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Religion/Spirituality

Lenten Retreat
Ladera Community Church will host a retreat run by Amy Payne and Wilma Reichard for community members to explore their faith using writing and art. Child care is available, if needed. Attendees should bring a journal, pen and art supplies, if they have them. Those interested should email Wilma to register. March 28, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley.
 

Classes/Workshops

Genealogy class
This class at the Portola Valley Library will teach teens and adults how to conduct a genealogy search and find family members using U.S. Census data, vital records, directories, photos and genealogical records. The event will cover how to access and use the library's Ancestry LE and Heritage Quest Genealogy programs. March 28, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

Family and Kids

Portola Valley Library Lego Club
The Portola Valley Library will host a meeting of its Lego club, where participants of all ages can use their imaginations in constructing with Legos. Duplo building blocks are available for younger builders. March 28, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

Family and Kids

Waldorf high school March open house
At this open house, students and parents can learn about the Waldorf School of the Peninsula high school program by participating in sample lessons, meeting faculty and students, viewing student work, touring the campus and participating in a Q&A program. March 28, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Waldorf School of the Peninsula, 180 N. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View.
 

Family and Kids

Family Storytime
This Portola Valley Library event will include stories, songs and activities suitable for all ages. March 28, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

Religion/Spirituality

Reiki 2 Class
The Los Altos Reiki Center will offer an advanced class on the healing art of Reiki. The one-day course will explore three Reiki symbols and performing the practice over long distances. Participants must have taken Reiki 1 previously. March 28, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $225. Los Altos Reiki Center, 745 Distel Drive, #121, Los Altos.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Jasper Ridge Farm Groundbreaking Celebration
Jasper Ridge Farm will hold an event celebrating the groundbreaking for a project consisting of a new barn for therapy animals and a covered arena, where the organization will offer programs year-round serving veterans and children in need. March 28, 1:30-3 p.m. Free. Webb Ranch, 2718 Alpine Road, Portola Valley.

Community Events

Ravenswood Family Health Center celebration
Ravenswood Family Health Center will host an opening celebration for the community, which will include music and dance performances, kids activities and a variety of food -- including Caribbean, BBQ, Mexican and Polynesian. Congresswoman Jackie Speier will cut the ribbon with community leaders at 2 p.m. March 28, noon-4 p.m. Free. Ravenswood Family Health Center, 1885 Bay Road, East Palo Alto.

Family and Kids

Spring Eggs: Cascarones & Cooking
In this Hidden Villa workshop celebrating spring, children ages 7 to 11 will make cascarones (confetti eggs), visit the hens and gather fresh ingredients to make Mexican omelets, and then weave a basket to take the eggs home in. March 28, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $30. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

Concerts

New Music For Treble Voices Festival
The Peninsula Women's Chorus will hold its eighth annual New Music for Treble Voices Festival, where it will be joined by three other choruses for a performance of new music. March 28, 4-6 p.m. $20 general; free for students (under age 21). All Saints' Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto.

Community Events

Deborah's Palm Flea Market
Deborah's Palm will host flea market, where there will be housewares, furniture, books, children's items, kitchen stuff and collectibles. Attendees are encouraged to bring clothes and crafts to share. Booths will be set up in the yard and parking area, accessible through Everett Court. A portion of sales will go to the organization. March 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Deborah's Palm, 555 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto.

Family and Kids

Tiny Tots Diaper School 101
This free one-hour workshop, sponsored by Tiny Tots Diaper Service and taught by expert instructors, will cover various cloth diapering technique, provide hands-on diapering practice and review different diaper covers. March 28, 9-10 a.m. Free. Blossom Birth Services, 299 S. California Ave., Suite 120, Palo Alto.

Family and Kids

Build a Birdfeeder workshop
Environmental Volunteers will hold a day of crafts at the EcoCenter, where participants can build a birdfeeder to attract widlife to home yards. Each family will be limited to one of each craft. March 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
 

Community Events

Woodside/Portola Valley Earth Fair 2015
This family event will allow community members to discover ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Activities and attractions will include an equestrian exhibition; an animal show and petting zoo; alternative fuel vehicles; games; awards; and info on composting and gardening, energy saving and water conservation. The admission price includes a food voucher. March 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County Grounds, 521 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside.

Concerts

Redwood Symphony concert
This Redwood Symphony concert will include a world premiere by bassoonist Douglas McCracken, Jean Sibelius's Symphony No. 7 and a violin concerto by Bela Bartok, featuring Miranda Liu. March 28, 8-10 p.m. $10-$30. Canada College, Main Theater, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside.

Lectures & Talks

Author Vlasta Diamant on 'Socialism v. Santa'
Vlasta Diamant, a Palo Alto artist and author, will read from her memoir "Socialism v. Santa," which covers her growing up in socialist Yugoslavia, her studies and travels throughout Europe, and her life as an artist in the U.S. during the end of the hippie era and rise of Silicon Valley. March 28, 6-7 p.m. Free. Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road, Room 10, Palo Alto.
 

