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Arts & Entertainment - May 7, 2014

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Community Events

Portola Valley Flight Night Portola Valley Nature & Science Committee presents radio-controlled model demonstrations and exhibits with scale models, NASA rotorcraft and career info. Visitors can fly a dual control model, use computer flight simulators, and build a glider. Friday, May 16, 6-9 p.m. Free. Town Center, 765 Portola Rd., Portola Valley. sites.google.com/site/flightnightpv

'Mamma Mia!' Mother's Day sing-along City of Menlo Park holds sing-along to the movie "Mama Mia!" May 10, 2:30-4:30 p.m. $5 general; free for moms. Performing Arts Center, M-A High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 330-2223. www.menlopark.eventbrite.com

'My War, My Life' Author Sophie Stallman discusses her book, which captures the challenges she faced during World War II. May 13, 1:30-2:30 p.m. $3 for nonmembers. Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 326-2025 ext. 222. www.penvol.org/littlehouse

Dealing with Anger Lifetree Cafe hosts hour-long conversation exploring battle between self-control and out-of-control. May 7, 7-8 p.m.; May 8, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. Call 854-5897. www.facebook.com/LifetreeCafeMP

Health Matters is a free community event hosted by Stanford Medicine that explores the latest medical advancements and health topics. Music, food, and health tips. May 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Li Ka Shing Center, 291 Campus Drive, Stanford. Call 497-7589. healthmatters.stanford.edu

Art

Open Studio Saturdays Seven artists participate at Allied Arts Guild. May 10, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 321-0220. www.portolaartgallery.com | Visit svos.org for more open studios.

Open Studios in Menlo Park May 10-11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 856 Partridge Ave., Menlo Park. www.francesfreyberg.com

Open Studio in Portola Valley Portola Valley ceramic artists Jan Schachter and Nina Else are joined by Peggy Forman (drawings on clay) and Margaret Wherry (paintings, drawings and prints) and Lois Anderson (book arts). May 10-11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Jan Schachter's studio, 190 Golden Hills Drive, Portola Valley.

Benefits/Fundraisers

Benefit concert for Amelie Le Moullac, 24-year-old Menlo School grad who was killed in August 2013 while riding her bike in San Francisco. Her mother, Jessie Jewitt, performs Poulenc's "Organ Concerto" with Palo Alto Philharmonic. Community choir performs "Faure Requiem." May 16, 7:30 p.m. $5-$20. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. Call 714-2593. amelielemoullac.com/benefit-concert-may-2014

Drought-tolerant Native Plant Sale Woodside-Atherton Garden Club will have hundreds of drought-tolerant native plants, members' homegrown favorites, and garden-themed Mother's Day presents for sale. Visitors can learn about the new Woodside Seed Library, beekeeping and water-wise gardening. Proceeds support Woodside Library Native Plant Garden and other club projects. May 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Woodside Library Native Plant Garden, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.

Classes/Workshops

Interfaith Choral Workshop Students of all faiths explore music of Mack Wilberg. That evening, the group performs at Stanford Memorial Church. Register on website. May 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $35 (includes lunch). Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1105 Valparaiso Ave., Menlo Park. interfaithchoralworkshop.eventbrite.com

Intro to SketchUp 3D modeling SketchUp is an application for creating 3D models of real objects. Participants must bring their own laptops and pre-register. May 19, 6-7 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 851-0560.

Pilates Cardiocamp Men and women work on muscles to develop better posture, flexibility, strength, endurance. Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 20 to July 31, first week free. Woodside Town Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 866-339-4438 or 831-600-8532. www.pilatescardiocamp.com

Watercolor class with Alisan Andrews, member of the Society of Western Artists. Learn basic techniques. Wednesdays, May 7-June 25, 10 a.m.-noon. $120. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025 ext. 222. www.penvol.org/littlehouse

Concerts

'Put Some Spring in Your Step' Silicon Valley Symphony concert, conducted by Michael Paul Gibson, features violin soloist Stephen Waarts. Performance includes Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" and Mozart's "Symphony No. 29." May 16, 7:30-9:45 p.m. $15-$20. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park. Call 415-287-6002. www.siliconvalleysymphony.net/Concerts/concerts.html

Environment

Sudden Oak Death Blitz Matteo Garbelotto, director of UC-Berkeley Forest Pathology Lab, provides information on Sudden Oak Death. May 17, 10-11 a.m. Free. Woodside Town Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.matteolab.org

