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MARCH 2015

On Stage

Jewish Women's Theatre: 'Uncuffed'
Jewish Women's Theatre, a Los Angeles-based group, will perform "Uncuffed," a comical and meaningful show, appropriate for Passover, that examines how Jewish women break the ties that bind. March 31, 7:30-9 p.m. $20 member, student, $25 general in advance; $30 at the door. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

Lectures & Talks

Poet Jane Hirshfield on 'The Beauty' and 'Ten Windows'
In celebration of National Poetry Month, Jane Hirshfield will visit Kepler's to provide thoughts on her new collection of verse, "The Beauty," and book of essays, "Ten Windows." March 31, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Lectures & Talks

'Focus on Writing' discussion with South Bay Writers
South Bay Writers, a branch of the California Writers Club, will hold a panel discussion led by Colin Seymor on writing, with authors Betty Auchard, Rita Beach and Sherrie Johnson participating. March 31, 7:30 p.m. Free. BookBuyers, 317 Castro St., Mountain View.

Lectures & Talks

Author Scott Sampson on 'How to Raise a Wild Child'
Dr. Scott Sampson, host of the PBS Kids show "Dinosaur Train," will share his recent book "How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature," a guide for parents and teachers. March 31, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.


'The Birds of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge'
This talk will describe a few of the 227 bird species that live at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, which include grebes, cormorants and terns. RSVP is optional. March 31, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

Live Music

Singer-songwriter Patrick Ames
Palo Alto singer-songwriter Patrick Ames will perform weekly sets of all-original music at the Freewheel Brewing Company. Tuesdays, Jan. 27-March 31, 7-9:15 p.m. Free. Freewheel Brewery Company, 3736 Florence St., Redwood City.


SRI Organon Toastmasters
The SRI Organon Toastmasters club focuses on improving the communication and leadership skills of its members. Guests are welcome. Tuesdays, Jan. 20-March 31, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. SRI International, Building G, Laurel Street (across from the Menlo Park Police Station), Menlo Park.

Art Galleries

'In a Classical Mood'
The Portola Art Gallery will present an exhibit called "In a Classical Mood," a collection of oil still-life paintings by Linda Salter. Monday-Saturday, March 1-31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.


Mountain View Tennis Club membership special
Mountain View Tennis Club is offering discounted membership rates until the end of March. Mountain View residents new to the club can sign up for a 2015 membership for $10. City residents renewing their membership can get a rate of $20, as well as add a new adult family member for free. All applicants must fill out a membership form online. Through March 31. $10 new member; $20 renewing member. Mountain View Tennis Club, P.O. Box 336, Mountain View.

Family and Kids

Menlo Park family movie series
Organized by City of Menlo Park Community Services Department, this series will include screenings of "Up" (March 30), "Wreck-It Ralph" (March 31) and "Mary Poppins" (April 1). Costumes are encouraged. March 30-April 1, 6-8 p.m. $3. Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.


MVLA Adult School Spring Registration
Spring classes at Mountain View Los Altos Adult School have begun; subjects range from figure and portrait drawing to Ikebana, jewelry, watercolor, dance and Zumba. Those interested can register online or over the phone. Classes run from March 23 to June 25. Prices vary. Mountain View Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.


Foothill College Spring Registration
Registration for spring classes at Foothill College -- through which students can improve current job skills or earn a specialized career certificate or associate degree -- begins on March 6. Classes last from April through June. Contact the school's admissions office for more info. March 6-April 5. $31 per unit for California residents, plus basic fees. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.


'Hear This!'
The Palo Alto Art Center will explore the sound of art in an exhibition called "Hear This!" The center will celebrate the new exhibit with a Friday Night at the Art Center event on Jan. 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Jan. 17-April 12, center hours. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.


Youth Speaks Out: 'A Call to ART!'
Youth Speaks Out will have an exhibit on display at the Palo Alto Art Center of heartfelt painting, photography, sculpture, poetry and creative writing by students from Gunn and Palo Alto High schools. March 30-April 14, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Touched by Color'
Garden Fresh Restaurant will have on display an exhibit of local artist Susan Migliore's plein air landscape paintings, which explore the interplay of light, color and texture. Feb. 19-April 15, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.


ECYS new member auditions
El Camino Youth Symphony is accepting audition applications for the 2015-16 season. Director Jindong Cai invites musicians ages 6 to 18 to try out for one of the symphony's ensembles. Auditions will be held in March and early April. More info about the application and audition requirements is on the website. Feb. 5-April 15. El Camino Youth Symphony Association, 4055 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'What Now?'
Gallery 9 in Los Altos offers a show called "What Now?" of oil paintings, as well as a sculpture, by Bay Area artist Steve Curtiss. From 5:30 to 8 p.m., on April 3, there will be an artist reception and a special performance at 7 p.m. with magician Marshall Magoon. March 31-April 25, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

Art Galleries

'Along Highway 1'
Viewpoints Gallery will have on display "Along Highway 1," watercolor paintings by plein air artist Veronica Gross that are inspired by vistas along the famed highway from Big Sur to the Oregon coast. On Friday, April 3, from 5 to 8 p.m., there will be a reception for the artist. March 31-April 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday only until 3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State 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.


Filoli Botanical Art Exhibit
Filoli will hold its 17th annual Botanical Art Exhibit, which will contain 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.


Danceation fitness classes
European pop star Heath Hunter and international fitness guru Kirsten Johnson will lead participants in 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.

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.


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.


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, .


Djerassi Program sculpture tours
The Djerassi Resident Artists Program will offer its popular ART///SKY sculpture tours beginning in March, during which the public can view many of the site-specific sculptures at the facility. Advance registration is required for all tours. See website for specific dates and registration info. March 29-Sept. 3, noon. $50 director's tour; free two-mile tours are available. Djerassi Resident Artists Program, 2325 Bear Gulch Road, Woodside.


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.


Bid4Kids Online Auction
Menlo-Atherton High School's Foundation for the Future will offer its Bid4Kids online auction to benefit the high school's students. Trips, parties, sports items and tickets, concert tickets and more are available. March 20-April 6. Prices vary. Menlo-Atherton Bid4Kids Online Auction, online only, Menlo Park.