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Classes/Workshops

Aging Strong workshop
This workshop run by a licensed physical therapist and certified Pilates instructor will lead participants in exercises that serve to strengthen muscles and bones and reduce the risk of falls. April 20, 7:30-8:45 p.m. Free. East West Bookstore, 324 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

Teen Activities

Author Leila Sales on 'This Song Will Save Your Life'
Not Your Mother's Book Club will welcome children's book editor and author Leila Sales, who will mark the paperback release of her novel about friendship and the power of music, "This Song Will Save Your Life." April 20, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
 

Seniors

linkAges Advocates technology help
linkAges will visit the Mountain View Senior Center to assist community members with enrolling in its TimeBank system -- a service-exchange platform -- and develop individualized plans which help individuals to track their engagement and receive future assistance. April 20, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View.

Lectures & Talks

'The Meaning of the Armenian Genocide for the Diaspora'
Stanford Global Studies and the Stanford Humanities Center will host a panel discussion called "The Meaning of the Armenian Genocide for the Diaspora," featuring current students, graduates and professors. The event is part of a series marking the centenary of the Armenian Genocide. April 20, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa St., Stanford.

Lectures & Talks

'Longevity in the Age of Disease'
In this Peninsula Macrobiotic Community talk, Michael Rossoff, macrobiotic counselor and licensed acupuncturist, will discuss how many of fatal conditions -- cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and respiratory disease -- are related to dietary and lifestyle choices. April 20, 8-9:30 p.m. $5-$10 donation. First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

On Stage

Rough Reading: 'King of the Yees'
The Playwrights Foundation will hold its next Rough Reading event at Stanford, this time featuring "King of the Yees," a personal play by Lauren Yee that looks at the history of her father's role in a Chinese "family association" in San Francisco. April 20, 7:30 p.m. Pay what you can. Roble Hall, Theater, 374 Santa Teresa St., Stanford.
 

Classes/Workshops

Three Romantic Dances class
Taught by Ellen Murray and Gene Esswein, this six-week course offered by Mountain View-Los Altos Adult Education will cover the waltz, rumba and tango. The class is suited to beginners or those returning to ballroom dance. Singles and couples are welcome. Visit the website to register. Mondays, April 13-May 17, 7:30-9 p.m. $50. Mountain View Community Center, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View.
 

Exhibits

'Beasts & Books'
"Beasts & Books," curated by Stanford Ph.D. candidate Mackenzie Cooley, with help from undergraduate students, encapsulates the interdependence of humans and animals through rare books and manuscripts. On April 16, from 4 to 6 p.m., there will a reception. April 6-Aug. 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Green Library, Bing Wing, Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford.

Art Galleries

Pacific Art League: 'Spring is in the Air'
The Pacific Art League has two exhibits on display in April: "Spring is in the Air," a juried show with works focusing on spring in a number of mediums, and the Palo Alto Camera Club's annual photograph competition. Monday-Friday, April 3-23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
 

Health

Clinical Trials Awareness Week
Stanford Cancer Institute will hold Clinical Trials Awareness Week for patients and the community to learn about Stanford's trials and research. There will be poster exhibits, an educational talk in Spanish on April 24 and an info desk with games, giveaways and prizes. April 20-24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Stanford Cancer Center, 875 Blake Wilbur Drive, Stanford.

Art Galleries

'Along Highway 1'
Viewpoints Gallery has on display "Along Highway 1," a show of watercolor paintings by plein air artist Veronica Gross inspired by vistas along the famed highway from Big Sur to the Oregon coast. March 31-April 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday only until 3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.
 

Family and Kids

Babies & Books Storytime
The Portola Valley Library will continue its story-time events for the very young, which include rhymes, songs, lap play and short stories. Age-appropriate toys will be available to play with at the end of each session. Mondays, April 13-27, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

Teen Activities

Teen Blackout Poetry Contest
Throughout National Poetry Month this April, the Menlo Park Library will hold a Blackout Poetry Contest, during which participants can create poetry by leaving select words visible and blacking out the rest. Visit the website for more info. April 1-27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.
 

Health

Feldenkrais classes
Deborah Dutton, a certified Feldenkrais instructor, leads weekly classes that seek to alleviate tension, aches and pains while improving body mechanics and posture. Movements are done lying on the floor. Participants should bring a mat or towel. See website for schedules and info on how to register. Feb. 13-April 29. Series prices vary; $20 drop in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., and the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Art Galleries

'LandEscapes'
The Portola Art Gallery presents "LandEscapes," an exhibition of recent plein air and studio works by Mary K. Stahl. Monday-Saturday, April 1-30, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.

