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Arts & Entertainment - July 16, 2014

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Classes/Workshops

3D Printing Demonstration The Portola Valley Library will host an event to explain the concept of 3D printing — in which a real object is made from a digital model — and its new MakerBot Replicator 2 printer. Visitors can touch samples and ask questions. Teens and adults can sign up to be trained to use the printer. July 24, 5-6 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, Community Hall, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org

Cowboy Dressage clinic Cowboy Dressage World will offer a two-day Horsemanship Clinic, with founding partner Susan Tomasini teaching foundation and intermediate levels. July 19-20, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Prices vary. Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County, 521 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-1128. www.TomasiniTrainingCenter.com

Line dancing class Little House Activity Center will hold line dancing classes, introducing a new dance each week. A variety of music will be played; no partner is needed. Wednesdays, July 9-August 27, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. $64 eight classes; $12 drop-in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025 ext. 222. www.penvol.org/littlehouse

Musical Theater Workshops for Kids and Teens Singer's Circuit Training workshops are one-afternoon sessions for children ages 10 to 19. Students will work on training their voices and learn about song acting and performance. July 27, 1-6 p.m. $240. Bridgepoint Music, 657 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-454-9125. www.performancesinging.com

Printmaking with Peopleologie In this class, students will learn how to make prints using linoleum blocks with animal designs, paper, ink and brayers. Students must be age 5 or older. Please register by contacting the library. July 23, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org

Concerts

Bennett Paster & Taylor Eigsti In this Stanford Jazz Festival show, versatile keyboardist Bennett Paster will be joined by pianist Taylor Eigsti and others. July 30, 7:30-9 p.m. $15-$35. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. Call 650-736-0324. www.stanfordjazzfestival.org/mainevents/2014/7/30/bennett-paster-taylor-eigsti

Cafe Conversations and Master Classes Music@Menlo will hold a number of conversations with performing artists, as well as master classes where educators from the Chamber Music Institute will impart their knowledge to young players. Monday-Friday, July 21-August 8, 11:45 a.m. Free. Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. Call 650-330-2030. www.musicatmenlo.org

Carte Blanche Concert I: Escher String Quartet At this Music@Menlo concert, the Escher String Quartet will perform four string quartets by Alexander von Zemlinsky, pieces written over the course of 40 years. July 23, 8 p.m. $70 general; $30 under age 30. Stent Family Hall, Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. For more information on Music@Menlo events, call 330-2030 or go to www.musicatmenlo.org

Concert Program I: Dvorak in Context The 2014 Music@Menlo season will begin with a festive concert in which Mozart's "Serenata notturna" leads into Dvorak's pastoral "Opus 51 Quartet." July 19, 6 p.m. $68/$58 general; $30/$20 under age 30. The Center for Performing Arts, Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-330-2030. www.musicatmenlo.org

Fete the Festival The artistic directors, festival musicians and community members will kick off Music@Menlo's 2014 festival with an outdoor catered dinner reception. July 19, 8:30 p.m. $65. Menlo School campus, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. Call 650-330-2300. www.musicatmenlo.org

Music on the Square: Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers Blues veterans Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers will perform as part of the Music on the Square series in Redwood City. July 25, 6-8 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/musiconthesquare.html

Kids & Families

Family Storytime The Portola Valley Library will hold an event with stories, songs and activities for the whole family. July 19, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org

Imagination Playground Party Portola Valley Library hosts an event with Imagination Playground blocks. All ages can play and build with these safe, oversized blocks. July 24, 5-6 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org

Kamishibai storytelling The century-old craft of kamishibai, or papercard theater storytelling, will be shared through three Japanese folktales told in English. The program is recommended for ages 5 and up. July 25, 2-3 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. www.smcl.org

Lego Club Portola Valley Library holds meeting of its Lego Club, where builders of all ages can use Lego and Duplo blocks to flex their imaginative muscles. July 19, 11 a.m.-noon. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org

The Lizard Lady brings a variety of creatures to the library as part of the Summer Learning Program. July 28, 3-3:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

Film

Family Movie Night Atherton Library hosts screening of "Frozen." Popcorn provided by Friends of the Library. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

Movies on the Square screens the film, "Saving Mr. Banks," in which Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) attempts to persuade P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to let him bring Mary Poppins to the big screen. July 24, 8:45 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/movies.html

Food & Drink

Filipino Heritage Dinner Left Bank Brasserie in Menlo Park will host a Filipino Franco dinner with open seating. The prix fixe, three-course meal will be served family style. July 24, 5:30-10 p.m. $45. Left Bank Brasserie Menlo Park, 635 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-473-6543. www.LeftBank.com

LB Steak Schramsberg Wine Dinner LB Steak in Menlo Park will host a dinner with Schramsberg Vineyard. Chef de Cuisine Kelsey Casavan will offer a four-course seasonal tasting menu to pair with Schramsberg wines, and winemaker Keith Hock will be on hand to answer questions. July 26, 6-9 p.m. $175. LB Steak Menlo Park, 898 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-321-8980. www.lbsteak.com

