Friends of Woodside Library Book Sale Outdoor parking lot sale of books to benefit the Woodside Library, run by the Friends of Woodside Library. Low prices; lots of selection; no early sales before 10 a.m. April 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. www.smcl.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
'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
'A Bird as Black as the Sun: California Poets on Crows and Ravens' In this diverse anthology, more than 80 California poets hold forth on the theme of crows and ravens. April 28, 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-cynthia-anderson-charlotte-muse-other-contributors
Book Discussion: 'A Journal of My Son's First Son' Anne Lamott enters a new and unexpected chapter of her own life: grandmotherhood. Stunned to learn that her son, Sam, is about to become a father at 19, Lamott begins a journal about the first year of her grandson Jax's life. 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
Docent Lecture: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks Works by Rembrandt van Rijan, Frans Hals, and Hendrick Avercamp, among others, chronicle the Dutch way of life during its Golden Age. May 1, 1:30-2:30 p.m. $3 Members / $5 Non-Members. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext 229. www.penvol.org/littlehouse
Ethics and War In the lecture, Michael Walzer will address the criticism that is current among some soldiers and academic strategists these days that if you try to fight an asymmetric war in accordance with the U.S. rules of engagement or the requirements of just war theory, you will lose the war. April 26, 5:30-7 p.m. Stanford University , Annenberg Auditorium 435 Lasuen Mall, Stanford . ethicsinsociety.stanford.edu/ethics-events/events/view/1297/?date=2012-04-26
Mick LaSalle: 'The Beauty of the Real: What Hollywood Can Learn From Contemporary French Actresses.' Based on one-on-one interviews and the viewing of numerous films, Mick LaSalle has put together a fascinating profile of recent generations of French film stars and an overview of their best work. LaSalle has been the film critic for the San Francisco Chronicle since 1985. April 30, 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/mick-lasalle
'Introduction to the Cantor Arts Center' This introductory tour features objects from a variety of cultures and historic periods. Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. Meets in the main lobby. Free. Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu/visit/public_tours.html
'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
1st Anniversary Show Allegro Framing and Art presents the '1st Anniversary Show' to celebrate Jeff Hernandez's first year as owner of the frame shop. The show features local artists Katherine McGuire, Christina Holmes, Judith Hamilton, Terry Guyer, Deborah Macias, Gilbert Draper, Dick Knoble and Jill Coolidge. May 31, Allegro Framing and Art, 3130 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-701-0882.
Digital Photography Workshop Bay Area photographer Gilbert Draper, who apprenticed under the likes of Ansel Adams, Morley Baer and Arnold Newman, is teaching 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
Genealogy Attendees can learn the skills, computer sites, and programs to help do the research to discover the history of ancestors. March 27-May 29, 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
Summer Music Workshops Workshops are open to musicians ages 6 to 14 of all instruments. Directed by El Camino Youth Symphony associate conductor Michail Gelfandbein, the workshops will feature orchestra, small-ensemble and music-theory instruction. Brochure and registration form available online. Registration due June 1. $450. Palo Alto. www.ecys.org/summer_workshops.html
American Christian Writers Association The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Christian Writer's Association meets bimonthly. Workshops presented on writing craft, professional development and industry expertise. Guests welcome. Saturdays, March 17-May 19, 10 a.m.-noon. $10 guest/$5 members. Palo Alto Church of Christ, 3373 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. acfw.com
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
'Coffee, Art & Chocolate' Coffee, chocolate and art talk with artists and others. Fridays through Oct. 19, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto, . Call 650-321-3891. www.pacificartleague.org
Book Sale at Woodside Library The Friends of Woodside Library will hold their semi-annual book sale at Woodside Library. Hard backs are $1. Paperbacks and children's books are 25 cents. April 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Woodside Library, 3014 Woodside Road , Woodside. Call 650-851-8010.
