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Lectures & TalksAuthor Irvin D. Yalom on 'Creatures of a Day'
Irvin D. Yalom, an emeritus professor of psychiatry from Stanford University and well-known psychotherapy author, will discuss his latest work "Creatures of a Day: And Other Tales of Psychotherapy." March 4, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsFundamentals of Water-Wise Gardening
This BAWSCA class will discuss basic water-saving gardening techniques including plant selection and placement, proper irrigation, soil preparation and design. It will also cover the benefits of drought-tolerant plants as an alternative to a lawn. Registration is required. March 4, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. BAWSCA Landscape Classes, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Family and KidsZimbabwe Run Poetry Slam
Ellen Clark of The Sustainable Living Foundation will hold a child-friendly poetry slam entitled "Old Tagama had a farm," complete with her African animal mascots. The event will help to promote the 16th annual Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair on March 22, which seeks to inspires kids to fit, create art and help others. March 4, 4-5 p.m. Free. Los Altos Public Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road , Los Altos.
Community EventsRotary Connects
The Rotary Club of Menlo Park will hold Rotary Connects, an event for members of the business community to network with local business and community leaders and Rotary Club members. Menlo Park Mayor Catherine Carlton, and other city leaders, will attend to represent the city. March 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $20. Left Bank Brasserie, 635 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Daniel Kunstler on 'Passaic'
Local author Daniel Kunstler will talk about his recently published book "Passaic: The True Story of One Man's Journey Through American Immigration, Detention and Deportation." March 4, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Julia Reynolds on 'Blood in the Fields'
Journalist Julia Reynolds will discuss her book "Blood in the Fields: Ten Years Inside California's Nuestra Familia Gang," a detailed examination of one of the U.S.'s most violent gangs. March 4, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'Raúl Cañibano: Storyteller' gallery talk
Foothill College photography instructor Ron Herman will discuss the photographs in the exhibit "Raúl Cañibano: Storyteller," which Herman curated. The solo exhibit is the first in the western U.S. by the acclaimed Cuban photographer. March 4, noon-1 p.m. Free; $3 parking. Foothill College, KCI Gallery, Bldg. 4000, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Lectures & Talks'Healthy Energy for a Small, Hot, and Hungry World'
In this lecture, Dr. Aaron Bernstein, associate director of the Center for Health & the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will explore the connections between energy, food and health. March 4, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Margaret Jacks Hall (Building 460), The Terrace (Room 426), 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksAstronaut Ed Lu on 'Sentinel Mission'
As part of the 15th annual Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, former NASA astronaut Ed Lu will give a free, nontechnical talk entitled "Sentinel Mission: Finding the Asteroid Headed for Earth." The lecture will discuss the Sentinel Mission, a proposed space telescope for tracking asteroids. March 4, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Foothill College, Smithwick Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Clubs/MeetingsLifetree Cafe: 'Coming Together - Finding Common Ground'
Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park will host two hour-long conversations exploring issues that divide families and communities, as well as ways to overcome economic, racial and other divisions. Complimentary refreshments will be served. March 4, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; March 5, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
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.
Exhibits'Raúl Cañibano: Storyteller'
The Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College will host an exhibit called "Raúl Cañibano: Storyteller," which shares images by the Havana-based photographer that capture Cuba, its people and their struggles in the post-revolution era. Jan. 21-March 11, center hours. Free. Krause Center for Innovation, KCI Gallery, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
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.
VolunteersOpen space district Outdoor Education Leaders opportunities
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is now recruiting volunteer docents for its school field trip program called "Spaces & Species: Exploring Natural Communities." Visit the website for info on the orientation and training dates this spring, as well as to complete required registration. Until March 16. Free. Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, 330 Distel Circle, Los Altos.
VolunteersOpen space district nature center opportunities
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is looking for volunteer docents to staff the David C. Daniels Center at Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve on weekends. Visit the website for more info on the March orientation and training dates, as well as to complete required registration. Until March 16. Free. Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, 330 Distel Circle, Los Altos.
Exhibits'Loose in Some Real Tropics'
The Cantor Arts Center will have an exhibit on display called "'Loose in Some Real Tropics': Robert Rauschenberg's 'Stoned Moon' Project, 1969-1970," which shares and documents Rauschenberg's lithographs, drawings, photographs and correspondence from his participation in the NASA Art Program capturing the Apollo 11 mission. Wednesday-Monday, Dec. 24-March 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
HealthJacki's Aerobic Dancing
Jacki's Aerobic Dancing classes, held three times per week, lead participants in abdominal work, strength training and aerobic routines. Complimentary child care is available. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, year-round, 9-10 a.m. $36/month; $5/class. Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View.
