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Arts & Entertainment - January 4, 2012

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Special Events

Genealogy Class Genealogist Richard Rands will teach a three-month series on family history. For beginners to intermediate. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 3-March 8, 10-11:30 a.m. $99 general, $90 for Little House members. Little House, Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025 ext 229. www.peninsulavolunteers.orgt

'Online Research on Finding Money for College' A class on locating scholarships, fellowships and student loans, using a specific online database, Gale's Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans. Jan. 21, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. www.smcl.org

'Masters of Venice' Lecture This docent lecture/slideshow covers works currently on exhibit at San Francisco's de Young Museum, representing a range of Venetian accomplishments in Renaissance-era painting. Jan. 11, 7-8 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org

Concerts

Symphony Parnassus The concert begins with Faure's Ballade for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 19, followed by Ravel's Concerto for the Left Hand. Both pieces will feature pianist Helene Wickett. Debussy's Iberia from his Images for Orchestra, No. 2, will round out the program. Jan. 22, 3-5 p.m. $15-$22. Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 1-800-838-3006 . www.brownpapertickets.com/event/214218

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Harpsichordist Richard Egarr performs with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. The program including works by Handel, Locke, Purcell, Arne and Lawes. Jan. 26, 8-10 p.m. $25-$85. Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 415-252-1288. www.philharmonia.org

Exhibits

Art at the Priory. An exhibition called "directly indirect" features abstract and representational paintings and prints, and mixed-media installations, by eight artists. Exhibit runs Jan. 9-27, open weekdays 3-6 p.m. Reception: Jan. 14, 5-7 p.m. Free. Kriewall-Haehl Gallery, Woodside Priory School, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley. kriewallhaehlgallery.blogspot.com

Kids & Families

'Happy Birds' Parrots will do tricks for a family audience in a show for all ages. Jan. 5, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org

'Paws for Tales' Pet-assisted therapy teams from the SPCA's 'Paws for Tales' program will visit the library so that children can read to dogs. A signed release form is required each time a child reads. Participants must sign up in advance by calling or emailing. Saturdays, Jan. 7-March 3, 1-2 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org

'Puppet Art Theater/Dad & Me' This puppet show is intended for all ages, but is specially designed to be enjoyed with fathers and kids together. Jan. 10, 7-7:30 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. www,smcl.org

Hans Christian Andersen Storyteller Randel McGee brings Hans Christian Andersen and his famous fairy tales to life, creating papercuts as he tells. For ages 6 and up. Jan. 9, 4-4:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

Toddler Storytime Designed for children 18 months to 3 years old, Toddler Storytime includes songs, stories, and movement activities to encourage children to listen and read. On the third Tuesday of the month there will also be an age-appropriate craft. Tuesdays, Jan. 10-Feb. 28, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org

Sports

Menlo-Atherton Little League registration is open. Children may be registered for T-ball, A, AA, AAA and majors. The deadline is Jan. 13, 2012. Go to www.m-all.org.

Royal Badminton Academy Open House The open house will feature demo sessions, badminton clinics, training (back hand, doubles rotation, footwork) and speed dating. Free entry and use of club facilities. Jan. 7, Noon-9 p.m. Free. Royal Badminton Academy, 190 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park, CA, 94025. Call 650-838-9318. royalbadminton.com

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Birds of Bedwell Bayfront Park Experienced birders will teach visitors about wintering birds of Bedwell Bayfront Park: ducks, geese, egrets. Visitors can bring binoculars or look through the birders' scope. Families welcome. Meet along the entrance road. Heavy rain cancels. Jan. 14, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Bedwell Bayfront Park, Marsh Road at Bayfront Expressway, Menlo Park. Call 650-325-7841. www.friendsofbayfrontpark.org

Film: 'Autumn Gem' This documentary is on Qiu Jin (1875-1907), a radical women's rights activist and leader of a revolutionary army. The first female martyr for China's 1911 Revolution, Qiu Jin is celebrated as a national heroine today. Screening and discussion with filmmakers. Jan. 21, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. autumn-gem.com

Nature Volunteer in Local Schools Environmental Volunteers is seeking people to help kids love science and nature. In various schools, volunteers work with small groups of children and involve them in hands-on, discovery-based learning. Next training is Jan. 6, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Environmental Volunteers. Call 650-961-0545. www.evols.org

Peninsula Women's Chorus Auditions The 50-voice Peninsula Women's Chorus (PWC) seeks experienced singers to join the group for its 45th-anniversary season. Auditions are Jan. 5 by appointment only, or at other times by arrangement. www.pwchorus.org

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