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Arts & Entertainment - June 5, 2013

Calendar

Art Galleries

Third International BookArt Fair The Third International BookArt Fair is curated by Rolando Castellon, former curator of SFMOMA and the Museo de Arte y Diseno Contemporaneo Costa Rica. The fair features a collection of handmade books by 50 international artists. June 7-9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cubberley Center, Studio E-5, 4000 Middlefied Road, Palo Alto.

Benefits

'Taste of Menlo Park' Help contribute to local high school scholarships at the Taste of Menlo Park event, put on by the Rotary Club of Menlo Park. The event features Menlo Park restaurants, as well as wineries from the Santa Cruz Mountains and Bay Area region. All proceeds from the event benefit the Rotary Club's Scholarship Program, which distributes scholarship money to qualified students who attend Menlo Park and neighboring high schools. June 12, 5:30-8 p.m. $55. Menlo College, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton. Call 805-290-2931. www.tasteofmenlopark.org

Wine Tasting Benefit Thomas Fogarty Winery and Vineyards is hosting a benefit to support Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY), a local nonprofit organization. Award-winning wines, specialty brews and gourmet food will be served. The main event is from 7 to 9 p.m.; a VIP reception/cooking class begins at 6 p.m. June 13, 6-9 p.m. $150 or $250 for VIP . Thomas Fogarty Winery and Vineyards, 19501 Skyline Blvd., Woodside. flyprogram.org/get-involved/#events

Classes/Workshops

'Art of Young-Tree Pruning' Students will study the art of young-tree pruning with arborist Brian Kempf. This workshop has one-and-a-half hours of classroom training and two-and-a-half hours of hands-on field training. Open to all including landscape professionals and arborists who would like to brush up on their skills. No experience required. June 15, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Nixon Elementary School, 1711 Stanford Ave., Stanford. Call 650-964-6110. www.canopy.org/pages/calendar.php

Feldenkrais Little House is offering feldenkrais classes to improve balance, flexibility and brain function. Exercises are on the floor, so students should bring a towel or mat to lie on. Fridays, year-round. 11 a.m.-noon. $45 ($40 members). Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-679-8113. www.Umovebetter.com

Pastel Plein-Air Painting Classes The Portola Art Gallery's Jan Prisco will offer weekly pastel plein-air painting classes at Allied Arts Guild through August. Wednesdays, 1:30-4:15 p.m. $30/class. Portola Art Gallery - Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-341-9519. www.janprisco.com

Clubs/Meetings

Astronomy Club Monthly Meeting The monthly meeting of the Peninsula Astronomical Society includes a free talk open to the public with speaker Brian Day of NASA/Ames speaking on NASA's LADEE Lunar Mission. Foothill Observatory will open after the meeting, from 9 to 11 p.m., weather permitting. Park in Lot 5. June 14, 7:30-9 p.m. Free/$3 Parking fee. Foothill College Room 5015, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. www.pastro.org/dnn/

Concerts

Klezmer trio Veretski Pass & SF Choral Artists Klezmer trio Veretski Pass and San Francisco Choral Artists join forces again this June. "Omens, Dreams & Curses" features 17th century psalm settings, folk music, improvisation and world premieres by Joshua Horowitz, Mark Winges and Eleanor Aversa. June 16, 4 p.m. $30 (discounts for seniors and students). Congregation Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City. Call 415-494-8149. www.sfca.org

Ragazzi Boys Chorus: 'Sing It Forward' The Ragazzi Boys Chorus celebrates 25 years of music with "Sing It Forward" at Stanford's new Bing Concert Hall. Current choristers and Ragazzi alumni will perform songs from its 25-year repertoire and a specially commissioned piece by Venezuelan conductor and composer Chris Grases. June 9, 5 p.m. $20-$47. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. www.ragazzi.org

Robert Huw Morgan Annual Commencement Recital Organist Dr. Robert Huw Morgan presents his annual commencement recital, which will include "Sonata No. 1" by Alexandre Guilmant on the Murray Harris organ. June 14, 8 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. music.stanford.edu/Events/calendar.html

Stanford Early Music Singers William Mahrt directs the Early Music Singers' program in the Stanford Memorial Church. June 5, 8 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 405 Serra Mall, Stanford. music.stanford.edu/Events/calendar.html

