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Community EventsLifetree Cafe Conversations: 'The Art of Listening'
Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park hosts an hour-long conversation exploring storytelling and listening. Participants will hear about tools for connecting with others. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be served. Dec. 4, 7-8 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
Community EventsPalo Alto Humane Society Gala
The film "Babe" will be screened at the Palo Alto Humane Society's 105th anniversary gala celebration. Bagpiper Jeff Campbell will also perform, as well as the JewelTones. Phil Giffin (Emmy-nominated producer and composer) and Marilyn Kanes (CEO of Mystery By Design) will co-host. Dec. 5, 7-10 p.m. $5 (includes popcorn and a beverage). The Aquarius Theatre, 430 Emerson St. , Palo Alto.
Community EventsPeace Corps Volunteers Story Jam
Former Peace Corps Volunteers will speak about what it's like to be a part of the volunteer program. Dec. 5, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Unitarian Universalist Church (Fireside Room), 505 East Charleston Road, Palo Alto.
Community EventsMountain View Plaza Palooza
The City of Mountain View is hosting a series of events in the downtown Mountain View Civic Center Plaza. There will be music and entertainment, food and beverages the first Friday of every month. Nov. 1 and Dec. 6, Noon-1:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Civic Center Plaza, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Community EventsSacred Heart Prep Holiday Boutique
Holiday Boutique at Sacred Heart Prep will host vendors selling fresh seasonal greens, clothing, jewelry, stationery, artisan food and a selection of gift items. Parking is available on campus. Dec. 4-6, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Sacred Heart Schools, 150 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
Community EventsCaltrain Holiday Train
The Caltrain Holiday Train will visit nine stations with performances and holiday decorations on Dec. 7 and 8. The train arrives at 6:50 p.m. on Dec. 7 at Palo Alto's California Avenue station and at 7:45 p.m. on Dec. 8 at the Menlo Park station. People on the holiday train will collect toy donations for needy children. Free. Caltrain station, California Avenue, Palo Alto.
Community EventsAnti-Human Trafficking Forum at Beth Am
At this forum, there will be a screening of "Not My Life," documentary film about human trafficking and contemporary slavery, as well as a panel of experts discussing human trafficking. Dec. 7, 2:45-5 p.m. Free. Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.
Community EventsGingerbread House Decorating
Bethany Lutheran Church hosts its fifth annual Gingerbread House Decorating Fundraiser. The gingerbread houses are pre-assembled; the candy, sweets, and tools needed to decorate will be provided. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited - reserve a gingerbread house today. Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-noon. $50 per house. Bethany Lutheran Church , 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
Community EventsHoliday Bazaar at Deborah's Palm
Deborah's Palm in Palo Alto hosts this holiday bazaar with handmade gifts such as ornaments, linens, candy, jewelry, knitted/sewn items, artwork, crafts and more. There will also be strolling minstrels, wreath-making, door prizes, refreshments and a used book sale. Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Deborah's Palm, 555 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto.
Community EventsFriends of the Menlo Park Library Holiday Book Sale
The Friends of the Menlo Park Library hosts its last book sale of 2013, which will be a holiday sale with a meeting room full of gift-worthy books. Sales benefit the library. Dec. 8, Noon-4 p.m. Free. Holiday Book Sale, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.
Community EventsWestwind Barn Holiday Lighting
Westwind hosts a holiday event featuring cookies, hot cider, local wine, seasonal games, craft tables, face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, local student groups singing carols, Santa, local Pony Club and 4-H students demonstrating horse care and the barn lighting at 4 p.m. Dec. 8, 1-4 p.m. Free, additional fee for food. Westwind Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills.
Community EventsHoliday Sharing Expo
Common Ground Garden Supply hosts a holiday sharing expo. Share garden produce and tools, crafts, books, clothes, toys, and holiday related goods. Dec. 8, 1-3 p.m. Free. Common Ground Garden Supply, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.
Community EventsCommunity Tree Lighting Celebration
Celebrate the holidays with live music, refreshments, lights and Santa Claus. Children can visit and take a picture with Santa; attendees should bring their own camera. They can also bring a can of food to benefit the Community Services Agency of Mountain View. Event will take place rain or shine. Dec. 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Civic Center Plaza, 500 Castro St., 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.
Community Events'Tour the Packard Foundation Headquarters'
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is offering a guided tour through its LEED® Platinum (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building that is designed to operate at net zero energy status. Sign up online. Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11 from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Free. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, 343 Second St., Los Altos.
Community EventsGerman Holiday Market
The German American International School of Silicon Valley hosts a German holiday market with merchants, artisan booths, food, entertainment and more. Dec. 14, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Civic Center Plaza, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Community EventsEl Camino Hospital Farmers' Market
El Camino Hospital hosts a weekly farmers market every Friday on the Mountain View campus. The market is held in the parking lot east of the emergency entrance. Parking is available in lots A and B, located in front of the hospital along Grant Road. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. El Camino Hospital, 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View.
