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Live Music

Kirk Abe Quartet
Kirk Abe Quartet will perform jazz and contemporary standards, originals and more. The group features Kirk Abe on drums, Naoki Taniguchi on saxophone, Tony Song on guitar, and Chris Davis on bass. April 19, 8-10 p.m. Free. Red Rock Coffee Company, 201 Castro St., Mountain View.

Lectures & Talks

Georgia O'Keeffe docent presentation
A docent from the de Young Museum will give a presentation about its Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit, Modern Nature. This exhibit covers the Lake George period of the artist's career, when she created more than 200 paintings. April 19, 2 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Duveneck Dash
Hidden Villa is hosting its first educational run/walk fundraiser with a 5K, 10K and walk/continuous loop on Hidden Villa trails. Proceeds will support Hidden Villa Summer Camp scholarships. Registration closes the day before the event. April 19, 9 p.m. $10-$20. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

Classes/Workshops

Making rawhide boxes and bottles
An ancient craft material, rawhide can be transformed in many useful and decorative ways, including into sandals, baskets, boxes and bottles. In this class, students can make small boxes or bottles, or create their own design. The event starts with a potluck. April 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $35. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

Classes/Workshops

'A Gourmet Kitchen -- Adding Herbs to Your Culinary Table'
Master Gardener Ida Heller will talk about the basics of herb gardening: preparing soil, growing from transplants or from seed, watering, pests and diseases. April 19, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, Community Room, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

Health

Seventh annual Autism Spectrum Disorders Update
This one-day conference is designed for parents, educators and care providers of children with an autism spectrum disorder. This update will focus on new research, therapies and insights, as well as living with autism. The event is sponsored by the Autism Center at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. April 19, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $125. Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez St., Stanford.

Lectures & Talks

Pet Ready! Emergency Prep Presentation
Pet Ready! is a three-hour combination of live presentations by veterinary professionals, bandaging demonstrations and even live search-and-rescue dog demonstrations -- to help prepare pet owners and neighbors for what to do in the case of a natural disaster. Parking is free for first 50 to register. April 19, 1-4 p.m. Free. Foothill College Veterinary Technology Lab, 12345 El Monte Road, Room 8507, Los Altos Hills.
 

Environment

'Earth Day on the Bay' 2014
The Marine Science Institute will hold its annual "Earth Day on the Bay" event, offering both education and entertainment. April 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free; $20 kids, $40 adults for Discovery Voyage boat tour. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City.
 

Environment

Second Annual Great Race for Saving Water
City of Palo Alto Utilities and Tuolumme River Trust will hold a 5K fun run and walk in celebration of Earth Day and Water Awareness Month. The conservation awareness event will include prizes, a compost bin giveaway and scenic views. April 19, 9 a.m. $15 general; $10 ages 12 and under. Baylands Athletic Center, 1900 Geng Road, Palo Alto.

Food and Drink

DIY Kombucha
In this class, students learn how to make Kombucha, a fermented beverage filled with probiotics. The process is fairly easy and can make a gallon for less than $2. May 19, 1-3 p.m. $60. Lisa's Counter Culture (Private kitchen), address given upon registration, Palo Alto.
 

Environment

East Palo Alto Earth Day
Committee for Green Foothills will hold its first Earth Day celebration in East Palo Alto, with hands-on activities and workshops. Various local groups like Acterra and Collective Roots will attend. April 19, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Bell Street Park, 550 Bell St., East Palo Alto .
 

Lectures & Talks

Story Time with Emily Jiang and April Chu
Emily Jiang and her collaborator April Chu will attend a launch party for their new book, "Summoning the Phoenix: Poems and Prose about Chines Musical Instruments." April 19, 2 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

Classes/Workshops

'Creating Healthy Soil'
Sponsored by Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency (BAWSCA), this class will teach how to restore soil health naturally in gardens. It will discuss the role of soil organisms and organic matter in maintaining plant health and improving a garden's water-efficiency. Registration is required. April 19, 2-5 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

Family and Kids

Easter Crafts at Cheeky Monkey
During this pre-Easter event, children can decorate plastic Easter eggs and make their own bunny ears. April 19, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Cheeky Monkey Toys, 640 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Community Events

Atherton Library Block Party!
Atherton Library will hold a block party with many family-friendly activities. There will be wooden blocks for children to play with, free professional caricatures and butterfly snack crafts. April 19, 1-3 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.

Classes/Workshops

Graywater Class
A simple graywater system can save 6,000 to 11,000 gallons of water per year. Santa Clara County also provides a rebate for simple graywater systems. This class will discuss the types of systems, how to install and what plants are compatible with graywater irrigation. April 19, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $31. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.

