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Arts & Entertainment - December 18, 2013

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On Stage

'It's A Wonderful Life' Inspired by the classic American film, this story is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Five Broadway By the Bay actors perform the dozens of characters in the radio play as well as produce the sound effects. Dec. 29, 2 p.m. $25-$45. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.foxrwc.com

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

Portola Valley Library Book Club The Portola Valley Library Book Club will discuss "The Price of Inequality" by Joseph Stiglitz. Drop-ins are 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. 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 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Community Events

LB Steak Christmas Eve Dining On Christmas Eve, LB Steak in Menlo Park will serve a limited regular a la carte dinner menu and a $64.50 four-course prix fixe menu with main-course choices of pan-roasted pheasant or truffle-crusted turbot. Dec. 24, 4-9 p.m. Varies. LB Steak Menlo Park, 898 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-321-8980. www.lbsteak.com

Left Bank Christmas Eve Dining Left Bank in Menlo Park will be serving limited regular dinner menu and a $52.75 four-course prix fixe with main course choices of Dixon Valley lamb chops or Mediterranean sea bass on Christmas Eve. Regular lunch menu will be served. Dec. 24, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Varies. Left Bank Brasserie, 635 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-473-6543. www.LeftBank.com

New Year's Eve at LB Steak LB Steak in Menlo Park will host a New Year's Eve celebration including $71.50 four-course prix fixe menu, a la carte options, decorations, a complimentary midnight toast and party favors. Prix fixe entree choices of carnaroli risotto with perigord truffle, filet of beef "Wellington" or truffle crusted turbot. Dec. 31, 4-10 p.m. Varies. LB Steak Menlo Park, 898 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-321-8980. www.lbsteak.com

New Year's Eve at Left Bank Left Bank in Menlo Park will host a New Year's Eve celebration including a $64.50 4-course prix fixe menu, a la carte options, decorations, complimentary midnight toast and party favors. Prix fixe entree choices of herb roasted beef sirloin medallions or salmon roulade. Regular lunch service. Dec. 31, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Varies. Left Bank Brasserie, 635 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-473-6543. www.LeftBank.com

New Year's Eve at The Sea The Sea by Alexander's Steakhouse in Palo Alto celebrates New Year's Eve with a $185 six-course prix fixe tasting menu which includes big eye tuna, wild Maine scallops, Hawaiian mero, lobster with oscetra caviar, bison and milk chocolate mousse. Optional wine paring for an additional $85. Dec. 31, 5-9 p.m. $185. The Sea by Alexander's Steakhouse, 4269 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Call 650-213-1111. www.theseaUSA.com

New Year's Eve at Palo Alto Grill On New Year's Eve, Palo Alto Grill will be serving holiday a la carte menu specials including beef tenderloin with lobster wellington, squash and vegetable pt pie, crispy chicken breast and waffle and a whole grilled branzino. There will also be live music and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Dec. 31, 5 p.m.-midnight. Cost of food. Palo Alto Grill, 140 University Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-321-3514. www.PaloAltoGrill.com

The Mountain Goat Farmers' Market in front of Skywood Trading Post and Penelope's Den, across from Alice's Restaurant and runs on Wednesdays until Dec. 18, when it closes for the winter. 2-6 p.m. The Mountain Goat Farmers' Market, 17285 Skyline Blvd., Woodside. www.mountaingoatfarmersmarket.com

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, featuring 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

Family Day in Nature at Hidden Villa At the Riekes Center's monthly nature awareness family gathering at Hidden Villa, there will be music, potluck, nature awareness skills and holiday gift wildcrafting including dream pillows, willow wreath and smudge sticks. Dec. 21, 1-4 p.m. $20 per family; $15 per wildcrafter. Hidden Villla, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. www.riekes.org/nature-awareness/weekend-workshops/

Fratello Marionettes Holiday Show The Fratello Marionettes will present their holiday show, "The North Pole Review!" Performances by the Russian Trepak Dancers, skating by Crystal Chandelier and penguin acrobatics. The program is funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. Dec. 18, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Religion/Spirituality

Bethany Lutheran Church Advent Services will be held on three Wednesdays in December (Dec. 4, 11 and 18) at noon and 7 p.m. Lunch will be served following the noon services at 12:30 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church , 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. www.bethany-mp.org/pages/page.asp?page_id=239283

Christmas Eve Festival Communion This Christian inter-denominational service will be held on Christmas Eve. Rev. Scotty McLennan, dean for Religious Life, will preach. Music featuring university organist, Dr. Robert Huw Morgan. Dec. 24, 8-9 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Call 650-723-1762. events.stanford.edu/events/388/38839

University Public Worship: Children's Sermon This sermon will be led by Rev. Joanne Sanders. The service also includes a carol-sing and music by university organist, Dr. Robert Huw Morgan. Doors open at 3:15 p.m. Please bring new, unwrapped gifts of toys or clothing. Dec. 24, 4-5 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Call 650-723-1762. www.events.stanford.edu/events/388/38833

Seniors

29th Annual New Year's Eve Day Bash The Oshman Family JCC hosts a New Year's Eve Day event, with a buffet lunch, ballroom dancing, raffle prizes and a special champagne toast to the New Year. Dec. 31, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $15 in advance; $18 at the door. Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto . Call 650-387-7048. www.cityofpaloalto.org

Christmas Dinner at Little House A Christmas dinner will be served at Little House in Menlo Park. Menu items include a persimmon salad, honey glazed ham, pineapple peach sauce, Roasted winter root vegetables, mashed double potatoes and English Christmas trifle for dessert. 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/

Special Events

New Year's Eve at Four Seasons Hotel Quattro at the Four Seasons in East Palo Alto will serve a New Year's Eve dinner. Two seatings will be offered - 6 p.m. for $90 per guest and 9 p.m. for $119 per guest (which also includes after party and midnight toast). Dec. 31, 6 p.m.-midnight. $90-119. Quattro Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel, 2050 University Ave., East Palo Alto. Call 650-470-2889. www.quattrorestaurant.com

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