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July Activities (previously in Newsletter):

  • Animal Super Powers (July 6, 12-12:30pm)
    San Carlos Library, 610 Elm St., San Carlos
    Learn about the many adaptations animals have in order to live in the wild. This program is presented by CuriOdyssey and is limited to the first 25 participants.
    smcl.org

  • CuriOdyssey First Friday Night (July 6, 5pm-8pm)
    1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo
    Kick off the weekend with music, dance, science and food. Included with admission: CASA’s get in for free when you show your badge. 
    curiodyssey.org

  • Caterpillar Puppets (July 6, 11am and 12:15pm)
    Children’s Garden, Yerba Buena Gardens, 799 Howard St., San Francisco
    Joe Leon’s eccentric menagerie draws all ages into familiar stories that take unexpected turns. Repeats at 12:15pm
    ybgfestival.org

  • Tinkercad Circuits (July 7, 2pm-3pm)
    San Carlos Library, 310 Elm St., San Carlos
    Learn to tinker with circuit assemblies you can add to your 3D projects using Tinkercad, a simple online 3D design program. Parents must accompany kids under 13. 
    smcl.org

  • Flying Angels Chinese Dance Company (July 8, 2pm-2:30pm)
    Glen Park Branch Library, 2825 Diamond St., San Francisco
    Colorful costumes and vibrant music will take you on a journey through China. 
    sfpl.org 

  • Citizen Science Club (July 8, 2pm-3pm)
    San Carlos Library, 610 Elm St., San Carlos
    Collect and analyze data related to the natural world and use science to address local and global problems. 
    smcl.org

  • Second Sunday Family Day (July 8, 11am-4pm)
    Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford
    This event features art talks, hands-on art making and gallery adventures for all ages. 
    museum.stanford.edu

  • Manga Mania (July 11, 3:30pm-5pm)
    San Carlos Library, 610 Elm St., San Carlos
    Draw and compare a realistic face to a manga style face. Chibis, cute and small character types, will be taught along with standard proportions for manga style. Open to first 20 participants. 
    smcl.org

  • African Drumming With Onye Onyemaechi (July 14, 2pm-2:45pm)
    Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont
    Participate in an African village celebration. Learn about culture, music and dance from this master drummer.
    smcl.org

  • Anoushka Shankar at Stern Grove (July 15, 2pm)
    19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco
    Experience global grooves from this renowned sitarist at the Stern Grove Music Festival. Canadian rap artist Han Han opens the show in her U.S. debut. Outdoor lawn seating.
    sterngrove.org

  • Sunday Streets: Mission (July 15, 11am-4pm) 
    Valencia Street from Duboce Avenue to 26th Street, San Francisco
    Bike, run and play on car-free streets while celebrating this neighborhood’s rich history and cultural offerings. 
    sundaystreetssf.com

  • Friends of the Millbrae Library Big Book Sale (July 15, 1pm-3pm)
    Millbrae Library, 1 Library Ave., Millbrae
    Support the library by buying books. Free admission; $5 for a bag of books. 
    smcl.org

  • Pi Clowns (July 20, 11am and 12:15pm)
    Children’s Garden, Yerba Buena Gardens, 799 Howard St., San Francisco
    A company dedicated to knock-about physical comedy, this group doesn’t tell jokes; they embody them. Repeats at 12:15pm.
    ybgfestival.org

  • Fur, Scale and Tales Animal Show (July 21, 1pm-2pm)
    Ingleside Branch Library, 1298 Ocean Ave., San Francisco
    See animals up close and pet some of your favorite stars.
    sfpl.org

  • Menlo Summer Fest (July 21, 10am-6pm)
    Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park
    This event features live music including East Bay Mudd and Cisco Kid, a photo booth, arts and crafts, food trucks, booths, a Super Duper Kidz Funzone and more. Through Sunday. 
    summerfest.miramarevents.com

  • Presidio Picnic (July 22, 11am-4pm)
    Main Parade Ground, Montgomery Street at Lincoln Street, San Francisco
    Bring a picnic or buy food from more than 30 vendors. Then enjoy free activities like yoga classes, lawn games, arts and crafts and more. China Dance Theatre performs at 12pm and 2pm. 
    presidio.gov

  • Kids Carnival (July 22, 10am-12:30pm)
    Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos
    Paint the Cessna Cardinal, check out an airplane or a helicopter, build a flying craft project and more. Included with admission: $16 adults, $11 youth ages 5-17, under 5 free. 
    hiller.org

  • Opera San Jose (July 22, 6pm)
    Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City
    This company showcases some of the finest young professional singers in the nation. Singers perform as part of Redwood City’s summer classical series. 
    redwoodcity.org

  • Backyard Bee Keeping With Uncle Jere’s Bees (July 23, 3:30pm-5pm)
    San Carlos Library, 610 Elm St., San Carlos
    Children ages 8 and up and adults are invited to see an observation hive and learn what it takes to make honey. 

