'The Magic of Johnny Mercer' For the 12th benefit concert for The LightHouse for the Blind, Steve and Anne Gill along with former and current members of the Menlo School community will present "Too Marvelous for Words: The Magic of Johnny Mercer." Proceeds from the concert support the LightHouse's Enchanted Hills Camp. Jan. 12 and 13, 7:30-9 p.m. $15 donation requested. Spieker Ballroom, Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. Call 650-948-4648.
Downton Abbey Culture in Ninety Minutes In an illustrated lecture, DiAnn Ellis, professor Emerita, SFSU, covers everything from the real Highclere Castle where the PBS series was filmed; to the Charles Worth of Paris gowns; to the real work day of those in service. Questions and tea and cookies at the close of the program. Jan. 12, 1-3 p.m. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. www.smcl.org
TV Studio Production Workshop This class will teach all the crew positions necessary to produce one's own TV show in the Media Center's TV studio. Five-night class, Jan. 18-Feb. 4, 6-10 p.m. $145. Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-494-8686, extension 10. midpenmedia.org
NCCO National Tour Kick-Off Concert includes repertoire by Mendelssohn, Bolcom, Hector Villa-Lobos and Richard Strauss. Jan. 15, 8-10 p.m. $29 to $59. Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton High, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. www.ncco.org
Woodside Village Band Midwinter Concert The Woodside Village Band will give its Midwinter Concert Saturday, Jan. 12, at 3 p.m. in the Sanctuary of the Woodside Village Church. The program will include selections by Gershwin, Berlin, Delibes, Handel, and Prokofiev. There will be a reception following the concert. Jan. 12, 3-5 p.m. Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650 851-1642. windband.org/woodside
Free E-Waste Recycling Event Items that can be recycled include: desktop computers, laptops, PDAs, peripherals, monitors, TVs, printers, copy and fax machines, audio & video players and cellphones. Jan. 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. St. Denis Parish parking lot, 2250 Avy Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-854-1081. www.stdenisparish.org
Kids & Families
Atherton Library Preschool Storytime Children ages 3-5 are invited for stories and activities every Monday morning. Through May 20, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Free Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org
Mr. Horsefeathers comedy and juggling This a silly combination of magic, juggling and fun with Mr. Horsefeathers. For children ages 4 and up. Jan. 14, 4-4:45 p.m. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org
Open House at Woodside Parents' Nursery School for families with children ages 15 months to 6 years (by next fall). WPNS is a 4-year, play-based cooperative nursery school. Jan. 12, 10 a.m.-noon Free. Woodside Parents' Nursery School, 3154 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-7112. www.woodsideparents.org/
Portola Valley Bingo Schmingo Music Attendees hear the songs and stories with Kathleen Rushing and might even get picked to help with one of the songs. For all ages. Jan. 16, 4-5 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org
Puppet Art Theater/Dad & Me @ the Library Kids and Dads (and other family members, too) are invited to a live performance of Art Grueneberger's funny and dramatic puppets. Jan. 14, 7-7:30 p.m. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. www.smcl.org
Toddler Music Show with Pam Donkin Award-winning children's musician Pam Donkin will be here with songs and dancing for toddlers (and the accompanying adults, too) This live show is funded by The Friends of the Woodside Library. Jan. 9, Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. www.smcl.org
'Somewhere' TheatreWorks presents the Matthew Lopez play "Somewhere," about a family dreaming of show biz. Jan. 16-Feb. 10. $23-$73. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-463-1960. www.theatreworks.org
Birds of Bedwell Bayfront Park Attendees can see and learn about wintering birds of Bedwell Bayfront Park: ducks, geese, egrets. Experienced birders will be available to show close-up views of different birds of water and land. Bring binoculars or look through our scope. Families welcome. Meet along the entrance road. Heavy rain cancels. Jan. 12, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Bedwell Bayfront Park, Marsh Road at Bayfront Expressway, Menlo Park. Call 650-325-7841. www.friendsofbayfrontpark.org
Canada College Farmers Market Attendees shop for fresh fruits and vegetables. The market runs every Sunday at Parking Lot 7. Vendors are welcome. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Camada College, 4200 Farm Hill Road , Redwood City. Call 650-290-3549. westcoastfarmersmarkets.org
Slow Flow Vinyasa/Yin Yoga Class A 75-minute yoga class consists of traditional yoga poses and longer-held seated poses, with a goal of improving strength and flexibility. All ages, levels welcome. Tuesdays through March 12, 9:15-10:30 a.m. $124 for the series. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St. , Menlo Park. Call 650-854-3864.
Silicon Valley Boychoir is a multi-level choir for boys in grades 1 through 8, based in Palo Alto and taught by Julia Simon and Cathy Doyle. Free auditions are scheduled for Jan. 3-12. There is a semester fee. First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. svboychoir.org
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