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Family and Kids

Family Science Night
The Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo will hold a Family Science Night led by its science teachers, where families can participate in live animal encounters and science activities. Feb. 26, 6-8 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Seniors

EMT Speaker Series: Disaster alert system
Emergency medical technicians will come to the Mountain View Senior Center to inform community members about the Santa Clara County Emergency Alert System, through which residents can be informed by cellphone, email or land line about a disaster in the county. Feb. 26, 1-2 p.m. Free. Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View.
 

Family and Kids

Boys and discipline talk
Rachel Sklar of Parents Place will give talk discussing how to set limits, channel energy and positively guide boys. The event is specifically designed for parents with sons 1 to 8 years old. Those interested are encouraged to come early to ensure a seat. Feb. 26, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

Lectures & Talks

Author Steven Nightingale on 'Granada'
Poet and novelist Steven Nightingale will share "Granada: A Pomegranate in the Hand of God," in which he plumbs the rich history and culture of his adopted city. Feb. 26, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.

Family and Kids

Author Pam Munoz Ryan on 'Echo'
Pam Munoz Ryan, acclaimed author of "Esperanza Rising" and "The Dreamer," will talk about and sign her latest book, "Echo." Feb. 26, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

On Stage

Treat Social Club
Treat Social Club, an experimental arts collaborative from San Francisco, will perform a concert at the Oshman Family JCC featuring a jazz orchestra and aerial artists. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase. Feb. 26, 7:30-9 p.m. $35 member; $40 general; $45 at the door. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

Lectures & Talks

'My Double Life'
At an event called "My Double Life: From Artist to Mathematician and Back," Maria Klawe -- artist, mathematician, computer scientist and president of Harvey Mudd College -- will discuss the importance of art and mathematics in her life. She will speak in conversation with Vickie Scott Grove, executive director of the Community School of Music and Arts. A reception will follow. Feb. 26, 7:15-8:30 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Lifetree Cafe: 'Making an Ordinary Life Extraordinary'
Lifetree Cafe in Menlo Park will hold two hour-long conversations where community members can share tips on how to transform a normal life into a remarkable one. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Feb. 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Feb. 26, 9:15-10:15 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Classes/Workshops

Write Your Life memoir classes
Phyllis Butler, a local author and feature writer published in California and internationally, will teach a weekly class on writing memoirs, providing guidance, prompts and motivation. Thursdays, Feb. 5-26, 1-2 p.m. $50 four weeks; $15 drop in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.

Art Galleries

'Abstractions'
The Pacific Art League will have on display an exhibit called "Abstractions" that includes paintings, drawings, photography, prints and sculpture. The show is juried by by Robert Poplack, vurator and firector of the Wiegard Gallery of Notre Dame de Namur University. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Feb. 6, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, Feb. 6-26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto.

Classes/Workshops

Homemade introductory cooking classes
Homemade Cooking Inc. will offer three introductory courses during which students can experience coaching in healthy cooking, learn about the supportive community and enjoy all-natural foods. Homemade is offering five- and ten-week programs starting now and in the coming months. Feb. 12, 13 and 27, 6-8 p.m. $30 (a friend can attend for free). Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Art Galleries

'Meeting Point'
Gallery House will arrange an exhibit called "Meeting Point," made up of paintings and prints by Kyoko Fischer. A reception with the artist will be held on Friday, Feb. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 3-28, Tuesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'The Philippines in Photos'
The Portola Art Gallery will offer an exhibit of photographs by Frances Freyberg called "The Philippines in Photos: From Mountains to the Sea," which includes landscapes, city scenes, florals and portraits. Monday-Saturday, Feb. 2-28, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
 

Art Galleries

'Colors of Kauai'
Viewpoints Gallery will have on display a collection of vibrant work in watercolor by Jan Grady called "Colors of Kauai." Feb. 3-28, Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.
 

Exhibits

iPad art display
The Menlo Park Library will host a display from Mobileart.how of iPad art, created by local artists ages 7 to 70. Feb. 1-28, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Public Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Art Galleries

'Light's Pleasures'
Gallery 9 Los Altos will have on display an exhibit of oil landscapes of the bay and hills by Susan Varjavand, pieces which reflect the artist's responses to light and depth, particularly at dawn and dusk. Feb. 3-March 1, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

On Stage

'Sunday in the Park with George'
Foothill Music Theatre will put on a production of "Sunday in the Park with George," a Broadway musical -- with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and story by James Lapine -- that centers on a fictionalized Georges Seurat. Feb. 19-March 8, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $12-$32. Foothill College, Lohman Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Exhibits

'Shop, Gallery, Studio'
This exhibit of 17th and 18th century prints and drawings by European artists will focus on the public spaces in which people view, buy and converse about art, as well as the identities of the professional artist and serious connoisseur. Wednesday-Monday, Oct. 15-March 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, 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 that capture Cuba, its people and their struggles in the post-revolution era. Jan. 21-March 11, center hours. Free. Krause Center for Innovation, KCI Gallery, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

