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Environment'Last Chance? The United Nations Global Conference on Climate Change'
The Peninsula Peace and Justice Center will welcome two leading authorities on climate change, Christopher Field and Katherine Mach, who will discuss the upcoming U.N. conference and the possibility of countries agreeing on an effective plan. Limited seating is available. RSVP is requested. Nov. 24, 7-8 p.m. Free. Midpeninsula Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.
Clubs/MeetingsAuthor Ruth Galm on 'Into the Valley'
Local author Ruth Galm will read from "Into the Valley," a novel set in San Francisco and the Central Valley. Books will be available for purchase and signing. No registration is required. Nov. 24, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Family and KidsToddler Storytime
This weekly Portola Valley Library event will lead toddlers 18 to 36 months in songs, stories and movement activities that encourage them to listen and read. Age-appropriate toys will be available for play at the end of each session. An activity will follow story time on the third Tuesday of the month. Tuesdays, Nov. 3-24, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Art Galleries'Winging It'
Viewpoints Gallery presents the work of Floy Zittin and her friends Nancy Calhoun, Jan Grady and Marion Podolski in "Winging It," a show composed of paintings of birds and travels. Nov. 3-28, Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.
Food and DrinkAutumn Spice Week
Shoreline Lake's annual Autumn Spice Week and Beaujolais Noveau Celebration will highlight spices and their unique qualities and offer seasonal items -- including pastries, beverages, savory items and more -- during this week only. Nov. 23-29, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Prices vary. Shoreline Lake, 3160 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Art Galleries'Colorful Personality'
Gallery 9 has on display the photography of Lisa Carpenter and the sculpture and functional art of Rachel Tirosh in "Colorful Personality." Nov. 3-29, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
Art Galleries'Painting Local Beauty'
The Portola Art Gallery is offering a show called "Painting Local Beauty," a group of new pastel and oil paintings of the Monterey and San Francisco peninsulas and Bend, Oregon, by San Mateo artist Jan Prisco. Monday-Saturday, Nov. 2-30, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Art Galleries'Wild Things'
In the exhibit "Wild Things," nationally known artist Rita Sklar will share her recent water-media paintings portraying vanishing birds and other wildlife from the Bay Area and beyond. Oct. 13-Dec. 7, center hours. Free. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Exhibits'Rough Around the Edges'
The exhibit "Rough Around the Edges: Inspirations in Paper" presents the work of Ronni Jolles, who uses layered paper, acrylic paint and sealants to create dimensional painting-like pieces. See website for daily schedule. Aug. 26-Dec. 7. Free. Goldman Sports & Wellness Complex and Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Community EventsCSA Homeless Outreach
Twice monthly a Community Services Agency social worker will come to the Mountain View Public Library to offer assistance to low-income and homeless individuals, including information and referrals to community resources. Second and fourth Tuesday of the month, year-round, 9-11 a.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsLipreading class in Menlo Park
Taught by an experienced audiologist and lipreading instructor, this free Foothill College Community Based Fall Quarter class will provide help to those who have difficulty hearing in noisy environments, group conversations and other situations. Tuesdays, Sept. 22-Dec. 8, 9:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Menlo Park Senior Center, 110 Terminal Ave., Menlo Park.
The new fall exhibition at the Palo Alto Art Center, called Front Yard/Backstreet," will encourage visitors to reconsider their relationships with the places they live, work and play. Themes will include mapping, sustainability, landscape and population. Sept. 19-Dec. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
The 43 artists of the Gallery House cooperative will kick off the holiday season with the show "Artful," sharing their original work. On Nov. 20, 6-8 p.m., there will be a reception. Nov. 17-Dec. 24, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Women's Power to Stop War'
Celebrating the centennial of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), this exhibit will share the history of its founding in 1915 by Nobel Peace Prize winners Jane Addams and Emily Greene Balchand, the local branch's establishment in 1922, and the "Raging Grannies." Nov. 12-Dec. 24, Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
HealthLittle House Walking Group
Little House Activity Center organizes walking groups three times each week, where friends can enjoy the outdoors and become more active. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, Oct. 5-Dec. 29, 10-11 a.m. Free. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Religion/SpiritualityInsight 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.
Clubs/MeetingsSRI Organon Toastmasters
The SRI Organon Toastmasters club focuses on improving leadership and communication skills. Club membership is diverse, and guests are welcome. Tuesdays, year-round, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. SRI International, Building G, Laurel Street, Menlo Park.
SportsRinconada Masters Swim Club
This Palo Alto-based group welcomes adults over 21 who want to make swimming a part of their healthy lifestyle. The flexible schedule includes 12 workouts per week, as well as optional social events, local swim meets and opportunities for stroke advice from experienced coaches. A Swim4Fitness program for learners is also offered. See website for more info. Sept. 1-Dec. 31. $80 per month. Rinconada Park, 777 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Oil Paintings of Christmas, Stories of Santa'
Peabody Fine Art Gallery in Menlo Park has on display an exhibit called "Oil Paintings of Christmas, Stories of Santa," which is composed of paintings by artist Riki R. Nelson that are inspired by antique Christmas ornaments and the artist's original holiday stories. Nov. 23-Jan. 1, Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Free. Peabody Gallery , 603 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsFoothill College Winter Quarter Registration
Winter Quarter registration at Foothill College begins on Nov. 18, and courses will meet from Jan. 4 to March 25. A full class schedule and registration instructions are available on the website. There is no application fee. Nov. 18-Jan. 3, 12:15 a.m.-11:45 p.m. $31 per unit for California residents, plus basic fees. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Art Galleries'Splendid Peacocks'
The exhibit at Cafe Borrone "Splendid Peacocks" will feature the newest work of local artist Flo de Bretagne. Nov. 23-Jan. 10, regular cafe hours. Free. Cafe Borrone, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsPrenatal yoga classes
Welcoming both women with no previous yoga experience and longtime practitioners, prenatal yoga classes offer experiencing ranging from a relaxing stretch to vigorous workout. Instructors can help students find the appropriate level and intensity. Visit the website for a complete schedule and class descriptions. Nov. 17-Jan. 21, $109 unlimited monthly pass; $180 12-class pass; $99 6-class pass; $18 drop in. Blossom Birth Services, 299 S. California Ave., Suite 120, Palo Alto.
EnvironmentLiving 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.
ExhibitsFine 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.
Classes/WorkshopsAdult School Winter/Spring Classes Registration
Registration for Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School Winter and Spring classes will begin on Friday, 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.
DanceFor 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.
Art GalleriesPaintings by Naomi Mindelzun
Gallery 9 Los Altos has on display selected works by Palo Alto artist Naomi Mindelzun. Her pieces use a variety of surfaces and materials to capture organic structures that inspire her. Sept. 29-Oct. 31, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.