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Lectures & TalksAuthor Barbara Ehrenreich with Angie Coiro
Barbara Ehrenreich will discuss her new book, "Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything," in conversation with Bay Area journalist Angie Coiro. Ehrenreich's new book reconstructs the story of her adolescent search for meaning. April 25, 7:30 p.m. $10 general; $15 at the door. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Family and KidsFamily movie night
The Atherton Library will host a screening of "Despicable Me 2." The library shows a family-friendly film the last Friday of each month. Popcorn will be provided by the Friends of the Atherton Library. April 25, 7-8:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
FilmTransition Palo Alto's Fourth Friday Film 'Garbage Warrior'
Transition Palo Alto will screen the film "Garbage Warrior," which portrays the inspiring work of radical eco-architect Mike Reynolds. Inventor of what he calls "biotecture," Reynolds designs passive solar homes made of natural and recycled materials. April 25, 7:15 p.m. $5-$10 suggested donation (no one turned away). Fireside Room, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsGuided night hike
This event will provide a rare opportunity to enjoy Hidden Villa and its backcountry trails after hours. Visitors will be led by an experienced naturalist guide. April 25, 7:30-9 p.m. $10. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.
Lectures & TalksPeninsula Literary Reading
Peninsula Literary will present a reading with poets John Evans and Angela Torres, as well as guest readers Victoria Muirhead, Jeanne Watson, Katie Wu and Olga Zilberbourg. April 25, 7-9 p.m. $10 donation. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave. , Palo Alto.
Community EventsOperation Blueprint
Operation Blueprint will hold an opening night event to discuss the Bible, history and the future. April 25, 7-8:15 p.m. Free. Church Auditorium, 195 N. Rengstorff Ave. , Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsTai Chi with Ben Dineen
Tai Chi classes will be held in the Woodside Native Plant Garden, weather permitting. This centuries-old Asian exercise seeks to produce stronger bodies, better balance and a sharper mind. Instructor Ben Dineen invites all ability levels to this 60-minute class. The program is funded by the Friends of Woodside Library. Fridays, April 4-25, 10-11 a.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Art GalleriesPacific Art League Exhibitions
The Pacific Art League of Palo Alto will host two new exhibitions in April: "Spring Awakening" and "Local Talent." All are invited to attend the opening reception held on April 4 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Pacific Art League. April 4-April 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (gallery hours). Free. Pacific Art League, 227 Forest Ave., Palo Alto.
Community EventsGamble Garden Spring Tour 2014
The 29th annual Gamble Garden Spring Tour, 'Details & Inspirations,' will feature five private Palo Alto gardens, as well as a marketplace and plant sale. April 25-26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $30 members; $35 nonmembers; $40 day of. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
Community EventsGamble Garden Tour Plant Sale
This plant sale will have highlights from the Spring Tour of gardens for purchase, along with vegetables, succulents, succulent containers and more. April 25-26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'From the Earth, into the Sky' Exhibit
Gallery House presents an exhibition of pottery by Thomas Arakawa and paintings by Maura Carta. A public reception for the artists will be held on Friday April 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit is on display April 1-26, every day except Monday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Bodie' Photo Exhibit by Aki Mori
Aki Mori’s digital color photography, "Bodie," will be on display at Gallery 9 in Los Altos. Bodie was a busy gold mine center in late 1870 through the early 1890s. The images express the passage of time in this ghost town. A reception will be held on Friday, April 4, from 5-8 p.m. April 1-26, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9 Los Altos, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
Exhibits'Best in Kind: San Francisco Bay Area Ceramic Artists'
Curated by Jo Killen, this exhibit hosted by local fine arts press Smith Anderson Editions will showcase impressive ceramic pieces made by artists around the Bay Area. A reception will be held Saturday, March 15, 3-5 p.m. March 15-April 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Smith Anderson Editions, 440 Pepper Ave., Palo Alto.
HealthFour-day 'Inner Engineering' program
Inner Engineering is a technology for well-being derived from the ancient science of yoga. A program for self-empowerment and personal growth, the four-day Inner Engineering course aims to help students live life to a greater potential. April 24-27, 6:30-7 p.m. $325; $275 before April 10. Lucille M. Nixon Elementary, 1711 Stanford Ave., Stanford.
