Fratello Marionettes: 'The Carnival of the Animals' In this show, the puppet and puppeteer are seen in full view of the audience on a raised stage. Three classic fables will be interwoven against the backdrop of the "Carnival of the Animals" score. Jan. 24, 3:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
How To Train Your Dragon: Workshop for anyone who wants to know what it takes to self-produce an artistic event. Artists who attend are given extra consideration when applying for the 2018 2nd Stages Series. Jan. 10, 7-8:30 p.m.; Jan. 22, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Dragon Productions Theatre Company, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.
King Holiday Celebration The Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute hosts open house and Sunday service as part of its annual King Holiday celebration. This year's theme honors 50th anniversary of King's call to action in "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?" Jan. 13, 3-5 p.m.; Jan. 15, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Martin Luther King Research and Education Institute, 466 Via Ortega, Palo Alto.
Open Mic Night Nick "Toothless Monkey" Peters from Toothless Monkey Music hosts an open mic night. Any and all family-friendly acts are encouraged, from music to comedy to poetry. All ages welcome. Two mics and two guitar amps will be ready, and the limit is two songs or 10 minutes per performer/group. Fourth Monday of the month,7:30 p.m.,sign ups; 8-10 p.m., performances. Free. Freewheel Brewing Company, 3736 Florence St., Redwood City.
SingFest 2017 Ragazzi's free half-day minicamp is for 7 to 10-year-old boys. Participants will find out what choral singing is all about, and no-obligation auditions are included during the day. Boys sing a brief concert for their parents at pickup time. Jan. 14, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Ragazzi Boys Chorus, 178 Clinton St., Redwood City.
Stanford New Ensemble / International Contemporary Ensemble Music by Stanford composer Mark Applebaum, the late Pauline Oliveros and Steve Reich will be performed in this collaboration of the Stanford New Ensemble and the International Contemporary Ensemble. Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m. Free. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. events.stanford.edu
Losing a Loved One to Alzheimer's: A Daughters Dilemma Program features screening of short film, "The Isle of Capri," a film documenting the challenges faced by a daughter who lost her mother to Alzheimer's. Jan. 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Bethany, 1095 Cloud Ave., West Menlo Park.
Playing God: Is Science Going Too Far? This program features a filmed interview with Ron Stoddart, an adoption attorney and embryo adoption advocate. During the program, participants will have the opportunity to discuss whether embryo adoption is a viable adoption choice or a form of playing God. Jan. 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Bethany, 1095 Cloud Ave., West Menlo Park.
'Yellow Ticket' with Alicia Svigals "The Yellow Ticket" is a 1918 silent film starring actress Pola Negri, made in Europe before Negri emigrated to Hollywood. The film tells the story of a young Jewish woman from a Polish shtetl who, due to anti-Semitic laws, is constrained to lead a double life in a brothel while attending medical school in Tsarist Russia. The film includes rare footage of the Jewish quarter of Warsaw. Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m. Free. Tressider Union, 459 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. events.stanford.edu
Talks & Lectures
In Deep with Angie Coiro: Omar Saif GhobashTalk show host Angie Coiro moderates a discussion with United Arab Emirates ambassador to Russia, Omar Saif Ghobash. The discussion will center on letters Ghobash has written to his sons about what it means to be a Muslim in the 21st century. Jan. 11, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Brian Fishman, The Master Plan: ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and the Jihadi Strategy for Final Victory Counterterrorism expert Brian Fishman explores one of history's darkest and most destructive regimes: The Islamic State. During this event, he will discuss ISIS — its origins, operations and the internal disputes that just may lead to its demise. Jan. 12, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Caroline Winterer in conversation with James J. Sheehan Stanford historian Caroline Winterer turns a critical eye to one of America's most coveted origin stories. In her new work, Winterer follows the threads of 18th century utopian philosophies and the influence of intellectual salons as they radiated outward to the New World. Winterer, director of the Stanford Humanities Center and professor of history at Stanford University, will discuss her new book with the Stanford historian James J. Sheehan. Jan. 17, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Meet the Author: Henry T. Greely Stanford Professor Henry (Hank) T. Greely will be at Stanford Bookstore signing his book "The End of Sex and the Future of Human Reproduction." In the book, Greely explains how within 20, maybe 40, years most people in developed countries will stop having sex for the purpose of reproduction. Instead, prospective parents will be told as much as they wish to know about the genetic makeup of dozens of embryos, and they will pick one or two for implantation, gestation and birth. Jan. 24, 6 p.m. Free. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. events.stanford.edu
SRI Organon Toastmasters Meeting SRI Organon Toastmasters provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their communication and leadership skills. SRI Organon Toastmasters welcomes members of the community to visit and join. Tuesdays, ongoing, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Menlo Park City Hall, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. business.menloparkchamber.com
Susan Dennard in conversation with Alex Bracken Young Adult literature fans are invited to celebrate two highly anticipated sequels — "Windwitch" by Susan Dennard and "Wayfarer" by Alexandra Bracken. Jan. 13, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Kids & Families
Red Grammer Children's Concert Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter performs. Doors open at 10 a.m. with first-come seating. Showtime at 10:15 a.m. and lasts approximately 60 minutes. Jan. 15, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. $5 per seat; free for children in lap. Woodside High Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Ave., Woodside.
