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Community EventsTransportation Forum
Representatives from VTA, BART and East/South Bay Shuttle will describe their services, provide schedules and answer individual questions about trips around the Bay Area. The event will include info from Marguerite, Caltrain and Yellow Cab, among others. April 17, 3-6 p.m. Free. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
Community Events'Living with Autism' conversation
Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park hosts an hour-long conversation exploring how to cope with the challenges of autism. Participants will learn about autism and connect with others who live with or who care for people with autism. Complimentary snacks will be provided. April 16, 7-8 p.m.; April 17, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
Community EventsPeninsula Rose Society Meeting
Master Gardener and rosarian Barbara Gordon will demonstrate arrangements for roses and discuss exhibiting them for shows. Attendees are invited to bring specific questions to the informative session. April 18, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Redwood City Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City.
Community EventsThe Red Hot Chachkas
Musical group The Red Hot Chachkas take Jewish music a step further with a fusion of traditional klezmer with American roots music. April 20, 7-10 p.m. $15 members and students; $20-25 non-members; free for 18 and under. Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Community EventsFine Arts Museums presentation
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will give a docent lecture on the exhibit "Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art," which features the work of 19th century avant-garde painters such as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Vincent van Gogh. April 22, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free for members; $5 non-members. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Community EventsRotary Connects at LB Steakhouse
Community members are invited to join the Menlo Park Rotary Club for an evening of networking with business leaders and city officials. April 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $20. LB Steakhouse, 898 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
Community EventsOur Palo Alto talk
At the first event for Our Palo Alto, there will be an interactive panel discussion moderated by former Mayor Sid Espinosa about the present and future of the city. Other speakers will be Steve Levy from the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy, David Harris of The Institute for the Future, and Ann Dunkin from the Palo Alto Unified School District. April 23, 6-8 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Downtown Library, 270 Forest Ave., Palo Alto.
Community EventsThe Heart of Recovery group meeting
The Heart of Recovery is a meditation and sharing support group bringing together Buddhist meditation practice and the Twelve Steps with a commitment to abstinence. Second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, 7-8:30 p.m. Free (donations accepted). Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.
Community EventsFourth annual Sequoia 5K Stampede
The upcoming Sequoia Stampede 5K race is a fun-filled, community event and one of the core fundraising events for Sequoia High School Athletics. April 26, 9 a.m.-noon. $10-$30. Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Ave., Redwood City.
Community EventsAnnual downtown Family Parade
The City of Mountain View Recreation Division will present the 36th Annual Spring Family Parade, beginning on Castro Street at Villa Street and continuing all the way into Pioneer Park for crafts, games, music and fun. April 26, noon-3 p.m. Free. , Castro Street and Pioneer Park, Mountain View.
Community EventsGamble Garden Spring Tour 2014
The 29th annual Gamble Garden Spring Tour, 'Details & Inspirations,' will feature five private Palo Alto gardens, as well as a marketplace and plant sale. April 25-26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $30 members; $35 nonmembers; $40 day of. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
Community EventsGamble Garden Tour Plant Sale
This plant sale will have highlights from the Spring Tour of gardens for purchase, along with vegetables, succulents, succulent containers and more. April 25-26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
Community EventsLocal authors book reading
Poet Kasey Jueds will share from her award winning book "Keeper," and Tarn Wilson will read from her recently published memoir, "The Slow Farm," about growing up with hippie parents in rural British Columbia. April 27, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Gunn High School Library, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
Community EventsYom Ha'Shoah v'Hagevurah 2014
This year's Yom Ha'Shoah v'Hagevurah, an annual remembrance event for the South Peninsula, will focus on theme of "Children's Voice from the Holocaust." April 27, 5 p.m. Free. Congregation Beth Am, Sanctuary, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.
Community EventsRelay for Life Kickoff
There will be an informational event for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, coming up this summer in Menlo Park. The fundraiser will be filled with fun music, games, booths and kid-friendly activities. April 27, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Fremont Park, corner of Santa Cruz Avenue and University Avenue, Menlo Park.