Compassion Weekend 2012 Attendees join thousands of volunteers from San Jose to San Francisco to participate in one of 28 different projects that serve others in our local communities. Those interested can sign up today at www.compassionweekend.org. April 28-29, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-323-8600. www.compassionweekend.org
Make-It-and-Take-It Earth Day Tee-Bag Attendees can visit the Portola Valley Library's booth at the Earth Day Fair to repurpose an old favorite tee shirt into a snazzy bag. All supplies will be provided. April 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org
U.S. Geological Survey Open House The open house will include talks, exhibits, music and hands-on activities. May 19-20. Free. US Geological Survey, 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park.
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.
Woodside Village Band Spring Concert The Woodside Village Band's 25th annual spring concert will be given Sunday in the Sanctuary of the Woodside Village Church. The program will include works by George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Sir Arthur Sullivan, Kenneth Alford, and Bedrich Smetana. April 29, 3-5 p.m. No charge, donations accepted. Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-1642. www.windband.org/woodside
'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, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-321-1004. www.moah.org
'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. Toys will include an antique pedal fire truck and airplane, Tonka work trucks, and an electric 1929 Lionel Stove & Oven. 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
'Sculpture from the Fisher Collection' This exhibit features pieces by John Chamberlain, Sol LeWitt Claes Oldenburg and Martin Puryear, together with Carl Andre's Copper-Zinc Plain, a floor piece composed of 36 tiles; and John Chamberlain's Bijou, a large early work made of crushed automobiles and paint. Wed.-Sun.; Feb. 29-Oct. 13, 2013; open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Thurs. until 8 p.m.). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu
Stanford Art Spaces - Stanford University Paintings by Jose Allen, Paintings by Wayne Jiang, & Photographs by Terry Thompson are on exhibit at the Paul G. Allen (C.I.S.) Art Spaces Gallery weekdays from April 13 - June 21. April 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Stanford Art Spaces, 420 Via Palou, Stanford. Call 650-725-3622. cis.stanford.edu~marigros
Family and Kids
'Playborhood: Turn Your Neighborhood into a Place for Play' Kids will enjoy the wonders of Mike's front and back yards, and an inspiring chat about what parents are up against in establishing regular outside neighborhood play wherever they live. April 29, 1-3 p.m. Purchase of bo.9ok: $95 plus tax. Mike Lanza, 226 Yale Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/parents-kids-mike-lanzas-playborhood
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
Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo Ongoing exhibits at the museum and zoo include "Bobcat Ridge," "Africa's Bats," exhibits on physics and math, and a "Buzzz" display on insects and spiders. Museum hours: Tue.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. www.friendsjmz.org
Story Time with Alex Beard: 'Crocodile's Tears' When Black Rhino asks Crocodile why he's crying, he learns an interesting fact: Crocodile isn't really crying; he's wetting his eyes in the hot, dry sun like all crocodiles do. And Black Rhino learns something else about crocodiles: they can have you for lunch if you don't watch out! April 26, 11:15 a.m. free Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/story-time-alex-beard
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
Final Friday Flicks Atherton Library hosts family-friendly films the last Friday of each month. Feature for April will be "Kung Fu Panda 2" Doors open at 6:45 pm. April 27, 7-8:30 p.m. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org
Ives Quartet Spring Chamber Music Concert Including works by Lurie, Mozart and Debussy. April 29, 3-5 p.m. $10-$15. First Congregational Church, 1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto. www.ivesquartet.org
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
Glenoaks Stables Summer Riding Camp In its 12th year, Glenoaks Stables Riding Camp is a week-long, small-group horse program. Campers learn riding, pony games, vaulting, arts & crafts and general horsemanship. After-hours care is available for an extra fee. Camps are planned for the following dates: June 18-June 22, July 9-13; July 16-20; July 30-Aug. 3; and Aug. 6-10, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $500. Glenoaks Stables, 2629 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-854-4955. glenoaksequestrian.com/summercamps.htm
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
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