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Family and KidsSummer Nature Days
Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and Shoreline at Mountain View will hold outdoor day camp adventures for children in grades two to six. Children will learn about the world around them -- bugs, birds, plants, creeks and more -- and get dirty. July 21-25, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $295/child (multi-child discounts, scholarships available). Various locations, including Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve and Shoreline Lake, , .
Teen ActivitiesSports Broadcasting Workshop
In this week-long workshop for students in grades nine to 12, participants will learn various broadcasting skills out of the mobile production truck as they cover real games and create programs that will be aired on local television. July 21-25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $475. Midpeninsula Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsTheater & Dance Camp
The Green Room Teaching Artists, Maggie Cole and Kristina Sutherland, will run a weeklong camp for children in kindergarten through fifth grade full of theater and dance activities. It will include games, arts and crafts, singing and percussion, and a final performance for family and friends. July 21-25, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $150. The Pear Avenue Theater, 1220 Pear Ave., Mountain View.
Art Galleries'Flowers' by Charles Halleck
Bay Area artist Charles Halleck will have on display a series of color photographs of flowers, depicting a variety of flower colors and types. July 1-26, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
Health'No Belly' Bootcamp
A high intensity interval training class will be held three times weekly to help participants become fit. The first session is free. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, June 16-July 30, 7-7:45 a.m. $13/class monthly; $15 drop-in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Exhibits'Space and Dimensions'
Garden Fresh restaurant will host a solo show by local artist Rachel Tirosh of mixed media paintings on canvas. June 14-July 30, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
Mountain View City Hall will have on display in its rotunda an exhibit of quilts made at the Day Worker Center of Mountain View called "Traveling Stitches." July 7-31, City Hall hours. Free. Mountain View City Hall Rotunda, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Art Galleries'Onions Observed'
The Portola Art Gallery will have on display a collection of photography called "Onions Observed -- An Animistic Perspective," by Alan McGee of Portola Valley. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, July 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. July 1-31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Family and Kidsbricks4kidz Lego summer camp
bricks4kids will offer a variety of Lego summer camps for ages 3 to 14 years old, which help to develop science and math skills through activities like building, testing, robotics and movie-making. Monday-Friday, June 23-August 1, 9 a.m.-noon; 1-4 p.m. $150 half-day week; $270 full-day week. Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsMath Discovery Summer Camp
In these weeklong camps, kids will engage in math activities and projects covering a number of subjects such as fractions, platonic solids, fractals and more. Hands-on projects, outdoor play and video games will be among the activities. Monday-Friday, June 16-Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $380. Synapse Middle School, 3375 Edison Way, Menlo Park.
SeniorsLa Comida lunch program
La Comida invites adults age 60 and over and their guests to enjoy a nutritious and affordable three-course lunch accompanied by music, activities and camaraderie. Meals are also held at two other Palo Alto locations. See website for details. Monday-Friday, year-round (except on some holidays), 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. $3 donations accepted for adults 60 and over; $8 adults under 60. La Comida Dining Room at Avenidas Center, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksListening Room series
Hosted by Patrick Castillo, director of audience engagement, Music@Menlo's Listening Room series will expose attendees to audio and video recordings of symphonic works and operas that complement the overall festival program. Mondays, July 21-August 4, 4:15 p.m. Free. Martin Family Hall, Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
Family and KidsYMCA summer camps
Summer programs at the Palo Alto YMCA are designed to keep kids physically active and mentally engaged with a variety of activities. See website for specific programs and dates. June 2-August 4, Prices vary (financial assistance available). Palo Alto Family YMCA, 3412 Ross Road, Palo Alto.
ConcertsCafe Conversations and Master Classes
Music@Menlo will hold a number of conversations with performing artists, as well as master classes where educators from the Chamber Music Institute will impart their knowledge to young players. Monday-Friday, July 21-August 8, 11:45 a.m. Free. Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
Teen ActivitiesWizards and Warriors Gaming Camp
At this medieval-themed camp, counselors dressed as bards, knights and sages will lead participants in games like Dungeons and Dragons, paint miniatures, build dioramas, mold dungeons and play field games. June 16-August 8, 9-5 p.m. $888/two-week session. Wizards and Warriors, 1836 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.
Family and KidsHelix summer sessions
Helix will offer summer camp sessions for ages 5 to 14 where kids can learn about the world through investigation. Participants can explore exhibits and spend time learning in the workshop. Monday-Friday, July 7-August 15, 1-4 p.m. $200 member; $250 nonmember. Helix by Exploratorium, 316 State St., Los Altos.
Teen ActivitiesYouth Claymation Camp
In these weeklong camps for ages 10 to 14, students will learn how to create clay animation with the stop-motion techniques used in such movies as the Wallace & Gromit films and "Chicken Run." Small groups of students will come up with a story, mold, animate and edit a film for their final projects. Monday-Friday, July 7-August 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $325. KMVT 15 Community Television, 1400 Terra Bella Ave., Suite M, Mountain View.
