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Lectures & TalksAuthor Elizabeth Svoboda on 'What Makes a Hero?'
Elizabeth Svoboda will share and sign her new book "What Makes a Hero? The Surprising Science of Selflessness," which discusses breakthroughs in biology and neuroscience that point to selfless tendencies in the brain, as well as how selfless behavior can be encouraged. Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
ConcertsWorld Harmony Chorus concert
The World Harmony Chorus from the Community School of Music and Arts will share its repertoire of music from Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and more. The concert will include an opportunity for the audience to learn a song. Jan. 26, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'Seven Steps to Boost Your Vitaltiy'
This talk will cover a handful of steps individuals can take to help over overcome blockages, experience joy and make the most of 2015. Jan. 26, 8-9 p.m. $5-$10 donation suggested. First Baptist Church , 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto .
Classes/WorkshopsSimple Sewing: Envelope clutch
This workshop will teach sewers of all levels how to make a buttonhole and line fabric while making a small cloth purse. Space is limited and registration required. Jan. 26, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Family and KidsBilingual Baby Storytime
This Portola Valley Library event will introduce babies to Spanish through stories, songs and rhymes. Age-appropriate toys will be available at the end of the session. Jan. 26, 11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Lectures & TalksComedian Maria Bamford
Maria Bamford, standup comedian, writer and TV actor, will give a talk at Stanford, co-sponsored by the Stanford Storytelling Project and The ITALIC Program. Jan. 26, 8-10 p.m. Free. Cemex Auditorium, 655 Knight Way, Stanford.
Exhibits'Land and Sea'
Garden Fresh restaurant will have on display a solo exhibit of oil paintings of Bay Area landscapes and seascapes by local artist Bonnie Hicks. Nov. 25-Jan. 27, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
Art GalleriesPacific Art League January exhibitions
The Pacific Art League will have two exhibits on display in January: a collaborative exhibit of drawings and paintings by Jon Haag and Brian Sal Corral, and an exhibit of work by Pacific Art League members, judged by JoAnn Edwards of the Museum of Craft and Design. Monday-Friday, Jan. 9-29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Art Squared'
Viewpoints Gallery will hold an all-gallery group show in January called "Art Squared," featuring the work of 15 local artists in oils, watercolor, pastels, mixed media and ceramics. Jan. 8-30, Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.
Art Galleries'Treasures Revealed'
The Portola Art Gallery will host "Treasures Revealed," a joint exhibit of work by Shaowei Liu and Yvonne Newhouse with watercolor paintings of brief, precious moments in life. Monday-Saturday, Jan. 1-31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Art Galleries'Here & There'
Gallery 9 Los Altos will have on display a solo exhibit called "Here & There" of watercolor paintings by Suej McCall, inspired by the local artist's travels. Jan. 2-Feb. 1, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9 Los Altos, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
The Cantor Arts Center will have on display an exhibit called "Well Pressed: Highlights from the Marmor Collection." The exhibit is made up of 13 pieces, many prints, by artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Richard Serra and Frank Stella. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 13-Feb. 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
Benefits/FundraisersThe Beginner's School fundraiser
The Beginner's School, a free online art school founded by Phil Shemanski of Los Altos, is holding an online fundraising campaign with the goal of adding a sculpture course to its offerings. Visit the website for more info. Through Feb. 5. Donations requested. , , Los Altos.
Exhibits'Movements for Change'
The Peterson Gallery at Stanford will mount an exhibit of photography by Bob Fitch called "Movements for Change," which captures moments in American civil rights history, farm workers organizing and the peace movement of the 1960s and '70s. The exhibit is accessible daily, except for some holidays. Nov. 20-Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Green Library, Bing Wing, Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford.
Exhibits'Raúl Cañibano: Storyteller'
The Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College will host an exhibit called "Raúl Cañibano: Storyteller," which shares images by the Havana-based photographer which capture Cuba, its people and their struggles in the post-revolution era. On Jan. 21, there will be an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 21-March 11, center hours. Free. Krause Center for Innovation, KCI Gallery, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Classes/WorkshopsYoga with Surfer Mike
Surfer Mike will lead a weekly course in yoga and meditation with the goal of fostering inner peace and well-being. All ages and levels are welcome. Jan. 5-March 13, 5:30-6:45 p.m. $90-$99. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Loose in Some Real Tropics'
The Cantor Arts Center will have an exhibit on display called "'Loose in Some Real Tropics': Robert Rauschenberg's 'Stoned Moon' Project, 1969-1970," which shares and documents Rauschenberg's lithographs, drawings, photographs and correspondence from his participation in the NASA Art Program capturing the Apollo 11 mission. Wednesday-Monday, Dec. 24-March 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Daumier on Art and the Theatre'
This exhibit of 16 prints and one drawing by Honore Daumier will contemplate the public reception of painting and the performing arts in the mid-19th century, as well as art theory. Oct. 8-March 16, Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, Robert Mondavi Family Gallery, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
HealthJacki's Aerobic Dancing
Jacki's Aerobic Dancing classes, held three times per week, lead participants in abdominal work, strength training and aerobic routines. Complimentary child care is available. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, year-round, 9-10 a.m. $36/month; $5/class. Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View.
Exhibits'Bear Walker Society'
This Cantor Arts Center exhibit entitled "Bear Walker Society: Explorations in Global Modernism" will feature the work of the prominent Anishnaabe artist Norval Morrisseau and examine how traditional Anishnaabe beadwork and interactions with Picasso influenced his style. Wednesday-Monday, through March 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
The Lynn Krywick Gibbons Gallery will have on display an exhibit called "Sensual Splendor: Medieval Art from the Cantor Collection," which includes medieval icons, funerary portraits and textiles from Byzantium, the Latin West and Islam. Through March 30, Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Family and KidsArt School of San Francisco Bay classes
The Art School of San Francisco Bay offers art classes for a variety of ages and abilities, beginning at age 2 and continuing up until advanced classes for teens. Visit the website for schedule, prices and registration. Sept. 3-May 29. Free trials available; prices vary. Accent Arts Store, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Drama of Heaven and Earth'
The Cantor Arts Center will arrange an exhibit called "Drama of Heaven and Earth: The Theatrical Traditions of Japan," which tells the history of the Japanese dramatic art of Noh through masks, ceramics, prints and other visual materials. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 17-June 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Art Galleries'Heads and Hands'
The Rotunda Gallery will have on display an exhibit of work by sculptor Dan Woodard, which looks at the positive and negative and serious and comical aspects of the human condition. Monday-Friday, Jan. 21-June 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Rotunda Gallery, 555 County Center, Redwood City.
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.
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'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-Oct. 26, 2015, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.