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Religion/Spirituality

Community Passover Celebration
The Oshman Family JCC will celebrate Passover by re-creating Ancient Egypt. Adults and children can help build the Nile River, make Matzo, herd animals in a petting zoo and more. March 29, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Oshman Family JCC, Jessica Lynn Saal Town Square, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

On Stage

Firebird Dance Theatre benefit performance
The Firebird Dance Theatre, an award-winning dance company based in Mountain View, will perform its annual show sharing a mixture of modern, folk, lyrical, ballet and ballroom dance styles. March 29, 5-6 p.m. $15 member; $20 general; $25 at the door. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

Live Music

Harpist Elizabeth Erickson
At this BookBuyers event, Elizabeth Erickson will play the harp and talk about the instrument's history and lore. March 29, 3 p.m. Free. BookBuyers, 317 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

Family and Kids

Caring Bunny at Stanford Shopping Center
Caring Bunny will provide a welcoming and calm venue for children with special needs and their families to visit with the Easter Bunny. Space is limited, and RSVP is required. March 29, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Stanford Shopping Center, Center Pavilion, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto.
 

Food and Drink

Winery series tasting
Savvy Cellar will hold a special winery series tasting with J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, with glasses to be poured by winery representative Rick Menard. March 29, 2-5 p.m. $16. Savvy Cellar Wine Bar & Wine Shop, 750 W. Evelyn Ave., Mountain View.

Concerts

'Swing Time! - A Big Band Tribute'
The 65-piece California Pops Orchestra, conducted by Kim Venaas, will perform a special two-hour performance of Big Band hits from the '30s to today, including "Chattanooga Choo Choo" and "Jumpin' at the Woodside." Special guests the Black Tie Jazz Big Band will also perform. March 29, 3-5 p.m. $42 premium; $37 regular; $15 youth; Foothill College, Smithwick Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Concerts

Magical Strings West Spring Concert 2015
Magical Strings West will hold its annual Spring Concert, during which the young violinists will play pieces by Bach, Vivaldi, Brahms, Rimsky-Korsakov, Shostakovich and others. March 29, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Cubberley Community Center Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Concerts

Chia-Lin Yang piano recital
Dr. Chia-Lin Yang, Bay Area pianist and faculty member at San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College Division, will offer a recital of pieces by Schumann, Debussy and Ravel. The concert will also feature San Francisco Symphony violinist Florin Parvulescu. March 29, 3-4:30 p.m. $15. Community School of Music and Arts, Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
 

Family and Kids

Spring Family Day
At the Palo Alto Art Center's Spring Family Day, children and adults can enjoy drawing activities inspired by the exhibit "Hear This," as well as a performance by School of Rock student musicians at 4 p.m. Children must have an accompanying adult to participate. March 29, 2-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Classes/Workshops

Free yoga class with Patricia Becker
Patricia Becker will offer free yoga classes on Sunday mornings throughout March. Those interested should register, as space is limited. Attendees should bring their own yoga mat. Thursdays, March 15-29, 10-11 a.m. Free. Athleta, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
 

Dance

Menlowe Ballet: 'Rapture'
This year's spring season for Menlowe Ballet will include performances of the soulful "Bru's Sweet" by Reginald Ray Savage; "Playing Love," an exploration of relationships by Artistic Director Michael Lowe; and the return of the "Legend of the Seven Suns." March 27 and 28, 8 p.m.; March 29, 2 p.m. $28-$48. Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.

Benefits/Fundraisers

Whole Foods Market Shopping Spree
For this Whole Planet Foundation fundraiser, community members can help alleviate poverty in the U.S. and abroad by donating $20. Each donation will give the donor one entry for a chance to win a Shopping Spree on April 1 in the Palo Alto store. Donations can be made online or in the store. March 9-29, $20 donation. Whole Foods Market, 774 Emerson St., Palo Alto .

