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Arts & Entertainment - March 26, 2014

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St. Raymond School hosts a rummage sale with gently used clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, books, housewares, small appliances, toys, games and sporting goods. March 29, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and March 30, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. St. Raymond School, 1211 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-248-7677.

'Notable Women in San Mateo County' Re-enactment San Mateo County History Museum will present re-enactors portraying "Notable Women in San Mateo County," covering a period from the California Gold Rush through World War II. Members of the public are encouraged to wear period costumes. March 29, 2-4 p.m. $5 for adults; $3 for students and seniors. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.historysmc.org

Portola Valley Watershed Exhibit 2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Town of Portola Valley. The library will help celebrate throughout the month of April with a fascinating exhibit of the local watershed, including Sausal Creek. Monday-Saturday, April 1-30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Conversations: Why Do Bad Things Keep Happening? Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park hosts an hour-long conversation discussing how to remain hopeful while facing difficulties. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be served. March 26, 7-8 p.m., March 27, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-854-5897. www.facebook.com/LifetreeCafeMP

Portola Valley Farmers' Market Thursdays, year-round. 3-7 p.m. (summer hours). Portola Valley Farmers' Market, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. www.portolavalleyfarmersmarket.com

Woodside Farmers' Market Sundays, April 6-October 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 3195 Woodside Road, Woodside. woodsidefarmersmarket.com

Dance

Menlowe Ballet: 'Transcendence' Menlowe Ballet will perform works by Artistic Director Michael Lowe and Guest Choreographer Dennis Nahat, former artistic director of Ballet San Jose. April 6, 8-10 p.m. $23-$48. Performing Arts Center, Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-231-2025. www.menloweballet.org

On Stage

'Evita' Musical Eva Peron climbs from the slums to the top of the social ladder to become the first lady of Argentina. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, March 28-April 13, times vary. $42-$64. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City. Call 650-369-7770. www.FoxRwc.com

'Once on This Island' TheatreWorks presents the Tony Award-nominated musical. Check website for dates and times. March 5-30, 2, 7:30 or 8 p.m. $19-$73. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-463-1960. www.theatreworks.org

Concerts

Collage Vocal Ensemble presents its annual spring concert, this time exploring the many facets of romantic love, from the sublime to the ridiculous. Music is by Finzi, Foster, Debussy, Holst, Clements, Daunais, Sjolund, Britten and more. Artistic director is Amy Stuart. Yi Wang will play piano. March 30, 2 p.m. Free; $15 suggested donation. St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. www.collagevocalensemble.org

El Camino Youth Symphony March Festival features five young artists and the Sinfonietta Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Camilla Kolchinsky. Program includes works by Bizet, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Lalo. March 29, 7:30 p.m. $15 general; $8 student/senior. Performing Arts Center, Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. www.ecys.org

Talks & Authors

"A Cubic Mile of Oil" Author Talk Dr. Ripudaman Malhotra, co-author of "A Cubic Mile of Oil," will speak about his book, oil consumption, conservation and the viability of alternate energy sources. April 3, 6-7 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

'Medical Mission to the Philippines' Talk Chris Castillo will present an informal presentation entitled "Medical Mission to the Philippines." A simple soup supper will follow the talk as part of the church's "Thursdays in Lent" series. Please RSVP for the supper. March 27, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-854-5481. www.ladera.org

'Orange is the New Black': The Real Story with Piper Kerman Author of the memoir "Orange is the New Black," Piper Kerman will speak about her experience spending 15 months in the Danbury Correctional Facility. April 1, 8 p.m. Free (open to public, students have priority). CEMEX Auditorium, 641 Knight Way, Stanford. events.stanford.edu/events/428/42871

Allison Brennan at Kepler's Allison Brennan will discuss her new novel, "Notorious: A Max Revere Novel." Brennan is an author of 20 thrillers and romantic suspense novels. She is a graduate of Menlo School. April 1, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/allison-brennan

Ann Brashares at Kepler's Ann Brashares, author of "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" series, will discuss her new book, "The Here and Now." This is the story of 17-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was 12 — not from a different country, but a different time. April 11, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/ya-ann-brashares

Craig Nelson at Kepler's Craig Nelson will discuss his new book, "The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era." March 27, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/craig-nelson

Jeanne Farr McDonnell: 'The Joy of Research' The museum will host author Jeanne Farr McDonnell, who will speak about "The Joy of Research: When Suddenly You Get it from People, Books, Files and Objects," based on her experience in writing the book "Juana Briones of Nineteenth-Century California." April 5, 1-4 p.m. $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. www.historysmc.org

Karen E. Fields Book Talk Sociologist Karen E. Fields will discuss her book, "Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life," about America's failure to create proper language to talk about inequality. She will speak with Sergio C. Muņoz, who produced a twelve-part radio series on the book in Los Angeles. March 26, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. www.keplers.com/event/barbara-j-fields-and-karen-e-fields

Robert Louis Stevenson Talk Marissa Schleicher — the director of the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum in St. Helena, Calif. — will give an illustrated PowerPoint presentation. A book club conversation of Stevenson's "Treasure Island" will follow. Homemade snacks will be on hand. April 7, 1-2 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. www.smcl.org

USGS March Evening Public Lecture Dan Cayan, U.S. Geological Survey climate researcher, will give a talk entitled "Preparing for California Climate Change - Climatologists Look Back and Peer Forward." March 27, 7-8 p.m. Free. USGS Menlo Park Campus, 345 Middlefield Road, Bldg. 3, Conf. Room A, Menlo Park. Call 650-329-5136. online.wr.usgs.gov/calendar