Environment

World Oceans Day at the Marine Science Institute The Marine Science Institute in Redwood City celebrates World Oceans Day with two two-hour boat tours of the Bay on the institute's research vessel, the Robert G. Brownlee. Trip 1 departs at 1 p.m. and returns at 3 p.m.; trip 2 departs at 3 p.m. and returns at 5 p.m. Must be at least 5 years old to board. June 8, 1-5 p.m. $15-$40. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City. Call 650-364-2760. www.sfbaymsi.org/special_events/oceansday.html

Exhibits

'From Fiber to Fabric: A History of American Textile Production' Exhibit on the history of textile production in the United States from the homespun of colonial times through mass production in the industrial age. Artifacts and textiles illustrate the story of wool, linen and cotton from cultivation to finished cloth. Open through August 18, Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-321-1004. www.moah.org

'Watergate Villains and Heroes' Local artist Myrrh's portraits of the Watergate defendants, and the senators questioning them, are on display at the Midpeninsula Community Media Center. She drew them in pencil, crayon and oil pastels while watching the hearings on her TV in 1973. Through June 27, open weekdays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and by appointment on weekday evenings. Free. Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto. www.myrrh-art.com

Stanford Art Spaces This installation of Stanford Art Spaces features paintings by Bryan Ida and Warren Hedgpeth, plus fiber constructions by Aryana B. Londir. A reception will be held at the Paul G. Allen reception area on July 12 from 5-7 p.m. Through Aug. 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Stanford Art Spaces, 420 Via Palou, Stanford. Call 650-725-3622. cis.stanford.edu~marigros

Family and Kids

'Little Chef Cooking Program' Little chefs learn the basics of food prep. This day's menu features granola and yogurt smoothie parfaits. Led by Jeni Clancy of Parents Place. Sign-ups required. June 11, 10-11 a.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

'Paws for Tales' On the fourth Saturday of each month, children ages five and up can sign up to read to a trained service dog. Help improve reading skills and build reading confidence. May 25-October 26, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

B.O.K. Ranch The B.O.K. Ranch is hosting its 28th annual Western Day family fun day and fundraiser. B.O.K. Ranch is a non-profit providing horseback riding lessons to children and adults with special needs. Tickets are available at the door. Come enjoy horses, a BBQ lunch, live music, carnival games and more. June 9, Noon-5 p.m. $45 for adults; children under 12 are free. B.O.K. Ranch, 1815 Cordilleras Road, Redwood City. bokranch.com

Baby Bounce and Rhyme Time "Baby Bounce and Rhyme" combines singing, dancing, reading, and playing. This program is specifically for babies ages 0-18 months (although older children are welcome too). May 7-December 17, 11:15-11:45 a.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

Nativity Carnival 2013 The 33rd Annual Spring Carnival will feature 12 carnival rides, dozens of game booths and a food court with rotisserie chicken, pasta dinner, bruschetta, philly cheesesteaks, BBQ hamburgers and hotdogs, turkey legs and a tri-tip dinner. June 7, 5-11 p.m.; June 8, noon-11 p.m.; and June 9, noon-6 p.m. Free. Nativity School, 1250 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call 650-323-7914. www.nativityschool.com/carnival

Summer Reading Kick-Off Party Sign up for the Summer Reading program at Woodside Library, enjoy snacks, browse staff recommendations and learn about the library's summer events. This is an all-ages program. June 8, 1-3 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.smcl.org

Summer Reading Program Children, tTeens and adults can participate in the Summer Reading Program at the Atherton Library. The theme is "Reading is Soooo Delicious!" Read and participate in raffle drawings. The program is during library hours. June 1-August 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

Film

Movies on the Square: 'Gremlins' Redwood City's "Movies on the Square" feature free outdoor movies throughout the summer. In "Gremlins," an unusual Christmas present called a "mogwai" is given to Billy Peltzer (Zach Galligan) by his father with three basic rules for caring for the pet: never get him wet, keep him out of bright light, and never feed him after midnight. June 6, 8:45 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/movies.html

