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Thanksgiving: ❉ Side dishes — even gravy simmered with vegetables — command the limelight

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he turkey is the star, but every good Thanksgiving show depends on a great supporting cast. The mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and green bean casseroles accompanying the big bird are often the most delicious and memorable parts of the day’s dinner. What are the side dishes that make the Thanksgiving meal? A few area chefs, grocers and other foodies agreed to share the dishes that make their holiday productions a hit. Cindy Roberts, who teaches “The Ultimate Thanksgiving” class for Palo Alto Adult School, combines traditional and contemporary ingredients in recipes that reflect her experiences studying cooking in the Bay Area and at the Cordon Bleu in France. “I want to teach home chefs to create extraordinary things at home,” she said. “The class is inspired by the thought that this is one meal of the year when families (continued on page 46)

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come together and they’re really expecting a home-cooked meal.” Her class and her family dinner are filled with unusual dishes such as shiitake mushroom gravy, cranberry orange chutney and mashed potatoes with chilies and jack cheese. Roberts’ recipes come from a variety of sources, including family specialties and culinary magazines. Her personal favorite is potatoes gratin with porcini mushrooms and mascarpone cheese. “It incorporates one of the traditional elements of Thanksgiving — potatoes, but with an Italian twist. It’s not so far off tradition, so it’s appropriate, but it also appeals to the people who have more eccentric palates.” Scott Nishiyama, executive chef at Chez TJ in Mountain View, likes to stick with the basics. “It is a traditional time when we don’t want to stray from the comfort food that everyone en-

joys,” he said. His favorite dish is gravy, which he always makes from scratch. “The key to a good gravy is making a nice aromatic broth from poultry bones and giblets, using lots of fresh vegetables,” he said. “You have to simmer it a long time. It’s one of those things you can’t rush.” He then makes a roux with butter and flour, cooks it until it is nice and brown and then slowly adds the stock, stirring so it is smooth. Another fan of traditional sides is Sarah Kottmeier, event coordinator at Catering by the Other Woman in Menlo Park. “I could pass on the turkey, but I love mashed potatoes with gravy,” she said. “And they have to have lots of butter and cream.” It’s not surprising that Antonio Flores Lopez, executive chef at Cascal in Mountain View, likes to add a little Latin flavor to his Thanksgiving dinner. He usually hosts a large family get-together, roasting two or three turkeys braised in a sangria mixture of red wine, sugar and juice, stuffed with zucchini, bread-

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Cascal in Mountain View also features a miniversion of pumpkin cheesecake. The favorite of Craig Kozy, owner of DeMartini Orchard in Los Altos, is reflective of the season’s bounty of fresh produce. “My favorite side dish is green beans with slivered almonds. It’s straight tradition,� he said. Kozy’s preference may have more to do with commerce than cuisine. “I sell a lot of beans this holiday.� N

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be thoughtfully paired by the market’s staff and custom packed into gift baskets, said Carmelo Sigona, president of Sigona’s. Want just the right sauce to go with whole wheat pasta? How about a tasty cheese to complement locally grown apples? The cost is $15 to customize a basket, plus the cost of the basket and the products. Also of note, Sigona said, are the market’s olive oils. They’re so popular, customers buy $6,000 worth of olive oil each week. “They’re flying off the shelves,� Sigona said. The reason is that the olives are pressed within three to six hours of being picked, and the oil is bottled at the stores so it doesn’t start to degrade sitting too long in the bottle, he said.

With varieties of olive oil from across the globe, Sigona’s oils boast all sorts of tones, from fruity to buttery. Bottles of 750 ml cost $14.99. For gifts with a Mediterranean flair, Mountain View’s Casablanca Market offers gourmet foods from Morocco and Spain, Moroccan glassware and ceramics and cooking classes. Distinctive selections include their ceramic tagine pots ($25-$89), used for traditional Moroccan slow-cooking, and colorful Morgana gold-mix tea glasses ($38 for a set of six). For the sweet tooth on your list, Monique’s Chocolates in Palo Alto sells handmade chocolate truffles with special holiday flavors such as eggnog and peppermint ($2 per truffle or $24 for 10 truffles in a gift box).

