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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Benefits/Fundraisers

DragonFest 14 fundraiser
The Dragon Theatre will host a kickoff event and fundraiser for its 2015 season at La Honda Winery, where it will announce the coming productions and provide a sneak peek of some scenes. Sept. 13, 7-11 p.m. $50 single, $90 couple in advance; $60 single, $100 couple at the door. La Honda Winery, 2645 Fair Oaks Ave., Redwood City.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Harvest Dinner
The third annual Harvest Dinner will celebrate food from local farm and ranches while raising funds for enrichment programs at La Honda Elementary School. The dinner will also include appetizers, live music, a silent auction and a raffle. A garden tour will be held before the event at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 13, 5-9 p.m. $75 adult; $10 donation for child care. La Honda Gardens, 8865 La Honda Road, La Honda.
 

Concerts

Bodhi Tree Concerts North
Bodhi Tree Concerts North and Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto will present a concert called "Songs from the Old World...and the New," featuring Carrie Hennessey (soprano), Betany Coffland (mezzo soprano) and Veronika Agranov-Dafoe (piano). Sept. 13, 7:30-9 p.m. $25. Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto.
 

Classes/Workshops

'Cooking Your Food with the Sun'
In this class taught by Carol Cox, students will learn about several different ways of cooking with the sun, as well as how to make a solar oven. Solar ovens will also be available for purchase. Sept. 13, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $35. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Classes/Workshops

'Grow Your Own Seedlings'
This class will share with students how to grow seedlings, covering where to get seeds, timing, care, soil and containers. Sept. 13, 2-4 p.m. $35. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Family and Kids

Lego Club at Portola Valley Library
The Portola Valley Library will host a meeting of its Lego Club, where it will have a variety of Lego and Duplo building blocks for community members of all ages to build with. Sept. 13, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Wine, Croquet & Music Charity Fundraiser
The Rho Delta Omega chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority will hold its ninth annual Wine, Croquet and Music Charity Fundraiser. This year's event will include live jazz, a gourmet buffet lunch, wine and the traditional croquet tournament. Attendees are encouraged to wear all-white attire, in the style of "The Great Gatsby." Sept. 13, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $65. Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave., Atherton.

Benefits/Fundraisers

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Beerfest
This annual event will raise funds for renovations and resources for the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School. The event will include beer from Devil's Canyon and other breweries, food from Emergency BBQ and live music by Ryan Salet and others. Sept. 13, noon-8 p.m. Prices vary. OLMC Beer Festival, 301 Grand St., Redwood City.
 

Community Events

College Terrace tree tour with Canopy
At this Canopy event, tree expert Jeff Newborn will lead a tour through Palo Alto's College Terrace neighborhood, pointing out species including Purple Birch and Coast Live Oak. Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. College Terrace neighborhood, College Avenue and Oberlin Street, Palo Alto.
 

Family and Kids

Family Storytime
This event at the Portola Valley Library will include stories, songs and activities for the whole family. Sept. 13, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Community Events

Kepler's Book Swap
At this social Kepler's event, attendees will hear from Natalie Baszile about her book "Queen Sugar," receive book suggestions, enjoy food and drink, and go home with a book shared by another attendee and a free Advanced Reader's Edition of a book from Kepler's. Sept. 13, 6:30-9 p.m. $25. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

Concerts

Bass soloist Jean Baudin
Jean Baudin, a bass soloist who has recorded and performed in the U.S., Europe and Japan, will perform a concert at the Woodside Library. Sept. 13, 2-3 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.
 

Classes/Workshops

Sewing for Kids & Teens
This class will teach kids and teens how to sew, including how to use a sewing machine, do layout, cut and sew a project. Teachers will provided guidance and support. A materials list will be sent out a week before the course begins. Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-noon. $64 resident; $85 nonresident. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
 

Classes/Workshops

Silicon Valley Grows seeds workshop
UC Master Gardeners will show attendees when and how to collect seeds, covering threshing, winnowing and storing. The event will include hands-on activities to prepare seeds brought by attendees for planting the next season. Sept. 13, noon-1:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

Benefits/Fundraisers

Konpeito Cello Quartet Benefit Concert
Four local high school students -- recently heard nationally on NPR's "From the Top" broadcast -- will play together in a chamber music ensemble, All proceeds will benefit the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. Sept. 13, 4-5:30 p.m. $10. Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
 

On Stage

'Sleeping Beauty'
As part of the Playhouse Series, local high school performers will put on two performances of "Sleeping Beauty," an interactive production suited for children ages 3 to 6. The show is approximately 45 minutes long. Sept. 13, 10 a.m. and noon; and Sept. 14, noon. $10-$12. Palo Alto Children's Theatre - Magic Castle Stage, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Family and Kids

