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Classes/Workshops'Safety First: A Reality-Based Approach to Teens and Drugs'
The M-A Parent Education Series will present a talk called "Safety First: A Reality-Based Approach to Teens and Drugs," given by Marsha Rosenbaum, Ph.D., founder of the Safety First drug education project at the Drug Policy Alliance. Oct. 8, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for Performing Arts, Cafe, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
Family and KidsPAUSD Student Services Fair
The Palo Alto Unified School District will hold its third annual Student Services Fair, orienting parents to the resources and services for students in grades K-12. Information will be on hand about resiliency, academic support, parent resources, health education, mental health, recreational services and volunteer opportunities. Light snacks, child care and translation will be available. Oct. 8, 6-8 p.m. Free. Jordan Middle School, 750 N. California Ave., MP Room, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsAuthor Prudence Breitrose on 'Mouse Mission'
Prudence Breitrose will share her latest book "Mouse Mission," a tale about the efforts of five humans, a team of international experts and some mice to stop a nefarious timber company from destroying an island rainforest. Oct. 8, 7 p.m. Free. Channing House, 850 Webster St., Palo Alto.
Community EventsMeet The Street
Downtown merchants, the Palo Alto Downtown Business and Professional Association, and the City of Palo Alto will host an evening of shopping; dining; and music, art and lights. Portions of Ramona, Bryant and Emerson streets will be open only to pedestrian traffic, and visitors can enjoy tastings, a fashion show and Irish dancing, among other activities. Oct. 8, 5-9 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Palo Alto, Bryant, Ramona and Emerson streets, Palo Alto.
Community EventsBell's Books' 80th Birthday Party
This celebration of Bell's Books' 80 years in business will include hands-on calligraphy with Inja Ink, bookbinding by Connie Hunter, print-your-own bookmarks courtesy of the Museum of American Heritage, a book signing with local math author Theoni Pappas, and French music by the ensemble Rive Gauche. There will also be birthday cake, and Mayor Karen Holman will make an appearance. Oct. 8, 5-8 p.m. Free. Bell's Books, 536 Emerson St., Palo Alto.
ConcertsDaniel Pearl World Music Days Concert
Stanford University's St. Lawrence String Quartet will lead a free annual concert honoring the life and memory of Stanford alumnus Daniel Pearl, a Wall Street Journal reporter and violinist who was killed in Pakistan in 2002. Oct. 8, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
The Woodside Fire Protection District will offer its final Community Emergency Response Training class of the year, teaching invaluable skills that will prepare individuals to help their family, neighbors and community in the event of a disaster. Thursdays, Oct. 8-Nov. 14, 6:30-9 p.m. (and one Saturday). $25 deposit. Woodside Fire Station 19, 4091 Jefferson Ave., Woodside.
Lectures & TalksGSV Pioneer Summit
GSV's Pioneer Summit will bring together innovators to listen to speakers and companies from various sectors and discuss ways to transform industry and society. See website for ticket prices and full schedule. Oct. 7-9. Prices vary. GSVlabs, 425 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Art GalleriesGallery House: 'Collective'
Gallery House will present a new exhibit celebrating its newest member artists called "Collective. On Sept. 25, 6-8 p.m., there will be a reception. Sept. 22-Oct. 17, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Dragon Productions will next bring to the stage Liz Duffy Adams' "Or," a fictional spin on the true story of Aphra Behn, a spy of England's Restoration era and a trailblazing female playwright. Oct. 2-25, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $35 general; $27 senior, student. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Exhibits'Seasons of Filoli'
This exhibit is comprised of work in different media by 41 artists that captures how the features and colors of Filoli's grounds and gardens change throughout the year. Sept. 1-Oct. 25, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. See website for admission prices. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.
Exhibits'Word as Image'
This Cantor Arts Center installation of prints and drawings entitled "Word as Image: Highlights from the Marmor Collection" examines 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.