Family and Kids

Oran Etkin: 'Wake Up, Clarinet!'
New York-based clarinet player Oran Ektin is the creator of the Timbalooloo method of teaching music to young children. His award-winning children's CD "Wake Up, Clarinet!" inspired this live family concert, which brings instruments to life as they become characters in the story. April 19, 2:30-3:30 p.m. $10. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.
 

Family and Kids

Menlo Park Tennis Festival
This festival will feature special demonstrations from tennis professionals, music, prizes and other activities for all levels. It is open to all players ages 6-12 and their family members. April 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $10/player. Burgess Park Tennis Courts, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.

Family and Kids

Menlo Park Egg Hunt
The City of Menlo Park, the Menlo Park Firefighters' Association and the Menlo Park Fire District will hold its annual Egg Hunt at Burgess Park. The Easter bunny will arrive at 10 a.m. for pictures; the egg hunt will start at 10:30 a.m. Other attractions will include bounce houses, crafts and a jelly bean guess. April 19, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Burgess Park, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
 

Concerts

Stanford Easter Concert
An Easter concert, entitled "There is a Balm in Gilead: An Easter Celebration of Christ," will be held in Stanford Memorial Church. It will include vocal, string, organ and choir performances, as well as a keynote address by Robert M. Daines, Pritzker professor of law and business from Stanford. The event is sponsored by the Latter-day Saints Student Association at Stanford. April 19, 3:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford .
 

Family and Kids

Easter Egg Hunt and 'The Puppet Circus!'
Sat, April 19, 11:00 am or 12:30 pm. Join us for arts and crafts on the Carriage House Patio for 15 minutes, then move into the Carriage House for the fabulous 'The Puppet Circus!' 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $20 child, $10 adult for members;,$25 child, $15 adult for nonmembers. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.

Family and Kids

Earth Day celebration
For Earth Day, Linden Tree Books will host an event to launch of Sara Hunter's book "Every Turtle Counts," as well to hold a Save the Sea Turtle contest. Children can enter the contest by writing down their ideas for how to save endangered sea turtles. April 19, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
 

Live Music

Redwood Symphony's 'Fantastic Four'
Redwood Symphony’s "Fantastic Four" concert will include performances of works by composers John Adams, Claude Debussy, local Lee Actor and Louis Gottschalk. April 19, 8 p.m. $10-$30; free for children under 18. Cańada College Main Theater, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside.
 

On Stage

'Fun with Frances'
In this adaptation of the Russell Hoban children's book by Peninsula Youth Theatre, the picky eater Frances also struggles with falling to sleep. April 18, 9:30 and 11 a.m.; April 19, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. $8 Friday; $10 Saturday. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Second Stage, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

Dance

'La Fille Mal Gardee'
Led by Artistic Director Alexi Zubiria, Western Ballet performs "La Fille Mal Gardee," a classic comedy ballet featuring Alison Share and Maykel Solas of Ballet San Jose and graduating Western Ballet students. April 18, 7 p.m.; April 19, 1 p.m. Adult $25; child $20. Western Ballet, 914 N. Rengstorff Ave., Suite A, Mountain View.

On Stage

'Les Miserables' by Ram's Head
Ram's Head Theatrical Society at Stanford University is putting on a production of classic musical "Les Miserables," based on the novel by Victor Hugo. April 11-19, 8-10:30 p.m. $10-$20. Memorial Auditorium, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford.

On Stage

'The Three Little Pigs'
For the April Playhouse Production, the Palo Alto Children's Theatre will put on "The Three Little Pigs," an audience-interactive experience designed for children ages 3 to 6 and parents, where local high school performers bring fairy tales to life on the Magic Castle stage. Performances run approximately 45 minutes. April 19-20, 10 a.m.-noon. $10-$12. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, Magic Castle Stage, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

Pacific Art League Exhibitions
The Pacific Art League of Palo Alto will host two new exhibitions in April: "Spring Awakening" and "Local Talent." All are invited to attend the opening reception held on April 4 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Pacific Art League. April 4-April 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (gallery hours). Free. Pacific Art League, 227 Forest Ave., Palo Alto.

