Monday, April 21, 2014

En Plein Air Painting Event - April 27

We are planning a FUN event for artists and would-be artists, of ALL ages, to come together and
sketch or paint Historic Alpine Inn ("Rossotti's") on Sunday,April 27 from 2 - 4.  Please bring Art
materials of choice, something to work on, a chair to sit on and your enthusiasm for our wonderful town.  If artists are willing, we hope to have a showing at the Sept. 21 grand finale.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Committee Profile: Cultural Arts

What does your committee do? 

We promote all forms of art in the Town

What do you enjoy about serving on your committee? 

Getting the town together in the summer to listen to the concerts and enjoy a picnic dinner.  Getting to know our local artists, musicians and authors.  Facilitating art shows for the community to enjoy.  Seeing cross-generations enjoying what PV has to offer in the way of the arts.

Are there any projects that your committee was involved in that you're particularly proud of?

We did a wonderful art show at the Priory with our local artists a few years ago.  We had the School House quilts that were in the windows restored and hung inside.  We host a wonderful Holiday craft fair in December that everyone looks forward to.  We also had the children's tiles restored for future enjoyment.

What issues do you foresee coming before your committee in the next fifty years?

We need new members.  We'd love to have some artists on our committee.

What role will your committee play in the future of Portola Valley?

We see ourselves providing opportunities and events for the community to enjoy around the arts.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

50-Year Residents Celebrate Portola Valley Together

We are an impressive group of people in this room today.

We are 50 year residents of Portola Valley. Many of us moved to this small tow around the time it was incorporated—1964. Some were already here. Certainly, the lands of Portola Valley didn’t need us to make it more beautiful. Our talent was to keep it that way.

Just by living here, raising our families here, sending our children to school here, we have tailored Portola Valley to be what it is today. And just as importantly, our collective interest have given Portola Valley its unique personality and character.

We’ve done our job well—fifty years. We have struggled with a changing environment. We agree, disagree, and then agree to disagree—but I believe in the end, we continue to keep our collective eye on the ball.

We in this room know that this is a special place to have spent some of our years. Now we are a larger population, have more challenges and there are new people to help define our future. 

We 50-year residents have taken our place as the cornerstone of our town. We have had our collective influence on our journey to the future. And we can all take pride in our participation. 

—Sue Crane 

See more in the San Jose Mercury News!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Bird Field Day - 4/6

Meet at the Old School House  
Hike will begin at 9 AM
Bring water, binos and good hiking shoes or boots  
The hike will be about two miles with only a few hundred feet of elevation gain  
Town Center to Windy Hill parking
Loop of Spring Ridge and Betsy Crowder trails  

Return to town center about 11:30 to look at bird specimens