Benefit Concert Steve Gill and his daughter Anne Gill, along with Menlo School alumni, present "Let's Misbehave" Cole Porter Re-Visited for the 16th annual Benefit Concert for The Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Jan. 7 and 8, 7:30-9 p.m. Free, $15 donation requested. Martin Hall, Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
Red Grammer Children's Concert Grammy-nominated and world-renowned children's recording artist Red Grammer will be live in concert. Doors open at 10 a.m. with first-come seating. Showtime is at 10:15 a.m. and will last approximately 60 minutes. Jan. 15, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. $5 per seat; free for children in lap. Woodside High Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Ave., Woodside.
Asher Child: In Concert Nanso 7 Productions presents the first-ever concert and staged reading of "Asher Child," a new musical which looks into the ways that fairytales are timeless and exist in a contemporary way underneath every story of today's modern world. Jan. 7, 3 and 7 p.m.; Jan. 8, 1 p.m. $10, students; $12, adults. The Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.
John Dornenburg and Yuko Tanaka: Music for Viola da gamba and Harpsichord The program for this concert consists of "Suite 3 in A Major" by Charles Dolle; "Sonata for Viola da gamba and Harpsichord in D Major" by J.S. Bach; and two recently discovered "Fantasias" for viola da gamba solo by Telemann. Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m. Free. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. events.stanford.edu
Jym Marks Quintet "Menlo Park Renaissance Man" Jym Marks and his quintet will play Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and more jazz of the 1960s. Jan. 7, 11 a.m. Free. City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. business.menloparkchamber.com
King Holiday Celebration The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute will host an open house and Sunday service as part of its annual King Holiday celebration. This year's theme honors the 50th anniversary of King's call to action in "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?" Jan. 13, 3-5 p.m.; Jan. 15, 10 a.m.-noon p.m. Free. Martin Luther King Research and Education Institute, 466 Via Ortega, Palo Alto.
Talks & Lectures
Also Rans: Failed Presidential Candidates KGO radio host and political analyst John Rothmann will share stories of "the ones who got away," and their impact on American history. Jan. 8, 11 a.m. Free. City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=2654&day=2&month=12&year=2016&calType=0
Brian Fishman, The Master Plan: ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and the Jihadi Strategy for Final Victory Counterterrorism expert Brian Fishman explores one of history's darkest and most destructive regimes: The Islamic State. During this event, he will discuss ISIS — its origins, operations and the internal disputes that just may lead to its demise. Jan. 12, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Chocolate: Food of the Gods Howard and Sally Peters, a Menlo Park couple known as "Mr. and Mrs. Chocolate" will discuss the chemistry, health effects and history of chocolate. Complimentary refreshments, including wine, will be served before the event at 6:45 p.m. The talk also includes chocolate samples. Jan. 6, 7 p.m. Free. Woodside Town Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside. woodsidefirstfridaychocolate.eventbrite.com
Energy Seminar: Juan Rivas-Davila, High-Frequency Power Converters This talk will cover how increases in switching frequency enable the miniaturization of power converters and new ways to fabricate and design power converters. It will address how these design techniques can be used in applications spanning biology, healthcare, space propulsion and automotives that use Wide Band-gap Power semiconductors at MHz frequencies. The talk will also discuss losses observed in GaN and SiC devices under high dv/dt conditions. Jan. 9, 4:30 p.m. Free. NVIDIA Auditorium, 475 Via Ortega, Stanford. events.stanford.edu
In Deep with Angie Coiro: Adam Gazzaley In "The Distracted Mind," Adam Gazzaley and Larry Rosen — a neuroscientist and a psychologist — explain why our brains aren't built for multitasking and suggest better ways to live in a high-tech world without giving up our modern technology. Gazzaley and Rosen offer practical strategies, backed by science, to fight distraction. Jan. 4, noon-1 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. business.menloparkchamber.com
In Deep with Angie Coiro: Omar Saif Ghobash Omar Saif Ghobash, United Arab Emirates Ambassador to Russia, discusses letters he has written about what it means to be a Muslim in today's world. Jan. 11, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. business.menloparkchamber.com
Janie Chang launches her new novel, 'Dragon Springs Road' Kepler's Books hosts the launch of award-winning author Janie Chang's new novel, "Dragon Springs Road." Set in 20th century Shanghai, "Dragon Springs Road" is the story of Jialing, a 7-year-old girl abandoned at the doorstep of a once-lavish estate. Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Leading Universities in a War Zone: The South African Protest Movement World-renowned education academic and prominent South African intellectual Jonathan Jansen is vice chancellor and rector of the University of the Free State and president of the South African Institute of Race Relations. He is a fellow of the American Educational Research Association and a fellow of the Academy of Science of the Developing World. His new book entitled "How to fix South Africa's Schools" uses video-documentaries to capture what happens inside disadvantaged schools which produce the best results in physical science and mathematics in South Africa. Jan. 12, 11:45 a.m. Free. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. events.stanford.edu/events/652/65261
Lecture: How to Clean Up Your Criminal Record This lecture will explore the various ways to clean up a criminal record, including how to obtain a Certificate of Rehabilitation and the steps necessary to apply for a pardon from the governor or president. Jan. 4, noon-1 p.m. Free. San Mateo County Law Library, 710 Hamilton St., Redwood City.
