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Teen ActivitiesFireside Chat with Garth Nix and Michael Grant
Garth Nix, a beloved name in the fantasy world, will share the fourth book of his Old Kingdom series, "Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen," and chat with Michael Grant, author of the Gone series, who will also discuss his new book, "Messenger of Fear." Oct. 23, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Clubs/MeetingsTelecom Council Roundtable Lunch: Messaging
This Telecom Council event will explore the business and trends of phone messaging. Those interested should register in advance on the website. Oct. 23, noon-2 p.m. Free for council members; $100 non-member. SAP Labs Building 1, Co-Innovation Laboratory Conference Room, 3410 Hillview Ave., Palo Alto.
This group session aims to help participants to enhance their personal meditation and service activities and access spiritual energies. Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m. Free. Private residence, contact the organizers for more info, Mountain View.
Rick Doblin and other staff from the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies will give a presentation called "Transforming Medicine: The Role of MDMA in Mental Health Care." The event will also celebrate the opening of the association's satellite office at Sofia University. There will be a reception with food and wine after the presentation at separate location. Oct. 23, 7-9:30 p.m. $15 presentation; $75 presentation and reception. Sofia University, 1069 E. Meadow Circle, Palo Alto.
Family and Kids'The Birds & the Bees'
This session led by Torrey Mandell Freeman for parents with kids ages 5 to 10 will discuss appropriate ways to answer children's questions about bodies and sex. Topics covered will include when to have this talk, how to prepare and the benefits of open communication. Oct. 23, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor William Deresiewicz on 'Excellent Sheep'
William Deresiewicz will read from his new book called "Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life," in which he sharply criticizes elite American education, the phenomenon of tiger parenting and the profusion of college essay counselors. Oct. 23, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.
Emergency medical technicians will give a talk on protective measures to take against the flu this season, as well as how to care for oneself after catching it. Oct. 23, 1-2 p.m. Free. Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsFiber workshop by Peopleologie
This workshop for teens and adults by Peopleologie will explore the processes of turning cotton into cloth and sheep wool into a sweater. Attendance at the three weekly sessions is recommended but not required. Registration is required. Thursdays, Oct. 9-23, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Little House Activity Center will offer a weekly class on genealogy to help community members in investigating the lives of their ancestors. Thursdays, Sept. 4-Oct. 23, 10 a.m.-noon. $86; $15 drop in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Art GalleriesAccent Arts Mask Show
This October Accent Arts will have on display in its Alley Gallery its second annual mask contest and show. Oct. 4-25, 10 a.m. Free. Accent Arts, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
On Stage'Il Trovatore'
West Bay Opera will stage a production of Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece, "Il Trovatore," a gripping drama set in medieval Spain. Performances will include lavish costumes, video-enhanced sets and a cast with soprano Cynthia Clayton, tenor James Callon, baritone Krassen Karagiozov and mezzo-soprano Patrice Houston. Oct. 17, 19, 25 and 26, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. $40-$75. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
FilmUnited Nations Association Film Festival
With the theme of "Bridging the Gap," the 17th annual United Nations Association Film Festival will screen 70 documentaries from around the world meditating on such topics as human rights, the environment, migration, women's issues, refugees, racism, health and more. See website for complete schedule. Oct. 16-26. Prices vary. Locations in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Stanford and San Francisco, see website for specific show locations, times and prices., .
On Stage'Zoppe - An Italian Family Circus'
This one-ring circus held in an intimate 500-seat tent will feature Nino the clown, acrobatics, equestrian stunts and more, all woven into a central story. Tuesday-Sunday, Oct. 10-26, see website for specific showtimes. $10-$25. Circus Tent - Red Morton Park, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City.
ExhibitsPop Art from SFMOMA
To celebrate its new neighbor, the Anderson Collection, the Cantor Arts Center will have on display an exhibit of 10 pop art works that were originally part of the Andersons' donation to SFMOMA. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 13-Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
Family and KidsLittle Adventures series
This new program by Environmental Volunteers will acquaint toddlers and preschoolers with nature through hands-on activities. The first series will cover birds, bugs and using human senses to explore nature. Thursdays, Oct. 16-30, 10-11 a.m. $60 series; $22 one class. Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Special EventsHalloween Costume Catwalk
The Savers thrift store in Redwood City, as well as others throughout the area, will host Halloween Costume Catwalk fashion shows each Thursday in October. Costume Consultants from the store will show off popular costumes and share Halloween shopping tips. Thursdays, Oct. 9-30, 3 p.m. Free. Savers Redwood City, 875 Main St., Redwood City.
