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On Stage

Society of Young Inklings: 'Yes, Nora!'
The instructors at Society of Young Inklings will present an original production called "Yes, Nora!" about a girl, a dragon and how she unleashes the power of her story. The production benefits a new partnership between Society of Young Inklings and the Boys and Girls Club of America. Feb. 5, 7-9 p.m. $10. Portola Valley Theater Conservatory, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

Lectures & Talks

'Who's Afraid Of Opera?'
This Woodside Arts & Culture Committee's First Friday event will feature the San Francisco Opera's dramaturg Kip Cranna, exploring the history of the musical art form. He will give a whirlwind video tour of operatic styles over four centuries, as well as a quick overview of the San Francisco Opera's history. Feb. 5, 7 p.m. Free. Woodside Independence Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside.
 

Teen Activities

Author Heidi R. Kling on 'Not Okay, Cupid'
Kepler's Books will celebrate the launch of Heidi R. Kling's "Not Okay, Cupid," a young adult novel about revenge and romance. There will be games, snacks and Valentine's Day fun, and attendees are encouraged to dress in a Cupid costume. Feb. 5, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

On Stage

The Ethics of Democracy Series: 'The Interrogation'
Actors and musicians will collaborate in performing "The Interrogation," a one-act radio-play that was originally adapted from transcripts of House Un-American Activities Committee hearings in April 1947. The production features music by Hans Eisler, lyrics by Bertolt Brecht and translations by Eric Bentley. Feb. 5, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Campbell Recital Hall, 541 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
 

Family and Kids

Baby Sign Storytime
This Portola Valley Library event for infants up to 18 months old, their caregivers and expectant parents will share baby sign language, signs based on American Sign Language that give children the opportunity to communicate their wants and needs early. Feb. 5, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

Concerts

'Hope for Menuhin'
British violinist Daniel Hope will lead the New Century Chamber Orchestra as guest concertmaster in an eclectic program of works dedicated to Yehudi Menuhin. Feb. 5, 8-10 p.m. $29-$61. First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.

On Stage

Menlo School: 'The Miracle Worker'
Menlo School's drama department will put on four performances of "The Miracle Worker," which tells the moving true story of how teacher Anne Sullivan shared language and compassion with a blind and deaf girl named Helen Keller. Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 6, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 7, 2:30 p.m. $5 student; $10 adult. Menlo School, Florence Moore Auditorium, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.

Exhibits

'Skyward'
An exhibition of paintings and prints by Sukey Bryan, "Skyward" presents images of blue sky and floating rainless clouds that bring to mind climate change while celebrating beauty. On Feb. 9, 5-7 p.m., there will be a public reception. Jan. 4-Feb. 10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Castilleja School, Anita Seipp Gallery, 1310 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
 

Family and Kids

'Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!"'
In the Palo Alto Children's Theatre production of "Elephant & Piggie's 'We Are in a Play,'" the titular heroes -- with the help of backup singers The Squirrels -- will lead the audience on a madcap musical romp about friendship. Visit the website for specific showing times. Wednesday-Sunday, Jan. 28-Feb. 14. $12 child; $14 adult. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

On Stage

'Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin'
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will kick off the New Year with the regional premiere of a new work by performer and playwright Hershey Felder, in which he inhabits the persona and story of "America's Composer," Irving Berlin. See the website for specific times, dates and pricing. Tuesday-Sunday, Jan. 13-Feb. 14. $25-$74. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Warriors, Courtiers, and Saints'
The Cantor Arts Center's exhibit "Warriors, Courtiers, and Saints: The Etchings of Jacques Callot" examines the 17th-century French artist's experimental work in the medium of printmaking. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 26-Feb. 15, 2016, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Health

Jacki's Aerobic Dancing
Jacki's Aerobic Dancing classes guide participants in abdominal work, strength training and aerobic routines. Complimentary child care is provided by staff. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, year-round, 9 a.m. $36 month; $6 single class. Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View.

On Stage

'Middletown'
Los Altos Stage Company's first production of the year will be "Middletown," a modern-day take on Thornton Wilder's classic "Our Town" that offers an offbeat exploration of life's beauty and difficulties. There will be no shows on Feb. 7 and 10. Jan. 28-Feb. 21, Wednesday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. $30 adult; $18 student (under age 18 or with ID). Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Art Galleries

'Winter Light'
The Main Gallery is offering a reflective art exhibit that incorporates the unique colors of the season through the work of 15 artists. Wednesday-Sunday, Jan. 16-Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. The Main Gallery, 1018 Main St., Redwood City.
 

