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Lectures & TalksLauren Oliver at Kepler's
Author Lauren Oliver will discuss and sign her latest teen fiction novel, "Panic," about Heather, a high schooler in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 in the middle of nowhere. March 8, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
ConcertsStanford Chamber Chorale
Gregory Wait is guest conductor for the Chamber Chorale's performance of works by J.S. Bach, Franz Schubert, Giuseppe Verdi, Morten Lauridsen and others, along with traditional spirituals. 7:30 p.m. $15 general; $10 student; $10 senior; free for Stanford students with SUID. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
ConcertsVolti 'War and Peace'
Volti – San Francisco’s award-winning, leading-edge new music chamber choir – presents "War and Peace: Extraordinary Renditions," a program of contemporary works by five living American composers. Two of the pieces are world premieres. Robert Geary conducts. March 8, 8-10 p.m. $10, 25, 30 ($5 discounts in advance). All Saints' Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksLife/Drawing: A Conversation with the Artists
Exhibiting artists Libby Black, Kevin Chen, Francesca Pastine and Chris Sicat will speak with special guest, independent curator and writer Christian L. Frock. March 8, 4 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
Funds raised from this morning of films, coffee and donuts at the Guild Theater will be donated to The Breast Cancer Fund, Zonta International's local services and worldwide advocacy projects that advance the health, safety, education and economic well-being of women. March 8, 10-11:30 a.m. $10 students; $15 advance; $20 at the door. Guild Theatre, 949 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsOrganic Matter Gardening Class
This class provides information about organic matter, a finite resource that is crucial to healthy microbial life in a garden's soil, effective nutrient retention, water retention and more. March 8, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $31. Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsCompost for the Home Gardener
In this class, learn how to build a compost pile that most efficiently converts the nutrients and soil organic matter in the starting materials into nutrients and organic matter. March 8, 2-4 p.m. $31. Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
Soli Deo Gloria performs short masses by Mozart and Schubert and explores the roots of the Viennese trio in works by Bach and other Baroque composers. Soloists: Christa Pfeiffer, Sally Mouzon, Jeff Barnett, Ben Kazez, accompanied by Orchestra Gloria. March 8, 5 p.m. Tickets are $26 (general) and $21 (student/senior). First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
ConcertsStanford Wind Ensemble Concert
Giancarlo Aquilanti directs the Stanford Wind Ensemble’s winter program with guest composer Frank Ticheli conducting his own concerto for clarinet and wind ensemble. Aquilanti's "The Sound of Favignana" and "Berkeley Pictures" will also be performed. March 8, 7:30 p.m. General $15; students $10. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.
Lectures & TalksSue Fliess at Books Inc.
Local author Sue Fleiss will read from the illustrated guide to all things pirate, "How to Be a Pirate." March 8, 4 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Family and KidsAuthor Oliver Chin
San Francisco author Oliver Chin will be at Linden Tree Books in Los Altos to read his book "Julie Black Belt." There will also be a martial arts demonstration. This book is most appropriate for girls ages 5-8. March 8, 1 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
Food and DrinkMight Cheese Cracking Event
At noon, many Whole Foods Market locations will unite in an attempt to break the record for most wheels of cheese cracked at once. The event includes the chance to win a piece of fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano, straight from the wheel, along with cooking demos, wine tasting and more. March 8, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Whole Foods Market, Palo Alto, 774 Emerson St., Palo Alto.
On Stage'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'
Youth Drama For All - a Los Altos-based inclusive drama program open to all youth in special and general education classes - is putting on a production of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." March 8, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $7; free for children under 2. Gardner Bullis Elementary School, 25890 W. Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.
Community EventsSpring Cleaning and Cleansing Seminar
The seminar is designed to help women clear their clutter -- physically and mentally -- and get back on the track of positivity and productivity. Registration is required, and seating is limited. Bring lunch. March 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Deborah's Palm, 555 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto.
Family and Kids'Carmen for Families - The Movie'
As part of the San Francisco Opera's "Opera in an Hour" series, this Georges Bizet opera will be screened. In English. Recommended for ages 10+. March 8, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 2-3:15 p.m.. Free. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsUforia Studios: Bliss at Whole Foods
Matt, an instructor at Uforia Studios, will offer a 45-minute bliss class, followed by a complimentary brunch and refreshments. Space is limited. March 8, 9-9:45 a.m. Free. Whole Foods Market Palo Alto, 774 Emerson St., Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsHow to Ditch Your Car and Shop by Bike
This class will discuss ways to shop more frequently by bike, as well as offer assistance in building grocery bag panniers. March 8, 3-5 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
EnvironmentSpring Tree Walk
At this event presented by the library in partnership with Mountain View Trees, arborists will tell stories as attendees ramble through the trees of Pioneer Park. All ages are welcome, please keep pets on leash. This walk will take place rain or shine. Registration is not required, but it is appreciated. March 8, 12-1 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Community EventsMaster Gardeners Info Table at Arbor Day
Master Gardeners will answer gardening questions at the Arbor Day Festival in Palo Alto. Children's activities and adult hands-on demos about how they can implement water-saving techniques in home gardens. March 8, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Mitchell Park, 600 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto.
