Holiday events abound on Midpeninsula


There are many holiday event options on the Midpeninsula calendar, from concerts and ballet to skating, museums and church services. Below are some of them. If you know of more, please post them under "Comments" below. Also, check the "Master Community Calendar."

Holiday Skating on the Square. Downtown Redwood City hosts an outdoor skating rink through Jan. 16. Check website for hours. $12 (skates are free). Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.

'Small Treasures.' The Portola Art Gallery hosts a group exhibition of smaller works for the holiday gift season. Throughout December, the gallery's artists will show paintings and fine-art photographs. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-273-3505.

Antique Toys, 1870-1930. In addition to early American toys, the exhibit features turn-of-the-century toy trains and accessories from fine European toymakers such as Marklin and Bing. Through April, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-321-1004.

LEGO Holiday Display. The Museum of American Heritage and the Bay Area LEGO User Group are co-hosting the 2011 LEGO Holiday display weekends through Jan. 15, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $2. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-321-1004.

Historic Folger Stable. Visitors can view the historically restored Folger Stable and miles of woodland trails. View historic displays and video in the carriage room. Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Free. Wunderlich Park, 4040 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-2660.

'The Secret Garden.' TheatreWorks presents the musical adaptation of "The Secret Garden," based on the classic novel about a young orphan who discovers a hidden garden. Through Dec. 31, 8-9:45 p.m. $19-$72. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-463-1960.

Insects and Spiders. The exhibit "Buzzzz" at the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo explores the world of insects and spiders. Museum hours: Tue.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

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