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Concerts

Peninsula Women's Chorus Pre-Tour Concert
The Peninsula Women's Chorus will offer a free farewell concert at Stanford Memorial Church, sharing the music it will perform during its tour throughout Argentina. Aug. 4, 7-9 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Palo Alto.
 

Food and Drink

Talk and Taste Yogurt with Cheryl Sternman Rule
Local author Cheryl Sternman Rule will lead an evening of tasting, learning and inspiration focused on yogurt, one of the world's oldest and most healthy fermented foods. She will share stories from her travels, tips and tricks on making homemade yogurt, and how to use plain yogurt in easy recipes. Aug. 4, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

Lectures & Talks

Author Anil Ananthaswamy on 'The Man Who Wasn't There'
Anil Ananthaswamy, an acclaimed science journalist, will discuss his new book "The Man Who Wasn't There: Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self," which examines neuroscience research on a handful of disorders and diseases to make some conclusions about the human sense of self. Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

Concerts

Concert Program VI: 'Schubert Forever, 1829-1995' (Aug. 4)
This concert program at the Music@Menlo summer festival will recognize the array of other composers whose music connects to Franz Schubert through lyricism, harmonies, drama and the human feature of the vocal line. Aug. 4, 8 p.m. $80 general; $35 under age 30. Menlo School, Stent Family Hall, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
 

Concerts

Prelude Performances
Prelude Performances, popular free events at Music@Menlo's annual summer festival, will showcase young artists ages 18 to 29 from the Chamber Music Institute's International Program. See website for specific dates, times and venues. July 18-Aug. 7. Free. Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for Performing Arts, and Menlo School, Stent Family and Martin Family halls, Atherton.

Lectures & Talks

'70 Years After Hiroshima'
Jackie Cabasso, a recognized leader in the global nuclear disarmament movement, will discuss the recent Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nations, as well as comment on the state of the disarmament movement, including the impact of the recent Iran deal. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Aug. 4, 7-8 p.m. Free. Midpeninsula Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.

Clubs/Meetings

Slow Money South Bay: Bugs and Bonds
Slow Money South Bay, a community of investors and entrepreneurs who seek to nurture a sustainable local economy through knowledge sharing and community participation, will hold one of its monthly meetings, this time featuring an edible insect street food project and a discussion about Richmond's social impact bonds. Aug. 4, 7-9 p.m. Free. Royse Law Firm, 1717 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
 

Health

Dr. Thomas Lewis with 'The Neuroscience of Love'
At this Commonwealth Club talk, Dr. Thomas Lewis will discuss "The Neuroscience of Love," tracing the development of humanity from solitary predators to social creatures and considering the nature of togetherness. Aug. 4, 7 p.m. $15 nonmember; $10 member; $7 student. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

Classes/Workshops

Free mindful yoga class
Surfer Mike will hold a free twice monthly class providing instruction in mindfulness meditation, yoga and other movement activities. First and third Tuesdays of the month, June 16-Aug. 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
 

Concerts

Music@Menlo Master Classes
During Music@Menlo's 2015 Schubert Festival, young artists and faculty from the Chamber Music Institute will hold master classes to exchange ideas, discuss interpretive approaches and prepare classical music masterworks for the stage. July 21-24 and 29-31, Aug. 3, 4, 6 and 7, 11:45 a.m. Free. Menlo School, Martin Family Hall, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
 

Sports

United States Pony Club Championships 2015
United States Pony Club Championships West 2015 will welcome 150 competitors from throughout the Western States to compete in many equestrian disciplines. Sunday-Wednesday, Aug. 2-5. Free. Horse Park at Woodside, 3674 Sandhill Road, Woodside.
 