Friends of the Palo Alto Library Book Sale
Friends of the Palo Alto Library will hold its next weekend monthly sale of 50,000 gently used books and media. On Saturday the children's and bargain rooms will open an hour early at 10 a.m. On Sunday, the bargain room will be 50 percent off or $5 per bag. Sept. 13 and 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Prices vary. Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Health

Inner Engineering program
This 4-day program by the Isha Foundation aims to address all facets of human well-being, including mind, body and emotions. A vegetarian lunch will be provided on Saturday, and vegetarian breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Attendance for all sessions is required. Sept. 11 and 12, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Sept. 13, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sept. 14, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. $325. IFES Society, 432 Stierlin Road, Mountain View.

On Stage

'Water by the Spoonful'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, "Water by the Spoonful," a story about a community of strangers who find refuge in an online chat room. Tuesday-Saturday, Aug. 20-Sept. 14, see website for specific times and dates. $19-$74. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

Exhibits

Time Machines: Clocks and Timekeeping Devices
This exhibition explores timekeeping and timekeeping devices, from the introduction of the sundial by the ancient Egyptians to the precise atomic clock. In addition to explanations of clock mechanics, the exhibit examines the role of timekeeping in early navigation and in the Industrial Revolution. April 18-September 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Random'
Gallery House will have on display an exhibit called "Random" which will be made up of minimalist animal sculptures by George Perazzo and abstract paintings by Charlotte Coqui. Aug. 26-Sept. 20, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Environment

Improvements 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.

Classes/Workshops

Foothill College Fall Quarter registration
Foothill College Fall Quarter registration is still open on the school's website. Classes will run from Sept. 22 to Dec. 12. Students are encouraged to register early for the best course selection. July 21-Sept. 22. $31/unit for California residents, plus basic fees. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Volunteers

Silicon Valley Tour de Coop preparation
Neighbors Helping Neighbors will hold a variety of volunteer activities leading up to and during the Silicon Valley Tour de Coop, a bike ride between chicken coops and home gardens on Sept. 21. Volunteer opportunities include putting up fliers and posters, doing test bike rides, organizing other small events to spread the word and staffing locations on tour day. The organization also seeks community members with chicken coops, beehives and home gardens to host stops. June-September, dates and times vary. Free. Neighbors Helping Neighbors events, various nearby locations, Palo Alto and Mountain View.
 

Classes/Workshops

Fall acting classes
Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory will offer classes this fall in which adults and children can learn a variety of theater skills. Classes for adults will be taught by Rick Lombardo, former artistic director of San Jose Repertory Theatre, and will begin on Sept. 15. Classes for children (ages 4 to 18) will begin on Sept. 2. Sept. 2-Nov. 14, $225-$285. Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Exhibits

'The New Landscape'
The Cantor Arts Center will mount an exhibit called "The New Landscape: Experiments in Light by Gyorgy Kepes," which explores art's relevance in a scientific age. Forty-five panels by the Hungarian-born American artist capturing scientific imagery (minerals, cellular patterns and tissue fibers) will be on display. Wednesday-Sunday, July 24-Nov. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. (starting Sept. 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China'
The exhibit "Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China: Photographs of Land and Culture" will be on display at the Krause Center for Innovation. June 23-Sept. 26, center hours. Free. Krause Center for Innovation, 12345 El Monte Road, Building 4000, Los Altos Hills.
 

Art Galleries

Richard Bostrom solo exhibit
Gallery 9 in Los Altos will mount an exhibit of wood sculpture and abstract paintings by Bay Area artist Richard Bostrom. Sept. 2-27, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

On Stage

'Big Fish'
The Palo Alto Players will put on a production of "Big Fish," a visually-striking musical that pays tribute to family and the magic of storytelling. Sept. 12-28, Thursdays at 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. $34-$48. Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

On Stage

'The Great American Trailer Park Musical'
The Los Altos Stage Company will put on several performances of "The Great American Trailer Park Musical." Set in a mobile home community called Armadillo Acres, the campy musical involves a young stripper, an agoraphobic housewife and a tollbooth collector. Wednesday-Sunday, Sept. 4-28, 8 p.m. $18-$36. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

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-Sunday, Aug. 20-Sept. 28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. (starting Sept. 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Decline & Renewal'
The Mohr Gallery will have on display an exhibit called "Decline & Renewal, Mixed Media Works on Paper" by artist Erin Goodwin-Guerrero. Aug. 8-Sept. 28, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Art Galleries

'Recent Works' by Carolyn Jones
The Portola Art Gallery will host an exhibit called "Recent Works," composed of oil paintings by Menlo Park artist Carolyn Jones. Paintings include scenes from her travels in California, Vermont and France. Monday-Sunday, Sept. 1-30, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.

