years. Exchanging her “Legally Blonde” designer suits for petticoats and circle skirts, Reese Witherspoon makes for a perky June Carter Cash. Whenever Witherspoon sashays onto the stage and shares the microphone with Phoenix, the movie comes alive. What a shame that “Walk the Line” seems dull. It’s the same old song: humble origins, a lucky break, marital woes and wild tours on the road to fame, crash-and-burn drug and alcohol abuse, and ultimately redemption. Rated: PG-13 for some language, thematic material and depiction of drug dependency. 2 hours, 16 minutes. — S.T. (Reviewed Nov. 18, 2005) Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit ✭✭✭✭ (Century 16) Wallace (voiced by mainstay Peter Sallis) & Gromit live in a neighborhood obsessed with veggies, and no event excites the masses more than the Giant Vegetable Competition. The town’s love of earth-bound greens has enabled the duo to flourish as “Anti-Pesto,” a humane extermination team that takes care of pesky rabbit problems. When a giant hare — dubbed the “Were-Rabbit” — begins devouring Anti-Pesto-guarded gardens, Wallace & Gromit face the public’s wrath and must solve the bizarre mystery before the popular competition is ruined. Fans of the Oscar-winning short films from innovative animator Nick Park have waited 16 years to see Wallace and his silent pawed pal Gromit go feature-length on the big screen. The scores of admirers will find the delay well worth its weight in clay. Rated: G. 1 hour, 34 minutes. — T.H. (Reviewed Oct. 7, 2005)

Jack & Myllicent Hamilton . . . . .** Ben & Ruth Hammett . . . . . . . . .** Phil & Graciela Hanawalt . . . . . .** Carroll Harrington . . . . . . . . . . .100 Harry & Susan Hartzell . . . . . . .100 The Havern Family . . . . . . . . . .1500 The Heinen Family . . . . . . . . . . .250 Richard & Imogene Hilbers . . .200 Fred Hodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Mahlon & Carol Hubenthal . . . .100 Leannah Hunt . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150 Robert & Joan Jack . . . . . . . . . .200 Michael Jacobs & Jane Morton .300 Rajiv & Sandy Jain . . . . . . . . . .101 Jon & Julie Jerome . . . . . . . . . . .** Bill Johnson & Terri Lobdell . . . .** Bill & Mary Joyce . . . . . . . . . . .200 David & Nancy Kalkbrenner . .100 Herant & Stina Katchadourian .100 Ronald Kaye . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Sue Kemp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250 Ed & Eileen Kennedy . . . . . . . .200 David & Maureen Kennedy . . . .** Leo & Marlys Keoshian . . . . . . .** Carol Kersten . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150 Carl & Joanie King . . . . . . . . . . .** Barbara Klein & Stan Schrier . . . .** Hal & Iris Korol . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Art & Helen Kraemer . . . . . . . . .** Ron & Ellen Krasnow . . . . . . . . .** Wil & Inger Larsen . . . . . . . . . . .** Patricia Levin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100 Harry & Marion Lewenstein . . .200 Janet McClure Lyman . . . . . . . . .** Dick & Ellie Mansfield . . . . . . .** Chris & Beth Martin . . . . . . . . . .** James & Renee Masterson . . . .100 May Family Foundation . . . . . . . .** John & Leona McCabe . . . . . . . .** John & Eve Melton . . . . . . . . . .500 F. W. Merrill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150 Mona Miller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Ruth B. Mitchell . . . . . . . . . . . . .200 David & Lynn Mitchell . . . . . . . .** Stephen Monismith & Lani Freeman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Lincoln & Mary Lou Moses . . .100 Dennis Neverve . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Elsbeth Newfield . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Michael & Karen Nierenberg . .100 Peter & Barbara Pande . . . . . . . .** John S. Perkins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Conney Pfeiffer . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Jim & Alma Phillips . . . . . . . . .250 Helene Pier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Joe & Marlene Prendergast . . . . .** Harry N. Press . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100 Alice Reeves . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Jerry H. Rice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100 Barbara Riper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Dick & Ruth Rosenbaum . . . . . .50 Don & Lou Ross . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Don & Ann Rothblatt . . . . . . . .300 Ruth & Kristin Running . . . . . . .500 Barbara Sawyer . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** John & Mary Schaeffer . . . . . . . .** Dr. & Mrs. Irving Schulman . .100 William & Eleanor Settle . . . . .500 Annette Bialson & Gary Sharron 100 Mark & Nancy Shepherd . . . . .250 Martha Shirk & William Woo . . .** Lee & Judy Shulman . . . . . . . . . .** Bob & Gloria Sikora . . . . . . . . .150 Bob & Diane Simoni . . . . . . . . .200 Stephen & Paula Smith . . . . . . .500 Allen Smoll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100 Lew & Joan Southern . . . . . . . .150 Art & Peggy Stauffer . . . . . . . . .500 Isaac & Maddy Stein . . . . . . . . . .** Rick Stern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Donald & Shirlee Stites . . . . . . . .** Carl Stoffel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150 Carl & Susan Thomsen . . . . . . .250 Roy Levin & Jan Thomsom . . . . .** Robert & Susan Tilling . . . . . . .100 David & Nehama Treves . . . . . .100

Tony & Carolyn Tucher . . . . . . .** Marta Tyler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200 The Voll Family . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Roger & Joan Warnke . . . . . . . . .** Anna Wu Weakland . . . . . . . . .100 Ralph & Jackie Wheeler . . . . . . .** Dave & Lanie Wheeler . . . . . . .100 Carolyn Williams & Mike Keeler100 Douglas & Susan Woodman . . . .** Patti Yanklowitz . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Cathy Young . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Steven Zamek & Jane Borchers . .** The Ziebelman Family . . . . . . . . .**

In honor Of
Terri Lobdell & Bill Johnson . . .200 Bobby, Evie & William . . . . . . . .** Elissa, Julia & Will Chandler . .250 The Dentists of the MidPeninsula & SM County Dental Societies . .1000 Shirley Ely . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Al & Mae Kenrick . . . . . . . . . . .250 Lili & Jim King . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Our sons: Bryan, Tyler & Scott Ziebelman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .**

In Memory Of
Jim Akimo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .500 John D. Black . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300 Anna & Max Blanke . . . . . . . . .150 Lou Bogart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Arthur Boyce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Leo Breidenbach . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Ruth Burnet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Bill Carlstead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Bob Dolan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .500 Bob Donald . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Bob Donald . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Dave Ferguson . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250 Mary Floyd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Esther & Joe Good . . . . . . . . . .500 Pamela Grady . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250 Grandpa Bud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Grandparents of Akash Nanavati .25 Alan K. Herrick . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Florence Kan Ho . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Chet Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** George Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Ann Kidney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Helene F. Klein . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Charles Bennett Leib . . . . . . . . .200 Emmett Lorey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Theresa McCarthy . . . . . . . . . . . .** Bruce McClain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** John McWilliams . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Terry Merz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Todd Miller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Ernest J. Moore . . . . . . . . . . . . .300 Bessie Moskowitz . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Albert & Kathryn Nelson . . . . . .** Our dad Al Pellizzari . . . . . . . . . .** Joseph Perlmutter . . . . . . . . . . . .** Thomas W. Phinney . . . . . . . . . .** Jan Raffel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .250 Allicin Raicin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Louise & Wade Rambo . . . . . . . .** Irving F. Reichert, Jr. . . . . . . . . .100 Nancy Ritchey . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100 Betty Rogaway . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Ivy & Irving Rubin . . . . . . . . . .150 Helen Rubin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150 Sally . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Becky Schaefer . . . . . . . . . . . . . .** George & Arline Sobel . . . . . . .250 Charles Henry & Emma Westphal Stelling . . . . . . . . . . . . .** Ray & Edith Tinney . . . . . . . . .250 Dr. David Zlotnick . . . . . . . . . . . .** Irma Zuanich . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150

Nativity School will be selling both Christmas Trees and Wreaths beginning Friday, November 26th and ending on Saturday, December 18th. This is a fundraiser for Nativity School.

Monday-Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday 2:30 p.m. 10:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

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George Brady Family, Joyce & Andy Gage, Jen Sage & Michael Brandt . . . . . . . . . . . .** Mona Hubenthal . . . . . . . . . . . .100 Caitlyn & Andrew Louchard . . . .** Marjorie Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .**

Harrell Remodeling . . . . . . . . . .200 Mayfield Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . .500 Alta Mesa Improvement Company550 Thoits Bros. Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . .500


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Special Events
A Musical Solstice Participatory, communal celebration of the natural cycles of light and dark. Music of Joan McMillen including “Welcome This Night,” “Come Down Into the Darkness, Let the One You Want To Be Be Born,” “Path of Darkness.” Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. Donations welcome. Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto. Call 8582436. Celebrate the Season of Peace Sun., Dec. 11, 7 p.m. Thoughts to be shared by “Gold Star Mother,” Karen Meridith, and Vietnam Vet., Harlow Williams. Music by Raging Grannies and Annie & the Vets. Light candles, sing along and bring family and others. Free. Planned by Mt. View. Voices for Peace. Mountain View City Plaza, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 969-1545. Christmas Soiree A traditional Victorian Soiree Sun., Dec. 11, 6-8 p.m. Hosted by the Friends of “R” House. Features holiday music, readings, homemade food, vintage costumes, and a visit from Father Christmas. $18. Call for tickets. Rengstorff House at Shoreline at Mountain View, 3070 Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. Call 9036392. Doll Artist Studio 6th Annual Open House With local doll artist Beth Karpas. Sun., Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Realms of Gold, 819 San Carlos Ave., Mountain View. Call 691-0767. Garden Demo Tue., Dec. 13, 10 a.m. Meet horticulturist, Kathleen Byran and learn about “How to Care for Your Hydrangeas.” Free talk and pruning demo. Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Rd., Menlo Park. Holiday Reception Hosted by Mountain View Senior Center Dec. 14, 10 a.m.noon. Live music by “The Bigger Than Life Band” and light refreshments to celebrate the holidays. Free. Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View. “Nutcracker” Ballet Dance Connection of Palo Alto presents it’s 7th annual production of the “Nutcracker” ballet. Dec. 9, 7 p.m.; Dec. 10, 2 and 7 p.m.; Dec. 11, 4 p.m. $12-$16. Spangenberg Theatre, Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. Call 322-7032. The Heritage of Christmas A musical celebration of Christ’s birth Sun., Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. Free. Judith Stewart, conductor; James Welch, organist; Jennifer Litster, soloist; also adult and youth choirs, handbells, brass and string instruments. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1105 Valparaiso Ave., Menlo Park.

