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Family and Kids

Didgeridoo Down Under
Didgeridoo Down Under - Aussie Funk Jam will visit the Portola Valley Library to give a concert with the Australian instrument that teaches audience members of all ages about geography, nature, culture and ecology. A later workshop will also offer instruction on how to play the didgeridoo. July 7, 11 a.m (concert) and 4 p.m. (workshop). Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Lectures & Talks

Author Jessica Jackley on 'Clay Water Brick'
At an event that coincides with the 10th anniversary of the online microlending platform Kiva, Jessica Jackley, one of its co-founders, will share her book "Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least." July 7, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Concerts

Boomerang Barbershop Quartet
The Boomerang Barbershop Quartet will sing a cappella vintage melodies from early 20th-century America, as well as some classics from the '50s and '60s. July 7, 7 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

Community Events

Adult Storytime: Isabel Allende
At this month's story time for grown-ups at the Mountain View Public Library, a librarian will read aloud "The House of Spirits" and other stories by Isabel Allende. RSVP is optional. July 7, 7 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

Sports

Mountain View Tennis Summer Camp Registration
Mountain View Tennis will hold summer tennis camps at a few locations throughout the summer for players ages 7 to 14 and of different abilities. Campers will learn skills, play cooperatively and have fun in a positive environment. See the website for specific dates and pricing. Monday-Friday, June 15-Aug. 14. Prices vary. Cuesta, Rengstorff, Whisman and Cooper parks, Mountain View.
 

Family and Kids

Summer Learning Program
The Atherton Library's Summer Learning Program for children, teens and adults -- which runs from June through August -- offers a free book for signing up (while supplies last) and another for finishing. Participants can also earn tickets for raffle drawings by completing reading and activity logs. A $1,000 grand prize scholarship will be awarded. Visit the library or its website for more details. June 1-Aug. 31. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

Health

Jazzercise classes
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.

Art Galleries

'Pictures at an Exhibition'
Gallery House will host a new show called "Pictures at an Exhibition," a diverse collection of fine art photography from artists Vidya Narasimhan, Steve Shpall and Bill Shupp. On July 10, from 6 to 8 p.m., there will be a reception. June 30-July 25, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 California Ave., Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'(re)Connecting with Cuba'
This exhibition at the Community School of Music and Arts shares photos of contemporary Cuba by American photographers. June 12-July 26, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Mohr Gallery, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
 

Family and Kids

Toddler Storytime
These Portola Valley Library events for children 18 to 36 months old will incorporate songs, stories and movement activities that encourage listening and reading. Age-appropriate toys will be available to play with after each session. A special activity will follow story time on the third Tuesday of the month. Tuesdays, June 2-July 28, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Community Events

Menlo Film Contest
The City of Menlo Park will celebrate Parks and Recreation Month with a film contest asking families, nonprofits, businesses and social clubs to show how parks make life better in Menlo Park. Entries are due by July 31. An event screening the films and giving awards will take place on Aug. 19 at The Center for Performing Arts, Menlo-Atherton High School. See website for more info. July 1-31. Free. , , Menlo Park.
 

Art Galleries

'Color, Music, People, Cars...Cuba!'
The Main St. Cafe and Books in Los Altos will host a new exhibit of color and black and white photos of Cuba by Denis Kertesz, with Roberta Hutchinson contributing. June 28-July 31, regular cafe hours. Free. Main St. Cafe & Books, 134 Main St., Los Altos.
 

