Young Coders Club: Free weekly meeting for Saratoga middle and high school students. Sundays, 3-4 p.m. Joan Pisani Community Center, 19655 Allendale Ave., Saratoga. RSVP is required to tinyurl.com/saratogaclass. Stewart Tartan Pipes and Drums: A free holiday concert featuring bagpipes and drums, Scottish ballads, caroling and special guest appearances by the Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers, the Holy Cross Kings Brass and the San Jose School of Highland Dancing. Dec. 5, 3 p.m. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 13601 Saratoga Ave., Saratoga. Donations accepted. stewarttartan.com.
Taurean Perez, left, and Jackie McConnell perform Arcane: A Tale of All Hallows Eve, (Natalia Perez/Company C Contemporary Ballet), Company C Contemporary Ballet unwraps a brand-new Halloween treat — Arcane: A Tale of All Hallows Eve — on Oct, 24 in San Francisco, Arcane — with choreography by Charles Anderson and original music by Mike Krisukas (Zen for Primates) — features 16 dancers and a narrator, The family-friendly dance tells the story of Arcane, a star who comes to Earth to animate the dead, Performances run through Oct, 31; Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center; $25-$55; 415-392-4400, size 7 ballet shoes www.cityboxoffice.com/companyc.— Bruce Manuel, Staff..
The plan’s solution to alleviate these feelings is to shrink the numbers at Gunn and Paly, but Mr. McGee’s report offers no proof that our schools’ current size is the actual problem and fails to note that large crowds have always been able to live contentedly in even the most massive cities — when they feel a texture of close and secure human ties within their apartment buildings and to their city’s institutions and values. Palo Alto’s schools can be downsized to nutshells, but they’ll have the same atmosphere of estrangement as long as Mr. McGee resists restitching their social fabrics. Gunn and Paly have 407 classes with 30 or more students, cutting kids off in myriad ways from the teachers who could otherwise champion them. Our district, while recommending a maximum of two AP classes, has failed to stop 680 students this term from taking three or four or five such classes, putting them in a constant, exhausted hurry.
Details: “La Sonnambula,” March 7-18 at Elks Ballroom, Alameda; $10-$60; www.islandcityopera.org; “Un Ballo in Maschera,” March 10-18 at Bankhead size 7 ballet shoes Theater, Livermore; $32-$90; lvpac.org, livermorevalleyopera.com, 3 Oakland Symphony, Mixtape Vol, 2: The Michael Morgan-led orchestra’s premiere Mixtape concert — featuring works selected by Oakland comedian/author W, Kamau Bell — was a hit, and here comes the follow-up, The program has been picked by Oakland poet Prentice Powell, and symphony musicians will be joined by Tony! Toni! Tone! singer Dwayne Wiggins, singer-songwriter Lalin St, Juste and others..
Camp Thunderbird in South Dakota raised $5,375 on Indiegogo for this year’s summer camp for children from the Rosebud and Pine Ridge reservations. Kate Bartholomew, president of the Camp Thunderbird board, said Indiegogo works better as a fundraising tool than a simple “donate” button on the camp website because of the participatory aspect. “They have that tracking mechanism, ‘We’re this close to the goal and this many people have funded,'” she said. “You feel like you’re part of something.”.