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Concerts'A Festival of Lessons and Carols'
The Memorial Church Choir, directed by Dr. Robert Huw Morgan, presents its annual seasonal program, based on the service at King’s College, Cambridge. Presented by the Office for Religious Life at Stanford. Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
Religion/SpiritualityMusic: 'A Festival of Lessons and Carols'
The Memorial Church Choir, directed by Robert Huw Morgan, presents their annual seasonal program, based on the service at King’s College in Cambridge. Dec. 6, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
Family and KidsHanukkah Shabbat for Young Families
Congregation Kol Emeth in Palo Alto hosts a Hanukkah Shabbat for young families with a service, dinner and kids activities. Dec. 6, 4:30-7:45 p.m. $10 per adult; $5 per child (age 5 to 7th grade); kids 4 and younger eat free. Congregation Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksTalk: 'The Art of French Pastry'
Jacquy Pfeiffer, pastry chef and co-founder of the French Pastry School in Chicago, will discuss his new book, "The Art of French Pastry." Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Special EventsBlach School's Student Holiday Faire
Blach Intermediate School's annual Student Holiday Faire will feature about 180 students in more than 100 booths selling handcrafted items (ornaments, greeting cards, hats, scarves, jewelry, etc.) and foods. Dec. 6, 1-4 p.m. Free. Blach Intermediate School, 1120 Covington Road , Los Altos.
Community EventsMountain View Plaza Palooza
The City of Mountain View is hosting a series of events in the downtown Mountain View Civic Center Plaza. There will be music and entertainment, food and beverages the first Friday of every month. Nov. 1 and Dec. 6, Noon-1:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Civic Center Plaza, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Community EventsSacred Heart Prep Holiday Boutique
Holiday Boutique at Sacred Heart Prep will host vendors selling fresh seasonal greens, clothing, jewelry, stationery, artisan food and a selection of gift items. Parking is available on campus. Dec. 4-6, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Sacred Heart Schools, 150 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
Classes/WorkshopsMedia Center Studio TV Class
Learn all the crew positions necessary to produce a TV show and create a half-hour show in this class. Nov. 15-Dec. 6; Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays, 6-10 p.m. $145. Midpeninsula Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'The Life & Photographs of Alberto Korda'
Foothill College presents "Korda Moda," an exhibition dedicated to Korda's fashion photography. Gallery hours: Mondays–Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sundays and holidays. Oct. 2-Dec. 6. Free admission; parking is $3. KCI Gallery at Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Benefits/FundraisersPaly Winter Glass Sale
There will be hand-blown glass items for sale, demos and cookies at the Palo Alto High School winter glass sale. Proceeds benefit the high school's arts programs. Dec. 6-7, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Palo Alto High School - Room 105 near theatre, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Benefits/FundraisersHoliday Home Tour & Boutique
The Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula (JLPA•MP) will host its sixth annual fundraiser, "Finishing Touches": A Holiday Home Tour & Boutique. Funds raised support the League’s community projects. Dec. 6-7, Check website for event schedule. Events range in price - see website. Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley, 2050 University Ave., East Palo Alto.
Benefits/Fundraisers'Christmas at Our House' Holiday Home Tour
Saint Francis High School Women’s Club will host its 25th annual “Christmas At Our House” holiday home tour, featuring four homes in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. All homes will be decorated in holiday decor. Dec. 5-7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $45 and up. Various Four homes in the Los Altos Hills area, Various addresses, Los Altos Hills.
