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Live Music

Summer Concert Series: Tom Rigney and Flambeau
The City of Menlo Park Community Services Department will hold its sixth event in its eight-week concert series, this time featuring the high-energy American roots music band, Tom Rigney and Flambeau. July 29, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Fremont Park, Santa Cruz Avenue and University Drive, Menlo Park.
 

Family and Kids

Peter Pan Puppet Show
The Menlo Park Library will welcome Tony Borders, magical ventriloquist, who will perform a show entitled "Peter Pan: Hero of Imagination!" The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. July 29, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.
 

Community Events

Bernie Sanders Campaign Kick Off
Santa Clara County's presidential campaign kickoff for Bernie Sanders will give community members the opportunity to show support and learn more about his political views. July 29, 7-8 p.m. Free. Dana St. Roasting Company, 744 W. Dana St., Mountain View.
 

Live Music

July Music Fest: Fast Times
Town & Country Village's eighth annual free July Music Fest will come to a close with a performance by Fast Times, a dance party band playing hits from the '70s to the '90s. July 29, 6-8 p.m. Free. Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
 

Family and Kids

Fancy Nancy Storytime Party
This Books Inc. family event best suited for girls and boys ages 2 to 7 will include readings of bestselling "Fancy Nancy" titles, themed activities and more. Attendees are encouraged to wear fancy outfits. July 29, 10:30 a.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

Lectures & Talks

Author Melissa Cistaro on 'Pieces of My Mother'
Local author Melissa Cistaro will share her memoir "Pieces of My Mother," which tells how Cistaro rediscovered her mother lying on her deathbed, 35 years after she abandoned her family. July 29, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

Classes/Workshops

Health care programs orientation
The Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School will hold a workshop for those interested in health care careers, providing information on the certified nursing assistant and medical assistant paths and the programs offered by the school. Online registration is requested. July 29, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.

Classes/Workshops

Brew Your Own Kombucha (July 29)
This course offered by Anne Marie Bonneau will cover the benefits of kombucha, the necessary equipment, and successful and safe conditions. Students can taste samples of kombucha, sourdough bread and other fermented foods made by the instructor, and they will take home a jar of kombucha and a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, or a SCOBY. July 29, 6-8 p.m. $60. Private home, address provided upon registration, Mountain View.

Community Events

Campfire Songs for Grown-ups
At this event at Pioneer Park for adults only, community members can sing camp songs from childhood, snack on s'mores, do camp crafts and listen to spooky stories. Attendees should bring a canteen and a blanket or folding chair to sit on. July 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

Concerts

Prelude Performances
Prelude Performances, popular free events at Music@Menlo's annual summer festival, will showcase young artists ages 18 to 29 from the Chamber Music Institute's International Program. See website for specific dates, times and venues. July 18-Aug. 7. Free. Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for Performing Arts, and Menlo School, Stent Family and Martin Family halls, Atherton.
 

Concerts

Concert Program IV: 'Hopeful Years, 1825-1826' (July 29)
Music@Menlo's fourth concert program in its summer festival exploring the work of Franz Schubert will present works from 1825 and 1826 that express great joy, occasionally interrupted by ominous passages. The program will be concluded by his masterful String Quartet in G Major. July 29, 8 p.m. $80 general; $35 under age 30. Menlo School, Stent Family Hall, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
 

Lectures & Talks

'Five Steps to Success in the Cool-Season Garden'
This UC Master Gardeners talk will offer tips for local gardeners on effectively growing vegetables during the cool season. Topics to be covered include soil preparation, timing and spacing for plantings, pest control and responding to weather. July 29, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

On Stage

'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' (July 23 and 29)
Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre will team up for a production of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," a musical about an inventor, his children and an upper-class woman and their efforts to save a magical race car. See website for specific dates. July 17-Aug. 2, Wednesday-Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $20 adult; $15 youth, senior. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos Hills.
 

Concerts

Music@Menlo Master Classes
During Music@Menlo's 2015 summer festival, young artists and faculty from the Chamber Music Institute will hold master classes to exchange ideas, discuss interpretive approaches and prepare classical music masterworks for the stage. July 21-24 and 29-31, Aug. 3, 4, 6 and 7, 11:45 a.m. Free. Menlo School, Martin Family Hall, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
 

Art Galleries

'TEXTure'
Bryant Street Gallery will present an exhibit called "TEXTure," a collection of new work by Michael Shemchuck that uses recycled and repurposed materials to explore how paper is becoming obsolete. Tuesday-Saturday, July 7-31, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Thursday til 7 p.m. Free. Bryant Street Gallery, 532 Bryant St., Palo Alto.

