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Arts & Entertainment - April 23, 2014


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Special Events

'Wartime Memories: Growing Up, Away from Occupation' Local authors Eva W. Maiden ("Decisions in the Dark: a Refugee Girl's Journey") and K. Sophie Stallman ("My War, My Life") discuss their childhood flight from Nazi occupation. May 3, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2532.

Rotary Connects at LB Steakhouse Community members are invited to join the Menlo Park Rotary Club for an evening of networking with business leaders and city officials. April 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $20. LB Steakhouse, 898 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 805-290-2931.

Dave Eggers visits Kepler's for book signing to mark paperback release of his novel, "The Circle." Registration required. April 26, 3-4 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Friends of Woodside Library holds semi-annual book sale in parking lot. Parking is permitted at library or across the street at Woodside School. April 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147.

Mother's Day Garden Brunch Cancer Prevention Institute of California holds Mother's Day brunch at a private home in Atherton. May 4, $175 adult; $60 child. Address will be provided with ticket purchase, Atherton. Call 510-608-5003.


Musical Theater Workshops for Kids and Teens For ages 10 to 19, Singer's Circuit Training workshops are one-afternoon sessions taught by three musical professionals. Students work on training and fine-tuning their voices and learn about song acting and performance. April 27, May 4, 1-6 p.m. $240. Bridgepoint Music, 657 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-454-9125.

Community Events

Fourth annual Sequoia 5K Stampede is fundraiser for Sequoia High School athletics. April 26, 9 a.m.-noon. $10-$30. Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Ave., Redwood City. Call 650-361-1000.

Relay for Life Kickoff Informational meeting for American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, coming this summer in Menlo Park. April 27, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Fremont Park, corner of Santa Cruz Avenue and University Avenue, Menlo Park.


Master Sinfonia Concert 4 Maestro David Ramadanoff will conduct the Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra's final concert of the season. It will include performances of local composer Jeremy Cavaterra's "Monterey Suite." April 26, 8 p.m. $15-$25; free for youth under 18. Portola Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley.


Carleton Watkins: 'The Stanford Albums' To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Act of 1864, Cantor Arts Center exhibits 19th-century photographer Carleton Watkins' Pacific Coast photographs. April 23-Aug. 17, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Family & Kids

Menlo Park Kite Day The sity of Menlo Park will host its annual Kite Day. Participants can bring their own kite or buy one. $6 will pay for a kite, hot dog, drink and chips or apple. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to help assemble and fly kites. All ages are welcome. May 3, 12-3 p.m. Free. Bedwell-Bayfront Park, Marsh Road and Bayfront Expressway, Menlo Park.

Story Time with Salina Yoon Salina Yoon reads from her children's book "Found," which the tells the story of a bear who tries to return a lost stuffed bunny toy to its owner. Children can take home signed drawings of stuffed animals they bring to the event. April 27, 10:30 a.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.


Clinical Trials Awareness Week Stanford Cancer Institute holds third annual Clinical Trials Awareness Week. Five-day event is designed to promote cancer research, and will have educational and interactive activities for patients, staff and the community. April 28-May 2, 10 a.m. Free. Stanford Cancer Center, 875 Blake Wilbur Drive, Stanford. Call 650-498-7061.

Skills for Stress Reduction Workshop by Cynthia McDonald, experienced counselor and clinician, who will offer tools for managing stress and coping with anxiety. Cost includes coffee and scones. Contact the center to RSVP. April 26, 8:30 a.m.-noon. $25. Vallombrosa Retreat Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-325-5614.

On Stage

'Lilith, the Night Demon' The story of Lilith, the bawdy alternate Jewish story of creation, will be presented as a magical folk opera, entitled "Lilith, the Night Demon in One Lewd Act," by instrumentalists Veretski Pass with San Francisco Choral Artists. May 4, 4 p.m. $30-$39 in advance; $39-$49 at the door. Center for Performing Arts, Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.


Menlo-Atherton Big Bear Run 5K A professionally timed 5 km run/walk race will be held to support Menlo-Atherton High School's athletic teams. The course starts at the high school, winds through Lindenwood and finishes on the track. Register by May 1 on website. May 4, 9 a.m. $15 students; $25 adults. Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-207-8869.

Lectures & Talks

'Impact of Sea-Level Rise on San Mateo County' Hosted by League of Women Voters, this talk will be given by Dave Pine of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. April 30, 7-9 p.m. Free. San Mateo County Government Center, Room 101, 455 County Center, Redwood City.

'Who's in Your Teen's Village?' The M-A Parent Education Series presents a talk by Dr. Kent Pekel, president and CEO of the Search Institute. The lecture will discuss the importance of teenagers building strong, supportive non-parent relationships. May 1, 7-9 p.m. Free. Center for Performing Arts, Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-868-0590.

23rd annual Authors Salon Luncheon Hosted by Peninsula Volunteers, this event includes talks by historical novelist Margaret George ("Elizabeth I"), emerging author Tracy Guzeman ("The Gravity of Birds"), Ron Hansen ("The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"), and Susan Shillinglaw ("Carol and John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage"). Stanford law professor and legal fiction writer Paul Goldstein will moderate. May 4, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $125 (includes lunch). Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club, 2900 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park . Call 650-326-0665 ext. 238.

Author Albert Rothenberg, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and currently a Stanford fellow, speakz about his novel, "Madness and Glory." The work of historical fiction follows a real doctor, Dr. Philippe Pinel, who freed the mentally ill during the French Revolution. April 24, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.

Author Barbara Ehrenreich will discuss her book, "Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything," in conversation with Bay Area journalist Angie Coiro. Ehrenreich's new book reconstructs the story of her adolescent search for meaning. April 25, 7:30 p.m. $10 general; $15 at the door. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

USGS April public lecture Thomas L. Holzer of the U.S. Geological Survey gives talk, "Catastrophic Earthquakes: In a Crowded World," April 24, 7-8 p.m. Free. USGS Menlo Park Campus, Building 3, Conference Room A, 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-329-5136.

Youth event: Author Andrea Cremer discusses her novel, "The Inventor's Secret," an alternate history that asks what would have happened if the British had won the Revolutionary War. April 23, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.


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