The best of what’s happening on the Midpeninsula
Happy Holidays from the Sea Scouts Christmas trees 2-14 feet, Fir, Noble and Grand. Wrap and load your trees or delivery available. Proceeds benefit local Sea Scouts. Daily through Dec. 22, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Palo Alto Elk’s Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Call 493-6614. Holiday Faire Sun., Dec. 11. Hosted by La Honda Fire Brigade. Featuring handmade local crafts, food, local grown poinsettias, carolers, Santa and a raffle. La Honda Fire Station, 8945 La Honda Rd., La Honda. Mickaboo Bird Rescue-Holiday Party Parrot rescue organization. Photos will be taken with Santa. $15 per person/$25 for two. Dec. 17, 6-11 p.m. All donations tax deductible. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto. Call (408) 255-0460. “Something Can be Done About Hunger” Given by The Volunteer Ministers of the Church of Scientology of Mountain View. A holiday food drive for the Second Harvest Food Bank. Through Jan. 1. Donate nonperishable food at 331 Castro St., Downtown Mountain View and 117 Easy St., Mountain View. Church of Scientology, 3505 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Call 9695262.

CALENDAR. Information for Weekly and Master Community Calendar listings must now be submitted online. Please go to, click on “Master Community Calendar,” and then click on “Submit a listing.” Listings are published in the papers on a space-available basis. NEWS. The online form is for Calendar listings only. To submit information for possible use elsewhere in the paper, send it the usual way: e-mail; fax (650) 326-3928, Attn: Editor; or mail to Editor, Palo Alto Weekly, 703 High St., Palo Alto, CA 94301. QUESTIONS? If you have questions, call the reception desk at the Palo Alto Weekly between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekdays, (650) 326-8210. After hours, you may press zero and leave a message in the general mailbox.

4th Annual Pajama Party Sat., Dec. 10, 1-5 p.m. The Pajama Party is a holiday party and pajama drive to benefit Mountain View Community Services. Bring a new pair of pajamas for a child age 10-18. Spectrum Fine Homes, Inc., 188 S. Whisman Rd., Mountain View. Call 960-2449. Be a Santa to a Senior Volunteers needed to wrap gifts for needy seniors Dec. 16, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Area retailers have partnered with Home Instead Senior Care to deliver gifts to needy/overlooked seniors during the holiday season. Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Call 691-9671.

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20 Harps for the Holidays 7th annual concert presented by Harpeggio Studios. Program includes classical and holiday music, harp solos and ensembles; guest artist Celtic harpist and singer Barbary Grant. Sat., Dec. 10, 4 p.m. $10-$15. Sponsored by Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos. Call (408) 366-8810. 6th Annual “Christmas with the New Choir” Featured work will be Vivaldi’s “Gloria” with orchestra and additional seasonal pieces and a carol sing-a-long. Fri., Dec. 9, 8 p.m. $18/$12 student/seniors/$15 for groups of 6 or more. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. “A Medieval Christmas” With San Francisco Choral artist, Magen Soloman. Featuring Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, and including world premieres from Mollicone and Aprahamian, as well as works by Victoria, Byrd, Lauridsen, Joubert, Sametz, and others. Medieval-themed post-concert reception. Sat., Dec. 10, 8 p.m. $12$25. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. Call (415) 9795779. Annual California Youth Symphony Holiday Concert Sun., Dec. 11, 2:30 p.m. Performed by CYS Orchestra and Associate Orchestra. Paul Davies’ “Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra” with soloist, Kate Ryder. Including array of holiday classics. Smithwick Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Call (415) 334-2787. Broceliande Christmas Concert A festive concert of holiday music Sat., Dec. 10, 8 p.m. $10 advance/$12 door. East West Bookshop, 324 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 569-0437. Christmas Choir Concert “Gaudete,” a Christmas story in the Swedish tradition, including woodwind trio and narrator. Sun., Dec. 11, 9:30 a.m. Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Rd., Portola Valley. Christmas Garland Seasonal music from around the world sung by the 120 voices of Schola Cantorum. Sat., Dec.10, 8 p.m. $22/$18 for seniors and students. First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. Call 254-1700. www.scholacan Elvin Bishop plus Good Medicine Dec. 9. $20 Advance/$22 door. The Little Fox, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City. Call 3694119. Foothill Symphonic Winds Concert David B. Adams, conductor. “Of Sailors and Whales.” Kabalevsky, Sousa, Dello Joio, Leroy Anderson, Francis McBeth. Sun., Dec. 11, 2:30 p.m. $5-$10. Cubberley
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Mixed media works by painter and sculptor JoeSam. are on display through Jan. 25 at the Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. “Beans & Rice” is among the pieces exploring the changing relationships between African- and AsianAmericans. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (650) 917-6800 or go to

Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto. Call 969-0191. Holiday Concert Performance by The Aurora Singers Dec. 10, 2 p.m. To benefit Little House activities. $10 adults/$5 children. Refreshments will be served. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 326-2025. www.penin Holiday Lights Handbell Concert Presented by Bay Bells Community Handbell Ensemble. Performed by 15 ringers playing 132 bells. Holiday Lights is a musical voyage using light to reveal the power of the season. Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Call 887-2243. Holiday Music from around the World CSMA’s Young Musicians of the Bay Area Concert Series. Sun., Dec. 11, 4 p.m. Free. Voice, harp, recorder, piano, strings. Music from the Renaissance to today, other lands and cultures, diverse traditions. Presented by Applied Materials. Limited seating. Community School of Music and Arts at Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. Call 917-6800, ext 335. Holiday Musicale Sat., Dec. 10, 8 p.m. Presented by The Friends of Music at Stanford. Featuring performers performing festive music from many cultures. $10/$5. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Call 723-2720. Holiday Organ Recital Sun., Dec. 11, 1:30 p.m. University Organist Robert Huw Morgan performs seasonal favorites on the Fisk-Nanney and Murray-Harris organs. Free. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Call 723-2720. Lessons and Carols A Christmas Celebration featuring the Chancel Choir, Son Ringers, Living Water and Praise Kids. Sat., Dec. 11, 7 p.m., reception follows. Free. First Presbyterian Church Mountain View, 1667 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View. Call 968-4473. Messiah Sing Under the direction of Gregory Wait, and accompanied by a chamber orchestra of musicians from Redwood Symphony. Mon., Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 903-6000 for tickets. Mozart’s Messiah Presented by conductor Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale. Fri.,

Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. $33-$67. First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. Call (415) 392-4400. www.phil Peninsula Women’s Chorus Winter Concert: An Asian Winter and Other Litanies Includes Vincent Persichetti’s Winter Cantata with Haiku poetry settings, contemporary works by Chen Yi, Chan Ka Nin, and other holiday music. Dec. 10, 8 p.m.; Dec. 11, 4 p.m. $20 general/$15 students/seniors. St. Patrick’s Seminary, 320 Middlefield Rd., Menlo Park. Call 3273095. Service of Advent Lessons and Carols Sun., Dec. 11, 4 p.m. Traditional Sacred music and Scripture. Choirs from St. Ann Chapel and St. Joseph of Arimathea Seminary, Berkeley. Free. St. Ann Chapel, 541 Melville Ave., Palo Alto. Call 838-0508. Service of Lessons and Carols Fri., Dec. 9, 8 p.m. A service of readings and song, based on the King’s College model, with hymns and carols of the season. Free. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Call 723-2720. The Fortnightly Music Club Concert Sun., Dec. 11, 8 p.m. Includes “Four Songs on Poems” by Poe by Palo Alto composer N. Barlev, works for piano by Rachmaninov and Scriabin, and the Shostakovich Piano Quintet Op. 57. Performers include B. Conrad, N. Barlev, and C. Smith, piano; K. Kasdorf, soprano; V. Smedberg and C. Bloom, violin; C. Smith, viola; T. McCall, cello. Free. Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium, 1313 Newell Rd., Palo Alto. Call 8545583.

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On Stage
“Into the Woods” Presented by TheatreWorks. Production directed by Artistic Director Robert Kelley. Through Jan. 7. Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 and 7 p.m. $20-$54. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 9036000. “My Way” A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra By David Grapes and Todd Olson. Through Dec. 31. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. $17-$30. Hillbarn Theatre, 1285 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City. Call 349-6411. “Seussical Musical” Presented by the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre. Over 14 Dr. Seuss books are represented in this musical presentation. Music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics of Lynn Ahrens. Songs include “Oh the Thinks You Can Think,” “Green Eggs and Ham” and “Solla Sollew.” Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 10, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 15, 4:30 p.m.; Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 17, 2:30 p.m. Tickets available Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1:30-6 p.m. Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto. Call 4634970.

