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Family and KidsCinemenlo: 'Elf'
As part of its Cinemenlo series, the City of Menlo Park will screen "Elf," a comedy about a man raised as an elf at the North Pole who is sent to the U.S. to find his true identity. Community members are encouraged to RSVP on the website. Dec. 19, 7-9 p.m. Free. The Center for Performing Arts, Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
Family and KidsPreschool Storytime
Weekly Preschool Storytime events will return to the Atherton Library, with stories, songs, rhymes and more for ages 3 to 5. Fridays, Sept. 5-Dec. 19, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Family and KidsFamily Storytime
The Portola Valley Library will offer a family story-time event with stories, songs and activities for the whole family. Dec. 20, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsLego Club
The Portola Valley Library will host a meeting of its Lego Club, where builders of all ages can flex their imaginative muscles with Legos and Duplo blocks (which are for younger builders). Dec. 20, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsFestival of Trees
At the ninth annual Festival of Trees at Lytton Gardens, families can stroll through a decorated forest (and vote for a favorite tree), sip hot cider, try out arts and crafts, visit with Santa and enjoy entertainment from the Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers and the Danny Kennedy Holiday Show. Dec. 20, 4-6 p.m. Free. Lytton Gardens , 437 Webster St., Palo Alto.
Family and KidsRosewood Sand Hill Holiday Tea with Santa
At this holiday charity event at Rosewood Sand Hill, children can listen to Santa tell stories, drink hot cocoa and write letters to be sent along with teddy bears to the local Ronald McDonald House. Dec. 20, 1:30-3 p.m. $75 child. Rosewood Sand Hill, 2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park.
Family and KidsCommunity Christmas Celebration
Vineyard Christian Fellowship of the Peninsula will hold a Christmas event, where there will be a potluck dinner, carols and a variety of activities for all ages. Visit the website for more info. Dec. 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Cubberley Community Center Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsAround the World in Three Days camp
Art School of SF Bay will hold a winter break art camp through which kids can learn and make art from around the globe. See the website for more info. Dec. 22-31, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $50 session; $130 three half days, $260 three full days. Art School of SF Bay, 392 S. California Ave. (2nd floor of Accent Arts store), Palo Alto.
Family and KidsJanuary Free First Friday Program
The Free First Friday Program at the San Mateo County History Museum continues with free admission and activities for all ages. At 11 a.m., preschool-age children can learn about cars, make automobiles out of cardboard and listen to a reading of the story "Cool Cars." At 2 p.m., docents will lead a tour of the museum for adults. Jan. 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Family and KidsToddler Dance Party
Bonnie Lockhart will perform at Atherton Library's regular Toddler Dance Party, which will begin a new session of Toddler Storytime. This event for children 18 to 36 months old is sponsored by the Friends of the Atherton Library. Jan. 6, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Family and Kids'Animals, Seasons & Other Musical Fantasies'
For the next Music Journeys event with Frank Levy, Oshman Family JCC will host a concert called "Animals, Seasons & Other Musical Fantasies." Levy will introduce young listeners to music by Copland, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Beethoven and other composers that is inspired by animals, stars and the moon. Jan. 11, 3 p.m. $20 advance; $25 at the door. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsKenn Adams' Adventure Theater
Kenn Adams' Adventure Theater will present "Episode I: Adventure in Space," an interactive theatrical event for ages 5 and up. Members of the audience will create the story and play the main characters as they travel in a flying saucer and battle evil. Jan. 12, 4-5 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Family and KidsWaldorf high school March open house
At this open house, students and parents can learn about the Waldorf of the Peninsula high school program by participating in sample lessons, meeting faculty and students, viewing student work, touring the campus and participating in a Q&A program. March 28, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Waldorf School of the Peninsula, 180 N. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View.
Family and KidsWaldorf April high school tour
The Waldorf School of the Peninsula will offer a tour of its high school, where interested families can visit and observe classes, meet faculty and students, view student work, see the facilities and ask questions about the school. April 29, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Waldorf School of the Peninsula, 180 N. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View.
Family and KidsArt 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.