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unconscious victim, recognize heart attack and stroke symptoms. Learn CPR compression, manage blocked airways for infant, child &adult,& recovery positions. Sundays, Nov. 7-Dec. 19, 2-5 p.m. $49 Palo Alto San Antonio, 862 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-424-0204. www.allcareplus.org Common Ground Biodynamic Seminar This seminar will teach about the philosophical garden approach called biodynamics and taken through the basic steps. Sat, Nov. 20, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $31. Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. commongroundinpaloalto.org Edible Landscaping Book Signing and QA Rosalind will answer questions and suggest her favorite seed varieties, tools, and garden supplies. Rosalind will be signing copies of her classic book “Edible Landscaping” in its expanded new 2nd edition Dec. 4, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $25. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-493-6072. http://rosilandcreasyediblelandscaping.eventbrite. com/ Feldenkrais Feldenkrais classes are intended to help participants improve flexibility, coordination and strength. Fridays, 11 a.m.-noon. $40 members/$45 nonmembers (4 classes). Little House fitness room, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-327-9419. www.Umovebetter.com Filing for Medicare Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program advisor Connie Corales discusses new changes and how to file for Medicare and Medicaid during November and December. Nov. 23, 1 p.m. Free. Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View. Call 650-903-6330. Folk Dance Class Marcel Vinokur teacher. Mondays beginning Sept. 20. Beginning teaching at 7:30 p.m., Intermediate teaching at 8, Request dancing after 8:45 p.m. No partners necessary. Featuring dances from the Balkans and Israel. Free refreshments. 7:30-10:15 p.m. $7 drop ins. Burgess Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-32-0759. Going with the Flow - Understanding Your Child’s Temperament (2-7 years) “In this parenting workshop learn the traits that make up temperament and how to modify your parenting skills and change the environment to help support your child’s growth and development,” Parents Place says. Bring a lunch; registration required. Dec. 7, noon-2 p.m. $35.

Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto. www.parentsplaceonline.org Menlo Fit Boot Camp Free Saturday morning Boot Camp at the new Arrillaga Gym in Menlo Park presented by Menlo Fit. Arrive at 7:15 to sign in and warm up. 7:30-8:30 a.m. Free. The Arrillaga Family Gymnasium, 600 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2232. www.menlofit.com Successful Bulbs for California Climate A talk on bulbs that do well in the local Mediterranean climate - flowering bulbs from South Africa and other Mediterranean climates as well as California Natives and edibles like garlic. Nov. 30, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. Call 408-2823105. mastergardeners.org/scc.html Your Cell Phone A class on basic cellphone functions and features. Nov. 24, Free. Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View. Call 650903-6330.

Community Events

“Race to Nowhere” documentary screening The education documentary “Race to Nowhere” will be screened free of charge. Childcare available for $15/ child, and Stanford professor, educational advocate, and author Denise Clark Pope will lead a panel discussion afterwards. Pre-registration requested at http://www. rtnbetham.eventbrite.com/. Nov. 20, 7-10 p.m. Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Alto Hills. Call 650493-4661. www.betham.org Deborah Palm’s Knitting Circle Deborah’s Palm hosts an informal gathering of knitters every Wednesday. Debby Damm, facilitator, will be on site the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Bring needles and yarn. 10 a.m. to noon. free. Deborah’s Palm, 555 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto. www.deborahspalm.org Double your Donation - All Centers “Donate blood with a friend in the days leading up to Thanksgiving and you’ll double your donation! Not only will you both save up to three lives each with your blood donations, you will also give a homeless person a bed for the night,” Stanford Blood Center says. Nov. 22-24, 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Stanford Blood Center, 3373 Hillview Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-725-2540. bloodcenter.stanford.edu/news/special_ events.html End the Violence Against Women Activist Mamacoatl, poet Judy Grahn, Support Network for Battered Women, Shalom Bayit, ITP alumni and students, and community members come together for


