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Arts & Entertainment - February 29, 2012

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Special Events

Book Sale Friends of the Portola Valley Library holds special half-off-prices used book sale on the library's back patio. Cash only. March 3, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Marty Brounstein will discuss his book "Two Among The Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust," the story of how Frans and Mien Wijnakker saved the lives of many Jews in Holland. March 3, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Menlo Park Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2512.

POST Lecture Series Joel Salatin describes himself as an "environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer." As part of the Wallace Stegner Lecture Series, the organic farmer will speak about Bay Area agriculture. March 5, 8-10 p.m. $22. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-854-7696. openspacetrust.org

'Atelier d'Artistes', the annual fundraiser for Art in Action, a nonprofit organization that brings art education to students in the Bay Area. March 5, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $85 after Feb. 14. Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club, 2900 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-566-8339. www.artinaction.org

'Science Night' at the Museum of American Heritage features demonstrations and hands-on activities with static electricity, electromagnetic toys, a Theremin and a Tesla coil. Price includes pizza and beverages. March 3, 5-7 p.m. $17 in advance, $20 at the door. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-321-1004. www.moah.org

'Sing Out For Literacy' Cafe Zoe holds an open-mic event for the community. Half of the proceeds from the day will benefit Project Read in Menlo Park. March 11, 1-3 p.m. Free. Cafe Zoe, 1929 Menalto Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2525.

Talks/Authors

'Fault Zone' Contributors from San Francisco and Peninsula Branch of California Writers Club speak on short-story and poem collection, "Fault Zone." March 4, 2 p.m. Admission: buy event book or $10 gift card. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.

Irvin D. Yalom discusses his novel. "The Spinoza Problem." March 6, 7 p.m. Admission: buy event book or $10 gift card. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Jack Kornfield, a Budhist teacher, discusses his book, "Bringing Home the Dharma: Awakening Right Where You Are." March 7, 7 p.m. Admission: buy event book or $10 gift card. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Kids & Families

'Fleece Hobo Bag Workshop' All materials will be provided for this crafts class for students ages 9 and older. March 1, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. 'Babies and Books Storytime' for children 18 months and under to experience time at the library with other children while they listen to rhymes, songs, lap play and short stories. March 5, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

'Jump for Joy' interactive musical duo performs. March 6, 6-6:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

Outdoors

'Picture Jasper Ridge' "Picture Jasper Ridge: A Performance Hike," by Ann Carlson, is a 70-minute program through Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. Audience members will witness a number of archival photographs performed in the tradition of tableau vivant. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. March 9-11, 3-6 p.m. $5-$15. Buses leave from the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford. Call 650-723-2576. drama.stanford.edu

Et Alia

Spring Down Horse Show Classes include beginning lead line and advanced hunter jumper, with various levels. March 4, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $15 per class. Spring Down Equestrian Center, 725 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-1114. www.springdown.com

'Aotearoa' The Portola Art Gallery presents "Aotearoa: A Photographic Journey of New Zealand" by Frances Freyberg. The color photographs feature landscapes from across New Zealand's North and South Islands. Mon.-Sat., March 1-31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-321-0220. www.francesfreyberg.com

'Autumn Gem' A film will be shown on Qiu Jin, an early women's-rights activist who defied tradition to become the leader of a revolutionary army in China. Discussion with filmmakers. March 2, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. autumn-gem.com

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