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Arts & Entertainment - February 23, 2011

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Pancake Breakfast Menlo Park/Atherton's Boy Scout Troop 206 will be serve their annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Griddlecakes, sausages, fruit, assorted juices, coffee and tea are on the menu. March 5, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. $5 for adults or two children 10 and under. Cub scouts in uniform eat free. Trinity Church Parish Hall, 330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park. www.bsa206.org

On Stage

Menlo-Atherton Fashion Show Members of M.A.'s senior class are featured in three shows: 1 p.m. (with optional pre-show luncheon at 11:45 a.m.), 4 p.m. matinee, and 7:30 p.m. finale. Professionally choreographed and set in the new performing arts center. March 5, Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.

'Jis Lahore Nai Dekhya' is a play about the partition of India and Pakistan. In Hindi with English super-titles. Weekends, March 6-12, 5-8 p.m. $16 - $30. Cubberley Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 408-596-3074.

'Julius Caesar' The Stanford Shakespeare Company presents "Julius Caesar." Feb. 25, 7-9:15 p.m. Free. Elliot Program Center, 589 Governor's Ave., Stanford. Call 650-868-1213. shakespeare.stanford.edu

Aristophanes' 'Wasps' Stanford Classics in Theater adapts and performs Ancient Greek theatre with a modern twist. This year's production is Aristophanes' "Wasps," an ancient comedy refitted for modern politics, satirizing the elitist left and Tea-Partying right complete with song and dance. March 3-5, 7:45-9:30 p.m. $5 to general public, free for Stanford students and staff. Elliott Program Center, 589, Governor's Ave., Stanford. scit.stanford.edu

Gallagher Comedian Gallagher will perform Feb. 26, 8 p.m. $18-$35. Fox Theatre, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City. Call 650-369-7770. tickets.foxrwc.com/

Talks/Authors

Alzheimer's Futurist and Silverado Senior Living co-founder Steve Winner will speak and sign copies of "The Silverado Story: A Memory Care Culture Where Love is Greater than Fear." Feb. 26, 3-5 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com

Avoid Identity Theft Kai Deering, executive director of Prepaid Legal Services Inc., will discuss issues revolving identity theft and ways to avoid it. March 5, 11 a.m. to noon. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2512.

Dr. Walter Bortz In "Next Medicine," Walter Bortz M.D., Stanford School of Medicine, proposes a medical system that emphasizes personal responsibility and provides incentives for healthy lifestyle choices, along with new training for medical professionals. March 2, 6-7 p.m. Stanford Bookstore, 519 Lasuen Mall, Stanford. Call 650-329-1217. stanfordbookstore.com

Bob Dylan and the Blues Michael Gray is the author of the award-winning "Bob Dylan Encyclopedia" and "Song & Dance Man III: The Art of Bob Dylan." He will play recordings and screen rare footage to argue for the key role of the blues as inspiration for Dylan's music. Feb. 24, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Pigott Hall, room 113, 450 Serra Mall, Building 260, Room 113, Stanford. Call 650-723-3414.

Leveraging Social Media Discussion on using social media in business while tackling the challenges that come with social-media use. March 1, 6-9 p.m. $20 members, $35 nonmembers, $50 at the door. SNR Denton US LLP, 1530 Page Mill Road, Suite 200, Palo Alto. Call 650-386-5015. www.gaba-network.org

The History of Candlestick Park Ted Atlas launches his new book about Candlestick Park. Through extensive use of images, personal recollections and research, Atlas tells the story of the stadium's role in local history. Feb. 24, 6:30 p.m. Members free/ $5 nonmembers. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-321-1004. www.moah.org

Classes/Workshops

'The Ultimate Olive Oil Experience' Carol Firenze discusses olive oil's impact through history on commerce, health and the culinary world. A tasting is included. Feb. 27, 5-7:30 p.m. $30 member / $40 nonmember. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Call 650-329-1356 ext. 201. www.gamblegarden.org

Blog Building Learn how to build a simple blog (web log), create and edit postings, design a page, add gadgets and incorporate hyperlinks, photos, videos and audios. Feb. 26, 9:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560.

