Summer events for adults at Menlo Park Library

by Contributed Content on June 24, 2015

The Menlo Park Library is offering a number of special events for adults, including a cooking demonstration, music, dramatic performance and poetry.

On June 27, chef Veena Kallingal will talk about the delicious cuisines of Southern India, and demonstrate how to make typical rice flour-based dishes of the region, such as dosa, idli, and uttappam, all of which happen to be gluten-free and vegetarian. The free cooking program is specifically for adults aged 18 and over. It will take place Saturday, June 27 at 11:00 am in the library’s downstairs program room at 800 Alma Street.

On July 11, Gamelan Anak Swarasanti of Santa Cruz will play a concert of traditional Balinese music. Gamelan are usually percussion oriented, with some varieties featuring flutes, strings, or vocalists. Various islands in Indonesia have developed their own unique instruments & traditions. The award-winning Gamelan Anak Swarasanti plays traditional & contemporary Balinese gamelan, pushing the frontiers of the music, and introducing the art form to new audiences. The concert will take place Saturday, July 11 at 11:00 am in Menlo Park City Council Chambers at 701 Laurel Street.

On July 30, actress Jill Jackson will perform in a one-woman show as Hearst Castle architect Julia Morgan. Morgan was the first woman to be admitted to the architecture program at l’École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, the first female architect licensed in California, and the most prolific architect of the 20th century. The performance will be followed by a talk and Q&A period with Roxann Jacobus, a retired Asilomar State Park Ranger & Julia Morgan expert. The event will take place Thursday, July 30 at 7:00 pm in the main hall of the library at 800 Alma Street.

On August 8, the library will host a gathering of local poets, featuring wordsmiths Kalamu Chaché, J. David Cummings, Leah Lubin, Charlotte Muse, and Camincha Benvenutto. Each of poets will share their work and talk about their artistic process. The event will take place Saturday, August 8, at 11:00 am in Menlo Park City Council Chambers at 701 Laurel Street.

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