Family and KidsCrazy 8's Math Club
This weekly club for children in kindergarten through second grade explores math through activities that include building stuff, running, jumping and making a mess. Some planned projects are Funny Money, Super-Cube Shuffle and Beach Ball Party. Registration by phone or email is required. Thursdays, Oct. 8-29, 3:30-4:15 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Community EventsSavers Halloween Catwalk
The Savers thrift store in Redwood City will host free Halloween Costume Catwalk fashion shows each Thursday in October. Thursdays, Oct. 8-29, 3-3:30 p.m. Free. Savers Thrift Store, 875 Main St., Redwood City.
Classes/WorkshopsAlzheimer’s Friendly Business Training
Home Instead Senior Care is offering free trainings for local businesses on how to reduce feelings of isolation among individuals and families dealing with Alzheimer's disease. Visit the website or call for more information. Monday-Friday, Oct. 1-31, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Home Instead Senior Care, 883 N. Shoreline Blvd., A100, Mountain View.
Art Galleries'In a Beautiful World'
The Portola Art Gallery will present a show called "In a Beautiful World," composed of expressive oil paintings by artist Marsha Heimbecker of San Mateo that were inspired by the orphaned elephants of Tsavo. Monday-Saturday, Oct. 1-31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will present the contemporary drama "Proof," the compelling tale of a faded mathematical genius and his brilliant but troubled daughter seeking recognition in the male-dominated world of science. See website for specific times and dates. There will be no Oct. 27 show. Oct. 7-Nov. 1. $19-$80; discounts available for teachers, seniors and ages 30 and under. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Food and DrinkPortola Valley Farmers' Market
This year-round market offers organic fruits, veggies, nuts, juices, grass-fed meats, chicken, local farm eggs, fresh seafood, fair trade coffee, nut butters and jams, artisan beer, wine, gluten-free and artisan baked goods, honey and crafts. Hot Roli Roti chicken is also on sale. Thursdays, year-round, 3-7 p.m. (summer hours). Free. Portola Valley Farmers' Market, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Exhibits'Another Look at the Permanent Collection'
This new exhibit at the Anderson Collection refreshes the inaugural installation at the museum, sharing a wider variety of modern and contemporary pieces donated by the Anderson family. Wednesday-Monday, ongoing, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
ExhibitsStanford Art Spaces: 'Cybersphere' and 'Natural Histories'
Stanford Art Spaces is offering two shows sharing the work of Bay Area artists: the assemblages of Joy Broom in "Cybersphere" and 2D and 3D computer art by Corinne Whitaker in "Natural Histories." Visit the website for venue information. Sept. 21-Nov. 13, regular building hours. Free. Paul G. Allen Building, David W. Packard Electrical Engineering Building and Psychology Department, Stanford.
Exhibits'Astley D. M. Cooper and Mrs. Stanford's Jewels'
The Cantor Arts Center has on display an exhibit entitled "Astley D. M. Cooper and Mrs. Stanford's Jewels," which explores the life and work of the wild Bay Area painter. Cooper, who lived from 1856 to 1924, was known for using a faux Egyptian temple as a studio and paying off debts accrued at bars with paintings. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 5-Nov. 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'ONE TREE' photography exhibit
The Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter currently has on display a photography exhibit by Nancy Mueller and her granddaughter Tinsley Rollins called "ONE TREE," which presents a study of eucalyptus in the Palo Alto Baylands. On Sept. 19, 1-3 p.m., there will be a free public reception with the artists, with hor d'oeuvres and drinks. Aug. 30-Nov. 30, Monday, Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter , 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Rough Around the Edges'
The exhibit "Rough Around the Edges: Inspirations in Paper" presents the work of Ronni Jolles, who uses layered paper, acrylic paint and sealants to create dimensional painting-like pieces. See website for daily schedule. Aug. 26-Dec. 7. Free. Goldman Sports & Wellness Complex and Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
The new fall exhibition at the Palo Alto Art Center, called Front Yard/Backstreet," will encourage visitors to reconsider their relationships with the places they live, work and play. Themes will include mapping, sustainability, landscape and population. Sept. 19-Dec. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsWrite Your Life Story memoir class
Taught by local author and writer Phyllis Butler, this weekly class held at Deborah's Palm will assist students in discovering their own voice while writing creatively about their lives. Thursdays, Aug. 13-Dec. 17, noon-1 p.m. $50 series of four classes; $15 drop in. Deborah's Palm Women's Center, 555 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto.