Concerts

Stanford Jazz Festival 2015
The Stanford Jazz Festival will return this summer with 34 concerts featuring a plethora of acclaimed jazz performers, including Allison Miller, Victor Lin, James Farm, Taylor Eigsti 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.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Menlo Charity Horse Show
Benefiting the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the 45th Menlo Charity Horse Show will provide continuous action in three arenas with around 500 accomplished riders and horses from the U.S. and beyond. There will also be 40 vendors offering jewelry, clothing and art, as well as items for the home, garden and stable. Food and beverages will be on hand. Aug. 4-9, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. $10 one day; $35 six-day pass; free for those under age 12 and over 65. Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane, Atherton.

Live Music

Singer-songwriter Patrick Ames
Patrick Ames, a singer-songwriter from Palo Alto, will play dozens of new folk-rock songs, including cuts from his new CD "Mutually," during these three sets at Freewheel Brewing Company. Tuesdays, July 28-Aug. 11, 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Freewheel Brewing Company, 3736 Florence St., Redwood City.
 

Health

Free Fitness Bodyweight Class
Former Belgian professional gymnast Alexandre Wayenberg will provide free bodyweight fitness classes four mornings each week. RSVP is required; visit the website for more info. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, July 13-Aug. 14, 7 a.m. Free. Sylvan Park, 550 Sylvan Ave., Mountain View.

Teen Activities

2015 Palo Alto Youth Council applications
The Palo Alto Youth Council is a group of 15 to 20 dedicated youth ambassadors to the City Council, with the goal of building connections between teens and the greater Palo Alto community. Visit the website to learn more. The application deadline is Aug. 21. Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto .

Art Galleries

'Out of the Blue'
Gallery House will showcase abstract paintings by Charlotte Coqui and Wendy Fitzgerald in an exhibit called "Out of the Blue." On July 31, from 5 to 7 p.m., there will be a public reception. July 28-Aug. 22, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

'Angles, Lines and Curves'
Filoli has on display an 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. 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.
 

Family and Kids

Toddler Storytime
This weekly event for toddlers 18 to 36 months old will include songs, stories and movement activities that encourage children to listen and read. Age-appropriate toys will be available for play after each session. A special activity will follow story time on the third Tuesday of the month. Tuesdays, Aug. 4-25, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Exhibits

Art in Action student work exhibit
The East Palo Alto Library is hosting 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.
 

Art Galleries

Rengstorff Arts Festival
The Rengstorff House will offer a month-long show with fine art by local artists including works in watercolor, oil, glass and photography. A juried student art from the Community School of Music and Arts Art4Schools program will be featured. Aug. 2-30, Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Free. Rengstorff House, 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
 

Art Galleries

'Iron Rose'
Joseph Najera, an artist working mostly in wrought iron to create wall pieces and candle holders, will share some of his pieces in an exhibit called "Iron Rose." On Aug. 7, 5-8 p.m., there will be a reception with the artist. Aug. 4-30, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
 

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.

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 is holding 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.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Kiwanis Club meetings
The Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park meets weekly to work on projects to improve lives and provide community service. Weekly speakers include Stanford University alumni and faculty, community leaders and local business owners. Guests are welcome. Tuesdays, year-round, noon-1:15 p.m. Free for guests. Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.

Teen Activities

Teen Library Advisory Board applications
Palo Alto Library is currently recruiting teens for its Teen Library Advisory Board (T-LAB). The opportunity allows students in grades 8 to 12 to help the library with its Teen Zone, generate programming ideas, offer book suggestions and more, as well as earn community service hours. Applications are due by Sept. 15. Aug. 1-Sept. 15. Free. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

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.

Family and Kids

International Storytime
This weekly event at Blossom Birth Services for babies (pre-crawlers only) will expose them to international languages through stories read aloud. The event is also allows attendees to meet other families. Tuesdays, July 14-Sept. 26, 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. $5 nonmember; free for members. Blossom Birth Services, 299 S. California Ave., Suite 120, Palo Alto.
 

Religion/Spirituality

Insight Meditation South Bay
Shaila Catherine and guest teachers will lead weekly Insight Meditation sittings, which are accompanied by talks on Buddhist teachings. Tuesdays, Jan. 6-Dec. 29, 7:30-9 p.m. Donations accepted. St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall, 2094 Grant Road, Mountain View.