Environment'Capturing Real Life'
Dale Beliveau’s acrylic paintings of landscapes, birds, and wildlife will be on display at the EcoCenter Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., from Aug. 30 until Dec. 7. A public reception will be held at the EcoCenter on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 1-3 p.m. Free. EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
DanceDance Connection's Nutcracker Ballet
Dance Connection, located at the Cubberley Community Center, presents its fifteenth annual Nutcracker Ballet starring 134 local children and teens between the ages of 6 through 17. This family-friendly production runs Dec. 6 at 7 p.m., Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. $12-$25 in advance. Reserved seating. Gunn High School Spangenberg Theatre, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
On StageBallet America's Nutcracker
Ballet America presents "The Nutcracker," a full-length production that is also kid-friendly. "The Nutcracker" has a cast of approximately 100 dancers who are all from the Bay Area. Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. $18-39. Fox Theater, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Art GalleriesExhibition: 'The Rapture'
The Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University presents "The Rapture," a solo exhibition by Joel Leivick, the Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Photography, features his new photographic works of the Pantheon in Rome. Every day except Monday until Dec. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. T. W. Stanford Art Gallery, 419 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
Benefits/FundraisersHidden Villa Holiday Online Auction
Hidden Villa will host its first Holiday Online Auction, featuring local items and more. All proceeds will support Hidden Villa’s educational programs and scholarships. See URL below to start bidding. Bidding begins Nov. 25 and will close Dec. 10. Cost of auction items. Hidden Villa Holiday Auction, Online, No venue.
Classes/WorkshopsBrazilian Dance and Martial Arts
Classes in the Brazilian martial art Capoeira, as well as Brazilian dance for children and adults begin next month through the City of Palo Alto. Instructor Mestre Beicola is a native of Rio de Janeiro. Oct. 1-Dec. 12. Times and cost vary - see website. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Art GalleriesThe Collage Centennial
This exhibit features collages by 11 artists. The exhibit runs Oct. 1-Dec. 13, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Menlo College Administration Building, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton.
ConcertsScott's Seafood Holiday Drive
Scott’s Seafood in Mountain View is partnering with Community Services Agency (CSA) in Mountain View for its annual holiday sharing program, benefiting CSA. This year will be a pajama dive; drop off donations at the restaurant. Dec. 3-14, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. None. Scott's Seafood Mountain View , 420 Castro St. , Mountain View .
On Stage'November': Play by David Mamet
Dragon Theatre Productions is performing "November," a comedic commentary on the state of the union and national politics. Nov. 21-Dec. 15. No performances on Thanksgiving (Nov. 28). Thursdays-Saturdays: 8 p.m.; Sunday: 2 p.m. $10-35. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.
On StageLos Altos Stage Co.: 'The Sunshine Boys'
The Los Altos Stage Company's production of "The Sunshine Boys" is the story of Lewis and Clark, two longtime comedy partners whose career and friendship came to a sudden and acrimonious end. Nov. 21-Dec. 15, Wednesday-Sunday, 8 p.m. $26-$32. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
VolunteersBethany Lutheran Church Donations
Beginning Nov. 1, Bethany Lutheran Church will be collecting donations to help feed the local hungry. The money raised will be used to support a Thanksgiving dinner for homeless people and Christmas food baskets for East Palo Alto families. Bring monetary donations to the Church Office by Dec. 15. No cover. Bethany Lutheran Church , 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
Art Galleries'Modernism and Its Discontents'
Nancy J. Troy, the Victoria and Roger Sant Professor in Art and the chair of the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University, is currently teaching from multiple installations at the Cantor for her class, "The Visual Culture of Modernism and Its Discontents, ca. 1850-1925."ť Sept. 18-Dec. 15, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Community EventsEl Camino Hospital Farmers' Market
El Camino Hospital hosts a weekly farmers market every Friday on the Mountain View campus. The market is held in the parking lot east of the emergency entrance. Parking is available in lots A and B, located in front of the hospital along Grant Road. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. El Camino Hospital, 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View.