On Stage'The Hound of the Baskervilles'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Hound of the Baskervilles," adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson. The company takes the story of a curse, a ghostly hound and an insane murderer and adds some comedy to the suspense. Check website for specific dates and times. April 2-27, 2, 7, 7:30 or 8 p.m. $19-$73. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
AuditionsEl Camino Youth Symphony Auditions
ECYS is holding new member auditions for the 2014-15 season. ECYS offers six different orchestras as well as opportunities in chamber music for musicians of all levels. Interested applicants, ages 6-18, with at least one year of private lessons are encouraged to apply. Auditions in March/April 2014. $25 audition fee. To be determined, To be determined, Palo Alto.
Art GalleriesJim Dine and Claes Oldenburg Exhibit
Jim Dine and Claes Oldenburg are two American artists who depict every day objects in various ways; 20 of their prints will be on display. Ongoing from Dec. 11 to April 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
ExhibitsPortola Valley Watershed exhibit
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Town of Portola Valley. The library will help celebrate throughout the month of April with an exhibit of the local watershed, including Sausal Creek. Monday-Saturday, April 1-30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Art Galleries'Japan Revisited' Photo Exhibit
The Portola Art Gallery presents "Japan Revisited," photographs by Frances Freyberg. The color photos feature landscapes, cityscapes, shrine scenes and portraits from Freyberg’s 2013 travels through the country. Monday-Saturday, April 1-30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Community EventsCommunity Poem at Atherton Library
The Atherton Library will be celebrating National Poetry Month with a collaborative poem. All community members are invited to contribute to a collective poem created and on display in the library. April 1-30, library hours. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
ExhibitsArtist Alan VanEss
The work of local artist Alan VanEss is on display at the Atherton Library. VanEss's work features colorful perspectives of homes in the Atherton community, bringing together architecture and landscape. Through April, library hours. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
On Stage'Smash' play
This political comedy features a runaway groom who abandons his bride on their wedding day so he can overthrow the British government. April 10-May 4, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $30. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.
On Stage'Harold and Maude'
Los Altos Stage Company will perform "Harold and Maude," a dark romantic comedy about the friendship between Harold, a young man obsessed with death, and octogenarian Maude, who is filled with a zest for life. April 10-May 4, Wednesday-Sunday, 8 p.m. $32. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
Art Galleries'The Honest Landscape': Photographs by Peter Henry Emerson
Peter Henry Emerson began taking photographs in 1882 in England and soon became an outspoken advocate for fine art photography. This installation presents a selection of Emerson's platinum prints and photogravures featuring the English and Irish countryside. Will be on display Wednesday-Sunday from Nov. 27 until May 4, 2014. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Art Galleries'Royal Image: Portraits, Satires, and Life at Court'
The 16 prints and drawings featured in this installation demonstrate how artists depicted European royalty and courtly culture between the 15th and 18th centuries. Works on view include etchings by Romeyn de Hooghe, who created pointed political satires. Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 27-May 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Conversation Pieces' Exhibit
This exhibit contains four pairings of works on paper: human figures, botanical still lifes, nature studies and artists' portraits. Wednesday-Sunday, until May 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Art Galleries'Rise Again' photo exhibit
The "Rise Again" exhibit is composed of photographs taken by Roger Spinti in the aftermath of the Haiyan Typhoon. There will have a special reception on April 26. All proceeds from sales from this exhibit will go to help the victims of the typhoon, with funds to be channeled to victims' communities by Catholic Relief Services. Until May 20, 1-4 p.m. Free. Keeble & Shuchat Photography, 261 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
SportsYouth Martial Arts
Soo Bahk Do/Tang Soo Do develops body coordination, conditioning, control, discipline and self-confidence and emphasizes individual development and teaching youth at their own unique pace. Beginners(5yr-8yr old): Fridays, 3:30–4:15 pm Intermediate(9yr - 12yr old): Fridays, 4:15–5:00 pm 3:30-5 p.m. $96 facility member; $147 program member. Palo Alto Family YMCA, 3412 Ross Road, Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Dreams': Works by Avery Palmer
This exhibition of works by artist and CSMA faculty member Avery Palmer will include ceramics, paintings and drawings. An opening reception will be held with the artist on Friday, April 11 from 6-8 p.m. April 11-May 25, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Mohr Gallery, Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Exhibits'Intaglio: The Art of Incision'
Woodcut and relief printing, intaglio, lithography and screen printing have all been used to produce book illustrations at various points in printing history. Intaglio is one of the oldest of these processes and is the focus of this exhibit. March 3-May 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Stanford Art & Architecture Library, 435 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
ExhibitsPlein Aire Group Watercolor Exhibit
An exhibit of works by the Pleine Aire Group of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society is on display at the Palo Alto Baylands EcoCenter. The works all involve the Baylands or other local open spaces. Until May 30, Monday, Thursday, Friday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
HealthJacki’s Aerobic Dancing Classes
These fitness classes include core work, strength training and aerobic routines. Jacki's also offers complimentary child care; bring children and get the first month of classes for free. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, until June, 9-10 a.m. $4 per class. Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View.
