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Teen ActivitiesAuthor Harlan Cohen: Transitioning to college life
Harlan Cohen, author of the "The Naked Roommate," will give a talk at Gunn High School for graduating seniors and their parents on the transition to life in college. All seniors and families from the surrounding area are welcome. April 15, 7 p.m. Free. Spangenberg Theatre, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksSusan Minot at Books Inc.
The Peninsula Parlour presents Susan Minot discussing her new novel, "Thirty Girls," which follows the lives of a kidnapped Uganda teenager and an American journalist. Susan will be in conversation with Lisen Stromberg. April 15, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksEpidemiology of Autism Spectrum Disorder
This talk will address what is known about Autism Spectrum Disorder, and what further investigation is being done. The speaker will be Jennifer Pinto-Martin, Ph.D., MacInnes Professor and Chair at the University of Pennsylvania. Pinto-Martin was awarded one of Time magazine's Top Ten Parenting Findings for her pediatrics publication on the prevalence of ASD in adolescents born at low birth weight. April 15, 7-8 p.m. Free. Cubberly Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
Lectures & Talks'16 MM Movies - Then and Now'
Local film historian Jim Chase will take listeners back to the era of the projector and the birth of America's motion picture era. An exemplary film from the era will be shown, and Chase will discuss the legacy of 16 mm film. April 15, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free for members; $3 non-members. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Art Galleries'SpaceCase': Paintings by Jessica Eastburn
The Canada College Art Gallery presents "SpaceCase," a series of paintings by local artist Jessica Eastburn. Using traditional manual methods, Eastburn has created paintings that resemble highly-digitalized artwork. A special reception will be held March 18 to celebrate the opening. Monday through Thursday, March 18-April 17, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Canada College Art Gallery, Building 9, Room 152, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside.
Classes/WorkshopsYouth Studio Production Camp
Students will use KMVT's professional studio equipment to learn basic skills in screenwriting, story boarding, camera work, lighting, directing, sound design, acting and editing. The result will be an entire production, which will be broadcast on Cable Channel 15. April 14-18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $349. KMVT 15 Community Television, 1400 Terra Bella Ave., Suite M, Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsCreative writing class
This class will assist those interested in writing stories, either for personal satisfaction or publication. The instructor, author and feature columnist Phyllis Butler, has had her work appear in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News and international publications. Tuesdays, April 3-24, 1:30-2:30 p.m. $55 for all meetings; $15 drop-in class. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Clubs/Meetings'SRI Organon Toastmasters' Meeting
Toastmasters aims to improve communication and leadership skills. Each week the organization focuses on a different topic related to public speaking. Meetings are open to the public. Each Tuesday through April 25, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. SRI International, Building G, Laurel Ave., opposite Menlo Park City Hall, Menlo Park.
Art GalleriesPacific 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.
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.
ExhibitsBest 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 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Smith Anderson Editions, 440 Pepper Ave., Palo Alto.
On Stage'The Hound of the Baskervilles' Play
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.
AuditionsEl 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 GalleriesJim 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.
Family and KidsToddler Storytime
This program for children 18 months to 3 years old will include songs, stories and movement activities to encourage children to listen and read. This program is funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. Crafts follow storytime. Tuesdays, March 4-April 29, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Religion/SpiritualityYoung Meditator Night
The Young Meditators are a group of people in their 20s and 30s who meet weekly to develop their personal practice and explore how they can use it to build good human relationships and communities. Time is allowed for sitting meditation and discussion. Every Tuesday, through April 29, 7:30 p.m. Free (donations accepted). Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.
ExhibitsPortola 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 EventsCommunity 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.
ExhibitsArtist Alan VanEss exhibit
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.
Classes/WorkshopsGerman Language Class
In the Palo Alto Adult School course, students will learn to speak, read and write German - with an emphasis on conversation. This relaxed and lively beginning level class also covers basic grammar and German culture. The college-credentialed teacher lived and studied in Germany through Stanford. Tuesdays, March 18-May 13. No class April 1. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $116. Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsBeginning Clothing Construction Class
Learn a new skill or update sewing skills with professional sewing teachers in this Canada College Fashion Department class. Class participants will work with knits and wovens to create a variety of garments. Open to all skill levels. Jan. 14-May 20, Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-noon. $138 and up. Canada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City.
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.
Religion/SpiritualityInsight Meditation South Bay
Shaila Catherine and guest teachers will lead an Insight Meditation sitting each week, followed by a talk on Buddhist teachings. Tuesdays, April 1-May 27, 7:30-9 p.m. Donations accepted. St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall, 2094 Grant Road, 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.
ExhibitsPlein 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.
SportsUSYVL 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.
Art Galleries'Revolutions in Eastern Europe' Exhibit
The Hoover Institution’s new 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' Exhibit
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/WorkshopsRepairing 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.
Art Galleries'85 Years 85 Artists' exhibit
Menlo College looks at the past 85 years through the eyes of artists. Artists from around the world were randomly assigned a year to illustrate. The "85 Years 85 Artists" exhibit has participating artists in 21 states, plus the Netherlands, England and Italy. A reception will be held March 26 from 5-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, March 26-July 11, 9-5 p.m. Free. Menlo College Administration Building, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton.
Family and KidsMarine 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.
Art Galleries'Capturing Light: The World as We See It'
"Capturing Light" is a judged exhibit and sale of 50 prints by members of the Palo Alto Camera Club, including 12 photos taken in Havana, Cuba. A percentage of proceeds from print sales will go to Cultural Kaleidoscope, a City of Palo Alto program supporting art in local schools. A public reception will be held on March 30, 2-5 p.m. March through August, 8-noon; 1-5 p.m. Free. Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.
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.