  • Silly Goose & Val (July 25, 4pm-5pm)
    Belle Haven Branch Library, 413 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park
    This fast-paced, funny musical show features puppets, ventriloquism, dancing, singing and 100 percent audience participation. 
    menlopark.org

  • Water Rocket Rally (July 25, 11am-12pm)
    Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos
    Discover the world of rockets. Bring a recycled 1- or 2-liter soda bottle and turn your rocket into a high-performance rocket vehicle. Included with admission: $16 adults, $11 youth ages 5-17, under 5 free. 
    hiller.org

  • Central Park Music Series (July 26, 6pm-8pm)
    50 E. Fifth Ave., San Mateo
    The city of San Mateo presents this free summer concert series. Check the website for lineup. Thursdays through August 16th. 
    cityofsanmateo.org

  • Ozobots (July 28, 2pm-3pm)
    Presidio Branch Library, 3150 Sacramento St., San Francisco
    Ozobots follow marker-drawn trails and read color-coded instructions. This is an easy way to try out simple coding/ robotics. For ages 6-7 with adult participation and 8 and up alone. 
    sfpl.org

  • Magician Mike Della Penna (July 28, 2pm-2:45pm)
    Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont
    Wonder, laughter and silliness are the highlights of this magic show. 
    smcl.org

  • Haopinaka & Hula Dancers (July 29, 2pm-4pm)
    Union Square, 333 Post St., San Francisco
    The spirit of Aloha comes to the San Francisco Bay Area with guitars, ukuleles and sweet vocal harmonies
    unionsquarelive.org

  • San Francisco Ballet at Stern Grove (July 29, 2pm)
    19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco
    The company performs selections from the current repertory with accompaniment from the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. Outdoor lawn seating.
    sterngrove.org 

  • Frankenswine (July 29, 2pm-2:45pm)
    Belle Haven Branch Library, 413 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park
    Puppet Art Theater presents a show about a pig on a quest for a brain. 
    menlopark.org

  • Young Eagles
    Young Eagles is run by the Experimental Aircraft Association at San Carlos Airport. On the 3rd Saturday of every month they give FREE flights to kids ages 8-17.  Each kid gets a 20 min flight and a quick lesson about the plane's controls, etc from the pilot. 
    To get your free Young Eagles flight, come to the San Carlos Airport Terminal Building (620 Airport Way, San Carlos) adjacent to the airfield, on the third Saturday of the month (weather permitting). You will need to fill out a short form that requires a legal guardian's signature. 
    For more information visit: http://www.eaa20.org/young-eagles.html

  • Drop-In Science Workshop (Every Saturday, 10:30-11:30am)
    Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco
    Drop-In Science sessions each Saturday explore basic science concepts that surround us in our amazing world. Hands-on, interactive activities connect young scientists to these concepts while allowing them to take home the results of their work. $4/child. Children 7 & under must be accompanied by an adult.
    http://www.randallmuseum.org/saturdays/drop-in-science/

  • Studio Art Making (Every Sunday 1-3pm)
    Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford University, Palo Alto
    Come out for 30-minute sessions at 1, 1:30, 2, and 2:30 pm every Sunday in the Moorman Studio. Experiment with art materials and new techniques during sessions taught by professional art educators. Sign up for your session at the table near the indoor entrance to the Cool Cafe.
    http://museum.stanford.edu/participate/family_focus.html

  • Donation Closet – Help one Child
    858 University Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94024
    Help One Child's Donation Closet is filled with new items!  Check out the list to see if we have what you need for your CASA child! 
    http://helponechild.org/donations/current-donation-inventory

  • Discover & GO:  Free Passes to Museums through San Mateo County Library!
    Discover & Go provides access to museum passes, such as the Asian Art Museum, that can be printed online rather than traditional physical passes that must be picked up and returned to the library. As a San Mateo County Library card holder, you have access to numerous museums and cultural institutions throughout the Bay Area. Each Discover & Go pass expires immediately after the reservation date, so no returns required and no possibility for overdue fines! This unique program allows library users to make reservations online by date or by venue and print out a pass. Patrons without Internet access can reserve a pass by telephone or in person and print out a pass at their local library.
    http://www.smcl.org/en/content/discover-go