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Arts & Entertainment - March 19, 2014

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Special Events

Family History Day Thirty classes will be held for enthusiasts of all levels who want to learn more about family history. Keynote speakers will be DNA specialist Steve Morse and author, speaker and innovator Greg McKeown; a computer lab and consultations will also be offered. March 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1105 Valparaiso Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-325-9711. www.mpfhc/events

Amy Tan will speak at Canada College reception at Canada Vista at 6 p.m., with wine, hors d'oeuvres and an opportunity to meet the author. Proceeds benefit student scholarships. March 25, 7:30-9 p.m. $50. Canada College Main Theater, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside. Call 650-306-3347. www.amytanatcanadacollege.brownpapertickets.com

'Notable Women in San Mateo County' San Mateo County History Museum presents re-enactors portraying "Notable Women in San Mateo County." The historic personalities cover a period from the California Gold Rush through World War II. Members of the public are encouraged to wear period costumes. March 29, 2-4 p.m. $5 for adults; $3 for students and seniors. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.historysmc.org

Treasure Market Cantor's big biennial art, antique and collectible resale event. Opening night party and sale Friday, March 28, from 6:30-9 p.m. Sale continues Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, March 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $75 members, $100 nonmembers for opening night; $5 for each day of weekend. Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation, 341 Galvez St. at Campus Drive East, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu/TM

Wingding Family Fest Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society host an event celebrating spring. Activities include birding, hiking and exploring nature. Some activities have limited space and are first-come-first-served; sign up at arrival. May 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve, one mile south of the intersection of Page Mill Road, Alpine Road and Skyline Blvd.. Call 408-252-3740. www.scvas.org/index.php?page=text&id=cal

Community Events

Conversation on Education Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park hosts an hour-long conversation examining the state of public education and discussing what changes might improve the system for schools, parents and students. March 19, 7-8 p.m., and March 20, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-854-5897. www.facebook.com/LifetreeCafeMP

St. Raymond School Rummage Sale with gently used clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, books, housewares, small appliances, toys, games and sporting goods. March 29, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and March 30, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. St. Raymond School, 1211 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-248-7677.

On Stage

'The Diviners' Play Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory production. Set in the Depression, the story is about a boy who is deathly afraid of water yet who can divine it, a crucial gift for his drought-ridden town. March 13-23, 7:30 p.m. $10-$40. Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-8282 ext. 105. www.pvtc-ca.org

'Evita - The Musical' Eva Peron climbs her way to the top of the social ladder from the slums to become the First Lady of Argentina, in "Evita - The Musical." Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, March 28-April 13, times vary. $42-$64. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City. Call 650-369-7770. www.FoxRwc.com

'Once on This Island' TheatreWorks presents Tony Award-nominated musical. Check website for dates, times. March 5-30, 2 p.m., 7:30 or 8 p.m. $19-$73. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-463-1960. www.theatreworks.org

Spring Sprung Comedy Show Canada College Theatre Arts presents four comedies packed into one hour. Check website for dates, times. March 12-23. $15. Flex Theater, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside. Call 650-306-3336. canadacollege.edu/arts/boxoffice.php

Talks & Authors

USGS Lecture on climate change Dan Cayan, U.S. Geological Survey climate researcher, will talk about "Preparing for California Climate Change: Climatologists Look Back and Peer Forward." March 27, 7-8 p.m. Free. USGS Menlo Park Campus, 345 Middlefield Road, Bldg. 3, Conf. Room A, Menlo Park. Call 650-329-5136. online.wr.usgs.gov/calendar

Allison Brennan discusses her new novel, "Notorious: A Max Revere Novel." Brennan, a graduate of Menlo School, is an author of 20 thrillers and romantic suspense novels. April 1, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/allison-brennan

Anchee Min discusses her memoir, "The Cooked Seed," the next chapter after growing up in China during the violent trauma of the Cultural Revolution. This book takes her from the deprivations of her homeland to the sudden bounty of the promised land, without language or money. March 20, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/anchee-min

Craig Nelson discusses his new book, "The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era," a history of the Atomic Age, from X-rays to Marie Curie to Los Alamos, Hiroshima, Mutual Assured Destruction, Dr. Strangelove, the Nevada Test Site, and the 2011 meltdown in Japan. March 27, 7:30 p.m. Free Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/craig-nelson

Jenny Bowen discusses her book: "Wish You Happy Forever: What China's Orphans Taught Me about Moving Mountains." She and her husband adopted a little girl from China and created Half the Sky Foundation to help orphans in China. March 19, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Socialogist Karen E. Fields discusses her book, "Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life," about America's failure to create proper language to talk about inequality. She will speak with Sergio C. Munoz, who produced a 12-part radio series on the book. March 26, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Youth Event: Jonathan Stroud will read from and sign his book, "The Screaming Staircase," part of his new Lockwood & Co. series that offers action, suspense and humor. March 31, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Classes/Workshops

'Salad Lover's Dream' Garden Class Local organic gardening guru Jody Main leads this class on basic veggie gardening skills. March 29, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $35. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. www.commongroundinpaloalto.org/category/classes-events/

