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May 18, 2005

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Publication Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2005

On the blackboard On the blackboard (May 18, 2005)

ART SHOWCASE . . . Dozens of artists from across the Peninsula will participate in a massive art sale Saturday, called "Foundations Through Beauty," at Fairmeadow Elementary School, 500 E. Meadow Drive. Twenty percent of each artist's sales will go toward Partners in Education, the local school-funding organization. The event has been organized by Fairmeadow PTA volunteers.

LIKE TO BIKE? . . . On Thursday, Gunn High School will sponsor its third annual "Pedal for Prizes" bike drawing to coincide with the national observation of the nation-wide Bike to Work Day. During the past few months, the event's coordinator, Jane Moss, has held mini drawings for small prizes, such as prom tickets, Jamba Juice certificates and all-day Caltrain passes. With over 1,500 entrants, the drawing will take place at lunchtime in the quad and the grand prize is a TREK-brand bike.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS AT MENLO . . . For the 14th year, Menlo School will host the Special Olympics Northern California Track and Field Competition for San Mateo County. The event will start at 9 a.m., with opening ceremonies and the lighting of the Olympic torch, on Saturday on the school's Cartan Field. The track and field event is one of the biggest and most popular contests, with about 120 Special Olympic athletes expected to participate. The contestants, who will each receive a T-shirt designed by a Menlo student, train for about eight weeks to qualify, but all athletes are encouraged to participate. For more information, call Cate Collings, the Special Olympics chair, at 948-5614.

CELEBRATING THE YOUNG ARTIST . . . The Palo Alto Art Center and the Palo Alto Unified School District have again collaborated to celebrate the imaginative spirit of students in kindergarten through 12th-grade by hosting the Youth Art Exhibition all this month. In conjunction with the annual presentation, the center's foundation is showcasing the second annual exhibition of student artwork from the Cultural Kaleidoscope, an art education program for children. Visitors to the center can also catch a third exhibition, the Lion on the Loose, curated by 8-year-old Lily Hartzell, which includes drawing and letters from children in England in response to the mountain lion shooting here. For more information, call 329-2366. The center is located at 1313 Newell Road.

STUDENTS PLAY THEIR WAY TO THE TOP . . . Alakazam!, a team of three seventh-grade students from Palo Alto, is one of the top two TOYchallenge 2005 West Coast National Showcase teams that will vie for grand prizes at the final toy- and game-design competition in June. Last month, Alakazam! was chosen for "Skyscraper," a complex construction board game where four players, each using a colored hardhat playing piece, strategize their way to the center of the board to obtain construction permits. The first player to build their way back to their starting point wins. The competition was created by Sally Ride Science, Smith College and Hasbro, Inc. to motivate and encourage middle school-age kids, especially girls, to pursue science and engineering as study or career fields.

Send notices of news and events related to schools, child care or youth activities to Alexandria Rocha, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, 94302, or [email protected] The monthly school section runs the third Wednesday of each month. The deadline is the second Thursday of the month at 5 p.m.

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