'Otter Run' The 18th annual Otter Run 5K family run donates its proceeds from sponsorship and registration to Oak Knoll School. May 20, 8:30-10:30 a.m. $20 adults; $10 kids. Oak Knoll School, 1895 Oak Knoll Lane, Menlo Park. Call 415-606-2343. www.oakknollschool.com/
Half-Price Used Book Sale The Friends of the Portola Valley Library will hold a special half-price used book sale on the library's back patio. Cash only please. May 5, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org
'Taming of the Shrew' Men and women battle it out to become best friends in this Monty Python-inspired production of one of Shakespeare's comedies. Attendees should dress warmly, pack a picnic and bring low lawn chairs and blankets to the outdoor stage on Menlo School's campus. Suitable for all ages. May 4-6, 8 p.m. Students: $7, Adults: $10 Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. www.menloschool.org
'Before Boxing Lost Its Punch' Dave Newhouse, the award-winning and long-time sportswriter and columnist for the Oakland Tribune, has written his eighth book about his life-long fascination with the sport of boxing, based on fights he heard on the radio with his father in the late-1940s. May 22, 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/littlehouse/culture
'Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen' Part memoir/part cookbook, Donia Bijan uses the language of food to tell her story, and to honor her mother from who she learned to cook and to follow her dreams. 3-4 p.m. Menlo Park Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2512.
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
Dr. Victoria Sweet's book: 'God's Hotel: A Doctor, A Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine' Laguna Honda, low tech but human paced, gave Sweet the opportunity to practice a kind of attentive medicine that has almost vanished. The place transformed the way she understood her work. Alongside the modern view of the body as a machine, her patients evoked an idea of a garden to be tended. May 8, 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/victoria-sweet-md
Paul Goldstein: 'Havana Requiem' Paul Goldstein is a professor of law at Stanford and a specialist in intellectually property law. He currently serves as of counsel at Morrison & Foerster in their intellectual property group. May 9, 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/paul-goldstein
Philip E. Auerswald: 'The Coming Prosperity: How Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Global Economy.' Auerswald argues that it is time to overcome the outdated narratives of fear that dominate public discourse and to grasp the powerful momentum of progress. He is an associate professor at the School of Public Policy and a senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation. May 3, 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/philip-e-auerswald
'Art and Wine Afternoon' The Portola Art Gallery will host an 'Art and Wine Afternoon' to introduce four new gallery artists: Misako Kambe, Jan Prisco, Linda Salter and Carolyn Wang. Domenico Winery, of San Carlos, will host a wine tasting during the opening reception. May 1-31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free Portola Art Gallery at Allied Arts, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. 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.
Spring Art Show Esther Baran Art Gallery Attendees can come to our unique gallery in a rustic barn to purchase watercolors, color etchings, cards, calendars and jewelry. May 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Allied Arts Guild Esther Baran Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 760-855-3186. www.estherbaran.com
Arthritis Participants join the Arthritis Certified Exercise Program focusing on gentle activities to help increase joint flexibility, range of motion, increase blood circulation and to help maintain muscle strength. May 2-30, 9:45-10:45 a.m. $60/$64. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext. 222. www.penvol.org/littlehouse
Boot Camp Boot Camp for those who want to lose those holiday pounds and get in good shape. May 2-30, 7:30-8:30 a.m. $180. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext 222. www.penvol.org/littlehouse
Caliente Latin Dancing A class for those who want learn the style, steps, timing and music of Cha Cha, Swing, Samba, and Meringue. May 2, 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/littlehouse
Change Lives Through literacy Registration is underway for Project Read-Menlo Park's May Tutor Training, designed to show volunteers how they can help local residents learn to read better and attain their personal, educational, and vocational goals. May 8, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2525.
Lifetime Fitness This class is held three days a week and is designed to strengthen, tone and shape specific muscle groups of the body. Mondays - 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Wednesdays/Fridays - 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. May 2-30, 8:30-9:30 a.m. $90/$95 3X per Month $60/$65 2X per Month. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext 222. www.penvol.org/littlehouse
Woodworking Attendees learn to use tools safely and appropriately to create projects, repair an heirloom or create one for future generations. May 2-30, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. $40/$45. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext 222. www.penvol.org/littlehouse
M-A Big Bear Run Attendees can join Menlo-Atherton High School and the community, all ages, for the seventh annual Big Bear Run in support of all M-A High School sports teams. This 5-kilometer race/walk, is a professionally timed, marked and flat course with a track finish at Menlo-Atherton High School. May 6, 9 a.m. Adult $25; under 18 $15; prices increase April 29. Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. www.m-aboosters.org
Peninsula School Spring Fair Attendees can eat, drink, play and learn at Peninsula School's 40th Spring Fair. Also they may explore activities, demos, handmade food and live music. May 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Families: $30 Adults: $10 Kids: $5 Tykes & Seniors: free. Peninsula School 40th Spring Fair, 920 Peninsula Way, Menlo Park. Call 650-325-1584. www.peninsulaschool.org/
PRS Annual Rose Show, where there will be hundreds of roses on display and large rose raffles at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. The show's theme is "Dancing with the Stars." May 6, 1-5 p.m. Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City. www.peninsularosesociety.org
Family and Kids
'Miss Representation' Coming to M-A The Menlo-Atherton Parent Education Series presents the documentary "Miss Representation." The film explores how media misrepresentations of women and girls have led to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence. Free tickets at http://mamissrepresentation.eventbrite.com May 3, M-A Center for the Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-868-0590. www.sequoiadistrict.org/mahs/site/default.asp
Portola Valley Library Preschool Storytime Preschool children listen and learn with stories, songs, and rhymes. For preschoolers ages 3-5 years old. May 2-30, 11-11:30 a.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org
Portola Valley Library 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. May 1-29, 10:30-11 a.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.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
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