this event. Nov. 20, 7-9 p.m. Free. ITP, 1069 East Meadow Circle, Palo Alto. Call 650-493-4430. www.itp.edu/resources/ sacredfeminine Gourmet Vegetarian Dinners The Peninsula Macrobiotic Community serves a Gourmet Vegetarian Dinner every Monday (except holidays), 6:30 p.m. Full vegan meal includes soup, grain, beans or bean products, vegetables, dessert, and beverage. Reserve by Mon 9:30 a.m. $15. First Baptist Church, 305 N California Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-599-3320. peninsulamacro.org NorCal Crew’s Erg-A-Thon Cheer on 100 dedicated high school rowers as they erg for more than 1,000,000 meters. Bake sale, raffle and more, with monies raised used to replace aging racing shells. Dec. 4, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Fremont Park, Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-6786667. www.norcalcrew.org Sleep Train’s Secret Santa Toy Drive Sleep Train is helping foster kids celebrate a bright Christmas this year by collecting new, unwrapped gifts. Drop off donations at any Sleep Train location or donate cash online. Nov. 1-Dec. 12, Sleep Train, 2098 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Call 1-800378-BEDS (2337). www.sleeptrain.com Spring Down Equestrian Center Open Horse Show Classes for beginners to more advanced hunter/jumper. Three Highpoint awards will be given: Beginner, and Junior, Senior Advanced. Dec. 5, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free to public/ $15 per class. Spring Down Equestrian Center, 725 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-1114. www.springdown.com Trade as One Holiday Fair Gifts and foods for sale. Proceeds go to charity. Nov. 2021, Sat., Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sun,. Nov. 21, from noon to 3 p.m. Free Open Door Church, 1667 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View. Call 408-626-3327. www.tradeasone.com Wonderful, Marvelous Celebration of Life for Mary Davey The family of Mary Davey, the Committee for Green Foothills, and Hidden Villa are hosting an event to honor the recent passing of Mary Davey. Car pooling is highly recommended as parking is extremely limited. The family request that donations be made to CGF and Hidden Villa in lieu of flowers. Nov. 20, 2-4 p.m. Donations accepted. Holbrook Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave., Atherton. Call 650-968-7243 ext. 314. www.greenfoothills.org

Concerts

“Handel’s Messiah” For the first time in over a decade, Nicholas McGegan conducts the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale in Handel’s “Messiah.” Dec. 7, 7:30-10 p.m. $35/$55/$67/$85/$95. The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 415-2521288. http://philharmonia.org/dec10.html 17th Century Nativity Story The California Bach Society presents Rosenm¸ller’s Weihnachtshistorie - a program of choral music for the Nativity from 17th century Leipzig. The 30-voice chorus performs music for double choirs in the Venetian Style, accompanied by strings, and early wind ensemble The Whole Noyse. Dec. 4, 8-10 p.m. $30 at the door, discounts for advance purchase, seniors and students. All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Call 415-262-0272. www.calbach.org 20 Harps for the Holidays Harpeggio Music presents its annual holiday harp concert. The program includes classical and holiday music, harp solos and ensembles. Sponsored by LAUMC. Dec. 4, 4 p.m. $12 / $15. Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos. Call 408366-8810. harpeggio.com/concert.html Double Barreled BBBs Concert Silicon Valley Symphony features Julian Brown and Amy Hirago violin soloists; Mayumi Wyrick, violin and Mariko Wyrick, cello. Bach Double Violin Concerto; Brahms “Double Concerto for Violin” and Cello; “Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.” Nov. 20, 7:30-10 p.m. $20 general; $15 senior/student; children 12 and younger free with adult. Saint Marks Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. Call 415-2876002. www.siliconvalleysymphony.net MPRO December 4 concert Sat., Dec. 4, the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra, directed by Frederic Palmer, presents a concert featuring works by Legrenzi, Telemann, Haydn, Bassano and Bach. Joining the MPRO Orchestra will be the CSU East Bay Singers, directed by Dr. Buddy James. The venue is wheelchair accessible. 2 p.m. Free. Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Call 650-591-3648. www.sfms.org/mpro New Century Chamber Orchestra presents ‘Waltzing in Appalachia’ New Cen-