Exhibits'Birds of America: Audubon Collection'
To begin the 2015 season of art exhibits, Filoli will share its collection of 30 prints of American birds, which were first illustrated by John James Audubon in the 19th century through engraved plates. Feb. 10-March 22, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $20 adult; $17 senior (age 65 plus); $10 student; free for ages 4 and under, and Filoli members. Filoli, Visitor and Education Center, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.
Bethany Lutheran Church will host services each Wednesday during Lenten Season. A lunch will be offered after each event. Wednesdays, Feb. 25-March 25, noon-12:30 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
HealthDanceation fitness classes
In these classes offered by Danceation, European pop star and choreographer Heath Hunter will lead participants in high-energy fitness and dance workouts. The fitness class will be held at 9 a.m. and the ballet workout class at 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 21-March 25, 9-11 a.m. $15 drop in; $100 for 10-class pack; first class is free. American Legion, 347 1st St., Los Altos.
Clubs/MeetingsRotary Club of Menlo Park
The Rotary Club of Menlo Park, a service club dedicated to working on projects in the community and internationally, meets weekly on Wednesdays. Its members are men and women who live and work in Menlo Park, Atherton and surrounding communities. Visitors are welcome. Wednesdays, Jan. 14-March 25, 12:15-1:30 p.m. $20 lunch. Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Art Galleries'Emotional Landscapes'
Gallery House will install a new exhibit of acrylic paintings and monotypes by Sydell Lewis and mixed-media paintings by Midori McCabe, called "Emotional Landscapes." A reception with the artists will be held on Friday, March 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. March 3-28, Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., 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. A reception will be held on March 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. 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 will host 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.
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.
Art Galleries'In a Classical Mood'
The Portola Art Gallery will present an exhibit called "In a Classical Mood," a collection of oil still-life paintings by Linda Salter. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, March 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, March 1-31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
SportsMountain 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.
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.
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.
AuditionsECYS 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'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.
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.
VolunteersComputer History Museum volunteer opportunities
The Computer History Museum is looking for new volunteers to join its docent team. A 10-session training program will prepare new and current volunteers to lead public and private reservation tours of the museum. Registration is requested. Wednesdays, Feb. 4-June 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
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-June 8, 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 will have on display 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.
HealthFree YMCA fitness course
This weekly course led by YMCA instructors will guide participants in beginner level strength training to develop balance, flexibility, posture, coordination and fall prevention. Classes are appropriate for all levels and backgrounds. Registration is required. Wednesdays, Jan. 7-June 24, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Art Galleries'Heads and Hands'
The Rotunda Gallery will have on display an exhibit of work by sculptor Dan Woodard, which looks at the positive and negative and serious and comical aspects of the human condition. Monday-Friday, Jan. 21-June 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Rotunda Gallery, 555 County Center, Redwood City.
HealthWriting Your Cancer Journey
This free, ongoing group run by the Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program will provide an opportunity for individuals facing cancer to express themselves through the written word. The program is open to all cancer patients, regardless of where they receive care. First and third Wednesdays of the month, Jan. 21-July 1, 1:15-3 p.m. Free. Hoover Pavilion, 211 Quarry Road, 2nd Floor Conference, Room 208, Palo Alto.
The Cantor Arts Center will have on display an exhibit called "Shifting Currents: Highlights from the 20th-Century Chinese Collection," which showcases modern pieces from China 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.
Jazzercise classes in Menlo Park offer a high-energy dance-focused fitness program designed to be both fun and burn calories. Monday-Thursday and Saturday, year-round, see website for specific times. $16 class; $52/$57 per month; $130 10-class pass. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., and the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.
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.
Clubs/MeetingsMountain View Woman's Club
Mountain View Woman's Club is a charitable organization that meets monthly to work on community projects. Guest are welcome at meetings. First Wednesday of each month, year-round, noon. Free. Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View.
Benefits/Fundraisers'Hard Worker' Wednesdays
Estrellita Restaurant in Los Altos will host weekly fundraisers for the Day Worker Center of Mountain View. Visitors enjoying the Mexican fare should make sure to bring the fundraising flier with them (see website). Wednesdays, year-round, dinner hours. Prices vary. Estrellita Mexican Bistro and Cantina, 971 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Clubs/MeetingsESL Conversation Club
This weekly club at the Mountain View Public Library provides a place to practice English conversation skills with friendly company. All levels are welcome; no registration is required. Wednesdays, year-round, 5-6 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.