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Lectures & TalksPalo Alto Day of Rememberance
As part of The Big Read 2015, the Palo Alto Children's Theatre and the Japanese-American Citizens League will present the Palo Alto Day of Remembrance, an event featuring two guest speakers: Tom Izu, executive director of the CHCF, and Julie Otsuka, author of "When The Emperor Was Divine." May 23, 1-4 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, 2751 Louis Road, Palo Alto.
ConcertsECYS Sinfonietta Spring Dance
Under the baton of Dr. Camilla Kolchinsky, El Camino Youth Symphony's Sinfonietta Orchestra will conclude its 2014-15 season with the annual Spring Dance concert, which will include pieces by Beethoven, Chopin, Bach and Grieg. Pianist Sophia Lin will be the featured soloist. May 23, 7:30 p.m. $8/$15. Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
ConcertsAfro-Latin Jazz Flute Summit
The Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble will host flute masters Andrea Brachfeld and John Calloway for a special collaborative performance that will include their original work and arrangements from across the Afro-Latin jazz genre. May 23, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $15 general; $10 senior, student; free for Stanford students with ID. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.
Benefits/FundraisersLemo Foundation 'Mona Lisa' fundraiser
The young women of the Lemo Foundation will hold a performance art fundraiser for women of all ages from the San Francisco Bay Area. The admission price includes drinks, hors d'oeuvres and a gift, and will benefit the foundation, which fosters the academic, athletic and personal success of at-risk youth. May 23, 5:30 p.m. $45. Fox Forum, 2411 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Family and KidsBaby Language: Cognition and Bilingualism
This DayOne Baby class will cover how babies communicate, important language milestones in the first year, myths and facts about bilingualism, and research-proven ways to help children learn and use two languages. May 23, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $40. DayOne Baby, 552 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
Concerts'Listen to the Music'
The 60-voice Aurora Singers will perform a family-friendly program entitled "Listen to the Music," composed of jazz, gospel and Broadway tunes about instruments, including "I Love a Piano," "Little David, Play on Your Harp" and "Alexander's Ragtime Band." May 23, 7 p.m. $10; free for youth under age 6. Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto.
Community EventsBike Courier Challenge
The Mountain View Public Library and Cowgirl Bike Courier will hold a fun event where community members can go up against professional couriers in a bicycle race to make deliveries. May 23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Family and KidsPaws for Tales
Through this program provided in partnership with the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA, children ages 5 and older can sign up to read to a trained service dog. Participants must register in advance. Fourth Saturday of the month, Feb. 28-May 23, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
On Stage'The Nerds'
Stanford Classics in Theater will give two performances of "The Nerds," an adaptation of Aristophanes' "The Birds" in which two ex-Wall Street goons enter the lucrative nerd culture of Silicon Valley. Some material may be inappropriate for children. May 23 and 24, 8-10 p.m. $5. Pigott Hall, Building 260, Stanford.
Dance'Unlaced Dance Series'
Smuin Ballet will close its 21st season with the "Unlaced Dance Series," which includes performances of the balcony pas de deux from Michael Smuin's "Romeo and Juliet," Helen Pickett's "Petal," a world premiere by Adam Hougland and vignettes from Michael Smuin's "Hearts Suite." May 21-23, 8 p.m.; May 23 and 24, 2 p.m. $52-$71. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Exhibits'Remember the Lusitania!'
The Hoover Institution will offer a short-term exhibit called "Remember The Lusitania! Discoveries from the Shipwreck," which will include photos, posters, documents and recovered artifacts documenting the shipwreck of the RMS Lusitania in 1915 after being torpedoed by a German submarine. May 20-24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Hoover Tower, Rotunda, 550 Serra Mall, Stanford.
On Stage'Alice in Wonderland'
The Palo Alto Children's Theatre will stage a production of "Alice in Wonderland," an 80-minute comedic adaptation of the classic tale in which Alice falls down a rabbit hole into a zany place called Wonderland. See the website for specific times. Wednesday-Sunday, May 14-24. $12 child; $14 adult. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
On Stage'Birds of a Feather'
The Pear Avenue Theatre will stage "Birds of a Feather," the third installment of a stage noir trilogy by Paul Braverman that follows the irascible detective Frankie Payne. May 1-24, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. See website for ticket pricing. The Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K, Mountain View.
Art Galleries'Cuba, Paris & California'
Main St. Cafe & Books has on display an exhibit of black and white photography by Tom and Marj Green, work that uses light and shadows to lend common scenes a mood or story. May 2-29, Monday-Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Main St. Cafe & Books, 134 Main St., Los Altos.