Youth Event: Jonathan Stroud Jonathan Stroud will read from his book, "The Screaming Staircase," part of his new Lockwood & Co. series that offers action, suspense and humor. March 31, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/youth-event-jonathan-stroud

Youth Event: Ridley Pearson Ridley Pearson will read from "Kingdom Keepers 7: The Insider," in which deception and betrayal rock the Kingdom Keepers as a group of Disney villains known as the Overtakers stage a comeback. April 4, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/youth-event-ridley-pearson-0

Art Galleries

'85 Years 85 Artists' Exhibit Menlo College looks at the past 85 years through the eyes of artists. Artists from around the world were randomly assigned a year to illustrate. The "85 Years 85 Artists" exhibit has participating artists in 21 states, plus the Netherlands, England and Italy. A reception will be held March 26 from 5-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, March 26-July 11, 9-5 p.m. Free. Menlo College Administration Building, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton. Call 650-543-3901. www.menlo.edu

'Asian Fusion' Collection Linda Salter's exhibit features her recent exploration of Chinese art, with brush painting pieces mounted on scrolls as well as others framed in Western style. March 1-31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-321-0220. www.portolaartgallery.com

'SpaceCase': Paintings by Jessica Eastburn The Canada College Art Gallery presents "SpaceCase," a series of paintings by local artist Jessica Eastburn. Using traditional manual methods, Eastburn has created paintings that resemble highly digitalized artwork. Monday through Thursday, March 18-April 17, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Canada College Art Gallery, Building 9, Room 152, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside. Call 650-306-3336. www.canadacollege.edu

Benefits/Fundraisers

Treasure Market Cantor's big biennial art, antique and collectible resale event is approaching. The opening night party and sale will be on Friday, March 28, from 6:30-9 p.m. The sale will continue through the weekend. Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, March 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $75 members, $100 nonmembers for opening night; $5 for each day of weekend. Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation, 341 Galvez St. at Campus Drive East, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu/TM

Classes/Workshops

'Meet the iPhone' Taught by Curtis Golden of Seniors Savvy, this class focuses on basic functionality, applications (apps), settings management and helpful features. Wednesdays, March 5-26, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $60. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025 ext. 222. www.penvol.org/littlehouse/contact.cfm

'Salad Lover's Dream' Garden Class Local organic gardener Jody Main will lead this class on basic veggie gardening skills, soil preparation easy planting and harvesting. March 29, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $35. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. www.commongroundinpaloalto.org/category/classes-events/

Designing Floral Art Quilts Quilter and Portola Valley local Sylvia Gegaregian will share some simple techniques for creating floral designs in this workshop (for adults). Registration required. Program is sponsored by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. March 29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

eBooks and eAudiobooks Help The Portola Valley library invites community members to make a one-on-one appointment to receive help accessing the library's free online books. Bring a device and any questions to this session. Please contact the library to sign up for an appointment. Wednesdays, March 19-May 28, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

eMagazines Class Visitors can bring their mobile devices and learn how to download digital editions of magazines. There are over 100 titles to choose from, including names like Cosmopolitan, Dwell, Food Network Magazine and more. Downloads are free to all San Mateo County Library card holders. April 4, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Intermediate Facebook Class This class — taught by Patricia Dwyer, CEO of Digital Chaos Control — will cover the fundamentals of Facebook. All students will receive personal attention; they must also bring their own laptop or iPad. Seats are limited. March 27, 1:30-3 p.m. $10. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025 ext. 224. www.penvol.org/littlehouse

Tai Chi with Ben Dineen Tai Chi classes will be held in the Woodside Native Plant Garden (weather permitting). Instructor Ben Dineen invites all ability levels to this 60-minute class. The program is funded by the Friends of Woodside Library. Fridays, April 4-25, 10-11 a.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. www.smcl.org

Watercolor with Alisan Andrews In this class on watercolor painting, students will learn the basic techniques of this medium and how to control water, as well as gain an understanding of paint, water color paper and the use of brushes. Wednesdays, March 12-April 16, 10 a.m.-noon. $120. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025 ext. 222. www.penvol.org/littlehouse

Zoom In - Video Production Workshop Zoom In is a 15-hour intensive video workshop that covers how to create a digital video, edit it, upload it to Youtube and produce a DVD. Class includes all software and equipment, plus a booklet. April 5-12, Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 2-5 p.m. $145. Midpeninsula Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-494-8686 ext. 11. www.midpenmedia.org/

Family and Kids

April Free First Friday Admission for the Museum is free all day. Children will be invited to learn about farms, create toy cotton ball sheep to take home and hear the story "Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep." Adults can take a docent led tour at 2 p.m. April 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.historysmc.org

Charlie Hope will perform an interactive, sing-able and melodic set of music. Children and parents are invited to participate. April 9, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. www.smcl.org

Cooking Fun for Children Preschooler chefs learn the basics of food preparation and create dishes of their own. Jeni Clancy, from Parents Place, is the teacher. Siblings welcome. Registration required. April 1, 10-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Et Alia

Menlo College Hawaiian Lu'au Menlo College presents its 23rd annual authentic lu'au. The event will include Hawaiian food, music and dance, featuring 30 Menlo College students and staff. April 5, 4-9 p.m. $40 general; $50 VIP reserved seating; $30 Menlo College faculty/staff. Menlo College Administration Building, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton. Call 650-543-3901. www.menlo.edu

Lenten Services Bethany Lutheran Church will be hosting Lenten services on Wednesdays, March 19 through April 9, noon-12:30 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. www.bethany-mp.org/

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