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Arts & Entertainment - June 20, 2012

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Special Events

Menlo Park Block Party Santa Cruz Avenue will be closed to traffic to create pedestrian space for people to enjoy music and food at the 6th Annual Menlo Park Block Party, sponsored by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce. June 20, 5-9 p.m. Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park. At 6:30 p.m., the blues band Big Cat & The Hipnotics will kick off the free Wednesday night concert series at Fremont Park, located on Santa Cruz Avenue at University Drive. The eight concerts, sponsored by the city of Menlo Park, run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Call 650-325-2818.

Menlo Park Clock Tower Celebration 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.

Community Events

Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance features special and collector cars. Fundraiser for Lions charities. 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 24. Advance sales: $20; day of event $25; for ages 12-21 and 65-plus, $10; for under 12, free. Stanford University, 360 Oak Road, Stanford. Call 650-813-1100. www.paconcours.com

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 and educate people about cancer prevention, early detection and free services for those in need. Volunteers needed. June 19, 6-8 p.m. Menlo Park Chamber fo Commerce, 1100 Merrill St., Menlo Park. Call 650-477-8879. www.RelayForLife.org/MenloParkCA

Talks/Authors

Futurist David Brin returns to globe-spanning science fiction with "Existence." June 23, 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/david-brin

Journalist Andrew Blum In "Tubes," journalist Andrew Blum goes inside the Internet's physical infrastructure and flips on the lights, revealing an utterly fresh look at the online world we think we know. June 22, 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/andrew-blum

SF MOMA: Pop Art, Docent Lecture Pop Art explores a rebellion by irreverent young artists against the prevailing art of the time. Pop art looks at the world of everyday life, media and culture. June 26, 1:30-2:30 p.m. $3 members, $5 others. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext. 229. www.penvol.org/littlehouse

Home Buying/Selling Seminar Members of the real estate community will host a Q&A home buying/selling seminar. Panel includes a real estate agent, mortgage consultant and credit restoration expert. June 26, 6-7 p.m. Registration required. Onetta Harris Community Center, 100 Terminal Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-597-1151

Clubs/Meetings

Portola Valley Library Non-Fiction Book Club Attendees join fellow book enthusiasts as they discuss "Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens." This book is a collection of the noted author's writings on civil rights, Vietnam, the Catholic Church, radical Islam, politics and more. June 21, 1-2:30 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Model Railroad Club Open House The West Bay Model Railroad Association holds monthly open houses the fourth Wednesday of every month. The club is seeking new members who are interested in model railroading, regardless of skill level. Wednesdays, 7-10 p.m. Free. West Bay Model Railroad Association, 1090 Merrill St., Menlo Park. Call 650-322-0685. wbmrra.ning.com

Concerts

Leon Joyce Quartet: Straight Ahead Jazz As a drummer, Leon Joyce Jr. has worked with a wide variety of jazz artists and has performed at many of the top international jazz festivals. June 25, 6-8 p.m. Downtown Jazz, 2600 Block of Broadway, Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/jazz.html

Music on the Square The band Wonder Bread 5 covers everything from Motown to Bean-Town. June 22, 6-8 p.m. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/musiconthesquare.html

Dance

Dancing on the Square - Salsa Vera Quijano gives 30-minute demonstration then continues on with public participation. June 26, 6-8 p.m. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/Dancing.html

Dancing on the Square - Swing / Lindy Hop Swing / Lindy Hop - instructed by Carla Heiney Live Music with Clint Baker Jazz. June 19, 6-8 p.m. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.

Kids & Families

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

Health

How to Live a Brain Healthy Lifestyle Participants find out what they can do to keep their brains healthier as they age. These steps might also reduce their risk of Alzheimer's disease or other dementia. Presented by the Alzheimer's Association. June 26, 10-11 a.m. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.smcl.org

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

Et Alia

Movies on the Square - The Muppets June 21, 8:45 p.m. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/movies.html

'Remade in America' A 1953 Silver Streak trailer needs rebuilding and so does America. Opportunity to participate in making a 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

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