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Family and Kids

Valentine's Day Cards workshop
This Portola Valley Library workshop for ages 4 and up will provide festive supplies for making a special Valentine's Day card. Alternatively, participants can make a sweet-and-sour anti-Valentine's Day card. Feb. 9, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Benefits/Fundraisers

Fit Tuesday at Title Nine
Title Nine will celebrate "Mardi Bras" by holding a donation drive for gently used or unworn bras for Free The Girls, a nonprofit organization providing job opportunities for survivors of sex trafficking. Those who donate will receive a $5 Title Nine gift card. Feb. 9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Title Nine Palo Alto, 208 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.

Lectures & Talks

'Gridlock: Is There a Future for Bipartisanship?'
Moderated by Stanford Law School Professor Nate Persily, this panel discussion will engage former Congressmen Barney Frank (Democrat, Massachusetts), Dan Lungren (Republican, California) and Mickey Edwards (Republican, Oklahoma) in a conversation about the future of bipartisanship in Congress. Feb. 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
 

Classes/Workshops

Finger Knitting for Adults
The Menlo Park Library will host an art workshop by Peopleologie, during which adults will learn to knit using their hands, dexterity, concentration and a bit of yarn. The event is funded by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. Feb. 9, 7-8 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Classes/Workshops

LinkAges TimeBank orientation
This event will introduce community members to linkAges TimeBank, a neighborhood service-exchange network that facilitates community involvement. Participants are matched with the skills, talents and needs of those who live nearby -- allowing neighbors to help each other and share interests. Feb. 9, 1-2 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

Seniors

Community Shuttle Updates
This event will share updates and information on the free Mountain View Community Shuttle, including schedule changes, how to identify stops and more. Feb. 9, 1 p.m. Free. Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View.
 

Film

'Mega-Drought' and 'Earth Under Water'
In honor of the 2016 Silicon Valley Reads theme "Chance of Rain: The Impact of Climate Change on Our Lives," the Mountain View Public Library will offer showings of two 45-minute films on drought and climate change: "Mega-Drought" and "Earth Under Water." There will be a 10-minute intermission between the films. Feb. 9, 6:30-8:45 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

Teen Activities

Intro to Painting
This introductory six-week class for teens at the Community School of Music and Arts will give students room to explore various painting mediums, including watercolor, acrylic and oil. All materials will be provided. Tuesdays, Feb. 9-March 15, 4:30-6 p.m. $120. Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Teen Activities

Intro to Ceramics
Offered by the Community School of Music and Arts, this six-week mini session on ceramics for teens ages 13 to 18 will teach basic hand-building and glazing skills, as well as provide experience at using a pottery wheel. All materials will be provided. Tuesdays, Feb. 9-March 15, 4-5:30 p.m. $120. Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
 

On Stage

Gunn Choir/Staff Musical: 'Totally Gone with the Wind'
A cast of almost 200 will perform in the 20th annual Gunn Choir/Staff Musical called "Totally Gone with the Wind," an original, wild and satiric musical. All proceeds will benefit the Gunn Choir Tour Scholarship Fund. Feb. 9 and 10, 8 p.m. $20 adult; $10 student. Gunn High School, Spangenberg Theatre, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Skyward'
An exhibition of paintings and prints by Sukey Bryan, "Skyward" presents images of blue sky and floating rainless clouds that bring to mind climate change while celebrating beauty. On Feb. 9, 5-7 p.m., there will be a public reception. Jan. 4-Feb. 10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Castilleja School, Anita Seipp Gallery, 1310 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
 

Family and Kids

Toddler Storytime
These weekly Portola Valley Library events will present songs, stories and movement activities to encourage toddlers 18 to 36 months old to listen and read. Age-appropriate toys will be available to play with after each session. A special activity will be offered after story time on the third Tuesday of the month. Tuesdays, Feb. 2-23, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Teen Activities

Teen Yoga with Hana Raftery
Held twice weekly, this yoga class for students ages 13 to 18 will aim to relax, renew, refresh and de-stress participants. Classes are offered on a sliding scale. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 2-26, 4:15-5:15 p.m. Prices vary. Samyama Yoga Center, 2995 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Fur, Fins and Feathers'
This annual art exhibit showcases the work of students and faculty from the Community School of Music and Arts' Art4Schools Program. Over 500 pieces of artwork from more than 20 local elementary schools is on display. Monday-Friday, Feb. 2-26, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Mountain View City Hall Rotunda, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

Environment

Living Classroom Volunteer Training
Living Classroom is seeking community volunteers who want to share their love of nature with children. Those interested will observe garden-based lessons for grades K-3 in local elementary schools, then receive training to assist or lead one-hour lessons during the school day. Topics taught include life and earth science and health eating. Visit the website to learn more. October-June. Free. Various locations, Palo Alto elementary schools, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Sharing Our World'
Gallery House will offer an exhibit called "Sharing Our World" of fine art works inspired by Silicon Valley life and world travel. It will feature contemporary acrylic and oil paintings by artists Charlotte Coqui and Isaias Sandoval. Feb. 2-27, Tuesday-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

Oil paintings by Diana Jaye
This Viewpoints Gallery exhibition will show off the virtuosic work of plein art artist Diana Jaye, including paintings of landscapes, cottages and clothed figures. On Feb. 6, 3-5 p.m., there will be a reception with the artist. Feb. 1-27, Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.

