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On Stage

'Take My Spouse, Please'
This standup comedy show at the Oshman Family JCC will feature Dani Klein Modisett, Dan Bucatinsky and Joan Rater celebrating Modisett's new book "Take My Spouse, Please." Cocktails will be on hand. Aug. 30, 6-8:30 p.m. $20 member; $25 general public; $30 at the door. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

Concerts

Pacific Crest Piano Quartet
Pacific Crest Piano Quartet will perform works from a variety of genres, including classical, jazz and chamber music. Seating will be limited to 200 guests. Aug. 30, 2-3 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
 

Lectures & Talks

sALon Menlo: 'Mockingbird Revisited'
This event will allow for lively discussion of the classic novel "To Kill a Mockingbird," the film adaptation starring Gregory Peck and the newly released Harper Lee book, "Go Set a Watchman." The event will be facilitated by Nick Szegda, Menlo Park librarian and filmmaker, and Lauren John, a Menlo College teacher. Refreshments will be provided. Aug. 30, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Benefits/Fundraisers

Blossom Beanstalk Rummage Sale
This rummage sale at Blossom Birth Services will offer deals on maternity and baby clothes and items. Sales will help to pay for Blossom classes and services for underprivileged mothers. Aug. 30, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Prices vary. Blossom Birth Services, 299 S. California Ave., Suite 120, Palo Alto.
 

Family and Kids

Super Family Sunday
The Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo will hold one of its free events exclusively for families with children who have disabilities. Siblings and grandparents are also welcome. Spots are limited, and reservations are required. Aug. 30, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Family and Kids

Green Fest 2015
Green Fest will teach visitors simple things they can do to be more green in their daily lives through interactive activities and displays. There will be live music, free ice cream, a farmers' market, a scavenger hunt, relay races and prizes. Aug. 30, 2-5 p.m. Free. Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Environment

Repair Café
The Repair Café Palo Alto, a volunteer-run community service striving for zero wate, will help community members to assess and fix broken items, including appliances, lamps, clothing, bikes, knives, jewelry, computers and more. Aug. 30, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Repair Café, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
 

On Stage

'West Side Story'
Broadway By The Bay will present a production of the monumental musical "West Side Story," a drama set in 1950s New York about two young lovers caught up in a conflict between street gangs, with a score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. See website for specific dates and times. Friday-Sunday, Aug. 14-30, 2 or 8 p.m. $47-$69. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City.
 

On Stage

'The Addams Family'
Redwood City Community Theatre will present a production of "The Addams Family," a musical comedy about a demented family whose daughter falls in love with a "normal" boy. Aug. 21-30, Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. $25 general; $35 reserved; $15 senior (age 70 plus), student; $65 four-ticket package. Carrington Hall, 1201 Brewster Ave., Redwood City.
 

Art Galleries

Rengstorff Arts Festival
The Rengstorff House is hosting a month-long show with fine art by local artists including works in watercolor, oil, glass and photography. Juried student art from the Community School of Music and Arts Art4Schools program is featured. Aug. 2-30, Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Free. Rengstorff House, 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
 

Art Galleries

'Iron Rose'
Joseph Najera, an artist working mostly in wrought iron to create wall pieces and candle holders, shares some of his artwork in an exhibit called "Iron Rose." Aug. 4-30, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
 

Sports

Palo Alto Babe Ruth Fall Ball registration
Fall Ball registration for the Palo Alto Babe Ruth Baseball League is now open to all players from Palo Alto to Redwood City who will be 13 or 14 years old next May 1. This season is ideal for those interested in improving skills, playing on a full-size field, preparing for January tryouts or high school teams, or just having fun. Play should begin around Labor Day. Aug. 6-30. $150 registration fee.
 

Art Galleries

'Something New and Different'
Linda Tapscott shares some of her artwork made from wire -- including birds' nests and colorful three-dimensional shapes -- in a show called "Something New and Different" at Konditorei cafe in Ladera. On Aug. 26, 11 a.m. to noon, there will be a reception with the artist. Aug. 3-30, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Konditorei, 3130 Alpine Road, Portola Valley.
 

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.

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, .
 

Classes/Workshops

Adult School Fall Session registration
Registration for Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School's Fall Session is underway. The session will run from Sept. 1 to Dec. 18. Visit the website for specific class listings and more info. Aug. 14-Sept. 1. Prices vary. Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., 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.

Teen Activities

Teen Library Advisory Board applications
Palo Alto Library is currently recruiting teens for its Teen Library Advisory Board (T-LAB). The opportunity allows students in grades 8 to 12 to help the library with its Teen Zone, generate programming ideas, offer book suggestions and more, as well as earn community service hours. Applications are due by Sept. 15. Aug. 1-Sept. 15. Free. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Auditions

ECYS Preparatory Orchestra Auditions
The El Camino Youth Symphony orchestra program is now accepting audition applications for its preparatory orchestras. Young string and wind players with at least one year of private lessons are encouraged to sign up online. Appointments will be held in early September. Aug. 10-Sept. 18.

Art Galleries

'Dichotomy'
Gallery House will next be home to an exhibit of mixed-media and watercolor paintings by artists Nance Wheeler and Patricia Nojima, entitled "Dichotomy: Abstracted Science and Lyrical Landscapes." On Aug. 28, 6-8 p.m., there will be a reception with the artists. Aug. 25-Sept. 19, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

On Stage

'The Country House'
In a Northern California premiere, TheatreWorks will stage a production of "The Country House," a recent Broadway hit by Donald Margulies about a stage and film star who brings her show-biz family to the Berkshires for a summer stock season. There will be no show on Sept. 15; see website for specific times. Tuesday-Sunday, Aug. 26-Sept. 20, 2, 7 or 8:30 p.m. $19-$74. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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.

Exhibits

'Reflect + Create'
The Los Altos History Museum is offering an exhibit called "Reflect + Create: Where Art and History Intersect," which looks at how artists, makers and creators from the community have taken inspiration from items in the museum's collection. Thursday-Sunday, May 7-Sept. 30, noon-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

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.

Exhibits

'Astley D. M. Cooper and Mrs. Stanford's Jewels'
The Cantor Arts Center has on display an exhibit entitled "Astley D. M. Cooper and Mrs. Stanford's Jewels," which explores the life and work of the wild Bay Area painter. Cooper, who lived from 1856 to 1924, was known for using a faux Egyptian temple as a studio and paying off debts accrued at bars with paintings. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 5-Nov. 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Rough Around the Edges'
The exhibit "Rough Around the Edges: Inspirations in Paper" presents the work of Ronni Jolles, who uses layered paper, acrylic paint and sealants to create dimensional painting-like pieces. See website for daily schedule. Aug. 26-Dec. 7. Free. Goldman Sports & Wellness Complex and Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

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

'Piranesi's Paestum'
Composed of 15 drawings by Italian printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi, the Cantor Arts Center exhibit "Piranesi's Paestem: Master Drawings Uncovered" features the artist's largest body of work focused on a single location. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 19-Jan. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Empathy'
This Cantor Art Center exhibit explores the idea and practice of empathy in art ranging from Christian paintings to photography from the Civil Rights era. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 12-Jan. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

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.

Exhibits

'Warriors, Courtiers, and Saints'
The Cantor Art Center's upcoming exhibit "Warriors, Courtiers, and Saints: The Etchings of Jacques Callot" will examine the 17th-century French artist's experimental work in the medium of printmaking. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 26-Feb. 15, 2016, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.