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Family and Kids

Discovery Museum activity
This circle time activity led by a Discovery Museum educator will guide young scientists -- and their families -- in experimenting with causing and avoiding collisions, creating art and exploring their own powers of force. July 1, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Classes/Workshops

Fake Food Fest: July 4th Picnic
At this Mountain View Public Library event, participants can celebrate the Fourth of July by sculpting tiny inedible hamburgers, hotdogs, corn on the cob, watermelon, Popsicles and more out of synthetic clay. All materials will be provided. Attendees must be age 16 or older. July 1, 7 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

Dance

'Ballroom for a Cause'
The Bay Area Elite Dance Company, a world finalist dance group under the direction of Desiree Fox, will showcase multiple genres of ballroom dance. The event will benefit the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. July 1, 7:30 p.m. $25 general. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

Classes/Workshops

Health care programs orientation
The Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School will hold a workshop for those interested in health care careers, providing information on the certified nursing assistant and medical assistant paths and the programs offered by the school. Online registration is requested. July 1, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.
 

Family and Kids

Cascada de Flores music
The Belle Haven Branch of the Menlo Park Library will host a performance by the musical duo Cascada de Flores, which will include a story, dancing and audience participation. July 1, noon-12:45 p.m. Free. Belle Haven Library, 413 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park.

Classes/Workshops

Freegal Music downloads workshop
This workshop will teach Palo Alto library card holders how to download five free songs each week from Freegal Music's collection over 9 million songs. July 1, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Mitchell Park Library, Midtown Room, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Lectures & Talks

'Has the Medical Community Failed the Intersex Community?'
Dr. Ilene Wong, a Stanford University alumna and author, will offer a book reading and participate in a discussion with Dr. Hilary Copp and Jeanne Hollman. There will also be a book signing. July 1, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Li Ka Shing Center, Room 102, 291 Campus Drive, Stanford.

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.
 

Religion/Spirituality

Lifetree Cafe: 'When Everything Goes Wrong, Where is God?'
Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park will host two hour-long conversations where community members can discuss where God is when things go wrong and how to find peace following unexpected tragedy. Complimentary refreshments will be served. July 1, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; July 2, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Sports

PSV Union FC Summer Camps and Trainings
PSV Union FC will offer soccer camps and trainings this summer suitable for youth who simply want to learn more about the game, as well as those who aspire to compete at the collegiate or professional level. Visit the website for more details. June 1-July 31. Camp: $50 one day; training: $35 one day. Jordan Middle School, 750 N. California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Sports

Mountain View Tennis Summer Camp Registration
Mountain View Tennis will hold summer tennis camps at a few locations throughout the summer for players ages 7 to 14 and of different abilities. Campers will learn skills, play cooperatively and have fun in a positive environment. See the website for specific dates and pricing. Monday-Friday, June 15-Aug. 14. Prices vary. Cuesta, Rengstorff, Whisman and Cooper parks, Mountain View.
 

On Stage

'Arcadia'
The Pear Avenue Theatre will end its season with a production of "Arcadia," a contemporary play by Tom Stoppard in which the activity of two scholars living at an English estate is juxtaposed with that of the estate's residents 180 years before. See website for specific dates; no show will be performed on July 4. June 18-July 12, Wednesday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $25/$20 Thursday and Sunday; $30/$25 Friday and Saturday. The Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K, 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.

Art Galleries

'Pictures at an Exhibition'
Gallery House will host a new show called "Pictures at an Exhibition," a diverse collection of fine art photography from artists Vidya Narasimhan, Steve Shpall and Bill Shupp. On July 10, from 6 to 8 p.m., there will be a reception. June 30-July 25, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 California Ave., Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'(re)Connecting with Cuba'
This exhibition at the Community School of Music and Arts shares photos of contemporary Cuba by American photographers. June 12-July 26, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Mohr Gallery, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

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.
 

Art Galleries

'Color, Music, People, Cars...Cuba!'
The Main St. Cafe and Books in Los Altos will host a new exhibit of color and black and white photos of Cuba by Denis Kertesz, with Roberta Hutchinson contributing. June 28-July 31, regular cafe hours. Free. Main St. Cafe & Books, 134 Main St., Los Altos.
 

