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Arts & Entertainment - March 2, 2011

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Peter Buffet Sacred Heart Schools presents, "Life is What You Make It: A Concert and Conversation with Peter Buffett." Buffet is an Emmy award-winning composer, author and philanthropist. Book sale/signing after event. March 10, 7-10 p.m. Free. Sacred Heart Schools: Harman Auditorium, 150 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. Call 650-473-4088. www.shschools.org/peterbuffett

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. March 5, performing arts center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.

Portola Valley Broom-Pull Party March 5. Help pull up invasive broom plants along Portola Valley roads. Wear work gloves. Refreshments and equipment will be provided. 9 a.m. to noon. Historic Schoolhouse, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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

Pancake Breakfast Menlo Park/Atherton's Boy Scout Troop 206 will be serving at 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. to noon. $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

Talks/Authors

Walter Bortz, M.D. 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

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.

Cara Black presents her newest Paris-set mystery novel, "Murder in Passy." March 8, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com

Authors Rachel Hawkins and Sarwat Chadda talk about their sequels to "Hex Hall" and "A Devil's Kiss." For young adults and fans of young-adult novels. March 9, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com

Health journalist Thea Singer explores the science of stress. March 2, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com

Classes/Workshops

'Gardening in Spring' Ella Ancheta, Gamble's garden manager, will review basic pruning and planting techniques including planting from seed. March 11, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $30 members, $40 nonmembers. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Call 650-329-1356 ext. 201. www.gamblegarden.org

Introduction to Baby Sign Language 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 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.

Menlo Fit Boot Camp Saturday-morning Boot Camp at the new Arrillaga Gym in Menlo Park presented by Menlo Fit. Arrive at 7:15 a.m. to sign in and warm up. 7:30-8:30 a.m. Free. The Arrillaga Family Gymnasium, 600 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2232. www.menlofit.com

Clubs/Meetings

The Menlo Art League The March meeting of the Menlo Art League will feature Melinda Miller Collins, who will do an acrylic painting with collage. March 9, 6:45-8:30 p.m. Free. The Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma Street St., Menlo Park. Call 650-906-2045. www.menloartleague.org

Blackberry REACT Meetings REACT is an emergency-preparedness meeting for radio operators. Group meets first Wednesday of the month. 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Blackberry REACT Meetings, 1467 Chilco St., Menlo Park. Call 650-336-8227. www.blackberryreact.org

Concerts

Marcolivia, violin duo, return to Master Sinfonia for Martinu's Concerto for Two Violins. MSCO also performs Mendelssohn's "Ruy Blas Overture" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Reception included. March 12, 8 p.m. $5-$20. Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley. www.mastersinfonia.org

Music@Menlo 2011 Chamber Music Institute Benefit Music<\@>Menlo 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

Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble Murray Low directs the Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble, with special guest artists. March 5, 8 p.m. General $10; seniors $9; students $5; free with Stanford ID. Campbell Recital Hall, Lasuen Mall, Stanford. Call 650-725-2787. music.stanford.edu/Events/calendar.html

Kids & Families

'Chicken Big' "Chicken Big" is a book for kids about an unusually large chicken. March 6, 11:30 a.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.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

Author Jon Scieszka Jon Scieska, author of the "Time Warp Trio" series, "Trucktown" stories, and "Stinky Cheeseman & Other Fairly Stupid Tales" will unveil his new series, "Spaceheadz." March 7, 6:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. www.menloparklibrary.org

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

Et Alia

'Saturn's Intriguing Moon' Astronomer Chris McKay will give a non-technical, illustrated talk on "Saturn's Moon Titan: A World with Rivers, Lakes, and Possibly Even Life" as part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures. March 9, 7-8:45 p.m. Free. Foothill College Smithwick Theater, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. www.foothill.edu/ast

'Cabinet of Curiosities' A silicon crystal, a 3,000 year old cuneiform tablet and an 18th century slide rule are amongst the items on display in MOAH's exhibit, "Cabinet of Curiosities." Through May 1, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-321-1004. www.moah.org

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

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.

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