Benefits/FundraisersStanford Blood Center's Grateful Life Tour
Between May 22 and 30, community members who donate blood at the Stanford Blood Center will receive a collectible 2015 Grateful Life Tour T-shirt. Those interested should call or visit the website to make an appointment. May 22-30, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Stanford Blood Center, Menlo Park, 445 Burgess Drive, Suite 100, Menlo Park.
Art Galleries'Silicon Valley Open Studios'
The exhibition "Silicon Valley Open Studios" will share the paintings and photography of Sydell Lewis, Dan McLean, Patricia Nojima, Joyce Savre and Nance Wheeler. Wednesday-Sunday, April 29-May 30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Light of the Landscape'
The Portola Art Gallery hosts "Light of the Landscape," an exhibit of watercolor paintings by Steve Curl -- a Palo Alto watercolor artist and teacher and Palo Alto Daily News editorial cartoonist. Monday-Saturday, May 1-30, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Art Galleries'Cuban Icons, Cuban Lives'
Gallery 9 will offer an exhibit of photographs by Bill Scull called "Cuban Icons, Cuban Lives," which captures the rich daily lives of Cubans and their compassion, resilience, pride and style. April 28-May 30, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9 Los Altos, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
Art Galleries'Barnyard Friends'
Viewpoints Gallery is showcasing a new group of oil paintings by Julia Munger Seelos entitled "Barnyard Friends." April 28-May 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday only until 3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.
Art GalleriesConnect Community Charter School art show
For the month of May, Cafe Zoe has on display the work of 103 young artists from Connect Community Charter School. May 8-31, cafe hours. Free. Cafe Zoe, 2074 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Exhibits'Into the Wild Woods'
The Community School of Music and Arts currently has on display an exhibition of illustrations and paintings by Bay Area native Liz Amini-Holmes. April 3-May 31, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsEdible Garden Series: From Design to Harvest
Drew Harwell, manager of Jesse Cool's Seeds of Change Garden, will teach a class over five Saturdays covering garden design and planning, composting, soil testing and preparation, seed propagation and transplanting, and watering, among other topics. Saturdays, March 7 and 28, April 18, May 9, June 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $325. Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsFoothill College summer registration
This summer Foothill College will offer two six-week summer sessions from June 8 to July 18 and June 29 to Aug. 9, each featuring online and on-campus general education courses. Registration will run from May 7 to June 7. Visit the website for more information. May 7-June 7. $31 per unit. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
ExhibitsFiloli Botanical Art Exhibit
Filoli has on display its 17th annual Botanical Art Exhibit, which contains visual depictions of many plant species. March 24-June 7, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $20 adult; $17 senior (age 65 plus); $10 student; free for ages 4 and under, and Filoli members. Filoli, Visitor and Education Center, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.
Benefits/FundraisersDreams Happen Gala and Playhouse Auction
Stanford Shopping Center and Rebuilding Together Peninsula will collaborate for their 12th year of Dreams Happen, a biennial fundraising event featuring 12 custom-made, life-sized children's playhouses. The gala will include an auction of the playhouses, a dinner and dancing. From May 2 to June 12, the playhouses will be on display. June 6, 6:30-10 p.m. $115 after May 15. Stanford Shopping Center, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Interaction of Color: Josef Albers'
In its exhibit "Interaction of Color: Josef Albers," the Cantor Arts Center shares a selection of works on paper by abstract painter Josef Albers -- pieces which were donated to the museum by the Marmor family and its foundation. Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 12-June 15, 11 am.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'The Bay Area and Beyond'
The Cantor Arts Center will have on display a long-term exhibit of modern and contemporary art, focusing on the Bay Area. Works will include pieces by artists with Stanford connections, among them Richard Diebenkorn, Nathan Oliveira and Frank Lobdell. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 13-June 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
Classes/WorkshopsAdult school summer classes registration
Registration for summer classes at the Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School began on Friday, May 15. The summer session will run from June 15 to July 31. Those interested should call or visit the website for more info. May 15-June 19. Prices vary. Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.