tury Chamber Orchestra presents “Waltzing in Appalachia.” Nov. 19, 8-10 p.m. Tickets: $29 to $49. First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. http://www.ncco.org/1011season/ waltzinginappalachia.htm New Esterh·zy Quartet - Pupils of Haydn I Features quartets by Beethoven, Haydn, Lessel. Nov. 28, 4 p.m. $25 general, $20 discount, $10 student. All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverly St., Palo Alto. www.newesterhazy.org P-S-F-S Holiday Concert Ken Malucelli, award-winning composer, debuts the 16voice, piano ensemble, PSFS (PrinceSF Singers) in an evening of his sacred and holiday music. Featured will be the premiere of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Dec. 3, 7:30-8:30 p.m. $15 general. St. Peter’s Church, 178 Clinton St., Redwood City. Call 650-550-0062. www. kenmalucelli.com Palo Alto Philharmonic Chamber Music Concert The Fall Chamber concert at the Palo Alto Arts Center will feature two works by Dvorak, the Serenade for Winds and the Terzetto for two violins and viola as well as the Phantasy Quintet by Vaughan Williams. Sat, Nov. 20, 8 p.m. $18/$15/$8. Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. www. paphil.org Palo Alto Philharmonic Orchestra Concert The season’s fourth concert features horn soloist Bernhard Scully playing Concerto for Horn and Orchestra by the Philharmonic’s Composer-in-Residence, Lee Actor; L’Arlesienne Suite No. 1 by Bizet; Serenade for Strings by Elgar; and, Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky. 8 p.m. $18/$15/$8 Cubberley Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. www. paphil.org Peninsula Symphonic Band Fall Concert The Peninsula Symphonic Band will hold a tribute concert to their former conductor Dr. Norbert Molder, who died in June. Music by Sousa, Berstein, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Williams and more. Nov. 21, Free. Spangenberg Theatre, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. Call 408910-1830. www.psbpaloalto.com Peninsula Symphony’s Holiday Celebration! Program includes: “Music for Brass” by Gabrieli, “The Lark Ascending” by Vaughan Williams, “Hodie” by Vaughan Williams. Nov. 19 and 21, 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. $20. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Call 650-941-5291. http://www.peninsulasymphony.org/allconcerts.php Schola Seraphica Concert Schola Seraphica Presents “Gloria in excelsis Deo,” a concert of sacred holiday music including works by Praetorious, Charpentier, Michael Haydn, Schubert, Dvorak, and Handel, as well as traditional carols. Dec. 5, 2:30-4 p.m. $20 general, $15 seniors/ students. St. Patrick’s Seminary, 320 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. Call 650387-3141. Silent Night, Noisy Night San Francisco Choral Artists perform early music, contemporary works and three world premieres ñ from Tina Harrington and 2010 Composer-In-Residence Richard Felciano, and Australian Composer Steven Leek. Dec. 4, 8-10 p.m. $35 at the door, discounts for advance purchase, seniors and students. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave. (at Middlefield), Palo Alto. Call 415-494-8149. www.sfca.org Soli Deo Gloria presents Christmas Bells Soli Deo Gloria, under the direction of Allen H Simon, presents “Christmas Bells” a choral concert featuring seasonal favorites for and about bells, including Carol of the Bells, the premiere of Verbum Dei, a new composition by Simon, Conrad Susa’s A Christmas Garland and audience carols. Dec. 4, 5-6:30 p.m. $25/$20 students K-8 Free. First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. www.sdgloria.org Twisted Christmas The Menlo Park Chorus will present a free family concert on Saturday, Dec. 4. Seasonal refreshments will be provided. 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2512. www. menloparklibrary.org

