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Lectures & Talks'Water, Nuts, and the Nation's Fruit Bowl'
For the USGS November Evening Public Lecture, Claudia Faunt will give a lecture called "Water, Nuts, and the Nation's Fruit Bowl: California's Central Valley Hydrologic Science," exploring how the recent drought has resulted in pumping and large groundwater-level declines. Nov. 20, 7-8 p.m. Free. USGS Menlo Park Campus , 345 Middlefield Road, Bldg. 3, Conf. Room A, Menlo Park.
Food and DrinkLeft Bank Beaujolais Noveau celebration
Left Bank Brasserie Menlo Park will celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau, or the "first wine" of the harvest season, with a wine from Georges Dubœuf for $9 a glass, $27 a carafe and $36 a bottle. An accompanying $46 three-course prix fixe menu will also be available during lunch and dinner. Nov. 20, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Prices vary. Left Bank Brasserie Menlo Park, 635 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
ConcertsC.P.E. Bach & Vivaldi Virtuoso Concertos
This Voices of Music program of concertos, celebrating the 300th anniversary of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach will feature soloists Carla Moore, William Skeen, Tanya Tomkins and Hanneke van Proosdij. Nov. 20, 8 p.m. $5-$40. All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
Family and KidsCultivate Your Child's Creativity through Art
Led by early childhood educator Sylvia Ford, this adults-only workshop for parents of children up to age 8 will offer guidance in sharing art experiences with children, which can help spur creativity and intellectual and emotional development. Nov. 20, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Family and Kids'Free Birds' screening
Sponsored by the City of Menlo Park, this Cinemenlo event will kick off Thanksgiving festivities with a screening of "Free Birds," in which two turkeys set aside their differences to focus on getting turkey off the holiday menu. Nov. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. The Center for Performing Arts, Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
SeniorsMental wellness screenings
El Camino Hospital will offer free mental wellness screenings, where individuals or family members can discuss the status of themselves or a loved one. Nov. 20, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View.
SeniorsHeart attacks info session
Emergency medical technicians will visit the Mountain View Senior Center to talk about heart attacks, discussing the signs and symptoms and how to respond to one. Nov. 20, 1-2 p.m. Free. Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View.
Concerts'The Miracle of Mozart'
For this Keyboard Conversations with Pianist Jeffrey Siegel event, Siegel will play and give commentary on a variety of pieces by the master composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Nov. 20, 7:30-9 p.m. $60-$70 whole series; $25-$35 single ticket. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Clubs/MeetingsNon-Fiction Book Club
The Non-Fiction Book Club at the Portola Valley Library will hold a meeting to discuss "My Promised Land" by Ari Shavit. This group for adults meets on the third Thursday of each month. Nov. 20, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Special EventsAngel Capital Expo
The 19th biannual Angel Capital Expo, held by Keiretsu Forum, will bring together investors and entrepreneurs looking for funding. Nov. 20, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $95-$295. Microsoft, 1065 La Avenida St., Building One, Mountain View.
Community EventsLunchtime Legos for Grown Ups
The Mountain View Library will hold a lunchtime activity for adults in its community room, where participants can enjoy their meals while socializing and building with Legos. No registration is required. Nov. 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksPoetry evening with Minal Hajratwala
Minal Hajratwala, an award-winning author with a debut poetry collection called "Bountiful Instruction for Enlightenment," will participate in an evening of poetry, along with special guests from The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective. Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'Women In Business & Innovation'
This candid discussion, featuring a panel of women leaders, will look at how women are impacting business and innovation globally in the public and private sectors. The event will address how issues of glass ceilings, gender imbalance and pay inequity differ beyond Silicon Valley and the U.S. Nov. 20, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Schwab Residential Center, Vidalakis Room, 680 Serra St., Stanford.
