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'The Birds & the Bees'
This session led by Torrey Mandell Freeman for parents with kids ages 5 to 10 will discuss appropriate ways to answer children's questions about bodies and sex. Topics covered will include when to have this talk, how to prepare and the benefits of open communication. Oct. 23, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

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Witches' Delight Halloween Carnival
The Witches' Delight Halloween Carnival will return for its 54th year with carnival rides, games, a cake walk, cookie decorating, a costume contest and more. Dinner by the Santa Rita BBQers will be available. Oct. 24, 3-8 p.m. Free admission; $1 for each play ticket. Santa Rita Elementary School, 700 Los Altos Ave., Los Altos.
 

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'The Lego Movie'
This family movie night at the Atherton Library will include a screening of "The Lego Movie," which is 100 minutes long and rated PG. The doors will open at 6:45 p.m.; free popcorn will be provided. Oct. 24, 7-8:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.

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Magic Forest Journey - A Fairy Tale Event
This 30-minute festive journey for children ages 3 to 7 will feature scarecrows dancing, elves crafting shoes and a jack-o'-lantern-lined path. Oct. 25, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $6 child; free for accompanying adults. Waldorf School of the Peninsula, 180 N. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View.
 

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Story time with author Jenny Hurwick
Author Jenny Hurwick will lead a story time, best suited for ages 2 to 6, with her book, "The Adventures of Frazzle and Twitch: A Halloween Story with a Christmas Twist!" about a witch and her sidekick, the cat Twitch. Oct. 25, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

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2014 Halloween Hoopla
Costumed community members will participate in this annual parade to Fremont Park, with trick-or-treating in downtown Menlo Park at participating stores until 3 p.m. and entertainment at the park. The parade will start at the Maloney Street parking lot off Santa Cruz Avenue. Oct. 25, 11:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Fremont Park, Downtown Menlo Park, Menlo Park.

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Halloween Spooktakular
This event for children up to age 10 will bring together carnival games, a costume parade at 1:30 p.m., a Monster Maze, fall arts and crafts, Transylvania Treats and prizes. Oct. 25, noon-3 p.m. $5 child. Red Morton Community Center, 1120 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City.
 

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Hello Kitty Reading Day
The first ever Hello Kitty Reading Day, an initiative from Sanrio and its publishing partners to celebrate reading and Hello Kitty's 40th anniversary, will include themed activities, giveaways, trivia and more for the whole family. Oct. 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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PreSchool Family 31st Annual Fun Day
PreSchool Family and Young Fives will hosts its annual Family Fun Day, where there will be a raffle, train rides, carnival games, magic shows, live music, a bake sale, used book sale, food and more. Oct. 25, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. PreSchool Family Campus, 4120 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

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A Shadowy Halloween Party
This Gamble Garden event will lead children in creating shadow puppets and then entertain them with puppet performances of classic stories. Oct. 26, 5-6:30 p.m. $15 child and adult member; s$25 child and adult non-member. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
 

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CalAve Trick or Treat and Halloween Carnival
The 20th annual CalAve Trick or Treat and Halloween Carnival, organized by Blossom Birth, will include trick-or-treating on California Avenue, carnival games, live music, activities for toddlers and more. Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Blossom Birth, 299 S. California Ave, Suite 120, Palo Alto.
 

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Story Time with Eric Litwin
Eric Litwin, author of picture book "Pete the Cat," will share his new story, "The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House," as well as perform his "Bedtime at the Nut House" song and others. Oct. 26, 11 a.m. Free. Redwood Shores Library, 399 Marine Parkway, Redwood City.
 

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Recreation With Rocks
The Peninsula Gem & Mineral Society will hold its annual show with gem and mineral exhibits, crafts, beads, a kid's treasure wheel and jewelry. Oct. 25 and 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $4 adult; $2 age 12-18; free for under 12. Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

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Bilingual Baby Storytime
The Portola Valley Library will hold a bilingual story-time event for babies up to 18 months old, introducing them to Spanish through stories, songs and rhymes. Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Northern 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.
 

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Toddler Storytime
The Portola Valley Library will hold its weekly story-time events for children 18 to 36 months old, where there will be songs, stories, movement activities and age-appropriate toys. A craft activity will follow the story time on Oct. 21. Tuesdays, Oct. 7-28, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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'Building Attachments' parenting seminar
This Adopt a Special Kid event, welcoming current and prospective parents and professionals working with foster and adopted children, will address the topic of "Building Attachments: Helping Parents of Teenagers and Adolescents." The seminar will be led by Anquenette Robinson and of Heart and Soul Life Strategies. Free dinner will be available. Oct. 29, 6-8 p.m. Free. Bay Area Adoption Services, 465 Fairchild Drive, Suite 215, Mountain View.
 

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Halloween craft activities
The Portola Valley Library will welcome Christie's Creative Cupboard to lead Halloween-themed crafts activities. At 3:30 p.m., children ages 3 to 8 can make a picture frame with googly eyes. At 4:30 p.m., children ages 9 to 13 can make a candy bar into a Halloween friend. Oct. 30, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Little Adventures series
This new program by Environmental Volunteers will acquaint toddlers and preschoolers with nature through hands-on activities. The first series will cover birds, bugs and using human senses to explore nature. Thursdays, Oct. 16-30, 10-11 a.m. $60 series; $22 one class. Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
 

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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 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 preschools and sponsors as well as listen to experts talk 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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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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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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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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Wild & Wacky Wednesdays
This weekly event 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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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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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.