Teen Activities

Bay Area Shakespeare Camp
Upstart Crows, a Bay Area Shakespeare/acting camp for teenagers, is offering a session in Palo Alto led by Phil Lowery, who played Macbeth in the 2011/12 SF Shakespeare Festival. Participants will prepare to perform in Shakespeare’s comedy, "As You Like It." Experience welcome but not required. Feb. 15-April 26, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $500 (includes scripts and supplies for the performance.) First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

'From the Earth, into the Sky' Exhibit
Gallery House presents an exhibition of pottery by Thomas Arakawa and paintings by Maura Carta. A public reception for the artists will be held on Friday April 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit is on display April 1-26, every day except Monday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

'Bodie' Photo Exhibit by Aki Mori
Aki Mori’s digital color photography, "Bodie," will be on display at Gallery 9 in Los Altos. Bodie was a busy gold mine center in late 1870 through the early 1890s. The images express the passage of time in this ghost town. A reception will be held on Friday, April 4, from 5-8 p.m. April 1-26, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9 Los Altos, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
 

Exhibits

'Best in Kind: San Francisco Bay Area Ceramic Artists'
Curated by Jo Killen, this exhibit hosted by local fine arts press Smith Anderson Editions will showcase impressive ceramic pieces made by artists around the Bay Area. A reception will be held Saturday, March 15, 3-5 p.m. March 15-April 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Smith Anderson Editions, 440 Pepper Ave., Palo Alto.

On Stage

'The Hound of the Baskervilles'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Hound of the Baskervilles," adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson. The company takes the story of a curse, a ghostly hound and an insane murderer and adds some comedy to the suspense. Check website for specific dates and times. April 2-27, 2, 7, 7:30 or 8 p.m. $19-$73. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

Auditions

El Camino Youth Symphony Auditions
ECYS is holding new member auditions for the 2014-15 season. ECYS offers six different orchestras as well as opportunities in chamber music for musicians of all levels. Interested applicants, ages 6-18, with at least one year of private lessons are encouraged to apply. Auditions in March/April 2014. $25 audition fee. To be determined, To be determined, Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

Jim Dine and Claes Oldenburg Exhibit
Jim Dine and Claes Oldenburg are two American artists who depict every day objects in various ways; 20 of their prints will be on display. Ongoing from Dec. 11 to April 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

Portola Valley Watershed exhibit
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Town of Portola Valley. The library will help celebrate throughout the month of April with an exhibit of the local watershed, including Sausal Creek. Monday-Saturday, April 1-30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Art Galleries

'Japan Revisited' Photo Exhibit
The Portola Art Gallery presents "Japan Revisited," photographs by Frances Freyberg. The color photos feature landscapes, cityscapes, shrine scenes and portraits from Freyberg’s 2013 travels through the country. Monday-Saturday, April 1-30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
 

Community Events

Community Poem at Atherton Library
The Atherton Library will be celebrating National Poetry Month with a collaborative poem. All community members are invited to contribute to a collective poem created and on display in the library. April 1-30, library hours. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.

Exhibits

Artist Alan VanEss
The work of local artist Alan VanEss is on display at the Atherton Library. VanEss's work features colorful perspectives of homes in the Atherton community, bringing together architecture and landscape. Through April, library hours. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

Concerts

Redwood Bluegrass Associates Concert Series
The Redwood Bluegrass Associates is hosting two bluegrass concerts in Mountain View on March 15 and May 3. Pre-show jam session at 5 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. Individual tickets: $20 in advance; $25 at the door. First Presbyterian Church of Mountain View, 1667 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View.

On Stage

'Smash' play
This political comedy features a runaway groom who abandons his bride on their wedding day so he can overthrow the British government. April 10-May 4, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $30. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.

On Stage

'Harold and Maude'
Los Altos Stage Company will perform "Harold and Maude," a dark romantic comedy about the friendship between Harold, a young man obsessed with death, and octogenarian Maude, who is filled with a zest for life. April 10-May 4, Wednesday-Sunday, 8 p.m. $32. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
 

Art Galleries

'The Honest Landscape': Photographs by Peter Henry Emerson
Peter Henry Emerson began taking photographs in 1882 in England and soon became an outspoken advocate for fine art photography. This installation presents a selection of Emerson's platinum prints and photogravures featuring the English and Irish countryside. Will be on display Wednesday-Sunday from Nov. 27 until May 4, 2014. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Art Galleries

'Royal Image: Portraits, Satires, and Life at Court'
The 16 prints and drawings featured in this installation demonstrate how artists depicted European royalty and courtly culture between the 15th and 18th centuries. Works on view include etchings by Romeyn de Hooghe, who created pointed political satires. Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 27-May 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Community Events

Friends of Palo Alto Library Used Book Sale
Friends of the Palo Alto Library will hold its next monthly sales of 50,000 used books and media on the second weekends of April and May. Saturdays hours will be from 11 a.m.-4 p.m for the main sale room, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for children's and bargain rooms. Sunday hours will be from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 12 and 13, May 10 and 11, hours vary. Free for entry. Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