Environment

Give Back to the Bay at the Palo Alto Baylands This volunteer event will teach how to plant native seedlings along the shoreline. Safe SF Bay with Palo Alto Baylands is working to plant 25,000 native species this season. Sat, Nov. 20, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve, Provided at registration, Palo Alto. Call 510-452-9261 X109. www. savesfbay.org/bayevents Lawn Replacement Workshop Learn how to replace a lawn with site-appro-

priate native plants using cost effective, do-it-yourself techniques. The workshop includes a short lecture on lawn removal, a hands-on demonstration of sheet mulching and planting into already mulched areas, and a nursery tour. Nov. 20, 9 a.m. $35. Foothills Park Oak Grove Picnic Area, 3300 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto. www.acterra.org/stewardship Native Revival Plant Sale A wide selection of flowering perennials, shrubs, and grasses will be on sale. Nov. 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-493-6072. http://www.commongroundinpaloalto. org/upcomingclasses.htm Tree Planting on Inigo Way Mountain View Trees volunteers’ first planting of our 2010-11 season breaks new ground. Plant trees on a new street. Children ok, if each accompanied by an adult. No experience needed -- instructions, trees, tools, & refreshments provided. Wear gardening clothes. Nov. 20, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Inigo Way, between Pear Av & La Avenida, 1450 Inigo Way, Mountain View. Call 650450-6881. www.mountainviewtrees.org

Exhibits

“Celebrating Mexico” Exhibition commemorates the bicentennial of Mexico’s independence from Spain and the centennial of the Mexican Revolution. Books, manuscripts, movie posters, photographs, and other materials from the collections of the Stanford University Libraries illustrate key events in Mexico’s history. Through Jan. 16, Free. Peterson Gallery, Green Library Bing Wing, Stanford University. Call 650-725-1020. library.stanford.edu/ depts/hasrg/latinam/celebmex/ “Longing for Sea Change” This series of video installations by contemporary artists living and working in Africa and the diaspora addresses broad human issues of humanity in moments of upheaval, fragmentation and transition. (Museum open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays.) Through June 26, 2011, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford. Call 650- 724-3600. museum.stanford.edu/ news_room/sea_change.html Cuba from Inside and Out In September, 18 U.S. photographers, led by art photographer and Foothill College professor Ron Herman, traveled to Cuba to participate in a research and cultural exchange program. Their photographs will be displayed. Through Dec. 6, 1 p.m. Free. Krause Center for Innovation, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-949-7082. cubainsideoutphoto.wordpress.com Holiday Bells & Whistles: Exhibit of electric trains, meccano models, and holiday quilts. Through Jan. 2, noon-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 So. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. www.losaltoshistory.org S.F. Bay Marine Watercolors Exhibit of Margaret W. Fago’s paintings capturing images of water scenes and moods: quiet reflections; boats and sailing; people, birds and animals around water. Through Feb. 1, noon-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto. Call 650-493-0967. www.gardenfresh.us Stanford Art Spaces - Stanford University Textile Art by Alice Beasley, paintings and pastels by James Su, and paintings and charcoal drawings by John A. Sundstrom are on exhibit at the Paul G. Allen (C.I.S.) Art Spaces Gallery. Through Jan. 20, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Stanford Art Spaces, Paul G. Allen (C.I.S.) 420 Via Palou, Stanford. Call 650-725-3622. cis. stanford.edu/~marigros The Spirit of Giving Photo Contest Enter the Stanford Blood Center Photo Contest, now through Nov. 30. Prizes for the winners in youth and adult categories. Free to enter. Free. Stanford Blood Center. Call 650-723-7265. bloodcenter.stanford.edu

Family and Kids

International Middle School at GAIS Open House The German-American Int’l School in Menlo Park now has an English program for non-German speakers with German & French or Spanish, Int’l math and science curriculum, and small class sizes. Nov. 20, 1-4 p.m. Free. GermanAmerican International School, 275 Elliott Drive, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-8617. www.gais.org Picture Book Pals with Doug Rees When Santa Claus gets sick on Christmas Eve, can his spunky daughter, Jeannette, find a way to save Christmas for everyone? Nov. 20, 11 a.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto. http:// www.booksinc.net Portola Valley Library Infant Storytime Rhymes, songs, lap play and short stories for infants 0-18 months old. Mondays,