Food and DrinkPortola Valley Farmers' Market
The farmers' market at the Portola Valley Town Center features organic fruit and vegetables, free range eggs, fair trade coffee, wild and local seafood, hot free range rotisserie chickens, local honey, organic olive oil, gluten-free baked goods, nuts and nut butters, pickles, jerky, artisan breads, flowers, crafts and music. Thursdays, year-round, 3-7 p.m. Portola Valley Farmers' Market, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Classes/WorkshopsAccent Arts classes
Accent Arts will offer handful of classes covering a variety of art mediums in its loft above the store. Visit the website or call to register. Sept. 7-Oct. 30, 10 p.m. Prices vary. Accent Arts, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'The Anniversary Collection' by Marsha Heimbecker
The Portola Art Gallery will have on display in October an exhibit of bold oil paintings by San Mateo artist Marsha Heimbecker called "The Anniversary Collection." Oct. 1-31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
ExhibitsMetal and wire artists show
Artists Linda Tapscott of Portola Valley and Tom DeHoog of Woodside will team up for an exhibit of their artwork made from non-traditional materials. Oct. 1-31, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Woodside Priory School, Kriewall-Haehl Gallery, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Art Galleries'Explorations in Color'
An exhibit composed of mixed-media watercolor paintings by Rosemarie Gorman will be on display at Gallery 9. Sept. 30-Nov. 1, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
On Stage'The Woman In Black'
Dragon Productions will stage a production of "The Woman in Black," an adaptation of Susan Hill's horror novella in which a traumatized man enlists a young actor to help exorcise the ghost of the Woman in Black. Oct. 10-Nov. 2, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $30. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.
On Stage'Sweeney Todd'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of the classic Stephen Sondheim musical "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," in which the titular hero takes revenge on a cruel judge with the help of meat-pie cooking Mrs. Lovett. Oct. 8-Nov. 2, see website for specific dates and times. $19-$74. Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsCreative writing class
Profession writer Phyllis Butler will teach this weekly class on writing creatively for publication or personal satisfaction. Thursdays, Oct. 16-Nov. 6, 1-2 p.m. $50 member; $55 non-member; $15 drop in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsGerman Language Class
This class, taught by a college-credentialed teacher who lived and studied in Germany through Stanford, will focus on speaking, reading and writing German. Basic grammar and culture will also be covered. Thursdays, Sept. 11-Nov. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $116. Palo Alto High School, Room 406, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
VolunteersEnvironmental Volunteers training
Environmental Volunteers will hold a seven-week training at its South Bay office called "Explorations in Ecology" to teach community members how to run its school programs. Those interested should contact the nonprofit for more info and to sign up. Thursdays, Oct. 16-Dec. 4 (no session on Thanksgiving), 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Environmental Volunteers, 4020 Moorpark Ave., Suite 105 , San Jose.
Art Galleries'Repetition of Themes'
Gallery House will offer an exhibit of abstract paintings by Joyce Savre and paintings by Wendy Fitgerald based on the theme of "landscape and language." A reception with the artists will be held on Oct. 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 21-Nov. 15, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
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 ends on Nov. 15, finalists will be announced on Dec. 8, and winners will be declared on Jan. 10. Oct. 8-Nov. 15, $30 per entry per category. CreaTV San Jose, 255 W. Julian St., San Jose.
Art Galleries'Pomegranate Art' by Linda Tapscott
The Oshman Family JCC will have on display pomegranate wire mesh sculptures by Linda Tapscott in the Goldman Sport & Wellness Complex. Aug. 26-Nov. 15, complex hours. Free. Goldman Sport & Wellness Complex, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
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.
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 at Museum Way, 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.
Family and Kids'Seeing with a New Eye' toddler and parent course
Waldorf School of the Peninsula will offer Parenting with Heart eight week classes for toddlers and their caregivers. This fall's introductory class called "Seeing with a New Eye: Observation and Rhythm" will help parents and caregivers learn about and guide their children. Other sessions will be held in the winter and spring. Mondays, Oct. 13-Dec. 8, 8:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. for toddlers 12-24 months; 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. for 24-36 months. $320. Waldorf School of the Peninsula, 11311 Mora Drive, Los Altos.
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.
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.
Classes/WorkshopsFor the Love of Dance classes
For the Love of Dance offers training in ballet, jazz, tap and other styles of dance. Serving Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Altos and Sunnyvale, it is a family-owned studio that teaches dance to children and adults at all levels of ability. Visit website to learn about specific offerings. March through December. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.
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. A reception will be held on Oct. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. 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'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'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 at Museum Way, 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.