Tuesday, September 2, 2014

RSVP for the Anniversary Dinner by September 17!

Invitations have gone out in the mail! If you're planning to attend the barbecue dinner on September 21, please RSVP here! 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


With the dry summer ending and fall about to begin, we can still find lots of native plants and animals to enjoy in Portola Valley.  And as bad as this drought seems, there have certainly been worse in the past. 

Join Paul Heiple on a leisurely three to four mile walk to see how our California plants and animals can live successfully though the drought we find so difficult.

Meet at the Historic Schoolhouse at the Portola Valley Town Center on Sunday, August 24,
at 9:30 a.m. for a fascinating morning with nature.

Presented by:
The Portola Valley Nature and Science Committee

and The Portola Valley 50th Anniversary Committee

Saturday, August 9, 2014

50th Anniversary Celebration coming September 21 - RSVP Online!

The Town of Portola Valley invites its residents to join in a day of merriment for the grand finale celebration of Portola Valley’s 50th Anniversary of Incorporation.  The festivities include dinner, dancing and libations provided by the Town.  

The community barbeque dinner picnic is provided at no cost so your RSVP using the link below is greatly appreciated to help us plan for the event.  Please note that proof of town residency will be required for all adults on the day of the event.

Please respond here by September 17th or call 650.851.1700 ext 258

*Seating (tables and chairs) available for elders only

*Please bring your own picnic blankets or chairs

8:00 – 9:00 am         Interfaith Service
                                    Town Center Performance Lawn

1:00 – 5:00 PM         Library, Heritage & Art Rooms
                                    *Special Exhibits
                                    *Add to the Time Capsule
                                    *Imagination Playground
                                    *Tricycle Concert for Kids

3:00 – 5:00 pm         Old Fashioned Games for Kids
                                    Baseball Field

3:30 – 4:30 pm         Panel Discussion – Why We Live Here

5:00 – 7:00 pm         Dinner and Square Dance
                                    Portola Valley invites its residents to dinner,
                                    featuring PV Wines, beer and lemonade

RSVP for dinner before 9-17 here  or call 650.851.1700 ext 258

*Seating (tables and chairs) available for elders only
*Please bring your own picnic blankets or chairs

To RSVP, please click here.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

1964 Rock 'n' Roll Concert - June 19 6-8pm at Town Center

plays the music of 1964

featuring music by the Beatles, Diana Ross and The Supremes, We Five, Dean Martin,
 Johnny Cash, The Kinks, and Sam Cooke

Peter Sawyer, Nathaniel Rothrock, Cynthia Sleight, Ray Rothrock, Brazos Donaho

1964 was a great year for rock and roll.  Coming off the great years of Elvis, Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly and many more, the Beatles made their American debut on Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9 and this changed everything.  They captured the top five on the Billboard Top 40, an unprecedented achievement.  Motown was cranking out the music of Diana Ross.  Elvis was well into his movie career, with his music still in the charts.  Johnny Rivers, Roy Orbison, Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, and many more were making history.   Sam Cooke was killed in L.A.  Ian Fleming's James Bond in Goldfinger and Bye Bye Birdie with Ann-Margret were on the silver screen.  Fiddler on the Roof premiered on Broadway.   The space race was well on with the Soviet Union and President Johnson escalated the war with strategic bombing of North Viet Nam.  And first lady, Michelle Obama was born January 17, 1964.

Up and to the Right has put together a 1964 playlist that will get you out of your seat and rockin' to the most memorable music of that era, and they'll perform many some great songs long forgotten.  The set also includes favorites you didn't know were in Billboard's Top Ten of that year such as Everybody Loves Somebody.  

The band members with three PV residents, Nathaniel Rothrock, lead vocal and guitar, Cynthia Sleight, lead vocal, Ray Rothrock on bass, Peter Sawyer on lead guitar and Brazos Donaho on drums.  Ray and Brazos actually went to college back in the day at Texas A&M.  The bands beginnings were when Nathaniel and Ray started taking lessons from Peter before Nathaniel went to college.  In 2012, they got added Brazos and Cynthia and had their Bay Area debut at the Great America Music Hall in May 2013.  The band plays school functions, parties, galas, and as often as they can at the Pioneer Saloon in Woodside -- but mostly for fun.

Don't miss other upcoming acts in the Summer Concert Series at Town Center, July 24 and August 21!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Celebration of the Horse - June 22

Come join us on Sunday June 22 for a morning trail ride through Portola Valley, and an afternoon educational horse fair.

Trail Ride, 9-12:00 PM

  • The staging area for the trail rides will be in the meadow in front of Spring Down, acrossfrom the Town Center, beg.inning at 9:00 am 
  • Three (3) organized rides will depart at 9:30 am. (The map on the back shows the 3 trail ride options.) 
  • Ride-in only (no trailer parking available) *Warning: Steep and irregular trails 
  • RSVP for the trail ride to pvhorseday@gmail.com 

Horse Fair, 2-5 PM

Come learn all about the horse at the horse fair located at the hitching rack in front of the Town Center tennis courts
  • Meet miniature horses and Icelandic ponies 
  • Learn how to conduct a vet exam and listen to a pony’s 
  • heart 
  • Decorate horse shoes and bob for apples 
  • Learn about a horse’s tack and embossing leather 
  • Climb on a wagon and play in an old governess carriage 
  • Learn about what horses eat and how useful manure is 

In 1964, the town of Portola Valley incorporated to preserve its tranquil, rural lifestyle. Today, we enjoy 36 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails throughout the Town’s majestic hillsides and pastoral meadows. Let’s join together to celebrate the horse and ensure continued access to this treasured resource.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

50th Anniversary Hike Was a Success!

by Phil Reilly

The hike was organized by the town's Trails and Paths Committee and we had an amazing turn out of over a 100 people, including lots of children, and about 20 dogs.  We hiked just under 4 miles of beautiful Portola Valley trails and ended the hike with a picnic at Portola Vineyards, with wine from Portola Vineyards, bread from Portola Valley Breads, cheese and meats donated by Roberts and various salads and desserts provided by committee members and friends.  The universal feedback was that it was a perfect day, showcasing the bounties of Portola Valley, and we had a special combination of young people and long-time residents hiking together.  We even had one 30-year resident who said that this was the first time they had been on the Portola Valley trails!!

It was amazing to see a line of 100 people hiking along the Portola Valley trails. Virginia Bacon took some lovely pictures, which you can see at http://www.pbase.com/beaucamera/community_hike, and I've included a few of the pictures below (after the cut). 

Among the many special attributes of Portola Valley, the trails have been a key part of the residents' experience for the last 50 years.  This hike was a wonderful confirmation that the trails remain a vibrant and important component of the town's character.  Portola Vineyards have indicated they are very happy to make this an annual event and to also do a similar hike and picnic at the end of the summer. This will be a marvelous way for people to celebrate everything great about Portola Valley.

A number of people at the hike asked about the availability of Portola Vineyards wine and Portola Valley Breads bread:  the wine is available at Bianchini's, Robert's PV, Alpine Hills Tennis Club, and at the winery; and the breads are available exclusively at the Portola Valley Farmers' Market.

Click the link for more pictures! 

Thursday, May 22, 2014