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Community EventsRandall Jarrell Adult Storytime
The Mountain View Public Library will hold its next adult story-time event, where a librarian will read stories by Randall Jarrell -- an American poet, literary critic, children's author, essayist and novelist -- as well as stories he loved. RSVP is optional. May 6, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'Doomsday Vaults, Genebanks and Plant Breeding in the Age of Climate Change'
Dr. Cary Fowler of the Global Crop Diversity Trust will give a talk on the effects of climate change on crops and food production and measures humanity can take to prepare agriculture for a different future. May 6, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Encina Hall, Bechtel Conference Center, 616 Serra St., Stanford.
Lectures & Talks'100 Years of Einstein's Relativity'
As part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, Dr. Jeffrey Bennett of the University of Colorado will give an illustrated, non-technical talk called "100 Years of Einsteinís Relativity (and How it Underlies our Modern Understanding of the Universe)." May 6, 7 p.m. Free; $3 parking. Foothill College, Smithwick Theater, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Religion/SpiritualityInvestiture Ceremony for Rev. Professor Jane Shaw
In this special ceremony, Professor Jane Shaw will be invested by the Stanford community as the dean for religious life. Anna Deavere Smith will preach. May 6, 4-5 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
ConcertsPamela Decker organ recital
Pamela Decker, organ and music theory professor at University of Arizona and organist at Grace St. Paulís Episcopal Church in Tucson, will perform a recital of organ music. May 6, 7:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
Film'To Be Takei' screening and discussion
The Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Residential Education at Stanford University will hold a screening of the film "To Be Takei: A Starís Trek for Life, Liberty, and Love." After the film, there will be a discussion with George and Brad Takei and the director Jennifer Kroot. Tickets are required. May 6, 7 p.m. Free. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.
Classes/WorkshopsMay Zoom In video production workshop
Midpeninsula Community Media Center will hold a five-day, 15-hour workshop on the basics of video production, covering all the skills needed to produce and edit a digital video while collaborating with others. Students will produce a short video by the end of the workshop. May 4, 6, 8, 18 and 20, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $175. Midpeninsula Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.
ExhibitsPacific Art League May exhibits
In May, the Pacific Art League will showcase works from the organization's instructors and Silicon Valley Open Studios participants in the Main Gallery. In addition, the Corridor Gallery will feature works by Ron Andrews, and Emilio Sotelo's handmade silver jewelry will be on display in the jewelry cases. Monday-Friday, May 1-28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Cuba, Paris & California'
Main St. Cafe & Books will display an exhibit of black and white photography by Tom and Marj Green, work that uses light and shadows to lend common scenes a mood or story. May 2-29, Monday-Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Main St. Cafe & Books, 134 Main St., Los Altos.
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.
Art Galleries'Silicon Valley Open Studios'
The exhibition "Silicon Valley Open Studios" will share the paintings and photography of Sydell Lewis, Dan McLean, Patricia Nojima, Joyce Savre and Nance Wheeler. Wednesday-Sunday, April 29-May 30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Light of the Landscape'
The Portola Art Gallery will host "Light of the Landscape," an exhibit of watercolor paintings by Steve Curl -- a Palo Alto watercolor artist and teacher and Palo Alto Daily News editorial cartoonist. Monday-Saturday, May 1-30, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Art Galleries'Cuban Icons, Cuban Lives'
Gallery 9 will offer an exhibit of photographs by Bill Scull called "Cuban Icons, Cuban Lives," which captures the rich daily lives of Cubans and their compassion, resilience, pride and style. April 28-May 30, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9 Los Altos, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
Art Galleries'Barnyard Friends'
Viewpoints Gallery will showcase a new group of oil paintings by Julia Munger Seelos called "Barnyard Friends." April 28-May 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday only until 3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.
Exhibits'Into the Wild Woods'
The Community School of Music and Arts currently has on display 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.
