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Lectures & TalksBreakfast with BlackBerry Executive Chairman and CEO John Chen
This Churchill Club breakfast event will feature a lively conversation with John Chen, CEO and executive chairman of Blackberry, and Rich Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes. Aug. 28, 7:30-9 a.m. $35 Churchill Club member; $55 nonmember. Crowne Plaza Cabana, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsShabbat dinner for young families
This event will bring together young Jewish families from around the world for a laid-back and kid-friendly kosher Shabbat dinner. Prepared in a certified kosher kitchen, the food will be served buffet-style. High-school student volunteers will be on hand to help entertain children who attend. July 28, 5:30-8 p.m. $35 adult; $10 child; $5 toddler. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsEdible Engineering workshop
The next Edible Engineering event at the Portola Valley Library will encourage participants of all ages to think outside in the box in building with edible pieces. Aug. 28, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Art GalleriesArt on The Square
This summer's last Art on the Square event in Redwood City will present an array of original artwork, including photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics and more. Aug. 28, 5-8:30 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.
Teen ActivitiesTeen Advisory Board Applications
The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is recruiting teenagers to become members for the school year. The group works to organize intentional, unique, engaging and fun events and activities for high school teens in Palo Alto. It also offers members a way to get involved in the community and earn service hours. Applications are due by Aug. 28. Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Live MusicKatie Garibaldi show
Singer-songwriter Katie Garibaldi will make a stop at the Freewheel Brewing Company to perform her distinct blend of folk-rock that draws from pop and country. Some of her most personal songs can be heard on her latest album, "Follow Your Heart." Aug. 28, 8-10 p.m. Free. Freewheel Brewing Company, 3736 Florence St., Redwood City.
The Silicon Valley chapter of Bootstrappers Breakfast will hold a meeting in Mountain View where entrepreneurs can compare notes, brainstorm, exchange ideas and learn from others' mistakes. Aug. 28, 9-10:30 a.m. $5 in advance; $10 at the door (plus cost of breakfast and tip). Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View.
Live MusicMusic On The Square: Foreverland
Redwood City's Music On The Square series will continue with a show by Foreverland, a 14-piece Michael Jackson tribute band that aims to honor and share the electrifying music of the King of Pop. Aug. 28, 6-8 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.
HealthTai Chi in Portola Valley
Tai Chi instructor Ben Dineen will lead a weekly 60-minute class on tai chi in the Redwood Grove next to the Portola Valley Town Center's Community Hall. The centuries-old exercise is designed to help its practitioners develop stronger bodies, better balance and a sharper, less anxious mind. Adults of all abilities are welcome. Fridays, Aug. 7-28, 10-11 a.m. Free. Redwood Grove, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsMagical Bridge Summer Entertainment Series
During this summer series at the Magical Bridge Playground, Bay Area artists will provide music and entertainment. Attendees are invited to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy with the shows. Fridays, July 10-Aug. 28, 5-7 p.m. Free. Magical Bridge Playground, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Baylands Paintings by Bob Schick and Friends'
The Environmental Volunteers Art Gallery will welcome a new installation of works by curator by Bob Schick and his students. The pieces present themes from the Palo Alto Baylands in different media. On July 11, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., there will be a reception with the artists. May 30-Aug. 28, Monday, Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Environmental Volunteers, Art Gallery, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
ExhibitsArt 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.
Live MusicChronicle Nights at Quattro
The Quattro Restaurant will transport visitors to different eras, spanning from the '20s to the '60s, as they enjoy live music (Fridays only) and quality fare. Fridays and Saturdays, July 3-Aug. 29, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Free admission. Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley, Quattro Restaurant , 2050 University Ave., East Palo Alto.
On Stage'The Addams Family'
Redwood City Community Theatre will present a production of "The Addams Family," a musical comedy about a demented family whose daughter falls in love with a "normal" boy. Aug. 21-30, Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. $25 general; $35 reserved; $15 senior (age 70 plus), student; $65 four-ticket package. Carrington Hall, 1201 Brewster Ave., Redwood City.
Art Galleries'Iron Rose'
Joseph Najera, an artist working mostly in wrought iron to create wall pieces and candle holders, shares some of his artwork in an exhibit called "Iron Rose." Aug. 4-30, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
SportsPalo Alto Babe Ruth Fall Ball registration
Fall Ball registration for the Palo Alto Babe Ruth Baseball League is now open to all players from Palo Alto to Redwood City who will be 13 or 14 years old next May 1. This season is ideal for those interested in improving skills, playing on a full-size field, preparing for January tryouts or high school teams, or just having fun. Play should begin around Labor Day. Aug. 6-30. $150 registration fee.
Art Galleries'Something New and Different'
Linda Tapscott shares some of her artwork made from wire -- including birds' nests and colorful three-dimensional shapes -- in a show called "Something New and Different" at Konditorei cafe in Ladera. On Aug. 26, 11 a.m. to noon, there will be a reception with the artist. Aug. 3-30, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Konditorei, 3130 Alpine Road, Portola Valley.
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.
HealthDanceation Fitness Classes
European pop star Heath Hunter and international fitness guru Kirsten Johnson lead high-energy dance and fitness workouts for all skill levels. Danceation studio also offers weekly yoga classes. See website for detailed schedule. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, June 8-Aug. 31. $20 single class; $150 10-class pass. Los Altos American Legion, 347 1st St., Los Altos.
VolunteersGreeter 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, .