Community EventsLeft Bank Christmas Eve Dining
Left Bank in Menlo Park will be serving limited regular dinner menu and a $52.75 four-course prix fixe with main course choices of Dixon Valley lamb chops or Mediterranean sea bass on Christmas Eve. Regular lunch menu will be served. Dec. 24, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Varies. Left Bank Brasserie, 635 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
Community EventsLB Steak Christmas Eve Dining
On Christmas Eve, LB Steak in Menlo Park will serve a limited regular a la carte dinner menu and a $64.50 four-course prix fixe menu with main-course choices of pan-roasted pheasant or truffle-crusted turbot. Dec. 24, 4-9 p.m. Varies. LB Steak Menlo Park, 898 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
Community EventsNew Year's Eve at Left Bank
Left Bank in Menlo Park will host a New Year's Eve celebration including a $64.50 4-course prix fixe menu, a la carte options, decorations, complimentary midnight toast and party favors. Prix fixe entree choices of herb roasted beef sirloin medallions or salmon roulade. Regular lunch service. Dec. 31, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Varies. Left Bank Brasserie, 635 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
Community EventsNew Year's Eve at LB Steak
LB Steak in Menlo Park will host a New Year's Eve celebration including $71.50 four-course prix fixe menu, a la carte options, decorations, a complimentary midnight toast and party favors. Prix fixe entree choices of carnaroli risotto with perigord truffle, filet of beef “Wellington” or truffle crusted turbot. Dec. 31, 4-10 p.m. Varies. LB Steak Menlo Park, 898 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
Community EventsMountain View Certified Farmers Market
This farmers market features more than 60 certified local producers with farm-fresh fruit and vegetables with organic and Asian varieties, grass-fed beef, eggs, mushrooms, bakeries, plants, herbs, sprouts, cheese, melons and garden tomatoes. Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until Dec. 31. Caltrain Station, 600 W. Evelyn Ave., Mountain View.
Community EventsNew Years Eve at Palo Alto Grill
On New Year's Eve, Palo Alto Grill will be serving holiday a la carte menu specials including beef tenderloin with lobster wellington, squash and vegetable pt pie, crispy chicken breast and waffle and a whole grilled branzino. There will also be live music and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Dec. 31, 5 p.m.-midnight. Cost of food. Palo Alto Grill, 140 University Ave., Palo Alto.
Community EventsFree First Friday Program at San Mateo County History Museum
This program continues through to January 2014. Admission is free the entire day. At 11 a.m., preschool children will be invited to learn about local inventors who changed the world. They will also create robots out of cardboard. At 2 p.m., docents will lead tours of the museum for adults. Jan. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Community EventsFriends of the Palo Alto Library Book Sale
Friends of the Palo Alto Library is holding its monthly sales of 50,000 used books, CDs and DVDs on two weekends in December and January. Dec. 14 and 15, and Jan. 11 and 12. Saturday sale hours: main sale room, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; children’s and bargain rooms, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Su Free (cost of books). Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Community EventsPhotos with Father Christmas
Rengstorff House at Shoreline in Mountain View hosts Father Christmas, available to take photos on Dec. 8 and 14, Noon-4 p.m. $5-15. Rengstorff House, 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Community EventsWoodside Farmers' Market
This farmers' market at Woodside Elementary features organic fruits and vegetables, wild and local seafood, local grass-fed beef, pasture-raised chicken and pork, free range eggs, jams, local honey, freshly baked focaccia, fair trade coffee, chocolates, nuts and nut butters, gluten-free baked goods and organic fruit popsicles. The market runs Sundays, year-round, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Woodside Elementary School , 3195 Woodside Road, Woodside .
Community EventsPortola Valley Farmers' Market
This farmers' market at the Portola Valley Town Center features organic fruits and vegetables, local grass-fed beef, free range eggs, fair trade coffee, wild and local seafood, HOT free range rotisserie chickens, local honey, organic olive oil, gluten free baked goods, organic fruit popsicles, nuts and nut butters, pickles and jerky, artisan breads, empanadas, goat’s milk chocolates, flowers, crafts and music. The market runs Thursdays, year-round. 2-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Farmers' Market, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Community EventsThe Mountain Goat Farmers' Market
This farmers' market features organic fruits and vegetables, wild and local seafood, free range eggs, jam, local honey, freshly baked focaccia, fair trade coffee, goat's milk chocolates, nuts and nut butters, gluten-free focaccia and baked goods. It takes place in front of the Skywood Trading Post and Penelope’s Den, across from Alice’s Restaurant and runs on Wednesdays, year-round. 2-6 p.m. Free. The Mountain Goat Farmers' Market, 17285 Skyline Blvd., Woodside.