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Concerts

Gunn Choir Spring Concert
The Gunn Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Treble Choir will hold their last performance of the season, where they will highlight the contributions of seniors and preview selections from the upcoming tour to Italy. May 28, 7 p.m. $7 general; $5 student. Gunn High School, Spangenberg Theatre, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.

Lectures & Talks

'Using Graywater with Your Native Plants'
To help community members conserve water during the drought's fourth year, Deva Luna will discuss how to re-use water from inside the house for irrigation, as well as how to install a simple laundry-to-landscape graywater system. Registration is optional. May 28, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

Lectures & Talks

Author Francisco Jiménez on 'Taking Hold'
Books Inc. and the Palo Alto City Library will welcome author Francisco Jiménez, who will discuss the fourth book of his award-winning memoir series, "Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University." May 28, 7-9 p.m. Free. Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
 

Lectures & Talks

Dr. Eugenia Chang on 'How to Bake Pi'
A senior lecturer in mathematics and statistics at the University of Sheffield in the U.K., Dr. Eugenia Chang will talk about her accessible introduction to the logic and beauty of math, "How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics." May 28, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

Lectures & Talks

'Accelerating the mitigation of natural hazard risk in Nepal'
Stanford Blaustein Visiting Professor Michele Wood and Ph.D. candidate Anne Sanquini will discuss the difficulties of motivating earthquake preparedness on "a sunny day," as well present results from an experiment in Kathmandu that applied a new theory on how to motivate action. Sanquini was in Nepal during the April earthquake. A reception will follow the lecture. May 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Lane History Corner, Building 200, Room 002, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
 

Lectures & Talks

'Balancing the Art and Science of Teaching and Technology'
This panel discussion with the founders of educational software companies -- including Curriculet, Duck Duck Moose, Literably, Padlet and Tynker -- will explore how technology is changing the roles of teachers and students, as well as how to find a balance between books and iPads and worksheets and apps. Those interested should register online. May 28, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Trinity School, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park.

Lectures & Talks

Author Patricia Ryan Madson on 'Improv Wisdom'
Patricia Ryan Madson, author and Stanford University drama professor emeritus, will visit Linden Tree Books for a book signing and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of her book "Improv Wisdom: Don't Prepare, Just Show Up," which discusses how to use spontaneity as a problem-solving tool. This event is recommended for teens and adults. May 28, 7-8 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
 

Film

'Butterfly Town USA' screening and discussion
Peninsula Peace and Justice Center and the Los Altos Library will present a screening of the film, "Butterfly Town USA," which follows a clash over measures to protect Monarch butterflies in Pacific Grove, California. A discussion will follow with the film's producer and director Dorothy Fadiman. May 28, 7-9 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Lifetree Cafe: 'How to Pay Attention'
Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park will host two hour-long conversations exploring the challenges of paying attention and coping with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be served. May 27, 6:30 p.m.; May 28, 9:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.

Exhibits

Pacific Art League May exhibits
In May, the Pacific Art League will showcase works from the organization's instructors and Silicon Valley Open Studios participants in the Main Gallery. In addition, the Corridor Gallery will feature works by Ron Andrews, and Emilio Sotelo's handmade silver jewelry will be on display in the jewelry cases. Monday-Friday, May 1-28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

'Cuba, Paris & California'
Main St. Cafe & Books has on display an exhibit of black and white photography by Tom and Marj Green, work that uses light and shadows to lend common scenes a mood or story. May 2-29, Monday-Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Main St. Cafe & Books, 134 Main 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.

On Stage

'Evita, the Musical'
Stanford TAPS will stage a production of "Evita, the Musical," a Tony Award-winning musical that dramatizes the true story of Argentine First Lady Eva Peron and her rapid ascent from poverty to fame and power. May 28-30, 8-10 p.m. $5-$15. Memorial Auditorium, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Stanford Blood Center's Grateful Life Tour
Between May 22 and 30, community members who donate blood at the Stanford Blood Center will receive a collectible 2015 Grateful Life Tour T-shirt. Those interested should call or visit the website to make an appointment. May 22-30, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Stanford Blood Center, Menlo Park, 445 Burgess Drive, Suite 100, Menlo Park.

Art Galleries

'Silicon Valley Open Studios'
The exhibition "Silicon Valley Open Studios" will share the paintings and photography of Sydell Lewis, Dan McLean, Patricia Nojima, Joyce Savre and Nance Wheeler. Wednesday-Sunday, April 29-May 30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Light of the Landscape'
The Portola Art Gallery hosts "Light of the Landscape," an exhibit of watercolor paintings by Steve Curl -- a Palo Alto watercolor artist and teacher and Palo Alto Daily News editorial cartoonist. Monday-Saturday, May 1-30, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
 

Art Galleries

'Cuban Icons, Cuban Lives'
Gallery 9 will offer an exhibit of photographs by Bill Scull called "Cuban Icons, Cuban Lives," which captures the rich daily lives of Cubans and their compassion, resilience, pride and style. April 28-May 30, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9 Los Altos, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
 

Art Galleries

'Barnyard Friends'
Viewpoints Gallery is showcasing a new group of oil paintings by Julia Munger Seelos entitled "Barnyard Friends." April 28-May 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday only until 3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.
 

