Almanac

Arts & Entertainment - March 31, 2010

Calendar

Talks/Authors

Marcia Gagliardi. Cuisine concierge Marcia Gagliardi discusses "The Tablehopper's Guide to Dining and Drinking in San Francisco" Thurs., April 1, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com

Art

"Japan: Nature in Winter." Menlo Park photographer Susan Carnahan is exhibiting 22 images of landscapes, cranes, swans and snow monkeys from Hokkaido and Nagano, Japan, through April 29. A reception and artist talk are set for Sat., April 10, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.susancarnahan.com

'Everything Has A Story'. From March 24 through April 25, painters Ellen Chong and Diana Herring explore their different approaches to art in the exhibition "Everything Has A Story." A reception is planned for Sat., April 10, 7-9 p.m. Free. The Main Gallery, 1018 Main St., Redwood City. Call 650-701-1018. www.themaingallery.org

Art Classes at Little House. Two Lapidary Workshops are starting on April 1 at Little House, both running to June 3: Thursdays 9 a.m. to noon and 6-9 p.m. $40 members, $45 non-members. PV Inc Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park,. Call 650-326-2025. www.penvol.org

Clubs/Meetings

Little House Book Club. The Little House Book Club will discuss "Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society" by Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrow. April 7, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. PV Inc Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025. www.penvol.org

Woodside Library Book Club. Anna Quindlen's "Black and Blue" novel depicts a mother, her 10-year-old son, and their flight from the abusive husband. April 6, 11 a.m.-noon. free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. www.smcl.org

Community Events

2010 South Bay Opening Day. 2010 South Bay Opening Day is a boating festival and decorated-boat parade, featuring a decorated-boat parade and blessing of the fleet at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The whole event runs April 9-11, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Sequoia Yacht Club, 441 Seaport Court, Redwood City. Call 650-361-9472. southbayopeningday.org/2010/

Concerts

Good Friday Concert. "I Am the Resurrection and the Life," celebrating the music of the Easter season. Choral selections by the Valparaiso Singers include works by Rutter, Faure, Bach and Stanford, with the addition of soloists and instrumentalists. Judith Stewart, director, and James Welch, organist. April 2, 7:30-9 p.m. free. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1105 Valparaiso Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-856-9700, 650-854-6203.

Dance

Thursday Evening Dance. Fox Trot, Waltz, Polka and more every Thursday evening. Light refreshments will be served. Come alone or bring a partner. Thursdays, 7-10 p.m. $7 per person. PV Inc Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025. www.penvol.org

Kids & Families

Annual Atherton Easter Egg Hunt. The morning starts off with an Easter egg hunt, followed by a magic performance by Gerald, photos with the Easter bunny and a breakfast buffet of foods and drinks. Members of the Atherton Police & Menlo Park Fire Depts will greet children. Reservations required. Sat., April 3, 10 a.m.-noon. $5/person. Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave., Atherton.

Easter Story Time. This story time will feature Jan Brett's "The Easter Egg" and Olivier Dunrea's "Ollie's Easter Eggs." Sun., April 4, 11:30 a.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com

On Stage

"Sunsets and Margaritas." TheatreWorks presents Jose Cruz Gonzalez's play "Sunsets and Margaritas," a family comedy. Through April 4, Tuesday through Sunday. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. theatreworks.org

Live opera at The Sequoias. Verismo Opera gives a full performance of Puccini's "Tosca." Accompanied by orchestra, with soloists bass baritone John Minagro as Scarpia and soprano Michele-Bridget Ragsdale as Tosca. Sat., April 10, 2-5 p.m. Free. The Sequoias, 501 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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Classes/Workshops

'Internet & Teens: Parenting in the Age of Technology'. Psychiatrist Katherine DeVaul of the Children's Health Council and psychologist Sam Sweet give a talk on teens' online life and the dangers of "sexting" and Internet porn. Pre-registration is requested. Thurs., April 1, 7-9 p.m. Free. Children's Health Council, 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto. Call 650.688.3675. www.chconline.org

El Camino Youth Symphony is accepting audition applications for current and new members for the 2010-2011 season. Go to www.ecys.org/auditions.html to apply for an appointment. Auditions will take place in March and April. Highlights of the 2010-2011 season include an International Tour for the Senior Symphony. Call 650-213-7111. www.ecys.org

Skype: Online Video Conferencing. Learn how to open a free account, set up your equipments & software, make simple conference calls over the Internet, create & maintain a contact list, and use other provided features. April 6, 9:30 a.m. free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147 .

Free Income Tax Assistance. Between Feb. 2 and April 13, Free Income Tax Assistance will be available at Little House in the Computer Classroom every Tuesday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. PV Inc Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025. www.penvol.org

Outdoors

Birds of Bedwell Bayfront Park. This nature walk will offer close-up views of different birds, including lingering winter visitors, migrating birds stopping to rest and refuel, and year-round residents. Binoculars will be provided. Sat., April 10, 9-11 a.m. Free. Bedwell Bayfront Park, End of Marsh Road, Menlo Park. www.friendsofbayfrontpark.org

'Patterns and Abstractions of Nature'. A show of original fine art drawings, paintings, photographs and other two-dimensional works of art that illuminate the structures of nature in creative ways. Through April 11, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Filoli Center, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.

Support Group for Teenage Girls. Offered by the After-School Counseling Program at Adolescent Counseling Services, this group will cover a range of topics facing teenage girls today, including: self esteem and body image issues, sexuality and sexual health, dating and peer relationships, substance use and academic pressure. Thursdays, 6-7:15 p.m. Please contact Vicki Petropoulos for more information. Adolescent Counseling Services Main Office, 4000 Middlefield Road, Suite FH, Palo Alto. Call 650-424-0852, ext.115. www.acs-teens.org

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