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2005 Multimedia Student Art Exhibit Features computer graphics, Web design, page layout, animation, digital imaging and digital photography. Free. Open Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Dec. 16. Main Theater, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside. Call 3063330. timedia. “A New Orleans Christmas” Photographs of New Orleans featuring people, places and jazz by Louisiana photographer Terri Creswell. Dec. 12-Jan. 7. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 6 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Uptown Cafe Art Gallery, 769 Laurel St., San Carlos. Call 592-7296. Annual Peninsula Watercolor Group Exhibit Through Dec. Mon.-Thu., 7:30 a.m.5:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Palo Alto City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. Call 3292100. Art Dialogues Tours Through Dec. 17, Saturdays, 2 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd., Palo Alto. Call 329-2366. Auguste Rodin Sculpture Tour Wednesdays, 2 p.m.; Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.; and Sundays, 3 p.m. Docent-led tours survey the collection of Rodin bronzes. Through Dec. 31. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. Call 723-4177. www.stan Cantor Arts Center Docent-led tours featuring a sampling of objects from various eras and cultures. Wednesdays, noon; Saturdays and Sundays, 1 p.m. Through Dec. 20. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. Call 723-4177. Cantor Arts Center. Construction Toys in Motion A giant Ferris wheel, a rocket-jet ride, a cog railway and a paddlewheel riverboat are among the operating construction toy models. Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Through Jan. 29. Free admission. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Call 321-1004. “Fired at Davis” Figurative ceramic sculpture by Robert Arneson, visiting professors, and students at the University of California at Davis. On display through Feb. 26. Open Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. Call 723-4177. JoeSam. Exhibition of Mixed Media Works On display in CSMA’s Mohr Gallery through Jan. 25. Exhibition includes works from the artist’s African-Asian and Chocolate Series. Opening reception and artist’s talk on Dec. 9. Presented by Heritage Bank of Commerce. Free to the public. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Community School of Music and Arts at Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. Call 917-6800, ext 306.

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Living LEGO-cy Presented by The Museum of American Heritage, The Bay Area Lego User Group and Bay Area Lego Train Club. Visitors can see a variety of Lego creations and an operating Lego train layout. Fri.-Sun., Dec. 18-Jan. 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Call 321-1004. Memorial Church Tour Fridays, 2 p.m., through Dec. 31. Cantor Arts Center docents provide background on the architecture, carvings, mosaics and stained glass windows of the church and its restoration after the earthquakes of 1906 and 1989. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Open Stables Featuring large scale meditative paintings by George Fischer, a flying kimono and other works by sculptor Maddy Le Mel, darkly comic deer portraits by Tasha Ostrander, and meandering abstract paintings by John Ochs. Through Jan.10. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and by appointment. Spur Projects, 888 Portola Rd., Portola Valley. Call 529-2040. www.spurproj Painting Show “A Midpoint Review” an exhibit of works by Massimo Mazzon. Through Dec. 28. Cafe Espresso 1929, 1929 Menalto Ave., Menlo Park. Call 823-9144. Palo Alto Center Fall Exhibition “Romancing the Shadows,” Elsa Rady: “The Cycladic Swing” and Edward Eberle: “Classicism and Chaos.” Hours: Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thu., 7-9 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Through Dec. 23. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd., Palo Alto. Call 329-2366. . Preview Exhibition, Artists’ Open Studios Preview work by each artist participating in Open Studios Dec. 10-11. Preview exhibition Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through Dec. 12. Great American Framing Company, 229 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. Call 964-0494. www.peninsu Preview Exhibition, Artists’ Open Studios Preview work by each artist participating in Open Studios Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 10-11. Preview exhibition daily through Dec. 12, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Free. Books Inc. Cafe Gallery, 301 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 9640494. Rail Gardeners Run Trains “The Short Line” modular railway group of the Bay Area Garden Railway Society, fills the Learning Center with a double track garden gauge layout running trains. BAGRS members will be available to answer questions. Fri.-Sun., through Dec. 17, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Call 321-1004. “Revolutionary Eye: The Political Poster Art of Wolfgang Janisch: 1979-1999” Documents the life and work of East German artist and activist Wolfgang Janisch through posters, photographs, and footage. Through Dec. 16, Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Herbert Hoover Memorial, Stanford University, Stanford. Call 7247342. ionexhibit.htm. “Revolutionary Tides: The Art of the Political Poster, 1914-1989” Exhibit examines the key role played by crowds in modern politics and society from World War I to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Focuses on the turbulent years of the first half of the 20th century. Through Jan. 1. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. Call 7234177. Solo Exhibition of Paintings 30 oil paintings by Hedda Hope. Through Dec. 18. Free. Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, noon-1 p.m. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 948-7549. Stanford Art Spaces Paintings by Marne Jaye and by Beverly Wilson, and Bleach Paintings by Arthur Wright. Through Jan. 5. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Center for Integrated Systems, 420 Via Palou, Stanford. Call 725-3622. ~marigros. “When The Hunter Gathers” Through Dec. 15. Showcasing work by artist, Mary Tsiongas that explores hunting as a complex and increasingly marginalized activity. Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery, 419 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.

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Annual Holiday Festival Holiday performances, coffee, cakes, sausages, caroling, kids activities, visit with Santa, and a bazaar with arts and crafts. Sat., Dec. 10, 2-5 p.m. $10 adults/children free. German-American International School, 275 Elliott Drive, Menlo Park. Call 324-8617. Christmas Musical, Opera, and Gingerbread House Event Dec. 11, 2-2:30 p.m. A musical, “The Unfriendly Beasts” will be presented by the First Baptist Church of Palo Alto Children’s Performing Arts class; 2:303:30 p.m. an Opera, “Hansel and Gretel” will be presented by First Performances, Keri Lindell, director; 3:45-5 p.m. the 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Event. Make gingerbread houses to take home. Donation: $10. First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto. Call 858-0458. Family Art Days Children and their families will explore art activities. Dec. 11: “Holiday cards”; Jan. 22: “Mud Cloth Painting”; Feb. 12: “Affection on Paper”; March 19: “Book Binding.” 1:30-4 p.m. Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto. Call 321-3891. Holiday in the Garden: Greens Sale and Children’s Puppet Show Three holiday treats puppet shows Sat., Dec. 10, 9 a.m.1 p.m. 30 minutes each. $10 per child. Call for reservations. Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverly, Palo Alto. Call 3291356. Mommy and Me: Hebrew Music and Dance Infants and children up to 5 years old. Dance and creative movement to Hebrew songs and various styles of music. Conducted in Hebrew and in English. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5-5:45 p.m.; Wednesdays, 4:45-5:30 p.m. $8/class. Jewish Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 9658150. Performing Arts for Children and Youth Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., through Dec. 18. Includes songs, movement, and drama. Elementary and Middle School students will develop vocal and dramatic performance skills using sacred songs, theatre games, skits and plays with Christian themes. Director: Keri Lindell. First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto. Call 327-0561. Preschool Storytime For children ages 3-5, Dec. 12, 10:30 a.m. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St., Palo Alto. Call 329-2134. Preschool Storytime For children ages 3-5, Fridays, 11 a.m. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto. Call 329-2134. Preschool Storytime For children ages 3-5 Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Main Library , 1213 Newell Rd., Palo Alto. Call 329-2436. Preschool Storytime For children ages 35 Wednesdays, 11 a.m. College Terrace Library, 2300 Wellesley St., Palo Alto. Call 329-2134. kids-teens. Toddler Storytime For children ages 18 months-3 years, Dec. 13, 10-11 a.m. Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St., Palo Alto. Call 329-2134. brary/kids-teens. Toddler Storytime For children ages 18 months-3 years, Mondays, 10 and 11 a.m. Main Library, 1213 Newell Rd., Palo Alto. Call 329-2436. brary/kids-teens. Toddler Storytime Storytime for children ages 18 months-3 years, Fridays, 10 a.m. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto. Call 329-2436. www.cityof West Bay Model Railroad’s Christmas Show Models of passenger and freight trains will be on display Dec. 9, 7-10 p.m.; Dec. 10, noon-6 p.m.; Dec. 11, noon-5 p.m. Includes “Tommy the Tank Engine” and “James the Red Engine.” Free, donations are appreciated. Raffle tickets for a train set available. Ravenswood Avenue Caltrain Station, 1090 Merrill St., Menlo Park. Call 322-9335.

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OAKS’ CORNER . . . It may not be the same as UC Davis beating Stanford, but the Menlo College men’s basketball team isn’t complaining. The NAIA Oaks are off to their best start in seven years after beating visiting NCAA Division II San Francisco State, 63-51, on Monday night. Menlo (3-1) took the lead early in the game and held off several Gators’ runs to match its best start since the 1997-98 season. Damian Carter and Jay Eitel each scored 15 points for the Oaks. Menlo led by as many as 13 points but San Francisco State (0-5) managed to close within 45-40. That would be the closest the Gators would get the rest of the way. James Gilkey added 10 points for the Oaks, who open California Pacific Conference play today at home against Holy Names at 7:30 p.m. The Menlo women also play Holy Names at 5:30 p.m. CARDINAL CORNER . . . Stanford is one of seven schools who have two men’s basketball seniors named among the 30-member nominees for Bayer Advantage Senior CLASS Award. Dan Grunfeld and Chris Hernandez are both among those eligible to receive the award, which is based both on athletic and academic merit. Ten finalists will be announced in February . . . The United States Under-19 World Championship women’s basketball team, of which Stanford sophomore Candice Wiggins was a key member, was named USA Basketball Team of the Year. The team is eligible for the U.S. Olympic Team of the Year award. Wiggins averaged 15.8 points a game as the Americans won eight games en route to capturing the gold medal in Tunisia over the summer. COACHING CORNER . . . Palo Alto’s new baseball coach, Joel Kaufman, is looking for assistant coaches for both the varsity and JV teams in addition to a head JV coach. He can be reached at . . . Woodside Priory is looking for a varsity swim coach. Contact Mark Stogner, Director of Athletics at 851-6107. Menlo-Atherton is looking for coaches for the 2005-06 school year: wrestling, track and field assistant (shot and discus), girls’ varsity and JV lacrosse, and frosh-soph softball.