Special EventsMountain View Arbor Day Celebration
Activities include themed children’s arts and crafts, tree-planting ceremony, tree-climbing demonstration, tree tours and children’s stories in the library. Free hot dogs and drinks will be served while visiting booths. Talk to the biggest foliage fans, arborists, to learn everything about trees. March 8, 10:15 a.m. Free. Pioneer Memorial Park, 1146 Church St., Mountain View.
A highly stylized, nonstop 80s show, Tainted Love offers a change from the usual party bands. March 8, 9-11 p.m. $18-$25. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Concerts'The Genius of Youth' PACO Concert
This Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra performance will feature Annie Ku on piano and conductor Antoine van Dongen, who was a violinist in the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. March 8, 7:30 p.m. Free. Cubberley Theatre, Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Community EventsCanopy Arbor Day Festival
Kids ages 6 to 14 will be able to “get into” trees at Palo Alto’s Arbor Day Festival, hosted by Canopy. The event will feature live music, green crafts, food trucks and more. March 8, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. J. Pearce Mitchell Park, 600 E Meadow Drive, Palo Alto.
Community EventsBSA 206 Pancake Breakfast
Boy Scout Troop 206 hosts its annual All-You-Can-Eat Gourmet Pancake Breakfast, with Formula 206 flapjacks, fresh fruit and juices, savory sausage links, coffee, cocoa and tea. March 8, 8-11:30 a.m. $5 for adults; $5 for 2 children under 12; free for scouts in uniform. Trinity Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park.
OutdoorsBirds of Bedwell Bayfront Park
Wintering ducks are flying north, while other birds prepare for spring. Volunteer birders will help attendees enjoy close-up views of different birds through a scope. Families welcome. Meet along entrance road. Heavy rain cancels. March 8, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Bedwell Bayfront Park, Marsh Road at Bayfront Expressway, Menlo Park.
Community Events'March Into Fashion' Spring Fashion Show
Spring fashions from Boutique 4 and Chico's of Los Altos will be shown by eight models escorted by Mountain View Firefighters in dress uniform. March 8, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $36 if RSVP by Feb. 21. Michael's at Shoreline, 2960 Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Family and KidsFuture Farmers
Kids who love animals can shadow Hidden Villa interns as they do their afternoon chores, seeing firsthand how cows, sheep, goats, chickens and pigs are cared for. This is a kids-only class, in a small group of four. March 8, 2:30-4:30 p.m. $35. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.
On Stage'Seussical the Musical' at Menlo-Atherton High
Menlo-Atherton High School will be performing “Seussical the Musical,” based on Dr. Seuss books like the "Cat in the Hat." Feb. 28 and March 1, 6, 7 and 8, 7:30 p.m. $12 for adults; $8 for students/children/seniors. Menlo-Atherton High Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
On Stage'Pride and Prejudice' Play
Palo Alto High School presents Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," adapted for the stage by Jon Jory. Feb. 28-March 8, 7:30 p.m. $7 students and seniors; $10 adults. Haymarket Theatre, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Food and DrinkLeft Bank Beer Pairing Event
Left Bank Brasserie Menlo Park hosts La Fête de la Bière showcasing the Calicraft Brewing Co. At the event there will be a $30 four-course prix fixe beer-paired menu by Chef Brendy Monsada, a sampler flight of four Calicraft Brewing Co. beers (5 oz. pours) for $10 and pints available for $6. March 8-9, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. $45. Left Bank Brasserie Menlo Park, 635 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
Benefits/FundraisersHe Yuanming Charity Art Exhibit
Charity Art Exhibit “Horses” by He Yuanming will help local organization Little Red Scarf provide congenital heart surgery for their 1000th child in rural Gansu province in China. March 8 and 9, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
On Stage'Fiddler on the Roof' Musical
Priory Theater presents "Fiddler on the Roof," a journey to the village of Anatevka with brilliant characters, great songs and a celebration of tradition, love, sorrow, joy and family. March 6-8 at 7-9:30 p.m., March 9 at 2 p.m. $5 student; $15 adult. Woodside Priory School- Rothrock Performance Hall, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsFriends of the Palo Alto Library Used Book Sale
Friends of the Palo Alto Library is holding one of its monthly sales of thousands of used books, CDs and DVDs on Saturday and Sunday, March 8 and 9. Saturday sale hours: main sale room 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; children’s and bargain rooms 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
On Stage'Little Shop of Horrors' Musical
Foothill Music Theatre and Foothill Theatre Arts present the rock musical comedy, "Little Shop of Horrors," in which a down-and-out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving. Feb. 20-March 9, Thursday-Sunday, 7:30 p.m. $13-28. Foothill College, Lohman Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Classes/WorkshopsSustainable Home Vegetable Gardening
