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This Mountain View Public Library event will lead participants in making jewelry and other crafts out of old bike parts. Space is limited; registration is required. May 5, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Jane Smiley on 'Early Warning'
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley will share "Early Warning," the second installment in The Last Hundred Years trilogy which chronicles the journey of the Langdon family through mid-century America. May 5, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Family and KidsLucy Jo Pallandino on 'Parenting in the Age of Attention Snatchers'
Lucy Jo Pallandino, Ph.D., a psychologist in practice for 35 years who specializes in the study of attention, will discuss her practical book "Parenting in the Age of Attention Snatchers: A Step-By-Step Guide to Balancing Your Child's Use of Technology." May 5, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsPreparing children for kindergarten talk
Dr. Annye Rothenberg, a child/parent psychologist, will give a talk addressing how parents can prepare their children for kindergarten, as well as general parenting questions. The talk is open to the community, but for parents only. May 5, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. The Roberts School, 641 Coleman Ave., Menlo Park.
Community EventsEmergency Planning Fair
The Emergency Planning Fair will educate community members on emergency preparation measures specifically for seniors and people with disabilities. There will be a panel discussion with local experts, including Kenneth Dueker, director of Palo Alto's Office of Emergency Services, and Enoch Choi from the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. There will be refreshments and raffle prizes. May 5, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Avenidas, La Comida Room, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
Family and KidsStorytime with Dev Petty
As part of Children's Book Week, local author Dev Petty will read from her debut picture book "I Don't Want to Be a Frog," a silly story about identity and accepting oneself. May 5, 4-5 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Sydney Padua on 'The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage'
Sydney Padua will speak in conversation with Google Doodle leader Ryan Germick about her inspiration to share the story of two computer pioneers in her graphic novel "The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage." Online registration is requested. May 5, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'3 Essentials in Fighting Alzheimer's'
Constance L. Vincent, a psychology and expert on aging, will give both her perspective as a daughter of parents with dementia and as a scientist, which she also combined in her nonfiction book "Not Going Gently." May 5, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Film'Guru Zane' screening and BBQ dinner
This event at the National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy (NCEFT) will include a screening of the documentary "Guru Zane," which profiles a child with special needs; a panel discussion; and a BBQ dinner from The Boneyard Truck. Online registration is requested. May 5, 7-9 p.m. Free (donations accepted). NCEFT, 880 Runnymede Road, Woodside.
Classes/WorkshopsMeditation and yoga with Surfer Mike
Michael Kintz, or "Surfer Mike," will lead teach a free class on mindfulness meditation and yoga movements at the Rinconada Library. First and third Tuesday of the month, May 5 and 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Rinconada Library, Embarcadero Room, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
ExhibitsPacific Art League May exhibits
In May, the Pacific Art League will showcase works from the organization's instructors and Silicon Valley Open Studios participants in the Main Gallery. In addition, the Corridor Gallery will feature works by Ron Andrews, and Emilio Sotelo's handmade silver jewelry will be on display in the jewelry cases. Monday-Friday, May 1-28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Cuba, Paris & California'
Main St. Cafe & Books will display an exhibit of black and white photography by Tom and Marj Green, work that uses light and shadows to lend common scenes a mood or story. On May 2, from 2 to 4 p.m., a reception will be held. May 2-29, Monday-Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Main St. Cafe & Books, 134 Main St., Los Altos.
Family and KidsArt School of San Francisco Bay classes
The Art School of San Francisco Bay offers art classes for a variety of ages and abilities, beginning at age 2 and continuing up until advanced classes for teens. Visit the website for schedule, prices and registration. Sept. 3-May 29. Free trials available; prices vary. Accent Arts Store, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Light of the Landscape'
The Portola Art Gallery will host "Light of the Landscape," an exhibit of watercolor paintings by Steve Curl -- a Palo Alto watercolor artist and teacher and Palo Alto Daily News editorial cartoonist. Monday-Saturday, May 1-30, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Art Galleries'Cuban Icons, Cuban Lives'
Gallery 9 will offer an exhibit of photographs by Bill Scull called "Cuban Icons, Cuban Lives," which captures the rich daily lives of Cubans and their compassion, resilience, pride and style. April 28-May 30, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9 Los Altos, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
Art Galleries'Barnyard Friends'
Viewpoints Gallery will showcase a new group of oil paintings by Julia Munger Seelos called "Barnyard Friends." April 28-May 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday only until 3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.
Exhibits'Into the Wild Woods'
The Community School of Music and Arts currently has on display an exhibition of illustrations and paintings by Bay Area native Liz Amini-Holmes. April 3-May 31, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
ExhibitsFiloli Botanical Art Exhibit
Filoli has on display its 17th annual Botanical Art Exhibit, which contains visual depictions of many plant species. March 24-June 7, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $20 adult; $17 senior (age 65 plus); $10 student; free for ages 4 and under, and Filoli members. Filoli, Visitor and Education Center, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.
Benefits/FundraisersDreams Happen Gala and Playhouse Auction
Stanford Shopping Center and Rebuilding Together Peninsula will collaborate for their 12th year of Dreams Happen, a biennial fundraising event featuring 12 custom-made, life-sized children's playhouses. The event benefits Rebuilding Together Peninsula. From May 2 to June 12, the playhouses will be on display. June 6, 6:30-10 p.m. $95 before May 15; $115 after May 15. Stanford Shopping Center, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto.
HealthDanceation fitness classes
European pop star Heath Hunter and international fitness guru Kirsten Johnson teach regular high-energy dance and fitness workouts for all skill levels. March 16-June 17, Monday, 11:30 a.m.; Tuesday, 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 9, 10 and 11 a.m. $20 single class; $150 10-class pass. American Legion, 347 1st St., Los Altos.
Exhibits'Seeing is Believing'
The Caldwell Gallery will present the exhibit "Seeing Is Believing," with works by members of Peninsula Art Critique that use a variety of media. Featured artists will include Penny Gamel, Jackie Gray, Janice Kirkpatrick, Annette Legallet, Gerry Anne Lenhart and others. Monday-Friday, May 4-June 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Hall of Justice, Caldwell Gallery, 400 County Center, Redwood City.
Art Galleries'Heads and Hands'
The Rotunda Gallery will have on display an exhibit of work by sculptor Dan Woodard, which looks at the positive and negative and serious and comical aspects of the human condition. Monday-Friday, Jan. 21-June 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Rotunda Gallery, 555 County Center, Redwood City.
Jazzercise classes in Menlo Park offer a high-energy dance-focused fitness program designed to be both fun and burn calories. Monday-Thursday and Saturday, year-round, see website for specific times. $16 class; $52/$57 per month; $130 10-class pass. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., and the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.
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.
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, .
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.