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Lectures & Talks

Author Antonio Ruiz-Camacho on 'Barefoot Dogs'
Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, a former journalist in Mexico and an award-winning author, will share his debut story collection "Barefoot Dogs," which follows the members of a wealthy Mexican family after its patriarch is kidnapped. May 27, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Sons In Retirement monthly meeting
At this month's meeting of Sons In Retirement, retired U.S. Navy pilot John Suckow will talk about his experiences in Vietnam. Other than holding meetings with lunch and interesting speakers, the club for retired men organizes activities like golf, bocce ball, walking and sporting event outings. May 27, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $22 lunch. Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

Lectures & Talks

'The Power of Self-Expression 5,000 Years in the Making'
Samya Boxberger-Oberoi, a local author and yoga practitioner, will give a talk sharing and drawing upon her book "The Philosophy and Science of Yoga: The Power of Self-Expression 5,000 Years in the Making." May 27, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. East West Bookshop, 324 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

Classes/Workshops

Simple Sewing: Book bag panniers
This event will bring back a popular Simple Sewing project of book bag panniers for bicycles. The class is appropriate for sewers of all levels. No registration is required, but space is limited. The sign-up sheet will open at 6:30 p.m. May 27, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

Lectures & Talks

'Winning with Salvias!'
This talk organized by UC Master Gardeners will discuss a variety of native and non-native flowering salvias that are fragrant and suitable for home gardens, as they require little water and maintenance. May 27, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Lifetree Cafe: 'How to Pay Attention'
Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park will host two hour-long conversations exploring the challenges of paying attention and coping with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be served. May 27, 6:30 p.m.; May 28, 9:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.

Exhibits

Pacific 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 has on 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. 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 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.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Stanford Blood Center's Grateful Life Tour
Between May 22 and 30, community members who donate blood at the Stanford Blood Center will receive a collectible 2015 Grateful Life Tour T-shirt. Those interested should call or visit the website to make an appointment. May 22-30, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Stanford Blood Center, Menlo Park, 445 Burgess Drive, Suite 100, Menlo Park.

Art Galleries

'Silicon Valley Open Studios'
The exhibition "Silicon Valley Open Studios" will share the paintings and photography of Sydell Lewis, Dan McLean, Patricia Nojima, Joyce Savre and Nance Wheeler. Wednesday-Sunday, April 29-May 30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Light of the Landscape'
The Portola Art Gallery hosts "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 is showcasing a new group of oil paintings by Julia Munger Seelos entitled "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.
 

Art Galleries

Connect Community Charter School art show
For the month of May, Cafe Zoe has on display the work of 103 young artists from Connect Community Charter School. May 8-31, cafe hours. Free. Cafe Zoe, 2074 Broadway St., Redwood City.

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.

Volunteers

Computer History Museum volunteer opportunities
The Computer History Museum is looking for new volunteers to join its docent team. A 10-session training program will prepare new and current volunteers to lead public and private reservation tours of the museum. Registration is requested. Wednesdays, Feb. 4-June 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
 

Classes/Workshops

Foothill College summer registration
This summer Foothill College will offer two six-week summer sessions from June 8 to July 18 and June 29 to Aug. 9, each featuring online and on-campus general education courses. Registration will run from May 7 to June 7. Visit the website for more information. May 7-June 7. $31 per unit. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

Exhibits

Filoli 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/Fundraisers

Dreams 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 gala will include an auction of the playhouses, a dinner and dancing. From May 2 to June 12, the playhouses will be on display. June 6, 6:30-10 p.m. $115 after May 15. Stanford Shopping Center, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto.
 

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.

Health

Danceation 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.
 

Classes/Workshops

Adult school summer classes registration
Registration for summer classes at the Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School began on Friday, May 15. The summer session will run from June 15 to July 31. Those interested should call or visit the website for more info. May 15-June 19. Prices vary. Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Rotary Club of Menlo Park
The Rotary Club of Menlo Park, a service club dedicated to working on community and international projects, meets weekly at the Allied Arts Guild. The members are men and women who live and work in Menlo Park, Atherton and surrounding communities. Visitors are welcome. Wednesdays, April 29-June 24, 12:15-1:30 p.m. $20 lunch. Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
 

Clubs/Meetings

English Conversation Club
At this club's weekly meetings, community members can practice their English conversation skills with other language learners and volunteer facilitators in the Menlo Park Library's downstairs meeting room. Wednesdays, April 22-June 24, 5-6 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

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

'Seeing is Believing'
The Caldwell Gallery presents 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.

Clubs/Meetings

ESL Conversation Club in Mountain View
This weekly club at the Mountain View Public Library provides a place to practice English conversation skills with friendly company. All levels are welcome; no registration is required. Wednesdays, April 1-July 1, 5-6 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

'Arboreal Architecture'
The Cantor Arts Center's exhibit "Arboreal Architecture: A Visual History of Trees" compares and contrasts depictions of trees across cultures. Wednesday-Monday, April 15-July 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Health

Free YMCA fitness course
This weekly course led by YMCA instructors, called Healthy Happens Here, leads participants in beginner-level strength training to develop balance, flexibility, posture, coordination and fall prevention. Classes are appropriate for all levels and backgrounds. Registration is required. Wednesdays, May 6-July 29, noon-1 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

Exhibits

'Plus One: Pop Duplications'
The exhibit "Plus One: Pop Duplications" focuses on the emergence of Pop Art, looking at how American artists in the early 1960s used popular imagery, commercial signage and product design as sources and inspiration for their work. Wednesday-Monday, April 8-Aug. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

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 has collected prints and drawings that probe the 18th-century realms of music and drama for 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.
 

Exhibits

'500 Years of Italian Master Drawings'
The Cantor Arts Center presents almost 100 rarely seen drawings from the 15th to the 20th century in the exhibit "500 Years of Italian Master Drawings from the Princeton University Museum." Wednesday-Monday, May 22-Aug. 24, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

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.

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

'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

'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.
 

Health

Feldenkrais classes
Deborah Dutton, a certified Feldenkrais practitioner, leads weekly classes that seek to alleviate tension, aches and pains while improving body mechanics and posture. Movements are done lying on the floor. Participants should bring a mat or towel. Wednesdays, May 6-Dec. 16, 11 a.m.-noon. Series prices vary; $20 drop-in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Health

Jacki's Aerobic Dancing
Jacki's Aerobic Dancing classes guide participants in abdominal work, strength training and aerobic routines. Complimentary childcare 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.
 

Classes/Workshops

Yoga classes at Little House
Little House Activity Center is now offering a variety of weekly yoga classes -- covering Hatha, Chair, Restorative and Kudalini yoga styles -- taught by experienced professional instructors. See website for the full schedule. Wednesday and Thursday, May 1-Dec. 31. $15 Hatha, Chair or Restorative; $8 Kundalini. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

'Hard Worker' Wednesdays
Estrellita Restaurant in Los Altos will host weekly fundraisers for the Day Worker Center of Mountain View. Visitors enjoying the Mexican fare should make sure to bring the fundraising flier with them (see website). Wednesdays, year-round, dinner hours. Prices vary. Estrellita Mexican Bistro and Cantina, 971 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.