Nov. 1-29, 11-11:30 a.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org Portola Valley Library Preschool Storytime Preschool children listen and learn with stories, songs, and rhymes. For preschoolers 3-5 years old. Wednesdays, through Nov. 24, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www. smcl.org Portola Valley Library Toddler Storytime Songs, stories, and movement activities to encourage children to listen and read. For toddlers 18-36 months old. Tuesdays, Nov. 2-30, 10:30-11 a.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org Storytime Series “Our goal is to spark creative interest in theater as an educational tool to aid positively in a child’s development by incorporating music, as well as having the children participate in songs, both vocally and with musical instruments,” Dragon Theatre says. Nov. 20, 11 a.m.-noon. $5 suggested donation per child over 3 Dragon Theatre, 535 Alma St., Palo Alto. Call 650-493-2006. dragonproductions.net Storytime with Anna Dewdney “If there’s one thing Llama Llama doesn’t like, it’s waiting. He and Mama Llama rush around, shopping for presents, baking cookies, decorating the tree, but will Christmas ever come?” Books Inc says. Dec. 1, 4:30 p.m. Free. Books Inc in Palo Alto, 855 El Camino Real #74, Palo Alto. Call 650-321-0600. www.booksinc.net Tellabration a Night of Storytelling Featuring guest storyteller Tim Ereneta, and members of the Southbay Storytellers and Listeners. This program is not recommended for children under 4th grade. Nov. 20, 7-9 p.m. Tellabration, 3373 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-4941383. southbaystorytellers.com Toddler Time Storytime Stories, songs and more for children ages 18-35 months. Tuesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org Wild Cat Adventure Wild Cat Adventure features five live wild cats from around the world. Each cat is shown on stage as information about the species is shared with the audience. Nov. 21, 2-3 p.m. adult - $10 children under 12 - $5. Foothill College - Appreciation Hall, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. www.wildcatfund. org

Film

Diary for My Children” 1982; directed by Màrta Mèszàros; 106 minutes Part of the Stanford Hungarian Film Series 2010-11 English subtitles. Set in Hungary during the turbulent years between 1943 and 1956 and based on the director’s own wartime experiences. The film was the recipient of a Special Jury prize at Cannes. Nov. 19, 7-10 p.m. Free. Stanford University, Language Corner, Building 260 (Pigott Hall), Room 113, Stanford. Call 650725-2563. creees.stanford.edu “Protektor / Protector” 2009; directed by Marek Najbrt; 102 minutes Drama. English subtitles Winner of Denver International Film Festival - Krysztof Kieslowski Award for Best Film and Best Feature Film. A Czech journalist joins a Prague radio station that broadcasts Nazi propaganda in order to protect his Jewish wife. Dec. 3, 7-10 p.m. Free. Stanford University, Language Corner, Building 260 (Pigott Hall), Room 113, Stanford. Call 650725-2563. //creees.stanford.edu/events/ czech-film.html Literacy Night at YCIS- A screening of “Speaking In Tongues” Yew Chung International School’s Parent Literacy Night will feature the film for viewing. The film asks, “what are the advantages of having a child that is bilingual or fluent in other languages other than your native tongue? Why do parents send their child to a bilingual school?” Nov. 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Yew Chung International School Auditorium, 310 Easy St., Mountain View. Call 650-903-0986. www.ycis-sv.com

Health

Early Memory Loss Wellness program A program for people experiencing changes in memory or mild cognitive impairment is offered at on Wednesdays. Included: mental exercises, discussions and speakers about healthy life style, social environment, field trips. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $20 per class. Rosener House, 500 Arbor Road, Menlo Park,. Call 650-326-2025. www.penvol.org Massages Avenidas offers 30-minute massages by certified massage therapists every Tuesday and Thursday. Massages also available every Wednesday 10 a.m.

