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Arts & Entertainment - October 31, 2012

Calendar

Art Galleries

'Children of the World, Orphaned Elephants of Tsavo and New Works' The Portola Art Gallery presents "Children of the World, Orphaned Elephants of Tsavo and New Works," a collection of oil paintings by Marsha Heimbecker. Heimbecker's series is inspired by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a refuge for the protection and preservation of Africa's wilderness. Through Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-321-0220. www.portolaartgallery.com

Benefits

"Halloween Zoo Night" Participants in this costumed event can meet animals and learn about Halloween science. Refreshments provided. Attendees must be museum members; the cost to become a members is $100. Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m. Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-326-6338. www.friendsjmz.org

Classes/Workshops

Soft pastel workshop — fruits of the season Using fruits from Filoli's Gentlemen's Orchard, students will practice pastel techniques such as layering to create a range of depth, shadow, light and color. Students will discover composition strategies to create still lifes. They should bring a good set of soft pastels such as Sennelier or Scminke. Oct. 23-25, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $200 members; $240 non-members. Fee includes materials. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Call 650-364-8300. www.filoli.org

Ukulele Ukuleles are associated with music from Hawaii where the name roughly translates to "jumping flea," perhaps due to the resemblance of the player's finger movements. Oct. 23, 7-9 p.m. $34/$45. Arrillaga Family Rec. Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. www.menlopark.org/registration

Clubs/Meetings

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. Wednesdays, 7-10 p.m. Free. West Bay Model Railroad Association, 1090 Merrill St., Menlo Park. Call 650-322-0685. wbmrra.ning.com

Concerts

Grace Note Chamber Players This chamber ensemble will perform music by Johannes Brahms and Amy Beach. With Claudia Bloom on violin, Russ Bartoli on cello, Casey Mullin on piano, Geoffrey Noer on violin and Doug Tomm on viola. Oct. 28, 2 p.m. $15. Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto . Call 650-223-8664. www.paloaltojcc.org

Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra Concert David Ramadanoff kicks off MSCO's 2012-2013 season conducting Schumann's Manfred Overture, Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Mack McCray, piano, and Brahms' Symphony No. 3. Oct. 27. Free reception with the artists. 8 p.m. Tickets are $5-$20 at the door. Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley. www.mastersinfonia.org

Phantom Tollbooth Halloween Symphony Party Rodriguez's "A Colorful Symphony," effects by Matthew Bain. Costumes welcome. Kids can conduct a Sousa march. Begins with tour of the Orchestra. Oct. 27, 3-5 p.m. $25, $20, $10 for children. Canada College Main Theatre, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City. Call 650-366-6872. www.redwoodsymphony.org

Environment

"Seeds of Freedom" screening and Yes on Prop 37 Discussion Nutiva presents a free screening of the film "Seeds of Freedom," and post-discussion to promote Yes on Prop 37, California's Right To Know Initiative. 7-10 p.m. Trinity Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park. Call 415-309-0045. www.nutiva.com/films

Sudden Oak Death Results Meeting Sudden Oak Death Meeting and Field Training. SOD Blitz Results meeting, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at Woodside Town Hall. 2955 Woodside Road. Field Training on prevention techniques will be held Oct. 27 at 1:30 p.m. at Portola Valley Ranch- 1 Indian Crossing. Woodside Town Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside. nature.berkeley.edu/garbelotto/english/sodblitzfollowup.php

Exhibits

'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. $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

Stanford Art Spaces - Stanford University Paintings by Ben Alexy, watercolor, ink, and mixed media by Valerie P. Cohen & paintings by Kyungsoo Lee are on exhibit at the Paul G. Allen Art Spaces on the Stanford University Campus. From July 6 to Sept. 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Stanford Art Spaces, 420 Via Palou, Stanford. Call 650-725-3622. http://cis.stanford.edu/~marigros

The Menlo Art League 2012 Exhibit The Menlo Art League's 38th Annual Juried Show at the Menlo Park Library through Oct. 26. 12-4 p.m. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-906-2045. www.menloartleague.org

The Menlo Art League Annual Exhibit The Menlo Art League's annual exhibit is at the Menlo Park Library in the downstairs community room through Oct. 28. Free.

Family and Kids

Halloween Cross Stitch Craft Attendees will make a simple Halloween-themed cross stitch. Presented by The Cross Stitch Guild of San Mateo. Ages 5 and up. Oct. 25, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.smcl.org

Film

Family movie night Atherton Library presents "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax." 86 minutes, rated PG. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of the Atherton Library. Oct. 26, 7-8:30 p.m. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. www.smcl.org

On Stage

'The Tempest' Shakespeare's classic will be performed on Nov. 1 and Nov. 3, 7:30-10 p.m. $12 general, $8 for students and seniors. Menlo-Atherton High School Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-322-5316 .

Talks/Authors

Taste For Modernism: Docent Lecture This docent presentation will review selections from the William S. Paley Collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, on exhibit at the de Young Museum, Sept. 15-Dec. 30; the presentation Saturday, Oct. 27, 2-3 p.m. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.smcl.org

Teen Activities

College application essay workshop A Kaplan representative will present this College Application Essay Workshop, designed to show students and parents what college admissions officers want to see in an essay. Pre-registration at the Kaplan website www.kaptest.com/class/SKKJ2187. Oct. 24, 7-8 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

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