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Religion/Spirituality

Maundy Thursday service
Ladera Community Church will offer "A Tenebrae Service of Shadows and Light," a candlelit service that shares the scriptural story of Jesus' passion. April 2, 7-7:30 p.m. Free. Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley.
 

Lectures & Talks

Author Peter Heller on 'The Painter'
Peter Heller, author of the bestseller "The Dog Stars," will mark the paperback release of his second work of fiction "The Painter," a novel about art, violence, love and grief. April 2, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.

Family and Kids

Vered: A Music Concert for Kids
Vered Benhorin, an award-winning Brooklyn-based musician, will perform a children's concert in celebration of the Month of the Young Child. April 2, 6-7 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside .

Family and Kids

Children's concert with Vered
Vered Benhorin will perform a set of songs about being a parent and a baby, and the love between them, in this program best suited for babies to preschool-age children. All ages are welcome. April 2, 3:30-4:15 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.

Lectures & Talks

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on 'The Buried Giant'
Kazuo Ishiguro, celebrated author of "Never Let Me Go" and "The Remains of the Day," will share his first novel in nearly a decade, "The Buried Giant." April 2, 7:30 p.m. $20 general; $10 student with ID. Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
 

Community Events

Free peer counseling consultations
Neighbors Helping Neighbors will offer free 30-minute consultations where people facing housing issues and other life challenges can receive advice and information about resources for basic needs and other services. There are no income restrictions. RSVP is requested, but drop-ins are also welcome. April 2, May 7 and June 11, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Congregation Etz Chayrim, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto.
 

Community Events

Youth suicide prevention roundtable
The Mental Health Association of San Francisco will bring together youth, parents, public service providers, corporate leaders and educators for a community roundtable, focusing on the "social pressures" faced by young people, youth-driven suicide prevention and social entrepreneurship. April 2, 5:30-8 p.m. Free. 500 Startups, Mountain Bay Plaza, 444 Castro St., #1200, Mountain View.
 

Lectures & Talks

'A Conversation about our Digital Future with Jaron Lanier and Sebastian Thrun'
Jaron Lanier and Sebastian Thrun, influential technologists and public thinkers, will reflect on Douglas Engelbart's 1968 tech demo, human augmentation through technology and where humanity is headed. April 2, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.
 

On Stage

'Romeo and Juliet'
Palo Alto Players will stage a provocative adaptation of the Shakespeare classic, in which Romeo, the son of an ardent Palo Alto residentialist, falls in love with Juliet, the daughter of a Palantir Technologies executive. (Happy April Fools' Day!) Thursday-Sunday, April 2-12, 8 p.m. See website for ticket pricing. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Food and Drink

Sticky and Sweet samples day
Sticky and Sweet -- a new artisan, gourmet, organic, locally sourced peanut butter and jelly sandwich shop -- will host a samples day. Sticky and Sweet only uses fair-trade premium nuts harvested by indigenous people and ground into butters with their feet. The bread is baked using state-of-the-art clay ovens built underground University Avenue. Sandwiches start at $20 each; samples will be discounted to $19.99. (Happy April Fools' Day!) April 2, 1-1:15 p.m. $19.99 discounted sandwich. Sticky and Sweet, 60 University Ave., Suite PB&J, Palo Alto.
 

Classes/Workshops

Fluffing Up Fluffy workshop
UC Master Groomers will offer a free workshop called "Fluffing Up Fluffy," where they will instruct pet owners in expert techniques for grooming household pets. Topics will include proper protective gear for cat nail trimming, popular brushing styles, water-wise bathing and sustainable shampoos, and creative ways to re-purpose collected fur. (Happy April Fools' Day!) April 2, 3 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

Community Events

MVLA School District Student Art Show
Covington and Loyola elementary school students will share their drawings, sculptures and paintings in this show presented by the volunteer art education group Los Altos Art Docents. April 2, 6-8 p.m. Free. Los Altos Art Docents, 201 Covington Road, Los Altos.
 

Religion/Spirituality

Lifetree Cafe: 'How to Be True to Your Faith'
Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park will host two hour-long conversations covering religion, faith and skills for having religious conversations with others without pushing them away. April 1, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; April 2, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Lifetree Cafe, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Concerts

'The Demo'
A collaboration between Ben Neill, Mikel Rouse and Bob McGrath, "The Demo" is a music-theater performance that reimagines an early computer technology demonstration in 1968 by Douglas Engelbart. April 1 and 2, 7:30 p.m. $40-$65. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.
 