Art Galleries'Time' Gallery Exhibit
In this Gallery 9 exhibit, 30 artists explore many facets of time: changing seasons and color, aging, clocks and other abstract metaphors. A variety of 2D and 3D media is on display at Gallery 9 through Dec. 24. A meet-the-artists reception will be held on Friday, Dec. 6, 5-7:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
Art GalleriesGallery House Holiday Show and Sale
The Gallery House Holiday Show and Sale features art gifts in all mediums and price ranges. There will be a public reception on Nov.22 from 6-8 p.m. at the gallery. In December, extended hours include Sundays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Event runs Nov. 17 to Dec. 24. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Religion/SpiritualityUniversity Public Worship
Weekly sermons are scheduled at Memorial Church from 10-11 a.m. with music by university organist Robert Huw Morgan and the Memorial Church choir. Dec. 1, 8 and 24: Rev. Joanne Sanders, associate dean for Religious Life; Nov. 17 and 24: Rev. Scotty McLennan, dean for Religious Life. Dec. 22: Rev. Dr. C. George Fitzgerald. Dec. 29: Rev. Susan Scott. 10-11 a.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
DanceSocial Ballroom Dancing at Cubberley
Social ballroom dancing lessons and general dancing are held at Cubberley Community Center on Friday and Saturdays nights. Lessons vary; check www.cubberleyballroom.com for details. No experience or partner necessary; dressy casual attire is preferred. Cover includes refreshments. Nov. 15-Dec. 31, 8 p.m.-midnight. $9. Cubberley Community Center Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Art GalleriesPortola Art Gallery Group Show
At Portola Art Gallery during the month of December, artists will participate in the group show, “Small Works...Great Values.” Artists will showcase original works of art that are small in size but "large on value and creativity." Dec. 2-31, every day except Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Art Galleries'Art Meets Technology'
Art Meets Technology” presents work by 10 individuals whose accomplishments reside at the intersection of art, science, mathematics and technology. The exhibit draws on manuscript collections from the Stanford University Libraries. Ongoing every day through Jan. 15, 2014. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda, Green Library Bing Wing, 459 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
Classes/WorkshopsFoothill College Winter Quarter Registration
Foothill College Winter Quarter classes will run Jan. 6-March 28. Continuing students can register Nov. 25–Jan. 5 and new/returning students, Nov. 30-Jan. 5. Review more registration dates and instructions at www.foothill.edu. No fee to apply for admission; California residents pay $31 per unit plus basic fees. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Art GalleriesExhibit: Carrie Mae Weems
This exhibit is dedicated to contemporary artist and photographer Carrie Mae Weems. More than 100 photographs, installations and videos. Oct. 16-Jan. 5, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
ExhibitsExhibit: 'Metaphors in Color and Form'
The Los Altos Art Club presents its group art exhibit at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto, on display from Oct. 21 through Jan. 6. There will be an artists' reception on Friday, Nov. 15, 6-8 p.m., at the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall. Free. Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsMVLA Adult Education Winter/Spring 2014 Registration
Registration for the winter and spring 2014 sessions at Mountain View-Los Altos Adult Education begins on Friday, Nov. 22. Course catalog available online for viewing starting Monday, Nov. 18. Winter 2014 session is Jan. 6-March 21; Spring 2014 is March 24-June 6. Cost of classes. MVLA Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.
Art Galleries'Mapping Edo'
Experience Edo-period Japan (1615-1868) through archival maps, prints, and paintings of the capital and surrounding provinces. This exhibition explores the shift that came with Japan's unification at the start of the period. Aug. 23-Feb. 2, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Art Galleries'Border Crossings: From Imperial to Popular Life'
This Cantor Arts Center exhibit explores how the boundaries between social classes and identities are challenged and transcended through 18th-century Chinese paintings. Aug. 23-Feb. 2, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Harmony IV': A Fine Art Photography Exhibit
The Peking Duck Restaurant hosts the sixth in a series of rotating exhibits featuring photographs by Lisa Tesler, Paul Italiano, Kevin Shannon and Gordon C. Ulrickson. Reception with the photographers and Richard Dischler will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 3 to 6 p.m. Exhibit shows through Feb. 3, 2014. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Free. Peking Duck Restaurant, 151 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
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.
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'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.
HealthJacki’s Aerobic Dancing Classes
These fitness classes include core work, strength training and aerobic routines. Jacki's also offers complimentary childcare; bring children and get the first month of classes for free. 9 a.m.-10 a.m. $4 per class. Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View.