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

Live Music

Con Brio Bay Area soul band Con Brio will display their live performance talents in a show for Menlo Park's 2014 Summer Concert Series. July 16, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Fremont Park, University and Santa Cruz avenues, Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2220. www.menlopark.org/DocumentCenter/View/4187

John Garcia Blues Band John Garcia Blues Band will perform for the Menlo Park 2014 Summer Concert Series at Fremont Park. July 23, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Fremont Park, University and Santa Cruz avenues, Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2220. www.menlopark.org/DocumentCenter/View/4187

PAL Blues, Arts and BBQ Festival This free festival will feature Bay Area blues musicians and others, including, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, Aki Kumar Blues Band, Tebo, Ms. Taylor P. Collins and more. There will also be an inflatable play land for kids, art, and food and drink. July 26, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.palbluesfestival.com

Redwood Symphony's Mid-Summer Magic Alexander Eisenberg will perform Tchaikovsky's "Violin Concerto" in a Redwood Symphony concert of easy listening favorites, which will also include music from Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess," the John Williams score from "Catch Me If You Can" and Ravel's "Bolero." July 26, 8-10 p.m. $25 adult; $30 at the door; $10 student. Canada College Main Theater, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside. Call 650-366-6872. www.redwoodsymphony.org

Vocalist Jessica Johnson Jessica Johnson, soul and jazz singer, will perform at Fremont Park for the Menlo Park 2014 Summer Concert Series. July 30, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Fremont Park, University & Santa Cruz avenues, Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2220. www.menlopark.org/DocumentCenter/View/4187

On Stage

'Take Me Out' Dragon Productions Theatre Company will perform the play "Take Me Out" by Richard Greenberg, which follows baseball star Darren as he comes out of the closet. July 11-20, Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. $15. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City. Call 650-493-2006 ext. 2. www.dragonproductions.net

Special Events

Djerassi Program Open House The Open House event marks the one day of the year that the Djerassi Program's Artists' Barn and private grounds is open to the public, when they can view open studios, dance and music performances, and literary readings. This year's event will feature the Scientific Delirium Madness group, an arts and science residency program, and the "Plein Air Paint Out" with members of the Woodside Plein Air Painting Group doing work on the trails. July 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $50; free for children under 12. Djerassi Resident Artists Program, 2325 Bear Gulch Road, Woodside. Call 650-747-1250. www.djerassi.org/openhouse.html

Talks & Authors

Author Jacqueline Winspear on 'The Care and Management of Lies' Author of the Maisie Dobbs series, Jacqueline Winsepear will share her standalone novel, "The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War," a drama which explores love's ability to survive in a fractured world. July 30, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/jacqueline-winspear

Docent lecture on 'Fantastic Worlds' Little House Activity Center will host a docent lecture by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on the exhibit "Fantastic Worlds: Surrealism and Beyond." The exhibit examines how artists in the early 20th century bucked convention and integrated play, equipment and fantasy into their work. July 22, 1:30-2:30 p.m. $5. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. www.penvol.org/littlehouse/docent-lectures.cfm

Substance Abuse Prevention Workshop Adolescent Counseling Services invites parents of pre-teens and teens to attend a breakfast workshop offering information on substance abuse and discussion with trained Substance Abuse Counselors. July 23, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Free. Adolescent Counseling Services, 1717 Embarcadero Road, Suite 4000, Palo Alto. Call 650-424-0852 ext. 200. www.acs-teens.org/press_room/pdf/Substance%20Abuse%20Workshop-reduced.pdf

Teen Activities

Author Maggie Stiefvater on 'Sinner' In a partnership with Forever Young Adult, Kepler's Books will welcome Maggie Stiefvater back to share the new book in her Shiver Series, "Sinner." July 24, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. www.keplers.com/event/ya-maggie-stiefvater

Scooby Doo Night The Menlo Park Library will hold an evening of cartoons, Scooby snacks and fun for teenage fans of Scooby Doo. There will also be a Scooby Doo-themed photo booth. Registration is required. July 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2530. menlopark.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=462&month=7&year=2014&day=18&calType=0

Tinkering Teens: Designing a journal The Portola Valley Library will hold a Tinkering Teens event where children ages 13 to 18 can decorate and design their own journal. Registration is required. July 24, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org

Et Alia

Lifetree Cafe Conversation Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park will host two hour-long conversations called "If Only ... Living with Regret," discussing how to overcome regret and make peace with the past. July 16, 7-8 p.m.; July 17, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-854-5897. www.facebook.com/LifetreeCafeMP

Non-fiction Book Club The Portola Valley Library will hold a meeting of its nonfiction book club for adults to discuss "Just Kids," a memoir by Patti Smith. Drop-ins are welcome. July 17, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org

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