to 4 p.m. Wear comfortable clothes; no disrobing. Ages 50+. $26 members/$31 non-members. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Call 650-289-2453. avenidas. org Medicare Prescription Drug Plan The Medicare Annual Election Period takes place Nov. 15 to Dec. 31, and allows seniors to buy a prescription drug plan or change their existing plan. HICAP provides unbiased information to make the best choice for individual health care needs. Nov. 29, 11 a.m. Free. East Palo Alto Library, 2415 University Ave., East Palo Alto. Call 650-321-7712 . Self-Healing for Lyme Disease Elma Mayer, an energy healer who overcame Lyme Disease, will give a demonstration of simple self-healing techniques for Lyme sufferers. Nov. 21, 5-7 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. East West Bookstore, 324 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-988-9800 . nowhealing.com

Live Music

It’s A Tribal Blues Band Hanukkah Party Dance music by the Tribal Blues Band. Guest appearance by Cantor Doron Shapira. Dec. 2, 9-11:30 p.m. Free. The British Banker’s Club, 1090 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-327-8769. http:// www.britishbankersclub.com/ Jack Conway Trio The Jack Conway Trio plays jazz Nov. 20, 8-10 p.m. Free. Dana Street Roasting Company, 744 W. Dana St., Mountain View. www.jackconwaytrio. com Live Gypsy Jazz The Hot Club of Palo Alto plays a set of acoustic swing jazz that traces its roots back to 30s and 40s era swing music and musicians like Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grapelli, Charlie Christian, and Eddie Lang. Nov. 21, 2-4 p.m. Free. Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Menlo Park. www.redrockcoffee.org Luce Luce is a rock band based in San Francisco. The band was founded in 2000 by lead singer Tom Luce and keyboardist/producer Adam Rossi. The band also features drummer Brian Zalewski, bassist Alex Cordrey and lead guitarist Dylan Brock. Nov. 20, 8-11 p.m. Tickets $14 adv / $16 door. Club Fox, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City. Call 650-369-7770. tickets.foxrwc.com/ Margaret & Victor Margaret and Victor perform bluegrass music Nov. 28, noon-2 p.m. Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View. Sound Moves Live Music featuring Sheldon Wesley, Kelly Beckett and Steve Menashe. Reservations suggested. Nov. 19, 8:30-10:30 p.m. $10 plus dinner or twodrink minimum. Angelica’s Bistro & Bell Theatre, 863 Main St., Redwood City. Call 650-365-3226. tinyurl.com/soundmovesfb Steve Krause, Singer/Songwriter Steve Krause performs original folk-rock music Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. $10-$15. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Call 650-223-8605. www.paloaltojcc.org/ arts Sunday Nights at Joya Live music performances on the patio at Joya, with styles including flamenco, reggae and jazz. Every Sunday evening, 6-9 p.m. Free. Joya Restaurant & Lounge, 339 University Ave., Palo Alto. www.joyarestaurant.com Tanya Tomkins Plays Bach Cellist Tanya Tomkins plays Bach’s cello suits. Nov. 19, 8-10 p.m. $28/$25. First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer St., Palo Alto. Call 510-528-1725. www.sfems.org The Bingtones and the Tribal Blues Band Bay Area-based and led by singer/ songwriter “Bing” Richard Collora, The Bingtones blend R&B, funk, rock and pop. Nov. 27, 8-11 p.m. Tickets $16 adv / $18 door. Club Fox, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City. Call 650-369-7770. tickets.foxrwc.com/

On Stage

“A Tuna Christmas” It’s Christmas eve in tiny Tuna, Texas and 22 zany citizens (played by two men) attempt to celebrate their traditional Yuletide activities in this latest in the “Tuna” series of plays. Nov. 19-Dec. 18, 8-10 p.m. $24-32. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Call 650-941-5070. www.busbarn.org “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” Woodside Priory School Theater presents “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” adapted by Matthew Francis. Nov. 18-20, 7-9:30 p.m. Sat. matinee at 1 p.m. $5 student / $12 adult Woodside Priory School-Rothrock Performance Hall, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley. priory.ticketleap.com/

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