Classes/WorkshopsAdult School Fall Session registration
Registration for Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School's Fall Session is underway. The session will run from Sept. 1 to Dec. 18. Visit the website for specific class listings and more info. Aug. 14-Sept. 1. Prices vary. Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., 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.
On Stage'The Voice of the Prairie'
Dragon Productions will next stage the contemporary play by John Olive, "The Voice of the Prairie." The story follows an early radio broadcaster named Davey Quinn who is reunited with Frankie, a blind girl he once saved from her abusive father. Aug. 20-Sept. 13, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $10-$35. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.
ExhibitsSummer 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.
Teen ActivitiesTeen Library Advisory Board applications
Palo Alto Library is currently recruiting teens for its Teen Library Advisory Board (T-LAB). The opportunity allows students in grades 8 to 12 to help the library with its Teen Zone, generate programming ideas, offer book suggestions and more, as well as earn community service hours. Applications are due by Sept. 15. Aug. 1-Sept. 15. Free. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
AuditionsECYS Preparatory Orchestra Auditions
The El Camino Youth Symphony orchestra program is now accepting audition applications for its preparatory orchestras. Young string and wind players with at least one year of private lessons are encouraged to sign up online. Appointments will be held in early September. Aug. 10-Sept. 18.
Gallery House will next be home to an exhibit of mixed-media and watercolor paintings by artists Nance Wheeler and Patricia Nojima, entitled "Dichotomy: Abstracted Science and Lyrical Landscapes." On Aug. 28, 6-8 p.m., there will be a reception with the artists. Aug. 25-Sept. 19, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
On Stage'The Country House'
In a Northern California premiere, TheatreWorks will stage a production of "The Country House," a recent Broadway hit by Donald Margulies about a stage and film star who brings her show-biz family to the Berkshires for a summer stock season. There will be no show on Sept. 15; see website for specific times. Tuesday-Sunday, Aug. 26-Sept. 20, 2, 7 or 8:30 p.m. $19-$74. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
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.
Exhibits'O'Keeffe, Stieglitz, Toomer, and Modernism'
The Cantor Arts Center puzzles out the relationships -- aesthetic and romantic -- between Georgia O'Keeffe, Alfred Stieglitz and Harlem Renaissance writer Jean Toomer in the exhibit "O'Keeffe, Stieglitz, Toomer, and Modernism." Wednesday-Monday, May 6-Sept. 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Metaphors and Memories'
The Community School of Music and Arts' Mohr Gallery has on display an exhibition of collage and sculpture by Lisa Ramirez and Marianne Lettieri called "Metaphors and Memories." Aug. 14-Sept. 27, 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.
Exhibits'Reflect + Create'
The Los Altos History Museum is offering an exhibit called "Reflect + Create: Where Art and History Intersect," which looks at how artists, makers and creators from the community have taken inspiration from items in the museum's collection. Thursday-Sunday, May 7-Sept. 30, noon-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Exhibits'Fatal Laughs: The Art of Robert Arneson'
The Cantor Arts Center will host an exhibit of unconventional clay sculptures by Robert Arneson, who frequently used himself as a subject throughout his more-than-40-year career. Wednesday-Monday, through Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Word as Image'
This Cantor Arts Center installation of prints and drawings entitled "Word as Image: Highlights from the Marmor Collection" examines how modern and contemporary artists have used and featured words in their work. Wednesday-Monday, July 1-Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Food and DrinkFriday Nights at the Computer History Museum
The Computer History Museum is partnering with Off the Grid to bring food trucks and special programming to the museum each Friday night. Fridays, June 12-Oct. 30, 5-9 p.m. Prices vary. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Exhibits'Astley D. M. Cooper and Mrs. Stanford's Jewels'
The Cantor Arts Center has on display an exhibit entitled "Astley D. M. Cooper and Mrs. Stanford's Jewels," which explores the life and work of the wild Bay Area painter. Cooper, who lived from 1856 to 1924, was known for using a faux Egyptian temple as a studio and paying off debts accrued at bars with paintings. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 5-Nov. 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
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.
HealthJacki'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, March 9-Dec. 18, 9 a.m. $36 month; $6 single class. Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View.
DanceSocial ballroom dancing
Friday Night Dancers organizes ballroom dancing events each Friday and Saturday evening. Each event starts with a lesson, which is followed by general dancing. No experience or partner is necessary; dressy casual attire is preferred. Cover charge includes refreshments. Friday and Saturday, year-round, 8-11:45 p.m. $9. Cubberley Community Center Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Religion/SpiritualityLabyrinth in Memorial Church
This weekly event at Stanford's Memorial Church will seek to help participants find balance and peace in their life through walking in circles. Thursdays, Jan. 23-Dec. 27, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
Composed of 15 drawings by Italian printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi, the Cantor Arts Center exhibit "Piranesi's Paestem: Master Drawings Uncovered" features the artist's largest body of work focused on a single location. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 19-Jan. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
This Cantor Art Center exhibit explores the idea and practice of empathy in art ranging from Christian paintings to photography from the Civil Rights era. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 12-Jan. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'25 Years at the Museum of American Heritage'
This exhibit will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Museum of American Heritage, tracing its history from its opening on Alma Street to its current home at the Williams Property and highlighting memorable exhibits along the way. Friday-Sunday, April 17-Jan. 17, 2016, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. The Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Warriors, Courtiers, and Saints'
The Cantor Art Center's upcoming exhibit "Warriors, Courtiers, and Saints: The Etchings of Jacques Callot" will examine 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 til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.