Art Galleries

'Red'
Gallery 9 presents works in different media by member artists, focusing on the symbolic meaning of the color red (particularly love) to celebrate Valentine's Day. Feb. 2-28, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

Auditions

El Camino Youth Symphony 2016-17 Auditions
El Camino Youth Symphony is holding auditions for its 2016-2017 Season. The organization has six orchestras ranging from the entry-level orchestra Chamber Players to the prestigious Senior Symphony, as well as other chamber music opportunities. Applications are due by Feb. 28, and auditions will be held in March and April. Until Feb. 28. $25 audition fee. , , Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

Recent works by Lorene Anderson
During the month of February, Bryant Street Gallery will present recent works by artist Lorene Anderson. Considering the idea of parallel universes, Anderson takes inspiration for her paintings from cellular structures, cosmos and diagrams of topology. Feb. 5-29, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Thursday until 7 p.m. Free. Bryant Street Gallery, 532 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

'Rodin en Blanc'
The Portola Art Gallery presents "Rodin en Blanc," a photography exhibit by Alan McGee of Portola Valley focusing on the lesser known marble and plaster works of Auguste Rodin, which McGee captured at the Musee Rodin in Paris and at Rodin's home and atelier. Monday-Saturday, Feb. 1-29, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
 

Art Galleries

'Bugs and Blooms'
Caffe Romanza, located on the second floor of Books Inc., will have on display the macro photographs of Heidi Baikie during the month of February. The fine art digital prints will feature insects and flowers. On Feb. 4, 5-7 p.m., there will be a reception with the artist. Feb. 1-29, Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Free. Caffe Romanza, 301 Castro St., Mountain View.

Teen Activities

Blind Date with a Book
During the month of February, the Palo Alto Library will be offering a chance for teen readers to go on a blind date with a book. Visitors can check out a specially wrapped book from the Teen Zone, take it home and then rate it for a chance to win a prize. If it's not a great fit, teenagers can return it and try another one. Feb. 1-29, regular facility hours. Free. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto .

Family and Kids

Palo Alto Little League Registration
Palo Alto Little League's Spring Baseball Season begins in February. Registration will continue until March 1, with wait-lists to begin on Feb. 1. A variety of divisions are offered for children spanning ages 5 to 13. Visit the website for more info. Jan. 25-Feb. 29. Prices vary. Palo Alto Little League, P.O. Box 785, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

Fine art photography by Immaculada Del Castillo Ditzel
The Town of Los Altos Hills is hosting an exhibit of fine art photography and paintings by Immaculada Del Castillo Ditzel, who uses unconventional methods and materials to present careful displays of everyday objects. Monday-Friday, Sept. 7-March, 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Free. Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

Teen Activities

Simon Youth Foundation Scholarship Opportunity
Simon Youth Foundation is currently accepting application for a scholarship to be awarded to a graduating high school senior who lives within 50 miles of Stanford Shopping Center. Visit the website for more info and to apply. Jan. 20-March 1. Stanford Shopping Center, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

Peninsula Women's Caucus for Art: 'Identity'
The Peninsula Women's Caucus for Art is holding an exhibit called "Identity," exploring the colors, icons, surroundings and culture that define its members. The work of nine artists is featured. Jan. 5-March 2, Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Free. Redwood Shores Library, 399 Marine Parkway, Redwood City.
 

Seniors

Functional Aging Fitness Class
Evolution Trainers is offering a class taught by Hartmut Broring specifically designed for boomers and seniors. The program aims to help students develop lower and upper body strength, core stability and posture, range of motion and balance. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 5-March 3, 2-3 p.m. $200 twice a week, $120 once a week, per month. Evolution Trainers, 2044 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Double Exposure'
Entitled "Double Exposure: Russia's Secret Police under the Last Tsars," this exhibit at the Hoover Institution features photographs, documents and artifacts from the records of the Paris headquarters of the Russian Imperial secret police, called the Okhrana. Tuesday-Saturday, Oct. 29-March 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion, 434 Galvez Mall, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Inside Each Moment'
This Community School for Music and Arts (CSMA) exhibition will feature paintings by artist, musician and CSMA faculty member Claude Ferguson. On Feb. 26, 6-8:30 p.m., there will be a reception with a musical performance by the Parhelion Ensemble. Monday-Saturday, Feb. 5-March 20, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Mohr Gallery, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Auditions

