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Family and Kids

Family Movie Night: 'Planes: Fire & Rescue'
At its next Family Movie Night, the Atherton Library will screen the 83-minute animated film "Planes: Fire & Rescue," about a plane named Dusty who, after his engine is damaged, decides to join a forest fire and rescue unit. May 29, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.

Family and Kids

Art School of San Francisco Bay classes
The Art School of San Francisco Bay offers art classes for a variety of ages and abilities, beginning at age 2 and continuing up until advanced classes for teens. Visit the website for schedule, prices and registration. Sept. 3-May 29. Free trials available; prices vary. Accent Arts Store, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

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Author Jessica Shyba on 'Naptime with Theo and Beau'
Jessica Shyba -- a photographer, mother and Momma's Gone City blogger -- will visit Linden Tree Books to share her book "Naptime with Theo and Beau," which features images of her toddler son and puppy. Attendees are encouraged to bring a favorite stuffed animal to this event, which is best suited for children up to age 5. May 30, 1-2 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
 

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June Free First Friday Program
The San Mateo County History Museum will hold its next Free First Friday Program, offering free admission all day and programs for children and adults. At 11 a.m., preschool-age children can participate in a beach-themed crafty activity and hear the story "Beach Day." At 2 p.m., docents will lead a tour for adults. June 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.

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Author Jennifer Bertman on 'Book Scavenger'
Debut author Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, who grew up in Mountain View, will make an appearance at Linden Tree Books to discuss "Book Scavenger," an adventure and mystery tale recommended for ages 8 to 12. June 5, 7-8 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

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Family Movie Night: 'Back to the Future'
The Menlo Park Community Services Department will sponsor a screening of the family classic "Back to the Future," in which the young Marty McFly travels 30 years into the past and must find his way back to the present while ensuring his teenage parents fall in love. June 6, 6-8 p.m. $3. Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.

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Youth Claymation Camp
KMVT will offer a weeklong summer camp during which youth can learn about clay animation and use the stop-motion techniques seen in the Wallace & Gromit films and "The Lego Movie." Participants will work in groups to conceptualize, mold, animate and edit a final project. June 8-12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $335. KMVT 15 Community Television, 1400 Terra Bella Ave., Suite M, Mountain View.

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Author Karl Newsom Edwards on 'Fly!'
Illustrator and author Karl Newsom Edwards will make an appearance at Linden Tree Books to read and sign "Fly!" -- a new picture book for toddlers and preschoolers about a small, cute bug. June 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
 

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Wii Wednesday
At this Portola Valley Library event, video gamers ages 7 and older can show their skill and challenge friends while playing "Just Dance" and "Super Smash Bros. Brawl." Beginners are welcome. June 10, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Lego Club
The Portola Valley Library will host weekly meetings of its Lego Club, where all ages can use their imagination in making Lego constructions. Duplo blocks are available for younger builders. Saturdays, April 11-June 13, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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Author LeUyen Pham on 'There's No Such Thing as Little'
Bay Area illustrator and author LeUyen Pham will read and sign copies of her picture book "There's No Such Thing as Little," which examines little things and encourages all ages to think big. June 20, 1-2 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos .

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Portrait of the Bay Art Camp
The Art School of San Francisco Bay will hold a weeklong art camp for children ages 6 to 11 at the Palo Alto Baylands, during which participants can watch and sketch birds, climb and draw trees, paint landscapes and try new media each day. Monday-Friday, June 22-26, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $250 half day. Baylands Nature Preserve, 2500 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

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Magic Dan
Atherton Library will begin its Summer Learning Program with an event with Magic Dan, best suited or ages 4 and up. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. June 29, 3-3:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

Family and Kids

Baby Bounce & Rhyme Time
The Portola Valley Library will offer weekly events, especially for babies up to 18 months old, that combine singing, dancing, reading and playing to help bond young children and their parents. Mondays, June 1-29, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Toddler Storytime
These Portola Valley Library events for children 18 to 36 months old will incorporate songs, stories and movement activities that encourage listening and reading. Age-appropriate toys will be available to play with after each session. A special activity will follow story time on June 16. Tuesdays, June 2-30, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Didgeridoo Down Under
The Atherton Library will host Didgeridoo Down Under for a family event that uses the Australian instrument to teach lessons about geography, nature, culture, diversity and ecology. The event is best suited for ages 5 and up. July 10, 1-1:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

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Jungle James Animal Adventures
This Atherton Library program will allow children ages 5 and up to learn about jungle creatures through hands-on interactions and a presentation. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. July 27, 3-3:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.

Family and Kids

Portrait of the Bay Art Camp 2
The Art School of San Francisco Bay will hold a weeklong art camp for children ages 6 to 11 at the Palo Alto Baylands, during which participants can watch and sketch birds, climb and draw trees, paint landscapes and try new media each day. Monday-Friday, July 27-31, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $250 half day. Baylands Nature Preserve, 2500 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Mad Science of the Bay Area
At this event sponsored by the Friends of the Atherton Library, Mad Science will teach children ages 5 and up about how special effects in movies are made. Aug. 10, 3-3:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.

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Marine Science Camp
The Marine Science Institute will offer summer camps through which children and teens can learn about the biology of the coast and bay through hands-on activities, viewing live animals and educational field trips. Registration begins on Feb. 2. See website for more info. June 15-Aug. 14. Prices start at $415. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City.

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Puppet Art Theater: 'Cinderella'
Puppet Art Theater will present a special "Dad and Me" puppet show. The event is offered in partnership with the Fatherhood Collaborative of San Mateo County. All are welcome. Aug. 17, 7-7:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

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Summer Learning Challenge
The Summer Learning Program for children, teens and adults -- which runs from June through August -- offers a free book for signing up (while supplies last) and another for finishing. Participants can also earn tickets for raffle drawings by completing reading and activity logs. A $1,000 grand prize scholarship will be awarded. Visit the library or its website for more details. June 1-Aug. 31. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.