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Menlo-Atherton’s Tony Ayala (left) fires a shot past Menlo goalie Jared Silver to give the Bears a 1-0 victory on Wednesday to open the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division soccer season.


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by Keith Peters occer teams in the PAL Bay Division won’t have to wait until next year to discover who’s who and what’s what this campaign. The division opened play this week, with good results for nearly all the local teams. The Menlo-Atherton boys (1-0, 3-2) showed a staunch defense on Wednesday, which helped the Bears hold off neighborhood rival Menlo, 1-0, as Menlo-Atherton goalie Adam Brownstein needed only to make one save. Menlo fell to 0-1 (34). “It’s nice to start league with a win,” said second-year M-A coach Beto Luna. “Defense definitely was the key. They played well all day and were able to anticipate a lot of Menlo passes.” M-A’s speed on defense was evident. Joe Cain, Billy Hale, Brian Vieth and Irvin Mendoza were among the numerous defenders who blanketed the Knights throughout the overcast day.


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Menlo School’s Erica Swanson (left) blasts a shot past a Mills defender during the Knights’ 6-1 division-opening win Tuesday.

by Rick Eymer assie Perret found herself among elite company on Wednesday morning when the Woodside Priory grad learned she was among 12 women’s volleyball players named first team AVCA Division I All-Pacific Region. Perret, a senior opposite hitter at Santa Clara, was joined by Stanford junior outside hitter Kristin Richards and Cardinal freshman Foluke Akinradewo and Bronco teammate Anna Cmaylo. Akinradewo, a middle blocker, was also named the Region’s Freshman of the Year. Third-ranked Washington, the Pac-10 champions, placed four players on the first team: Candace Lee, Christal Morrison, Courtney Thompson and Sanja Tomasevic. Arizona’s Kim Glass, USC’s Bibiana Candelas and UCLA’s Nana Meriwether were also chosen from Pac-10 teams while the West Coast Conference was also represented by San Diego’s Christie Dawson. Stanford sophomore setter Bryn Kehoe was named honorable mention. “I was really surprised when I found out,” Perret said of her selection. “Even though it is an individual honor it is a testament to how strong the team is. I couldn’t have performed as well this season if the team didn’t do well.” Perret, who was earlier named WCC Player of the Year, will be at Stanford’s Maples Pavilion today along with her Santa Clara teammates - to take on Pepperdine, which finished second to Santa Clara in WCC play, at 4:30 p.m. in the Palo Alto Regional semifinal (Sweet Sixteen) of the NCAA tournament. The Broncos reached the third round of the tournament for the first time in school history, and it took a win over the host Cardinal to accomplish the feat. Arizona and Ohio meet in the other regional semifinal at 7 p.m. The winners play Saturday at 8 p.m. with a berth in the Final Four in San Antonio at stake. Pepperdine became the only WCC team to reach the Elite Eight, advancing in 2002. There’s never been a WCC school in the Final Four. Santa Clara has a four-game winning streak against the Waves, its longest of the series rivalry. Pepperdine, making its 17th appearance in the NCAA tournament, has reached the Sweet Sixteen in three of the past four years and is 7-2 in postseason over that span. “I’ve always said that Pepperdine is one of the most talented teams in our conference,” Santa Clara coach
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Menlo-Atherton’s Billy Hale (right) battles Menlo’s Tristin Sansbury for control of the ball during Wednesday’s PAL opener.

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Tony Ayala provided the winning goal just into the second half following a cross from the left corner. Aside from that goal, Menlo keeper Jared Silver was very good, blocking a point-blank shot in the second half to keep his team in the game after the Bears had grabbed the lead. Menlo, which starts seven sophomores, had trouble getting through the M-A defense most of the day. When the Knights did on one occasion, James Walker missed an opengoal opportunity, sending a shot wide right when Brownstein came out for the stop. The Menlo-Atherton and Menlo girls also opened division play this week, with impressive winning efforts. The Bears (1-0, 2-1) got two goals from Wendy Funk and two assists from Kim O’Donnell in a 3-0 win over visiting San Mateo. Kaitlin McGhee rounded out the scoring. “The game wasn’t pretty, but we played much better in the second half,” said M-A coach Jenna Carson, whose team took on powerhouse Carlmont on Thursday. The Bears will travel to Fresno for a tournament Friday and Saturday. Menlo opened PAL action with a 6-1 romp over Mills on Tuesday. Ariel Rogers finished off the day

with a pair of goals after teammates Jenna Ryan, Molly Lapolla, Allie Crandall and Erica Swanson had all scored. The SCVAL De Anza Division will open next week before teams take their Christmas break and return to league play in January. The Palo Alto boys and girls will open against Mountain View on Tuesday, with the Vikings hosting at 3:30 p.m. with an eye on their first win of the season. The Paly boys are 0-4-1 following a 2-1 nonleague loss to St. Ignatius this week. Coach Don Briggs has loaded up his preseason schedule with nothing but tough matches and the results have shown just how tough. Before Tuesday’s opener, Paly will face Salinas in a Homestead Christmas Cup match Saturday at De Anza College at noon. The Gunn boys (2-0) will follow at 3:30 p.m. against Aptos. The Titans are coming off a 2-1 nonleague win over Leland, where Russell Wynne scored two goals on headers. Brandon Der assisted on both goals. Boys basketball Menlo (7-0) kept rolling while Gunn (5-2) kept improving following opening-round victories in the Burlingame Lions Club Tournament on Wednesday. The Knights topped Terra Nova, 58-46, two days after upending Sacred Heart Prep, 49-47, in a nonleague outing. Senior Blake Schultz scored a career-high 27 points in the win over Terra Nova, knocking down four three-pointers, while Beau Heidrich tallying 17 against the Gators. Kirk Lacob had 12 rebounds in Menlo’s tourney win. Gunn got a 26-point outburst from junior Peter Jordan in a 52-41 win over Menlo-Atherton (3-2), which got 18 points from Spencer Montgomery. Gunn’s Nicky La Fleur made four straight free throws at the end of the game to help seal the victory. ■

Menlo School junior Ben Hohl, who led the Knights to a 32-3 record and the CCS Division II championship by scoring a school-record 147 goals this season, is the 2005 CCS Boys Player of the Year.


en Hohl and Kelly Eaton were two of the most prolific water polo scorers in the Central Coast Section this season. More important than that, however, both led their respective teams to the section championship Hohl, who scored 147 goals this season and helped the Knights win the CCS Division II crown and finish with a gaudy 32-3 record, is the 2005 CCS Boys’ Player of the Year. Eaton, bound for Stanford in the fall, helped the Bears reach their first CCS title match and finish 26-9 after falling in the section finals to Menlo. She amassed 401 goals in her four-year career. She is the 2005 CCS Girls’ Most Valuable Player. ■

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Player of the Year: Ben Hohl (Menlo) Jr. First Team Ben Hohl (Menlo) Jr.; Tyler Smith (Los Altos) Sr.; Kevin Schmidt (Bellarmine) Sr.; J.P. MacDonell (Bellarmine) Sr.; Scott Jackson (Bellarmine) Sr.; Justin Short (Live Oak) Sr.; Travis Bickham (St. Francis) Jr.; Matt Hudnall (Menlo) Sr.; Nick Pogetti (Serra) Jr.; Tim Norton (Sacred Heart Prep) So.; Mike Merlone (Menlo) Jr. goalie Second Team Brian Benedetti (St. Francis) Sr.; Patrick Talbot (Bellarmine) So.; Brandon Johnson (Gunn) Sr.; Travis Read (Menlo) Sr.; Blaze Young (Santa Cruz) Sr.; John Radvani (Soquel) Sr.; Randy Ang (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Gregor Horstmeyer (Palo Alto) Sr.; Stephen Hicks (Menlo-Atherton) Jr.; Griffen Lerman (Los Gatos) Sr.; Scotty Hvidt (St. Francis) Sr. goalie Honorable Mention Brian Bishop (Mountain View) Sr.; Kyle Blair (Los Gatos) Jr.; Shea Coleman (Live Oak) Sr.; Tyler Fischer-Colbrie (Monta Vista) Sr.; Ryan Floersch (Mt. Pleasant) Sr.; Deitrich Graumann (Menlo) Sr.; Matt Heagy (Serra) Sr.; Peter Jacobs (Menlo-Atherton) Sr.; Shane Keno (Leland) Sr.; Dylan McCarthy-Moon (Soquel) Sr.; Zach Mix (Bellarmine) Sr.; Matt Parolini (Salinas) Sr.; Joe Plume (Burlingame) Sr.; Brian Roach (Soquel) Jr.; Paul Rudolph (Sacred Heart Prep) Fr.; Adam Rule (Bellarmine) So.; Aaron Schilling (Bellarmine) Sr.; Mark Soares (St.

