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December 16, 2005

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Publication Date: Friday, December 16, 2005

Worth a Look Worth a Look (December 16, 2005)
@walhd:Festive fun

Barron Park party and parade

Two neighborhood donkeys, Perry and Niner, will be among the famous local residents of Palo Alto's Barron Park area during the annual caroling parade.

Starting at 2:30 p.m. at Bol Park (corner of Laguna and Matadero avenues), the parade will also include the Gunn High School Chamber Singers. Refreshments are on order for after the parade, served at Barron Park Elementary School around 3:15 p.m.

For more information, call Don Anderson at 494-8672 or email

Christmas Tree Lane

The lights blaze again this weekend on Palo Alto's Christmas Tree Lane, also known as the 1700 and 1800 blocks of Fulton Street between Embarcadero Road and Seale Avenue.

Displays of festive lights go on at 5 p.m. on Saturday and continue through New Year's Eve, with the lights darkening each night at 11 p.m. The Music In Motion singers from Duveneck Elementary School will also perform at 5 p.m.

No parking is allowed on Christmas Tree Lane, but parking is available in nearby neighborhoods. Visitors who wish to drive slowly down the lane are asked to illuminate only their parking lights.

Born during a game of bridge among Judge Edward E. Hardy and three other residents, Christmas Tree Lane is a 65-year-old tradition. Go to for more information.

@walhd:Drum and dance
Solstice gathering

This evening, St. Andrew's Methodist Church at 4111 Alma St. in Palo Alto hosts its annual Solstice Drum and Dance Gathering.

Attendees are invited to bring African drums, dancing shoes and refreshments to the event, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Many also bring objects for a winter/new year altar, "something to represent what you would like to manifest in the coming year," organizer Zorina Wolf said.

Donations will go toward rent for the event and also benefit the One World Children's Fund. Call (650) 493-8046 or email for more information.

Sing-along 'Messiah'

Stanford University's grandiose Memorial Church will hold a crowd of singers tonight at 8 p.m. for a sing-along of Handel's "Messiah," hosted by the Stanford Department of Music.

Tickets are $10 general, $9 for seniors and $5 for students. Vocal scores can be purchased before the concert.

Call (650) 725-2787 for more information.

'Legendary LEGOs'

It's a wide, wide world of LEGOs at Palo Alto's Museum of American Heritage starting this Sunday, when the museum teams up with the Bay Area LEGO User Group and the Bay Area LEGO Train Club to create a sweeping exhibit.

Those plastic pieces will be sculpted into a variety of creations, including a 12-by 25-foot layout with trains running through urban, suburban and rural scenes -- many of them familiar to Bay Area denizens.

The exhibit runs through Jan. 15, and the museum is open at 351 Homer Ave. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Go to for more.

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