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'Grand Boulevard Initiative ' Residents are invited to a presentation and discussion on the future of the El Camino Real thoroughfare. Jan. 26, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 700B Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 408-318-9559.
'The Spirit of Uganda' These young performers share the culture of their East Africa homeland through drums, choreography and vocals, while bringing a message of resilience and hope. Jan. 29, 6-8 p.m. $30. Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-269-6068. spiritofugandamenlopark2012.eventbrite.com/
'Lassen: Fumaroles, Mud Pots and a Boiling Lake' U.S. Geological Survey geologist emeritus Patrick Muffler presents a free public lecture on Lassen Volcanic National Park and its volcanoes and thermal features. Jan. 26, 7-9 p.m. Free. U.S. Geological Survey, 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-329-5136. online.wr.usgs.gov/calendar/
'Doubt, A Parable' Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects young Father Flynn of improper relations with a male student. Jan. 26-Feb. 18. $26-32. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Call 650-941-0551. www.busbarn.org
'Marvin's Room' Scott McPherson play follows two estranged sisters who are reunited when one needs the family to be tested for bone marrow donation. Jan. 19-Feb. 12: Thu.-Sat. at 8 p.m., and Sun. at 2 p.m. $16-$30. Dragon Theatre, 535 Alma St., Palo Alto. Call 650-493-2006. www.dragonproductions.net/
'Moon for the Misbegotten' Eugene O'Neill play is a story of blarney, scheming and betrayal. Directed by Jeanie Smith. Jan. 13-Feb. 5, Thu.-Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m. $15-$30. Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K, Mountain View. thepear.org
'The Power of the Horn: Charlie Parker to John Coltrane" Alisa Clancy, operations director of KCSM 91.1 FM and co-host of "Morning Cup of Jazz," will speak. She will discuss the evolution of jazz saxophone and the lives of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Lester Young and others. Feb. 4, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2512. www.menloparklibrary.org
John C. Ralston John C. Ralston discusses and signs his new calendar book, "This Date in San Francisco: 366 Days in the History of Our Fascinating Beloved City." Jan. 26, 7 p.m. Buy event book or $10 gift card to admit two. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.
'Calindas, Monlinksy and Bertolet' The Menlo College Art Committee presents the art of Marconi Calindas, Aaron Molinksy and Edwin Bertolet, the winners of the Menlo College Plein Air Art Show. Reception: Feb. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m., with the exhibition open weekdays, Jan. 23-March 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Menlo College Administration Building, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton. Call 650-543-3901. www.menlo.edu
Abilities United art exhibition Forty original works of art by artists from Abilities United are on display. Daily through Feb. 10, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Cafe Zoe, 1929 Menalto Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-618-3319. www.cafezoemenlopark.com
EL Camino Youth Symphony Annual Auditions ECYS invites young musicians ages 6-20 with at least one year of experience on a musical instrument to audition for the music-education program for the 2012-2013 Season. Auditions take place throughout March/April. Auditioners apply online: www.ecys.org $25. www.ecys.org
Stanford Memorial Church Choir Auditions are ongoing by appointment. Rehearsal Thursdays 6:30-8:30 p.m., performance Sunday 9-11 a.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, Stanford University.
'Introduction to Facebook' Facebook is doing outreach to Little House with an "Introduction to Facebook" event on Thurs 1/26 at 3:30. Company representatives will attend to explain the services the company offers. Pre-registration is required by 1/23. Event: Jan. 26, 3:30 p.m. Free. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, EXT. 222. www.penvol.org
Lunar New Year Celebration This Asian celebration of change and the Year of the Dragon will include lion dancers, acrobats, live music, refreshments and children's activities. Feb. 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/lunarnewyear.html
'A Musical Sojourn: 200 Years of Music by African American Composers' An afternoon of spirituals, songs and instrumental music of composers Margaret Bonds, Valerie Capers, Betty Jackson King, Joshua McGhee, Zenobia Powell Perry, Florence Price and William Grant Still, performed by local musicians and singers including Yolanda Rhodes, Jodi Gandolfi and LaDoris Cordell. Jan. 29, 3-5 p.m. Donations: $15/adults and $5 seniors & students. Eastside College Preparatory School Performing Arts Center, 1041 Myrtle St., East Palo Alto. Call 650-688-0850.
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Harpsichordist Richard Egarr performs with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Program includes works by Handel, Locke, Purcell, Arne and Lawes. Jan. 26, 8-10 p.m. $25-$85. Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 415-252-1288. www.philharmonia.org
International Folk Dance Class Classes taught by Marcel Vinokur. Mondays through April 2. Beginner class at 7 p.m. and intermediate at 7:45. Request dancing at 8:45. No partners necessary. Featuring dances from the Balkans and Israel. Monthly parties 1/28, 2/25, 3/24, 8 p.m.: $9 with free refreshments. (No class 1/16, 2/20.) $58 ($44 for Menlo Park residents), $7 drop-ins. Arrilaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-327-0759.
'directly indirect' An exhibition called "directly indirect" features abstract and representational paintings and prints, and mixed-media installations, by eight artists. Exhibit runs Jan. 9-27, open weekdays 3-6 p.m. Free. Kriewall-Haehl Gallery, Woodside Priory School, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley. kriewallhaehlgallery.blogspot.com
Rona Foster A solo exhibition of paintings by Rona Foster in acrylic and mixed media, through March 9. Free. Plantation Deli & Cafe, 3536 Alameda de las Pulgas, West Menlo Park.
Kids & Families
Sivka-Burka Children's Choir Attired in traditional Russian Cossack outfits, the children celebrate Russian culture through folk songs. Jan. 28, 3-3:30 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. www.smcl.org
'Babies & Books' Storytime for children 18 months and under No storytime on Feb. 13. Mondays, Jan. 9-Feb. 27, 11-10:15 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org
'Boat Story Time' A storytime centered on "Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat" by Philip C. Stead. Jan. 29, 11:30 a.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com
Preschool Storytime for children 3 to 5 years old. Stories, songs and rhymes. A special craft storytime on third Wednesday of month. Wednesdays, Jan. 11-Feb. 29, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org
Toddler Storytime for children 18 months to 3 years old. Songs, stories, and movement activities to encourage children to listen and read. Tuesdays, Jan. 10-Feb. 28, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org
'Final Friday Flicks' Atherton Library hosts "family-friendly" films the last Friday of each month. This month's feature is "Babe," based on the children's book by Dick King Smith. Jan. 27, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422.