PAUSD Code Fest
Sat Dec 10, 1-5 pm, JLS Middle School, 480 E. Meadow Dr, Palo Alto
Calling all PAUSD families to participate in a newer, bigger, better Code Fest during the Computer Science Education week. This event is free, open to all. There are several highly qualified presenters including several Gunn High School students. All sessions are hands-on and cater to all levels from beginner to experienced programmers for all ages 5 and up. For registration and other details, go to: bit.ly/pausdcodefest2016
Visit the Art Center over the holidays!
This year, the Art Center will be open the week between Christmas and New Years. Visit Tuesday, December 26 through Friday, December 30, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Check out our current exhibition The Butterfly Effect: Art in 1970s California and create your own 1970s poster in our nook! For details, visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/artcenter
, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 650.329.2366
Kids and Teens Writing Contest
Entries accepted Dec 1, 2016-Jan 8 2017
Kids and teens grades 3-12 are invited to enter the library’s annual writing contest! In 500 words or less, essays should answer the question “what would you do with a billion dollars?”. Entries should be submitted online at www.cityofpaloalto.org/library
Twas the Night Before Christmas, 2016
Sun, Dec 4 &11, Sat Dec 10, 1 pm & 4 pm, Woodside Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Av., Woodside CA
Dancers Repertory Sun Theatre presents ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, a delightful dance-theatre event that will enchant audiences of all ages! Based on the Clement C. Moore poem, the show includes Santa and his magical sleigh, prancing reindeer, dancing mice, twirling toys, and a cast of over 80 children and adults. Palo Alto students will be performing this season!
Don’t miss this delightful holiday tradition! Ticket prices are $15 child/senior and $25 for adults; all seats reserved. More information at ‘ http://www.twasthenight.org/
It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker!
December 9-11 and 16-18 / Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Rd., Atherton CA
Menlowe Ballet, the premier professional ballet company on the peninsula based in Menlo Park, presents its encore presentation of the full-length story ballet, It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker. Conceived by Artistic Director Michael Lowe, It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker is set to the original beloved Tchaikovsky score and updated with inspiration from the 1940’s Frank Capra film, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, bringing the two most heralded holiday classics together on one stage. With all themagic of a traditional Nutcracker, this heartwarming
contemporary version is packed full of surprises you won’t want to miss! Palo Alto students will be performing! Tickets are available at http://www.menloweballet.org/
Family Holiday Volunteering
If you’re looking for a way to get your family into the holiday spirit by helping others, check out http://familyholidayhelpers. org
, a non-profit web site created by a mom of two PAUSD students to help families find local volunteering opportunities during the holiday season. There are a variety of local opportunities for families, such as prepping/serving food for Thanksgiving, working a shift at a food bank or holiday warehouse, or donating food or gifts for those in need. Happy volunteering!
Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) Opens its 51st Season!
Sun Dec 18, 3pm Holiday Extravaganza (Senior Orchestra), Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto.
Admission is FREE except for the Holiday Extravaganza (Adults $10, 18 & under FREE)
Award-winning youth orchestra PACO’s Senior Orchestra will open its season with music by Handel, Britten and more. There is something for everyone at PACO concerts from small ensemble pieces to orchestra music as these dedicated musicians present an extraordinary passion for music making! Mark your calendars for the Holiday Extravaganza with guest performers from the Pacific Ballet Academy and Cantabile Youth Singers. More info and compete line-up of concerts on the 2016-17 season brochure
SF Math Festival for Girls
Tue Dec 3, 10AM – 3PM, 555 Post St., San Francisco
Tips for Getting Your Child to Wear A Bike Helmet
1. Practice the “helmet habit “early-with a first tricycle or scooter.
2. Set a good example for your child. Wear a helmet every time you ride.
4. Explain that bicycling is good training for driving other vehicles. Bikes are not toys, but a mode of transportation.
5. Praise and reward your child for wearing a helmet.
6. Be firm about your rules. No helmet, no bicycling. Compare it to wearing a seat belt in the car.
7. Be consistent. As a family on bike outings, everyone always wears one.
8. Encourage other friends to wear helmets. It’s “cool” if everyone is wearing them.
Eth-Noh-Tec Asian Story Theater
Wed, Dec 7, 3:30-4:30pm @ Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet St.
Kinetic story theater group Eth-Noh-Tec perform Asian folktales and mythologies through movement-based storytelling.