This weekly Mountain View Public Library event enables community members to both practice speaking a different language and teach a language to others. All levels and drop-ins are welcome. Thursdays, Aug. 6-Dec. 17, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsYoga 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.
SportsRinconada Masters Swim Club
This Palo Alto-based group welcomes adults over 21 who want to make swimming a part of their healthy lifestyle. The flexible schedule includes 12 workouts per week, as well as optional social events, local swim meets and opportunities for stroke advice from experienced coaches. A Swim4Fitness program for learners is also offered. See website for more info. Sept. 1-Dec. 31. $80 per month. Rinconada Park, 777 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Composed of 15 drawings by Italian printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi, the Cantor Arts Center exhibit "Piranesi's Paestem: Master Drawings Uncovered" features the artist's largest body of work focused on a single location. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 19-Jan. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
This Cantor Art Center exhibit explores the idea and practice of empathy in art ranging from Christian paintings to photography from the Civil Rights era. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 12-Jan. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Artists at Work'
This major exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center seeks to demystify the artistic process through a selection of 70 works from the museum's collection, including pieces by Edouard Manet, J. M. W. Turner, Thomas Hart Benton and Richard Serra. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 9-Jan. 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Teen ActivitiesAlateen 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.
Exhibits'Richard Diebenkorn: The Sketchbooks Revealed'
This exhibition shares the Cantor Arts Center's recent acquisition of 29 sketchbooks of renowned Bay Area artist Richard Diebenkorn -- books never before studied or on view publicly that contain more than 1,000 drawings. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 9-Feb. 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Edward Hopper: New York Corner'
The Cantor Arts Center celebrates the major acquisition of Edward Hopper's seminal painting "New York Corner" with an exhibition with pieces preceding or contemporary to the work, centering on themes of modern urban life and realism. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 9-Feb. 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Warriors, Courtiers, and Saints'
The Cantor Art Center's exhibit "Warriors, Courtiers, and Saints: The Etchings of Jacques Callot" examines the 17th-century French artist's experimental work in the medium of printmaking. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 26-Feb. 15, 2016, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
ExhibitsFine art photography by Immaculada Del Castillo Ditzel
The Town of Los Altos Hills is hosting a free exhibit of fine art photography and paintings by Immaculada Del Castillo Ditzel, who uses unconventional methods and materials to present careful displays of everyday objects. Monday-Friday, Sept. 7-March, 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Free. Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.
This Anderson Collection exhibit will include drawings, prints, paintings and sculpture by Tauba Auerbach and Mark Fox, two Stanford University graduates whose work investigates process, material manipulation and chance. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 9-March 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Clubs/MeetingsGraphic Novel Book Club
For this Palo Alto City Library series, Daničle Archambault, Ph.D. -- a linguistics researcher, author and educator -- will lead a monthly book discussion of a graphic novel selected by the group. Registration is required. No meetings will be held in December or February. Second Thursday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mitchell Park Library, Midtown Room, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Clubs/MeetingsESL Conversation Club in Los Altos
The Los Altos Library's ESL/English conversation club holds regular weekly meetings where community members can drop in to discuss interesting topics, practice speaking skills and meet new friends. No registration is required. Thursdays, year-round, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Art GalleriesPaintings by Naomi Mindelzun
Gallery 9 Los Altos has on display selected works by Palo Alto artist Naomi Mindelzun. Her pieces use a variety of surfaces and materials to capture organic structures that inspire her. Sept. 29-Oct. 31, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.