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Arts & Entertainment - March 7, 2012

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On Stage

'Aida' Woodside High School Theatre Arts Department presents Elton John and Tim Rice's musical "Aida." March 9-17. $10-$20. Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Ave., Woodside. Call 650-367-9750. www.whsdramaboosters.com

'Familiar Strangers' premiere by Menlo Park playwright Margy Kahn. Play is about the struggle between an Iranian woman and her Americanized teen daughter. March 1-18, $15-$30. The Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Mountain View. www.thepear.org

'Our Town' The Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory presents "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder. March 9-11. $15-$40. Lane Hall Theatre, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-8282, extension 105. www.pvtc-ca.org

Talks/Authors

Note: Admission to Kepler's events free to members; others must buy event book or $10 gift card (admit two).

Cara Black discusses her latest Aimee Leduc mystery, "Murder at the Lanterne Rouge." March 14, 7 p.m. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Dr. Eric Topol discusses his book "The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care." March 13, 7 p.m. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Elaine Pagels discusses her book, "Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation." March 7, 7 p.m. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Jack Kornfield discusses his book, "Bringing Home the Dharma: Awakening Right Where You Are." March 7, 7 p.m. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Lian Gouw discuss her book "Only a Girl," about three generations of Chinese women struggling for identity against a backdrop of the Great Depression, World War II and the Indonesian Revolution. March 17, 1 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www/smcl.org

Classes/Workshops

'Introduction to Making Beaded Earrings' Materials provided. For ages 15 and up. Preregistration required. March 17, 10-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

YouTube Class Instructor Joe Saba shows how to navigate the popular site. March 17, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. www.smcl.org

Et Alia

Breast Cancer Connections' Spring Benefit Speaker: Abraham Verghese, author of "Cutting for Stone." March 13, 8-10 a.m. $100. Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club, 2900 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-326-6299, ext. 17. bcconnections.org/events/fundraisers/

Ice Cream Social Organized by the Friends of the Library, this event is for people to bring books and take books home, with ice cream served. March 17, 1-3 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

Pancake Breakfast Menlo Park/Atherton's Boy Scout Troop 206's all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. March 10, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. $5 for adults, 2 children 10 and under, scouts in uniform eat free. Trinity Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park. www.bsa206.org/home

"Picture Jasper Ridge: A Performance Hike," by Ann Carlson, is a 70-minute program through Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. 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

Portola Valley Library Non-Fiction Book Club discusses "Empire of the Summer Moon" by S.C. Gwynne. Drop-ins welcome. March 15, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Story Time with Emily Wagner Author reads from her book "Asleep under the Moon," a bedtime story about Gavin and Buddy's adventures at the beach in Carmel-by-the-Sea. March 18, 11 a.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.

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