VolunteersComputer History Museum volunteer opportunities
The Computer History Museum is looking for new volunteers to join its docent team. A 10-session training program will prepare new and current volunteers to lead public and private reservation tours of the museum. Registration is requested. Wednesdays, Feb. 4-June 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
ExhibitsFiloli Botanical Art Exhibit
Filoli has on display its 17th annual Botanical Art Exhibit, which contains visual depictions of many plant species. March 24-June 7, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $20 adult; $17 senior (age 65 plus); $10 student; free for ages 4 and under, and Filoli members. Filoli, Visitor and Education Center, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.
Benefits/FundraisersDreams Happen Gala and Playhouse Auction
Stanford Shopping Center and Rebuilding Together Peninsula will collaborate for their 12th year of Dreams Happen, a biennial fundraising event featuring 12 custom-made, life-sized children's playhouses. The event benefits Rebuilding Together Peninsula. From May 2 to June 12, the playhouses will be on display. June 6, 6:30-10 p.m. $95 before May 15; $115 after May 15. Stanford Shopping Center, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto.
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.
HealthDanceation fitness classes
European pop star Heath Hunter and international fitness guru Kirsten Johnson teach regular 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.
Clubs/MeetingsRotary Club of Menlo Park
The Rotary Club of Menlo Park, a service club dedicated to working on community and international projects, meets weekly at the Allied Arts Guild. The members are men and women who live and work in Menlo Park, Atherton and surrounding communities. Visitors are welcome. Wednesdays, April 29-June 24, 12:15-1:30 p.m. $20 lunch. Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Clubs/MeetingsEnglish Conversation Club
At this club's weekly meetings, community members can practice their English conversation skills with other language learners and volunteer facilitators in the Menlo Park Library's downstairs meeting room. Wednesdays, April 22-June 24, 5-6 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.
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.
Exhibits'Seeing is Believing'
The Caldwell Gallery will present the exhibit "Seeing Is Believing," with works by members of Peninsula Art Critique that use a variety of media. Featured artists will include Penny Gamel, Jackie Gray, Janice Kirkpatrick, Annette Legallet, Gerry Anne Lenhart and others. Monday-Friday, May 4-June 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Hall of Justice, Caldwell Gallery, 400 County Center, Redwood City.
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.
Clubs/MeetingsESL Conversation Club in Mountain View
This weekly club at the Mountain View Public Library provides a place to practice English conversation skills with friendly company. All levels are welcome; no registration is required. Wednesdays, April 1-July 1, 5-6 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
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.
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.
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.
HealthFree YMCA fitness course
This weekly course led by YMCA instructors, called Healthy Happens Here, leads participants in beginner-level strength training to develop balance, flexibility, posture, coordination and fall prevention. Classes are appropriate for all levels and backgrounds. Registration is required. Wednesdays, May 6-July 29, noon-1 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
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 has collected prints and drawings that probe the 18th-century realms of music and drama for 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.
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 is now hosting "No Limits - Freedom to Create," a fine art exhibit showcasing the work of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society. 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.
VolunteersGreeter 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'O'Keeffe, Stieglitz, Toomer, and Modernism'
The Cantor Arts Center will puzzle out the relationships -- aesthetic and romantic -- between Georgia O'Keeffe, Alfred Stieglitz and Harlem Renaissance writer Jean Toomer in the exhibit "O'Keeffe, Stieglitz, Toomer, and Modernism." Wednesday-Monday, May 6-Sept. 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
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.
Clubs/MeetingsMountain View Woman's Club
Mountain View Woman's Club is a charitable organization that meets monthly to work on community projects. Guest are welcome at meetings. First Wednesday of each month, year-round, noon. Free. Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View.
Deborah Dutton, a certified Feldenkrais practitioner, 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. Wednesdays, May 6-Dec. 16, 11 a.m.-noon. Series prices vary; $20 drop-in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
HealthJacki'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'Hard Worker' Wednesdays
Estrellita Restaurant in Los Altos will host weekly fundraisers for the Day Worker Center of Mountain View. Visitors enjoying the Mexican fare should make sure to bring the fundraising flier with them (see website). Wednesdays, year-round, dinner hours. Prices vary. Estrellita Mexican Bistro and Cantina, 971 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.