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Concerts

Los Angeles Children's Chrous
The Los Angeles Children's Chorus, an accomplished children's choral group that has toured internationally, will offer a concert program that includes the world premiere of "The Plentiful Peach," a piece based on a coming-of-age story by Iranian writer Samad Behrangi. April 19, 2:30 p.m. $30-$60. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.
 

Family and Kids

'Children's Corner and Some of Our Favorite Things'
As part of the Musical Journeys with Children & Families concert series, Frank LÚvy will offer a family-friendly classical music performance called "Children's Corner and Some of Our Favorite Things," featuring whimsical pieces by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Schumann and others. April 19, 3-4:30 p.m. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

Environment

Going Native Garden Tour 2015
This annual event organized by the California Native Plant Society, with help from UC Master Gardeners, will showcase gardens throughout the area that make use of native plants. The second day of the event will focus on 30 gardens in northern Santa Clara and southern San Mateo counties. April 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 30 different gardens, various locations in Mountain View, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, Woodside and other citi, .
 

Family and Kids

Blossom Birth and Family Fair
At the 10th annual Blossom Birth and Family Fair, community members can meet local pregnancy and parenting professionals, as well as listen to talk by Dr. Harvey Karp, M.D., author of the "The Happiest Baby on the Block." April 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Religion/Spirituality

Compline with All Saints Episcopal Church
Stanford and local choral ensembles will sing a reflective 30-minute service of hymns in a candlelit setting each Sunday during the academic year (except on holidays). All Saints Episcopal Church will participate at this week's service. April 19, 9-9:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends' final day
The last day of the Los Altos History Museum's exhibit "Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends" will take place on April 19. The exhibit captures the evolution of Silicon Valley, looking at the role of Stanford, the government and venture capitalists. Self-learning iPads provide info on 40 risk-takers. April 19, noon-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

Community Events

Plontz Garden Potluck
This inaugural Plontz community gathering will feature a potluck, a backyard edible garden discussion and an informal, family-friendly product feedback session. April 19, 3-6 p.m. Free. Private residence, location provided upon RSVP, Palo Alto.

Family and Kids

Wild Cat Adventure
This event held by the Wild Cat Conservation and Education Fund will feature five live wild cats from around the world, including possibly a cheetah, cougar, black leopard, ocelot, fishing cat or Geoffroy's cat. Information about the species will be shared with the audience while each cat is onstage. April 19, 2-3 p.m. $10 adult; $5 children under age 12. Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
 

Community Events

Menlo Park Sidewalk Fine Arts Festival
The Menlo Park Sidewalk Fine Arts Festival will feature an array of original works by 90 artists in mediums including jewelry, photography, ceramics, painting, sculptures and more. April 17 and 18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; April 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Downtown Menlo Park, Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park.
 

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

'Beasts & Books'
"Beasts & Books," curated by Stanford Ph.D. candidate Mackenzie Cooley, with help from undergraduate students, encapsulates the interdependence of humans and animals through rare books and manuscripts. On April 16, from 4 to 6 p.m., there will a reception. April 6-Aug. 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Green Library, Bing Wing, Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford.

Art Galleries

'Reigning Art'
Gallery House will hold a group show this April called "Reigning Art," featuring work by painters, potters, printmakers, sculptors, jewelers, photographers and weavers associated with the gallery. April 1-25, Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

'What Now?'
Gallery 9 in Los Altos offers a show called "What Now?" of oil paintings, as well as a sculpture, by Bay Area artist Steve Curtiss. March 31-April 25, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

Art Galleries

'Along Highway 1'
Viewpoints Gallery has on display "Along Highway 1," a show of watercolor paintings by plein air artist Veronica Gross inspired by vistas along the famed highway from Big Sur to the Oregon coast. March 31-April 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday only until 3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.

Sports

'Bateaus and Breakfast' at Sofitel San Francisco Bay
Sofitel San Francisco Bay will provide a venue to observe competitive rowing teams as they glide along Redwood Shores. A fine dining breakfast with French-pressed coffee will be available, as well as warm blankets for spectators. Visit the website for more info. Friday-Sunday, April 11-26. Free admission; prices vary for food and beverages. Sofitel San Francisco Bay, 223 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City.
 