Learn from UCCE Master Gardeners how to establish a successful and environmentally responsible food garden that provides vegetables and herbs every month of the year. Emphasis on sustainable gardening. Meets every Tuesday from Feb. 4 to March 11, 7-9 p.m. Register online at www.paadultschool.org or by calling 650-329-3752. $84. Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
ExhibitsMixed Media Exhibit
This mixed media exhibit shows artist Rona Foster's portrayal of landscapes and other nature-related subjects. Available to view during restaurant's open hours. Jan. 8-March 11, 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksOcean Cruising
Maureen Jones of All Horizons Travel will talk about two cruises: 11 days in the Mediterranean and 14 days in Australia and New Zealand. March 11, 7-8 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
On Stage'Catch Me If You Can' Musical
Mountain View High School presents "Catch Me If You Can", a musical based on the movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. A live pit orchestra will back the performers. March 6-8 and 13-15, 7-9 p.m. $15 general; $10 youth; $2 infant. Mountain View High School, 3535 Truman Ave., Mountain View.
Film'Flesh and Metal' on Film
A variety of films by or about artists featured in the Cantor Art Center exhibit "Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine in Early 20th-Century Art" will run continuously concurrent with the exhibition. Ongoing every day from Nov. until March 16. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Wed.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursdays until 8 p.m. Free. Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford .
Art Galleries'Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine in Early 20th-Century Art'
Artists in the first half of the 20th century involved in movements such as Constructivism, Purism and Precisionism found beauty in the machine aesthetic, while proponents of Dadaism and Surrealism embraced chance, accident and the unconscious as new paths to creativity. Nov. 13-March 16, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Family and KidsPreschoolers on the Farm at Hidden Villa
In this three-part series, kids age 3 to 5 and their parents/caregivers can bury their hands in sheep wool or throw corn to the chickens. March 21, 3-4 p.m. $65 adult and first child. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.
Art Galleries'Embracing Space' Paintings
Paintings by Kyoko Fischer and Sydell Lewis will be shown March 4 to 29. An artist's reception will be held Friday, March 7, 6 to 9 p.m. Artists talks will begin at 7:15 p.m. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
On Stage'Once on This Island'
TheatreWorks presents the Tony Award-nominated musical "Once on This Island." March 5-30, 2 p.m., 7:30 or 8 p.m. $19-$73. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Watercolor Travels' by Mark Garner
“Watercolor Travels – Near ... and Far” by Palo Alto artist Mark Garner, is on display at Gallery 9, featuring watercolor paintings based on adventures both nationally and internationally. An opening reception will be held Sunday, March 9, 3-6 p.m. March 4-30, Tues.-Sat., 11-5 p.m.; Sun., 12-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
Exhibits'Her Story': Prints by Elizabeth Murray
This show of 42 prints from Elizabeth Murray presents all of the artist’s editioned works created with Universal Limited Art Editions, a fine art print publisher established in 1957 by Tatyana Grosman. Wednesday through Sunday, Jan. 22-March 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Imagined Spaces and Paintings' by Ernest Regua
This exhibition will display artist Ernest Regua's abstract work at the museum from Feb. 7 until March 30, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts at Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Art Galleries'Asian Fusion' Collection
Linda Salter's exhibit features her recent exploration of Chinese art, with brush painting pieces mounted on scrolls as well as others framed in Western style. March 1-31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Exhibits'Pencils Down' Exhibit
This exhibition that explores the creative potential and artistic possibilities of graphite. Transcending the possibilities of the medium of drawings alone, the exhibition showcases new applications of graphite as a material of drawing, painting, sculpture and installation. Until April 13, Center hours. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
Teen ActivitiesBay Area Shakespeare Camp
Upstart Crows, a Bay Area Shakespeare/acting camp for teenagers, is offering a session in Palo Alto led by Phil Lowery, who played Macbeth in the 2011/12 SF Shakespeare Festival. Participants will prepare to perform in Shakespeare’s comedy, "As You Like It." Experience welcome but not required. Feb. 15-April 26, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $500 (includes scripts and supplies for the performance.) First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.