Wingding Family Fest Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District host activities include birding, hiking and exploring nature.First-come-first-served; sign up at arrival. May 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve, one mile south of the intersection of Page Mill Road, Alpine Road and Skyline Blvd. Call 408-252-3740. www.scvas.org/index.php?page=text&id=cal

Exhibits

'Artists Observe Nature' Exhibit features 18 prints and drawings that focus on the post-17th century impulse to study nature. May 14-Oct. 5, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. events.stanford.edu/events/390/39041

'Night, Smoke and Shadows: The Presence of Atmosphere in the 19th Century' Exhibit includes prints, drawings and photographs by artists such as James McNeill Whistler (U.S., 1834-1903), Max Klinger (Germany, 1857-1920), Felicien Rops (Belgium, 1833--1898). Wednesday-Sunday, May 14-Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. events.stanford.edu/events/390/39039

Kids & Families

Summer Camp Fair provides info on summer camps for kids ages 3-15. Family games, bounce house, raffle and free pizza. Register at event to receive 10 percent off city-run camps. May 9, 6-8 p.m. Free. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2200. www.menlopark.org

M-A Special Education Carnival The first M-A Special Education Carnival will have food trucks, live music, carnival games, a petting zoo, a bounce house and more. May 10, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. M-A High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-833-9273. www.mabears.org

Block Party Children build with wooden blocks at this open-ended play event. May 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 851-0560.

Crafts from Many Cultures Children make a Chinese dragon kite, create an Irish wreath, string a Polynesian lei, and design an Italian mask. May 17, 1-4 p.m. $3-$5 adults. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.historysmc.org

Family Storytime Parents and children sing songs and read books together. May 10, 10:15-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 851-0560.\

Magic Dan performance, suited for ages 5 and up. May 12, 4-4:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 328-2422.

Take Down Tech School-age kids take apart items of old technology. May 8, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org

On Stage

'The Pirates of Penzance' Menlo School performance. Chairs provided but attendees can also bring lawn chairs, blankets. Visit website for tickets. May 9-10, 8-10 p.m. $5 students; $10 adults. Menlo School Quad, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. Call 408-268-1927. store.menloschool.org

'The Wizard of Oz' by Grab Bag Theater, a local student-run group. May 16, 17, 23, 7:30 p.m; $5-$10. Veteran's Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City. Call 585-305-3784. grabbagtheater.com

Authors & Talks

Christopher Moore, author of humorous books, discusses "The Serpent of Venice." May 14, 7:30 p.m. $15 general; $35 premier (includes copy of the book). Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Cafe Scientifique Sven Beiker, executive director of Center for Automotive Research at Stanford, gives talk on "The Future of Automobiles and Our Personal Mobility: Automated, Electric, Connected, Shared ... and What Else?" May 13, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. SRI International, International Building, Ringwood Avenue and Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. Call 859-2198. www.sri.com/newsroom/events/cafe-scientifique-sven-beiker-051314

Fracking in California panel discussion Free panel discussion on fracking in California and how it will may affect farming in the Monterey Shale. May 7, 6-8:15 p.m. Free. Sunset Magazine HQ, 80 Willow Road, Menlo Park. thefern.org/join-fern-at-sunset-magazine-for-a-panel-on-fracking-in-ca

Et Alia

Rosener House Adult Day Services open house May 17, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Peninsula Volunteers Rosener House, 500 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 322-0126.

A Taste of Fresh Lifelines for Youth Chef Jeremy Bringardner of Lyfe Kitchen teaches interactive cooking class. Benefits Fresh Lifelines for Youth, which seeks to break cycles of crime. May 15, 6-9 p.m. $250. Thomas Fogarty Winery and Vineyards, 19501 Skyline Blvd., Woodside. Call 450-6265. flyprogram.org

AYSO soccer registration Starting May 1, parents can register children ages 4-18 for fall soccer league in Menlo Park and Atherton by completing forms online. New players must come to walk-in registration. May 10, 17, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Hillview Middle School, 1100 Elder Ave., Menlo Park. www.mpsoccer.org

Teen activities: String art At this event, tweens and teens can create a piece of 3D art using a piece of wood, nails and colorful string. May 7, 3-4 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 851-0560.

Menlo Park Chorus performs "Traveling Music," with songs about trains, cars, planes and balloons. May 10, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $15 adults; $12 student/senior; free for children under 10. Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park. Call 391-5382.

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