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Concerts

Heath Brothers with Jeremy Pelt
Saxophonist Jimmy Heath -- a NEA Jazz Master who has played with Miles Davis, Milt Jackson and others -- will be joined by Albert "Tootie" Heath on drums, trumpet player Jeremy Pelt and others for a Stanford Jazz Festival concert. Aug. 2, 8-9:30 p.m. $15-$45. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.

Concerts

Singer Shawn Colvin
Singer and guitarist Shawn Colvin -- a Grammy winner and memoir author -- will perform folk tunes that tell stories at the Bing Concert Hall. Aug. 2, 7:30-9 p.m. $30-$60. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.

Sports

5K Blues Run
The first ever East Palo Alto 5K Blues Run, which will happen in conjunction with the East Palo Alto Blues Festival, will benefit Able Works, a nonprofit which teaches financial education and life skills. Aug. 2, noon-2 p.m. $35 (includes t-shirt, chip timing and festival entrance). East Palo Alto 5K Blues Run, 2450 Ralmar Ave., East Palo Alto.
 

Concerts

Concert Program VI: 'Transitions'
The Music@Menlo festival's sixth concert program will focus on the parallel evolution of Viennese and Bohemian musical traditions at the turn of the 19th century. Pieces by Johannes Brahms, Leos Janacek, Antonin Dvorak and others will be performed. Aug. 2, 8 p.m. $68/$58 general; $30/$20 under age 30. The Center for Performing Arts, Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
 

Health

Walk with a Doc
Walk with a Doc, a free program of the San Mateo County Medical Association Community Service Foundation, will allow community members to stroll through the park with doctor volunteers and ask health-related questions. Walkers will receive a complimentary snack, bottled water and pedometer. Aug. 2, 10 a.m. Free. Red Morton Community Park, 1120 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City.
 

Lectures & Talks

Blogger Deva Dalporto
In this talk for adults, Deva Dalporto will share her parent-oriented humor -- showcased in her new book "I Just Want to Be Alone" -- on topics like texting abbreviations, kid messes and bathroom privacy. Aug. 2, 2-3 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.
 

Lectures & Talks

A Poet, a Poet, a Poet
San Mateo County Poet Laureate Caroline Goodwin, East Palo Alto Poet Laureate Kalamu Chache and "Menlo Park Renaissance Man" Jym Marks will share their poetry and talk about their creative processes. Aug. 2, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
 

Lectures & Talks

Cool Season Veggies
In anticipation of winter, Master Gardeners will give a talk on vegetables that produce in the cool months, as well as how to start seedlings. Aug. 2, 10-11 a.m. Free. Palo Alto Demonstration Garden , 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto.
 

Lectures & Talks

Seed Saving talk
Master Gardeners will give a talk on planning a seed garden, covering how to keep records, harvest seeds from vegetables and ornamentals, and store them. The talk will also discuss germination rates. Aug. 2, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Demonstration Garden , 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto.

Volunteers

Tree Care Work Day
Canopy will hold a volunteer event to care for recently planted trees on the Cesar Chavez school campus, ensuring that they will grow into mature, healthy trees. Aug. 2, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Cesar Chavez Elementary School, 2450 Ralmar Ave., East Palo Alto.

Community Events

Lizards at the Library
The Mountain View Police Department's own Sergeant Saul Jaeger will share his personal collection of lizards, snakes and other creatures with library visitors. All ages are welcome. Registration is appreciated but not required. Aug. 2, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

Lectures & Talks

'Cats in the Community'
Leonor Delgado from the Palo Alto Humane Society will give a talk about having cats as pets, as well as a stray cats in local communities. Aug. 2, 2:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St, Mountain View.

Live Music

Twilight Concert Series: Caravanserai
The City of Palo Alto Twilight Concert Series 2014 will welcome Santana tribute band Caravanserai to perform a set of Latin classic rock. Local food trucks will be on hand. August 2, 7 p.m. Free. , California Avenue at Birch Street, Palo Alto.
 

Food and Drink

Silicon Valley Beer Week at Tied House
Tied House Microbrewery and Cafe will celebrate Silicon Valley Beer Week with a special beer pairing menu featuring new items and Tied House's award-winning beers. July 25-Aug. 2, business hours. Prices vary. Tied House, 954 Villa St., Mountain View.
 

Community Events

Palo Alto Buddhist Temple Obon Festival
This free, public festival will include a variety of cultural and carnival offerings, as well as traditional Japanese and American food and drink. The two-day event will culminate in the Bon Odori circle dance at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. Aug. 2, 5 p.m.; Aug. 3, noon. Free. Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, 2751 Louis Road, Palo Alto.

