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Preschoolers on the Farm series
This three-part series of classes at Hidden Villa will let adults and children ages 3 to 5 bury their hands in sheep wool, throw corn to chickens and generally learn about farms. Participants should be prepared to get dirty. Sundays, Nov. 7-21, 3-4 p.m. $65 adult and first child; $30 subsequent person. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

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Family Storytime
The Portola Valley Library will host a family story-time event with stories, songs and activities for all ages. Nov. 22, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Lego Club
At the Portola Valley Library's Lego Club, children and adults can flex their creative muscles by building with Lego blocks, as well as Duplo blocks suitable for younger participants. Nov. 22, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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Paws for Tales
This program, provided in partnership with the Peninsula Humane Society and the SPCA, allows children ages 5 and up to sign up to read to a trained service dog. Events are held the fourth Saturday of each month. Saturdays, Oct. 25 and Nov. 22, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

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Wild & Wacky Wednesdays
This weekly event for children of all ages and their guardians will encourage learning and cooperation through activities involving dancing raisins, walking water, bouncy balls, shrinky dinks and pizza people. Registration is required so staff can prepare supplies. Wednesdays, Oct. 29-Nov. 26, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

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Storytelling with John Weaver
John Weaver, Menlo Park Library's resident storyteller, will offer a monthly session of comical tales, told without a book for reference. The events are appropriate for children in elementary school and older. First Thursday of the month, Sept. 4-Dec.4, 4-4:45 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Main Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.
 

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Author Tim Myers on 'The Christmas Stick'
Recognized children's author Tim Myers will attend a holiday storytime event where he will share his latest picture book, "The Christmas Stick." Dec. 5, 4 p.m. Free. Books Inc. Palo Alto, 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
 

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December Free First Friday
The Free First Friday program at the San Mateo County History Museum will continue with free admission all day and activities for kids and adults. At 11 a.m., preschool children will learn about horses and their use historically for transportation. They will also make horse puppets to take home and hear the story "RU a Horse." At 2 p.m., docents will lead a museum tour for adults. Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.
 

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West Bay Model Ralroad Association open house
West Bay Model Railroad Association will hold an open house to share its new partially completed layouts. Trains will run on one level of a proposed two-level layout. Association members will be present to answer questions and share plans and progress. Dec. 6, 2-5 p.m.; Dec. 7, 5-9 p.m. Free admission (donations appreciated). Model Railroad Building, 1090 Merrill St., Menlo Park.
 

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Holiday Traditions from Around the World
Held in conjunction with Redwood City's Hometown Holidays, this free day at the San Mateo County History Museum will feature children's craft activities, such as making old-fashioned Christmas tree ornaments. At 1 p.m., there will also be a performance of favorite holiday tunes by the San Francisco State University Handbell Choir. Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.
 

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Breakfast With Santa
The City of Menlo Park Community Services Department will hold a holiday event, where there will be pancakes, letter writing, holiday crafts and visiting with Santa. Reservations are required. Attendees will receive $1 off admission if they bring an unwrapped toy to donate. Dec. 6, 7:30-11:30 a.m. $5-$7. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.
 

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Storytime with David Griswold
Local author David Griswold will take part in a Saturday Storytime event in celebration of his debut children's book, "Mother, What is the Moon?" Dec. 6, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
 

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Waldorf high school December 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. Dec. 10, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Waldorf School of the Peninsula, 180 N. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View.

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Holiday Tea for TheatreWorks
Garden Court Hotel will host a Holiday Tea prior to a matinee showing of TheatreWorks' "Peter and the Starcatcher." The event will include savory and sweet treats and traditional tea and champagne cocktails. Tickets for the event for the purchased with or without a ticket for the matinee showing. Proceeds from the event benefit TheatreWorks. Dec. 13, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Prices vary. Garden Court Hotel, 520 Cowper St., Palo Alto.
 

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Saturday Story Time
Each Saturday at Linden Tree Books, booksellers will share picture-book classics and new favorites with children ages 2 to 6. Saturdays, year-round, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
 

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Traditional Children's Holiday Party
This event will provide entertainment for children ages 4 to 9, including juggler Ben Farbor, Magical Moonshine Puppet Theater and Heather's Magic Show. Santa will also attend, and treats will be on hand. Dec. 14, 12:30-3 p.m. $2 (by check). Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road at Cambridge Avenue, Menlo Park.

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Magician Brian Scott
This program sponsored by the Friends of the Atherton Library will welcome Brian Scott who will perform magic show designed for ages 4 and up. Dec. 15, 4-4:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

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Babies & Books Storytime
These story-time events for babies up to 18 months old at the Portola Valley Library will include rhymes, songs, lap play and short stories. Nov. 24 will be a bilingual story time introducing babies to Spanish. Age-appropriate toys will be available at the end of each meeting. Mondays, Nov. 24-Dec. 15, 11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Toddler Storytime
The Portola Valley Library will hold story-time events for toddlers (18 to 36 months old) with songs, stories and movement activities that encourage listening and reading. Age-appropriate toys will be available at the end of each event. A special activity will follow story time on Dec. 16. Tuesdays, Nov. 25-Dec. 16, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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Toddler Art Classes
Art School of San Francisco Bay will hold art classes for toddlers ages 2 to 4 years old, with three session times available. See the website for more info. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Sept. 9-Dec. 16. $70/month; free trial available. Accent Arts Store, Second Floor, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

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DayOne Baby classes
DayOne Baby, with a new store in Palo Alto, has a wide offering of classes for expecting and new parents and their children, newborn to 24 months old. Available courses include Breastfeeding; Musical Play; Mommy & Me; Daddy & Me; Messy Play; Infant, Child, and Adult CPR; Potty Training; and more. Year-round, see website for specific class info. Prices vary. DayOne Baby, 552 Waverley St., Palo Alto.

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Cinemenlo: '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. Nov. 19, 7-9 p.m. Free. The Center for Performing Arts, Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
 

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Preschool 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.
 

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Toddler 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.

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'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.
 

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Kenn 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.
 

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Waldorf 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.
 

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Waldorf 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.

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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.