AuditionsEl Camino Youth Symphony Auditions
ECYS is holding new member auditions for the 2014-15 season. ECYS offers six different orchestras as well as opportunities in chamber music for musicians of all levels. Interested applicants, ages 6-18, with at least one year of private lessons are encouraged to apply. Auditions in March/April 2014. $25 audition fee. To be determined, To be determined, Palo Alto.
Art GalleriesJim Dine and Claes Oldenburg Exhibit
Jim Dine and Claes Oldenburg are two American artists who depict every day objects in various ways; 20 of their prints will be on display. Ongoing from Dec. 11 to April 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
ExhibitsAlan VanEss Exhibit
The work of local artist Alan VanEss is on display at the Atherton Library. VanEss's work features colorful perspectives of homes in the Atherton community, bringing together architecture and landscape. Through April, library hours. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
ConcertsRedwood Bluegrass Associates Concert Series
The Redwood Bluegrass Associates is hosting two bluegrass concerts in Mountain View on March 15 and May 3. Pre-show jam session at 5 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. Individual tickets: $20 in advance; $25 at the door. First Presbyterian Church of Mountain View, 1667 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View.
Art Galleries'The Honest Landscape': Photographs by Peter Henry Emerson
Peter Henry Emerson began taking photographs in 1882 in England and soon became an outspoken advocate for fine art photography. This installation presents a selection of Emerson's platinum prints and photogravures featuring the English and Irish countryside. Will be on display Wednesday-Sunday from Nov. 27 until May 4, 2014. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Art Galleries'Royal Image: Portraits, Satires, and Life at Court'
The 16 prints and drawings featured in this installation demonstrate how artists depicted European royalty and courtly culture between the 15th and 18th centuries. Works on view include etchings by Romeyn de Hooghe, who created pointed political satires. Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 27-May 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Conversation Pieces' Exhibit
This exhibit contains four pairings of works on paper: human figures, botanical still lifes, nature studies and artists' portraits; it will be on display until May 11. Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'The Circle of the Sun' Exhibit
This exhibit of manuscripts from Stanford's collections examines the secular aspects of medieval and early modern European culture: the liberal arts; the rise of professions in law, medicine and commerce; and the emergence of scholastic philosophy, history, vernacular literature, and renaissance humanism. Feb. 25- June 15, 12-6 p.m. Free. Peterson Gallery & Munger Rotunda, Green Library, Bing Wing, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford.
Support GroupsEDRC Support Group
This group is designed to offer support and local resources to family and friends who have a loved one suffering from an eating disorder. Groups are open/drop-in and confidential. Held twice per month, every second and fourth Saturday of the month. June 22-28, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. El Camino Hospital, 2500 Grant Road, Conference Room A, Mountain View.
Family and KidsMarine Science Camp
The Marine Science Institute is hosting a camp that offers hands-on activities, live animals and educational field trips including a day aboard the Marine Science Institute research vessel. Week-long camps run from June 16–Aug. 15; each day starts at 10 a.m. Registration opens Feb. 1. Starting at $375. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City.
EnvironmentImprovements to Household Hazardous Waste Station
There have been new upgrades made to the Household Hazardous Waste Station. Safely dispose of unwanted or unused toxic household items. New hours: every Saturday 9-11 a.m. and first Friday of the month, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Limitations: must be Palo Alto resident (license or registration). Please visit the website for more information. Sept. 20-21, Free. Regional Water Quality Control Plant, 2501 Embarcadero Way, Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Within and Without: Transformations in Chinese Landscapes'
Fifteen works of Chinese landscape will be on display. Wednesday through Sunday, Feb. 19-Dec. 14., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
DanceSocial Ballroom Dancing
Social ballroom dancing takes place every Friday and Saturday throuhgout the year at Cubberley Pavilion, starting at 8 p.m. with a lesson followed by general dancing. Go to www.cubberleyballroom.com for lesson schedule. No experience or partner necessary. Cover includes refreshments. 8 p.m.-midnight. $9. Cubberley Community Center Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsClasses at For the Love of Dance
For the Love of Dance offers training in ballet, jazz, tap and other styles of dance. Serving Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Altos and Sunnyvale, it is a family-owned studio that teaches dance to children and adults at all levels of ability. Visit the website to learn about specific offerings. March through December. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.
Community EventsSew Sew Saturday
Mountain View Public Library has four Baby Lock (Grace model) sewing machines and one serger. The library invites all to come sew on Saturday mornings. Registration required to use machines, hand sewers welcome to drop-in. March through May, 10:15 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.