Menlo Park Kite Day Participants can bring own kite or buy one. $6 pays for a kite, hot dog, drink and chips or apple. May 3, 12-3 p.m. Free. Bedwell-Bayfront Park, Marsh Road and Bayfront Expressway, Menlo Park.
Wingding Family Fest Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District hosts event. Activities: birding, hiking and exploring nature. May 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve, one mile south of the intersection of Page Mill Road, Alpine Road and Skyline Blvd.. Call 408-252-3740. www.scvas.org/index.php?page=text&id=cal
M-A Big Bear Run 5K 5 km run/walk supports M-A High athletic teams. Course starts at high school, winds through Lindenwood, and finishes on track. Register by May 1 on website. May 4, 9 a.m. $15 students; $25 adults. M-A High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 207-8869. www.active.com/atherton-ca/running/distance-running-races/m-a-big-bear-run-2014?int=
Mother's Day Garden Brunch Cancer Prevention Institute of California holds brunch at private home in Atherton. Garden event includes breakfast and silent auction. May 4. $175 adult; $60 child. Address provided with ticket purchase. Call 510-608-5003. www.cpic.org/get-involved/events/mothers-day-brunch.aspx
Re-engineering Journalism John S. Knight Journalism Fellows discuss ideas they explored and tested during year at Stanford. Reception follows. May 5, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge, Stanford University, 291 Campus Drive, Stanford. Call 725-1190. knight.stanford.edu
'Open Studio Saturdays' Seven artist workshops and galleries will participate in "Open Studio Saturdays" at Allied Arts Guild. Saturdays, May 3 and 10, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 321-0220. www.portolaartgallery.com
Open Studios in Menlo Park Six Peninsula artists — Alice Weil, Teresa Silvestri, Julia Munger Seelos, Lynn Montoya, Kim Holl and Frances Freyberg — exhibit paintings, jewelry, textiles and photography. May 3, 4, 10 and 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. SVOS Group Site, 856 Partridge Ave., Menlo Park. www.francesfreyberg.com
Silicon Valley Open Studios Local artists open studios to public. See website for directory. May 3, 4, 10 and 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. www.svos.org
"In the Company of Animals" watercolor paintings Portola Art Gallery presents exhibit of animal paintings in watercolor by Belmont resident Teresa Silvestri. May 1-31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 321-0220. www.portolaartgallery.com
Interfaith Choral Workshop Students of all faiths explore music of Mack Wilberg. That evening, group performs at Stanford Memorial Church. Register on website. May 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $35 (includes lunch). Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1105 Valparaiso Ave., Menlo Park. interfaithchoralworkshop.eventbrite.com
Musical Theater workshops for ages 10 to 19. Singer's Circuit Training workshops are one-afternoon sessions. May 4, 1-6 p.m. $240. Bridgepoint Music, 657 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Call 454-9125. www.performancesinging.com
Watercolor with Alisan Andrews, member of Society of Western Artists. Class on basic techniques. Wednesdays, May 7-June 25, 10 a.m.-noon. $120. Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 326-2025 ext. 222. www.penvol.org/littlehouse
Health Matters Free community event hosted by Stanford Medicine explores advancements in medicine and health topics. May 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Li Ka Shing Center, 291 Campus Drive, Stanford. Call 497-7589. healthmatters.stanford.edu
Life's Myths: What Really Leads to Happiness Lifetree Cafe hosts hour-long conversation. April 30, 7-8 p.m.; May 1, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. Call 854-5897. www.facebook.com/LifetreeCafeMP
County History Museum. Admission free on first Friday of month. At 11 a.m., preschool children learn about lighthouses. At 2 p.m., docents lead free tour for adults. May 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.historysmc.org
Peninsula Rose Society holds 57th annual Rose Show. May 4, 1-5 p.m. Free. Redwood City Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City. Call 465-3967. www.peninsularosesociety.org
Kids & Families
2014 Summer Camp Fair provides information on camps for kids ages 3 to 15. Attendees can enjoy family games, a jumpie, raffle and free pizza. May 9, 6-8 p.m. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 330-2200. www.menlopark.org
Fratello Marionettes perform three classic fairy tales. May 3, 2-3 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 851-0147.