Community EventsCyber Security Panel
The Peninsula Democratic Coalition and the Truman National Security Project will present a lively discussion with Silicon Valley Cybersecurity experts. Mike McNerney leads the panel with former NSA staffer Chris Finan and Truman National Security Project Fellow Candace Yu. They will speak about U.S. policy, the role of the NSA, and the private sector. RSVP at the PDC website. April 29, 7:15-9 p.m. Free (donations accepted). Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Community EventsPEN talk about learning disabilties
Parents Education Network Silicon Valley presents a discussion by Dr. Brendan Pratt, Ph.D., about learning disabilities and attention problems in children. The talk covers how early identification and intervention can have a tremendous impact. April 29, 7-8:30 p.m. $20 members, $30 non-members. Los Altso Christian School, 625 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos.
Community Events'Old School' staged reading
This event will include a staged reading of Tobias Wolff's "Old School," followed by a community discussion. The program is designed for both adults and teens, and is part of the National Endowment of the Arts "Big Read" Series. Registration is required. April 30, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Cubberley Community Center, Room A6, , 4000 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto.
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.
Community EventsMay Free First Friday
Admission to the San Mateo County History Museum will be free for the whole day. At 11 a.m., preschool children will be invited to learn about lighthouses and make their own. They will also here the story, "The Abandoned Lighthouse." At 2 p.m., docents will lead a free tour for adults. May 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Community Events'Wartime Memories' with local authors
Local authors Eva W. Maiden ("Decisions in the Dark: a Refugee Girl's Journey") and K. Sophie Stallman ("My War, My Life") will discuss their memoirs and their childhood flight from Nazi occupation, during a special program presented by the Menlo Park Library. May 3, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
Community EventsVintage Vehicles and Family Festival 2014
The Museum of American Heritage presents the 10th annual Vintage Vehicles and Family Festival. This free community event will feature rare vintage vehicles, family fun activities and a museum open house. May 3, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
Community EventsHouse and Garden Tour
The Stanford Historical Society will give its ninth House and Garden Tour features pre-1930 houses from the San Juan Neighborhood. There will be free parking, shuttle and refreshments. 1-4 p.m. $30 before April 18; $35 at tour desk. San Juan Neighborhood, 560 Wilbur Way, Stanford.
Community Events18th annual A La Carte & Art
This festival will be filled with two days of stellar live music, 200 Californian artists with handcrafted wares, food and drink (with premium wine and microbrews), a farmers' market, organic and green products, a classic car show and a bungee jump and waterballs for kids. May 3-4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Tim Beeman, Castro Street, between Evelyn and Church, Mountain View.
Community EventsFriends of Palo Alto Library Used Book Sale
Friends of the Palo Alto Library will hold its next monthly sales of 50,000 used books and media on the second weekends of April and May. Saturdays hours will be from 11 a.m.-4 p.m for the main sale room, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for children's and bargain rooms. Sunday hours will be from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 12 and 13, May 10 and 11, hours vary. Free for entry. Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Community EventsPalo Alto World Music Day
The 6th Annual Palo Alto World Music Day will take place on Father's Day, along University Avenue and King Plaza (City Hall). A variety of genres and entertainment for all ages. June 15, 3-7:30 p.m. Free. Downtown Palo Alto, University Avenue, Palo Alto.
Community EventsRare Fruit Tree Sale
Shane Murphy has combined his years of experience farming and growing heirloom seeds and his love of growing lesser-known fruits to create a delicious and rare selection of fruit trees. Mainly heirloom varieties of apple, pear, plum and apricot trees will be available. June 21, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.
Community EventsPalo Alto Festival of the Arts
For the 33rd year, the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts will feature more than 300 high quality artisans, Italian street painting, two stages of entertainment, California wines and microbrews, gourmet foods and the Kids' Art Studio. Aug. 23-24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, University Avenue, Palo Alto .
Community EventsSew Sew Saturday
Mountain View Public Library has four Baby Lock (Grace model) sewing machines and one serger. The library invites all to come sew on Saturday mornings. Registration required to use machines, hand sewers welcome to drop-in. March through May, 10:15 a.m.-noon. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Community EventsESL Conversation Club
Those learning or improving spoken English are invited to come practice at the club with casual conversation and friendly company. All levels are welcome, and no registration is required. Wednesdays, March through May, 5-6 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.