Health

Tai Chi The Woodside Library hosts Tai Chi in the library's Native Plant Garden (weather permitting). This centuries-old Asian exercise builds stronger bodies, better balance, a sharper mind, and help relieve stress. Instructor Ben Dineen leads this 60-minute class, which is open to all ability levels. May 24-June 28, Fridays, 10-11 a.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.smcl.org

Live Music

Music On The Square - 'Steel Horse' Steel Horse will perform a Bon Jovi tribute concert as part of Redwood City's "Music on the Square" live music series. June 7, 6-8 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/musiconthesquare.html

Organ Concert: Annual Commencement Recital Organist Dr. Robert Huw Morgan presents his annual commencement recital, which will include "Sonata No. 1" by Alexandre Guilmant. June 14, 8-9:30 p.m. Free (donations accepted). Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford . Call 650-723-1762. events.stanford.edu/events/376/37699

SLOrk Spring Concert The Stanford Laptop Orchestra celebrates the conclusion of its 2013 season with a full-scale laptop orchestra concert. June 5, 8 p.m. Free. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. Call 650-723-3811. slork.stanford.edu/

On Stage

'Once Upon a Mattress' The Woodside School class of 2013 presents the medieval musical "Once Upon a Mattress." June 5 at 6 p.m. and June 6-8 at 7 p.m. $15. Woodside School, 3195 Woodside Road, Woodside. woodsideoperetta.com

Ballet Performance The L'ecole de Danse School of Ballet will perform. June 11-12, 7:30-8:45 p.m. $18. Menlo-Atherton High School Auditorium, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-365-4596. lecolededanse.net

New Play Development Factory Dragon Productions Theatre Company has chosen new, original scripts by three local writers and are hosting three weekends of staged readings of these scripts. Through June 9, 8-10 p.m. $10. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City. Call 650-493-2006. dragonproductions.net

Special Events

Information and Networking Session Contact Singapore, together with some of Singapore's leading medical and research institutes, is hosting an information and networking session at the Stanford School of Medicine to find out more about the clinician-science landscape and the research and career opportunities available in Asia's biomedical sciences hub. Register online by June 10. June 11, Noon-2 p.m. Free. Stanford School of Medicine, Alway Building, Room M114, 987 Quarry Road , Stanford. Call 415-223-8290. www.effectivinternet.com/2013/contactsingapore/04/wis_us/#home

Support Groups

Meniere's Disease Support Group A group sharing knowledge, experiences and support. People with Meniere's Disease, their caregivers, friends and family are welcome to attend. Second Friday of every month. Free Sequoia Hospital Health & Wellness Center, 749 Brewster Ave., Redwood City. Call 650-367-5998. sequoiahospital.org click on classes & events.

Talks/Authors

'Recent Human Evolution As Revealed by Neanderthals' Advances in DNA sequencing have it made possible to learn the complete genome sequence of Neanderthals. Dr. Ed Green of University of California, Santa Cruz will discuss contrasting their genome with humans' to discover what evolutionary changes have happened in humans' recent past. Parking directions: Parking directions: http://bit.ly/U1dido. June 11, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. SRI International, International Building, Menlo Park. www.sri.com/newsroom/events/cafe-scientifique-silicon-valley-sri-recent-human-evolution-revealed-neanderthals

Stanford Executive Briefings Stanford Executive Briefings puts on a "Strategies for Minimizing Gender Biases in the Workplace" talk with Stanford University Professor Shelley Correll. Correll will share research on gender and workplace dynamics and suggest strategies for minimizing or eliminating gender biases. June 12, 7:30-9 a.m. $60. Stanford Faculty Club, 439 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. Call 650-725-3330. breakfastbriefings.stanford.edu/briefings

Teen Activities

Menlo Park Library Teen Summer Reading Menlo Park Library's 2013 Teen Summer Reading Program (ages 12-18) runs June 10-August 16. Register online or come into the library. Read books, write reviews and enter weekly raffles for prizes. The library will also kick off summer with a barbecue on June 21 at noon at Burgess Park. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2530. www.menloparklibrary.org/teen.html

Volunteers

Menlo Park 'Project Read' Tutor Training Free Project Read's spring tutor training available for volunteers wishing to work toward adult literacy. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2545. projectreadmenlopark.org

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