By Jackie Burrell
Thursday, November 6th, 2008 at 7:30 am in Family Outings.
1.Opera is a dazzling spectacle, but between language issues and sheer length, it can be a daunting experience for newbies. Enter the San Francisco Opera and a certain love potion. The opera has transposed its “Elixir of Love,” Gaetano Donizetti’s fun-loving opera, into a pair of two-hour matinees styled especially for families. They’re in English for one thing, with supertitles for those of you who like to read along. The tickets are specially priced. Plus, love potions, football players and quacks — what’s not to like? (Nov. 8 and 15, $10-$80)
2. The Diablo Ballet is presenting “Coppelia the Magic Doll” at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center on Nov. 22, but this Saturday, members of the ballet company are joining Barnes & Noble in a fundraiser for PEEK (Performing Arts Education & Enrichment for Kids), that includes an 11 a.m. reading of “Coppelia,” milk and cookies. (Free admission. Book purchases benefit PEEK.)
3. Sunrise, sunset, oh Tevya! Could it be? Yep, the Youth Musical Theater Company is doing “Fiddler on the Roof” at Berkeley’s Julia Morgan Center for the Arts Nov. 7-8 and 14-15 at 7:30 p.m. ($8-$20)
4. The Iron Horse Mothers Club is hosting its annual Baby Gear & Toy Blow out Sale this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Danville Congregational Church, 989 San Ramon Valley Blvd. All proceeds go to the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County.
5. Or scope out Lawrence Hall of Science‘s “Engineer It” exhibit. Build towers, make an earthquake and check out the wind tunnel, now through Jan. 4. (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, $6-$11)