Food and Drink

Portola Valley Farmers' Market
This weekly, year-round farmers market in Portola Valley will offer farmstead meat, chicken, eggs, organic veggies, fruits and juices, wild and local seafood, fair trade coffee, gluten-free baked goods, pastas, sauces, olives, honey, jams, pickles, jerky, local breads and pastries, hot Roli Roti chicken and more. Thursdays, Nov. 6-March 12, 2-5 p.m. (winter hours). Free. Portola Valley Farmers' Market, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

Health

Pilates Cardiocamp
Pilates Cardiocamp, offered three times weekly, seeks to help participants develop better posture, a stronger back and abdominal muscles. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, Feb. 9-March 16, 7-8 a.m. Prices vary; free week offered. Woodside Town Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside.

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.
 

Volunteers

Open space district Outdoor Education Leaders opportunities
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is now recruiting volunteer docents for its school field trip program called "Spaces & Species: Exploring Natural Communities." Visit the website for info on the orientation and training dates this spring, as well as to complete required registration. Until March 16. Free. Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, 330 Distel Circle, Los Altos.
 

Volunteers

Open space district nature center opportunities
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is looking for volunteer docents to staff the David C. Daniels Center at Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve on weekends. Visit the website for more info on the March orientation and training dates, as well as to complete required registration. Until March 16. Free. Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, 330 Distel Circle, Los Altos.

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.

On Stage

'Show People'
Dragon Productions will put on a production of "Show People," a play written by Paul Weitz in which a tech entrepreneur hires two washed-up Broadway stars to play his parents in order to impress his violinist girlfriend. The show includes adult language. Feb. 27-March 22, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $10-$35. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.

Exhibits

'Birds of America: Audubon Collection'
To begin the 2015 season of art exhibits, Filoli will share its collection of 30 prints of American birds, which were first illustrated by John James Audubon in the 19th century through engraved plates. Feb. 10-March 22, 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.

Exhibits

'Watercolors' by Maria Klawe
The Community School for Music and the Arts will host an exhibit of watercolor paintings by Maria Klawe -- a mathematician, computer scientist and president of Harvey Mudd College. Feb. 6-March 29, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, 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 Canadian, Anishnaabe (Ojibway) 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.

Exhibits

'Sensual Splendor'
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.
 

Sports

Mountain View Tennis Club membership special
Mountain View Tennis Club is offering discounted membership rates until the end of March. Mountain View residents new to the club can sign up for a 2015 membership for $10. City residents renewing their membership can get a rate of $20, as well as add a new adult family member for free. All applicants must fill out a membership form online. Through March 31. $10 new member; $20 renewing member. Mountain View Tennis Club, P.O. Box 336, Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Hear This!'
The Palo Alto Art Center will explore the sound of art in an exhibition called "Hear This!" The center will celebrate the new exhibit with a Friday Night at the Art Center event on Jan. 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Jan. 17-April 12, center hours. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Touched by Color'
Garden Fresh Restaurant will have on display an exhibit of local artist Susan Migliore's plein air landscape paintings, which explore the interplay of light, color and texture. Feb. 19-April 15, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.

Auditions

ECYS new member auditions
El Camino Youth Symphony is accepting audition applications for the 2015-16 season. Director Jindong Cai invites musicians ages 6 to 18 to try out for one of the symphony's ensembles. Auditions will be held in March and early April. More info about the application and audition requirements is on the website. Feb. 5-April 15. El Camino Youth Symphony Association, 4055 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Crazy 8's Math Club
This club for kids who enjoy math will meet weekly -- at 3:30 p.m. for those in kindergarten to second grade, and at 4:30 p.m. for third- to fifth-graders. Thursdays, Feb. 26-April 16, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

Exhibits

'Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends'
The Los Altos History Museum will have on display an exhibit called "Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends" which examines the reasons why this area turned from orchards to a technology hub. The exhibit will focus on local factors and figures who contributed to the transformation. Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 18-April 19, noon-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

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.

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

'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-June 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Interaction of Color: Josef Albers'
In its exhibit "Interaction of Color: Josef Albers," the Cantor Arts Center will have on display 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.
 

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'
The Cantor Arts Center will have on display an exhibit called "Shifting Currents: Highlights from the 20th-Century Chinese Collection," which showcases modern pieces from China 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.
 

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

'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.
 

Community Events

Language Swap
This weekly Mountain View Public Library event will allow community members to both practice speaking a different language and teach a language to others. All levels and drop-ins are welcome. Thursdays, year-round, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

Teen Activities

Alateen meeting
Alateen, a community of young people (ages 12 to 18) whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking, holds weekly meetings to give each other support -- whether the alcoholic continues to drink or not. Meetings are confidential, anonymous and non-religious. The program is sponsored by Al-Anon and based on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Thursdays, Feb. 12-Oct. 1, 7-8 p.m. Free. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 E. Meadow Drive, Room 8, Palo Alto.