Exhibits'Revolutions in Eastern Europe'
The Hoover Institution's exhibition, "Revolutions in Eastern Europe: The Rise of Democracy, 1989-1990," includes dissident literature, political platforms, campaign ephemera, photographs and posters from the era. Tuesday through Saturday, through Aug. 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Hoover Institution, 434 Galvez Mall, Stanford.
Exhibits'The Circle of the Sun'
This exhibit of manuscripts from Stanford's collections examines the secular aspects of medieval and early modern European culture: the liberal arts; the rise of professions in law, medicine and commerce; and the emergence of scholastic philosophy, history, vernacular literature and renaissance humanism. Feb. 25- June 15, noon-6 p.m. Free. Peterson Gallery & Munger Rotunda, Green Library, Bing Wing, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford.
Classes/WorkshopsRepairing Strained Relationships
This 11-week workshop on working through and resolving family conflicts will be led by Jack Hamilton, senior research scientist and former Stanford instructor. April 11-June 20, 8:30-11:30 a.m. $100 members; $125 nonmembers. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
ExhibitsAmerican Photographs: A Cultural History
Professor Alexander Nemerov designed this exhibition to illuminate his course on American photographs. The 14 works on display range from a Civil War-era photograph by Timothy O’Sullivan to street photography by Robert Frank, work by Diane Arbus from the 1960s and work by Helen Levitt from the 1970s. March 12 to July 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
Art Galleries'85 Years 85 Artists' exhibit
Menlo College looks at the past 85 years through the eyes of artists. Artists from around the world were randomly assigned a year to illustrate. The "85 Years 85 Artists" exhibit has participating artists in 21 states, plus the Netherlands, England and Italy. A reception will be held March 26 from 5-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, March 26-July 11, 9-5 p.m. Free. Menlo College Administration Building, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton.
Exhibits'Inside Rodin’s Hands: Art, Technology and Surgery'
James Chang has incorporated Rodin's hand sculptures into his hand surgery educational program, using new technologies that scan the sculptures, create interior anatomy and allow for virtual surgery to correct the condition. The exhibition provides an interactive experience for visitors. Wednesday-Sunday, April 9-Aug. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
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 16–Aug. 15; each day starts at 10 a.m. Registration opens Feb. 1. Starting at $375. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City.
ExhibitsCarleton Watkins: 'The Stanford Albums'
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Act of 1864, Cantor Arts Center will mount an exhibition of 19th-century photographer Carleton Watkins' Pacific Coast photographs, all drawn from three unbound albums in the Stanford library’s Special Collections. April 23-Aug. 17, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Art Galleries'Capturing Light: The World as We See It'
"Capturing Light" 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. A public reception will be held on March 30, 2-5 p.m. March through August, 8-noon; 1-5 p.m. Free. Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.
ExhibitsTime Machines: Clocks and Timekeeping Devices
This exhibition explores timekeeping and timekeeping devices, from the introduction of the sundial by the ancient Egyptians to the precise atomic clock. In addition to explanations of clock mechanics, the exhibit examines the role of timekeeping in early navigation and in the Industrial Revolution. April 18-September 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Within and Without: Transformations in Chinese Landscapes'
Fifteen works of Chinese landscape will be on display. Wednesday through Sunday, Feb. 19-Dec. 14., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
DanceSocial Ballroom Dancing
Social ballroom dancing takes place every Friday and Saturday throuhgout the year at Cubberley Pavilion, starting at 8 p.m. with a lesson followed by general dancing. Go to www.cubberleyballroom.com for lesson schedule. No experience or partner necessary. Cover includes refreshments. 8 p.m.-midnight. $9. Cubberley Community Center Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, 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.