Community Events

Cubberley Community Day
This City of Palo Alto community event will include live music performances, a Canopy tree planting, children's activities, a bake sale, food trucks and more. Cubberley Artists will also hold open studios and free hands-on workshops. March 28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Family and Kids

Family Fun Night
The Palo Alto Family YMCA and the City of Palo Alto will host a this free family event with info and fun activities about nutrition, cooking and reducing food waste. There will be a cooking demo by chef Laura Stec, arts and crafts, games, a bounce house and food. No registration is required. March 28, 6-8 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Family YMCA, 3412 Ross Road, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Emotional Landscapes'
Gallery House will install a new exhibit of acrylic paintings and monotypes by Sydell Lewis and mixed-media paintings by Midori McCabe, called "Emotional Landscapes." A reception with the artists will be held on Friday, March 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. March 3-28, Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Earth Poems' by Kathleen Mitchell
Viewpoints Gallery will have on display a group of contemporary acrylic paintings by Kathleen Mitchell that abstract California landscapes and celebrate the colors and textures of the earth. March 3-28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday only until 3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.
 

Dance

Menlowe Ballet: 'Rapture'
This year's spring season for Menlowe Ballet will include performances of the soulful "Bru's Sweet" by Reginald Ray Savage; "Playing Love," an exploration of relationships by Artistic Director Michael Lowe; and the return of the "Legend of the Seven Suns." March 27 and 28, 8 p.m.; March 29, 2 p.m. $28-$48. Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.

Benefits/Fundraisers

Whole Foods Market Shopping Spree
For this Whole Planet Foundation fundraiser, community members can help alleviate poverty in the U.S. and abroad by donating $20. Each donation will give the donor one entry for a chance to win a Shopping Spree on April 1 in the Palo Alto store. Donations can be made online or in the store. March 9-29, $20 donation. Whole Foods Market, 774 Emerson St., Palo Alto .

On Stage

'The Lake Effect'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of "The Lake Effect," a new drama written by Rajiv Joseph and directed by Giovanna Sardelli in which the grown-up children of an Indian restaurant owner consider the legacy of the now-closed family business. See website for specific times and dates. March 4-29. $19-$74. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'H2O -- Water'
A Gallery 9 exhibit called "H20 -- Water" of black and white photography by Bay Area artist Roy V. Harrington will include images capturing forms of water, including clouds, lakes and streams, and ice. March 2-29, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

Exhibits

'Watercolors' by Maria Klawe
The Community School for Music and the Arts has on display an exhibit of watercolor paintings by Maria Klawe -- a mathematician, computer scientist and president of Harvey Mudd College. Feb. 6-March 29, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Bear Walker Society'
This Cantor Arts Center exhibit entitled "Bear Walker Society: Explorations in Global Modernism" will feature the work of the prominent Canadian, Anishnaabe (Ojibway) artist Norval Morrisseau and examine how traditional Anishnaabe beadwork and interactions with Picasso influenced his style. Wednesday-Monday, through March 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Sensual Splendor'
The Lynn Krywick Gibbons Gallery will have on display an exhibit called "Sensual Splendor: Medieval Art from the Cantor Collection," which includes medieval icons, funerary portraits and textiles from Byzantium, the Latin West and Islam. Through March 30, Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Art Galleries

'In a Classical Mood'
The Portola Art Gallery will present an exhibit called "In a Classical Mood," a collection of oil still-life paintings by Linda Salter. Monday-Saturday, March 1-31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
 

Sports

Mountain View Tennis Club membership special
Mountain View Tennis Club is offering discounted membership rates until the end of March. Mountain View residents new to the club can sign up for a 2015 membership for $10. City residents renewing their membership can get a rate of $20, as well as add a new adult family member for free. All applicants must fill out a membership form online. Through March 31. $10 new member; $20 renewing member. Mountain View Tennis Club, P.O. Box 336, Mountain View.
 

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.
 

Support Groups

Speak! Feel! Be!
Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS) will offer an eight-week support group called "Speak! Feel! Be!" for youth and parents seeking help and a safe space to share their feelings following local youth tragedies. The first four weeks are for youth only; the second four weeks are for parents. The group is facilitated by two ACS therapists. Saturdays, Feb. 14-April 4, 10-11:30 a.m. $10 individual or couple. Adolescent Counseling Services, 1717 Embarcadero Road, Suite 4000, Palo Alto.
 

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 through 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.
 

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.
 

Religion/Spirituality

Kirtan and meditation sessions
BookBuyers in Mountain View will host a session of meditation and Kirtan song each Saturday morning. All are welcome. Saturdays, March 7-May 2, 8:45-9:45 a.m. Free. BookBuyers, 317 Castro St., Mountain View.

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

Paws for Tales
Through this program provided in partnership with the Peninsula Human Society and SPCA, children ages 5 and older can sign up to read to a trained service dog. Participants must register in advance. Fourth Saturday of the month, Feb. 28-May 23, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

Classes/Workshops

Edible Garden Series: From Design to Harvest
Drew Harwell, manager of Jesse Cool's Seeds of Change Garden, will teach a class over five Saturdays covering garden design and planning, composting, soil testing and preparation, seed propagation and transplanting, and watering, among other topics. Saturdays, March 7 and 28, April 18, May 9, June 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $325. Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
 

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.

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

'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

'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.
 

Dance

Social 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.
 

Community Events

Sew Sew Saturday
The Mountain View Public Library invites community members to come by on Saturday mornings to use its four Baby Lock (Grace model) sewing machines and one serger. Appointments are required. Saturdays, year-round, 10:15 a.m.-noon. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.