Teen ActivitiesYouth Studio Production Camp
This summer KMVT 15 will hold weeklong camps for students ages 10 to 14, where they can use professional studio equipment to gain skills in camera work, directing, sound design, acting and producing. By the end of each camp, students will have produced segments which will be broadcast on cable Channel 15. Monday-Friday, June 9-August 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $369. KMVT 15 Community Television, 1400 Terra Bella Ave., Suite M, Mountain View.
Family and KidsHeather Hill Riding Center Summer Camps
Heather Hill Camp is a fun-filled time with the HH Welsh Cobs and Ponies! Half or full day sessions. Ride every day. Riding, film making, art. June 16 to Aug. 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $100-$650 Rancho Viejo Stables in Portola Valley, 45 Ansel Lane, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsMarine Science Camp
The Marine Science Institute is hosting a camp that offers hands-on activities, live animals and educational field trips including a day aboard the Marine Science Institute research vessel. Week-long camps run from June 16ľAug. 15; each day starts at 10 a.m. Registration opens Feb. 1. Starting at $375. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City.
Family and KidsArt School of San Francisco Bay summer camps
This summer the Art School of San Francisco Bay will offer art camps for all levels. They include Plein Air for beginners and advanced students, Portrait painting and Art History Applied. Participants will learn valuable artistic skills and enjoy the creative environment. Both half and full-day camps are offered. Monday-Friday, June 16-August 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $200 for half-day week; $400 for full-day. Accent Arts Store, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
DanceThe Heartbeat of Hula
The Arrillaga Family Recreation Center will offer classes on hula, which focuses on the coordination of hands and hips in dancing to island rhythms. No experience is necessary; both men and women are welcome. Mondays, June 9-Aug. 25, 10:45-11:45 a.m. $100 resident; $134 nonresident; $15 drop in. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
Exhibits'Stonewalled in Jerusalem'
Santa Cruz mixed media artist Sara Friedlander will have on display her visually arresting and socially focused artwork, which contemplates the Israeli/Palestinian impasse. Using original and archival images, she explores both sides and welcomes viewers' ideas about moving forward. May 16-August 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Capturing Light'
"Capturing Light: The World as We See It" is a judged exhibit and sale of 50 prints by members of the Palo Alto Camera Club, including 12 photos taken in Havana, Cuba. A percentage of proceeds from print sales will go to Cultural Kaleidoscope, a City of Palo Alto program supporting art in local schools. Monday-Friday, March 10-August 28, 8 a.m.-noon; 1-5 p.m. Free. Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.
VolunteersLa Comida volunteer opportunities
The La Comida Senior Lunch Program has various volunteer opportunities available, including helping to welcome and serve seniors, translate, work on special projects and do community outreach. Monday-Friday, year-round, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. La Comida Dining Room (at Avenidas Center), 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
The Caldwell Gallery will have on display "Luminous Essays," an exhibit of works by fine art photographers from the Peninsula Photographic Arts Guild. July 2-Sept. 3, 5 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Caldwell Gallery, 400 County Center at the Hall of Justice, Redwood City.
The Computer History Museum will have on display a photography exhibit by Doug Menuz called "Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley, 1985-2000." It consists of 50 photographs documenting innovators at Apple, Leiner Perkins, Adobe and other companies. Wednesday-Sunday, July 9-September 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $15 general; $12 student/senior/military. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Exhibits'Dana Harel: Between Dreams and Nightmares'
A solo exhibition of new works by Redwood City artist Dana Harel will be on display at the Palo Alto Art Center. Organized by Laguna Art Museum, the exhibit consists of 15 mixed-media drawings of animal and human figures, reflecting the messiness of war. June 14-September 7, center hours. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsFoothill College Fall Quarter registration
Foothill College Fall Quarter registration will be open on the school's website beginning July 21. Classes will run from September 22 to December 12. Students are encouraged to register early for the best course selection. July 21-September 22. $31/unit for California residents, plus basic fees. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
VolunteersSilicon Valley Tour de Coop preparation
Neighbors Helping Neighbors will hold a variety of volunteer activities leading up to and during the Silicon Valley Tour de Coop, a bike ride between chicken coops and home gardens on September 21. Volunteer opportunities include putting up fliers and posters, doing test bike rides, organizing other small events to spread the word and staffing locations on tour day. The organization also seeks community members with chicken coops, beehives and home gardens to host stops. June-September, dates and times vary. Free. Neighbors Helping Neighbors events, various nearby locations, Palo Alto and Mountain View.
Exhibits'Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China'
The exhibit "Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China: Photographs of Land and Culture" will be on display at the Krause Center for Innovation. June 23-September 26, center hours. Free. Krause Center for Innovation, 12345 El Monte Road, Building 4000, Los Altos Hills.
SeniorsMinds in Motion Class
Peninsula Volunteers will offer these classes as part of its early memory loss wellness program, designed for those experiencing changes in memory or other cognitive impairment. Activities include brain and memory games. Mondays, through December, 10 a.m.-noon. $12/drop in; $75/eight-week series. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Clubs/MeetingsPalo Alto Scrabble Club
The Palo Alto Scrabble Club welcomes players of all levels every Monday night, holidays included. No need to RSVP. No charge to play. Players can drop in with their equipment or use the club's. Mondays, through December, 6-9:30 p.m. Free. Freebirds World Burrito, 2305 El Camino Real, 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.