Exhibits'Imagining the Oceans'
The Cantor Arts Center has on display an exhibit called "Imagining the Oceans," which brings together artwork across history and cultures inspired by ocean environments. The exhibit features pieces by Willem van de Velde, Charles Meryon, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Willem de Kooning and others -- as well as items from the Pacific Islands region. Wednesday-Monday, March 18-June 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Community EventsSew Sew Saturday
The Mountain View Public Library invites community members to come by on Saturday mornings to use its four Baby Lock (Grace model) sewing machines and one serger. Appointments are required. Saturdays, April 4-July 4, 10:15 a.m.-noon. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
In an exhibit called "Shifting Currents: Highlights from the 20th-Century Chinese Collection, the Cantor Arts Center showcases modern pieces drawn from the museum's large collection of Asian art. Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 25-July 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Drama of Heaven and Earth'
The Cantor Arts Center tells the history of the Japanese dramatic art of Noh in an exhibit called "Drama of Heaven and Earth: The Theatrical Traditions of Japan," which is composed of masks, ceramics, prints and other visual materials. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 17-July 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Jazzercise classes in Menlo Park offer a high-energy dance-focused fitness program designed to be both fun and burn calories. Monday-Thursday and Saturday, year-round, see website for specific times. $16 class; $52/$57 per month; $130 10-class pass. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., and the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.
The Cantor Arts Center's exhibit "Arboreal Architecture: A Visual History of Trees" compares and contrasts depictions of trees across cultures. Wednesday-Monday, April 15-July 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Plus One: Pop Duplications'
The exhibit "Plus One: Pop Duplications" focuses on the emergence of Pop Art, looking at how American artists in the early 1960s used popular imagery, commercial signage and product design as sources and inspiration for their work. Wednesday-Monday, April 8-Aug. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Promised Land: Jacob Lawrence at the Cantor'
Made possible through a gift from the Kayden family, this exhibit at the Cantor Arts Center includes 56 works by the 20th-century American artist Jacob Lawrence, and one by his wife, Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence. Lawrence is known for his efforts in capturing the African-American experience. Wednesday-Monday, April 1-Aug. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Bravo!: Music and Theater in Enlightenment Europe'
The Cantor Arts Center has collected prints and drawings that probe the 18th-century realms of music and drama for an exhibit entitled "Bravo!: Music and Theater in Enlightenment Europe." Wednesday-Monday, March 25-Aug. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
In "American Battleground: Photographs of the Civil War, 1861-1865," the Cantor Arts Center examines the then-emerging medium of photography in the U.S. and how it was used to document the conflict. Wednesday-Monday, March 25-Aug. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'500 Years of Italian Master Drawings'
The Cantor Arts Center presents almost 100 rarely seen drawings from the 15th to the 20th century in the exhibit "500 Years of Italian Master Drawings from the Princeton University Museum." Wednesday-Monday, May 22-Aug. 24, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
VolunteersGreeter and peer counselor recruitment
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is recruiting new peer counselors and greeters to help with its programs and services during Community Outreach events held from April to June and September to November. The organization seeks working or retired professionals, as well those with no experience, who are emotionally stable. The time commitment is about two to four hours per month. Training will be provided. March-August. Free. Location varies, Palo Alto and Mountain View, .
Exhibits'O'Keeffe, Stieglitz, Toomer, and Modernism'
The Cantor Arts Center puzzles out the relationships -- aesthetic and romantic -- between Georgia O'Keeffe, Alfred Stieglitz and Harlem Renaissance writer Jean Toomer in the exhibit "O'Keeffe, Stieglitz, Toomer, and Modernism." Wednesday-Monday, May 6-Sept. 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Fatal Laughs: The Art of Robert Arneson'
The Cantor Arts Center will host an exhibit of unconventional clay sculptures by Robert Arneson, who frequently used himself as a subject throughout his more-than-40-year career. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 20-Sept. 28, 2015, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Reflect + Create'
The Los Altos History Museum will offer a new exhibit called "Reflect + Create: Where Art and History Intersect," looking at how artists, makers and creators from the community have taken inspiration from items in the museum's collection. Thursday-Sunday, May 7-Sept. 30, noon-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Deborah Dutton, a certified Feldenkrais practitioner, leads weekly classes that seek to alleviate tension, aches and pains while improving body mechanics and posture. Movements are done lying on the floor. Participants should bring a mat or towel. Wednesdays, May 6-Dec. 16, 11 a.m.-noon. Series prices vary; $20 drop-in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
DanceSocial ballroom dancing
Friday Night Dancers organizes ballroom dancing events each Friday and Saturday evening. Each event starts with a lesson, which is followed by general dancing. No experience or partner is necessary; dressy casual attire is preferred. Cover charge includes refreshments. Friday and Saturday, year-round, 8-11:45 p.m. $9. Cubberley Community Center Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Exhibits'25 Years at the Museum of American Heritage'
This exhibit will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Museum of American Heritage, tracing its history from its opening on Alma Street to its current home at the Williams Property and highlighting memorable exhibits along the way. Friday-Sunday, April 17-Jan. 17, 2016, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. The Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.