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Menlo-Atherton senior Kelly Eaton, who led the Bears to their first appearance in the CCS finals, is the CCS Girls’ Most Valuable Player.
Francis) Sr.; Mike Sorgenfrei (Palo Alto) Sr.; Joel Smith (San Benito) Sr.; Matt Wiener (Los Altos) Sr. Elise Ponce (Menlo) So.; Lizzie Rouleau (St. Francis) Sr.; Cami Sullivan (Menlo) Jr.; Tanya Wilcox (Palo Alto) Jr. Second Team Whitney Allen (Menlo) Jr.; Megan Burmeister (Menlo) Jr.; Kandis Canonica (St. Ignatius) Jr.; Lauren Jollymour (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Devan Kennifer (Santa Catalina) So.; Jenni Peters (Presentation) Sr.; Hannah Stephens (Sacred Heart Prep) So.; Cristy Stibbe (Leland) Jr.; Adriana Vogt (Sacred Heart Prep) Jr.; Cassie Wycoff (Los Altos) So., goalie; Lauren Wycoff (Los Altos) Sr.; Meg Zimmerman (Aragon) Sr. (The All-CCS team is selected by a panel of coaches)

Most Valuable Player: Kelly Eaton (Menlo-Atherton) Sr. Goalie of the Year: Elise Ponce (Menlo) So. First Team Phoebe Champion (Palo Alto) Sr.; Christie Clark (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Kelly Eaton (Menlo-Atherton) Sr.; Ronnie Gautschi (Live Oak) Sr.; Kim Krueger (Menlo) Jr.; Heidi Kucera (Menlo-Atherton) Sr.; Pallavi Menon (Sacred Heart Prep) So.; Melissa Mordell (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.;

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Jon Wallace said. “They have some great players who can do things that are very high level.” Wallace, the Pacific Region Coach of the Year, was an assistant at Pepperdine before arriving at Santa Clara. Arizona, which finished in a second-place tie in the Pac-10 with Stanford, is the only seeded team remaining of the original four in the Palo Alto Regional. All four seeded teams are still alive in the other three regional events. Santa Clara knocked off fifth-

seeded Stanford, Pepperdine beat No. 12 USC and Ohio upset No. 13 Ohio State. The Wildcats, who beat the Cardinal twice this season, are the overall fourth seed. Santa Clara owns a victory over Arizona this year, but the Wildcats were without Glass, who is seventh in the nation with 5.35 kills per game. “We didn’t start the tournament to get past the second round,” Santa Clara junior outside hitter Kim McGiven said. “We started the tournament to get to the Final Four and we’re going to do everything we can to achieve that goal.” Perret has enjoyed her best season

yet, averaging 3.29 kills, 2.14 digs and 0.84 blocks per game. Her .374 hitting percentage is 26th in the nation, just behind Ohio’s Julia Winkfield at .375. “Cassie has had the biggest change for us than any player in the program,” Wallace said. “She really dedicated herself in the offseason and changed her game. I’m glad she’s being recognized for her hard work.” Akinradewo, the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, is 14th in the nation with her .397 hitting percentage. She led the Cardinal with a 1.09 blocks per game average, and was second with 439 kills.■

Cassie Perret (4) leads SCU into the NCAA Palo Alto Regional tonight.

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Palo Alto Jr. Midgets fall in Pop Warner Super Bowl semis


by Rick Eymer n the end, the Palo Alto Knights Junior Midgets weren’t able to produce another miracle, and their Pop Warner football season ended one game short of the national championship. The Knights fell to the Cedar Crest Comets of Dallas, 13-10, on Wednesday in the semifinals of the Pop Warner Super Bowl Championships at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. “We are proud of these players and

how they represented our program and the city of Palo Alto,” said Mike Piha, president of the Palo Alto Knights’ program. “We are definitely a household name at the Pop Warner Nationals.” Indeed, the Knights made their fifth trip to the national playoffs. They reached the semifinals in dramatic fashion after scoring with 21 seconds left to beat then Souderton Braves on Sunday. Palo Alto rallied from behind again - against the Comets. Cedar

Crest took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter before Darnell Ewing helped change momentum by sacking the Comets’ quarterback in the end zone for a safety. Gabe Manzaneraz scored minutes later on an eight-yard run to give the Knights a 10-6 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. The Comets scored late in the game to end Palo Alto’s season. Cedar Crest took advantage of five Knights’ turnovers. Cedar Crest meets the Liberty City

Warriors of Fla. in Saturday’s title contest at noon. Liberty City beat Mesa Eastern of Arizona, 13-0, in the other semifinal. “We’re happy to get this far,” Liberty City coach Luther Campbell said. “One of our problems is that our kids are exhausted. With the hurricane forcing them to commute to other schools, it’s been tough meeting the end of term classroom demands and still playing ball. But, we’re one game away from a championship now.”

Meanwhile, Palo Alto’s miracle finish on Sunday continues to be a topic of conversation. Several observers are referring to the 70-yard drive in the final minutes as “The Drive.” Just before forcing the turnover which led to the winning drive, Knights’ coach Eric Borjon had called a timeout. “I told them to anticipate the pass,” he said. “I told my corners to stay up and blitzed my linebackers hoping to get to the quarterback.”■

Private Schools Athletic League SH Prep 19 20 18 8— 65 Woodside Priory 7 6 5 2— 20 SHP - Coffey 7 0-1 15, Cattaneo 1 0-0 2, McMahon 7 3-4 18, Izuka 2 0-0 4, Wegman 2 0-0 4, Bertolocci 3 0-2 6, Davila 3 0-0 6, Casciaro 3 0-0 6, Cowell 1 2-2 4. Total: 29 59 65. WP - Feldman 1 0-0 3, Plain 1 2-3 4, Schreiner 1 2-4 4, Starling 0 2-2 2, Willhite 3 1-3 7. Totals: 6 7-15 20. Three-point goals: Coffey, McMahon (SHP); Feldman (WP). Records: Sacred Heart Prep 1-0 (1-1), Woodside Priory 0-1 (4-1) Burlingame Lions Club Tournament First round Menlo 15 13 11 19— 58 Terra Nova 8 13 6 21— 46 M - Harris 0 1-2 1, Hawkins 0 2-4 2, McPherson 1 0-0 2, Schneider 1 1-2 3, Lagod 1 2-2 5, Lacob 3 1-1 7, Heidrich 5 14 11, Schultz 8 7-8 27. Totals: 19 15-23 58. TN - Rodriguez 0 1-2 1, Elzy 1 0-0 2, Forbes 1 1-2 3, Wierzba 1 1-2 4, Williams 2 2-4 6, Moe 3 0-0 9, Cagle 4 0-1 10, Powers 4 2-2 11. Totals: 16 7-13 46. Three-point goals: Schultz 4, Lagod (M); Moe 3, Cagle, Wierzba, Powers (TN). Records: Menlo 7-0 Gunn 14 10 7 20— 51 Menlo-Atherton 7 14 11 10— 42 G - Jordan 11 4-6 26, La Fleur 2 5-7 9, Brennan 3 3-6 9, Riley 1 4-4 7, Anthony 0 00 0. Totals: 17 16-23 51. MA - Disibio 2 0-0 5, Bennett 2 1-1 5, Sanvictores 1 2-2 4, Hrustanovic 1 0-0 2, Montgomery 7 2-2 18, Mohr 1 0-0 2, Holland 2 0-0 4, DeFilipps 1 0-0 2. Totals: 17 5-5 42. Three-point goals: Riley (G); Montgomery 2, Disibio (MA). Records: Gunn 5-2, Menlo-Atherton 3-2 Nonleague Monday Menlo 17 14 6 14— 49 SH Prep 9 18 11 9— 47 M - Hawkins 0 1-2 1, Lagod 1 0-0 2, McPherson 1 0-0 2, Guertin 1 0-0 2, Curtis 1 1-2 3, Schultz 2 2-4 6, Schneider 3 2-2 8, Lacob 2 2-2 8, Heidrich 5 4-4 17. Totals: 16 1216 49. SHP - Gibbs 1 0-0 2, Cattaneo 1 0-0 2, Izuka 2 0-0 4, Cowell 0 5-6 5, Casciaro 3 03 6, Bertolocci 3 0-1 7, Coffey 3 0-0 8, McMahon 3 5-5 13. Totals: 16 10-15 47. Three-point goals: Heidrich 3, Lacob 2 (M); Coffey 2, McMahon 2, Berdolotti (SHP). Records: Menlo 6-0, Sacred Heart Prep 0-1 Tuesday MV Academy 15 6 8 21— 50 Woodside Priory 15 20 11 11— 57 MVA - Mendaras 0 4-4 4, Estoesta 3 2-6 9, Tongawa 1 0-1 2, Sebertu 0 2-3 2, Zarate 1 0-0 2, Lepulu 11 5-7 31. Totals: 16 13-21 50. WP - Berka 2 0-0 4, Conkle 2 2-4 6, Feldman 1 2-2 5, Hirano 1 0-0 3, Plain 10 0-2 20, Schreiner 2 1-4 5, Starling 2 1-4 5, Willhite 5 0-2 10. Totals: 25 5-14 57. Three-point goals: Lepulu 4, Estoesta (MVA); Feldman, Hirano (WP). Records: Woodside Priory 4-0 Chinese Chrstn 4 11 4 15— 34 Pinewood 19 15 12 7— 53 CC - Fong 3-2-8, Pizarro 2-0-5, Leong 60-12, Solomon 1-2-4, Santos 1-0-3, Wong 10-2. Totals: 14-4-34. P - Bose 1-0-3, Mosher 5-2-16, Wang 20-4, Enestein 1-1-3, Nofal 7-0-15, Fraioli 6-012. Totals: 22-3-53.