Designing Floral Art Quilts Quilter and Portola Valley local Sylvia Gegaregian shares simple techniques for creating floral designs in this workshop (for adults). Registration required. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

eBooks and eAudiobooks Help Portola Valley Library invites community members to make a one-on-one appointment to receive help accessing the library's free online books. Bring a device and any questions. Contact library for appointment. March 19-May 28, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Make Your Own Beads Class Christie's Creative Cupboard hosts craft program on creating beads for adults. Sign-up is required. March 19, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Video Production Workshop Zoom In is a 15-hour intensive video workshop that covers how to create a digital video, edit it, upload it to YouTube and produce a DVD. Class includes all software and equipment, plus a booklet. April 5-12, Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 2-5 p.m. $145. Midpeninsula Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-494-8686 ext. 11. www.midpenmedia.org/

Clubs/Meetings

'SRI Organon Toastmasters' aims to improve communication and leadership skills. Community members invited to visit and join. Tuesdays, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. SRI International, Building G, Laurel Ave., opposite Menlo Park City Hall, Menlo Park. www.sriorganon.com/

Non-Fiction Book Club discusses "Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari" by Paul Theroux. Funded by Friends of the Portola Valley Library. Drop-ins welcome. March 20, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Concerts

"Five Scientifically Proven Signs You're in Love" Collage Vocal Ensemble presents annual spring concert, this time exploring facets of romantic love, from the sublime to the ridiculous. Music is by Finzi, Foster, Debussy, Holst, Clements, Daunais, Sjolund, Britten and more. 2 p.m. Free; $15 suggested donation. St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. www.collagevocalensemble.org

Concordia University Choir Concert Christi Crux Vocal Ensemble from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, will perform at Bethany Lutheran Church. Part of Concordia's annual spring tour. March 22, 7 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-854-5897.

El Caminio Youth Symphony performs March Festival features five young artists and the Sinfonietta Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Camilla Kolchinsky. Program includes works by Bizet, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Lalo. March 29, 7:30 p.m. $15 general; $8 student/senior. Center for Performing Arts, Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. www.ecys.org

Jeno Jando Solo Piano Recital Jeno Jando, professor of the Liszt Music Academy in Budapest and winner of major international piano competitions, performs the music of Liszt, Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms and Bartok. March 22, 7-9 p.m. $15/$25. Woodside Priory School, Performing Arts Center, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-714-5518.

Woodside Village Band gives its 25th annual Spring Concert in the Sanctuary of the Woodside Village Church. Program includes works by Gershwin, Ellington, Porter and others. Reception in Guild Hall follows the concert. March 22, 3-5 p.m. Free (donations accepted). Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-1642. windband.org/woodside

Exhibits

'Off the Beaten Path' Photos Outdoorsman and photographer Ken Napior shares images of his adventures in America's national parks. He shows how an RV and hiking boots can introduce visitors to rare sights and perspectives. March 23, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

Alan VanEss Exhibit The work of local artist Alan VanEss is on display at the Atherton Library. VanEss's work features colorful perspectives of homes in the Atherton community, bringing together architecture and landscape. Through April, library hours. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org/content/atherton

Kids & Families

'Tales of Magic & Blarney' Storyteller Ruth Halpern presentis "Tales of Magic & Blarney," stories of the Emerald Isles for ages 5 to 105. Sponsored by Menlo Park Library and Menlo Park Historical Association. March 22, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call 510-330-2530. www.menloparklibrary.org

'Paws for Tales' Kids Program Atherton Library hosts a program in partnership with the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA where children ages 5 and up can sign up to read to a trained service dog, with the goal of improving reading skills and building confidence. Time slots are available the fourth Saturday of each month. Through June, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

Bilingual Storytime This program is for newborns to children 18 months old and will feature stories, songs and rhymes in English and Spanish. March 24, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Hidden Villa Spring Farm Fair To mark the start of spring, drop-in activities will be hosted farm-wide all afternoon; no registration required. March 22, noon-3 p.m. $5 parking fee. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-949-6326. www.hiddenvilla.org/programs/calendar-of-events/61-public-programs/237228-spring-farm-day

Toddler Storytime This program for children 18 months to 3 years old will have songs, stories and movement activities to encourage children to listen and read. Craft follows storytime. March 18, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Et Alia

Substance Abuse Discussion Adolescent Counseling Services invites parents of pre-teens and teens to an educational and an open discussion about substance use, hosted by the ACS Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Program director and counselors. Light breakfast is provided. Please RSVP. March 19-May 21, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Free. Adolescent Counseling Services, 1717 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-424-0852 ext. 104. www.acs-teens.org/

'Asian Fusion' Collection Linda Salter's exhibit features her recent exploration of Chinese art, with brush painting pieces mounted on scrolls as well as others framed in Western style. March 1-31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-321-0220. www.portolaartgallery.com

Lenten Services Bethany Lutheran Church hosts Lenten services on Wednesdays, March 19 through April 9, noon-12:30 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. www.bethany-mp.org/

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