BOOK TALK ... Psychologist, writer and retired professor Francine Toder of Palo Alto will discuss her latest book, " Inward Traveler: 51 Ways to Explore the World Mindfully," on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Embarcadero Room of the Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto. For more information, contact Rebecca Kohn at Rebecca.email@example.com or 650 838-2951.
AVENIDAS MOVIES ... On Thursday, Dec. 13, Avenidas will screen the 2017 movie " The Man Who Invented Christmas." On Thursday, Dec. 27, the movie will be "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again." Both will be shown at 1:30 p.m. at Avenidas at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Building I. Free for Avenidas members; $2 for non-members. Includes popcorn and drinks.
GOLD MOUNTAIN ... Historian, author, musician and master storyteller Charlie Chin will tell the story of the Chinese in America from 1849 to the present through songs and stories on Tuesday, Dec. 18. Chin, who recently retired from the Chinese Historical Society of America, has collected oral histories and family stories from the old timers of Chinatown and has presented their stories at storytelling festivals throughout the country. He leads walking tours of San Francisco's Chinatown, has published several children's books and authored plays that have been produced in Boston, New York and San Francisco. Chin will speak from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall of the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center. $15. For more information, contact Michelle Rosengaus at 650 223-8616 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOLIDAY JAM SESSION ... Seniors are invited to bring their voices, ukuleles, harmonicas or other acoustic instruments to perform traditional winter songs during a holiday jam session at Avenidas. Non-musicians and grandchildren also are invited. Free. Thursday, Dec. 20, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Building I.
NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATION ... The City of Palo Alto presents Cheers to the New Year!, a brunch celebration for seniors with music from the 10th Avenue Band. Friday, Dec. 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road. Tickets $10 at Avenidas front desk.
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