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'Kite Day' Menlo Park hosts Kite Day. For $6, participants receive kite, hot dog, drink and chips or an apple. All ages welcome. May 4, noon-3 p.m. Bedwell-Bayfront Park, Marsh Road at Bayfront Expressway, Menlo Park. Call 330-2200.
'Passport to Tanzania' Friends of Children Concern Foundation hosts Menlo Park fundraiser for African orphans. Wine- tasting, appetizers, silent and live auctions, African music, and viewing of 50-plus vintage cars. Free parking. April 27, 5-8 p.m. $95 per person. Auto Vino, 205 Constitution Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-969-0217. www.childrenconcern.org
Woodside May Day Parade and carnival. Check-in for parade at 9 a.m. at Woodside School. May 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Woodside Elementary School, 3195 Woodside Road , Woodside.
Community Preparedness Day First Baptist Church of Menlo Park hosts event on how to survive and help others after 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.
Peninsula Volunteers Decorator Show House 2013 Visit one of Woodside's last great estates, with 20 rooms styled by premier designers. Free parking & shuttle and "Meet the Designer" evenings. May 4-24, Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $35. The Horse Park, 3674 Sand Hill Road, Woodside. Call 650-381-9933. www.penvol.org/
'Girl with a Pearl Earring' Portola Valley Library presents docent lecture and slideshow, "Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis." April 30, 10-11 a.m. Free. Hanson Hall at The Sequoias, 501 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560.
John Gerzema discusses "The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future." Register online. April 25, 5-8:30 p.m. $60. Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. Call 415-883-1007.
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 324-4321.
Mark Mazzetti, New York Times correspondent, discusses "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.
'Master Sinfonia' Chamber Orchestra Concert David Ramadanoff and MSCO perform Weber's "Overture to Der Freischutz," Bruch's "Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor," and Schumann's Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, "Rhenish." May 4, 8 p.m. $16-$20; Youth under 18, free. Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Menlo Park Chorus performs spring concert, ranging from Broadway ballads and film tunes to traditional spirituals. April 26, 7:30-9 p.m. $12-$15; children under 12, free. Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park. Call 510-504-4784.
Kids & Families
Art Discovery Series for children age 7-11 Kids discover how to draw wildlife, make collages, and draw flowers in garden. April 27, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fee per class: $25 members; $30 non-members. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Call 650-364-8300 . www.filoli.org
'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.
Western Ballet presents 'Coppelia' Students from Western Ballet give a mini-performance. For ages 4 and up. April 29, 7-8 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422.
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
Latin Rhythms with the Tumbao Quintet has leader Paul VornHagen on sax/flute, Carlos Caro on congas, Murray Low on keyboard and Robb Fisher on bass. April 27, 3-4 p.m. Woodside Independence Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 851-0147.
Rosener House Adult Day Services hosts an open house to show what a typical day at Rosener House is like. May 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Peninsula Volunteers Rosener House Adult Day Services, 500 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 322-0126.