PACO audition registration
A Palo Alto-based award-winning youth orchestra, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) will hold auditions in April for its five ensembles, each of which has approximately 25 talented young string players. Those interested must sign-up before March 21. Visit the website for more info. Until March 21. $50. Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

'Beyond Space and Time'
The Oshman Family JCC has on display an exhibit of work by Chagit Ofir, a Bay Area-based artist who is inspired by her daily experience, family and friends, and Israeli history. Born in Israel, Ofir mainly works in the medium of oil painting, but she has recently branched out into sculpture. Dec. 7-March 21, regular facility hours. Free. Goldman Sports & Wellness Complex and Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

Classes/Workshops

Free lipreading classes in Menlo Park
Taught by an experienced audiologist and lipreading instructor, these free weekly classes sponsored by Foothill College provide help to those who have difficulty understanding rapid speech or hearing in challenging situations such as restaurants, social gatherings or other noisy places. Tuesdays, Jan. 5-March 22, 9:10-11:50 a.m. Free. Menlo Park Senior Center, 100 Terminal Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Classes/Workshops

Adult School Winter/Spring Classes Registration
Registration for Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School Winter and Spring classes began on Nov. 20. The winter session will run from Jan. 4 to March 18, and the spring session from March 21 to June 3. Visit the website or call for more info. Nov. 20-Jan. 4. Prices vary. Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.
 

Clubs/Meetings

SRI Organon Toastmasters
SRI Organon Toastmasters helps community members become better public speakers and leaders by providing a supportive, positive environment for practicing communication and leadership skills. Guests are welcome to visit and join. Tuesdays, year-round, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. SRI International, Building G, Laurel Street at Mielke Drive, Menlo Park.
 

Health

Pilates Cardiocamp in Woodside
Pilates Cardiocamp morning fitness classes aim to help students develop better posture, a stronger back and a firmer body while reducing body fat. Visit the website for specific class prices. Year-round, Tuesday and Thursday, 7 a.m., and Wednesday, 9 a.m. (Town Hall); Monday, 9 a.m., and Friday, 7:30 a.m. (Village Church). $12-$25 per class. Woodside Town Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, and Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Road, Woodside.
 

Health

Pilates Cardiocamp in Los Altos
Pilates Cardiocamp morning fitness classes aim to help students develop better posture, a stronger back and a firmer body while reducing body fat. Visit the website for specific class prices. Year-round, Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. (Christ Episcopal); Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. (Marti's). $12-$25 per class. Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Road, and Martis Dance Studio, 1140 Riverside Drive, Los Altos.
 

Dance

Bayer Ballet Academy Boys Program
Bayer Ballet Academy in Mountain View is launching a new boys program, where students can take advantage of specialized boys-only classes with instructor Ivan Goliadin. Classes are held four days a week and are open to ages 8 to 18. Call the school to register for a free trial class. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 4-June 11. See website for pricing. Bayer Ballet Academy, 2028 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Bird in the Hand'
The Palo Alto Art Center's "Bird in the Hand" exhibition will showcase the fascinating and colorful world of birds through works by over 45 Bay Area and international artists. Jan. 16-April 10, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

'Fight the Bite'
The San Mateo County History Museum has an exhibit chronicling the fight to free the San Francisco Peninsula of mosquitoes, including a photo display commemorating the centennial of the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District. Jan. 12-April 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $6 adult; $4 senior, student; free for children ages 5 and under. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.
 

Dance

For the Love of Dance classes
A family-owned studio, For the Love of Dance offers training in ballet, jazz, tap and other styles of dance to students, beginning at age 2 up through adults, from Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Altos and Sunnyvale. Visit the website to learn about specific offerings. October through June. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite B, Mountain View.

Family and Kids

Marine Science Camp Registration
The Marine Science Institute will hold several weeklong summer camps for budding marine scientists in kindergarten through 12th grade. In these hands-on programs, participants will experience marine life up close in a safe and fun atmosphere. Instructors lead explorations of the San Francisco Bay and Pacific coast, including a voyage about aboard the institute's ship during each camp. Visit the website to learn more about specific offerings and to register. Monday-Friday, June 13-Aug. 12, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Prices vary. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City.
 

Exhibits

'The Chinese Typewriter'
This exhibit entitled "The Chinese Typewriter: The Design and Science of East Asian Information Technology" shares historical artifacts from the collections of Stanford University history professor Thomas S. Mullaney and the school's East Asia Library. Jan. 20-Aug. 20, regular library hours. Lathrop Library, East Asia Library, 518 Memorial Way, Stanford.