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Community Preparedness Day How to survive and help others in a disaster. April 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. First Baptist Church Menlo Park, 1100 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-323-8544. firstbaptist.com
Portola Valley Bike Rodeo, bicycle mechanics station, safety check area, guided rides. All ages welcome. April 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Menlowe Ballet Presents 'Reverie', featuring world premiere of "Sweet Sadness" by choreographer Viktor Kabaniaev, and works by Artistic Director Michael Lowe. April 19, $28-45 Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 MIddlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-231-2025. www.menloweballet.org
Woodside Library holds semi-annual used book sale with hardback books for $1 and paperbacks for 25 cents. Proceeds benefit Friends of Woodside Library. April 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3014 Woodside Road , Woodside. Call 650-851-8010.
'Being Earnest' TheatreWorks presents musical, set in 1965 London. This adaptation moves "The Importance of Being Earnest" to a bachelor flat near Carnaby Street, where mod fashion, music and morality inspires a quartet of lovers. Tues-Sun, April 3-28. $23-$73. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-463-1960 . www.theatreworks.org
Verdi's 'Il Trovatore' Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Il Trovatore" will be performed. April 28, 2-5:15 p.m. $22-$42. Fox Theater, 2223 Broadway, Redwood City. www.foxrwc.com
Kids & Families
'Design Your Own Race Car' Christie Inocencio leads workshop for children, 5 and up. Advance sign-ups required. May 13, 4-5 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org
'Toddler Dance Party' Mister Q leads a toddler dance party. April 23, 10:30-11 a.m. Free Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org
4Cs Annual Family Tea Party with story time, food and activities in the Shoreway Room. Tea times: 10 to 11:30 a.m., 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m. April 18. Cost: $5 for a family of two to three or $10 for a family of four to six. Sobrato Center for Nonprofits, 330 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City. Call 650-517-1400. www.sanmateo4cs.org
Bilingual Storytime introduces babies to Spanish. April 22, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org
Randel McGee portrays Hans Christian Andersen in show combining storytelling and paper arts. For ages 6 and up. April 18, 11:15 a.m.-noon. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. www.smcl.org
Jennifer Fosberry reads "Isabella: Star of the Story." April 17, 4 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.
Students from Western Ballet give mini-performance of "Coppelia." Ages 4 and up. April 29, 7-8 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org
Cecile Andrews discusses her book, "Living-Room Revolution: A Handbook for Conversation, Community and the Common Good." April 30, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.
Mark Mazzetti New York Times correspondent talks on "The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army and a War at the Ends of the Earth." April 25, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com
'Girl with a Pearl Earring' Portola Valley Library presents a docent lecture and slideshow, "Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis," showing paintings from the Dutch Golden Age. This exhibit is currently at the de Young Museum. April 30, 10-11 a.m. Free. Hanson Hall at the Sequoias, 501 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560.
'Rembrandt's Century' Talk on artistic personalities, both famous and forgotten, of the late Mannerist and Baroque eras. At its core is a selection of etchings by Rembrandt van Rijn. April 20, 2-3 p.m. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. www.smcl.org
John Gerzema, author of "The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future," speaks on the rise of a new model of leadership based on feminine thinking and values. Register online. April 25, 5-8:30 p.m. $60. Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. Call 415-883-1007. wendywallbridge.com/john-gerzema-event
Katherine Applegate , in a youth event, discusses her book "The One and Only Ivan," about a gorilla befriended by a baby elephant. April 18, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com
'The SPAMmish Armada' Carols, conductus and cantigas from medieval Spain and England. April 20 7:30-9 p.m. $15-$32. St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-854-6555. stbedesmenlopark.org