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Arts & Entertainment - September 7, 2011

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On Stage

'Sense and Sensibility' Two charming sisters sail the unpredictable seas of courtship in this adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel, "Sense and Sensibility." Tue.-Wed.: 7:30 p.m.; Thu.-Fri.: 8 p.m.; Sat.: 2 p.m., 8 p.m.; Sun: 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Through Sept. 18, $19-$69. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. theatreworks.org

'Shout! The Mod Musical' flips through the 1960s, featuring the fashion and the music with soulful pop anthems and ballads by British stars such as Petula Clark, Lulu, and Dusty Springfield. Through Oct. 1, 8 p.m. $24-32. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Call 650-941-0551. www.busbarn.org

Talks/Authors

'The Leftovers' Tom Perrotta discusses and signs his new novel "The Leftovers." Sept. 13, 7 p.m. Free to members. Admission requires purchase of event book or $10 gift card. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com

'The Woman Who Could Not Forget: Iris Chang Before and Beyond the Rape of Nanking' A memoir about the life of author and historian, Iris Chang, as told by her mother. Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m. Free to members. Admission requires purchase of event book or $10 gift card. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com

Josh Rolnick Josh Rolnick presents his new book, "Pulp and Paper," Sept. 15, 7 p.m. Free to members. General admission requires purchase of event book or $10 gift card. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com

Poetry with Jane Hirshfield Hirshfield presents her poetry Sept. 12, 7 p.m. Free to members. General admission requires purchase of event book or $10 gift card. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com

William Carter William Carter presents a new book of photographs and autobiographical text. Sept. 14, 7 p.m. Free to members. Admission requires purchase of event book or $10 gift card. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com

Art Galleries

'Peninsula Landmarks' Peninsula Landmarks, a new exhibit featuring four murals by artist Lois White, will open with a reception as part of Redwood City's Second Saturday Art Walk. The murals highlight buildings, parks and businesses of historic significance to San Mateo County. Sept. 10, 6-9 p.m. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. Call 650-299-0104. www.historysmc.org

The New Contemporary Gallery European and American art in diverse media from recent decades is on display in the contemporary collection. Exhibits ongoing. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Classes/Workshops

'Celebrating the Peace Corp's 50th' The World Affairs Council - Peninsula will hold a fall kick-off event on Sun., Sept. 11, with a panel on "The Peace Corps at 50 - Making a Difference." 3-5 p.m. Council members $10, nonmembers, $15, Students $5. Private home, 75 Tuscaloosa Ave., Atherton. Call 415-293-4600. www.ItsYourWorld.org

'Giving Blood May Get You a Job' Donate at any Stanford Blood Center Sept. 1-13 and be eligible to attend a networking workshop and job fair on Sept. 13. Meet with career experts, recruiters. 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Blood Center, 3373 Hillview Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-725-2540. bloodcenter.stanford.edu/

Project Read Menlo Park will train and prepare tutors to provide one-on-one tutoring in adult literacy. Sept. 7, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2525.

Kids & Families

Doug Nolan of Rock Steady will present his show, "Eco-tainment," an environmental educational library program. Learn about protecting the environment with music, magic and juggling. Sept. 8, 4:30-5 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560.

Book Swap and Ice Cream Social The Friends of the Portola Valley Library will be hosting a book swap and ice-cream social. Bring a book to swap and get a treat. This event will be held outdoors, weather permitting. Sept. 14, 3-4:30 p.m. Portola Valley, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560.

Happy Birds Show Trained parrots will perform Sept. 12, 4-5 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

Pajama Story Time with Judy Schachner Kids are invited to wear pajamas and hear Judy Schachner read from her sixth book in the Skippyjon Jones series. Sept. 9, 6 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com

Et Alia

'Commemorate 9/11' Messiah Lutheran Church will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks and the 60th anniversary of the founding of the congregation during a special service. Lunch follows in fellowship hall. Sept. 11, 10-11:30 a.m. Messiah Lutheran Church, 1835 Valota Road, Redwood City. Call 650-365-6565.

Birds of Bedwell Bayfront Park See and learn about some of the resident and just-arriving migrant birds at Bedwell Bayfront Park. Experienced birders will be available to show close-up views of different birds of water and land. Bring binoculars or look through a scope. Families welcome. Meet along the entrance road. Sept. 10, 9-11 a.m. Free. Bedwell Bayfront Park, end of Marsh Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-325-7841. friendsofbayfrontpark.org

2011 Coastal Clean-up Day on Redwood Creek (Redwood City) Save The Bay is co-sponsoring this creek-cleanup event with Redwood City. Sept. 17, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Directions will be provided upon registration., Redwood City. Call 510-452-9261 ext. 109. www.saveSFbay.org/volunteer

National Day of Service Save the Bay volunteers will remove invasive weeds from the Faber Tract shoreline to create space for native plants and local wildlife to thrive. Sept. 11, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. East Palo Alto. Call 510-452-9261 ext. 109. www.saveSFbay.org/volunteer

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