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Lectures & TalksAuthors Chris Yeh and Ben Casnocha on 'The Alliance'
Entrepreneurs Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh will discuss their book "The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age," sharing insights on inspiring loyalty and creativity and managing winning teams. Sept. 29, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsBeginning Improv Class
The Dragon Theatre will host a weekly class on improvisation this fall. Students will learn a variety of skills with a small group in a safe and friendly atmosphere. Those interested should register through the website. Mondays, Sept. 22-Nov. 3, 7-9 p.m. $220 before Sept. 15; $270 after. Dragon Productions Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Family and KidsBabies and Books Storytime
September's Babies and Books Storytimes, for children 18 months old and younger, will offer varied programming in addition to rhymes, songs, lap play and short stories. Sept. 29 will be a bilingual (English and Spanish) story time event. Mondays, Sept. 8-29, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
HealthYoga at Little House
Little House Activity Center will offer weekly yoga classes that focus on breathing techniques and postures designed to enhance health and decrease stress. All skill levels are welcome. Mondays, Aug. 11-Sept. 29, 6-7 p.m. $52 monthly; $15 drop in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Art GalleriesRecent works by Carolyn Jones
The Portola Art Gallery will host an exhibit of recent 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.
The Community School of Music and Arts will have on display an exhibit called "Recorded Live: Drawings, Paintings and Collage," which features works focused on the human form by a number of artists. Sept. 2-30, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Mohr Gallery, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
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.
HealthBoomer Night Fitness
These Chez Fit weekly fitness classes for Baby Boomers will offer participants a full-body and low-impact workout set to tunes from the '60s and '70s. Mondays, Sept. 29-Dec. 15, 7-8 p.m. $180 for 12 sessions. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
SeniorsLa Comida Senior Lunch Program
Nonprofit La Comida welcomes seniors age 60 and older and their guests to enjoy an appetizing and nutritious three-course lunch, along with camaraderie, music and activities. Lunch is served weekdays at three Palo Alto locations. Visit the website or call for the other venues and more info. Monday-Friday, year-round, 11:15-12:15 p.m. $3 voluntary contribution for adults 60 and over; $8 charge for those under 60. La Comida Main Dining Room, Avenidas Center, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
VolunteersLa Comida volunteer opportunities
The La Comida Senior Lunch Program has various volunteer opportunities available, including helping to welcome and serve seniors, translate, assist with special programs and do community outreach. Monday-Friday, year-round, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. La Comida Main Dining Room, Avenidas Center, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
HealthTRX Body Blast
In this class at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, students can use the TRX Suspension Trainer to build strength and endurance during upbeat workouts. Mondays, Aug. 25-Oct. 13, noon-1 p.m. $109 resident; $146 non-resident. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsAccent Arts classes
Accent Arts will offer handful of classes covering a variety of art mediums in its loft above the store. Visit the website or call to register. Sept. 7-Oct. 30, 10 p.m. Prices vary. Accent Arts, 392 S. California 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.
HealthYoga with Mike
Michael Kintz will offer weekly yoga classes designed to provide relaxation through meditation and movement. All ages and levels welcome. See website for specific times and locations. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 8-Dec. 15, 5:15 or 5:30 p.m. $161. Lucie Stern Community Center or Little House Activity Center, , Palo Alto and Menlo Park.
SeniorsMinds in Motion classes
Peninsula Volunteers will offer these classes as part of its early memory loss wellness program for those experiencing changes in memory or other cognitive impairments. Activities include brain and memory games. Mondays, through December, 10 a.m.-noon. $12 drop in; $75 eight-week series. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Clubs/MeetingsPalo Alto Scrabble Club
The Palo Alto Scrabble Club welcomes players of all levels every Monday night, holidays included. No need to RSVP. No charge to play. Players can drop in with their equipment or use the club's. Mondays, through December, 6-9:30 p.m. Free. Freebirds World Burrito, 2305 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsFor 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.
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.