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Arts & Entertainment - February 26, 2014

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Community Events

Pancake Breakfast Boy Scout Troop 206 Annual All-You-Can-Eat Gourmet Pancake Breakfast. March 8, 8-11:30 a.m. $5 for adults; $5 for 2 children under 12; free for scouts in uniform. Trinity Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-324-2013. www.bsa206.org

Parent Education Woodside Parent Education Series presents "Why Willpower Matters" with Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D. Feb. 27, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Woodside High School MUR, 199 Churchill Ave., Woodside. Call 650-868-0590. kellymcgonigal2014woodside.eventbrite.com

'God and Gays: An Hour of Civil Conversation' Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park hosts an hour-long conversation exploring religion and homosexuality. Feb. 26, 7-8 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church , 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-854-5897. www.facebook.com/LifetreeCafeMP

Special Events

Eth-Noh-Tec Kinetic Story Theater San Francisco-based duo Eth-Noh-Tec will perform stories from across Asia through music, dance, rhythmic dialogue and spoken word. March 1, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. www.menloparklibrary.org

Kepler's Book Swap Kepler's is hosting a book swap event with food and wine. Bring a book to share. March 7, 6:30-9 p.m. $25. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/book-swap

On Stage

Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. North Star Academy will present "Fiddler on the Roof, Jr." on the 50th anniversary year of its Broadway opening, with a cast of more than 100 students and a live orchestra. Feb. 27-March 2, 7-9 p.m. $8-$14. McKinley Auditorium, 400 Duane St., Redwood City. Call 650-906-7218. www.northstartix.com

Talks & Authors

Lisa Solomon and Hillview School Principal Erik Burmeister Menlo Park resident Lisa Kay Solomon, co-author of "Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations that Accelerate Change," will share insights from her new book in conversation with Hillview Middle School Principal Erik Burmeister. March 12, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/lisa-solomon-conversation-hillview-principal-erik-burmeister

Alan Weisman in conversation with Paul Ehrlich Alan Weisman, journalist and author of "The World Without Us," in conversation with Paul Ehrlich, population studies and biology professor at Stanford. Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.

USGS Public Lecture George Plafker, USGS geologist emeritus, will talk about "The 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake and Tsunami - 50th Anniversary." Feb. 27, 7-8 p.m. Free. USGS Menlo Park Campus , 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-329-5136. online.wr.usgs.gov/calendar

Alice LaPlante, who teaches creative writing at Stanford, discusses her book, "A Circle of Wives," a thriller based in Palo Alto. March 4, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Georgia O'Keeffe Docent Lecture in conjunction with de Young Museum's exhibit. March 1, 2-3 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147.

Author Janie Chang discusses her book, "Three Souls," about the ghost of a young woman named Leiyin, who in 1935 China watches her own funeral from above and wonders why she is being denied entry to the afterlife. March 6, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Concerts

Verdi's 'Requiem' Jindong Cai conducts the Stanford Symphony in collaboration with the Symphonic Chorus for a performance of Verdi's "Requiem." Joining the orchestra and chorus are four soloists from the Mongolian National Opera, in residence as part of the 10th annual Stanford Pan-Asian Music Festival. March 2, 2:30 p.m. $20. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. music.stanford.edu/Events/calendar.html

Kids & Families

'Kids Love Science' Kepler's Youth Event At this science-focused youth books event, hear from Eric Elfman and Neal Shusterman, authors of "Tesla's Attic" and Steve Hockensmith of "Nick and Tesla's High Voltage Danger Lab." March 1, 3 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Heather Hill Riding Center Summer Camps HH Welsh Cobs and Ponies. Half or full day sessions. Riding, film making, art. June 16 to Aug. 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $100-$650 Rancho Viejo Stables in Portola Valley, 45 Ansel Lane, Portola Valley. Call 650-465-4083.

Paws for Tales Kids Program Children ages 5 and up read to a trained service dog, with the goal of improving reading skills and building confidence. Time slots are available the fourth Saturday of each month through June. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

Live Music

Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble Long-time Santana percussionist Karl Perazzo performs as a guest artist with the Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble. He will be performing several classic and modern salsa pieces specifically prepared for this concert. March 7, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $15 general/$10 seniors and students Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. Call 831-295-2253. latinjazz.stanford.edu

Et Alia

Galway, Ireland Library Display View this display about the new relationship the city of Menlo Park has with its "friendship city," Galway, Ireland. Located at the entrance to the Library in a glass-enclosed display case, it covers more than 150 years of history and will be on display until Feb. 28. During library hours. Free. Menlo Park Public Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-208-4530.

Linda Salter's "Asian Fusion" collection features her recent exploration of Chinese art, with brush painting pieces mounted on scrolls as well as others framed in Western style. March 1-31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-321-0220. www.portolaartgallery.com

Taylor Eigsti CHAC Benefit Concert Menlo Park-raised pianist Taylor Eigsti performs a benefit concert for the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC). March 5, 8-9:30 p.m. $63 general admission; $103 VIP Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts SecondStage, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-965-2020. www.mvcpa.com

Meditation. Neil Vargas-Gladen from the Ananda Meditation Center teaches simple meditation techniques to reduce stress, improve memory and concentration. Feb. 27, 10-11 a.m. Free. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025. www.penvol.org/littlehouse/contact.cfm

Irish folklore at San Mateo County History Museum At the March "Free First Friday" at the museum, preschool children can learn about Irish folklore, create "pots o' gold" out of construction paper. At 2 p.m., museum docents will lead tours of the museum for adults. March 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.historysmc.org

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