Art Galleries

'Color and Complexity'
Kathy Sharpe, a former Los Altos resident, will present her new paintings of florals and gardens in both realistic and impressionist styles as part of a show called "Color and Complexity. On July 8, from 5 to 8 p.m., there will be a reception. June 30-Aug. 1, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9 Los Altos, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
 

Family and Kids

Summer Learning Program
The Atherton Library's Summer Learning Program for children, teens and adults -- which runs from June through August -- offers a free book for signing up (while supplies last) and another for finishing. Participants can also earn tickets for raffle drawings by completing reading and activity logs. A $1,000 grand prize scholarship will be awarded. Visit the library or its website for more details. June 1-Aug. 31. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

Art Galleries

'Life Lines'
Fine art photographer and digital artist Jeanne Gadol of Portola Valley will celebrate the diverse and beautiful patterns, rhythms and textures of life in the show "Life Lines." On July 12, from 5 to 7 p.m., there will be an opening reception. Wednesday-Sunday, July 1-Aug. 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. The Main Gallery, 1018 Main St., Redwood City.
 

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.
 

Concerts

Stanford Jazz Festival 2015
The Stanford Jazz Festival will return this summer with 34 concerts featuring a plethora of acclaimed jazz performers, including Eliane Elias, James Farm, John Scofield and John Medeski, Regina Carter, Pete Escovedo, Taylor Eigsti, Keb' Mo', Lisa Carter and others. See website for specific dates, times and pricing. June 19-Aug. 8. Prices vary. Stanford University venues, including Bing Concert Hall and Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford.
 

Teen Activities

Intro to Video Production
KMVT 15 Community Television will offer a number of weeklong summer camps on video production for students ages 10 to 14. In a studio environment, participants will learn basic skills in camera work, directing, audio, acting and producing while creating their own segments. Monday-Friday, June 8-Aug. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $379. KMVT 15 Community Television, 1400 Terra Bella Ave., Suite M, Mountain View.

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

'Angles, Lines and Curves'
Filoli will offer a new exhibit called "Angles, Lines and Curves - Architecture of the World," a collection of photographs that captures the aesthetics, values and lifestyles of cultures through architecture. On July 18 and 19, the artists will be on hand to discuss their work and travels. June 16-Aug. 23, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $18 adult; $15 senior (age 65 and older); $8 child (ages 5-17); free for members. Filoli, Visitor and Education Center, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.
 

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.
 

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, June 10-Aug. 26, 10:15-11:15 a.m., 5-6 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Exhibits

Art in Action student work exhibit
The East Palo Alto Library will host a summer-long exhibit of work by kindergarten through second-grade students who participated in Art in Action programs at East Palo Alto Charter School and Belle Haven Elementary School in Menlo Park. June 2-Aug. 28, library hours. Free. East Palo Alto Library, 2415 University Ave., East Palo Alto.

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.
 

Exhibits

'Home Grown: Walter Robinson'
The exhibit "Home Grown: Walter Robinson" will share paintings and sculptures -- made by Walter Robinson over the last 10 years -- that play with high-gloss colors, scale and common cultural imagery. June 20-Aug. 30, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 9 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Health

Danceation Fitness Classes
European pop star Heath Hunter and international fitness guru Kirsten Johnson lead high-energy dance and fitness workouts for all skill levels. Danceation studio also offers weekly yoga classes. See website for detailed schedule. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, June 8-Aug. 31. $20 single class; $150 10-class pass. Los Altos American Legion, 347 1st St., Los Altos.

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

'Edith Sommer: An Artist's Retrospective'
This exhibit entitled "Edith Sommer: An Artist's Retrospective" will share some of the jewelry, textile and mixed-media creations of the late Edith Sommer, a longtime Palo Alto artist involved in the creation of Gallery House in 1958. An opening reception will be held on June 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. June 26-Sept. 26, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, Studio Gallery, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

Summer Garden Sculpture Exhibit
Throughout the summer, Filoli will hold its second sculpture exhibit with a number of works by local artists. Visitors can tour the exhibit on their own using a guide and map, or they can make reservations for a Guided Walk. June 3-Sept. 13, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $18 adult; $15 senior (age 65 and older); $8 child (ages 5-17); free for members. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.
 

Exhibits

'On You: A Story of Wearable Computing'
The Computer History Museum is hosting a traveling exhibition by the Georgia Institute of Technology called "On You: A Story of Wearable Computing," which examines the problems engineers needed to solve to make wearable technology viable and user-friendly. Tuesday-Sunday, June 30-Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission prices. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., 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.

Exhibits

'Word as Image'
This Cantor Arts Center installation of prints and drawings entitled "Word as Image: Highlights from the Marmor Collection" will examine how modern and contemporary artists have used and featured words in their work. Wednesday-Monday, July 1-Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Mountain View Woman's Club
Mountain View Woman's Club is a charitable organization that meets monthly to work on community projects. Guest are welcome at meetings. First Wednesday of each month, year-round, noon. Free. Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View.
 

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 child care 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 Kundalini 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.