'Passage from Silk Road to Japan' The Portola Art Gallery presents 'Passage from Silk Road to Japan' - ceramic creations by Misako Kambe of Menlo Park. Kambe's works are inspired by traditional Japanese, Chinese and Persian designs. April 2-30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-321-0220. www.portolaartgallery.com
Gilbert Draper Photography exhibit. Gilbert Draper's instructors were Ansel Adams, Morley Baer, and Arnold Newman. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park March 28-April 30, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext. 222. www.penvol.org
'Women's Financial Power Circle' Thursday, Feb. 2, and first and third Thursdays of each month. Teresa Dentino, founder/CEO of The Financial 411, leads women's financial-education group. Pre-registration required. 7-8 p.m. $20 per meeting. Portola Valley. Call 650-851-8959. www.thefinancial411.com
Digital Photography Workshop Bay Area photographer Gilbert Draper teaches a digital photography workshop at Peninsula Volunteer's Little House. The six-week intensive workshop will offer logistical topics and creative tips. April 18-May 23, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $60. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext. 222. www.penvol.org
Model Railroad Club Open House The West Bay Model Railroad Association holds monthly open houses the fourth Wednesday of every month, and the club is currently seeking new members who are interested in model railroading, regardless of their skill level in the hobby. 7-10 p.m. Free. West Bay Model Railroad Association, 1090 Merrill St., Menlo Park. Call 650-322-0685. wbmrra.ning.com
Portola Valley Library Non-Fiction Book Club The club will discuss 'Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea.' by Barbara Demick. This book follows six North Koreans over a chaotic period that saw the rise to power of Kim Jong Il and the devastation of a famine that killed one-fifth of the population. April 19, 1-2:30 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. 1352 Orange Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-291-3423.
Nutrition for Healthy Aging Aging Consulting's mission is to empower seniors and their families with the resources they need to make decisions for their emotional, spiritual, financial and physical well-being by improving their quality of life. April 18, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free for Members / $3 Non-Members. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext. 229. www.penvol.org
'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. The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 415-252-1288. www.philharmonia.org
Benefit Concert in Menlo Park Chamber music concert to benefit Children's Library of Nicaragua. Picasso Ensemble: Jodi Gandolfi (piano), Susan Brown (violin), Victoria Ehrlich (cello), Wendy Hillhouse (mezzo-soprano). Music celebrating nature by Handel, Ravel, Turina, Karen Linford, and D'Arcy Reynolds. April 26, 7 p.m. $20/ 10 Students, at the door Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
Jerry Jay Trio The Jerry Jay Trio is performing for Little House's Dance Night. April 19, 7-9 p.m. $10. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext. 222. www.penvol.org
Water documentary - 'Last Call at the Oasis' From the producers of 'An Inconvenient Truth,' and directed by Oscar winner (and Gunn High grad) Jessica Yu, the film features interviews with scientists and activists, including Erin Brockovich. Prof. Tyrone Hayes will lead a discussion after the showing. April 21, 7-9 p.m. Trinity Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-329-8658. www.trinitymenlopark.org
'Antique Toys, 1870-1930' In addition to early American toys, the exhibit also features turn-of-the-century toy trains and accessories from European toymakers such as Marklin and Bing. Through April, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-321-1004. www.moah.org
Family and Kids
'Make Origami' Kids will make origami carp with students from Menlo School. All ages are welcome. April 19, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org
El Dia de los Ninos Duo Cascada de Flores will bring a bilingual performance of Mexican music and dance for El Dia de los Ninos. This program is funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. April 24, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org
Grandparents' Story Time with Lori Stewart Attendees will hear Lori Stewart talk about Grand Paws, a wise lion who advises a grandfather on places to go, wonders to see, lessons to teach and things to do with his 'gaggle of grandchildren.' April 22, 11 a.m. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.
Toddler Dance Party Kids can sing, dance and play with family musician Charity Kahn of Charity and the JAMband. April 24, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org
Toddler Storytime Designed for children 18 months to 3 years old, Toddler Storytime features songs, stories and movement activities to encourage children to listen and read. On the third Tuesday of the month there will also be an age-appropriate craft. Tuesdays, March 6-April 24, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.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.
Woodside Elementary School Jazz Band The Woodside Elementary School Jazz Band, under the direction of Beth Dameron, is made up of about 30 students in grades 6-8. The program they will be sharing with Little House will be mostly swing tunes from a variety of eras in jazz and music history and by composers like Berlin and Mancini. April 24, 1:30-2:30 p.m. $2 Members/ $3 Non-Members. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext. 229. www.penvol.org
'Of Mice and Men' TheatreWorks presents 'Of Mice and Men.' Adapted for the stage by Steinbeck, this is a portrait of the strength of friendship and the depth of the American dream. April 4-29. $19- $69. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. www.theatreworks.org
Woodside-Atherton Garden Club semi-annual Plant Sale. Features hundreds of plants, many propagated by members from their gardens or grown from seed, including unusual perennials, ornamental shrubs and trees and foundation plants. Proceeds benefit the Woodside Native Plant Garden, a public garden located behind the Woodside Library. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Woodside Library Native Plant Garden, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. woodsideathertongc.org
'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
Kite Day The City of Menlo Park will host the Annual Kite at Bedwell Bayfront Park located at Marsh Road and Bayfront Express Way. $6 for a hotdog, drink, apple and a kite. April 21, 12-3 p.m. Bedwell Bayfront Park, Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2223.
The 30th Annual Sidewalk Fine Arts Festival in Menlo Park The festival will feature an array of original works by 90 artists with jewelry, photography, ceramics, painting, sculptures and more. April 20-22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Downtown Menlo Park, Santa Cruz Avenue and El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-325-2818. www.menloparkchamber.com/news/128-sidewalk-arts-and-crafts-fall-fest
Alateen Support Meetings Alateen is a community of young people (12-20 years) whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking. Participants focus on learning how to help themselves, whether the alcoholic continues to drink or not. Confidential, anonymous, non-religious and based on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Sponsored by Al-Anon. Wednesdays, 7-8:15 p.m. Free. Trinity Parish Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave., Tierney Room, Menlo Park. Call 650-464-1925. midpeninsula.org
Book Discussion: 'A Journal of My Son's First Son' Anne Lamott enters a new and unexpected chapter of her own life: grandmotherhood. April 25, 7 p.m. Members get in free. General Admission requires purchase of event book or a $10 gift card (admits 2) Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/anne-lamott-0
Native Plant Landscaping for Slopes Attendees learn from a California Native Plant Society expert on how to make your garden sustainable with California native plants to save water, energy and money while providing habitats for birds and butterflies. April 18, 7-8 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org
Poetry with Athena Kashyap: 'Crossing Black Waters' 'Crossing Black Waters' is an exploration of borders through one family's personal odyssey from the violent upheaval of the Partition of India in 1947 to emigrating to the U.S. April 22, 2 p.m. Members get in free! General Admission requires purchase of event book OR a $10 gift card (admits 2) Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/poetry-athena-kashyap
YA Extravaganza Young-adult fiction writers Gayle Forman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, and Jess Rothenberg. 7 p.m. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/ya-extravaganza-gayle-forman-nina-lacour-stephanie-perkins-jess-rothenberg