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Benefits/FundraisersBlossom Birth Community Five Percent Day
For one day at Whole Foods Market in Palo Alto five percent of the store's sales will be donated to Blossom Birth. Blossom Birth will also be hosting baby-related workshops all day - visit the organization's Facebook page for a list of workshops and times, under the events tab: https://www.facebook.com/WFMPaloAlto. Dec. 10, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Free. Whole Foods Market, 774 Emerson St., Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsCheese Night at Whole Foods
Learn how to create a cheese board and taste cheeses. Dec. 10, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Whole Foods Market, 774 Emerson St., Palo Alto.
Special EventsRengstorff House - Holiday Open House
Rengstorff House at Shoreline hosts its annual holiday open house. Dec. 10, 7-9 p.m. Free. Rengstorff House, 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Community EventsHoudini - Magic of Flying
The Oshman Family JCC hosts a conversation with early aviation historian Roy Mize about Harry Houdini as the 23rd person to fly and the first to fly in Australia. Dec. 10, 11 a.m.-noon. $15 nonmembers; $10 members. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksTechnology and Society Committee Luncheon Forum
Roger Harris, conservation biologist for an environmental consulting firm, will discuss the science behind global warming based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and raises some political questions on how to respond. Dec. 10, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch is $12. Hangen Szechuan Restaurant, 134 Castro St., Mountain View.
SeniorsCarbon Monoxide Poisoning Overview
A group of EMTs will lead an overview of the warning symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and what steps to take to make sure carbon dioxide levels in one's home remain at safe levels. Dec. 10, 1-2 p.m. Free. Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View.
Community EventsOffice Hours with Assemblyman Rich Gordon
Assemblyman Rich Gordon will host office hours in Menlo Park. Ask questions about legislation and other state issues, share one's thoughts on state government or request help with a state agency or department. Dec. 10, 8-9 a.m. Free. Cafe Zoe, 1929 Menalto Ave., Menlo Park.
FilmChris Marker Film Series
Stanford University will be showing Chris Marker films on select Tuesdays in November and December. The films will be played at 7 p.m. See website for more details. Free. Stanford University, Various locations, Stanford.
Students will learn Argentine tango dance fundamentals and technique tools that will enable students to dance in a "milonga" (social tango dance) while working on balance, posture, changes of weight, pivots, coordination and walking with grace. Tuesdays, Sept. 10-Dec. 10 8-10 p.m. $284/$382. Arrillaga Recreation Center, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
Family and KidsMothers Together
Mothers Together is a women's community/religious group that offers Christ-centered support for women in their roles as mothers, wives, daughters and friends. Childcare available. Sept. 10-Dec. 10, Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $10 suggested donation for childcare. Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall, 950 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
Benefits/FundraisersHidden Villa Holiday Online Auction
Hidden Villa will host its first Holiday Online Auction, featuring local items and more. All proceeds will support Hidden Villa’s educational programs and scholarships. See URL below to start bidding. Bidding begins Nov. 25 and will close Dec. 10. Cost of auction items. Hidden Villa Holiday Auction, Online, No venue.
Special Events26th Annual Christmas Creche Exhibit
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints celebrates Christmas with this exhibit, which includes more than 350 nativities from around the world. Dec. 7-11, Noon-9 p.m. Free. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3865 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsBoomer Exercise Ball Blast
This workout class uses exercise (stability) balls to help improve spinal stability, core strength and balance. Offered as a once-a-week or biweekly class. Tuesdays/Thursdays, Sept. 10-Dec. 12, 10:30-11:30 a.m. $156 (once a week). Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Classes/WorkshopsBrazilian Dance and Martial Arts
Classes in the Brazilian martial art Capoeira, as well as Brazilian dance for children and adults begin next month through the City of Palo Alto. Instructor Mestre Beicola is a native of Rio de Janeiro. Oct. 1-Dec. 12. Times and cost vary - see website. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Art GalleriesThe Collage Centennial
This exhibit features collages by 11 artists. The exhibit runs Oct. 1-Dec. 13, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Menlo College Administration Building, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton.
ConcertsScott's Seafood Holiday Drive
Scott’s Seafood in Mountain View is partnering with Community Services Agency (CSA) in Mountain View for its annual holiday sharing program, benefiting CSA. This year will be a pajama dive; drop off donations at the restaurant until Dec. 14 between 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Scott's Seafood Mountain View , 420 Castro St. , Mountain View .
Benefits/FundraisersTied House Holiday Giving Tree
Tied House Microbrewery and Cafe is participating in a holiday sharing program benefiting the Community Services Agency in Mountain View. Tied House will be holding a fundraiser where guests can take an instant photo of themselves and the photo will be placed on a Christmas tree at the brewery. Dec. 10-15, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. $5. Tied House Microbrewery and Cafe , 954 Villa St., Mountain View .
ConcertsMusic: 'Illuminate This Night'
In three concerts, the Peninsula Women's Chorus sings holiday music from around the world, culminating in Conrad Susa’s "Carols and Lullabies," a collection of carols originally from Spain, Catalunya, Puerto Rico, and Mexico, accompanied by marimba, guitar, and harp. Ticket information at www.pwchorus.org. Concerts are on Dec. 7 and 14 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto, and on Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. at St. Patrick's Seminary, 320 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. $35 premium; $30 general; $10 student (18 and under). Two venues, See addresses above, Palo Alto and Menlo Park.
