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Breakfast with Santa Menlo Park hosts pancake breakfast, letter writing, holiday crafts, picture taking. Reservations required. $1 off with unwrapped toy. Dec. 7, from 7:30-11:30 p.m. $5-7. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2220. www.menlopark.org/departments/com/BWS2013.pdf
West Bay Opera Holiday Concert and audience sing-along features mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook and others, with orchestra and chorus. Silent auction; proceeds benefit West Bay Opera and Opera in the Schools. Dec. 8, 4-6 p.m. $45-50 Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-424-9999. www.wbopera.org
TEDx club at Woodside Priory hosts first event. Speakers: Ray Rothroth, Portola Valley resident, venture capitalist; Michealene Cristini Risley, Woodside resident, author, filmmaker; Jaimal Yogis, journalist; Bob Zheng, Priory freshman, developer of digital-device applications; Cy Khormaee, former "technology evangelist" for Microsoft. 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Open to public. Tickets for adults: $15 at door. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Menlo Park Community Services showcase of program, classes. Dec. 12, 6:45-8:45 p.m. $5 for those 13 years and older; free for children under 13. M-A Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-330-2220. www.menlopark.eventbrite.com
Toy Story Toy Drive City of Menlo Park host toy drive. Watch film, come in costume, and donate toys to support Belle Haven Child Development Center. Dec. 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $5 per person or free with unwrapped toy. M-A Performing Arts Center (PAC), 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-330-2223. www.menlopark.eventbrite.com
Until There's A Cure, a nonprofit that raises funds to fight HIV/AIDs, hosts Holiday Open House, featuring new products, raffle, food, refreshments. Dec. 8, noon-5 p.m. Free. 560 Mountain Home Road, Woodside. Call 650-332-3200. www.until.org
Holiday Home Tour & Boutique Junior League of Palo Alto/Mid Peninsula hosts fundraiser, "Finishing Touches" home tour in Atherton and Menlo Park. Funds support League projects. Dec. 6-7, Check website for schedule, fees. Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley, 2050 University Ave., East Palo Alto. www.juniorleaguehometour.com
Lecture: 'The Soil Foodweb' Alane Weber of Botanical Arts talks on sustainable landscape management. Dec. 5, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Town Center - Community Hall, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 851-1700. www.portolavalley.net/index.aspx?page=20&recordid=19886
M.I.Y. (Make It Yourself) Gifts Class Participants refashion T-shirts, old inner tubes, other materials into wearable accessories. Contact library to register. For everyone age 9 and older. Dec. 4, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org
'A Festival of Lessons and Carols' Memorial Church Choir presents annual seasonal program. Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. www.music.stanford.edu/Events/calendar.html
'Wintersongs' Kitka, a local women's ensemble group, performs winter holiday program of seasonal music from Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions. Dec. 15, 4-6 p.m. $10-35 St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. www.kitka.org
Music: 'Illuminate This Night' Peninsula Women's Chorus sings holiday music from around the world. Dec. 7 and 14 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto, and Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. at St. Patrick's Seminary, 320 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. $10-$35. Ticket info at pwchorus.org
Schola Seraphica Christmas Concert features liturgical music dedicated to St Francis of Assisi. Dec. 8, 2:30-4:30 p.m. $20 general; $15 seniors/students. St. Patrick's Seminary, 320 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. Call 323-8328.
Kids & Families
'One Wacky Winter' Holiday puppet performance is a mystery: Who is kidnapping toys at Master Toymaker's workshop. Dec. 9,. 4-5 p.m. Free Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 328-2422. www.smcl.org
Annual LEGO Holiday Extravaganza See LEGO creations by members of Bay Area LEGO User Group and Bay Area LEGO Train Club, including train layouts, Bay Area landmarks, castles, miniature cities. Children must be accompanied by adult. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays from Dec. 13 to Jan. 19, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $2 per person. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. www.moah.org
Holiday Party at Allied Arts features entertainment for children ages 4-9 accompanied by an adult: Max the Accordion Man, Magical Moonshine Theater puppet show, magic show, visit from Santa, cookies and juice. Dec. 8, 12:30-3 p.m. $25 per person. Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Mister G's ABC Fiesta Hear songs from Mister G's new bilingual album, which combines music and books. Dec. 5, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org
Portola Valley Library Lego Club Ages 0-9 welcome to play and build with Legos provided by library. Register by contacting library. Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org
Story Time with Rosemary Wells Dec. 8, 10:30 a.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/max-ruby-story-time-rosemary-wells
'November': A play by David Mamet Nov. 21-Dec. 15. Thursdays-Saturdays: 8 p.m.; Sunday: 2 p.m. $10-35. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City. Call 650-493-2006 ext. 2.
Ballet America presents "The Nutcracker," a full-length production that is kid-friendly. Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. $18-39. Fox Theater, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City. Call 366-1222. www.americanballet.com/nutcracker/
Lectures & Talks
'Contextualizing the Holodomor' Talk Observations on 80th anniversary of Ukrainian Famine of 1932-1933, with Frank Sysyn and Norman Naimark. Dec. 5, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Fisher Conference Center, Arrillaga Conference Center, 326 Galvez St., Stanford. Call 725-2563. www.creees.stanford.edu/event/contextualizing-holodomor-observations-80th-anniversary-ukrainian-famine-1932-1933
Talk: 'Art of French Pastry' Jacquy Pfeiffer, co-founder of French Pastry School in Chicago, discusses new book, "The Art of French Pastry." Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/jacquy-pfeiffer
Talk: John P. Holdren , director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, talks with moderator John Markoff of New York Times. Dec. 11, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Register at computerhistory.org/events. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Artist Open Studio Five artists host a holiday open studio. Dec. 7-8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Jan Schachter's studio, 190 Golden Hills Drive, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-3754. www.janschachter.com
Portola Art Gallery Group Show Artists showcase original works of art that are small in size but "large on value and creativity." Dec. 2-31, every day except Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-321-0220. www.portolaartgallery.com
Portola Valley Library Winter Reading Club Students in grades K-12 can join the Winter Reading Club. The rules are: finish a book, come into the Portola Valley Library and fill out a raffle card. All completed cards will be entered into a drawing to win raffle prizes. Dec. 16-Jan. 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 851-0560. www.smcl.org
Rosener House in Menlo Park hosts a music, movement, and rhythm workshop designed to bring families and caregivers closer to loved ones who have dementia. Call to reserve a spot. All ages welcome and instruments provided. Dec. 17, 4:15-5:15 p.m. $10/person; $25 for three or more people. Rosener House, 500 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 408-459-9215. www.vibrantlifemusic.com
Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park hosts hour-long conversation exploring storytelling, listening. Dec. 4, 7-8 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. Call 854-5897. www.facebook.com/LifetreeCafeMP