Seminar: 'Orphaned and Ignored: Eukaryotic Lipid Biomarkers in the Bacterial Domain' The main topic in this seminar explores how bioinformatics analyses coupled with microbial genetic and biochemical studies in extant bacteria can provide insight in the evolution of cyclic triterpenoids and can address current incongruities in biomarker signatures. Jan. 11, 12:30 p.m. Free. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. events.stanford.edu
Junior League of Palo Alto Open House This open house is an opportunity for prospective and current members to learn more about the League. Light refreshments will be served. Jan. 5, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 180 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
Creative Crafts This is a time for kids to make something colorful, beautiful and sticky. Wednesdays, 4 p.m. Free. Downtown Library, 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City. redwoodcity.org
Don't Forget to Say Thank you A variety of note cards, stickers and pens will be provided for those interested in writing thank you notes. Sample thank you notes will be available along with instructions on how to address an envelope for mailing. Jan. 4, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family Storytime During this time, books and songs are chosen to span the age differences and engage children on multiple levels. Pajamas are welcome. Tuesdays, ongoing, 7 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org/Storytimes
Museums & Exhibits
Exhibit: Spencer Finch Spencer Finch's artistic practice investigates the intersection between lived visual experience and scientific research. In works like "Betelgeuse," he uses a colorimeter — a device that measures the intensity of color — to record light seen in the natural world and replicate its hue and luminosity in sculptural form. In doing so, Finch not only examines how we see, but also probes questions surrounding memory, time, and perception. Sept. 15-ongoing, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu/news_room/Cantor_Fall.html
Folger Stable Carriage Room Museum The Carriage Room Museum at the Folger Stable will be open each Saturday, sharing exhibits about the history of the Folger property and the surrounding area, as well as the horse heritage of Woodside. Saturdays, ongoing, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Wunderlich Park, 4040 Woodside Road, Woodside. huddartwunderlichfriends.org
Highlights from the Marmor Collection This exhibition will feature groupings of work by pioneering artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Kienholz, Bruce Nauman and Ellsworth Kelly, among others. When juxtaposed, these works highlight new modes of art making that took root after the war and utilized media ranging from photography and print-making to mixed media assemblages. Wednesday-Monday, ongoing, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu
The Institute Presents: NEUROSOCIETY Neurosociety is a series of interactive environments created by David Byrne and Mala Gaonkar that present the emerging work of 15 cognitive neuroscience labs around the world. Attendants will be led through four rooms, and in each room they will experience a surprising aspect of themselves and how they relate to the world and to other people. Jan. 4, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $45, general; $35, student ID. Pace Art + Technology, 350 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Object Lessons: Art & Its Histories Spanning the second floor of the museum, "Object Lessons: Art & its Histories" presents the most significant reinstallation of the museum's permanent collection galleries in twenty years. Organized around the curriculum of Art 1, Stanford's introduction to the history of Western Art, the exhibition reflects the museum's deepened commitment to academic engagement, teaching through objects and belief in the power of close looking. Sept. 15-ongoing, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu
The Wonder of Everyday Life: Dutch Golden Age Prints The prints in this installation explore how Rembrandt van Rijn and his peers depicted the sensual experience of the material world, contemplated life's fleeting and constantly changing nature and navigated spirituality's role in modern life. Ongoing, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu
Food & Drink
Portola Valley Farmers' Market This weekly farmers' market offers local, seasonal fruits, vegetables, nuts, fresh juices, specialty foods, traditional and gluten-free baked goods, pies, toffee, vegan nut butters and spreads, farmstead meats, chickens and eggs, honey, fresh seafood, food demos, jewelry, body products, crafts and music. Thursdays, ongoing, 2-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Lessons & Classes
Hoopla Instruction In this class, participants will learn about Hoopla, a free emedia service from the library. Instruction will be provided on creating an account and selecting and checking out materials. Attendants are encouraged to bring their San Mateo County Library card and their device. Jan. 13 and 27, 1-2 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Health & Wellness
Fusion Fitness for Baby Boomers This class aims to strengthen the back, chest, shoulder and leg muscles; improve posture and endurance while strengthening the core; decrease belly fat; and reducing under arm "jigglies." Participants will listen to music from the 1960s to the present as well as partake in the camaraderie of fellow Baby Boomers. Wednesdays, ongoing, 10-11 a.m. Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley. chezfit.com
Wii Arcade This event is for gamers who want to show off their skills and challenge their friends. They can pick their character and hope to be the last one standing in games such as Super Mario Brawl and Mario Kart. Beginners are welcome, and this time is for gamers ages 7 and over. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Singles' Trivia Night This trivia night is focused on local singles 45+, but anyone is welcome to participate. There will be three games and teammates will rotate for each, so everyone has a chance to meet and compete together! Jan. 18, 8-10 p.m. Freewheel Brewing Company, 3736 Florence St., Redwood City. freewheelbrewing.com
Religion & Spirituality
University Public Worship Stanford Memorial Church Memorial Church, historically an important center of spiritual and ceremonial life at Stanford University since the church was dedicated in 1903, is open to anyone, wherever they may be on their spiritual journey. The Rev. Mary Greene will preach during this, and Communion will be offered. Sundays, ongoing, 10 a.m. Free. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. events.stanford.edu
Windhover Saturday Tours A docent-led tour of the Windhover, a spiritual and meditative refuge, will include information about the conceptual ideas behind the physical structure and an in-depth look at the Windhover paintings by Nathan Oliveira featured in the building. Ongoing, 11 a.m. Free. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. events.stanford.edu
Menlo Park Kiwanis Club The Menlo Park Kiwanis Club — which through fundraising supports many local programs and organizations — holds meetings each Tuesday at the Allied Arts Center. Visitors are invited to attend and should contact the Kiwanis Club. Tuesdays, ongoing, noon-1:30 p.m. Free. Allied Arts Center, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. menloparkkiwanisclub.org
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