On Stage

'Fire on the Mountain'
For a regional premiere, TheatreWorks will stage "Fire on the Mountain," a bluegrass musical that portrays the lives of Appalachian mining families. See website for specific times and dates. April 1-26. $53 adult; $43 senior, educator; $25 under age 30. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

Teen Activities

Teen Blackout Poetry Contest
Throughout National Poetry Month this April, the Menlo Park Library will hold a Blackout Poetry Contest, during which participants can create poetry by leaving select words visible and blacking out the rest. Visit the website for more info. April 1-27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Classes/Workshops

Girls in Science program
Environmental Volunteers will hold a new program for girls in third through fifth grades designed to develop confidence, competence and passion for natural science. This first four-week series explores how to help the Earth and environment through a variety of science activities. Sundays, April 12-May 3, 1-3 p.m. $10 drop in; $30 prepay for series. EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

On Stage

'The Star Without a Name'
As part of its 2nd Stages series, Dragon Productions will perform "The Star Without a Name," a 12-hour love story adapted and translated from the original text by Romanian playwright Mihail Sebastian. April 16-May 3, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $10-$25. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.

On Stage

'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'
The Los Altos Stage Company will perform the classic drama "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" the story of George and Martha, a dysfunctional couple that draws two house guests into their conflict after a faculty party. April 9-May 3, Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. (no show on April 15). 7:30 p.m. $34. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., 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.

Exhibits

'Into the Wild Woods'
The Community School of Music and Arts currently has an exhibition of illustrations and paintings by Bay Area native Liz Amini-Holmes. April 3-May 31, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
 

Religion/Spirituality

Stanford University public worship
Memorial Church, a historically important center of spiritual and ceremonial life at Stanford University since 1903, offers weekly Sunday services that are open to the public. Sundays, April 5-June 7, 10-11 a.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Interaction of Color: Josef Albers'
In its exhibit "Interaction of Color: Josef Albers," the Cantor Arts Center shares 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.

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-June 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Imagining the Oceans'
The Cantor Arts Center has on display an exhibit called "Imagining the Oceans," which brings together artwork across history and cultures inspired by ocean environments. The exhibit features pieces by Willem van de Velde, Charles Meryon, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Willem de Kooning and others -- as well as items from the Pacific Islands region. Wednesday-Monday, March 18-June 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Shifting Currents'
In an exhibit called "Shifting Currents: Highlights from the 20th-Century Chinese Collection, the Cantor Arts Center showcases modern pieces 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.
 

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-July 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Arboreal Architecture'
The Cantor Arts Center's exhibit "Arboreal Architecture: A Visual History of Trees" compares and contrasts depictions of trees across cultures. Wednesday-Monday, April 15-July 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

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

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

'Bravo!: Music and Theater in Enlightenment Europe'
The Cantor Arts Center collects prints and drawings that probe the 18th-century realms of music and drama in 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.

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. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

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

'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.
 

Sports

Palo Alto Tennis Club
The Palo Alto Tennis Club is now seeking new members. In addition to regular play, the club organizes tournaments and weekly clinics and lessons. Visit the website for registration info. Sundays, Feb. 14-Dec. 31, 9 a.m.-noon. $50 one-year membership; $4 non-member drop-in. Rinconada Park, 777 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'25 Years at the Museum of American Heritage'
This exhibit will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Museum of American Heritage, tracing its history from its opening on Alma Street to its current home at the Williams Property and highlighting memorable exhibits along the way. Friday-Sunday, April 17-Jan. 17, 2016, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. The Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Bid4Kids Online Auction
Menlo-Atherton High School's Foundation for the Future will offer its Bid4Kids online auction to benefit the high school's students. Trips, parties, sports items and tickets, concert tickets and more are available. March 20-April 6. Prices vary. Menlo-Atherton Bid4Kids Online Auction, online only, Menlo Park.