Community Events

Menlo Film Contest
The City of Menlo Park will celebrate Parks and Recreation Month with a film contest asking families, nonprofits, businesses and social clubs to show how parks make life better in Menlo Park. Entries are due by July 31. An event screening the films and giving awards will take place on Aug. 19 at The Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton High School. See website for more info. July 1-31. Free. , , Menlo Park.
 

Art Galleries

'Color, Music, People, Cars...Cuba!'
Main St. Cafe and Books in Los Altos is hosting an exhibit of color and black and white photos of Cuba by Denis Kertesz, with Roberta Hutchinson contributing. June 28-July 31, regular cafe hours. Free. Main St. Cafe & Books, 134 Main St., Los Altos.
 

Art Galleries

'Color and Complexity'
Kathy Sharpe, a former Los Altos resident, presents her new paintings of florals and gardens in both realistic and impressionist styles as part of a show called "Color and Complexity." June 30-Aug. 1, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9 Los Altos, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

On Stage

'Triangle'
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will launch its 2015-2016 season with the world premiere of "Triangle," a contemporary musical about parallel romances that transpire a century apart. See website for specific dates and times. July 8-Aug. 2. $19-$74. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

'Life Lines'
Fine art photographer and digital artist Jeanne Gadol of Portola Valley will celebrate the diverse and beautiful patterns, rhythms and textures of life in the show "Life Lines." Wednesday-Sunday, July 1-Aug. 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. The Main Gallery, 1018 Main St., Redwood City.
 

Teen Activities

Student Equity Action Network Summer Program
The Student Equity Action Network (SEAN), a nonprofit dedicated to closing the achievement gap in the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD), will hold a free summer program for rising eighth- through 11th-graders in PAUSD. Monday-Thursday, June 29-Aug. 6, noon-4 p.m. Free. Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
 

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

'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. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Concerts

Stanford Jazz Festival 2015
The Stanford Jazz Festival will return this summer with 34 concerts featuring a plethora of acclaimed jazz performers, including Allison Miller, Victor Lin, James Farm, Taylor Eigsti and others. See website for specific dates, times and pricing. June 19-Aug. 8. Prices vary. Stanford University venues, including Bing Concert Hall and Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford.

Teen Activities

Intro to Video Production
KMVT 15 Community Television will offer a number of weeklong summer camps on video production for students ages 10 to 14. In a studio environment, participants will learn basic skills in camera work, directing, audio, acting and producing while creating their own segments. A 10 percent discount is offered for the week of July 27-31. Monday-Friday, June 8-Aug. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $379; $341.10 July 27-31 week. KMVT 15 Community Television, 1400 Terra Bella Ave., Suite M, Mountain View.

On Stage

'Snoopy!!! The Musical'
In this outdoor "Hot Dog" season production, Palo Alto Children's Theatre will present "Snoopy!!! The Musical," the musical sequel to "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" that finds the favorite Peanuts character singing and dancing in a series of comic vignettes. Wednesday-Sunday, July 29-Aug. 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $12 child; $14 adult. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

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. 17, 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.

Teen Activities

2015 Palo Alto Youth Council applications
The Palo Alto Youth Council is a group of 15 to 20 dedicated youth ambassadors to the City Council, with the goal of building connections between teens and the greater Palo Alto community. Visit the website to learn more. The application deadline is Aug. 21. Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto .

Art Galleries

'Out of the Blue'
Gallery House will showcase abstract paintings by Charlotte Coqui and Wendy Fitzgerald in an exhibit called "Out of the Blue." On July 31, from 5 to 7 p.m., there will be a public reception. July 28-Aug. 22, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

'Angles, Lines and Curves'
Filoli has on display an exhibit called "Angles, Lines and Curves - Architecture of the World," a collection of photographs that captures the aesthetics, values and lifestyles of cultures through architecture. June 16-Aug. 23, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $18 adult; $15 senior (age 65 and older); $8 child (ages 5-17); free for members. Filoli, Visitor and Education Center, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.
 

