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Arts & Entertainment - November 28, 2012

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Special Events

Breakfast with Santa Menlo Park's Community Services Department presents "Breakfast with Santa." Activities include pancake breakfast, letter writing to Santa, holiday crafts, visiting and picture taking with Santa. Dec. 1, 7:30-11:30 a.m. $5-7. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center , 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2200.

'Small Works and Treasures' Portola Art Gallery presents group exhibition of smaller works for the holiday gift-giving. Not open Sundays. Dec. 1-31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Portola Art Gallery, Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-321-0220. www.portolaartgallery.com

Christmas Wreaths A class that teaches students to make a permanent Christmas wreath. $20 materials fee due to the instructor. Dec. 1, 1:30-3:30 p.m. $30/$39. Arrillaga Family Rec. Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org/registration

Community Events

Nativity School Christmas Tree Lot Christmas wreaths and garland also available. All volunteer-run fundraiser for Nativity School. Through Dec. 15, Nativity School, 210 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. www.nativitytrees.com

Norcal Crew erg-a-thon is recruitment and fundraising event. Entire Norcal team taking turns on rowing machines. The goal: pull at least 1 million meters and raise $45,000. Dec. 2, Fremont Park , Santa Cruz Avenue & University Avenue, Menlo Park. Call 650-327-8275. www.piggybackr.com/norcal/erg-a-thon

Penninsula School Craft Fair Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 40 vendors; handcrafted items include jewelry, clothing and toys. Homemade soups and baked goods. Fun zone for kids. Dec. 2, Peninsula School, 920 Penninsula, Menlo Park. Call 650-743-9360.

The Gift of Music Menlo Park Chorus performs sampler of songs from upcoming winter concert. Dec. 7 at Trinity Episcopal Church. 11-11:30 a.m. Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2512.

Concerts

Kitka performs Wintersongs, seasonal harmonies from Eastern Europe. Wintersongs features music from pre-Christian celebrations of the solstice to Slavic folk carols, humorous Yiddish Chanukah songs, and meditative Eastern Orthodox incantations. Dec. 2, 4-6 p.m. Advance tickets: $27/$25/$15; at the door: $32/$30/$15/$5. Arts at St. Bede's, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. kitka.org

Missa, a celebration of Choral Music will be performed by Schola Seraphica. Composer range from Palistrina to Williams. Dec. 2, 2:30-4 p.m. $20 general, $15 for seniors/students. St. Patrick's Seminary, 320 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-323-7914.

Peninsula Women's Chorus: 'Star of Wonder' Concert 3 features music from around the world, from Penderecki to the French Baroque to the U.S. premiere of "Star-Crossed" by Filipino composer Saunder Choi. Dec. 16, 4 p.m. $30 general/$35 premium/$10 18 and under. St. Patrick's Seminary, 320 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. www.pwchorus.org

Sacred Music for the Holidays Vallombrosa Center presents Christmas concert with Irish singer and songwriter Mary McLaughlin, her Cor Ainglí Singers, and women's vocal ensemble Zambra. Dec. 2, 4-6 p.m. $25.00/Adult, $20.00/Youth (under 16). Vallombrosa Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-325-5614. www.vallombrosa.org

Exhibits

Open Studio Five artists will be show their work with Jan Schachter at her studio: Lois Anderson, Margaret Wherry, Margaret Realica, Peggy Forman and Judith Content. Dec. 1-2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan Schachter's studio, 190 Golden Hills Drive, Portola Valley. Call 650 851-3754. www.janschachter.com

Kids & Families

Atherton Dames Children's Holiday Tea Children and parents can join the Holbrook-Palmer Park Foundation Atherton Dames for their annual Children's Holiday Tea on Dec. 2. Visit with Santa, puppet show, craft activity. Sandwiches and treats available, too. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $55 for first two seats, all additional seats $25 each. Jennings Pavilion, 150 Watkins Ave., Atherton. www.athertondames.org

Holiday party at Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park benefits the Packard Children's Hospital. Two children's authors read from their stories and sell their books. A puppet show from Magical Moonshine Theater, Heather's Magic Show, a visit from Santa and juice and cookies. Dec. 2, 12:30-3 p.m. $25 per person attending. Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor at Cambridge, Menlo Park. Call 650-854-4171. alliedartsguild.org

Talks/Authors

Author talk: 'Midnight Daydreams: Poetry of Heart Tales and Mindscapes' Local poets, co-authors, and mother and son, Dominique Renda and Blake Horsley, present a fresh collection of poetry. Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.

Author talk: 'The Black Count: Glory, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo' A true story of the real Count of Monte Cristo. Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/tom-reiss

Author talk: 'Will Puberty Last My Whole Life? Real Answers to Real Questions' Julie Metzger, R.N., and Robert Lehman. M.D. discuss the book and answer questions from preteens about body changes, sex, and pther growing-up stuff." Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.

The New Industrial Revolution: How Will the Future be Made? Attendees join Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired, and Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk, for a discussion about the 3D printer revolution. Dec. 4, 6-9 p.m. Churchill Club member, $54; others, $79. SRI International, 333 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park. Call 408-265-0130.

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