Classes/Workshops

Tai Chi in Portola Valley
Tai chi instructor Ben Dineen will lead a weekly 60­minute class for all ability levels in the Redwood Grove next to the Portola Valley Town Center's Community Hall. The ancient Asian exercise form aims to build stronger bodies, better balance and a sharper mind, as well as relieve stress. Fridays, Feb. 5-26, 10-11 a.m. Free. Redwood Grove, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

Family and Kids

Preschool Storytime
This weekly Portola Valley Library event for preschoolers ages 2 1/2 to 5 will present books, songs and activities appropriate for young children's curious and growing minds. Fridays, Feb. 5-26, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Exhibits

'Fur, Fins and Feathers'
This annual art exhibit showcases the work of students and faculty from the Community School of Music and Arts' Art4Schools Program. Over 500 pieces of artwork from more than 20 local elementary schools is on display. Monday-Friday, Feb. 2-26, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Mountain View City Hall Rotunda, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Jasper Ridge Moments'
For this exhibition at Environmental Volunteers' EcoCenter, Dan Quinn shares a selection of his photography that captures his fascination and joy with the natural world -- specifically the plants and animals at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. Nov. 30-Feb. 26, Friday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

Environment

Living Classroom Volunteer Training
Living Classroom is seeking community volunteers who want to share their love of nature with children. Those interested will observe garden-based lessons for grades K-3 in local elementary schools, then receive training to assist or lead one-hour lessons during the school day. Topics taught include life and earth science and health eating. Visit the website to learn more. October-June. Free. Various locations, Palo Alto elementary schools, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Sharing Our World'
Gallery House will offer an exhibit called "Sharing Our World" of fine art works inspired by Silicon Valley life and world travel. It will feature contemporary acrylic and oil paintings by artists Charlotte Coqui and Isaias Sandoval. On Feb. 6, 4-6:30 p.m., there will be a reception. Feb. 2-27, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

Oil paintings by Diana Jaye
This Viewpoints Gallery exhibition will show off the virtuosic work of plein art artist Diana Jaye, including paintings of landscapes, cottages and clothed figures. On Feb. 6, 3-5 p.m., there will be a reception with the artist. Feb. 1-27, Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.

On Stage

'U.S. Drag'
Dragon Productions will bring to the stage "U.S. Drag," a black comedy by Gina Gionfriddo about two young women in Manhattan navigating life after college and their attempts to claim the reward money for information about a serial attacker. Feb. 4-28, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $30 general; $25 senior, student. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway, Redwood City.

Art Galleries

'Red'
Gallery 9 will present works in different media by member artists, focusing on the symbolic meaning of the color red (particularly love) to celebrate Valentine's Day. On Feb. 5, 5-8 p.m., there will be a reception with the artists. Feb. 2-28, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

Auditions

El Camino Youth Symphony 2016-17 Auditions
El Camino Youth Symphony is holding auditions for its 2016-2017 Season. The organization has six orchestras ranging from the entry-level orchestra Chamber Players to the prestigious Senior Symphony, as well as other chamber music opportunities. Applications are due by Feb. 28, and auditions will be held in March and April. Until Feb. 28. $25 audition fee. , , Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

Recent works by Lorene Anderson
During the month of February, Bryant Street Gallery will present recent works by artist Lorene Anderson. Considering the idea of parallel universes, Anderson takes inspiration for her paintings from cellular structures, cosmos and diagrams of topology. Feb. 5-29, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Thursday until 7 p.m. Free. Bryant Street Gallery, 532 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

'Rodin en Blanc'
The Portola Art Gallery will present "Rodin en Blanc," a photography exhibit by Alan McGee of Portola Valley focusing on the lesser known marble and plaster works of Auguste Rodin, which McGee captured at the Musee Rodin in Paris and at Rodin's home and atelier. Monday-Saturday, Feb. 1-29, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
 

Art Galleries

'Bugs and Blooms'
Caffe Romanza, located on the second floor of Books Inc., will have on display the macro photographs of Heidi Baikie during the month of February. The fine art digital prints will feature insects and flowers. On Feb. 4, 5-7 p.m., there will be a reception with the artist. Feb. 1-29, Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Free. Caffe Romanza, 301 Castro St., Mountain View.

Teen Activities

Blind Date with a Book
During the month of February, the Palo Alto Library will be offering a chance for teen readers to go on a blind date with a book. Visitors can check out a specially wrapped book from the Teen Zone, take it home and then rate it for a chance to win a prize. If it's not a great fit, teenagers can return it and try another one. Feb. 1-29, regular facility hours. Free. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto .

Family and Kids

Palo Alto Little League Registration
Palo Alto Little League's Spring Baseball Season begins in February. Registration will continue until March 1, with wait-lists to begin on Feb. 1. A variety of divisions are offered for children spanning ages 5 to 13. Visit the website for more info. Jan. 25-Feb. 29. Prices vary. Palo Alto Little League, P.O. Box 785, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

Fine art photography by Immaculada Del Castillo Ditzel
The Town of Los Altos Hills is hosting an exhibit of fine art photography and paintings by Immaculada Del Castillo Ditzel, who uses unconventional methods and materials to present careful displays of everyday objects. Monday-Friday, Sept. 7-March, 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Free. Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

Teen Activities

Simon Youth Foundation Scholarship Opportunity
Simon Youth Foundation is currently accepting application for a scholarship to be awarded to a graduating high school senior who lives within 50 miles of Stanford Shopping Center. Visit the website for more info and to apply. Jan. 20-March 1. Stanford Shopping Center, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

Peninsula Women's Caucus for Art: 'Identity'
The Peninsula Women's Caucus for Art is holding an exhibit called "Identity," exploring the colors, icons, surroundings and culture that define its members. The work of nine artists is featured. Jan. 5-March 2, Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Free. Redwood Shores Library, 399 Marine Parkway, Redwood City.

Exhibits

'Double Exposure'
Entitled "Double Exposure: Russia's Secret Police under the Last Tsars," this exhibit at the Hoover Institution features photographs, documents and artifacts from the records of the Paris headquarters of the Russian Imperial secret police, called the Okhrana. Tuesday-Saturday, Oct. 29-March 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion, 434 Galvez Mall, Stanford.

Seniors

Stepping On: Building Confidence and Reducing Falls
Offered at Little House Activity Center, this seven-week evidence-based program program will help older adults reduce their risk of falls. Topics to be covered include simple balance and strength exercises, how medications contribute to falls and more. Fridays, Feb. 5-March 18, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.

Exhibits

'Inside Each Moment'
This Community School for Music and Arts (CSMA) exhibition will feature paintings by artist, musician and CSMA faculty member Claude Ferguson. On Feb. 26, 6-8:30 p.m., there will be a reception with a musical performance by the Parhelion Ensemble. Monday-Saturday, Feb. 5-March 20, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Mohr Gallery, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Auditions

PACO audition registration
A Palo Alto-based award-winning youth orchestra, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) will hold auditions in April for its five ensembles, each of which has approximately 25 talented young string players. Those interested must sign-up before March 21. Visit the website for more info. Until March 21. $50. Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Speed and Power'
The exhibit "Speed and Power" at the Cantor Arts Center looks at how artists have represented the impact of trains, planes and automobiles on modern life. Wednesday-Monday, Dec. 2-March 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Beyond Space and Time'
The Oshman Family JCC has on display an exhibit of work by Chagit Ofir, a Bay Area-based artist who is inspired by her daily experience, family and friends, and Israeli history. Born in Israel, Ofir mainly works in the medium of oil painting, but she has recently branched out into sculpture. Dec. 7-March 21, regular facility hours. Free. Goldman Sports & Wellness Complex and Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Missing Persons'
This diverse exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center -- composed of around 50 photographs, prints, artist books and historical ephemera -- captures the loss of those made missing by time, death, disaster, politics or artistic composition. Wednesday-Monday, Nov. 11-March 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Constructive Interference'
This Anderson Collection exhibit will include drawings, prints, paintings and sculpture by Tauba Auerbach and Mark Fox, two Stanford University graduates whose work investigates process, material manipulation and chance. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 9-March 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Classes/Workshops

Parent & Child Yoga with Patricia Becker
On Fridays, local yoga instructor Patricia Becker will lead classes for parents and children at the Wund3rkid studio. She will guide participants in poses like downward dog, animal poses and the tree pose. Visit the website for more info. Fridays, ongoing, 3 p.m. $30. Wund3rkid, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Classes/Workshops

Adult School Winter/Spring Classes Registration
Registration for Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School Winter and Spring classes began on Nov. 20. The winter session will run from Jan. 4 to March 18, and the spring session from March 21 to June 3. Visit the website or call for more info. Nov. 20-Jan. 4. Prices vary. Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.
 

Health

Pilates Cardiocamp in Woodside
Pilates Cardiocamp morning fitness classes aim to help students develop better posture, a stronger back and a firmer body while reducing body fat. Visit the website for specific class prices. Year-round, Tuesday and Thursday, 7 a.m., and Wednesday, 9 a.m. (Town Hall); Monday, 9 a.m., and Friday, 7:30 a.m. (Village Church). $12-$25 per class. Woodside Town Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, and Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Road, Woodside.
 

