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'Here Comes Valentine Cat' Storytime
At this Books Inc. Mountain View event, Auntie Dori will lead a special Saturday storytime to celebrate Deborah Underwood's new picture book "Here Comes Valentine Cat" -- which features a cat who isn't a fan of Valentine's Day. Feb. 13, 4-6 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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Children's Story Time
Local preschool teacher Carolyn Soroka will lead a Children's Story Time event at BookBuyers in Mountain View. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Feb. 13, 11:30 a.m.-noon. Free. BookBuyers, 317 Castro St., Mountain View.

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Intro to Mixed Media
This Community School of Music and Arts introductory class for ages 8 to 13 will allow students to try out collage, sculpture and more over the course of six sessions. All materials will be provided. Saturdays, Feb. 13-March 19, 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. $120. Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
 

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Friends of the Palo Alto Library Used Book Sale
Friends of the Palo Alto Library will hold its next monthly sale of thousands of gently used books and media. On Saturday, the children's room and bargain room will open early, at 10 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. respectively -- with the main sale room opening at 11 a.m. On Sunday, the bargain room will be 50 percent off, or $5 per bag. Feb. 13, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Feb. 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

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'Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!"'
In the Palo Alto Children's Theatre production of "Elephant & Piggie's 'We Are in a Play,'" the titular heroes -- with the help of backup singers The Squirrels -- will lead the audience on a madcap musical romp about friendship. Visit the website for specific showing times. Wednesday-Sunday, Jan. 28-Feb. 14. $12 child; $14 adult. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Boredom Busters
These special Boredom Busters events for those staying close to home during Ski Week will offer a variety of events to entertain youth. There will be a bonus Lego Club for ages 4 and older (Feb. 16), a bonus Wii Wednesday (Feb. 17), an event with "Bored" games (Feb. 18) and an Origami Creations activity (Feb. 19). Feb. 16-19, 1 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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Stanford Pan-Asian Music Festival: Sounds of Music from Asia
Welcoming children of all ages, this interactive family concert will feature musical masters from across Asia and introduce unique Asian music and instruments. Feb. 20, 2:30 p.m. $10 general. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.
 

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STEAM Saturday
This new hands-on program at the Portola Valley Library will guide children ages 4 to 8 in explorations of science, technology, engineering, art and math through play. Feb. 20, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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Style Lab: Fashion Design for 3D Printing
This Style Lab event will allow girls ages 6 to 12 to become fashion designers while learning about cutting-edge 3D printing technology. Attendees will walk away with new CAD skills, as well as Savvy Shoes and Savvy Swirls. Feb. 20, 10 a.m.-noon. $65. Palo Alto location, 526 Bryant St., Palo Alto.

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'The Ugly Duckling'
The Palo Alto Children's Theatre will present "The Ugly Duckling" as part of its Playhouse Productions, which offer interactive experiences for ages 2 to 6 in which high school students bring fairy tales to life. Performances will be 45 minutes long. Feb. 20, 10 a.m. and noon; Feb. 21, noon. $10 child; $12 adult. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Music Monday
The Portola Valley Library will hold an activity with singing and dancing for infants up to 18 months old. Age-appropriate toys will available for play after the session. Older children are also welcome. Feb. 22, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Toddler Storytime
These weekly Portola Valley Library events will present songs, stories and movement activities to encourage toddlers 18 to 36 months old to listen and read. Age-appropriate toys will be available for play after each session. A special activity will be offered after story time on the third Tuesday of the month. Tuesdays, Feb. 2-23, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Wii Wednesday
Video gamers ages 7 and older can visit the Portola Valley library to show off their skills and challenge friends while playing Nintendo Wii games like "Super Mario Bros. Brawl" and "Mario Kart Wii." Beginners are welcome. Feb. 24, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Family Movie Night: 'Finding Nemo'
The Portola Valley Library will offer its final family movie night of the season, screening Pixar and Disney's hit film "Finding Nemo." The animated film is rated G and 101 minutes long. Popcorn and a special treat will be provided. Picnics are welcome. Feb. 26, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Authors Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman on 'Hawking's Hallway"
Neal Shusterman, a National Book Award-winner, Eric Elfman, a critically acclaimed author and screenwriter, will dicuss the final installment in their Accelerati Trilogy called "Hawking's Hallway." Feb. 26, 6-8 p.m. Free. Books Inc., Town & Country Village, #74, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
 

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Preschool Storytime
This weekly Portola Valley Library event for preschoolers ages 2 1/2 to 5 will present books, songs and activities appropriate for young children's curious and growing minds. Fridays, Feb. 5-26, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Block Party
This Portola Valley Library event will help participants of all ages rediscover the joy of open-ended play through building with blocks. Research has shown playing with blocks helps children develop fine motor, social and other skills. Feb. 27, noon-2 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Dad & Me @ the Library with Puppet Art Theater Company
At this event for the whole family sponsored by the Fatherhood Collaborative and the San Mateo County Library, the Puppet Art Theater Company will give a performance of the tale "Three Billy Goats Gruff." Feb. 27, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Daffodil Daydreams
At this two-day celebration at Filoli, visitors of all ages can enjoy the garden's early spring floral display, which includes many blooming daffodils. There will be talks, walks, demonstrations, and hands-on activities for children and families. Feb. 26 and 27, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $20 adult; $17 senior (age 65+); $10 student (age 5-18 or with valid student ID). Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.
 

