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Publication Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Around Town Around Town (March 12, 2003)

NASHVILLE SKYLINE... Ross Winetsky, the former head of the Urban Ministry in Palo Alto, is strumming and singing his way back into the folk music circuit with the release of his debut solo CD, "Americana Road." Winetsky, no stranger to the folk scene, created and emceed the "Protest Song Workshop" in Boston while still in his teens, where such folk singers as Ritchie Havens, Phil Ochs, Norman Greenbaum and Eric Anderson performed new material. Winetsky then moved west to San Francisco, where he played in blues and psychedelic rock bands and started Bear West Studios, a recording studio. In the late 1980s, Winetsky's commitment to social causes drew him to a career in social work. In 2001, he and his wife,Lorre moved to Nashville, Tenn., where he has been getting back in touch with his music roots. Winetsky has been appearing at local Nashville venues and is hoping to sing a few tunes in the Bay Area in the near future.

LETTER FROM A YOUNG CONTRARIAN . . . Jordan Middle Schooleighth-grader Roxana Moussavian rallied 293 students and educators from Jordan to sign a letter she wrote to Gov. Gray Davis asking him to consider the severe ramifications his proposed budget cuts will have on the Palo Alto Unified School District and other schools in Santa Clara County. Moussavian wrote, "I am not convinced that you (Gov. Davis) are really aware how much they (budget cuts) will hurt schools like mine. ... Robbing my generation from an adequate education is not the way to move forward fiscally." Aware that Davis may never actually see her letter, Moussavian sent copies on to Assemblyman Joe Simitian, Sen. Byron Sher, Sen. Jackie Speier and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jack O'Connell.

36 HOURS IN PALO ALTO ... Where else but Palo Alto could you catch a classic retro movie, a soothing massage, a Rodin sculpture garden and "Rum and a Smoke?" Our happenin' town was featured in the D section of New York Times on March 7. Writers Tom Gibboney, (publisher of the Almanac and Mountain View Voice), and his wife, Kathe mapped out a 36-hour tour featuring breakfast at the Prolific Oven, a bike around Stanford campus, and jazzy evening at CafÈ Fino. Recommended slumber spots were the Cardinal Hotel, The Hotel California and the Garden Court Hotel. "Internet access is important in Palo Alto, and all these lodgings offer it," the article concluded.

GUNG HEY FAT CHOI . . . Students from the International School of the Peninsula (ISP) braved the cold and rain to participate in the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade on Feb. 15, welcoming in the Lunar Year of the Ram. The school's floats have turned heads in previous years, but this year ISP students placed second in the "Elementary School Float built by Amateurs" category at the parade -- the largest of its kind outside of Asia.

A LITTLE HELP FROM THEIR FRIENDS . . . Castilleja School will host its annual Kaleidoscope auction benefit, Castilleja With a Little Help From Our Friends, on March 15. Parents and school supporters are invited to don their favorite bellbottoms, tie-dyed wear and love beads for an evening of dinner, music, dancing and live and silent auctions. Auction items include a villa in Corfu, cottage in Nantucket, a hip hop party for 20 girls and opportunities for Castilleja students to shadow a plastic surgeon, prima ballerina, the president of Old Navy and a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News.


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