SportsPASC Soccer Tryouts
The Palo Alto Soccer Club is holding tryouts for boys and girls U8 – U14, from Nov. 23 to Dec. 15. PASC is forming competitive teams for spring/fall 2014 and encourages boys and girls born from Aug. 1, 1999, to July 31, 2006, to join try out. Times vary. Free. Various field locations, Various times in the afternoon and evening, Palo Alto.
VolunteersBethany Lutheran Church Donations
Beginning Nov. 1, Bethany Lutheran Church will be collecting donations to help feed the local hungry. The money raised will be used to support a Thanksgiving dinner for homeless people and Christmas food baskets for East Palo Alto families. Bring monetary donations to the Church Office by Dec. 15. No cover. Bethany Lutheran Church , 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
Family and KidsPortola Valley Library Toddler Storytime
Storytime for toddlers (18-36 months) at the Portola Valley Library includes songs, stories, and activities to encourage reading. A craft activity follows storytime on Dec. 17. No storytime on Dec. 24 and 31. Dec. 3-17, Tuesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsBaby Bounce and Rhyme Time
"Baby Bounce and Rhyme" combines singing, dancing, reading, and playing. This program is specifically for babies ages 0-18 months (although older children are welcome too). May 7-December 17, 11:15-11:45 a.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Volunteers2013 Annual Food Drive
From Oct. 21 through Dec. 21, Neighbors Helping Neighbors will place barrels or boxes at participating grocery stores and retail businesses during the food drive season. Sign up via doodle poll: http://doodle.com/xzep33n86kc4em3i. Volunteer to be a sorter, bagger or driver. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Various locations, Various addresses, Palo Alto.
Live MusicLive Jazz Music at Morocco's
Morocco's Restaurant hosts Johnny Williams and Steven Gary to perform live jazz music. On Tuesdays, the restaurant also does not charge a corkage fee. 5-9:30 p.m. Free. Morocco’s Restaurant, 873 Castro St., Mountain View.
Art Galleries'Time' Gallery Exhibit
In this Gallery 9 exhibit, 30 artists explore many facets of time: changing seasons and color, aging, clocks and other abstract metaphors. A variety of 2D and 3D media is on display at Gallery 9 through Dec. 24. Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
Art GalleriesGallery House Holiday Show and Sale
The Gallery House Holiday Show and Sale features art gifts in all mediums and price ranges. There will be a public reception on Nov.22 from 6-8 p.m. at the gallery. In December, extended hours include Sundays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Event runs Nov. 17 to Dec. 24. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Religion/SpiritualityUniversity Public Worship
Weekly sermons are scheduled at Memorial Church from 10-11 a.m. with music by university organist Robert Huw Morgan and the Memorial Church choir. Dec. 1, 8 and 24: Rev. Joanne Sanders, associate dean for Religious Life; Nov. 17 and 24: Rev. Scotty McLennan, dean for Religious Life. Dec. 22: Rev. Dr. C. George Fitzgerald. Dec. 29: Rev. Susan Scott. 10-11 a.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
Art GalleriesPortola Art Gallery Group Show
At Portola Art Gallery during the month of December, artists will participate in the group show, “Small Works...Great Values.” Artists will showcase original works of art that are small in size but "large on value and creativity." Dec. 2-31, every day except Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Art Galleries'Art Meets Technology'
Art Meets Technology” presents work by 10 individuals whose accomplishments reside at the intersection of art, science, mathematics and technology. The exhibit draws on manuscript collections from the Stanford University Libraries. Ongoing every day through Jan. 15, 2014. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda, Green Library Bing Wing, 459 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
Classes/WorkshopsFoothill College Winter Quarter Registration
Foothill College Winter Quarter classes will run Jan. 6-March 28. Continuing students can register Nov. 25–Jan. 5 and new/returning students, Nov. 30-Jan. 5. Review more registration dates and instructions at www.foothill.edu. No fee to apply for admission; California residents pay $31 per unit plus basic fees. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
ExhibitsExhibit: 'Metaphors in Color and Form'
The Los Altos Art Club presents its group art exhibit at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto, on display from Oct. 21 through Jan. 6. There will be an artists' reception on Friday, Nov. 15, 6-8 p.m., at the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall. Free. Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
HealthAffordable Mental Health Program
Deborah's Palm - a community woman's center in downtown Palo Alto - has started an affordable psychotherapy program to benefit low-income women. Nov. 19-Jan. 19, Tuesdays, 4-7 p.m. Fees start at $40/hour. Deborahs Palm, 555 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto.
Religion/SpiritualityInsight Meditation South Bay
Shaila Catherine and guest teachers lead a weekly Insight Meditation sitting followed by a talk on Buddhist teachings. Nov. 26-Jan. 21, Tuesdays, 7:30-9 p.m. Free (donations accepted). St. Timothy's/Edwards Hall, 2094 Grant Road, Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsMVLA Adult Education Winter/Spring 2014 Registration
Registration for the winter and spring 2014 sessions at Mountain View-Los Altos Adult Education begins on Friday, Nov. 22. Course catalog available online for viewing starting Monday, Nov. 18. Winter 2014 session is Jan. 6-March 21; Spring 2014 is March 24-June 6. Cost of classes. MVLA Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.
Exhibits'Harmony IV': A Fine Art Photography Exhibit
The Peking Duck Restaurant hosts the sixth in a series of rotating exhibits featuring photographs by Lisa Tesler, Paul Italiano, Kevin Shannon and Gordon C. Ulrickson. Reception with the photographers and Richard Dischler will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 3 to 6 p.m. Exhibit shows through Feb. 3, 2014. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Free. Peking Duck Restaurant, 151 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.