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Arts & Entertainment - April 20, 2011

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Burgess Park Egg Hunt Saturday, April 23. Easter bunny photos, arts and crafts, fire-engine rides. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Burgess Park, Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2223.

Atherton Easter Egg Hunt plus Gerald the Magician, photos with Easter bunny, police-car and fire-engine viewing, breakfast foods and beverages. April 23, 10 a.m.-noon. $10/person (adults and children over 12 months). Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave., Atherton.

M-A Big Bear Run Menlo-Atherton High School 5K race/walk supporting M-A athletics. Sun., May 1. Registration at 7:30 a.m. 9 a.m. $25 adults/$10 students before April 24; $30 adult/$20 students after April 24. M-A High (Gym Lot), 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-218-6674. m-aboosters.org

SMCGS Genealogy Seminar Find and use free online genealogy resources. Three lectures and interactive problem-solving workshop with Susan Goss Johnston. April 30, 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. $38. Menlo Park LDS Church, 1105 Valparaiso Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-306-3423. www.sncgs.irg

Breast Cancer Connections' Spring Benefit Michealene Cristini Risley and Jan Yanehiro, two of the authors of "This is Not the Life I Ordered," will speak. April 26, 8-10 a.m. $100. Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club , 2900 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-326-6299 ext. 17.

Talks/Authors

'Cambodia's Curse: The Modern History of a Troubled Land' by Joel Brinkley. April 20, 7 p.m. Members free. Admission requires purchase of event book or a $10 gift card. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 324-4321.

Fiction Workshop with Amanda Quick Order a copy of "Quicksilver" for reserved seating. April 26, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Lisa Catherine Harper's 'A Double Life: Discovering Motherhood' Following Harper's first pregnancy from conception to her daughter's first word. April 28, 7 p.m. Admission requires purchase of event book or $10 gift card. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Mary Gordon's 'The Love of My Youth' A novel about first lovers meeting again after more than 30 years. April 29, 7 p.m. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.

Concerts

Chamber ensemble Four of Music@Menlo's chamber musicians perform two works of the piano-quartet literature. Sun, May 8, 4 p.m. $50/$45 adult; $25/$20 student. Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton. musicatmenlo.org

'A German Requiem' For Good Friday, Valparaiso Singers perform Brahms' "A German Requiem," directed by Judith Stewart. Accompanied by organist James Welch and a chamber orchestra. April 22, 7:30 p.m. Free. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1105 Valparaiso Ave., Menlo Park.

'Broadway and Grand Opera: Verdi' Gala concert with artists of Franzen Vocal Studio, featuring musical theater selections, opera arias, and duets by Giuseppe Verdi. April 24, 4-6:30 p.m. $10 at the door. Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. Carlfranzen.com

Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra Concert David Ramadanoff presents final spring concert, an all-Beethoven event. Reception with artists at intermission. April 30, 8 p.m. Tickets $5-20. Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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'Women Traveling Solo' workshop presented by Northern California branch of Hostelling International is for women planning to travel by themselves for the first time, or who are looking for tips on how to add more value and independence to their solo travel adventures. April 26, 6-7 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 328-2422.

Paper-Making Workshop by Museum of Folk and Craft Art. Limited to 30, ages 4+. April 25, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560.

'Magic Tree House Live' Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House series comes to life in this live character tour. Brother-sister duo Jack and Annie will arrive in a Magic Tree House-decorated bus and hold a live performance with audience participation and original music. April 27, 6:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2530.

Portola Valley Nonfiction Book Club This month the club will discuss "Physics for Future Presidents: the science behind the headlines," by Richard Muller. April 21, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org

Windrider Film Forum The Windrider Film Forum, which features screenings of independent films, returns to the area April 28 to 30. Check website for film program. 7-11 p.m. $5 students; $15 general admission; Menlo Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. windriderbayarea.org

Battle of the Bands Handy Entertainment presents four competing bands. April 30, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $10/$5 with college ID. British Bankers Club, 1090 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. twitter.com/entertain123

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

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