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Arts & Entertainment - January 1, 2014

Calendar

Art Galleries

Ann McMillan Paintings "Outdoor Adventures: Paintings from the Great Outdoors," paintings by Ann McMillan, are on display at Cafe Borrone until Jan. 5. During cafe hours. Free. Cafe Borrone, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-438-2752. www.annmcmillanart.com

Classes/Workshops

eBook/eAudiobook Class at PV Library Learn how to use eReaders and tablets in this Portola Valley Library session. Jan. 6, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

eBooks/eAudiobooks Class at Woodside Library Bring a mobile device and any questions to this hour-long class about downloading library materials, such as eBooks and eAudiobooks. Jan. 11, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.smcl.org

iPad Drawing Class Learn to paint, draw, sketch and animate on an iPad or mobile device in this City of Menlo Park art class. Jan. 6-March 17, Mondays, 4-5 p.m. $130/$174. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2200. www.egovlink.com/menlopark/rd_classes/class_categories.aspx

Memoir Writing Workshops at Little House Peninsula author Phyllis Butler will lead a series of memoir writing workshops at Menlo Park's Little House. Jan. 9-30, Thursdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. $40/$45. Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-0732. www.penvol.org/

Persian & Central Asian Dance Class (for ages 16+) will feature classical miniature and regional folkloric Persian dances fused with the instructor's background in yoga, flamenco, whirling and Odissi Indian styles. Jan. 6-March 29, Thursdays, 3-4 p.m. $159 residents; $213 non-residents; $15 drop-in. Arrillaga Family Rec Center, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call 925-348-0026. 

Pre-Ballet and Tap Dance Class This City of Menlo Park dance class combines pre-ballet and tap basics for children and teens. Ballet and tap shoes are required. Parents are welcome to join the last class. Jan. 9-March 27, Thursdays, 3:30-4:15 p.m. $148/$198. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2200. www.egovlink.com/menlopark/rd_classes/class_list.aspx?categoryid=88

Community Events

Free First Friday Program at San Mateo County History Museum At 11 a.m., preschool children will be invited to learn about local inventors who changed the world. They will also create robots out of cardboard. At 2 p.m., docents will lead tours of the museum for adults. Jan. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. Call 650-299-0104. www.historysmc.org

'Eichler Homes, Then and Now', talk by Realtor Monique Lombardellis. Jan. 14, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free for members; $3 for others. Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025. www.penvol.org/littlehouse/contact.cfm

Family and Kids

Atherton Library: Toddler Dance Party Join children's musician Pam Donkin in "A Hop, Skip and a Jump," a toddler dance party for ages 18 months and up. Jan. 7, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

Babies and Books Storytime Rhymes, songs, lap play and short stories for the infants ages birth to 18 months. There will be no storytimes on Jan. 20 and Feb. 17 because of holiday closures. Jan. 6-Feb. 24, Mondays, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

Health

Tai Chi at Woodside Library Woodside Library hosts a tai chi class in the library's native plant garden, weather permitting. Open to all ability levels. Jan. 3-31, Fridays, 10-11 a.m. Free. Woodside Library Native Plant Garden, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.smcl.org

Live Music

Megan Keely Megan Keely, a local indie folk singer whose song "Rules" was featured on the soundtrack of the film "The Hunger Games," will perform songs from her album "Deciduous." Jan. 11, 3-4 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.smcl.org

Talks & Authors

Author Len Filppu will read from his parenting book, "Prime Time Dads: 45 Reasons to Embrace Midlife Fatherhood." Jan. 9, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-857-1031. www.keplers.com/event/len-filppu

Cafe Scientifique Silicon Valley at SRI In "50 Years of Out-of-This-World Research at Arecibo Observatory," SRI's Dr. Robert Kerr will describe the past, present and future of the world's largest single-dish radio telescope, located in Puerto Rico and used for breakthrough research in astronomy, space studies and atmospheric sciences. Directions to SRI: http://bit.ly/U1dido. Jan. 14, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. SRI International, 333 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-859-2198. www.ow.ly/ruZT9

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