Art Galleries

'Color and Complexity'
Kathy Sharpe, a former Los Altos resident, will present her new paintings of florals and gardens in both realistic and impressionist styles as part of a show called "Color and Complexity." On July 8, from 5 to 8 p.m., there will be a reception. June 30-Aug. 1, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9 Los Altos, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
 

Teen Activities

Student Equity Action Network Summer Program
The Student Equity Action Network (SEAN), a nonprofit dedicated to closing the achievement gap in the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD), will hold a free summer program for rising eighth- through 11th-graders in PAUSD. Monday-Thursday, June 29-Aug. 6, noon-4 p.m. Free. Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
 

Classes/Workshops

Free mindful yoga class
Surfer Mike will hold a free twice monthly class providing instruction in mindfulness meditation, yoga and other movement activities. First and third Tuesdays of the month, June 16-Aug. 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
 

Concerts

Stanford Jazz Festival 2015
The Stanford Jazz Festival will return this summer with 34 concerts featuring a plethora of acclaimed jazz performers, including Eliane Elias, James Farm, John Scofield and John Medeski, Regina Carter, Pete Escovedo, Taylor Eigsti, Keb' Mo', Lisa Carter and others. See website for specific dates, times and pricing. June 19-Aug. 8. Prices vary. Stanford University venues, including Bing Concert Hall and Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford.
 

Teen Activities

Intro to Video Production
KMVT 15 Community Television will offer a number of weeklong summer camps on video production for students ages 10 to 14. In a studio environment, participants will learn basic skills in camera work, directing, audio, acting and producing while creating their own segments. Monday-Friday, June 8-Aug. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $379. KMVT 15 Community Television, 1400 Terra Bella Ave., Suite M, Mountain View.
 

Exhibits

'Angles, Lines and Curves'
Filoli has on display an exhibit called "Angles, Lines and Curves - Architecture of the World," a collection of photographs that captures the aesthetics, values and lifestyles of cultures through architecture. On July 18 and 19, the artists will be on hand to discuss their work and travels. June 16-Aug. 23, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $18 adult; $15 senior (age 65 and older); $8 child (ages 5-17); free for members. Filoli, Visitor and Education Center, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.

Exhibits

Art in Action student work exhibit
The East Palo Alto Library is hosting a summer-long exhibit of work by kindergarten through second-grade students who participated in Art in Action programs at East Palo Alto Charter School and Belle Haven Elementary School in Menlo Park. June 2-Aug. 28, library hours. Free. East Palo Alto Library, 2415 University Ave., East Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'No Limits - Freedom to Create'
The Town of Los Altos Hills is now hosting "No Limits - Freedom to Create," a fine art exhibit showcasing the work of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society. Monday-Friday, March 9-Aug. 28, 8 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m. Free. Town of Los Altos Hills, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

Exhibits

'Home Grown: Walter Robinson'
The exhibit "Home Grown: Walter Robinson" will share paintings and sculptures -- made by Walter Robinson over the last 10 years -- that play with high-gloss colors, scale and common cultural imagery. June 20-Aug. 30, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 9 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

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

'Edith Sommer: An Artist's Retrospective'
This exhibit entitled "Edith Sommer: An Artist's Retrospective" will share some of the jewelry, textile and mixed-media creations of the late Edith Sommer, a longtime Palo Alto artist involved in the creation of Gallery House in 1958. An opening reception will be held on June 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. June 26-Sept. 26, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, Studio Gallery, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

Summer Garden Sculpture Exhibit
Throughout the summer, Filoli is holding its second sculpture exhibit with a number of works by local artists. Visitors can tour the exhibit on their own using a guide and map, or they can make reservations for a Guided Walk. June 3-Sept. 13, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $18 adult; $15 senior (age 65 and older); $8 child (ages 5-17); free for members. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.
 

Exhibits

'On You: A Story of Wearable Computing'
The Computer History Museum is hosting a traveling exhibition by the Georgia Institute of Technology called "On You: A Story of Wearable Computing," which examines the problems engineers needed to solve to make wearable technology viable and user-friendly. Tuesday-Sunday, June 30-Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission prices. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
 

Religion/Spirituality

Insight Meditation South Bay
Shaila Catherine and guest teachers will lead weekly Insight Meditation sittings, which are accompanied by talks on Buddhist teachings. Tuesdays, Jan. 6-Dec. 29, 7:30-9 p.m. Donations accepted. St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall, 2094 Grant Road, Mountain View.