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Family and KidsThe Corner Laughers in Portola Valley
Local indie musicians The Corner Laughers will put on performance for young children and their families to warm things up for the Portola Valley's 50th anniversary festivities. A free tricycle will be raffled off. Sept. 21, 3-7 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsImagination Playground Party
The Portola Valley Library will hosting an Imagination Playground Party during the Town Anniversary Celebration, where children and adults can play with safe, over-sized building blocks. Sept. 21, 1:30-4 p.m. Free. Town Community Hall, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsTrain Days
The Los Altos History Musuem will host a two-day family event focusing on model railroading. There will be elaborate layouts, scenery and moving trains -- complete with steam, lights and sound. Sept. 20 and 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 ages 5 and older. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Family and KidsStorytime with Aaron Becker
Books Inc. Palo Alto will host a special story-time event with author and illustrator Aaron Becker sharing "Quest," sequel to his Caldecott honor-winning book, "Journey." Sept. 22, 4:30 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Family and Kids'Raising a Multilingual Child'
In this talk for parents with newborns to children age 8, Sylvia Ford will talk about the opportunity for young children to learn a new language and suggest ways that they can retain those skills. Sept. 25, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Family and KidsAuthor Pseudonymous Bosch on 'Bad Magic'
Books Inc. Palo Alto will welcome Pseudonymous Bosch, author of the bestselling "Secret Series," to discuss the first book in his new mystery trilogy, "Bad Magic." Sept. 29, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsBabies and Books Storytime
September's Babies and Books Storytimes, for children 18 months old and younger, will offer varied programming in addition to rhymes, songs, lap play and short stories. Sept. 29 will be a bilingual (English and Spanish) story time event. Mondays, Sept. 8-29, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsLittle Chefs: Cooking Fun for Children
The Portola Valley Library will hold this workshop for children ages 2 to 5 to learn the basics of food preparation and to make Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake. Adjustments can be made for children with food allergies. Registration is required. Sept. 30, 10-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsToddler Storytime
The Portola Valley Lirary will hold weekly story time events for children ages 18 to 36 months, with songs, stories and movement activities. A craft activity will follow story time on Sept. 16. Tuesdays, Sept. 2-30, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsOctober Free First Friday
October's Free First Friday program at the San Mateo County History Museum will continue with free admission all day. At 11 a.m., preschool children can participate in a craft activity making paper pom poms and hear the story, "Play Ball With Me." Adults can go on a docent-led tour at 2 p.m. Oct. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Family and KidsAnti-bullying workshop
Menlo Park will hold a free anti-bullying event to help children of all ages identify, avoid and stop bullying behavior. Oct. 3, 4-8:30 p.m. Free. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
Family and KidsPlaza Palooza: Children's Hour
For this Plaza Palooza event, the City of Mountain View will welcome the Puppet Art Theatre Co. to perform "The Boy Who Cried Wolf." Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Oct. 3, noon-1 p.m. Free. Civic Center Plaza, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Family and KidsPlein-air sessions for kids
This autumn Art School of San Francisco Bay will hold three Saturday art sessions for children ages 8 to 13 in Palo Alto parks, each dedicated to a different material: pastels (Sept. 20), acrylics (Sept. 27) and watercolor (Oct. 11). Visit the website for info and to register. Saturdays, Sept. 20 and 27 and Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $40 half day; $80 full day. Foothills Park or Baylands Nature Preserve, , Palo Alto.
Family and KidsNorthern California Bats program
Northern California Bats will give a presentation for ages 5 and up to teach library visitors about the creatures. The group will bring live bats to the event. Oct. 27, 4-4:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Family and KidsStorytelling event
John Weaver, Menlo Park Library's resident storyteller, will offer a monthly session of comical tales told without a book. The events are appropriate for children in elementary school and older. First Thursday of the month, Sept. 4-Dec.4, 4-4:45 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Main Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.
Family and KidsToddler Art Classes
Art School of San Francisco Bay will hold art classes for toddlers ages 2 to 4 years old, with three session times available. See the website for more info. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Sept. 9-Dec. 16. $70/month; free trial available. Accent Arts Store, Second Floor, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Family and KidsPreschool Storytime
Weekly Preschool Storytime events will return to the Atherton Library, with stories, songs, rhymes and more for ages 3 to 5. Fridays, Sept. 5-Dec. 19, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Family and KidsArt School of San Francisco Bay classes
The Art School of San Francisco Bay offers art classes for a variety of ages and abilities, beginning at age 2 and continuing up until advanced classes for teens. Visit the website for schedule, prices and registration. Sept. 3-May 29. Free trials available; prices vary. Accent Arts Store, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.