Exhibits

Yosemite Memories
Garden Fresh restaurant will have on display an exhibit of acrylic paintings on canvas by local artist Diana Ware Collins. Her works depict landscapes and scenes from her time spent in Yosemite and abroad. July 30-Sept. 30, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.

On Stage

'House and Garden'
This production of Alan Ayckbourn's "House and Garden" will include two comedies taking place simultaneously in two adjacent theaters -- with a shared cast. One follows the Platts as they host an annual May Fete at their English estate, while the other takes place on the same estate's grounds. Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 12-Oct. 5, 8-10:30 p.m. $10-$35. Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Night, Smoke and Shadows'
This exhibition, named "Night, Smoke and Shadows: The Presence of Atmosphere in the 19th Century," includes prints, drawings and photographs by artists such as James McNeill Whistler, Max Klinger, Felicien Rops and Alvin Langdon Coburn. Wednesday-Sunday, May 14-Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. (after September 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Artists Observe Nature'
This exhibition features about 18 prints and drawings that focus on the post-17th century impulse to study nature. Wednesday-Sunday, May 14-Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. (after September 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Sports

Society Skateboarding Group Lessons
Instructors from the Society skate shop will teach skateboarding fundamentals, technique and safety in this course. Saturdays, Sept. 13-Oct. 11, 11 a.m.-noon. $110 resident; $147 nonresident. Menlo Park Skate Park, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Exhibits

Pop Art from SFMOMA
To celebrate its new neighbor, the Anderson Collection, the Cantor Arts Center will have on display an exhibit of 10 pop art works that were originally part of the Andersons' donation to SFMOMA. Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 13-Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. (starting Sept. 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
 

Art Galleries

'Mothers & Daughters Relationships'
Artist Monica Zones will have on display a collection of pieces called "Mothers & Daughters Relationships" at the Gitane boutique. June 29-Oct. 31, store hours. Free. Gitane, 855 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.

Sports

United States Youth Volleyball League
The United States Youth Volleyball League in Palo Alto is about to kick off; registration will be open until Sept. 1. The 8-week program is open to boys and girls ages 7 to 15. Tuesdays and Saturdays, Sept. 9-Nov. 1, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $150 general; $185 late registration. Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Ave., Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Pomegranate Art' by Linda Tapscott
The Oshman Family JCC will have on display pomegranate wire mesh sculptures by Linda Tapscott in the Goldman Sport & Wellness Complex. Aug. 26-Nov. 15, complex hours. Free. Goldman Sport & Wellness Complex, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

Classes/Workshops

Earth-based spiritual arts course
This 12-session course for women aims to help students deepen their relationship with the self, elements and the spirit. Saturdays, Aug. 16-Nov. 29, 2-4 p.m. email for pricing. Private residence, address will be provided upon registration, Palo Alto .

Exhibits

'Sympathy for the Devil: Satan, Sin and the Underworld'
As Jackson Pollock’s painting "Lucifer" comes to Stanford’s Anderson Collection, this exhibit will explore the visual history of the devil and his realm from the 16th to the 20th century. Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 20-Nov. 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. (starting Sept. 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Within and Without: Transformations in Chinese Landscapes'
Fifteen works of Chinese landscape will be on display. Wednesday-Sunday, Feb. 19-Dec. 14., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. (after September 21, the center will also be open on Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Dance

Social 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/Workshops

For the Love of Dance classes
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 website to learn about specific offerings. March through December. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Robert Frank in America'
This exhibition of 130 photographs sheds light on the making of photographer Robert Frank's book, "The Americans." His images document subjects including Hollywood and the Ford Motor plant in Detroit, while probing social issues like politics, race and the post-war culture. Wednesday-Sunday, Sept. 10-Jan. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. (starting Sept. 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Well Pressed'
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-Sunday, Aug. 13-Feb. 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. (starting Sept. 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, 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-Sunday, Aug. 13-Oct. 26, 2015, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. (starting Sept. 21, the center will be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Art Galleries

'From the Ground Up'
Artists Martha Castillo and Trevlyn Williams will have new works on display at Gallery House, which are inspired by the colors, textures and light of California's natural landscapes. A reception will be held on July 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. July 1-26, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.