Mini-recitals take place at 547 Pacific and occasionally at other small venues (read: familiar, un-scary environment!) and is an informal way to practice playing with an accompanist and performing in front of a friendly, supportive crowd of peers and parents.
These recitals usually occur many times a year, unlike the recital, which occurs currently once per year, and group classes, (which are in essence preparation for mini and regular recitals as well as a chance for socialization with other violinists) which occur monthly for the beginners.
It is totally acceptable to invite guests to these events (the more the merrier!), but a low key, no pressure (dare I say fun?!) environment is encouraged.