On Stage

'The Lake Effect'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of "The Lake Effect," a new drama written by Rajiv Joseph and directed by Giovanna Sardelli in which the grown-up children of an Indian restaurant owner consider the legacy of the now-closed family business. See website for specific times and dates. March 4-29. $19-$74. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'H2O -- Water'
A Gallery 9 exhibit called "H20 -- Water" of black and white photography by Bay Area artist Roy V. Harrington will include images capturing forms of water, including clouds, lakes and streams, and ice. March 2-29, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

Exhibits

'Watercolors' by Maria Klawe
The Community School for Music and the Arts has on display an exhibit of watercolor paintings by Maria Klawe -- a mathematician, computer scientist and president of Harvey Mudd College. Feb. 6-March 29, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Bear Walker Society'
This Cantor Arts Center exhibit entitled "Bear Walker Society: Explorations in Global Modernism" will feature the work of the prominent Canadian, Anishnaabe (Ojibway) artist Norval Morrisseau and examine how traditional Anishnaabe beadwork and interactions with Picasso influenced his style. Wednesday-Monday, through March 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Sensual Splendor'
The Lynn Krywick Gibbons Gallery will have on display an exhibit called "Sensual Splendor: Medieval Art from the Cantor Collection," which includes medieval icons, funerary portraits and textiles from Byzantium, the Latin West and Islam. Through March 30, Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Sports

Mountain View Tennis Club membership special
Mountain View Tennis Club is offering discounted membership rates until the end of March. Mountain View residents new to the club can sign up for a 2015 membership for $10. City residents renewing their membership can get a rate of $20, as well as add a new adult family member for free. All applicants must fill out a membership form online. Through March 31. $10 new member; $20 renewing member. Mountain View Tennis Club, P.O. Box 336, Mountain View.
 

Classes/Workshops

MVLA Adult School Spring Registration
Spring classes at Mountain View Los Altos Adult School have begun; subjects range from figure and portrait drawing to Ikebana, jewelry, watercolor, dance and Zumba. Those interested can register online or over the phone. Classes run from March 23 to June 25. Prices vary. Mountain View Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.
 

On Stage

Pear Slices 2015
The Pear Avenue Theatre will offer its annual Pear Slices production, which showcases an eclectic variety of original short plays written by members of the Pear Playwrights Guild. March 12-April 5, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $25/$20 Thursday, Sunday; $30/$25 Friday, Saturday. The Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K, Mountain View.

Classes/Workshops

Foothill College Spring Registration
Registration for spring classes at Foothill College -- through which students can improve current job skills or earn a specialized career certificate or associate degree -- begins on March 6. Classes last from April through June. Contact the school's admissions office for more info. March 6-April 5. $31 per unit for California residents, plus basic fees. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Exhibits

'Hear This!'
The Palo Alto Art Center will explore the sound of art in an exhibition called "Hear This!" The center will celebrate the new exhibit with a Friday Night at the Art Center event on Jan. 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Jan. 17-April 12, center hours. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

Youth Speaks Out: 'A Call to ART!'
Youth Speaks Out will have an exhibit on display at the Palo Alto Art Center of heartfelt painting, photography, sculpture, poetry and creative writing by students from Gunn and Palo Alto High schools. March 30-April 14, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Touched by Color'
Garden Fresh Restaurant will have on display an exhibit of local artist Susan Migliore's plein air landscape paintings, which explore the interplay of light, color and texture. Feb. 19-April 15, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.

Auditions

ECYS new member auditions
El Camino Youth Symphony is accepting audition applications for the 2015-16 season. Director Jindong Cai invites musicians ages 6 to 18 to try out for one of the symphony's ensembles. Auditions will be held in March and early April. More info about the application and audition requirements is on the website. Feb. 5-April 15. El Camino Youth Symphony Association, 4055 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

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

'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

'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

'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

Djerassi Program sculpture tours
The Djerassi Resident Artists Program will offer its popular ART///SKY sculpture tours beginning in March, during which the public can view many of the site-specific sculptures at the facility. Advance registration is required for all tours. See website for specific dates and registration info. March 29-Sept. 3, noon. $50 director's tour; free two-mile tours are available. Djerassi Resident Artists Program, 2325 Bear Gulch Road, Woodside.

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.
 

Religion/Spirituality

Stanford University public worship
Stanford's Memorial Church, an important center of spiritual and ceremonial life throughout the university's history, offers weekly services that are open to the public. Sundays, year-round, 10-11 a.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, 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.