On Stage

'The Wizard of Oz'
The Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre will perform the classic musical, "The Wizard of Oz," following Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they seek to find Dorothy a way home. Thursday-Sunday, July 18-Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m. $15 youth/senior; $20 adult. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
 

On Stage

'The Great Pretender'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of 'The Great Pretender' by David West Read, a hit at the company's New Works Festival about how a children's TV host deals with the death of a popular puppeteer. See website for specific dates and times. July 9-Aug. 3, 2, 7:30 or 8 p.m. $25-$68. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

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.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Family and Kids

YMCA summer camps
Summer programs at the Palo Alto YMCA are designed to keep kids physically active and mentally engaged with a variety of activities. See website for specific programs and dates. June 2-August 4, Prices vary (financial assistance available). Palo Alto Family YMCA, 3412 Ross Road, Palo Alto.
 

Concerts

Koret Young Performers Concert
Music@Menlo’s Koret Young Performers Concerts will feature students in the Chamber Music Institute's Young Performers Program (ages 9 to 18). July 26 and Aug. 2, 1 p.m.; Aug. 9, at noon. Free. The Center for Performing Arts, Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
 

Concerts

Prelude Performances
At the Music@Menlo summer festival, Prelude Performances will showcase young artists (ages 18 to 29) from the Chamber Music Institute's International Program. Check website for specific dates and locations. July 22-Aug. 9, 5:30 p.m. Free. Menlo School and The Center for Performing Arts, Menlo-Atherton High School, , Atherton.

On Stage

'South Pacific'
Foothill Music Theatre will put on a production of the Broadway musical "South Pacific," by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Thursday-Sunday, July 24-Aug. 10, 7:30-10 p.m. $10-$32. Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

On Stage

'Moby Dick - Rehearsed'
Stanford Repertory Theater will put on a production of Orson Welles' blank-verse adaptation of Melville's masterpiece -- replete with the hunt, meditations on the sea and the mania of Captain Ahab. July 17-Aug. 10, Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. $15 student/senior; $25 general. Pigott Theater, Memorial Auditorium, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford.
 

Family and Kids

Heather Hill Riding Center Summer Camps
Heather Hill Camp is a fun-filled time with the HH Welsh Cobs and Ponies! Half or full day sessions. Ride every day. Riding, film making, art. June 16 to Aug. 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $100-$650 Rancho Viejo Stables in Portola Valley, 45 Ansel Lane, Portola Valley.
 

Family and Kids

Marine 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.

On Stage

'Into the Woods, Junior'
For the final play in its 2014 Outdoor Summer "Hot Dog" Series, the Palo Alto Children's Theatre will put on a production called "Into the Woods, Junior." Favorite fairytale characters will take a journey into the woods to fulfill their wishes in this 80-minute, family drama. Wednesday-Sunday, July 30-Aug. 16, 6:30-8 p.m. $12-$14. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, Magic Castle Stage, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'The Stanford Albums'
The 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.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Volunteers

MVLA Community Scholars mentor opportunities
MVLA Community Scholars is searching for volunteers in the community to mentor local, underserved students at high schools in Mountain View and Los Altos. Mentors will work with students on the college and scholarship application processes during an AVID class period. Call or email for more info. Aug. 2-18. Free. MVLA Community Scholars, 183 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Art Galleries

'Compositions in Light'
Gallery House will have on display an exhibit of landscape photography called "Compositions in Light" by Bay Area artist Vidya Narasimhan. An artist reception will be held on Aug. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. July 29-Aug. 23, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Stonewalled in Jerusalem'
Santa Cruz mixed media artist Sara Friedlander will have on display her visually arresting and socially focused artwork, which contemplates the Israeli/Palestinian impasse. Using original and archival images, she explores both sides and welcomes viewers' ideas about moving forward. May 16-August 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'New Works' exhibit by Jerry Peters
The Portola Art Gallery will have on display an exhibit called "New Works," a number of acrylic paintings of vintage trucks, windmills and tractors, as well as still life and landscape paintings, by Palo Alto artist Jerry Peters. Monday-Saturday, Aug. 1-31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, Allied Arts Guild, Menlo Park.
 

