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Arts & Entertainment - April 4, 2012

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Easter Events

Atherton Dames' Easter Egg Hunt includes photos with the Easter Bunny, a performance by Gerald the Magician, face painting, police cars & fire trucks, and breakfast refreshments. April 7, 9:30 a.m.-noon. $10. Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave., Atherton.

Easter celebration with an espresso cart, children's egg hunt and a light brunch. Easter service at 10 a.m.. April 8, 9:15-11:15 a.m. First Baptist Church Menlo Park, 1100 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-323-8544. www.firstbaptist.com

Easter Services Childcare available for 3 months-5th grade. April 7-8, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. mppc.org

Easter Sunday at Stanford Memorial Church Christian interdenominational service in historical Memorial Church. The Rev. Scotty McLennan, dean for religious life, will preach and the Rev. Joanne Sanders, associate dean for religious life, will preside. Music by university organist Robert Huw Morgan and the Memorial Church Choir. April 8, 10-11 a.m. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Call 650-723-1762.

'Hoppin' Hounds' The ninth annual Doggie Easter Biscuit Hunt in Los Altos Hills. People and dogs hunt through Byrne Preserve in search of "dog-healthy Easter Biscuits." The on-leash event benefits the Palo Alto Animal Services shelter. April 7, 9 a.m. Free. Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-947-2518. www.losaltoshills.ca.gov/

Community Events

Used Book Sale The Friends of the Portola Valley Library will hold a half-price used book sale on the library's back patio. Cash only. April 7, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

"Artists in the Garden" Three artisans present original garden art including art-benches, fountains, clay murals and sculpture, birdbaths, stepping stones, garden wall hangings, plein air paintings, fused glass, mosaics & jewelry. Wine and cheese tasting. Rain or shine. April 21-23, 12:30-5:30 p.m. free "Artists in the Garden", 1352 Orange Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-291-3423.

On Stage

'Cat's-Paw' Through April 15. $16-$30. Dragon Theatre, 535 Alma St., Palo Alto. Call 1-800-838-3006. dragonproductions.net

'Of Mice and Men' TheatreWorks presents play adapted for the stage by Steinbeck. April 4-29. $19- $69. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. www.theatreworks.org

Talks/Authors

'Poems from Iran and its Exiles' 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11. Members admitted free; others must buy the event book or $10 gift card (admits 2). Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.

Classes/Workshops

Turning Memories into Memoir A four-part class in creative writing focusing on creating a 5-10 page memoir centered on memories of life-time people, places and events. Participants will be given specific instructions and exercises to aid them in this creative endeavor. April 5-26, 1:30-2:30 p.m. $40 Members/$45 Non-Members/$12 Drop-In. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext. 222. www.penvol.org

'Build a Shortwave Radio' For ages 10 and up. Sundays April 8-April 29, 1-3:30 p.m. $80 general, $70 for museum members. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-321-1004. www.moah.org/education

Caliente Latin Dancing Attendees learn the style, steps, timing and music of cha cha, swing, samba, and meringue. April 4-25, 7-8:30 p.m. $50/ $12 drop in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext. 222. www.penvol.org

Easy-to-Grow Native Plants Landscape architect Sherri Osaka talks about drought-tolerant native plants (trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals) for the home garden. April 10, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. www.smcl.org

Lifetime Fitness This class is held three days a week and is designed to strengthen, tone and shape specific muscle groups of the body. April 2-30, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Rates: $65-$95. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext. 222. www.penvol.org

Concerts

Violinist Kristin Lee--Solo Recital Oikos University presents violinist Kristin Lee and pianist Kwan Yi performing works by Mozart, Saint-Saens, Messiaen, Dvorak, and Ravel. Proceeds from the recital will go to the Institute of Asian Culture and Development. April 9, 7:30 p.m. $50-$100. Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 925-356-1499.

'Alexander's Feast' The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra performs with Dominique Labelle, soprano; James Taylor, tenor; Philip Cutlip, baritone. Handel's "Alexander's Feast," Concerto Grosso in C Major. April 19, 8-10 p.m. $25-$95. Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 415-252-1288. www.philharmonia.org

Good Friday Concert In its second annual Good Friday free performance, SLSQ performs Haydn's reflection on Jesus' final hours, each of the seven movements punctuated with scriptural readings by the Rev. Scotty McLennan, dean for religious life. April 6, 5-6 p.m. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.

Kids & Families

Mr. Horsefeathers amuses and amazes the whole family with a show of magic, juggling and comedy. April 5, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Robots, Robots, Robots Attendees celebrate National Robotics Week with the robotics team from Sequoia High School. Team members 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

Portola Valley Library Infant Storytime Rhymes, songs, lap play and short stories for infants 0-18 months old. April 2-May 21, 11-11:30 a.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Spring Puppet Show The Puppet Company presents "Grandpa Bunny's Egg-citing Day." April 5, 3:30-4:15 p.m. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. www.smcl.org

Film

'The Future of Food' Documentary film on the revolution going on in America that's transforming the food we eat. Appearance by the director, Deborah Koons Garcia. April 5, 3-4 p.m. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. Also at the Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, on April 7, 1-3 p.m. Call 650-851-0147.

Et Alia

Menlo Art League Meeting: Art Marketing A picture may be worth a thousand words, but how does that convert to cash to support a starving artist? Frances Freyberg shares her thoughts on marketing art. April 11, 7:30-9 p.m. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call 650-906-2045. www.menloartleague.org

Guy Kawasaki is co-founder of Alltop.com, an "online magazine rack" of popular topics online, and a founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures. He will speak on: "The Top 10 Things I Learned About Innovation from Steve Jobs." Date subject to change. April 7, 2-3 p.m. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

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