Introduction to Baby Sign Language Class will include basic vocabulary, songs and games as well as the theory behind using sign language with infants and toddlers. Advance registration required. March 4, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

Jazzercise is a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga and kickboxing. Mon.-Tue. at 6 p.m. and Thu. at 5:40 p.m. $47 per month ($42 for Little House members). Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-703-1263.

Solid State Electronics and Integrated Circuits The first part of this course covers the basics of transistor and vacuum tube circuits. Next, students learn about the history, development, and uses of integrated circuits. Students will also learn how to read simple schematic diagrams and build portable radios that use 2 ICs as take-home projects. Sundays, Feb. 27 through March 20, 1-3:30 p.m. $75 members/$85 non-members. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-321-1004. www.moah.org

Concerts

Music@Menlo Benefit presents its annual Chamber Music Institute benefit concert. Violinists Sean Lee, Michelle Ross, Areta Zhulla and Alexi Kenney; cellist Eric Han; and pianist Gloria Chien join festival Artistic Director Wu Han for Brahms' Piano Quintet in f minor and works by Debussy and Saint-Saens. March 6, 4 p.m. $50. Martin Family Hall, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. Call 650-331-0202. www.musicatmenlo.org

Opera at Ladera Love songs from opera, musical theatre and popular repertoire will presented by the artists of the Franzen Vocal Studio. Feb. 27, 3-5 p.m. $10 at the door. Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. Call 408-288-8519. carlfranzen.com

Film

'Bigfoot in Portola Valley' Local filmmaker Stephen Marra will present a lecture/slideshow on film-making in the digital age. He will be joined by Liz Stangle and Ginger Pistilli, co-producers of a mockumentary. They will discuss the origins of Bigfoot, show clips from the film and demonstrate filming a scene. March 2, 7-8:30 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org

'Carbon Nation' "Carbon Nation" is the Bay Area premiere of a documentary about climate-change solutions. Feb. 28, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Trinity Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2083. www.trinitymenlopark.org

Outdoors

Historic Folger Stable Visitor can view the 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.

Ravenswood Hike A hike will be offered on the 2.3-mile perimeter trail at Bedwell Bayfront Park. Feb. 26, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Bedwell Bayfront Park, Marsh Road, Menlo Park. Call 408-262-5513 ext. 106. www.friendsofbayfrontpark.org/

Et Alia

Spring Down Equestrian Center Open Horse Show Spring Down hosts its first show of 2011. Classes from beginner lead line to more advanced hunter/jumper. March 6, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $15/class; free to public. Spring Down Equestrian Center, 725 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-1114. www.springdown.com

'Provence and Palo Alto' Nora Reza's exhibition includes figurative and abstract work painted in Provence and Palo Alto. Through Feb. 27, 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Cafe Borrone, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-325-4317. www.norareza.com

'The Berenstain Bears: The Musical' Matt Murphy Productions presents a new musical that weaves together three of Stan and Jan Berenstain's children's books. March 5, 2-3 p.m. $10-$15. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City. Call 650-369-7770. www.foxrwc.com

Avenidas/Little House Walking Group Avenidas/Little House Walking Group meets to walk and chat each Thursday. E-mail halmakin<\@>gmail.com for schedule/locations. 9-11 a.m. Free. Call 650-796-7316.

Reggae Sundays Reggae-themed evenings every Sunday. 8 p.m. to midnight. $10. British Bankers Club, 1090 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. www.bbcmenlopark.com

Singer Shane Turner will perform every Thursday evening in February. 7-8 p.m. Free. Oak City Bar & Grill, 1029 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-321-6882. www.oakcitybarandgrill.com/

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