'Conversation Pieces' Exhibit
This exhibit contains four pairings of works on paper: human figures, botanical still lifes, nature studies and artists' portraits. Wednesday-Sunday, until May 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Art Galleries

'Rise Again' photo exhibit
The "Rise Again" exhibit is composed of photographs taken by Roger Spinti in the aftermath of the Haiyan Typhoon. There will have a special reception on April 26. All proceeds from sales from this exhibit will go to help the victims of the typhoon, with funds to be channeled to victims' communities by Catholic Relief Services. Until May 20, 1-4 p.m. Free. Keeble & Shuchat Photography, 261 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Dreams': Works by Avery Palmer
This exhibition of works by artist and CSMA faculty member Avery Palmer will include ceramics, paintings and drawings. An opening reception will be held with the artist on Friday, April 11 from 6-8 p.m. April 11-May 25, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Mohr Gallery, Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
 

Exhibits

'Intaglio: The Art of Incision'
Woodcut and relief printing, intaglio, lithography and screen printing have all been used to produce book illustrations at various points in printing history. Intaglio is one of the oldest of these processes and is the focus of this exhibit. March 3-May 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Stanford Art & Architecture Library, 435 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

Plein Aire Group Watercolor Exhibit
An exhibit of works by the Pleine Aire Group of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society is on display at the Palo Alto Baylands EcoCenter. The works all involve the Baylands or other local open spaces. Until May 30, Monday, Thursday, Friday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
 

Sports

USYVL Youth Volleyball League
Registration for the United States Youth Volleyball League program at the Palo Alto site at Mitchell Park is now open. The program is for ages 7-15 and all abilities. It runs from April 8 - May 31. Visit www.usyvl.org for complete details. $150. Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto.
 

Sports

USYVL Youth Volleyball League
Spring registration for the United States Youth Volleyball League program is under way for the Mountain View site at Sylvan Park. The 8-week youth volleyball program for ages 7 to 15 is great for all abilities. Space is limited. Visit website for details. The program runs April 16-June 7. $150. Sylvan Park, 550 Sylvan Ave., Mountain View.
 

Exhibits

'Revolutions in Eastern Europe'
The Hoover Institution's exhibition, "Revolutions in Eastern Europe: The Rise of Democracy, 1989-1990," includes dissident literature, political platforms, campaign ephemera, photographs and posters from the era. Tuesday through Saturday, through Aug. 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Hoover Institution, 434 Galvez Mall, Stanford.

Exhibits

'The Circle of the Sun'
This exhibit of manuscripts from Stanford's collections examines the secular aspects of medieval and early modern European culture: the liberal arts; the rise of professions in law, medicine and commerce; and the emergence of scholastic philosophy, history, vernacular literature and renaissance humanism. Feb. 25- June 15, noon-6 p.m. Free. Peterson Gallery & Munger Rotunda, Green Library, Bing Wing, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford.
 

Classes/Workshops

Repairing Strained Relationships
This 11-week workshop on working through and resolving family conflicts will be led by Jack Hamilton, senior research scientist and former Stanford instructor. April 11-June 20, 8:30-11:30 a.m. $100 members; $125 nonmembers. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.

Exhibits

American Photographs: A Cultural History
Professor Alexander Nemerov designed this exhibition to illuminate his course on American photographs. The 14 works on display range from a Civil War-era photograph by Timothy O’Sullivan to street photography by Robert Frank, work by Diane Arbus from the 1960s and work by Helen Levitt from the 1970s. March 12 to July 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Inside Rodin’s Hands: Art, Technology and Surgery'
James Chang has incorporated Rodin's hand sculptures into his hand surgery educational program, using new technologies that scan the sculptures, create interior anatomy and allow for virtual surgery to correct the condition. The exhibition provides an interactive experience for visitors. Wednesday-Sunday, April 9-Aug. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Family and Kids

Marine Science Camp
The Marine Science Institute is hosting a camp that offers hands-on activities, live animals and educational field trips including a day aboard the Marine Science Institute research vessel. Week-long camps run from June 16–Aug. 15; each day starts at 10 a.m. Registration opens Feb. 1. Starting at $375. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City.
 

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.
 

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.

Exhibits

'Within and Without: Transformations in Chinese Landscapes'
Fifteen works of Chinese landscape will be on display. Wednesday through Sunday, Feb. 19-Dec. 14., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 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.

Community Events

Sew Sew Saturday
Mountain View Public Library has four Baby Lock (Grace model) sewing machines and one serger. The library invites all to come sew on Saturday mornings. Registration required to use machines, hand sewers welcome to drop-in. March through May, 10:15 a.m.-noon. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.