Food and Drink520 Chef's Table
Clive Berkman, executive chef at the Garden Court Hotel, will share his inspirations and sources for each dish in this pre fixe, six-course menu, which comes with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and wine pairings. Nov. 20, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $155 all inclusive. Garden Court Hotel, 520 Cowper St., Palo Alto.
Art GalleriesAnnie Fensterstock jewelry
De Novo Fine Contemporary Jewelry will host a show of new work by Annie Fensterstock, which combine traditional gold working with modern designs. She will be at the store on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7 and 8. Nov. 1-22, 10-6 p.m. Free. De Novo Fine Contemporary Jewelry, 250 University Ave., Palo Alto.
On Stage'David Copperfield' at Woodside Priory
Woodside Priory will perform an adaptation of Charles Dickens's tale, "David Copperfield." Tickets can be purchase online or at the door. All ages are welcome. Nov. 20-23, Thursday-Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $5 student; $15 adult. Woodside Priory School, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
On StagePeninsula Youth Theatre: 'Oklahoma'
The nonprofit Peninsula Youth Theatre will put on a production of "Oklahoma," a Rogers and Hammerstein musical about a romance between a farm girl and a cowboy, complete with dancing and classic songs. See website for specific dates and times. Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 15-23. $20 adult; $16 senior, child age 12 or under. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
For its newest production, the Palo Alto Players will perform "Harvey," a classic comedy by Mary Chase about a man whose best friend is a six-foot, invisible rabbit. Nov. 7-23, Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. $18-$42. Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
On Stage'First-Person Shooter'
Foothill College will put on a production of "First-Person Shooter," a timely and intense play exploring the nature of the shooting incidents in today's headlines. The production includes coarse, adult language. Nov. 7-23, 7:30 p.m. $18 general; $14 student, senior; $10 Thursday show. Foothill College, Lohman Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
On Stage'Kimberley Akimbo'
The Pear Avenue Theatre will put on a production of "Kimberley Akimbo," a play directed by Caroline Clark about a teenage girl dealing with a dysfunctional family while her body ages prematurely. Oct. 31-Nov. 23, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $25/$20 Thursday and Sunday; $30/$25 Friday and Saturday. The Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K, Mountain View.
Exhibits'Bay Area and Beyond' by Denise Natanson-Marcus
Garden Fresh restaurant will have on display an exhibit of oil paintings on canvas by local artist Denise Natanson-Marcus, whose work depicting natural scenes is influenced by contemporary realism and Impressionism. Sept. 30-Nov. 25, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Science, Technology and the Future of Art' and more
The Pacific Art League will hold two new exhibits in November: "Science, Technology & the Future of Art," and a solo mixed-media exhibit called "Rosine Ferber - Playful Vision." An opening reception for the former will be held on Nov. 7 from 5:30-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, Nov. 7-28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Pacific Art League of Palo Alto, 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Beauty of Wood Fire' by Misako Kambe
The Portola Art Gallery will have on display an exhibit called "Beauty of Wood Fire," composed of carved ceramic creations by Menlo Park artist Misako Kambe. The work includes pieces produced by wood firing at kiln sites in Oregon and Milpitas. Monday-Saturday, Nov. 1-30, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Art GalleriesTove Norlander and Merrie Asimow exhibit
Bay Area artists Merrie Asimow and Tove Norlander will have their work on display at Gallery 9 in Los Altos. Asimow will contribute her photography of white horses, landscapes and nature, while Norlander will share her jewelry that combines natural stones with silver and gold. Nov. 2-30, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
Film2014 CreaTiVe Awards Call For Entries
CreaTV San Jose has made a call for entries for its 2014 CreaTiVe Awards, for which filmmakers from the Bay Area and Santa Cruz can submit videos and TV shows for competition in ten categories. The submission period has been extended until Nov. 30. Finalists will be announced on December 10, and winners will be declared on Jan. 10. Oct. 8-Nov. 30, $30 per entry per category. CreaTV San Jose, 255 W. Julian St., San Jose.