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Free family screening of 'The Barber of Seville'
Screening one of its Opera in an Hour Movies, the San Francisco Opera will share the comic story of "The Barber of Seville," in which the barber Figaro assists two young lovers. The event is recommended for ages 5 and older. The performance will be in English with English subtitles. Feb. 28, 4 p.m. Free. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

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Palo Alto Little League Registration
Palo Alto Little League's Spring Baseball Season begins in February. Registration will continue until March 1, with wait-lists to begin on Feb. 1. A variety of divisions are offered for children spanning ages 5 to 13. Visit the website for more info. Jan. 25-Feb. 29. Prices vary. Palo Alto Little League, P.O. Box 785, Palo Alto.

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Author Alex Gino on 'George'
Alex Gino will visit Kepler's to celebrate their Stonewall Book Award for the children's book "George," a story about a child's struggle to have others accept her transgender identity. March 2, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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Menlo Park Summer Camp Fair
Families can learn about this year's upcoming summer camp offerings, as well as job opportunities, at the Menlo Park Summer Camp Fair. There will be free pizza, games and crafts for attendees, as well as opportunities to meet camp staffs. March 4, 6-8 p.m. Free. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.

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Author Katherine Applegate on 'Crenshaw'
Newbery Medal-winning youth author Katherine Applegate will stop by Kepler's to present "Crenshaw," a magical story about a boy and a large imaginary cat that explores family, friendship and resilience. March 10, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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Author Patrick Carman on 'Fizzopolis' and 'Voyagers: Omega Rising'
Bestselling youth author Patrick Carman will return to Kepler's to discuss two of his new books: "Fizzopolis: The Trouble with Fuzzwonker Fizz," the first installment in a new illustrated series, and "Voyagers: Omega Rising," book three in a collaborative, multi-platform science fiction series. He will chat with Jeanne du Prau, who is writing the fifth book in the Voyagers series. March 11, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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Author Peter Lerangis on 'The Legend of the Rift'
Peter Lerangis will share "The Legend of the Rift," book five and the conclusion to his New York Times bestselling adventure series Seven Wonders. In the book, Jack McKinley and his friends track down magic items at a few of the Seven Wonders of the World in order to save a friend, themselves and the world. March 14, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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'Rapunzel'
The Palo Alto Children's Theatre will stage "Rapunzel" as part of its Playhouse Productions, which offer interactive experiences for ages 2 to 6 in which high school students bring fairy tales to life. Performances will be 45 minutes long. March 19, 10 a.m. and noon; March 20, noon. $10 child; $12 adult. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

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'Jack & the Beanstalk'
The Palo Alto Children's Theatre will next present "Jack & the Beanstalk" as part of its Playhouse Productions, which offer interactive experiences for ages 2 to 6 in which high school students bring fairy tales to life. Performances will be 45 minutes long. April 23, 10 a.m. and noon; April 24, noon. $10 child; $12 adult. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Storyteller John Weaver
At these Menlo Park Library events, storyteller John Weaver will share his comedic versions of fables and folklore, all told without a book. The programs are recommended for those in grade school and older. First Thursday of the month, Jan. 7-March 5, 4-4:45 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

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'The Little Mermaid'
The Palo Alto Children's Theatre will offer three performances of "The Little Mermaid" as part of its Playhouse Productions, which offer interactive experiences for ages 2 to 6 in which high school students bring fairy tales to life. Performances will be 45 minutes long. May 14, 10 a.m. and noon; May 15, noon. $10 child; $12 adult. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

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J.Studio at Congregation Kol Emeth
J.Studio, Kol Emeth's fast-paced Sunday morning program for children in kindergarten through third grade, has re-opened registration. Session 3 called "Fun with Shabbat" will run from Jan. 24 to March 6, and Session 4 called "Holidays, Freedom, and Springtime" will run from March 20 to May 15. Visit the website for more info and pricing. Sundays, Jan. 24-May 15, 9 a.m.-noon. Congregation Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto.

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Marine Science Camp Registration
The Marine Science Institute will hold several weeklong summer camps for budding marine scientists in kindergarten through 12th grade. In these hands-on programs, participants will experience marine life up close in a safe and fun atmosphere. Instructors lead explorations of the San Francisco Bay and Pacific coast, including a voyage about aboard the institute's ship during each camp. Visit the website to learn more about specific offerings and to register. Monday-Friday, June 13-Aug. 12, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Prices vary. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City.