'The Diviners,' A Play in Two Acts Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory is putting on a production of "The Diviners." Set in the Depression, the story is about a boy who is deathly afraid of water yet who can divine it, a crucial gift for his drought-ridden town. The play at once echoes and is a fresh take on "Our Town" and "Of Mice and Men." March 13-23, 7:30 p.m. $10-$40 Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-8282 x105. www.pvtc-ca.org
'Beauty and the Beast' Play The Woodside High School Drama Department is putting on a production of Disney favorite "Beauty and the Beast." The show begins March 14 and runs through March 23. Friday-Sunday, 8-10 p.m. $20 adults; $15 seniors (65+); $10 staff/students. Woodside High School Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Ave., Woodside. Call 650-521-6278. www.whsdramaboosters.com
'Once on This Island' TheatreWorks presents the Tony Award-nominated musical "Once on This Island." March 5-30, 2 p.m., 7:30 or 8 p.m. $19-$73. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-463-1960. www.theatreworks.org
'Seussical the Musical' at Menlo-Atherton High Menlo-Atherton High School will be performing "Seussical the Musical," based on Dr. Seuss books like the "Cat in the Hat." March 6, 7 and 8, 7:30 p.m. $12 for adults; $8 for students/children/seniors. Menlo-Atherton High Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 415-515-2892. www.thecenteratma.org
Portola Valley French Broom Pull A volunteering event to pull invasive French broom plants along Portola Valley roads has been organized. Wear gloves and long sleeves. Tools and refreshments will be provided. March 9, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. P.V. Town Center, Historic School House, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
BSA 206 Pancake Breakfast Boy Scout Troop 206 hosts its annual All-You-Can-Eat Gourmet Pancake Breakfast, with Formula 206 flapjacks, fresh fruit and juices, savory sausage links, coffee, cocoa and tea. 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
'The Struggle to Forgive' Conversation Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park hosts an hour-long conversation discussing how to heal and forgive after being wronged. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be served. March 5, 7-8 p.m.; March 6, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-854-5897. www.facebook.com/LifetreeCafeMP
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
Portola Valley Farmers' Market This farmers' market at the Portola Valley Town Center features organic fruits and vegetables, local grass-fed beef, free range eggs, fair trade coffee, wild and local seafood, hot free range rotisserie chickens, local honey, organic olive oil, gluten-free baked goods, organic fruit popsicles, nuts and nut butters, pickles, jerky, artisan breads, empanadas, goat's milk chocolates, flowers, crafts and music. The market runs Thursdays, year-round. 2-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Farmers' Market, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. www.portolavalleyfarmersmarket.com
'Asian Fusion' collection Linda Salter's exhibit 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
Sheryl Sandberg at GMS Scholarship Breakfast The Girls' Middle School Annual Scholarship Breakfast will feature keynote speaker Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook and author of "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead." March 7, 7:45-9:30 a.m. $125 ($85 of each ticket is tax-deductible). Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Call 650-681-3307. www.girlsms.org/breakfast
Taylor Eigsti Benefit Concert Menlo Park-raised pianist Taylor Eigsti performs a benefit concert for the Community Health Awareness Council. A Grammy nominee, Eigsti has international critics' acclaim for his innovative improvisational storytelling. March 5, 8-9:30 p.m. $63 general admission; $103 VIP Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Second Stage, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-965-2020. www.mvcpa.com
Create a Container Garden Sarah Easley will give a demonstration and talk on Friday, March 7, on elements of design she uses to create eye-catching container gardens. Then students will create their own designs using materials provided. 9 a.m.- noon. $45 member; $55 non-member. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Call 650-329-1356 x201. www.gamblegarden.org
Make Your Own Beads Class Christie's Creative Cupboard is hosting a craft program on creating beads for adults. Space is limited; sign-up is required. March 19, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org
Shadow Puppets Workshop Peopleologie will offer a workshop on this popular storytelling form in Indonesia, including a make-your-own puppet to take home. For ages 6+. Registration is required. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org
Zoom In - Video Production Workshop Zoom In is a 15-hour intensive video workshop that covers how to create a digital video, edit it, upload it to Youtube and produce a DVD. Class includes all software, equipment plus a booklet. March 10-19; Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $145. Midpeninsula Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-494-8686 x11. www.midpenmedia.org/
Stanford Wind Ensemble Concert Giancarlo Aquilanti directs the Stanford Wind Ensemble's winter program with guest composer Frank Ticheli conducting his own concerto for clarinet and wind ensemble. Aquilanti's "The Sound of Favignana" and "Berkeley Pictures" will also be performed. March 8, 7:30 p.m. General $15; students $10. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. music.stanford.edu/Events/calendar.html
Kids & Families
'Free First Friday' at County History Museum Preschool children can learn about Irish folklore, create "pots o' gold" out of construction paper to take home and hear the story, "Lucky Leprechaun." 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