Exhibits'Sympathy for the Devil'
As Jackson Pollock's painting "Lucifer" comes to Stanford's Anderson Collection, this exhibit will explore the visual history of the devil and his realm from the 16th to the 20th century. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 20-Nov. 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
DanceBrazivedas dance and Capoeira classes
Brazivedas studio offers a variety of classes for both youth and adults teaching Brazilian dance, Samba, percussion and Capoeira. Classes are held at a home studio in East Palo Alto and at Lucie Stern Community Center and Cubberley Community Center. Private instruction is also available. Visit the website for more information. October-December, see websites for specific times and dates. Class prices vary. Location varies from class to class, see website for more info, Palo Alto and East Palo Alto.
Foothill College will have on display an exhibit called "Wanderlust," composed of rich travel photography by Sunnyvale-based artist Harlan Crowder. An opening reception will be held on Oct. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30-Dec. 5, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m-6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free; $3 parking. Foothill College, KCI Gallery, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
This exhibition at the Mohr Gallery will feature artwork by Pantea Karimi and Amber Stucke that melds their ideas about evolutionary biology and people's impact on the environment. Oct. 27-Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
HealthPortola Valley yoga classes
These yoga classes will instruct students in moving, bending, balancing and breathing in order to provide energy and center the mind and body. Beginners are encouraged; all students should bring a mat. The first class is free. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 2-Dec. 11, 9-10 a.m. $240 15 classes; $360 flexible 24. Portola Valley Town Center, Community Room, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Benefits/FundraisersBaby clothing drive at Children's Corner
Children's Corner Inc. will hold a baby clothing drive for the Bay Area nonprofit Loved Twice, during which community members can drop off gently used garments for infants up to 12 months old. Monday-Friday, Nov. 18-Dec. 12. Free. Los Altos Mountain View Children's Corner, 97 Hillview Ave., Room 3, Los Altos.
On Stage'The Fox on the Fairway'
For its latest production, the Los Altos Stage Company will perform "The Fox on the Fairway," a fast-paced comedy by Ken Ludwig that makes light of the pretentious members of a private country club. See website for specific dates, times and prices. Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 20-Dec. 14, 3 or 8 p.m. $18-$34. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
Exhibits'I'll Show You Mine'
The Palo Alto Art Center will have on display an exhibit called "I'll Show You Mine: Contemporary Artists Explore Family Portraiture," made up of pieces in a variety of mediums by 12 contemporary audiences. Sept. 27-Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Within and Without: Transformations in Chinese Landscapes'
Fifteen works of Chinese landscape will be on display. Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 19-Dec. 14., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
HealthYoga with Mike
Michael Kintz will offer weekly yoga classes designed to provide relaxation through meditation and movement. All ages and levels welcome. See website for specific times and locations. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 8-Dec. 15, 5:15 or 5:30 p.m. $161. Lucie Stern Community Center or Little House Activity Center, , Palo Alto and Menlo Park.
Family and KidsDayOne Baby classes
DayOne Baby, with a new store in Palo Alto, has a wide offering of classes for expecting and new parents and their children, newborn to 24 months old. Available courses include Breastfeeding; Musical Play; Mommy & Me; Daddy & Me; Messy Play; Infant, Child, and Adult CPR; Potty Training; and more. Year-round, see website for specific class info. Prices vary. DayOne Baby, 552 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
Food and Drink520 Chef's Table
At this monthly event, the Garden Court Hotel will offer a six course pre fixe menu with cocktails and wine pairings. The chef will speak about each course, sharing his ideas and resources. Third Thursday of the month, July-December, 7-9:30 p.m. $155 per guest, approximately (includes tax). Garden Court Hotel, 520 Cowper St., Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Holiday Show' at Gallery House
The "Holiday Show" at Gallery House will feature art gifts in different mediums at a variety of price points. Pieces will include paintings, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, fabric and photography. A champagne reception will be held on Nov. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m., during which there will be a 20 percent discount on art. Hours will be extended in December. Nov. 18-Dec. 24, Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave, Palo Alto.