Classes/Workshops

MVLA Adult School Spring Registration
Spring classes at Mountain View Los Altos Adult School have begun; subjects range from figure and portrait drawing to Ikebana, jewelry, watercolor, dance and Zumba. Those interested can register online or over the phone. Classes run from March 23 to June 25. Prices vary. Mountain View Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.
 

On Stage

Pear Slices 2015
The Pear Avenue Theatre will offer its annual Pear Slices production, which showcases an eclectic variety of original short plays written by members of the Pear Playwrights Guild. March 12-April 5, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $25/$20 Thursday, Sunday; $30/$25 Friday, Saturday. The Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K, Mountain View.

Classes/Workshops

Foothill College Spring Registration
Registration for spring classes at Foothill College -- through which students can improve current job skills or earn a specialized career certificate or associate degree -- begins on March 6. Classes last from April to June. Contact the school's admissions office for more info. March 6-April 5. $31 per unit for California residents, plus basic fees. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Exhibits

'Hear This!'
The Palo Alto Art Center will explore the sound of art in an exhibition called "Hear This!" The center will celebrate the new exhibit with a Friday Night at the Art Center event on Jan. 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Jan. 17-April 12, center hours. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

Youth Speaks Out: 'A Call to ART!'
Youth Speaks Out will have an exhibit on display at the Palo Alto Art Center of heartfelt painting, photography, sculpture, poetry and creative writing by students from Gunn and Palo Alto High schools. March 30-April 14, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Touched by Color'
Garden Fresh Restaurant will have on display an exhibit of local artist Susan Migliore's plein air landscape paintings, which explore the interplay of light, color and texture. Feb. 19-April 15, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.

Auditions

ECYS new member auditions
El Camino Youth Symphony is accepting audition applications for the 2015-16 season. Director Jindong Cai invites musicians ages 6 to 18 to try out for one of the symphony's ensembles. Auditions will be held in March and early April. More info about the application and audition requirements is on the website. Feb. 5-April 15. El Camino Youth Symphony Association, 4055 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

Family and Kids

Crazy 8's Math Club
This club for kids who enjoy math meets weekly -- at 3:30 p.m. for those in kindergarten to second grade, and at 4:30 p.m. for third- to fifth-graders. Thursdays, Feb. 26-April 16, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

Exhibits

'Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends'
The Los Altos History Museum will have on display an exhibit called "Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends" which examines the reasons why this area turned from orchards to a technology hub. The exhibit will focus on local factors and figures who contributed to the transformation. Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 18-April 19, noon-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

Art Galleries

'Reigning Art'
Gallery House will hold a group show this April called "Reigning Art," featuring work by painters, potters, printmakers, sculptors, jewelers, photographers and weavers associated with the gallery. April 1-25, Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

'What Now?'
Gallery 9 in Los Altos offers a show called "What Now?" of oil paintings, as well as a sculpture, by Bay Area artist Steve Curtiss. From 5:30 to 8 p.m., on April 3, there will be an artist reception and a special performance at 7 p.m. with magician Marshall Magoon. March 31-April 25, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

Art Galleries

'Along Highway 1'
Viewpoints Gallery has on display "Along Highway 1," a show of watercolor paintings by plein air artist Veronica Gross inspired by vistas along the famed highway from Big Sur to the Oregon coast. On Friday, April 3, from 5 to 8 p.m., there will be a reception for the artist. March 31-April 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday only until 3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.
 

On Stage

'Fire on the Mountain'
For a regional premiere, TheatreWorks will stage "Fire on the Mountain," a bluegrass musical that portrays the lives of Appalachian mining families. See website for specific times and dates. April 1-26. $53 adult; $43 senior, educator; $25 under age 30. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

Teen Activities

Teen Blackout Poetry Contest
Throughout National Poetry Month this April, the Menlo Park Library will hold a Blackout Poetry Contest, during which participants can create poetry by leaving select words visible and blacking out the rest. Visit the website for more info. April 1-27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park .

Art Galleries

'LandEscapes'
The Portola Art Gallery presents "LandEscapes," an exhibition of recent plein air and studio works by Mary K. Stahl. On Saturday, April 11, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., there will be a reception with the artist. Monday-Saturday, April 1-30, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.

Exhibits

'She Who Tells a Story'
The Cantor Arts Center will offer an exhibit called "She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World," introducing 12 photographers' work that spans from photojournalism to fine art. Wednesday-Monday, Jan. 28-May 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Family and Kids

Art 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.
 

