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Arts & Entertainment - December 11, 2013

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Special Events

Menlo Park Community Services hosts showcase of its program and classes. Dec. 12, 6:45-8:45 p.m. $5 for adults (13 years and older); Free for children (12 years and younger). 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 hosts Toy Story-themed toy drive. Watch the movie, come in costumeand donate toys to the 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

On Stage

'November': Play by David Mamet Dragon Theatre Productions is performing "November," a comedic commentary on the state of the union and national politics, through 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. www.dragonproductions.net/activities/2013season/november.html

Carlos Carvajal's Nutcracker The Peninsula Ballet Theatre presents a version of the Nutcracker, set in Victorian England. Dec. 21, 7 p.m. $30-$60. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.foxrwc.com

Clubs/Meetings

Astronomy talk The monthly meeting of the Peninsula Astronomical Society includes a talk, "20th Century Amateur Science," by Sheldon Greaves, Ph.D. Foothill Observatory will be open after the meeting from 9 to 11 p.m., weather permitting. Dec. 13, 7:30-9 p.m. Free ($3 parking fee). Foothill College, Room 50125, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. www.pastro.org/dnn/

Portola Valley Library Book Club will discuss "The Price of Inequality" by Joseph Stiglitz. Drop-ins welcome. Dec. 19, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Portola Valley Library Winter Reading Club Students in grades K-12 can join the Winter Reading Club. Rules: finish a book, come into library and fill out raffle card, which will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Dec. 16-Jan. 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Concerts

Kitka performs 'Wintersongs' Kitka, a local women's ensemble group, performs its winter holiday program, showcasing seasonal music from a variety of 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. Ticket info at www.pwchorus.org. Concerts: Dec. 14 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto, and on Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. at St. Patrick's Seminary, 320 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. $35 premium; $30 general; $10 student (18 and under). Two venues, See addresses above, Palo Alto and Menlo Park. www.pwchorus.org

'Peter and the Wolf': A Family Concert & Carnival The Oshman Family JCC's presents a multilingual production of the classic children's symphony. Dec. 15, 1-5 p.m. $15 members, students and children ages 14 and under; $18 nonmembers. Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. www.paloaltojcc.org/peter

Dance

Peninsula Ballet Theatre Presents: The Nutcracker PBT will perform the Nutcracker at the Fox Theatre. Audience members will be invited on stage after and can meet the dancers. Dec. 21-22, 2-4:30 p.m. $20-$60. Fox Theatre Redwood City, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City. Call 650-342-3228. www.peninsulaballet.org/nutcracker-tickets-on-sale-now/

Kids & Families

Annual LEGO Holiday Extravaganza See a variety of LEGO creations made by members of Bay Area LEGO User Group and Bay Area LEGO Train Club, including train layouts, Bay Area landmarks, castles, miniature cities, and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times in the exhibit. Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays from Dec. 13 to Jan. 19. 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $2 per person; BayLUG and MOAH members are free. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. www.moah.org

Bilingual Storytime at Portola Valley Library Parents can introduce their babies to Spanish with stories, songs and rhymes. Mondays, Nov. 18-Dec. 16, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Fratello Marionettes Holiday Show "The North Pole Review!" Performances by Russian Trepak Dancers, skating by Crystal Chandelier, and penguin acrobatics. Dec. 18, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Portola Valley Library Toddler Storytime Storytime for toddlers (18-36 months) includes songs, stories, and activities to encourage reading. A craft activity follows storytime on Dec. 17. Tuesdays, Dec. 3-17 (no storytime Dec. 24 and 31). 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Live Music

Joe La Barbera Quintet Concert An L.A.-based quintet led by drummer Joe La Barbera will perform with Clay Jenkins on the trumpet, Bob Sheppard on saxophones, Bil Cunliffe on piano and Tom Warrington on bass. Proceeds donated to the Palo Alto Jazz Alliance's education fund. 3 p.m. $35 general admission; $30 Palo Alto Jazz Alliance members (limit two per member); $15 students. Woodside Priory School Rockroth Performance Hall, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-345-9543. www.pajazzalliance.org

Outdoors

Birds of Bedwell Bayfront Park Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park volunteers will lead bird watching sessions. Bring binoculars or look through the organization's close-up scope. Dec. 14, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Bedwell Bayfront Park, Marsh Road at Bayfront Expressway, Menlo Park. Call 650-839-1523. www.friendsofbayfrontpark.org/

Et Alia

John P. Holdren , director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will talk with moderator John Markoff, senior writer of the New York Times science section. Dec. 11, 7-8:30 p.m. Free - please register at computerhistory.org/events. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. www.computerhistory.org/events

Rosener House Music 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

Beginning Clothing Construction Class Learn a new skill or update sewing skills with professional sewing teachers in this Canada College Fashion Department class. Class participants will work with knits and wovens to create a variety of garments. Open to all skill levels. Jan. 14-May 20, Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-noon. $138 and up. Canada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside. Call 650-306-3370. www.canadacollege.edu/fashion

Christmas Dinner at Little House A Christmas dinner will be served at Little House in Menlo Park. Dec. 23, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025 ext. 222 . www.penvol.org/littlehouse/

Singles Holiday Dance Menlo Hub hosts this singles holiday dance. Festive holiday attire requested; adults of all ages welcome. Dec. 14, 8 p.m.-midnight. $15 in advance (by Dec. 13) or $20 at the door. Menlo Hub, 1029 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 415-507-9962. www.thepartyhotline.com

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