Health

Pilates Cardiocamp in Los Altos
Pilates Cardiocamp morning fitness classes aim to help students develop better posture, a stronger back and a firmer body while reducing body fat. Visit the website for specific class prices. Year-round, Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. (Christ Episcopal); Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. (Marti's). $12-$25 per class. Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Road, and Martis Dance Studio, 1140 Riverside Drive, Los Altos.
 

Dance

Bayer Ballet Academy Boys Program
Bayer Ballet Academy in Mountain View is launching a new boys program, where students can take advantage of specialized boys-only classes with instructor Ivan Goliadin. Classes are held four days a week and are open to ages 8 to 18. Call the school to register for a free trial class. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 4-June 11. See website for pricing. Bayer Ballet Academy, 2028 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.
 

Exhibits

'Word as Image'
In "Word as Image: Highlights from the Marmor Collection," the Cantor Arts Center surveys the role of words throughout the history of art, sharing examples ranging from decoratively ornamented Quranic writings from the Ottoman Empire to 20th-century works referencing an emergent culture of mass production. Wednesday-Monday, Dec. 16-April 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Bird in the Hand'
The Palo Alto Art Center's "Bird in the Hand" exhibition will showcase the fascinating and colorful world of birds through works by over 45 Bay Area and international artists. Jan. 16-April 10, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

'Fight the Bite'
The San Mateo County History Museum has a new exhibit chronicling the fight to free the San Francisco Peninsula of mosquitoes, including a photo display commemorating the centennial of the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District. Jan. 12-April 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $6 adult; $4 senior, student; free for children ages 5 and under. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.

Exhibits

'Spirits Return'
The Los Altos History Museum is currently offering an exhibit called "Spirits Return: Cultural Traditions Keeping Memories Alive," which gives a multicultural look at how communities remember their ancestors. Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 29-April 17, noon-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

Exhibits

'Red Horse: Drawings of the Battle of the Little Bighorn'
This Cantor Arts Center exhibition presents 12 ledger drawings by Red Horse, a Minneconjou Lakota Sioux warrior who fought against Custer and the 7th Cavalry at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in June 1876. Wednesday-Monday, Jan. 16-May 9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Showing Off'
The exhibit "Showing Off: Identity and Display in Asian Costume" at the Cantor Arts Center looks at how costumes and other objects of personal adornment were used as forms of identification from the late 18th century to the present. Oct. 14-May 23, Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Edward Hopper: New York Corner'
The Cantor Arts Center celebrates the major acquisition of Edward Hopper's seminal painting "New York Corner" with an exhibition with pieces preceding or contemporary to the work, centering on themes of modern urban life and realism. The exhibit will be closed Feb. 22-25 for updates. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 9-Aug. 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Dance

For the Love of Dance classes
A family-owned studio, For the Love of Dance offers training in ballet, jazz, tap and other styles of dance to students, beginning at age 2 up through adults, from Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Altos and Sunnyvale. Visit the website to learn about specific offerings. October through June. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite B, Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Into the Forest'
The exhibit "Into the Forest: Landscape as Subject in Studio in 19th-Century France" includes 17 prints, drawings and photographs that focus on early approaches to making art "en plein-air." Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 2-July 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'The Chinese Typewriter'
This exhibit entitled "The Chinese Typewriter: The Design and Science of East Asian Information Technology" shares historical artifacts from the collections of Stanford University history professor Thomas S. Mullaney and the school's East Asia Library. Jan. 20-Aug. 20, regular library hours. Lathrop Library, East Asia Library, 518 Memorial Way, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Richard Diebenkorn: The Sketchbooks Revealed'
This exhibition shares the Cantor Arts Center's recent acquisition of 29 sketchbooks of renowned Bay Area artist Richard Diebenkorn -- books never before studied or on view publicly that contain more than 1,000 drawings. The exhibit will be closed Feb. 22-25 for updates. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 9-Aug. 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Figuration/Abstraction'
The Cantor Arts Center exhibit "Figuration/Abstraction: Highlights from the Collection" presents dual installations that evidence a split between abstract and figurative styles that began in the early 20th century. Wednesday-Monday, Nov. 11-Aug. 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Mining the Ancient'
The Cantor Arts Center exhibit "Mining the Ancient" showcases the work of six contemporary artists who draw inspiration for their work and sculptural practices from ancient sources. Oct. 14-Aug. 29, Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Dance

Social Ballroom Dancing
Social Ballroom Dancing takes place each Friday and Saturday evening at Cubberley Pavilion, starting at 8 p.m. with a lesson and followed by general dancing. No prior experience or partner are necessary. Dressy casual attire is preferred. Cover charge includes refreshments. Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 8 p.m.-midnight $9 (for normal events). Cubberley Community Center, Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.