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Three-point goals: Pizarro, Santos (CC); Mosher 4, Nofal, Bose (P). Records: Pinewood 2-0 St. Francis 20 7 23 21 — 71 PA - Barich 1-2-4, Fields 5-0-11, Clay 5-414, Gaal 3-0-6, McDermott 2-0-5, Pecota 72-16, Behr 1-0-3. Totals: 24-8-59. SF - Gate 2-1-7, Busmire 2-2-6, Curley 87-26, Houlihan 2-1-5, Taini 4-0-8, Montanari 1-2-4, Benedetti 1-0-2, Tratter 5-3-13. Totals: 25-15-71. Three-point goals: Fields, McDermott, Behr (PA); Curley 3, Gate 2, Houlihan (SF). Records: Palo Alto 3-2, St. Francis 1-3 MV Academy 11 17 8 13— 49 Woodside Priory 8 4 2 8— 22 MVA - Onairo 4 4-4 12, Weatherington 3 25 8, McFadden 8 3-11 19, Gali 1 0-0 2, Sckay 1 0-0 2, Hicks 2 0-2 4, Mendaros 1 0-0 2. Totals: 20 9-22 49. WP - A. Zappas 2 0-0 4, K. Zappas 3 1-2 7, Shtukina 1 0-0 2, Chung 1 0-2 2, Limgenco 2 1-2 5, Ogawa 1 0-2 2. Totals: 10 2-8 22. Three-point goals: none. Records: Woodside Priory 2-1 Burlingame 0-0-1, Woodside 0-1, San Mateo 0-1, Mills 0-1 West Catholic Athletic League ND Belmont 4 3 — 7 SH Prep 0 0 — 0 NDB - Berrini (Forsman), Berrini (Forsman), Ancelj (Goldstone), Ancelj (unassisted), Jackson (Ancelj), Jackson (unassisted), Goldstone (unassisted) Records: Sacred Heart Prep 0-1 (3-3)


Notre Dame Belmont Holiday Classic First round Pinewood 12 0 17 15— 44 ND Belmont 10 6 9 9— 34 P - Field-Polisso 3 0-0 7, Geppert 3 3-5 9, Beck 2 2-2 7, Nickel 3 2-2 8, Altmaier 0 6-6 6, Lippe 3 0-7 7. Totals: 14 13-17 44. NDB - Bisordi 3 3-4 10, Rossi 2 5-8 9, Chavez 1 0-0 2, Erie 1 0-0 2, Keohane 3 0-0 6, Lavezzo 2 0-0 4, Osai 0 1-2 1. Totals: 12 914 34. Three-point goals: Field-Polisso, Beck, Lippe (P); Bisordi (NDB). Records: Pinewood 1-0 Terra Nova Tiger Invitational First round Woodside 8 3 6 12— 25 Gunn 6 5 9 19— 39 W - Taylor 3 2-2 8, Ramies 2 3-5 7, Rhodes 1 0-0 2, Wilson 2 2-2 6, Hoffer 1 1-2 4, Zarate 1 0-0 2. Totals: 10 8-11 29. G - Shevick 2 0-0 4, R. Cartun 2 4-5 8, I. Cartun 1 4-6 6, Fung 3 0-0 6, Hausere 1 2-2 4, Perricone 4 1-5 9, Herera 0 2-2 2. Totals: 13 13-20 39. Three-point goals: Hoffer (W). Records: Gunn 3-5 Gryphon Girls Holiday Shootout First round Menlo 22 10 11 8— 51 Cal School of Deaf 5 4 7 7— 23 M - Kaewert 2 0-0 4, Schoof 1 0-0 2, Zamaria 3 1-2 7, Olson 4 0-0 8, Stauffer-Green 2 0-0 4, J. Shepard 2 0-2 4, A. Shepard 1 00 2, Virani 2 0-0 4, Patino 1 0-2 2, Andereson 4 0-0 8, Sullivan 3 0-0 6. Totals: 25 1-6 51. CSD - Bedney 0 0-0 0, Aerbold 8 2-3 18, Rasmus 1 1-2 3, McCulloch 1 0-0 2, Johnson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 10 3-5 23. Three-point goals: none. Records: Menlo 4-1 Nonleague Monday Menlo 12 6 2 12— 32 Palo Alto 17 16 12 6— 51 M - Schoof 2 0-0 4, Olson 2 0-0 6, Patino 2 0-0 4, A. Shepard 4 0-0 8, Stauffer-Green 2 0-0 4, Zamaria 2 0-0 4, Sullivan 1 0-0 2. Totals: 15 0-0 32. PA - Clay 5 3-6 13, Hansen 1 0-0 2, Gaal 1 0-0 2, 1 0-0 2, Wusu 1 1-2 3, Fields 1 0-0 2, Behr 2 0-0 6, McDermott 1 0-0 2, Pecota 5 1-4 11, Griffin 1 0-0 2, Barich 5 0-0 10. Totals: 23 5-12 51. Three-point goals: Olson 2 (M). Records: Menlo 3-1, Palo Alto 3-1 Tuesday Palo Alto 16 14 11 18 — 59

Boys basketball Nonleague — Burlingame Lions Club Tournament: Gunn, Menlo-Atherton, Menlo entered; Wilcox Tournament: Eastside Prep entered Girls basketball Nonleague — Rebel Invitational in Edmonton, Canada: Menlo-Atherton entered; Crystal Springs Invitational: Gunn, Menlo entered; Notre Dame-Belmont Tournament: Pinewood entered; Valley Christian-Dublin at Woodside Priory, 3:30 p.m.; Head Royce at Castilleja, 6 p.m. Boys soccer PAL Bay Divsiion — Menlo at Woodside, 3 p.m.; Menlo-Atherton at Capuchino, 3 p.m. Girls soccer Nonleague — Menlo-Atherton in Fresno Tournament; Pinewood at Harker, 3:30 p.m.; Castilleja vs. Redwood Christian at El Camino Park, 3:30 p.m.; Summit Prep at Woodside Priory, 3:30 p.m.

PAL Bay Division Menlo 0 0 — 0 Menlo-Atherton 0 1 — 1 MA - T. Ayala (Wheeler) Standings: Menlo-Atherton 1-0 (3-2), Burlingame 1-0, Hillsdale 1-0, Sequoia 1-0, Menlo 0-1 (3-4), Capuchino 0-1, Westmoor 01, Woodside 0-1 Homestead Christmas Cup Pool play Gunn 2 0 — 2 Leland 1 0 — 1 G - Wynne (Der), Wynne (Der) L - unavailable Records: Gunn 2-0 Nonleague Palo Alto 1 0 — 1 St. Ignatius 0 2 — 2 PA - Henriquez (unassisted) SI - unavailable Records: Palo Alto 0-4-1 Menlo 0 0 — 0 Los Altos 1 1 — 2 LA - Duprat (unassisted), Guerrero (unassisted) Records: Menlo 3-3

Alissa Flesher
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The senior middle blocker had 11 kills and 4 blocks to help the Gators win their first NorCal volleyball title, then added 9 kills and 6 blocks to make the Division V all-tourney team following a loss in the state finals.

Peter Jordan
Gunn High
The junior scored 96 points in four basketball games, 66 coming in three wins to help the Titans win the Cupertino Shootout. He also held two opponents’ leading scorers to just two points while earning all-tourney honors.

Boys basketball Nonleague — Wilcox Tournament: Eastside Prep entered Girls basketball Nonleague — Rebel Invitational in Edmonton, Canada: Menlo-Atherton entered; Crystal Springs Invitational: Gunn, Menlo entered; Notre Dame-Belmont Tournament: Pinewood entered Boys soccer Nonleague — Homestead Christmas Cup: Menlo-Atherton vs. Independence at Willow Glen, 8:30 a.m.; Palo Alto vs. Salinas at De Anza College, noon; Aptos vs. Gunn at De Anza College, 3:30 p.m. Girls soccer Nonleague — Palo Alto at Carlmont, 11 a.m.; Menlo-Atherton in Fresno Tournament WCAL — Mitty at Sacred Heart Prep, 11 a.m.

Honorable mention
Ariel Baxterbeck*
Castilleja volleyball

Steven Brown
Palo Alto basketball

PAL Bay Division San Mateo 0 0 — 0 Menlo-Atherton 0 3 — 3 MA - Funk (O’Donnell), Funk (unassisted), McGhee (O’Donnell) Mills 0 1 — 1 Menlo 3 3 — 6 M - Miller (Aronson) Menlo - Ryan (Crandall), Crandall (unassisted), Lapolla (unassisted), Swanson (Ryan), Rogers (unassisted), Rogers (unassisted) Standings: Menlo 1-0 (4-1), Menlo-Atherton 1-0 (2-1), Aragon 1-0, Carlmont 0-0-1,

Libby Cooper
Castilleja soccer

Beau Heidrich
Menlo basketball

Christina Dixon
Menlo-Atherton basketball

Nicky La Fleur
Gunn basketball

Karley Marty
Menlo-Atherton basketball

Hap Plain
Woodside Priory basketball

Rachel Pecota
Palo Alto basketball

Blake Schultz
Menlo basketball

Boys basketball Nonleague — Jefferson at Menlo-Atherton, 5:30 p.m.; San Francisco Christian at Pinewood, 6:30 p.m.

