Beethoven's Fourth featuring Emanuel Ax Emanuel Ax makes his Philharmonia Baroque debut with Beethoven's 4th piano concerto on fortepiano. Nicholas McGegan conducts 4th Symphony and Concerto. Nov. 8, 8-10 p.m. $25-$90. The Center for Performing Arts, Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 415-252-1288. www.philharmonia.org/nov2012/
Woodside HS harvest festival and craft faire Holiday gift ideas - Jewelry, clothing and crafts. Refreshments will be sold. There will be a raffle with prizes donated by vendors(additional raffle tickets may be purchased). Admission includes one raffle ticket. Nov. 10, Event will be held at WHS in the multi-use room (MUR). 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $1. Woodside High School - MUR, 199 Churchill Ave., Woodside. Call 650-628-5474.
Green$ense for Your Home Based on the new book, "Green$ense for the Home," author Eric Corey Freed shows buildings that save energy, water and resources are not more expensive. Nov. 13, 7 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-1700 ext. 216. www.portolavalley.net/index.aspx?page=251
La Entrada Used Book Sale The La Entrada Used Book Fair in the MUR on has thousands of books have been donated and one can find books in all genres ranging from children to adult with everything in between. Nov. 13, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. La Entrada School, 2200 Sharon Road, Menlo Park.
'The Real Thing' Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing" is on stage through Nov. 18 at the Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Mountain View. Tickets: $15-$25; purchase at www.thepear.org or 650-254-1148.
Barbara von Haunalter: 'Nature's Paintbox' The Portola Art Gallery presents 'Nature's Paintbox,' landscape paintings in watercolor by Barbara von Haunalter. The exhibit features plein air work created in and around the Bay Area. Not open Sunday. Through Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free Portola Art Gallery, Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-321-0220. www.portolaartgallery.com
Auditions for 'Oklahoma!' Auditions for the musical "Oklahoma!" will be held on Nov. 6 & 7. Performance dates are March 13-23, 2013. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and prepare a one-minute show tune. No monologues necessary. For more information and to make an appointment, www.pvtc-ca.org. Casting is open to 5th grade-adult. Nov. 6-7, 6-9 p.m. Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 851-8282 ext. 105. www.pvtc-ca.org
Exploring Mind-Body Skills for Stress Reduction In this hands-on workshop, Dr. McDonald will discuss some of the research around simple and proven techniques that activate the relaxation response such as guided imagery, breathing techniques, mindful awareness, and simple forms of meditation. Nov. 10, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. $20. Vallombrosa Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-325-5614. www.vallombrosa.org
Parent/Child Pie-in-a-Jar Cooking Class Parents can bring their children and join piemaker Julie to learn the art of making homemade pies. Participants will learn how to make simple, organic fruit fillings, master pie dough and lattice tops. Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $64/$85. Arrillaga Family Rec. Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. www.menlopark.org/registration
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
Portola Valley Library Non-Fiction Book Club The club will discuss "Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and Murder of a President" by Candace Millard, an account of James Garfield's rise from poverty to the American presidency, and the history of his assassination and legacy. Nov. 15, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org
'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
Family and Kids
'Puppylocks and the Three Bears' Magical Moonshine Theatre presents this family play in which Goldilocks is a little golden dog and the three bears are teddy bears. Recommended for ages 3 and up, but all ages are welcome. Nov. 14, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org
'Wild Cat Adventure' Five live wildcats from various countries. Each cat is shown on stage as information about the species is shared with the audience. Nov. 18, 2-3 p.m. $10 general, $5 for kids under 12. Foothill College's Appreciation Hall, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 707-874-3176. www.wildcatfund.org
Atherton Library Preschool Storytime Children ages 3-5 are invited for stories and activities every Monday morning. Through May 20, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org
Remi & Chloe Paly Juniors Remi & Chloe are singers, songwriters, and guitarists, and featured artists at Red Rock Cafe, Teens on the Green and other local venues, they rock originals and acoustic covers. Nov. 8, 8-10 p.m. $10. Angelica's Bell Theater, 863 Main St., Redwood City. Call 650-906-2050. www.ticketfly.com/event/174063/
Exploring Mind-Body Skills for Stress Reduction Attendees will discuss and learn techniques to activate the relaxation response such as guided imagery, breathing techniques and more. Details and registration at www.vallombrosa.org. Nov. 10, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. $20. Vallombrosa Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-325-5614. www.vallombrosa.org
Author talk: 'Love and Death in Silicon Valley' The former police chief of San Jose, Joseph D. McNamara started his career as a beat cop in Harlem in NYC. A vocal national spokesperson for Hand Gun Control, Inc. and critic of America's War on Drugs, he is currently at the Hoover Institute, Stanford, and lives in Menlo Park. Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/joseph-d-mcnamara
Author talk: 'The Twelve' In "The Passage," Justin Cronin constructed a world transformed by a government experiment gone horribly wrong. Now the scope widens and the intensity deepens as the epic story surges forward with "The Twelve." Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/justin-cronin-0
Craig Stanford The author warns of a "Planet Without Apes" and theorizes on what can be done to prevent the extinction of man's closest biological relatives. Nov. 9, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. booksinc.net
Robin Youngson Youngson, an anesthesiologist from New Zealand, will speak on compassion in health care. Nov. 8, 5:45-7:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Medical Center's Alway Building, Room M106, 300 Pasteur Drive, Stanford. Call 650-723-8599. ccare.stanford.edu/content/robin-youngson-md