Art Galleries

Connect Community Charter School art show
For the month of May, Cafe Zoe has on display the work of 103 young artists from Connect Community Charter School. May 8-31, cafe hours. Free. Cafe Zoe, 2074 Broadway St., Redwood City.

Exhibits

'Into the Wild Woods'
The Community School of Music and Arts currently has on display an exhibition of illustrations and paintings by Bay Area native Liz Amini-Holmes. April 3-May 31, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
 

Clubs/Meetings

ESL Conversation Club in Los Altos
The Los Altos Library will host a weekly ESL Conversation Club, where those new to speaking English can practice their conversational skills. Basic English speaking abilities are needed; no registration is required. The library is also looking for volunteer facilitators for the club. Thursdays, March 12-June 4, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

Classes/Workshops

Foothill College summer registration
This summer Foothill College will offer two six-week summer sessions from June 8 to July 18 and June 29 to Aug. 9, each featuring online and on-campus general education courses. Registration will run from May 7 to June 7. Visit the website for more information. May 7-June 7. $31 per unit. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

Exhibits

Filoli Botanical Art Exhibit
Filoli has on display its 17th annual Botanical Art Exhibit, which contains 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.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Dreams Happen Gala and Playhouse Auction
Stanford Shopping Center and Rebuilding Together Peninsula will collaborate for their 12th year of Dreams Happen, a biennial fundraising event featuring 12 custom-made, life-sized children's playhouses. The gala will include an auction of the playhouses, a dinner and dancing. From May 2 to June 12, the playhouses will be on display. June 6, 6:30-10 p.m. $115 after May 15. Stanford Shopping Center, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto.

On Stage

'Angels in America'
Foothill College Theatre Arts will perform the two-part play "Angels in America" by Tony Kushner. Directed by Bruce McLeod, the production will include a full staging of the first part, "Millennium Approaches," and a dramatic reading of the second part, "Perestroika." The material may not be appropriate for those under age 16. See the website for more info and the full schedule and times. May 28-31, June 4-7 and 10-14. $20 general; $15 student, senior, Foothill employee; $10 OwlCard holder. Foothill College, Lohman Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

Exhibits

'Interaction of Color: Josef Albers'
In its exhibit "Interaction of Color: Josef Albers," the Cantor Arts Center shares a selection of works on paper by abstract painter Josef Albers -- pieces which were donated to the museum by the Marmor family and its foundation. Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 12-June 15, 11 am.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'The Bay Area and Beyond'
The Cantor Arts Center will have on display a long-term exhibit of modern and contemporary art, focusing on the Bay Area. Works will include pieces by artists with Stanford connections, among them Richard Diebenkorn, Nathan Oliveira and Frank Lobdell. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 13-June 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
 

Classes/Workshops

Adult school summer classes registration
Registration for summer classes at the Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School began on Friday, May 15. The summer session will run from June 15 to July 31. Those interested should call or visit the website for more info. May 15-June 19. Prices vary. Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.

On Stage

'The Columnist'
Dragon Productions will offer up performances of "The Columnist," a new play by David Auburn about the powerful American political commentator, Joseph Alsop. The May 28 show is a pay-what-you-will preview. May 28-June 21, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $10-$35. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.

On Stage

'Urinetown: The Musical'
The Los Altos Stage Company will offer a production of "Urinetown: The Musical," a satirical play by Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis set in a fictional, drought-plagued future where citizens protest the government's ban on private toilets. See the website for specific dates. May 28-June 27, Wednesday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. $18-$36. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Exhibits

'Imagining the Oceans'
The Cantor Arts Center has on display an exhibit called "Imagining the Oceans," which brings together artwork across history and cultures inspired by ocean environments. The exhibit features pieces by Willem van de Velde, Charles Meryon, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Willem de Kooning and others -- as well as items from the Pacific Islands region. Wednesday-Monday, March 18-June 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Seeing is Believing'
The Caldwell Gallery presents the exhibit "Seeing Is Believing," with works by members of Peninsula Art Critique that use a variety of media. Featured artists will include Penny Gamel, Jackie Gray, Janice Kirkpatrick, Annette Legallet, Gerry Anne Lenhart and others. Monday-Friday, May 4-June 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Hall of Justice, Caldwell Gallery, 400 County Center, Redwood City.
 

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.

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.

Clubs/Meetings

Language Swap
This weekly Mountain View Public Library event will allow community members to both practice speaking a different language and teach a language to others. All levels and drop-ins are welcome. Thursdays, April 2-July 30, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

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.

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

'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.

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.

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

'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

'Reflect + Create'
The Los Altos History Museum has a new exhibit called "Reflect + Create: Where Art and History Intersect," looking at how artists, makers and creators from the community have taken inspiration from items in the museum's collection. Thursday-Sunday, May 7-Sept. 30, noon-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

Food and Drink

Portola Valley Farmers' Market
This weekly year-round market offers organic veggies, fruits, juices and nuts; farmstead grass-fed meats and chicken; free-range farm eggs; fresh seafood; fair trade coffee; gluten-free and artisan baked goods; orchids; crafts; hot Roli Roti chicken and potatoes; and more. Thursdays, March 12-Nov. 5, 3-7 p.m. (summer hours). Free. Portola Valley Farmers' Market, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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.
 

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 Kudalini 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.

Teen Activities

Alateen 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.