Ericka von Kaeppler
Castilleja basketball

Kheaton Scott
Palo Alto basketball * previous winner

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(Castilleja) Jr., Jackie Vo (ND San Jose) So., Alyssa Boyle (Harker) Fr., Nikke Ryu (Castilleja) So., Tomomi Menjo (Woodside Priory) So., Mary Castaneda (Woodside Priory) Jr.; Maddie Turner (Woodside Priory) So., Lisa Alarcon (Mercy SF), Ana Lekvichittada (Mercy SF) Sr., Rachel Bolton (Castilleja) Sr. ALL-PAL BAY DIVISION First Team Kristen Freethy (Burlingame), Katrina Lau (Aragon), Stephanie Luk (Mills), Aubrey Cubilo (Terra Nova), Shelley Murveit (MenloAtherton), Sarah Hoffman (Menlo), Amanda Pade (Menlo), Ashley Carlisle (Menlo), Gaby Filipcik (Menlo), Jennifer Goldman (Menlo), Marjorie Adams (Menlo). Second Team Christina Ruetz (Sequoia), Athena Foley (Burlingame), Marisa Mead (Burlingame), Rachel O’Rourke (Burlingame), Meghan Flake (Burlingame), Anita Arwade (Terra Nova), Courtney Fong (Aragon), Jasmine Dong (Mills), Jennifer Perkins (Carlmont), Kristy Hamilton (Carlmont), Kristyne Wada (Carlmont), Jackie Tong (Carlmont), Allison Carlisle (Menlo), Alicia Cha (Menlo), Michelle Nguyen (Menlo). ALL-WEST CATHOLIC ATHLETIC LEAGUE MVP: Sam Rosekrans (Sacred Heart Prep). Doubles Team of Year: Maddie Payne & Erin Troedson (St. Francis) First Team Sam Rosekrans (Sacred Heart Prep), Haley Hemm (Sacred Heart Prep), Natalie Dillon (St. Ignatius), Tayler Davis (Mitty), Jocelyn Davis (St. Francis), Maddie Payne & Erin Troedson (St. Francis), Jacqueline Bates (Mitty). Second Team Anita Athavale (Mitty), Erin Oswald (Valley Christian), Stefanie Ton (Mitty), Natasha Mendoza (St. Ignatius), Kelly Meyer (Presentation), Joanne Batara (SH Cathedral), Carmen Lam (St. Ignatius). Honorable Mention Lauren Evans (Sacred Heart Prep), Emily Wyatt (ND Belmont), Mollie Parker (Sacred Heart Prep), Alexis Reilly & Jessica Watts (Mitty), Elaine Nigashi (Presentation), Nicky Budd-Thanos & Erin McMahon (Sacred Heart Prep), Alyssa Chen (St. Ignatius), Sami Kawahara (Mitty), Jenny Ransom (ND Belmont), Allison Aubrey (St. Francis), Kammy Evans & Edita Robinson (Sacred Heart Prep), Monica Lui (SH Cathedral), Jennifer Chiu (Presentation), Hilary Lapping (St. Ignatius), Briana Neveras & Angie Green (Mitty), Elena Jimenez (SH Cathedral). ALL-PRIVATE SCHOOLS ATHLETIC LEAGUE MVP: Lisa Sanchez (Redwood Christian) Jr. First Team Christina Ton (St. Lawrence) So., Sam Weng (King’s Academy) Sr., Shelly Breidenbach (Redwood Christian) Sr., Elizabeth Williamson (Pinewood) Sr., Mithya Srinivason (Pinewood) Jr., Lisa Sanchez (Redwood Christian) Jr., Becky Burnside (King’s Academy) Sr., Maxine Lim (Pinewood) So., Natashja Dolys (Fremont Christian) Sr., Julia Ortiz (Redwood Christian) Sr. Second Team Dania Castro (St. Lawrence) Sr., Lavren Wong (Valley Christian) Fr., Sasha Chattamonokul (Pinewood) So., Jessica Ottavis (Fremont Christian) Sr.; Mai Tran (Fremont Christian) Sr., Sheila Casey (King’s Academy) Sr., Lindsay Nickel (Pinewood) Fr., Christine Chui (King’s Academy) Sr., Eliza Belagolovsky (Pinewood) So., Deanna Bradford (Valley Christian) Jr. Honorable Mention Jennie Endersby (Pinewood) Fr., Laura Bumze (St. Lawrence) Jr., Alexis Hinton (Fremont Christian) So., Rebecca Gregory (Fremont Christian) So., Brittany Goodwin (Valley Christian) Jr., Breanna Grove (King’s Academy) Jr., Grace Palm (King’s Academy) Sr., Hannah Palm (King’s Academy) Sr., Molly Shara (Redwood Christian) Fr., Christine Chia (Redwood Christian) Jr., Courtney Sanders (Pinewood) Fr., Cortney Buchanan (Pinewood) Fr. ory) Jr. setter.

ALL-SCVAL DE ANZA DIVISION Co-MVPs: Nine Sevastopoulos (Los Gatos) Sr. MB; Chelsea Ligda (Mtn. View) Sr. OH; Maile Krauss (Gunn) Sr. setter. First Team Alex Graves (Gunn) Sr. Opp; Ashley Gardiner (Gunn) Sr. OH; Samantha Rohman (Gunn) Jr. OH; Christian Schaefer (Los Altos) Jr. OH; Emily Saliba (Los Altos) Jr. OH; Erin Saliba (Los Altos) Jr. setter; Brittany Wells (Los Gatos) Jr. MB; Chelsea Wilson (Los Gatos) Sr. setter; Jolyn Robards (Los Gatos) Sr. OH; Stephanie Hodgman (Los Gatos) Sr. MB; Niki Ames (Milpitas) Sr. OH; Erican Wong (Milpitas) Sr. setter; Abby Damm (Mtn. View) Sr. setter; Ali Hanshaw (Mtn. View) Sr. Lib; Summer Reeves (Mtn. View) Sr. MB; Ariel Ajagu (Palo Alto) Jr. OH; Hillary Ford (Palo Alto) So. OH; Lindsey Spiegelman (Palo Alto) Jr. OH; Kristie Morrison (Saratoga) Sr. MB; Sarah Suboda (Saratoga) Sr. MB; Erica Wong (Saratoga) Sr. setter. Honorable Mention Margaret Johnson (Gunn) Jr. OH; Caroline Acosta (Los Altos) Sr. Opp; Elysia Myers (Los Altos) Sr. MB; Ariella Gould (Los Gatos) So. OH; Sukhjit Athwal (Milpitas) Jr. MB; Teresa Leija (Milpitas) Sr. Lib.; Hillary Saunders (Mtn. View) Sr. MB; Callie Strawn (Palo Alto) Sr. OH; Erica Gage (Palo Alto) Jr. MB; Paige Henry (Saratoga) Sr. OH. ALL-PAL BAY DIVISION Player of the Year: Ali Lycette (Menlo) Sr. MB First Team Ashley Nicholes (Carlmont) Sr. OH; Claire Louie (Sequoia) Jr. setter; Diana Douglas (Woodside( Sr. OH; Justine Record (Carlmont) So. OH; Katherine Gorman (Menlo) So. Lib; Kathryn Douglas (Woodside) Fr. OH; Lori Maumasi (Menlo-Atherton) Sr. OH; Nicole Curatola (Menlo) Sr. MB; Phoebe Hettel (Half Moon Bay) Sr. OH; Rachel Freeman (San Mateo) Sr. OH; Samantha Miller (Aragon) Jr. OH; Victoria Barry (Menlo-Atherton) Sr. OH. Second Team Allie Zamaria (Menlo) Jr. setter; Ann Sbardellati (Menlo-Atherton) Sr. MB; Ayeesha Ellis (Sequoia) So. MB; Erin Lucey (Aragon) Sr. OH; Fiona Wainwright (San Mateo) Sr. MB; Joanna Ingebritsen (Woodside) Jr. Lib.; Kelly Burke (Sequoia) Sr. OH; Kirby Haynes (Carlmont) Sr. MB; Laurea Hernandez (Carlmont) Sr. DS; Mia Ortiz (Woodside) Jr. OH; Natalie Sandman (Menlo) So. OH; Rosalyn Floyd (Half Moon Bay) Jr. OH; Taylor Lynn (Aragon) Sr. setter. Honorable Mention Abby Whelan (Menlo) Fr. OH; Aly McKinnon (Menlo) So. DS; Cecily Broughton (Half Moon Bay) Jr. MB; Christa DiSanto (Aragon) Sr. MB; Colleen Garrett (Carlmont) So. MB; Erica Roselli (Woodside) So. setter; Erin Crowley (Menlo-Atherton) Jr. setter; Gabby Crowe (Half Moon Bay) Sr. Lib.; Heather Hoeft (Sequoia) Sr. MB; Helen Milne (Woodside) So. MB; Jenna Jerkovich (Sequoia) Sr. Opp.; Jessica Peters (San Mateo) Sr. setter; Katie Hurley (Aragon) So. MB; Lani Johnson (Half Moon Bay) Jr. setter; Laya Engelhardt (Menlo-Atherton) Jr. Lib.; Megan Lindsey (Carlmont) So. Opp.; Michelle Eli (San Mateo) Sr. OH. ALL-PRIVATE SCHOOLS ATHLETIC LEAGUE MVP: Hannah Lippe (Pinewood) Sr. OH First Team Hannah Lippe (Pinewood) Sr. OH; Sami Andreacchi (Pinewood) Jr. OH; Riva Dill (Pinewood) Sr. Lib.; Sammie Cardenas (Pinwood) So. setter; Brittany Gordon (King’s Academy) Sr. OH; Natasha Bell (King’s Academy) So. OH Second Team Hillary Ashton (VC Dublin) Jr. OH; Stephanie Anderson (Redwood Christian) Sr. OH; Carman Chan (VC Dublin) So. Lib.; Liane Kobori (Fremont Christian) Sr. MH; Shannon Castillo (King’s Academy) Sr. Opp. Honorable Mention Meghan Hazlett (King’s Academy) Sr. MH; Whitney Vellequette (Pinewood) Jr. MH; Taylor Scott (King’s Academy) Sr. Lib.

