Jazz in the Library: Swing Fever Woodside Library will present a concert with San Francisco swing jazz band Swing Fever, featuring a classic big band sound with new arrangements and unusual instrumentation. April 11, 5-6 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Sing with Mary Lee at the Portola Valley Library Children's musician MaryLee Sunseri will perform songs, fingerplays and wiggle-tunes for babies and toddlers. April 17, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
A Visit with Bessie Coleman The Menlo Park Library will host a performance by actor Betty Jewell Slater, portraying aviation pioneer Bessie Coleman, the first woman of African-American descent, and the first of Native American descent, to hold a pilot license. April 14, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org/adults
Talks & Lectures
'How to Live Before You Die: Embracing Life to the Fullest' (Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park) The program "How to Live Before You Die: Embracing Life to the Fullest" features a filmed interview with Sasha Vukelja, who as a young girl escaped from Communist Yugoslavia and immigrated to the United States. Vukelja, now an oncologist, tells how she works with patients facing an uncertain future to find hope and a positive attitude. April 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Bethany, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. vimeo.com/257911682
Capidro: a Garden of Concrete Ideas Photojournalist Phil Pasquini offers a virtual tour of the folk art garden that sprouted up in Menlo Park for nearly 50 years starting in 1932, earning Historical Landmark status before being lost to history. April 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Main Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org
Social Justice Sewing Academy The Menlo Park Library will host members of the Social Justice Sewing Academy, joined by docents from the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, which will be hosting a display of teen-created quilts that embody themes of equality. April 18, 7-8 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Main Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org
SRI Organon Toastmasters SRI Organon Toastmasters helps community members become better public speakers and leaders by providing a supportive, positive environment for practicing communication and leadership skills. Guests are welcome to visit and join. April 17, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. First Baptist Church, 1100 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. sriorganon.com
Museums & Exhibits
Art Exhibit: 'In Dialogue: African Arts' "In Dialogue" represents the vibrant and dynamic arts of the continent and its diasporas. Drawing primarily from the Cantor's own collection, it considers the arts of Africa to be rooted in a deep and rich history that is locally, as much as globally, connected. Ongoing until May 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Tuesdays; open till 8 p.m. Thursdays. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu
Art Exhibit: 'The Matter of Photography in the Americas' Featuring artists from 12 different countries, this exhibition presents a wide range of creative responses to photography as an artistic medium and a communicative tool uniquely suited to modern media landscapes and globalized economies. Ongoing, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Closed Tuesdays; Thursdays. April 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu
'Wherever There's a Fight' Exhibition The Menlo Park Main Library hosts a special exhibition based on the book "Wherever There's a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California" by Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi. In addition to the exhibit, the library will be hosting a series of related events, beginning with an appearance by the book's authors. All of the events are free to attend. Ongoing until May 31, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Main Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org/adults
Portola Art Gallery Presents Misako Kambe's 'Beauty of Wood Fire, Vol. 3' The Portola Art Gallery presents "Beauty of Wood Fire, Vol. 3" - carved ceramic creations by Misako Kambe of Berkeley. April 2-30; Mondays-Saturdays 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. portolaartgallery.com
Film Screening: 'Dolores' The Menlo Park Library will present a screening of the documentary "Dolores," about United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta. April 15, 6:30-8:05 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Main Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org
Food & Drink
Morning Tea Drop in for a cup of tea and a treat, and read magazines or gaze out on the native plant garden. April 13, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Lessons & Classes
Makerspace: Introduction to Machine Sewing Learn sewing machine basics and construct a pillow case. All materials provided. For ages 8 and up. Call (650) 851-0147 or email email@example.com to register. April 14, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Technology Help for Seniors Experienced trainer Curtis Golden will assist in using a computer, cellphone and other devices. He can instruct in downloading e-books and using programs such as Skype, Amazon and eBay. April 16, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Specialty Hikes and Tours Explore Filoli's Nature Preserve, tour Filoli's historic greenhouses with a Filoli docent or discover how the families used the Estate and Nature Preserve. Specialty tours will focus on a variety of components of the Filoli property. April 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside. filoli.org
Hikes with the Friends Participants will convene at the Zwierlein Trailhead at 9 a.m. and explore the redwood logging and history of Huddart Park on a five-mile hike. April 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Huddart County Park, 1100 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside. huddartwunderlichfriends.org/events
Home & Garden
Garden Sprouts Children will have the opportunity to dig in the dirt and learn how to garden. For ages 2 and up. April 12, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Annual Shredding Day Get rid of unwanted documents on Annual Shredding Day. Limit 3 boxes per person, no junk mail. April 18, 1:30-4 p.m. Free. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. penvol.org/littlehouse
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