DanceFor the Love of Dance classes
For the Love of Dance in Mountain View continues to offer its full suite of dance classes, including instruction in ballet, jazz, tap and other styles for both children and adults. See website for dates, times and pricing. Year-round. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite B, Mountain View.
DanceJacki's Aerobic Dancing at For the Love of Dance
These twice weekly classes held at For the Love of Dance will help participants stay fit through dance-like exercises. Tuesdays and Thursdays, year-round, 9-10 a.m. $90 for 10 classes; $65 monthly. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite B, Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsFoothill College Winter Quarter Registration
Foothill College will have open registration for Winter Quarter 2015 from Nov. 20 until Jan. 4, the day before classes begin. A free application can be completed on the school's website. Nov. 20-Jan. 4. $31 per unit for California resident, plus basic fees. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Exhibits'Robert Frank in America'
This exhibition of 130 photographs sheds light on the making of photographer Robert Frank's book, "The Americans." His images document subjects including Hollywood and the Ford Motor plant in Detroit, while probing social issues like politics, race and the post-war culture. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 10-Jan. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Art Galleries'Echoes from 85 Years, 85 Artists'
Artists Kimm Barnes, Raven Erebus, Joan Schulze and Stefanie Sylvester -- participants in the recent "85 Years, 85 Artists" show at Menlo College -- will contribute more of their work to this new exhibit. Monday-Friday, Oct. 20-Jan. 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Menlo College Administration Building, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton.
The Cantor Arts Center will have on display an exhibit called "Well Pressed: Highlights from the Marmor Collection." The exhibit is made up of 13 pieces, many prints, by artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Richard Serra and Frank Stella. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 13-Feb. 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
Exhibits'Movements for Change'
The Peterson Gallery at Stanford will mount an exhibit of photography by Bob Fitch called "Movements for Change," which captures moments in American civil rights history, farm workers organizing, and the peace movement of the 1960s and '70s. The exhibit is accessible daily, except for some holidays. See the website for more info. Nov. 20-Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Green Library, Bing Wing, Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford.
Exhibits'Shop, Gallery, Studio'
This exhibit of 17th and 18th century prints and drawings by European artists will focus on the public spaces in which people view, buy and converse about art, as well as the identities of the professional artist and serious connoisseur. Wednesday-Monday, Oct. 15-March 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Food and DrinkPortola Valley Farmers' Market
This weekly, year-round farmers market in Portola Valley will offer farmstead meat, chicken, eggs, organic veggies, fruits and juices, wild and local seafood, fair trade coffee, gluten-free baked goods, pastas, sauces, olives, honey, jams, pickles, jerky, local breads and pastries, hot Roli Roti chicken and more. Thursdays, Nov. 6-March 12, 2-5 p.m. (winter hours). Free. Portola Valley Farmers' Market, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Exhibits'Daumier on Art and the Theatre'
This exhibit of 16 prints and one drawing by Honore Daumier will contemplate the public reception of painting and the performing arts in the mid-19th century, as well as art theory. Oct. 8-March 16, Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, Robert Mondavi Family Gallery, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
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.
Family and KidsArt School of San Francisco Bay classes
The Art School of San Francisco Bay offers art classes for a variety of ages and abilities, beginning at age 2 and continuing up until advanced classes for teens. Visit the website for schedule, prices and registration. Sept. 3-May 29. Free trials available; prices vary. Accent Arts Store, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Drama of Heaven and Earth'
The Cantor Arts Center will arrange an exhibit called "Drama of Heaven and Earth: The Theatrical Traditions of Japan," which tells the history of the Japanese dramatic art of Noh through masks, ceramics, prints and other visual materials. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 17-June 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
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.
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-Oct. 26, 2015, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.