"Gustafer Yellowgold" Family Concert Illustrator/songwriter Morgan Taylor performs a funny and touching multi-media concert of live songs, stories and animation. March 13, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org
Block Play at the Library Research shows that children develop an incredible variety of skills when they play with blocks, including fine motor skills and social skills. March 10, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; March 11, 11 a.m.-noon; March 13, 5-6 p.m.; March 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org
Create Your Own Read Poster 6th to 12th graders are invited to bring in a favorite book and create a poster using the design studio program. March 12, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org
Master Sinfonia Concert Maestro David Ramadanoff conducts Beethoven, Mahler and Copland (Soloist for Mahler and Copland Songs: Layna Chianakas); Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3; Mahler's "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen" (Songs of a Wayfarer); and selections from Copland's "Old American Songs" and the "Appalachian Spring" suite. March 15, 7:30 p.m. $15-$25; free for youth under 18. St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. www.mastersinfonia.org
Mike Galisatus Big Band The band will perform original and contemporary compositions and some hard-swinging standards led by trumpeter Mike Galisatus, professor at College of San Mateo. Baritone Duane Lawrence is the featured singer. Songs to be performed are credited to Count Basie, Huey Lewis, Pete Escovedo, Frank Sinatra and many more. March 9, 7-9 p.m. Cover charge. Angelica's Bistro, 863 Main St., Redwood City. Call 650-679-8184. angelicasllc.com
Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble Long-time Santana percussionist Karl Perazzo performs as a special 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
Ash Wednesday Service The Lenten journey will begin with a candlelight worship service featuring Taize music, community prayers and the imposition of ashes. 7-7:30 p.m. Free. Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-854-5481. www.ladera.org
Talks & Authors
Lisa Solomon and Principal Erik Burmeister Conversation 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
'A Song Just For Me: Stirred by Music to Conversation and Compassion' The stories in this book are based on Mary Kiki Wilcox's 12 years of volunteer work in the health center of her senior community, where she takes recorded music to the residents in the Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Facilities. She will discuss and sign the book on March 10, 7 p.m. Free. Channing House, 850 Webster St., Palo Alto. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/mary-wilcox
'Adventures in Burma' Tim Clark will give an informal presentation entitled "Adventures in Burma," based on his visits and work there. This talk will follow a soup dinner as part of the church's "Thursdays in Lent" series. RSVP is necessary for the dinner. March 13, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-854-5481. www.ladera.org
'The Teaching of Character and the Character of Teaching' Talk Michael McPherson, author and president of the Spencer Foundation (which grants funds to support education research), will discuss education and development of character. The talk is hosted by Stanford's Center for Ethics In Society. March 13, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall, 424 Santa Teresa St., Stanford. Call 650-736-2629.
'What is Family, What are Strangers?' Lecture Larissa MacFarquhar will tell the story of a husband and wife who have two biological children and have adopted 20 special-needs children during this lecture, hosted by the Stanford Center for Ethics In Society. MacFarquhar has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998. March 6, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Cemex Auditorium, 641 Knight Way, Stanford. Call 650-736-2629. www.ethicsinsociety.stanford.edu/events/lectures/special-events/larissa-macfarquhar-what-is-family-what-are-strangers
Author Nick Taylor T.T. Monday, aka local author Nick Taylor, will discuss and sign his new book, "The Setup Man.," in which aging Major League pitcher Johnny Adcock moonlights as a private investigator. March 11, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.
Cafe Scientifique Silicon Valley "Forgotten Reefs, Forgotten People: How Conservation in Micronesia May Be Key to Sustainable Oceans" will be presented by Nicole Crane of Cabrillo College and the Oceanic Society as part of SRI International's "Cafe Scientifique" talks series. March 11, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. SRI International, 333 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-859-2198.
Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen Talk, co-authors of "Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most" and Harvard Law School professors, will discuss and sign their book. March 13, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/douglas-stone-and-sheila-heen
Janie Chang: 'Three Souls' Author Janie Chang will discuss her newest 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. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/janie-chang
Lauren Oliver at Kepler's Author Lauren Oliver will discuss and sign her latest teen fiction novel, "Panic," about Heather, a high schooler in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 in the middle of nowhere. March 8, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/ya-event-lauren-oliver
'SRI Organon Toastmasters' Meeting Toastmasters aims to improve communication and leadership skills. Each week the organization focuses on a topic to help educate those interested in becoming better public speakers. SRI Organon Toastmasters welcomes members of the community to visit and join. Each Tuesday, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. SRI International, Building G, Laurel Ave., opposite Menlo Park City Hall, Menlo Park. www.sriorganon.com/
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