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Arts & Entertainment - February 8, 2012

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Special Events

'Breaking The Stigma: Teen Self-Esteem' Presented by Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS), a forum of panelists and keynote speaker Roni Gillenson discuss teen self-esteem and self-image. Feb. 9, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. La Entrada Middle School-Multi Use Room, 2200 Sharon Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-424-0852. www.acs-teens.org

CERT Disaster-Preparedness Training Disaster-preparedness training. Six Tuesdays starting Feb. 7, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; and Sat., March 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Woodside Fire Station, 4091 Jefferson Ave., Redwood City. Call 650-851-1594. www.cerpp.org/cert

'Growing Up Asian in America' Essays and artwork from 2011 by K-12 students are featured with the theme of "Lost and Found." Feb. 4-29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. www.asianpacificfund.org

Valentine's Day Dinner Dance Live entertainment by the Jerry Jay Quartet, and a three-course dinner. Cocktails at 5 p.m.; dinner at 5:30; dancing from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 9. $18. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, extension 222. www.penvol.org

On Stage

'The Elephant Man' In this Bernard Pomerance play, a freak of nature becomes the toast of London society, and forces all who meet him to think more deeply about how they view the world. Feb. 9-12, 7:30 p.m. $10 ($5 for students). Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. www.menloschool.org

Mozart's 'Don Giovanni' West Bay Opera's production of the tale of Don Juan. Feb. 17, 19, 25 and 26. Fri./Sat. 8 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m. (Free preview with piano: Feb. 9, 8 p.m., at Avenidas, 455 Bryant St., Palo Alto.) $40-$70 Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. www.wbopera.org

Talks/Authors

Russ Feingold Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold will speak on public service and citizenship, presented by the Haas Center for Public Service. Feb. 8, 5:30-6:45 p.m. Free. CEMEX Auditorium, 641 Knight Way, Stanford.

Sebastian Seung, professor of computational neuroscience at MIT, will discuss his book, "Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are." Feb. 14, 7 p.m. Buy event book or $10 gift card to admit two. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.

Youth Event: Love Maia discusses her book, "DJ Rising," about an unassuming high school junior who breathes in music like oxygen and cares for his heroin-addicted mother. Feb. 9, 6 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.

Art

Oil Painting Demonstration Artist Carolyn Jones will present a demonstration on light and color in oil paint. Topics will include optical color mixing. Feb. 11, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. www.portolaartgallery.com

Abilities United art exhibition Forty original works of art by artists from Abilities United are on display. All art is available for purchase, with the proceeds going to the artist. Daily through Feb. 10, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Cafe Zoe, 1929 Menalto Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-618-3319. www.cafezoemenlopark.com

Kids & Families

Valentine's Day Party Kids will hear stories, make Valentine cards and play games. Ages 4 and up. Feb. 13, 4-5 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

'Juggling, Magic & Storytelling' Bob Kann juggles his skills of magic and storytelling in a performance. Feb. 16, 3:30-4:15 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. www.smcl.org

'Rabbit Day' Students from Sacred Heart Schools and the San Carlos Eaton Hills 4-H Club will bring rabbits for participants to meet, and will talk about the rabbits living locally. Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

African Drumming with Onye The percussionist and educator Onye will present an "African village celebration" in honor of Black History Month. The audience will be encouraged to participate in drumming, dancing, songs and stories. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

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'Birds of Bedwell Bayfront Park' Walkers will learn about some wintering birds of Bedwell Bayfront Park: ducks, geese, egrets. Feb. 11, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Bedwell Bayfront Park, the end of Marsh Road, at Bayfront Expressway, Menlo Park. Call 650-325-7841. www.friendsofbayfrontpark.org

Mahler's Fifth Symphony The Redwood Symphony presents Mahler's Fifth Symphony. 90-minute concert. Feb. 11, 8-9:30 p.m. $20 in advance; $25 at door. $ 10 adult students; free for under 18. Canada College, Main Theatre, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside. Call 650-366-6872. www.redwoodsymphony.org

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