Free Comic Book Day Visitors drop by to pick up free comic. Graphic novels available to be checked out. May 3, 1:30-5 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 851-0147. www.freecomicbookday.com
Juliet Green CD release concert Concert celebrates release of CD "Think About That," and includes musicians Greg Murai, Ben Flint, Fred Randolph, Marc van Wageningen, Phil Hawkins, Jeff Buenz, Anton Schwartz, David Brigham, Marc Eaman. May 3, 7:30 p.m. $20 general; $15 student/senior. Lane Hall, Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 539-4321. julietgreen.com
Menlo Park Chorus performs "Traveling Music," songs about trains, cars, planes and balloons. May 10, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $15 adults; $12 student/senior; free for children under 10. Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park. Call 391-5382.
'Lilith the Night Demon' Story of Lilith, the bawdy alternate Jewish story of creation, presented as magical folk opera by instrumental group Veretski Pass with San Francisco Choral Artists. May 4, 4 p.m. $30-$39 in advance; $39-$49 at the door. Performing Arts Center, M-A High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. brownpapertickets.com/producer/6139
'Smash' play Political comedy features groom who abandons bride on wedding day so he can overthrow British government. April 10-May 4, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $30. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City. Call 493-2006 ext. 2. www.dragonproductions.net/
'Pirates of Penzance' Menlo School performance. Chairs provided but attendees can bring lawn chairs and blankets. Seet website for tickets. May 2-4, 9 and 10, 8-10 p.m. $5 students; $10 adults. Menlo School Quad, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. Call 408-268-1927. store.menloschool.org
Murder mystery plays Woodside Priory Middle School holds audience participation performances of "Murder on Mystery Island" and "Tommy Two Toes." See website for tickets. May 1-3, 7 p.m.; May 4, 2 p.m. $5 student; $15 adult. Woodside Priory, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 851-6102. priory.ticketleap.com/murder/
Talks & Authors
'Impact of Sea-Level Rise on San Mateo County' Hosted by League of Women Voters, talk by county supervisor Dave Pine deals with potential impacts of sea-level rise in the county, and what is being done to address them. April 30, 7-9 p.m. Free. San Mateo County Government Center, Room 101, 455 County Center, Redwood City. www.lwvssmc.org
'Who's in Your Teen's Village?' M-A Parent Education Series talk by Kent Pekel, CEO of Search Institute, deals with importance of teens building supportive non-parent relationships. May 1, 7-9 p.m. Free. Center for Performing Arts, M-A High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 868-0590. teensvillage2014ma.eventbrite.com
Christopher Moore discusses new book, "The Serpent of Venice." May 14, 7:30 p.m. $15 general; $35 premier (includes copy of the book). Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Cafe Scientifique Sven Beiker, executive director of Center for Automotive Research at Stanford, talks on "The Future of Automobiles and Our Personal Mobility," May 13, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. SRI International, International Building, Ringwood Avenue and Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. Call 859-2198. www.sri.com/newsroom/events/cafe-scientifique-sven-beiker-051314
Panel discussion: Fracking in California May 7, 6-8:15 p.m. Free. Sunset Magazine HQ, 80 Willow Road, Menlo Park. thefern.org/join-fern-at-sunset-magazine-for-a-panel-on-fracking-in-ca/
'Climate Hope' Citizens Climate Lobby presentation on carbon tax. Hosted by San Mateo County Democracy for America. May 7, 7-9 p.m. Free. Woodside Road United Methodist Church, 2000 Woodside Road, Redwood City. Call 766-2162. www.smcdfa.org/calendar
Clinical Trials Awareness Week Stanford Cancer Institute 5-day event has educational and interactive activities. April 28-May 2, 10 a.m. Free. Stanford Cancer Center, 875 Blake Wilbur Drive, Stanford. Call 498-7061. www.cancer.stanford.edu/trials/ctaw.html
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