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Arts & Entertainment - March 14, 2012

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Special Events

St. Raymond School Rummage Sale Saturday, March 31, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 1, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Raffle prizes and special discounts starting Sunday at 2 p.m. St. Raymond School, 1211 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-322-2312. www.straymond.org

'The Future of Food' There is a revolution going on in the farm fields and on the dinner tables of America that is transforming the very nature of the food we eat. The San Mateo County Library presents the documentary film, "The Future of Food," with an appearance by the director, Deborah Koons Garcia. April 5, 3-4 p.m. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422.

'Wild Crush 2012' This event features wine-tasting from six vintners as well as a chocolate tasting. The reception is followed by a catered dinner and a live auction supporting the Environmental Volunteers, a Palo Alto nonprofit. April 29, 5-10 p.m. $175. Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Call 650-961-0545. evols.org

Ravenswood Hike A hike along the 2.3-mile perimeter trail at Bedwell Bayfront Park to watch winter wildlife and discuss how future wetlands restoration may shape this piece of the Bay. Offered by the refuge and the Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park. Meet at the park's main parking-lot bathrooms. March 24, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Bedwell Bayfront Park, End of Marsh Road at Bayfront Expressway, Menlo Park. Call 510-792-0222 . www.fws.gov/desfbay

On Stage

'Now Circa Then' Carly Mensch, the story editor of the television series "Weeds," wrote this offbeat comedy play about two historical re-enactors, and the results when their modern romance collides with their 19th-century counterparts. March 7-April 1. $19-$69. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. www.theatreworks.org

Cat's-Paw by William Mastrosimone An eco-terrorist obsessed with the pollution of the world's water supply bombs the EPA, kills 27 people, and takes a hostage. An investigative journalist is granted the interview of a lifetime. This taut game of cat and mouse between terrorist and reporter: What's the truth? What's right? March 22, 8 p.m. $16 - $30. Dragon Theatre, 535 Alma St., Palo Alto. Call 1-800-838-3006. dragonproductions.net

Talks/Authors

Kepler's admissions policy for author events: Free to members. Others must buy the event book or a $10 gift card, which admits two.

Harlan Coben discusses his latest thriller, "Stay Close." March 25, 2 p.m. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.

Projected Climate Change Impacts in California. USGS' Tom Suchanek discusses how decisions about emissions affect the future of the western U.S.? What might changes in atmospheric CO2 mean locally to human land use and environmental systems? How may rising sea level affect coastal human and ecological communities? March 22, 7-8 p.m. U.S. Geological Survey, 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-329-5136.

Art Galleries

'Kimonos: Art of the Textiles' Jillian Ring exhibits her kimono textile art. Educated in England in textile arts, Ring travels collecting antique fabrics and papers for her art. Through March 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Peabody Fine Art Gallery, 603 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 408-390-5177. www.peabodygallery.com

Dr. Seuss Scholarship Art Exhibition Finalist artworks are on exhibit. Students compete for $10,000 scholarship. Visitors can vote for favorites. March 2-March 31, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. No Charge. Peabody Fine Art Gallery, 603 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park. Call 408-390-5177. peabodygallery.com

Classes/Workshops

'Basic Quilt Cutting & Piecing' This workshop covers using a rotary cutter and ruler, and piecing a block with half-square triangles. For ages 15 and up, and all skill levels. March 27, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $20 ($15 for members). Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-321-1004. www.moah.org

'Veggies Year-Round' Class on creating spring vegetable garden. Tips for prepping wet soil, direct-seeding and transplanting. March 22, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Free Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Call 408-282-3105. mastergardeners.org/scc.html

Boot Camp Class for those who want to get fit while making friends. March 5, 7:30-8:30 a.m. $120. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext. 222. www.penvol.org

Genealogy Attendees can learn skills, computer sites and programs to discover the history of ancestors. March 27, 10-11:30 a.m. $90/$99. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, EXT. 222. www.penvol.org

Yoga for Relaxation To Open the Body, Calm the Mind & Feel Great. March 14, 5:30-7 p.m. $148/12 Week Session. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext. 222. www.penvol.org

Dance

International Folk Dance Class Classes taught by Marcel Vinokur. Mondays through April 2, with beginning at 7 p.m. and intermediate at 7:45. Request dancing at 8:45. No partners necessary. Featuring dances from the Balkans and Israel. Monthly party: 3/24, 8 p.m.: $9 with free refreshments. $58 ($44 for Menlo Park residents), $7 drop -ins. Arrilaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-327-0759.

Line Dancing No partner needed for this dance class, which uses country, rock, pop, Latin and Big Band music. One or two dances are taught each week. Wednesdays, Feb. 29-April 4, 10-11 a.m. $45 per 6-week session, $8 drop-ins. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext. 222. www.penvol.org

Exhibits

'Memory and Markets: Pueblo Painting' In the 1930s, the formation of the Studio at the Santa Fe Indian School formalized the training of generations of Native painters. This exhibit features about 20 paintings, plus pottery that exemplifies earlier artistic styles. Wed.-Sun., Feb. 22-May 27, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Thursdays until 8 p.m.). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu

'Playing Grown-Up: Toys from the Harry P. Costa Collection' This exhibition will explore toys from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s that allowed children to mimic the activities of adults. Feb. 14-Dec. 31, Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 adults, $3 seniors/students, free for children 5 & under, free for association members. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. Call 650-299-0104. www.historysmc.org

Kids & Families

Robots, Robots, Robots Attendees celebrate National Robotics Week with the robotics team from Sequoia High School. Members will demonstrate their new robot, answer questions and allow children to take turns driving it. Ages 4 and up. April 9, 4-5 p.m. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

'Fantastic Trash Workshop' The Museum of Craft and Folk Art will present a educational workshop in which participants will create recycled sculptures using scavenged objects. Preregistration required. For ages 5 and up. March 29, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Fratello Marionettes perform "The Vaudeville Follies," an all-ages show. March 27, 3:30-4:15 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. www.smcl.org

Et Alia

'Spring Sounds 2012' A benefit supporting Adolescent Counseling Services and its community programs. Food, a bazaar and belly-dancing lessons planned for the Mediterranean-style evening. March 24, 6:30-11:30 p.m. $180 (groups of eight-plus $165 per person). Club Illusions, 260 S. California Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-424-0852. www.springsoundsevent.org

'Final Friday Flicks' Atherton Library hosts "family-friendly" films the last Friday of the month. This month's feature is the new "Winnie the Pooh" movie. March 30. 7-8:15 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

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