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Arts & Entertainment - June 13, 2012

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Special Events

Menlo Park Clock Tower Celebration marking the 25-year anniversary of its construction back in 1987. Mayor Kirsten Keith will be speaking, along with others. June 19, 11 a.m.-noon. Menlo Park Clock Tower, Santa Cruz Ave. at Merrill Street, Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2522. sites.google.com/site/mphistorical/home

Rhythm of the Night Dance Expressions in Menlo Park is holding its end-of-the-year performance at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center. More than 100 Menlo Park residents take to the stage. The 1 p.m. performance showcases ages 3 to 10 and the 7 p.m. performance showcases ages 8 to young adult. June 16, $15 per ticket. Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. www.danceexpressions5678.com

Talks/Authors

Dance without Steps At the age of 21, Paul Bendix was shot in a street robbery and paralyzed. In "Dance without Steps," he takes us on a journey of the next four decades of his life with humor and grace. June 16, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Menlo Park Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2512.

Author: Physics professor Chad Orzel and his canine companion, Emmy, tackle the concepts of general relativity in "How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog," an introduction to Einstein's physics. June 7, 7 p.m. Members free; others buy book or $10 gift card. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/chad-orzel

Author Beatriz Williams, a Stanford graduate with an MBA from Columbia, in conversation with Ted Ullyot, Facebook general counsel, about her debut novel, "Overseas." June 12, 7 p.m. Members free; others buy book or $10 gift card. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/beatriz-williams

Nobel Prize Winner Joseph Stiglitz, 'The Price of Inequality' Our current economic system has made America the most unequal advanced industrial country with crippled growth and undermined democracy. Stiglitz offers his plan for changing our current monetary and budgetary policies and creating a more just and prosperous future. June 12, 7-8 p.m. $12 Members; $20 Members; $7 Students. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Call 408-280-5530. www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2012-06-12/joseph-stiglitz-price-inequality

Classes/Workshops

Horse Cartooning Attendees learn to draw horse-themed cartoons with local artist Chris Romano. Drawing supplies will be provided. Ages 10 and up. Sign-up required. June 12, 3-4 p.m. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.smcl.org

Kids Summer Ceramics Camp A half-day summer camp introduces kids to the techniques and hand-building exercises that make up the wonderful world of clay. Participants are encouraged to express their individuality and create pieces that reflect the craft. June 18-29, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $295. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext 222. www.penvol.org/littlehouse/kids-ceramics-camp.cfm

Kids & Families

Stuffed Animal Sleepover Kids can bring a favorite stuffed animal and leave him overnight at the library for the adventure of his lifetime. Kids come back Friday at 10 a.m. for a special library breakfast and collect loved one and find out what he did all night. All ages. June 14-15, 3 p.m.-10 a.m. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 328-2422. www.smcl.org

Craft Time Participants can drop in for Summer Reading Club crafts with a space theme. June 19, 1:30-3 p.m. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.smcl.org

Portola Valley Library Infant Storytime Rhymes, songs, lap play and short stories for the very young. For infants 0-18 months old. June 4-25, 11-11:30 a.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Live Music

Sherry Austin With Hen House Music Program Atherton Library presents four Americana vocalists from the Bay Area. Sherry Austin with Henhouse Band sing blend of folk/country/rock. 6:30 p.m. Sherry Austin With Hen House, #2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org/en/node/5331

Outdoors

Palo Alto Yoga Day Palo Alto Yoga Day invites yoga enthusiasts for an open-air, community yoga practice to celebrate the summer solstice. Participants will go at their own pace with local yoga instructors, and learn about yoga. June 21, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Rinconada Park, Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. www.facebook.com/PaloAltoYogaDay

Support Groups

Alateen Support Meetings Alateen is a community of young people (12-18 years) whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking. Confidential. Anonymous. Non-Religious. Based on 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Sponsored by Al-Anon. Wednesdays, Through July 31, 7-8:15 p.m. Trinity Parish Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave., Tierney Room, Menlo Park. alanonmidpeninsula.org

Volunteers

'Remade in America' A 1953 Silver Streak trailer needs rebuilding and so does America. Opportunity to participate in making the film from start to finish. Hands-on involvement. Contribute 0-2 hrs./wk. Monthly meetings at Atherton Library every third Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Remade in America--True Story, The Film Project 2012, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org/en/node/5421

American Cancer Society Volunteers Wanted! Relay For Life is Menlo Park's effort to raise funds to fight cancer, bring the community together to celebrate life and hope, remember loved ones lost & educate our neighbors about cancer prevention, early detection & free services for those in need. Volunteers needed. June 19, 6-8 p.m. Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, 1100 Merrill St., Menlo Park. Call 650-477-8879. www.RelayForLife.org/MenloParkCA

Et Alia

'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

Peninsula Rose Society Meeting The Good, the Bad and the Bugly - Baldo "the Bugman" Villeges will be the speaker at the next meeting of the Peninsula Rose Society on June 13. A talk about the little critters in gardens and which were beneficial and which harmful. June 13, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City. Call 650-363-2062. www.peninsularosesociety.org

Movies on the Square: 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' John Hughes' comedy about how playing hooky for a single day can produce a lifetime's worth of adventure. Movies play every Thursday at Redwood City's high-definition surround sound 25' theater. June 14, 8:45 p.m. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/movies.html

Music on the Square Santana tribute band Caravanserai includes material from all eras of Santana's 45-year history. June 15, 6-8 p.m. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/musiconthesquare.html

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