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Arts & Entertainment - April 3, 2013

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On Stage

'Being Earnest' TheatreWorks presents the world premiere of "Being Earnest" a new musical from Paul Gordon. Tues-Sun, April 3-28. $23-$73. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-463-1960 . www.theatreworks.org

'Cats' Presented By Broadway By the Bay, created by Andrew Lloyd Webber. April 6-28, $35-60. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City. www.foxrwc.com

Talks/Authors

Caroline Paul and Wendy MacNaughton discuss their new illustrated book about their cat, "Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation and GPS Technology." April 11, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com

Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, who went public as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times, will talk about his personal experience and his perspective on immigration reform. April 7, 3:30-5:30 p.m. $25 advance/$30 day of event. (Students $5.) Sequoia High School, Carrington Hall, 1201 Brewster Ave., Redwood City. Call 650-494-3941. sassscholars.brownpapertickets.com

Pam Houston discusses and signs her new "relationship-adventure" novel, "Waltzing the Cat." April 16, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/pam-houston

Classes/Workshops

'Tools for the Urban Mystic' A class on urban mystics who seek communion with God within the context of city living. April 6, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $50 (includes lunch). Vallombrosa Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-325-5614. www.vallombrosa.org

Downtown Abbey Class: 'Victorian Dreams and Edwardian Realities' Michael Svanevik discusses the time period, Queen Victoria and King Edward VII. Wednesdays, April 10 - May 29, 1:30-3:30 p.m. $50. Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. www.peninsulavolunteers.org

eBooks/eAudiobooks Drop-In Session Attendees can drop in with mobile device and ask questions about downloading library material. April 6, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. www.smcl.org

Gluten free: Risotto making Workshop II April 7, 3-6 p.m. $49. IEI (Italian Educational Institute), Menlo College, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton. Call 650-868-5995. thefinestitalian.com/food/cook-italian/

Portola Art Gallery's Jan Prisco Offers Weekly Pastel Plein Air Painting Classes at Allied Arts Guild, April 17 through August. Wednesdays, 1:30-4:15 p.m. $30/class. Portola Art Gallery - Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-341-9519. www.janprisco.com

Concerts

'Lute Songs and Solos of the Renaissance' Doris Williams, soprano and lute, and Claudia Gantivar, Renaissance recorders, perform. Program presented by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. April 6, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Menlo Park Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2512. www.menloparklibrary.org

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra performs Handel's opera Teseo, the tale of mythology's feared sorceress Medea's descent into madness. April 10, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $25-$97. The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 415-392-4400. www.philharmonia.org/apr2013/

Redwood Symphony's 'Notes From Persia' World premiere of six songs by soprano Raeeka Shehabi-Yaghmai featured at a concert by the Redwood Symphony. April 13, 8-10 p.m. $20-$25. Canada College Main Theatre, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside. www.redwoodsymphony.org

Kids & Families

'Design Your Own Race Car' Christie Inocencio of Christie's Creative Cupboard leads workshop for children ages 5 and up. Advance sign-ups required. May 13, 4-5 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

'Dog Safety For Kids' With Christi Dunlap, an educator with the Peninsula Humane Society, and her dog Ace. April 15, 4-5 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

Teen Activities

Natural Dyes Workshop Linda Janklow of peopleOlogie leads a program on dying white cotton with plants. For ages 9 and up. Preregistration required. April 10, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org

Teen Author Event @ Portola Valley Library Portola Valley teen Yalda Alexandra Saii has just completed her first novel for teens, "The Sassy Divas." April 17, 2-3 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org

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Environment

Lighting Technology and Green Design Lighting designer Linda Sanford will give information on lighting choices. Please RSVP. April 9, 7-9 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Town Center - Community Hall, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-1700. www.portolavalley.net/index.aspx?page=251

Portola Art Gallery Presents Linda Salter's 'Friends and Family' Collection, a collection of oil and pastel portraits of people and animals. A reception for the artist will be held Saturday, April 13, from 1-4 p.m. Running April 1-30, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-321-0220. www.portolaartgallery.com

The Mountain House Restaurant and Kings Mountain Associated Parents host Kings Mountain School Night on Thursday, April 11. The Mountain House will donate 50 percent of net sales for the evening to Kings Mountain Elementary School. Reservations for dinner strongly encouraged. 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Cost of dinner at restaurant. The Mountain House, 13808 Skyline Blvd., Woodside. Call 650-851-8541. www.themountainhouse.com

St. Raymond School Rummage Sale features "gently used" adult and children's clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, books, DVDs, linens, kitchenware,small appliances, tools, artwork, games and sporting goods. April 13, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. April 14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. St. Raymond School, 1211 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. straymond.org

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