Exhibits

'She Who Tells a Story'
The Cantor Arts Center will offer an exhibit called "She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World," introducing 12 photographers' work that spans from photojournalism to fine art. Wednesday-Monday, Jan. 28-May 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Classes/Workshops

'Beauty and Abundance: Year-Round Fruit from the Home Garden'
This Palo Alto Adult School course will instruct community members in how to sustainably grow and harvest fruit year-round from a home garden. Topics covered include efficient watering methods, integrated pest management, non-synthetic fertilizers and soil amendments. Advance registration online is required. Mondays, April 13-May 11, 7-9 p.m. $73. Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

Food and Drink

Peninsula Macrobiotic Community dinners
The Peninsula Macrobiotic Community, started in 1987, serves a weekly gourmet vegetarian dinner in a friendly, communal setting each Monday, except on holidays. The full vegan meal includes soup, grain, beans or bean products, vegetables, dessert and beverages. A lecture is also offered once each month. Reservations by phone (650-599-3320) must be made by 9:30 a.m. on Monday. Mondays, April 6-May 18, 6:30-8 p.m. $18. First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Classes/Workshops

Mindful Yoga with Surfer Mike
Surfer Mike will lead this weekly class on yoga, meditation and mindful movement that aims to help participants find inner peace and well-being. All ages and levels are welcome. Mondays, March 23-May 18, 5:30-6:45 p.m. $108 nonresident; $99 resident. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Family and Kids

Art 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

'Into the Wild Woods'
The Community School of Music and Arts currently has an exhibition of illustrations and paintings by Bay Area native Liz Amini-Holmes. April 3-May 31, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
 

Exhibits

'Interaction of Color: Josef Albers'
In its exhibit "Interaction of Color: Josef Albers," the Cantor Arts Center shares a selection of works on paper by abstract painter Josef Albers -- pieces which were donated to the museum by the Marmor family and its foundation. Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 12-June 15, 11 am.-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-June 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Health

Danceation fitness classes
European pop star Heath Hunter and international fitness guru Kirsten Johnson will lead participants in high-energy dance and fitness workouts for all skill levels. March 16-June 17, Monday, 11:30 a.m.; Tuesday, 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 9, 10 and 11 a.m. $20 single class; $150 10-class pass. American Legion, 347 1st St., Los Altos.

Exhibits

'Imagining the Oceans'
The Cantor Arts Center has on display an exhibit called "Imagining the Oceans," which brings together artwork across history and cultures inspired by ocean environments. The exhibit features pieces by Willem van de Velde, Charles Meryon, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Willem de Kooning and others -- as well as items from the Pacific Islands region. Wednesday-Monday, March 18-June 29, 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.

Exhibits

'Shifting Currents'
In an exhibit called "Shifting Currents: Highlights from the 20th-Century Chinese Collection, the Cantor Arts Center showcases modern pieces drawn from the museum's large collection of Asian art. Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 25-July 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Drama of Heaven and Earth'
The Cantor Arts Center tells the history of the Japanese dramatic art of Noh in an exhibit called "Drama of Heaven and Earth: The Theatrical Traditions of Japan," which is composed of masks, ceramics, prints and other visual materials. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 17-July 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Health

Jazzercise classes
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

'Arboreal Architecture'
The Cantor Arts Center's exhibit "Arboreal Architecture: A Visual History of Trees" compares and contrasts depictions of trees across cultures. Wednesday-Monday, April 15-July 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Plus One: Pop Duplications'
The exhibit "Plus One: Pop Duplications" focuses on the emergence of Pop Art, looking at how American artists in the early 1960s used popular imagery, commercial signage and product design as sources and inspiration for their work. Wednesday-Monday, April 8-Aug. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Promised Land: Jacob Lawrence at the Cantor'
Made possible through a gift from the Kayden family, this exhibit at the Cantor Arts Center includes 56 works by the 20th-century American artist Jacob Lawrence, and one by his wife, Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence. Lawrence is known for his efforts in capturing the African-American experience. Wednesday-Monday, April 1-Aug. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Bravo!: Music and Theater in Enlightenment Europe'
The Cantor Arts Center collects prints and drawings that probe the 18th-century realms of music and drama in an exhibit entitled "Bravo!: Music and Theater in Enlightenment Europe." Wednesday-Monday, March 25-Aug. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'American Battleground'
In "American Battleground: Photographs of the Civil War, 1861-1865," the Cantor Arts Center examines the then-emerging medium of photography in the U.S. and how it was used to document the conflict. Wednesday-Monday, March 25-Aug. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'No Limits - Freedom to Create'
The Town of Los Altos Hills has on display "No Limits - Freedom to Create," a fine art exhibit showcasing the work of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society. A reception will be held on April 19 from 2 to 5 p.m. with children's art activities, live music and food. Monday-Friday, March 9-Aug. 28, 8 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m. Free. Town of Los Altos Hills, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.

Volunteers

Greeter and peer counselor recruitment
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is recruiting new peer counselors and greeters to help with its programs and services during Community Outreach events held from April to June and September to November. The organization seeks working or retired professionals, as well those with no experience, who are emotionally stable. The time commitment is about two to four hours per month. Training will be provided. March-August. Free. Location varies, Palo Alto and Mountain View, .

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.
 

Food and Drink

Off the Grid: Palo Alto
With help from the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, Off the Grid will bring its market offering a number of dinner options and a pop-up bar to Palo Alto. Mondays, Feb. 16-Dec. 14, 5-9 p.m. Free. Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
 

Health

Jacki's Aerobic Dancing
Jacki's Aerobic Dancing classes guide participants in abdominal work, strength training and aerobic routines. Complimentary childcare is provided by staff. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, March 9-Dec. 18, 9 a.m. $36 month; $6 single class. Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Bid4Kids Online Auction
Menlo-Atherton High School's Foundation for the Future will offer its Bid4Kids online auction to benefit the high school's students. Trips, parties, sports items and tickets, concert tickets and more are available. March 20-April 6. Prices vary. Menlo-Atherton Bid4Kids Online Auction, online only, Menlo Park.