ALL-WEST CATHOLIC ATHLETIC LEAGUE MVP: Amanda Gil (Mitty) So. MB First Team Amanda Gil (Mitty) So. MB; Melissa Pun (St. Ignatius) Sr. OH; Haley Carroll (Valley Christian) Sr. OH; Bridge O’Hara (Presentation) So. OH; Chelsea Armer (Mitty) Sr. OH; Chrissy Zirpolo (St. Francis) Sr. OH; Tracy Lam (SH Cathedral) Jr. MB; Kelly Schmidt (Mitty) Sr. setter. Second Team Ali Massei (ND Belmont) Sr. OH; Emily Ettel (St. Francis) Jr. setter; Gianna Toboni (St. Ingnatius) Sr. OH; Shannon McFadzean (Valley Christian) Sr. MB; Sheena Donahue (Mitty) Sr. OH; Sarah King (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr. setter; Christy McGuire (Presentation) Jr. MB; Lacey Gera (Mitty) Sr. Opp. Honorable Mention Michelle Koike (SH Cathedral) Sr. MB; Alyson Boehm (Mitty) So. MB; Heather Anthony (ND Belmont) Jr. Lib.; Lauren Quach (St. Ignatius) Sr. Opp.; Madeleine Moore (St. Ignatius) Jr. setter; Michaela Rizzo (St. Ignatius) Jr. DS; Nicole Merslich (St. Francis) Jr. MB; Bridget McAllister (Presentation) Sr. setter; Catherine Furtado (Mitty) Sr. setter; Taylor Smith (Mitty) Fr. Opp.; Ashley Anders (Valley Christian) Sr. OH; Kimmy Schumann (St. Francis) Sr. DS ALL-WEST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE MVP: Ariel Baxterbeck (Castilleja) Sr. OH First Team Chelsea Ono-Horn (Castilleja) Sr. OH; Alissa Flesher (Castilleja) Sr. MB; Sylvia Schmidt (Harker) Sr. MB; Sharon Her (Harker) Sr. setter; Tanya Schmidt (Harker) So. MB; Kelly Gorrell (Mercy-Burlingame) Sr. OH; Ashley Fox (Mercy-SF) Jr. MB; Jessica Lunasco (ND San Jose) So. OH. Second Team Katherine Jordan (Castilleja) Jr. setter; Mariah Bush (Harker) Sr. OH; Nikki Woods (Harker) Fr. OH; Kreselle Farrales (ND-San Jose) So. OH. Honorable Mention Audrey Kuan (Castilleja) So. DS; Molly Doran (Castilleja) Sr. OH; Annie Given (Castilleja) Jr. MB; Candace Silva-Martin (Harker) Fr. OH; Sofia Barena (ICA) Sr. DS; Victoria Valencia (ICA) So. Opp.; Anna Jayo (ICA) So. setter; Evelyn Alvarado (MercyBurlingame) So. Opp.; Nicole Bordi (MercyBurlingame) Sr. MB; Geraldine Posadas (Mercy-Burlingame) Sr. setter; Janine Padilla (Mercy-SF) Sr. MB; Julie Lainez (Mercy-SF) Jr. Opp.; Pam Alano (Mercy-SF) Jr. DS; Esther Hon (Mercy-SF) Jr. DS; Sarah Zamora (ND-San Jose) Sr. setter; Alex Min-Tun (NDSan Jose) Sr. Opp.; MaryKate McCloskey (ND-San Jose) Sr. MB; Alec Schilling (Woodside Priory) So. MB; Kai Novotny (Woodside Priory) Sr. OH; Katie Zappas (Woodside Pri-

ALL-PAL BAY DIVISION Player of the Year: Kelly Eaton (MenloAtherton) Sr. Goalie of the Year: Elise Ponce (Menlo) So. First Team Whitney Allen (Menlo) Jr.; Megan Burmeister (Menlo) Jr.; Kelly Eaton (MenloAtherton) Sr.; Kim Krueger (Menlo) Jr.; Heidi Kucera (Menlo-Atherton) Sr.; Elise Ponce (Menlo) So.; Cami Sullivan (Menlo) Jr.; Meg Zimmerman (Aragon) Sr. Second Team Michelle Beaudreau (Aragon) Jr.; Jessie Carr (Castilleja) Jr.; Jennifer Coyne (Burlingame) Jr.; Kelly Fero (Menlo-Atherton) Sr.; Beth Kwoka (San Mateo) So.; Angie McPhaul (Menlo) Sr.; Gina Uliana (Burlingame) Jr. Honorable Mention Alexa Godfrey (Aragon); Heather Gibbs (Aragon); Valerie Ka’ahanui (Burlingame); Olivia Plume (Burlingame); Claire Schmidt (Carlmont); Stephanie Bork (Carlmont); Hilary Walecka (Castilleja); Erika von Kaeppler (Castilleja); Danielle Hildebrandt (MenloAtherton; Rita Bullwinkel (Menlo-Atherton); Cayley Bowles (Menlo); Brittany Westerman (Menlo); Petty Chen (San Mateo); Maya Okada (San Mateo); Rebeccca Seelos (Woodside); Ruth Milne (Woodside). ALL-WEST CATHOLIC ATHLETIC LEAGUE First Team Lauren Jollymour (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Melissa Mordell (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Christie Clark (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Adriana Vogt (Sacred Heart Prep) Jr.; Kimberly Benedetti (St. Francis) So.; Lizzie Rouleau (St. Francis) Sr.; Jenna Gunderson (St. Francis) Jr.; Kimberly Needham (Mitty) Sr. goalie; Jennifer Powers (Presentation) Sr.; Kelli Wing (Presentation) Sr.; Wren White (Presentation) Jr. goalie; Kelsi Okuda (Valley Christian) Sr.; Maxie Groh (St. Ignatius) Sr.; Kandis Canonica (St. Ignatius) Jr.; Micaela Shorrock (St. Ignatius) Sr. Second Team Pallavi Menon (Sacred Heart Prep) So.; Lindsay Dorst (Sacred Heart Prep) So. goalie; M.C. Garner (St. Francis) Jr.; Hali Baxter (St. Francis) Jr.; MacKenzie Campbell (St. Ignatius) Jr.; Jenna Lind (St. Ignatius) Sr.; Monica Ahem (ND Belmont) Sr.; Alyssa Pastore (ND Belmont) Jr.; Christina Shilling (Valley Christian) Sr.; Caitlyn Moyles (Valley Christian) Sr.; McKenzie Taylor (Presentation) Sr.; Kelley Gause (Presentation) Jr.; Kristina Ericksen (Mitty) Sr.; Meghann Pedersen (Mitty) So. (The SCVAL De Anza Division girls water polo team was not submitted)

Castilleja’s Ashley Schoettle was MVP in the WBAL. CROSS COUNTRY
All-WEST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE MVP: Ashley Schoettle (Castilleja) First Team Cynthia Chaidez (ND San Jose), Jennifer Shangkuan (Harker), Chrissa Trudelle (Woodside Priory), Katie Harrington (ND San Jose), Kim Kilgroe (Castilleja). Second Team Sonja Swenson (Castilleja), Tomi Amos (Castilleja), McKensie Hurst (ND San Jose), Danielle Vidal (ND San Jose), Ellery Dake (Castilleja), Emily Crotty (ND San Jose), Danielle Juarez (Mercy SF), Rebecca Orloff (ND San Jose).

ALL-WEST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE MVP: Katie Lam (Castilleja) Sr. First Team Elyse Kim (Harker) Jr., Alex Chang-Graham (Castilleja) Sr., Lauren Buchanan (Castilleja) So., Colleen Lee (Harker) Sr.; Lauren Choi (Harker), Jenny Whang (Harker), Michelle Hood (ND San Jose) Sr., Katie Scillepi (ND San Jose), Sarah Klink (MercyBurlingame) Sr., Ali Guenley (MercyBurlingame).

ALL-WEST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE MVP: Christina Yee (Harker) Jr. First Team Gina Nguyen (ND San Jose) So., Anisha Bhalla (Castilleja) Sr., Christine Daly (Woodside Priory) Sr., Jeanette Peck (ND San Jose) Sr., Samantha Chen (ND San Jose) Sr., Emily Elliott (Woodside Priory) Sr., Leslie Lipsick (Castilleja) Sr., Melissa Bostwick (Mercy SF) So., Pauline Moyes (Mercy SF) So., Tara Panu (Harker) Fr. Second Team Cara Murayama (ND San Jose) Jr., Vani Rajan (ND San Jose) Sr., Emily Michael (Castilleja) Sr., Tori Patton (Woodside Priory) Sr., Michelle Bradford (Woodside Priory) Sr., Julia McKinney (Mercy SF) Sr., Alyssa Kriewal (Woodside Priory) Jr., Brittany Brown (Castilleja) Sr. Honorable Mention Shaina Fabito (Mercy-Burlingame) Sr., Dawn Bailey (Mercy-Burlingame) Sr., Christina Ramos (Mercy-Burlingame) Sr., Marielle Giancarlo (Castilleja) Sr., Punky Chun

Menlo senior Ali Lycette was the MVP of the PAL Bay Division in volleyball this season after helping the Knights win the league title.
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We Think William Deserves a Medal Before the Race Begins.
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