Exhibits

'500 Years of Italian Master Drawings'
The Cantor Arts Center presents almost 100 rarely seen drawings from the 15th to the 20th century in the exhibit "500 Years of Italian Master Drawings from the Princeton University Museum." Wednesday-Monday, May 22-Aug. 24, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Clubs/Meetings

English 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, June 10-Aug. 26, 10:15-11:15 a.m., 5-6 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Exhibits

Art in Action student work exhibit
The East Palo Alto Library is hosting a summer-long exhibit of work by kindergarten through second-grade students who participated in Art in Action programs at East Palo Alto Charter School and Belle Haven Elementary School in Menlo Park. June 2-Aug. 28, library hours. Free. East Palo Alto Library, 2415 University Ave., East Palo Alto.

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.
 

Exhibits

'Home Grown: Walter Robinson'
The exhibit "Home Grown: Walter Robinson" will share paintings and sculptures -- made by Walter Robinson over the last 10 years -- that play with high-gloss colors, scale and common cultural imagery. June 20-Aug. 30, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 9 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Health

Danceation Fitness Classes
European pop star Heath Hunter and international fitness guru Kirsten Johnson lead high-energy dance and fitness workouts for all skill levels. Danceation studio also offers weekly yoga classes. See website for detailed schedule. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, June 8-Aug. 31. $20 single class; $150 10-class pass. Los Altos American Legion, 347 1st St., Los Altos.

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

'Edith Sommer: An Artist's Retrospective'
This exhibit entitled "Edith Sommer: An Artist's Retrospective" will share some of the jewelry, textile and mixed-media creations of the late Edith Sommer, a longtime Palo Alto artist involved in the creation of Gallery House in 1958. An opening reception will be held on June 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. June 26-Sept. 26, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, Studio Gallery, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

Summer Garden Sculpture Exhibit
Throughout the summer, Filoli is holding its second sculpture exhibit with a number of works by local artists. Visitors can tour the exhibit on their own using a guide and map, or they can make reservations for a Guided Walk. June 3-Sept. 13, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $18 adult; $15 senior (age 65 and older); $8 child (ages 5-17); free for members. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.
 

Exhibits

'On You: A Story of Wearable Computing'
The Computer History Museum is hosting a traveling exhibition by the Georgia Institute of Technology called "On You: A Story of Wearable Computing," which examines the problems engineers needed to solve to make wearable technology viable and user-friendly. Tuesday-Sunday, June 30-Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission prices. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
 

Exhibits

'O'Keeffe, Stieglitz, Toomer, and Modernism'
The Cantor Arts Center puzzles 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.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Rotary Club of Menlo Park
The Rotary Club of Menlo Park is a service club dedicated to working on projects in the community and internationally that meets on Wednesdays. Its members are men and women who live and work in Menlo Park, Atherton and surrounding communities. Visitors are welcome. Wednesdays, July 29-Sept. 30, 12:15-1:30 p.m. $20 lunch. Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, 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, through Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Word as Image'
This Cantor Arts Center installation of prints and drawings entitled "Word as Image: Highlights from the Marmor Collection" examines how modern and contemporary artists have used and featured words in their work. Wednesday-Monday, July 1-Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Health

Free YMCA fitness course
This weekly course led by YMCA instructors, called Healthy Happens Here, leads participants in strength training to develop balance, flexibility, posture, coordination and fall prevention. Classes are appropriate for all levels and backgrounds. Attendees should bring a yoga mat or towel. Registration is required. Wednesdays, Aug. 5-Nov. 25, noon-1 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

Health

Feldenkrais classes
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.
 

Health

Jacki's Aerobic Dancing
Jacki's Aerobic Dancing classes guide participants in abdominal work, strength training and aerobic routines. Complimentary child care 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.
 

Clubs/Meetings

ESL Conversation Club
This Mountain View Public Library club for those learning or improving their spoken English provides practice opportunities with casual conversation and friendly company. All levels are welcome. No registration is required. Wednesdays, July 29-Dec. 23, 5-6 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

Classes/Workshops

Yoga classes at Little House
Little House Activity Center is now offering a variety of weekly yoga classes -- covering Hatha, Chair, Restorative and Kundalini yoga styles -- taught by experienced professional instructors. See website for the full schedule. Wednesday and Thursday, May 1-Dec. 31. $15 Hatha, Chair or Restorative; $8 Kundalini. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
 

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.