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SAT 1/10

"The Bookleggers" and "Lift the Page to the Stage" may sound like removal services, but they are actually groups that, along with the "Once Upon a Time Storytelling Club," are reviving the oral tradition. You and your little ones can support their efforts to get children excited about reading and storytelling by attending Fremont's fourth annual Story-Thon fund-raiser. The event, for third-graders and up and their families, takes place Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Fremont Main Library, 2400 Stevenson Blvd. Stories will be told by librarians and adults from the Bookleggers program and by children from Mattos School. Admission is free, and you can win great prizes in the raffle, including a handmade flower-fairy quilt that has been donated by one of the librarians. The event is wheelchair-accessible and an ASL interpreter can be requested at 510-745-1421 (voice) or 510-796-9749 (TDD). For more information, or to volunteer, call 510-745-6414. -- Amrita Sidhu

SAT 1/10

Music 4 Life

La Peña holds music together

This weekend's edition of Los Amiguitos de La Peña takes the hokey-pokey and runs with it. Music Together, taught in more than 38 states and in five countries, is a program designed to turn kids -- infants to age five -- into music lovers for life. Through singing, movement, chanting, and playing instruments in an informal environment, children's natural love for song and dance is developed and solidified. Kenneth K. Guilmartin, founder of the program and the Center for Music and Young Children, collaborated with Lili M. Levinowitz, a national authority on early-childhood music education, on the songs used in Music Together. Kids and their caregivers are invited to see what it's all about today at 10:30 a.m. at La Peña, 3105 Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley. The Saturday kiddie programs at cost $4 for adults, $3 for children, or $10 for families of three or more. -- Stefanie Kalem

SUN 1/11

Unique Derique

Buddy up with the Buddy Club. The Bay Area's best-known presenter of children's entertainment is wasting no time getting into 2004. This Sunday, clown and mime Derique brings his show, The Classy Clown, to the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center for a matinee laff riot of juggling, body percussion, and physical comedy. Ask him to take a couple of pratfalls, kids. Derique, who claims to have appeared on TV alongside David Letterman and Arsenio Hall, is a Bay Area original. The performance, like other Buddy Club shows, has a $7 admission price ($6 for BRJCC members), and is free for kids under two. Show time is 1 p.m. at 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. Call 510-236-7469 for more information, or visit -- Kelly Vance


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