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Halloween Fun Faire
This Halloween event at Hope Technology School will have face painting, a costume parade, games and more for children in kindergarten and preschool, ages 2 to 7. Oct. 31, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Hope Technology School, 2525 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto.
 

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PAMP Annual Preschool Fair
The Parent's Club of Palo Alto and Menlo Park will hold its annual fair on preschools, where parents can speak with more than 40 local schools and sponsors as well as listen to experts talk about how to choose the right school. Nov. 1, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
 

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Green Golly Project
The award-winning Green Golly Project will introduce children ages 2 to 8 to live music, comedy and theater with the program, "Little Kids, Little Songs." Nov. 4, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Waldorf High School tour
Waldorf School of the Peninsula's high school will host interested students for tours of the facilities. Those attending can observe classes in session, meet faculty and students, see student work and participate in a Q&A session. Nov. 5, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Waldorf School of the Peninsula, 180 N. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View.
 

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Story Time with Jim LaMarche
Illustrator Jim LaMarche will introduce children to his new picture book, "Winter Is Coming," which captures the changing of the seasons through a girl's watchful eyes. Nov. 8, 10:30 a.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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Waldorf high school open house
This open house for the Waldorf School of the Peninsula's high school will welcome students and parents to participate in sample lessons, meet students and faculty, tour campus and participate in a Q&A session. Nov. 8, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Waldorf School of the Peninsula, 180 N. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View.

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The Pop Ups: 'Appetite for Construction'
The Oshman Family JCC will welcome popular kids' band, The Pop Ups, for an interactive concert called "Appetite for Construction" with puppets, drawing, dancing and enormous crayons. Nov. 9, 3 p.m. $15 member, $18 non-member in advance; $20 at the door. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

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Los Altos Library Storytelling Festival
This annual festival will invite adults and children age 4 and older to listen to tales told by two nationally recognized storytellers, Erica Lann-Clark and Willy Claflin, in addition to local talent such as Tom and Sandy Farley, Joy Swift, Enid Davis and others. Nov. 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

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Creekside Learning Lab open house
Creekside Learning Lab will hold an open house for fourth and fifth-grade parents to learn about the exploratory program covering language arts, math, science and social studies and building skills like creative thinking and collaboration. Nov. 15, 6:15 a.m. Free. Creekside Learning Lab, 884 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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American Girl Fashion Show & Tea
Hosted by the Palo Alto Auxiliary for Children, this American Girl event designed for girls and women will feature historical and contemporary girls' clothing modeled by local children carrying dolls with matching outfits. Light refreshments will be available during the show. Nov. 15, 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; Nov. 16, 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. $35 ($20 is tax deductible). Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos.
 

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Preschool Preview Night
At this public event, representatives from early care and education programs throughout the Midpeninsula will be available to answer questions. Child Care Coordinating Council will give two talks on "Choosing Quality Preschool & Child Care." Other info on family child care homes, state licensing, in-home care, accreditation and more will be on hand. Nov. 19, 6-8 p.m. Free. Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City.
 

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Preschoolers on the Farm series
This three-part series of classes at Hidden Villa will let adults and children ages 3 to 5 bury their hands in sheep wool, throw corn to chickens and generally learn about about farms. Participants should be prepared to get dirty. Sundays, Nov. 7-21, 3-4 p.m. $65 adult and first child; $30 subsequent person. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

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Paws for Tales
This program, provided in partnership with the Peninsula Humane Society and the SPCA, allows children ages 5 and up to sign up to read to a trained service dog. Events are held the fourth Saturday of each month. Saturdays, Oct 25. and Nov. 22, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

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Babies and Books Storytime
Babies and Books Storytime events at Portola Valley Library will include rhymes, songs, lap play and stories for babies up to 18 months old. Nov. 3 will be a Music Monday event with dancing, and Nov. 24 will be a bilingual story time introducing babies to Spanish. Age-appropriate toys will be available at the end of each session. Mondays, Nov. 3-24, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Toddler Storytime
These weekly events for toddlers 18 to 36 months old at the Portola Valley Library will include songs, stories and movement activities to encourage listening and reading. A craft will follow the event on the third Tuesday of the month. No event will be held on Nov. 11. Tuesdays, Nov. 4-25, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Wild & Wacky Wednesdays
This weekly event for children of all ages and guardians will encourage learning and cooperation through activities involving dancing raisins, walking water, bouncy balls, shrinky dinks and pizza people. Registration is required so staff can prepare supplies. Wednesdays, Oct. 29-Nov. 26, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

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Storytelling with John Weaver
John Weaver, Menlo Park Library's resident storyteller, will offer a monthly session of comical tales, told without a book for reference. 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.

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'Seeing with a New Eye' toddler and parent course
Waldorf School of the Peninsula will offer Parenting with Heart eight week classes for toddlers and their caregivers. This fall's introductory class called "Seeing with a New Eye: Observation and Rhythm" will help parents and caregivers learn about and guide their children. Other sessions will be held in the winter and spring. Mondays, Oct. 13-Dec. 8, 8:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. for toddlers 12-24 months; 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. for 24-36 months. $320. Waldorf School of the Peninsula, 11311 Mora Drive, Los Altos.
 

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Saturday Story Time
Each Saturday at Linden Tree Books, booksellers will share picture-book classics and new favorites with children ages 2 to 6. Saturdays, year-round, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

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Magician Brian Scott
This program sponsored by the Friends of the Atherton Library will welcome Brian Scott who will perform magic show designed for ages 4 and up. Dec. 15, 4-4:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.

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Toddler 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.
 

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DayOne Baby classes
DayOne Baby, with a new store in Palo Alto, has a wide offering of classes for expecting and new parents and their children, newborn to 24 months old. Available courses include Breastfeeding; Musical Play; Mommy & Me; Daddy & Me; Messy Play; Infant, Child, and Adult CPR; Potty Training; and more. Year-round, see website for specific class info. Prices vary. DayOne Baby, 552 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
 

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Preschool 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.
 

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Toddler Dance Party
Bonnie Lockhart will perform at Atherton Library's regular Toddler Dance Party, which will begin a new session of Toddler Storytime. This event for children 18 to 36 months old is sponsored by the Friends of the Atherton Library. Jan. 6, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

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Kenn Adams' Adventure Theater
Kenn Adams' Adventure Theater will present "Episode I: Adventure in Space," an interactive theatrical event for ages 5 and up. Members of the audience will create the story and play the main characters as they travel in a flying saucer and battle evil. Jan. 12, 4-5 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.

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Art 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.