Art Galleries

Works by Judi Keyani
Recent works by Bay Area artist Judy Keyani will be on display at Gallery 9, including pastel, oil paint and sketch pieces. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Aug. 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 29-Aug. 31, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

Exhibits

'Peaches on a Tree'
An exhibit of colorful and emotional paintings by artists of Art For Well Beings, a Palo Alto art studio for people with special needs, will be on display at the Palo Alto Art Center. Tuesday-Sunday, July 1-Aug. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Peanuts' paintings by Tom Everhart
Peabody Fine Art Gallery will host an exclusive exhibition of works by Tom Everhart, who was permitted by Charles Schulz to paint his Peanuts comic strip characters in his own style. July 19-Sept. 1, 10:15 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Free. Peabody Fine Art Gallery, 603 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Sew Sew Saturday
The library invites community members to come sew on Saturday mornings; four Baby Lock (Grace model) sewing machines and one serger are available for use. Please register on the website. No instruction will be provided. Saturdays, year-round, 10:15-11 a.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Fearless Genius'
The Computer History Museum will have on display a photography exhibit by Doug Menuz called "Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley, 1985-2000." It consists of 50 photographs documenting innovators at Apple, Leiner Perkins, Adobe and other companies. Wednesday-Sunday, July 9-Sept. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $15 general; $12 student/senior/military. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Dana Harel: Between Dreams and Nightmares'
A solo exhibition of new works by Redwood City artist Dana Harel will be on display at the Palo Alto Art Center. Organized by Laguna Art Museum, the exhibit consists of 15 mixed-media drawings of animal and human figures, reflecting the messiness of war. June 14-September 7, center hours. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

Time 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.
 

Environment

Improvements to Household Hazardous Waste Station
There have been new upgrades made to the Household Hazardous Waste Station. Safely dispose of unwanted or unused toxic household items. New hours: every Saturday 9-11 a.m. and first Friday of the month, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Limitations: must be Palo Alto resident (license or registration). Please visit the website for more information. Sept. 20-21, Free. Regional Water Quality Control Plant, 2501 Embarcadero Way, Palo Alto.

Classes/Workshops

Foothill College Fall Quarter registration
Foothill College Fall Quarter registration will be open on the school's website beginning July 21. Classes will run from September 22 to December 12. Students are encouraged to register early for the best course selection. July 21-September 22. $31/unit for California residents, plus basic fees. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Volunteers

Silicon Valley Tour de Coop preparation
Neighbors Helping Neighbors will hold a variety of volunteer activities leading up to and during the Silicon Valley Tour de Coop, a bike ride between chicken coops and home gardens on September 21. Volunteer opportunities include putting up fliers and posters, doing test bike rides, organizing other small events to spread the word and staffing locations on tour day. The organization also seeks community members with chicken coops, beehives and home gardens to host stops. June-September, dates and times vary. Free. Neighbors Helping Neighbors events, various nearby locations, Palo Alto and Mountain View.

Exhibits

'The New Landscape'
The Cantor Arts Center will mount a new exhibit called "The New Landscape: Experiments in Light by Gyorgy Kepes," which explores art's relevance in a scientific age. Forty-five panels by the Hungarian-born American artist capturing scientific imagery (minerals, cellular patterns and tissue fibers) will be on display. Wednesday-Sunday, July 24-Nov. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. (starting Sept. 21, the center will also be open on Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China'
The exhibit "Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China: Photographs of Land and Culture" will be on display at the Krause Center for Innovation. June 23-Sept. 26, center hours. Free. Krause Center for Innovation, 12345 El Monte Road, Building 4000, Los Altos Hills.

Exhibits

Yosemite Memories
Garden Fresh restaurant will have on display an exhibit of acrylic paintings on canvas by local artist Diana Wade Collins. Her works depict landscapes and scenes from her time spent in Yosemite and abroad. July 30-Sept. 30, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Night, Smoke and Shadows'
This exhibition, named "Night, Smoke and Shadows: The Presence of Atmosphere in the 19th Century," includes prints, drawings and photographs by artists such as James McNeill Whistler, Max Klinger, Felicien Rops and Alvin Langdon Coburn. Wednesday-Sunday, May 14-Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. (after September 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Artists Observe Nature'
This exhibition features about 18 prints and drawings that focus on the post-17th century impulse to study nature. Wednesday-Sunday, May 14-Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. (after September 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Within and Without: Transformations in Chinese Landscapes'
Fifteen works of Chinese landscape will be on display. Wednesday-Sunday, Feb. 19-Dec. 14., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. (after September 21, the center will also be open on Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Dance

Social 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/Workshops

For 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.

Art Galleries

'From the Ground Up'
Artists Martha Castillo and Trevlyn Williams will have new works on display at Gallery House, which are inspired by the colors, textures and light of California's natural landscapes. A reception will be held on July 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. July 1-26, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.