Baby Sign Storytime This class is for infants (0-18 months), their caregivers and expectant parents. Baby Sign language gives children the opportunity to communicate long before they can verbalize their wants and needs. Each session introduces signs that are based on American Sign Language (ASL). Jan. 14, 11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Magician Dan Chan performs tricks during a show for the whole family. Jan. 25, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family Storytime Books and songs are chosen to span age differences and engage children on multiple levels. Pajamas are welcome. Tuesdays, ongoing, 7 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org/Storytimes
LEGO Club LEGOs are provided to foster imagination. Duplo building blocks are available for youngest builders. Jan. 14, 11 a.m.-noon Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Preschool Storytime includes books, songs and activities for a preschooler's curious and ever-growing mind. Fridays, Jan. 13-Feb. 10, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Toddler Storytime features songs, stories and movement activities to encourage children to listen and read. Age-appropriate toys will be brought out at the end for playtime. An activity will follow the storytime on the third Tuesday of the month. Tuesdays, Jan. 10-Feb. 7, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
!PROVOKE! Art Ventures Gallery launches !PROVOKE!, a pre-opening event featuring 10 artists painting live. Jan. 10-12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Art Ventures Gallery, 888 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. artventuresgallery.com/provoke
Food & Drink
Miggi's Kitchen Cooking Demo for Lunar New Year San Mateo County Libraries celebrate Lunar New Year 2017, the Year of the Rooster. Chef Miggi Demeyer will prepare food samples and demonstrate three dishes: spring roll with plum sauce, braised beef shank cold cut with master sauce, and three cup chicken — the most popular chicken dish in Taiwan. Jan. 21, 1 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Morning Tea at the Library In honor of national tea month, adults are invited to drop in for a cup of tea and a tasty treat. Wednesdays in January, 11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Portola Valley Farmers' Market This weekly farmers' market offers local, seasonal fruits, vegetables, nuts, fresh juices, specialty foods, traditional and gluten-free baked goods, pies, toffee, vegan nut butters and spreads, farmstead meats, chickens and eggs, honey, fresh seafood, food demos, jewelry, body products, crafts and music. Thursdays, ongoing, 2-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Lessons & Classes
Hoopla Instruction In this class, participants will learn about Hoopla, a free e-media service from the library. Instruction will be provided on creating an account and selecting and checking out materials. Attendants are encouraged to bring their San Mateo County Library card and their device. Jan. 13 and 27, 1-2 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Spy Academy During four weeks of training, students will learn the tricks of the trade such as decoding secret messages, using all one's senses, solving mysteries and more. This event is for children ages 7 and up. Thursdays, Jan. 12-Feb. 2, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free, but please register at 650-851-0560. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Stanford Archery Lessons Those interested are invited to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow with the Stanford Archery Team. All of the coaches have at least a USAA Level 1 Certification. Sundays, Jan. 15, Feb. 5-19 and March 5, 11 a.m. $50-$115. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. archery.stanford.edu/lessons.html
Health & Wellness
Hike with the Friends This hike will be a 5-mile loop to Alambique Flat and the Meadow, with a stop for lunch. Docent Tom Davids leads the hike and will talk about nature and history along the way. Participants are asked to bring a sack lunch and meet at the stables. The hike will take place rain or shine. Jan. 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Wunderlich Park, 4040 Woodside Road, Woodside. huddartwunderlichfriends.org
Evening Fusion Fitness This class is a full body workout designed for active Baby Boomers. It includes exercises for aerobics, strength training, balance and agility. Mondays, ongoing, 7-8 p.m. $195, 13-class session. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. chezfit.com
Fusion Fitness for Baby Boomers This class aims to strengthen the back, chest, shoulder and leg muscles; improve posture and endurance while strengthening the core; decrease belly fat; and reduce under arm "jigglies." Participants will listen to music from the 1960s to the present as well as partake in the camaraderie of fellow Baby Boomers. Wednesdays, ongoing, 10-11 a.m. Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley. chezfit.com
Tai Chi and Chi Kung In this class, students will learn Tai Chi and Chi Kung with instructor Ben Dineen who will lead a 60-minute class in the Redwood Grove next to the Town Center Community Hall. These centuries-old Asian exercises help relieve stress and build stronger bodies, better balance and sharper minds. This class is open to all ability levels. Wednesdays, Jan. 4-Feb.1, 10 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Home & Garden
Peninsula Orchid Society 70th Anniversary Show & Sale will feature displays of blooming and fragrant orchids. There will be informative seminars and demonstrations. Jan. 14 and 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $3, seniors and children; $5, general. Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City. penorchidsoc.org
How to Find Your Dream Job in International Public Service Stanford Law School Practitioner in Residence Sareta Ashraph leads a discussion about how find one's dream international law job, including applying to UN jobs, how to network effectively, and how to pinpoint areas of interest in international law. Jan. 17, 12:45 p.m. Stanford Law School, room 280B, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford. events.stanford.edu
Knitting Meetup This is a time for adult knitters to get together and enjoy camaraderie, laughter and stitches. Jan. 25 and Feb. 22, 7 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org
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