Sunnyvale Rotary: Meetings are Tuesdays at noon. Elks Club, 375 N. Pastoria Ave. Sunnyvalerotary.org. Dementia/Alzheimer’s Support Group: A safe, confidential, supportive environment for families to develop informal mutual support, get information about dementia and develop methods and skills to solve problems related to dementia. Fourth Tuesday of the month. Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church gym, 728 Fremont Ave., room 750, Sunnyvale. For more information, call the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900.
Classes are for students ages 2 through 18 as well as for adults, All of the educators are professionally trained dancers, In 2010, Poon’s school was selected by KRON4 Best of the Bay TV as one of the “Premier Dance Schools in the Bay Area” and was winner of the best “Dance School in San Francisco.” In 2011, Bay Area Parent readers voted Poon’s performing arts school “Best of the Best ballet shoes print ballet wall decor gold ballet shoes poster ballerina wall decor ballerina dancer art ballerina decor ballerin Family Favorite — Best Dance School in San Francisco/Marin.” Former student Crystal Lee, Miss California 2013 and 1st Runner Up to Miss America 2014, formally recognized the dance teacher for the great positive influence she had on her life, This past May, Poon was presented with a “Certificate of Honor” by the San Francisco Mayor’s office and San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar, for “25 years of service to the community.”..
Latkes & Laughs: Temple Emanu-El presents an evening of comedy with Jeff Applebaum, Jimmy Gunn and Andrew Norelli. Doors open for the latke reception and VIP party at 6 p.m. General reserved seating includes latke bar and 7 p.m. comedy show. VIP Reserved seating includes latke bar, private party and comedy show. Meet & Greet the comedians following the show. Dec. 2, 6-10 p.m. The Retro Dome, 1694 Saratoga Ave., San Jose. $54/$72/$126. 408-404-7711, theretrodome.com/index.php/special-events-latkes.
Great Expectations: Through Dec, 16, Town Hall Theatre Company, 3535 School St., Lafayette, An adventure-packed adaptation of the classic Dickens’ coming-of-age story by Gale Childs Daly, $18-$30, www.townhalltheatre.com, Uptown Holiday Swing: Through Dec, 16, Tabard Theatre, 29 N San Pedro St., San Jose, A celebration of the sounds of swing, holiday cheer and your ballet shoes print ballet wall decor gold ballet shoes poster ballerina wall decor ballerina dancer art ballerina decor ballerin favorite melodies, $38-$48, www.tabardtheatre.org/box-office/tickets/, Circus Bella Presents – Kaleidoscope: Through Jan, 6, Treasure Island, San Francisco, Showcasing aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, high-wire artists, family foot jugglers, clowns and more, $39-$150, www.circusbella.org/kaleidoscope..
No credit is given in the program for the several Audrey IIs used in this production. Since it has previously been mounted at TheatreWorks and other Peninsula theater companies, it’s possible Foothill didn’t start from scratch. But although the plant puppets are very realistic and increasingly daunting as they grow larger, it’s surprising that the Venus Flytrap-type plant isn’t facing straight up rather than out toward the audience. As presented, Audrey II looks more like an alligator or shark head than a plant. In most productions the plant faces skyward, then turns down when it’s ready to open its mouth and eat something … err, someone. Nevertheless, the audience of youngsters and adults raptly followed its every movement and gave a collective gasp whenever another “tasty morsel” is consumed.
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