Clubs/Meetings

ESL Conversation Club in Los Altos
The Los Altos Library will host a weekly ESL Conversation Club, where those new to speaking English can practice their conversational skills. Basic English skills are needed; no registration is required. The library is also looking for volunteer facilitators for the club. Thursdays, March 12-June 4, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

Exhibits

Filoli Botanical Art Exhibit
Filoli will hold its 17th annual Botanical Art Exhibit, which will contain 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.
 

Exhibits

'Interaction of Color: Josef Albers'
In its exhibit "Interaction of Color: Josef Albers," the Cantor Arts Center shares a selection of works on paper by abstract painter Josef Albers -- pieces which were donated to the museum by the Marmor family and its foundation. Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 12-June 15, 11 am.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'The Bay Area and Beyond'
The Cantor Arts Center will have on display a long-term exhibit of modern and contemporary art, focusing on the Bay Area. Works will include pieces by artists with Stanford connections, among them Richard Diebenkorn, Nathan Oliveira and Frank Lobdell. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 13-June 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Imagining the Oceans'
The Cantor Arts Center has on display an exhibit called "Imagining the Oceans," which brings together artwork across history and cultures inspired by ocean environments. The exhibit features pieces by Willem van de Velde, Charles Meryon, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Willem de Kooning and others -- as well as items from the Pacific Islands region. Wednesday-Monday, March 18-June 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

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.

Clubs/Meetings

Language Swap
This weekly Mountain View Public Library event will allow community members to both practice speaking a different language and teach a language to others. All levels and drop-ins are welcome. Thursdays, April 2-July 2, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Shifting Currents'
In an exhibit called "Shifting Currents: Highlights from the 20th-Century Chinese Collection, the Cantor Arts Center showcases modern pieces drawn from the museum's large collection of Asian art. Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 25-July 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Drama of Heaven and Earth'
The Cantor Arts Center tells the history of the Japanese dramatic art of Noh in an exhibit called "Drama of Heaven and Earth: The Theatrical Traditions of Japan," which is composed of masks, ceramics, prints and other visual materials. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 17-July 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Health

Jazzercise classes
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

'Promised Land: Jacob Lawrence at the Cantor'
Made possible through a gift from the Kayden family, this exhibit at the Cantor Arts Center includes 56 works by the 20th-century American artist Jacob Lawrence, and one by his wife, Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence. Lawrence is known for his efforts in capturing the African-American experience. Wednesday-Monday, April 1-Aug. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Bravo!: Music and Theater in Enlightenment Europe'
The Cantor Arts Center collects prints and drawings that probe the 18th-century realms of music and drama in an exhibit entitled "Bravo!: Music and Theater in Enlightenment Europe." Wednesday-Monday, March 25-Aug. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'American Battleground'
In "American Battleground: Photographs of the Civil War, 1861-1865," the Cantor Arts Center examines the then-emerging medium of photography in the U.S. and how it was used to document the conflict. Wednesday-Monday, March 25-Aug. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Volunteers

Greeter 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, .

Exhibits

Djerassi Program sculpture tours
The Djerassi Resident Artists Program will offer its popular ART///SKY sculpture tours beginning in March, during which the public can view many of the site-specific sculptures at the facility. Advance registration is required for all tours. See website for specific dates and registration info. March 29-Sept. 3, noon. $50 director's tour; free two-mile tours are available. Djerassi Resident Artists Program, 2325 Bear Gulch Road, Woodside.

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, Aug. 20-Sept. 28, 2015, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Food and Drink

Portola Valley Farmers' Market
This weekly year-round market offers organic veggies, fruits, juices and nuts; farmstead grass-fed meats and chicken; free-range farm eggs; fresh seafood; fair trade coffee; gluten-free and artisan baked goods; orchids; crafts; hot Roli Roti chicken and potatoes; and more. Thursdays, March 12-Nov. 5, 3-7 p.m. (summer hours). Free. Portola Valley Farmers' Market, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Teen Activities

Alateen meeting
Alateen, a community of young people (ages 12 to 18) whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking, holds weekly meetings to give each other support -- whether the alcoholic continues to drink or not. Meetings are confidential, anonymous and non-religious. The program is sponsored by Al-Anon and based on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Thursdays, Feb. 12-Oct. 1, 7-8 p.m. Free. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 E. Meadow Drive, Room 8, Palo Alto.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Bid4Kids Online Auction
Menlo-Atherton High School's Foundation for the Future will offer its Bid4Kids online auction to benefit the high school's students. Trips, parties, sports items and tickets, concert tickets and more are available. March 20-April 6. Prices vary. Menlo-Atherton Bid4Kids Online Auction, online only, Menlo Park.