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, 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.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Flight Night - May 16

The 4th annual Flight Night is presented by the Portola Valley Nature & Science Committee. There will be radio-controlled model demonstrations, exhibits with scale models, NASA rotorcraft, and career information. Visitors can fly a dual control model, use computer flight simulators, and build a glider among other activities. Food will be available. May 16, 6-9 p.m. Free.

PV On Stage - Saturday, May 17

The 50th anniversary of Portola Valley's incorporation as a town is reason to celebrate. Come join us for an evening of performing arts showcasing the talents of the people of Portola Valley. This is a joint venture with Woodside Priory, who have offered their wonderful performing arts center for the evening. There will be an exhibit of artwork by kids in the advanced placement studio program in the Kriewall-Haehl Gallery and an impressive line-up of talent in the Rothrock Performance Hall. 

We have some amazing artists living, learning and working in our midst, and as part of Portola Valley's season of 50th anniversary celebrations, a selection of our many talented residents will be coming together, young and old, professional and up-and-coming to entertain us and remind us of how truly remarkable this town is. Here are some of the wonderful performers who will entertain us that night. 

**Admission is free, but please reserve your seat at
Questions? Please contact Pamela Dorrell

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Anniversary Hike - May 24

The PV Trails & Paths Committee invites you all to celebrate our town's 50th Anniversary with a hike, followed by wine tasting and a light lunch, Saturday, May 24 10:30am.

Two hiking routes will be offered, one 3 miles in length, the other shorter. Dogs are welcome! Bring your family and walk at your own pace, enjoying the beauty of nature and the tranquility that is Portola Valley.

 Afterwards, hikers will relish the beautiful setting of Portola Vineyards, as they enjoy a picnic lunch, featuring artisan loaves from Portola Valley Breads.

 Hikers should meet at Portola Vineyards at 10:30 at 850 Los Trancos Road.

 A special thanks to Portola Vineyards for sponsoring this event at their lovely winery!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Thursday, May 1, 2014

50th Anniversary Extreme Team Scavenger Hunt Starts May 10

Great Hunters of the Realm! Grab a team mate or two or up to six (perfect for families, friends and neighbors) and join the challenge to win a wonderful afternoon celebration picnic/ party in the gorgeous Jelich orchard sometime during apple season.

There are 50 challenging questions and tasks and a few extra credit questions which need to be accomplished over the course of six days. These questions will take you places, through history and flora and fauna of our beloved valley. All of challenges keep you in Portola Valley. You must take a selfie of your team or participants and enter this into your passbook. Passbooks will be available at the Town Center plaza on May 10 at 4pm, or downloadable from the blog. Prints of photos will be required for many answers to the challenge so make sure you have that capability on your team. Turn answers in by May16 to town hall. 

Let the games begin! 

Photos from April's En Plein Air Event

Artists of all ages enjoyed an afternoon of art and sun at the Alpine Inn! Join us for the next En Plein Air event on May 18.

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