Around Town
Publication Date: Friday May 12, 1995

Around Town

SHARING HERSELF . . . Folk singer and Woodside resident Joan Baez is scheduled to make a special appearance at the Ecumenical Hunger Program's annual Community Faire on May 21 in Menlo Park. Participants will gather at 12:15 p.m. for the 1995 Sharathon 10K Walk, winding through Palo Alto and back to Burgess Park in Menlo Park for the fair and live entertainment throughout the day. Baez will be joined by the gospel group the Earthquakes. Other entertainers include Gabe Harris, Caribbean Rhythms, Cajun Classic and the LakaLaka Tongan Dance Troupe.

A FUNNEL IN EVERY GARAGE . . . Just what every household needs: The city of Palo Alto has won an $18,236 grant to purchase and distribute 5,000 used oil collection containers and 3,000 funnels to residents. The money comes from the California Environmental Protection Agency's Integrated Waste Management Board, which handed out $7.4 million in such grants to 327 cities and counties to increase recycling and proper disposal of used motor oil. The money is raised from a .16-cent tax on oil manufacturers for every gallon of new lubricating oil they sell in California. Look for your funnel and collection container at local auto part stores. The city will also distribute 10,000 brochures educating residents about the proper disposal of used motor oil.

PEDAL AGAINST AIDS . . . Menlo Park real estate agent Davena Gentry hadn't owned a bike before last Christmas. Since then, she's been riding as many 65 miles a day in preparation to take part in the 525-mile California AIDS Ride to benefit the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. The ride starts at Fort Mason in San Francisco on May 14 and concludes May 20 in Los Angeles. "My husband thought I'd lost my mind when I suggested we participate in the ride," said Gentry, a real estate agent at Coldwell Banker's Santa Cruz Avenue office in Menlo Park. "But we decided it would be a great way to see California and at the same time support a very worthwhile cause." Each rider must raise at least $2,200 in pledges. Gentry has said she hopes to raise $5,000.

NAMES AND NOTES . . . Anna Wu Weakland of Palo Alto has been included as an artist and educator in the 1995-'96 edition of Who's Who of American Women . . . Jeannie Barroga, literary manager for TheatreWorks, had the off-Broadway premiere of her play "Rita's Resources" at the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre in New York April 25 . . . Stanford economic professor Anne O. Krueger has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, bringing to 105 the number of Stanford faculty serving on the academy . . . Palo Altans Joy and Herbert Kaiser will receive honorary doctorates of philosophy from the Medical University of Southern Africa for their work in training black South Africans in health professions through the non-profit group they founded in 1985 called Medical Education for South African Blacks . . . Molly Polidoroff has been named executive director of the Children's Health Council, with Dr. Alan J. Rosenthal remaining as medical director . . . Menlo Park resident Jennifer Bohrnstedt has been named director of the Health Library at Stanford University Hospital. 

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