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Rocks, Reggae, Georgia and Golf

Learn to rock climb with your child or tee off on the golf course -- or go in two different musical directions with sounds from Georgia or reggae!

Rocks, Reggae, Georgia and Golf

 1.  Rock Climbing for Parents and Children

There’s nothing better than being able to participate in activities with your kids. Now, rock climbing may not be what you had in mind, but you can overcome your hesitations with this one-day class, and be able to do some basic rock-climbing with your child. This class, sponsored by the City of Menlo Park,  will teach parents safety skills and how to manage the ropes for their child to climb at Planet Granite. The price includes one hour of instruction, gear rentals, and a day-pass for the child to climb afterwards. It all takes place this Saturday at 9:45 a.m. Please arrive 15 minutes early to sign release paperwork. The fee covers one adult and one child. The cost for Menlo Park residents is $42; for nonresidents, it's $55. Planet Granite is at 100 Camino Real in Belmont. For more information contact Noreen Bickel at 650-330-2509 or email nsbickel@menlopark.org.

2.  Kitka and Trio Kavkasia

Kitka and Trio Kavkasia perform music from the nation of Georgia. Kitka is an American women's vocal arts ensemble inspired by traditional songs and vocal techniques from Eastern Europe.  They will be joined in concert by Trio Kavkasia who perform traditional vocal music from the Republic of Georgia.  The Sunday's performance in Menlo Park is part of a series of presentations in the Peninsula and the East Bay. They will appear on Sunday from 4-6 p.m. at St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road. Tickets are $20 for the general public, $18 for seniors and students. For more information, call Shira Cion at 510-444-0323 or e-mail kitka@kitka.org.

3. Reggae Sunday at the British Bankers Club

After listening to the sounds of music from Georgia, you can switch gears and head over to the British Bankers Club for Reggae Sunday, a special, weekly event the club has just recently kicked off. The music starts at 8 p.m. with Maestro JT as the deejay.  The word is, you should definitely bring your dancing shoes, because the idea is to get you on the dance floor.  The British Bankers Club is at 1090 El Camino Real.

4. Learn to Play Golf

If golf is something you always meant to learn, but never got around to learning, then you're in luck this Saturday. The City of Menlo Park is sponosoring a class on beginning golf for adults. The class covers all the basic fundamentals of the game. Students will learn proper techniques for stretching, G.A.S.P.--that's grip, alignment, stance, and posture--golf swing, chipping and putting. This class is designed to help you develop a fundamental understanding of the amazing--and, at times, frustrating--game of golf. The fee is $104 for Menlo Park residents and $139 for nonresidents. The class meets from 10-11 a.m. and will be taught on the green at Emerald Hills, 938 Wilmington Way in Emerald Hills, starting this Saturday and running through March 19. For more information, contact Noreen Bickel at 650-330-2509 or email nsbickel@menlopark.org.

5.  A Look at Cancer from A Cellular Biologist's Perspective

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee will discuss and sign copies of his book, "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer," at Kepler's Books. A physician, researcher and award-winning science writer, Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective and a biographer’s passion. Published reviews calls the book " an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with—and perished from—for more than five thousand years."  The event begins at 7 p.m. at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real. For more information, call Pam Grange at 650-324-4321 or e-mail pam@keplers.com

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