Menlo Charity Horse Show More than 500 of the West Coast's top equestrians competing in non-stop jumping events in three arenas. Food and beverages available on site. 40 vendors offering items for the home, garden and stable. Benefits Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired. children, under 12; seniors,over 65; free. August 7-12, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. $10 per day, $35 for all 6 days. Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane, Atherton. Call 650-701-0543. www.menlohorseshow.com
Story Contest: 'Who's That Deer?' Woodside Library is asking "Who's That Deer?" There's an unidentified deer at the library. Assignment: give the deer a name and a story. All story forms accepted. Cash prizes. Open to students Grades K-12. Go to the library for more info and to pick up an entry form. Deadline is Sept. 1. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.smcl.org
'Curse of the Starving Class' Stanford Summer Theater's production of Sam Shepard's "Curse of the Starving Class," directed by Rush Rehm, stars Marty Pistone, Courtney Walsh, Max Sosna-Spear and Jessica Waldman. July 19-Aug. 12, Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. $25 general, $15 for seniors and students. Pigott Theater, Memorial Auditorium, Stanford. Call 650-723-0485. sst.stanford.edu
'Upright Grand' TheatreWorks presents a play by playwright Laura Schellhardt with live music. July 11-Aug. 10. $24-$73. Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-463-1960. www.theatreworks.org
Free Shakespeare in the Park presents 'Henry V' Shakespeare in the Park's 30th Anniversary season presents "Henry V," the tale of a young king's rise and the glories and costs of war. Aug. 11-26, Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Historic Sequoia High School's Park-like Grounds, 1201 Brewster Avenue at Broadway Street, Redwood City. Call 415-558-0888. www.sfshakes.org
Caltrain and the Peninsula Commute Service Attendees learn the history and evolution of the Caltrain system that began in the 1860s between San Francisco and San Jose. Author Janet McGovern will discuss not only how the rail line has evolved, but also how it transformed the San Francisco Peninsula. Aug. 11, 11 a.m.-noon. Menlo Park Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2512.
Author talk: Dr. Terrie Williams discusses her book "The Odyssey of KP2: An Orphan Seal, A Marine Biologist, and the Fight to Save a Species." Only 1,100 Hawaiian monk seals survive in the wild; if their decline continues without intervention, they face certain extinction within 50 years. Aug. 16, 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/terrie-m-williams-phd
Author talk: Gail Tsukiyama -- 'A Hundred Flowers' A novel about an ordinary family facing extraordinary times at the start of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Tsukiyama is the author of six previous novels, including "The Street of a Thousand Blossoms," She is also the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Award. Aug. 14, 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/gail-tsukiyama
Author: Maria Ross shares how the pace of her life came to a halt when an undetected brain aneurysm ruptured and nearly killed her in "Rebooting My Brain: How a Freak Aneurysm Reframed My Life." Aug. 9, 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/maria-ross
'Shake It Up' Dance Camp Dance Expressions works on jazz and jazz hip hop routines. Dancers will also have the opportunity to create their own routines in groups of friends, learning how to choreograph. August 13-17, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. www.danceexpressions5678.com
Beauty and Balance Capturing beauty and creating balance are the challenges of every photographer. A class for shooting strategies and editing strategies. Aug. 9, $120 members; $145 non-members. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Call 650-364-8300. www.filoli.org
Desserts without Calories Attendees earn how to create desserts without calories -- flower arrangements posing as cakes, sundaes and other sweets. Aug. 11, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $65 members; $80 non-members. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Call 650-364-8300. www.filoli.org
Encounter IV: Music and Modern Society As Music@Menlo's tenth-anniversary season reaches its conclusion, festival Artistic Administrator Patrick Castillo guides audiences in a reflection on how people relate to music today. Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m. $44 adult; $20 student. Martin Family Hall. www.musicatmenlo.org/festival/2012/?evt=ENC-4
Handmade Earring Workshop Participants learn how to make earrings in workshop presented by Karlee Dickman. Ages 13 and up. Space limited; sign-up required. Aug. 13, 5-6 p.m. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.smcl.org
Landscape studies for children 8 through 12 Participants study flowers and the landscape by drawing and painting in the garden. Aug. 11, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $25 members; $30 non-members. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Call 650-364-8300. www.filoli.org
Next Big Earthquake Tom Brocher, director of U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Science Center, tells what to expect when a serious earthquake hits. Aug. 9, 9-10 a.m. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.smcl.org
Skills workshops with Tutor Corps Tutors reinforce fundamentals in a week of math, writing and study skills workshops located at Menlo School. Geared toward seventh and eighth grade students who learn best in small classroom setting. Aug. 6-10, 10 a.m.-5:15 p.m. $395 per workshop. The Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. Call 415-990-1322 ext. 1. www.tutorcorps.com/contact.html
Succulent Success Attendees discover what it takes to keep these garden and container plants healthy. Aug. 8, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $50 members; $65 non-members. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Call 650-364-8300. www.filoli.org
Succulent Wreath Making Each student goes home with the materials and knowledge to produce one complete 12-inch wreath of succulents. Aug. 10, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $105-$125. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Call 650-364-8300. www.filoli.org
Summer Flowers Attendees practice color-mixing and texture techniques while creating their next flower portrait. Aug. 10, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $50-$190. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Call 650-364-8300. www.filoli.org
2012 Menlo Park Summer Concert Series Attendees can bring a picnic basket, blanket, family, and friends to an event at the park to listen to blues, swing, classic rock, country, old school R&B, oldies and a Beatles tribute band. Each Wednesday through Aug. 15, 6:30-8 p.m. Fremont Park, Santa Cruz Avenue at University, Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2200.
Carte Blanche Concert V Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han celebrate Music<\@>Menlo's tenth anniversary in a program that highlights various elements of this special anniversary season. August 9, 8 p.m. $70/$60 adult; $30/$20 student. Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center.
Seniors Midsummer Breakfast Fellowship A hot breakfast with fellowship for seniors. Aug. 15, 9-11 a.m. Menlo Park Presbyterian Church - Fellowhip Hall, 950 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. mppc.org
Peninsula Rose Society Meeting Rosarian Dave Bang will be sharing photos of his favorite roses at the next meeting of the Peninsula Rose Society on Aug. 8, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City. Call 650-363-2062. www.peninsularosesociety.org
Summer Reading Carnival Atherton Library celebrates the end of the summer reading program for children. Bounce house and games. Participants can collect final prizes. Daffy Dave performs at 2:15 p.m. Aug, 10, 1-3 p.m. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org
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