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Family and KidsBook Giveaway Day
The Rotary Club of Menlo Park and Facebook will host a book giveaway day, offering gently used books for ages 1 to 18 to all children who attend. There will also be live music, food, children's activities and an ugliest vegetable contest. Oct. 10, noon-3 p.m. Free for Menlo Park residents. Belle Haven Community Garden, 261 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park.
Family and KidsAuthor Doug Jantzen with 'Henry Hyena'
Doug Jantzen will share his cute, award-winning picture book "Henry Hyena," about a hyena whose friend helps him learn to laugh again. The story is best suited for ages 4 to 7. Oct. 11, 2-3 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
Family and KidsSheila Turnage on 'The Odds of Getting Even'
Sheila Turnage, Newbery Honor-winning author of "Three Times Lucky," will make one of only two West Coast stops on her national book tour to talk about the newest book in her Tupelo Landing series, "The Odds of Getting Even." The event is best suited for ages 8 to 12. Oct. 14, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
Family and KidsAuthor Sherri L. Smith on 'The Toymaker's Apprentice'
Author Sherri L. Smith will share her middle grade book debut with a beautifully imagined retelling of "The Nutcracker" that combines history and fantasy. The event is best suited for ages 10 and up. Oct. 17, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
Family and KidsOpera For Families
During this educational experience designed to excite young people about opera, two singers and a pianist will give a performance, offer explanations, and lead role-playing games and exercises exploring different aspects of opera. Oct. 17, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $8 member, J-Pass holder; $10 general; free for children under age 2. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsMathnasium TriMathlon
Mathnasium of Mountain View-Los Altos will host its fifth annual TriMathlon, allowing second to fifth graders to demonstrate their math skills. Those interested should visit the website to register. Oct. 17, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Mathnasium of Mountain View-Los Altos, 2510 W. El Camino Real, #4, Mountain View.
Family and KidsFall Carnival
The Parents Nursery School will hold its annual Fall Carnival, this year with a comedic magic show by Daffy Dave, tons of games, live music, a silent auction, a raffle and food. Costumes are welcome. Admission is free, but tickets are needed for games and the show. Oct. 18, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free admission. Parents Nursery School, 2328 Louis Road, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsCheeky Monkey Toys Fun Finder event
At this event at Fremont Park, Cheeky Monkey Toys will invite kids ages 5 and up to try out toys, games, puzzles and crafts and rate their fun factor. Participants will be entered into a drawing for prizes. There will also be activities for those younger than age 5. Oct. 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Fremont Park, Santa Cruz Avenue and University Drive, Menlo Park.
Family and Kids'Little Red Riding Hood'
The Palo Alto Children's Theatre will present "Little Red Riding Hood" for the next 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. Oct. 17, 10 a.m. and noon; Oct. 18, noon. $10 child; $12 adult. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsAuthor Soman Chainani on 'The Last Ever After'
Soman Chainani will stop by Kepler's to discuss the last book in his "The School for Good and Evil" series, "The Last Ever After," in which protagonists Sophie and Agathat face the past and present as they search for an end to their fairy tale. Oct. 20, 6 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Family and KidsRead for the Record
The Menlo Park Library will host special story-time events with book giveaways, part of a national effort to break the records for the most people reading the same book on the same day. The event will be repeated at 11:15 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Main Library (800 Alma St.), and at noon at the Belle Haven Branch (413 Ivy Drive). Oct. 22, 11:45 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, Main Library and Belle Haven Branch, Menlo Park.
Family and Kids'Zoppé, An Italian Family Circus'
'Zoppé, An Italian Family Circus" will return to Redwood City for its eighth year, offering a one-ring circus starring Nino the clown that honors the best of the Old World tradition and features acrobatic feats, comedic elements and other thrilling acts. Matinee showings are offered on weekends. See website for specific times and pricing. Tuesday-Sunday, Oct. 9-25. Prices vary; discounts for weekday performances. Red Morton Park, Circus Tent, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City.
Family and KidsToddler Storytime
These Portola Valley Library events will present songs, stories and movement activities that encourage children to listen and read. Age-appropriate toys will be available to play with after each session. A special activity will follow story time on the third Tuesday of the month. Tuesdays, Oct. 6-27, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsCrazy 8's Math Club
This weekly club for children in kindergarten through second grade explores math through activities that include building stuff, running, jumping and making a mess. Some planned projects are Funny Money, Super-Cube Shuffle and Beach Ball Party. Registration by phone or email is required. Thursdays, Oct. 8-29, 3:30-4:15 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsPreschool Storytime
The Portola Valley Library will hold weekly story-events for children ages 2.5 to 5 years old, providing books, songs and activities for stimulating preschoolers' curiosity and growing minds. Fridays, Oct. 9-30, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsBilingual English/Spanish Storytime
This weekly event at the Menlo Park Library will offer stories, songs and activities in English and Spanish for children ages 2 to 3. Wednesdays, Sept. 23-Nov. 25, 11:15-11:45 a.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.
Family and KidsStoryteller John Weaver
The Menlo Park Library's storyteller John Weaver will share his comedic versions of fables and folklore, all told without a book. The events are recommended for those in grade school and older. First Thursday of the month, Sept. 3-Dec. 3, 4-4:45 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.
Family and KidsFamily Painting Workshop
This one-day workshop for families (ages 4 and up) will introduce basic painting techniques while participants create artwork to take home. All materials and instruction will be provided. Parent or caregiver attendance is required. Dec. 5, 3-5 p.m. $75 one family. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Family and KidsYoga and Mindfulness Classes for Children
Held twice weekly in Mountain View, these classes for children will provide opportunities for quiet sitting meditation, movement and asana practice, music and play, and relaxation in a supportive environment. Monday and Wednesday, Aug. 24-Dec. 16, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 drop in; class passes available. Silicon Valley Shambhala Center, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, #110, Mountain View.