(Editor's Note: The following rundown is provided by various San Mateo County venues and reprinted here for your weekend enjoyment! More information can be found by following the links provided in the headlines.)
Saturday @ 6:45 p.m. in San Mateo
Dance, sing, feast and game at the season’s loveliest old-fashioned holiday party - a 12th Night Ball hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Bangers and Mash, the Bay Area’s most irresistible country dance band, will play a variety of Viennese and rotary waltzes, polkas, mazurka waltzes, schottisches, the Lancers, reels, and other set dances popular in the early and mid-19th century (As usual, all set dances will be taught or called and partners are not required. Indeed, introductions to partners will be cheerfully provided!).Suggested costume is evening or day dress from 1837 through 1870 (the heyday of Dickens’ literary career), any class. Modern evening dress is, as always, a completely acceptable substitute for period costume, and there is no dress code for the evening. Ladies, if you’re wearing a ball gown or evening gown, please be sure to bring a wrap since the ballroom will be cold before the dancing starts. Once we start dancing, the ballroom warms up beautifully!
Sunday @ 3 p.m. in Belmont
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The Friends of the Belmont Library will sponsor a reception preceding the event and a book selling and signing will follow it. This event is made possible by Ed Kaufman, former owner/operator of M is for Mystery bookstore.
Saturday @ 1 p.m. at the Portola Valley Library (see photo)
Children between 5-12 years old can improve their reading skills by reading to a trained therapy dog.
Have a reluctant reader? Studies show children who are reluctant to read in front of peers are much less anxious with an animal present. Children don't perceive animals to be judgmental; mere animal presence helps them become more confident readers. Pet Assisted Therapy teams and their handlers are from the Peninsula Humane Society & the SPCA’s Paws for Tales program.
Sunday @ 11 a.m. in Half Moon Bay
The first Sunday of each month the library, in partnership with the San Mateo County Bar Association, holds free legal clinics. Participants have a twenty-minute consultation with an attorney.
Sunday @ 1 p.m. in Belmont
Both exhibits have opening receptions this weekend. "Hive" is an interactive video installation by Ruth Ecklandcall ."Timepieces" are selections from the clock collection of Gail Waldo.
Sunday @ 1 p.m. in Pacifica
Join Pacifica historian Jerry Crow and hear tales of old Mori’s Tavern while strolling on a moderate hike through restored habitat for the California red-legged frog and San Francisco garter snake. Leashed dogs are welcome.
Saturday @ 8:00 p.m. in Foster City
Citabria Phillips will be teaching at Boogie Woogie Ballroom's Monthly Same Sex Dance Party! Citabria is ranked 5th in the WORLD in same sex dancing and she is also the co-founder of San Francisco's famous "Dancing With The Queers". 8pm-9pm is Beginning Argentine Tango. Then dance the night away from 9pm-MIDNIGHT!
***This is a gay-friendly dance open to everyone. No partner needed. Couples & Singles & Everyone absolutely welcome!