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Arts & Entertainment - August 1, 2012



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Beauty and Balance photography class Photo shooting and editing strategies. Aug. 9, $120 members; $145 non-members. Call Cathy Rampley at 364-8300 or email Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.

Desserts without Calories Attendees learn how to create desserts without calories: flower arrangements posing as cakes, sundaes and other sweets. Aug. 11, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $65 members; $80 non-members. Call Cathy Rampley at 364-8300. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside

Landscape Studies for children 8 through 12 Participants study flowers and landscape by drawing and painting in the garden. Aug. 11, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $25 members; $30 non-members. Cathy Rampley at 364-8300, Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside

Next Big Earthquake Tom Brocher, director of U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Science Center, discusses what to expect when a serious earthquake hits. Aug. 9, 9-10 a.m. Call 851-0147. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside

Succulent Success Attendees discover what it takes to keep garden and container plants healthy, and how to best use them in the landscape. Aug. 8, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $50 members; $65 non-members. Cathy Rampley, 364-8300, or Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.

Cross Stitch Craft Program Cross stitchers will make pins of a simple cross stitch pattern, using glow-in-the-dark yarn. Cross Stitch Guild of San Mateo. Ages 5 and up. Space limited; sign-up required. Aug. 2, 3-4 p.m. Call 650-851-0147 or email Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside

Babysitter Training Course This 6-hour American Red Cross course gives youth ages 11 to 15 years old the knowledge to care for infants and school-age children. Aug. 5. Bring a snack lunch. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $90. American Red Cross Silicon Valley, 400 Mitchell Lane, Palo Alto.

First Aid with Adult CPR/AED American Red Cross course combines lecture, interactive video demonstrations featuring emergency scenarios that are likely to occur in a workplace environment and hands-on training to teach participants lifesaving skills. Aug. 5, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $90. American Red Cross Silicon Valley, 400 Mitchell Lane, Palo Alto.


Apple: Insanely Simple What is the secret to Apple's success? Harry McCracken, Time's editor-at-large, moderates a discussion about Apple, Steve Jobs and the art of marketing technology. Tuesday, July 31, noon-1 p.m. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

Author: Maria Ross shares how the pace of her life came to a halt when an undetected brain aneurysm ruptured and nearly killed her in "Rebooting My Brain: How a Freak Aneurysm Reframed My Life." Aug. 9, 7 p.m. Members free; others buy book or $10 gift card. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park

Caltrain and Peninsula Commute Service Author Janet McGovern talks on history of Caltrain and how it transformed San Francisco Peninsula. Aug. 11, 11 a.m.-noon. Information: Roberta Roth at 330-2512 or email Menlo Park Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park

Special Events

Relay for Life of Menlo Park American Cancer Society event. Volunteers & teams wanted. Aug. 4-5. Burgess Park, Menlo Park. Call 650-477-8879.

Adopt-a-Teacher K-8th Grade Initiative invites small groups (families, book clubs, friends, Boy/Girl Scout troops, etc.) to provide encouragement and school supplies to teachers for the 2012-13 school year. Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. Visit for more information.

Menlo Park Summer Concert Series Attendees can bring a picnic basket and blanket and listen to a concert in the park. Wednesdays through Aug. 15, 6:30-8 p.m. Fremont Park, Santa Cruz Avenue at University, Menlo Park


Encounter III: Expressing the Inexpressible Live and recorded performances and multimedia prelude to the following evening's performance of Haydn's string quartet work. Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m. $44 adult; $20 student. Call 650-331-0202. Martin Family Hall, Menlo School.

Carte Blanche Concert IV Program spans spectrum of repertoire for violin and piano, from Beethoven to Copland. Aug. 4, 8 p.m. $70/$60 adult; $30/$20 student. Performing Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton.

Kids & Families

Dad and Me Puppet Show Puppet Art Theatre presents "Little Red Riding Hood," a program for dads and kids. Moms are welcome, too. All ages. Aug. 6, 7-7:45 p.m. For more information, call Atherton Library at 650-328-2422 or email Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.

Family Dance Party with Charity Kahn Rock 'n roll with children's musician Charity Kahn. Aug. 3, 3-4 p.m. Call 650-851-0147 or email Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.

Portola Valley Library Infant Storytime Rhymes, songs, lap play and short stories for infants 0-18 months old. Aug. 6-27, 11-11:30 a.m. Call 851-0560. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Portola Valley Library Preschool Storytime Preschool children listen and learn with stories, songs, and rhymes. For preschoolers, ages 3-5. Aug. 1-29, 11-11:30 a.m. Call 851-0560. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley

Summer Reading Carnival Atherton Library celebrates the end of the summer reading program for children. Bounce house, games, and more! Participants can collect final prizes. Daffy Dave performs at 2:15 p.m. Aug. 10, 1-3 p.m. Call 328-2422. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton

Story Contest: Who's That Deer? Woodside Library asks "Who's That Deer?" There's an unidentified deer at the library. Assignment: give the deer a name and a story. All story forms accepted. Cash prizes. Open to students, grades K-12. Visit library for more info and to pick up entry form. Deadline: Sept. 1. Call 851-0147. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside

On Stage

Peninsula Youth Theatre: 'Hairspray' "Hairspray" is a story about Tracy Turnblat, a teen with super-sized hair who turns segregated Baltimore on its ear when she's cast as a dancer on the Corny Collins show. July 28-Aug.5, $20. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

The Magic of David Gerard From corporate events to upscale private parties, Gerard has brought his brand of entertainment to audiences large and small. Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m. $15-$20. Dragon Theatre, 535 Alma St., Palo Alto.

Community Events

10th Anniversary Community Celebration of providing health care to the community, Ravenswood Family Health Center invites the public to see performances by Ballet Folklorico Mexico Vivo, Soul Strutters, The New Razhem rhythm & blues, and Mariachi Mexicanisimo. Aug. 1, 1-4 p.m. Ravenswood Family Health Center, 1798 Bay Road, East Palo Alto. Call 650-330-7418.

Summer Sings: Mozart Great Mass in C minor Schola Cantorum invites singers from all over the Bay Area to sing the Mozart Mass in C minor with guest conductor Vance George, conductor emeritus, San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Aug. 6, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $15 per individual sing, $60 for all six. Students with ID under 25 free. Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos. Call 650-254-1700.

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Pacific Art League's August Opening and Reception features Figures & Faces (juried exhibition) in the main gallery, Zhao Nan Duan's solo exhibition in the Norton and Ray galleries and Mendieta's students in studio one. Aug. 3, 5:30-8 p.m. Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto.

Stanford Energy Reduction Research Program Free home energy savings online program run by Stanford researchers. July 23-Aug. 10,

Stanford EdTech Expo An annual expo by Stanford's learning, design and technology master's program. Students will demonstrate projects aimed at driving learning, from games and "creative footwear" to tools and web-based collaborative environments. Aug. 3, Center for Educational Research at Stanford, 520 Galvez Mall, Stanford. Call 650-723-3340.


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