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Community Events4th of July Parade & Celebration
The City of Menlo Park's annual 4th of July Parade & Celebration will include a parade through downtown, jumpies, games, crafts, face-painting, rock walls, laser tag and live music by Mustache Harbor. The event is sponsored by Facebook. Wristbands can be purchased in advance at the Arrillaga Gymnasium. July 4, 11:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $7 writstband for some activities. Burgess Park, Alma Street and Burgess Drive, Menlo Park.
ConcertsThe July 4th Firework Spectacular
At this annual celebration, the San Francisco Symphony will play a program of American film music, highlighting selections from "The Sound of Music." The evening will finish with a colorful fireworks show. See website for ticket pricing. July 4, 8 p.m. Prices vary. Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View.
Family and KidsOld-Fashioned Fourth of July
During this San Mateo County History Museum event, children can hand-crank ice cream and make traditional Independence Day crafts. At 1 p.m., adults can view vintage films of the Peninsula from the museum's archives. Admission to the museum will be half off. July 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $3 adult; $2 senior, student; free for children age 5 and under. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Family and KidsChili Cook Off & Summer Festival
The City of Palo Alto will hold the 34th annual Chili Cook Off & Summer Festival on the Fourth of July, where teams from restaurants, work and group affiliations, and police and fire departments will compete for the Best Chili Award. There will also be live music, activities for children and a variety of other holiday food. July 4, noon. Free. Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive., Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsWhat's Eating My Tomatoes?
The local UC Master Gardener team will lead an in-garden workshop on how to protect growing food from squirrels, rats and other vertebrate pests. July 4, 10-11 a.m. Free. Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto.
Community EventsSew Sew Saturday
The Mountain View Public Library invites community members to come by on Saturday mornings to use its four Baby Lock (Grace model) sewing machines and one serger. Appointments are required. Saturdays, April 4-July 4, 10:15 a.m.-noon. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
The Pear Avenue Theatre will end its season with a production of "Arcadia," a contemporary play by Tom Stoppard in which the activity of two scholars living at an English estate is juxtaposed with that of the estate's residents 180 years before. See website for specific dates; no show will be performed on July 4. June 18-July 12, Wednesday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $25/$20 Thursday and Sunday; $30/$25 Friday and Saturday. The Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K, Mountain View.
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.
Family and KidsSummer Learning Program
The Atherton Library's Summer Learning Program for children, teens and adults -- which runs from June through August -- offers a free book for signing up (while supplies last) and another for finishing. Participants can also earn tickets for raffle drawings by completing reading and activity logs. A $1,000 grand prize scholarship will be awarded. Visit the library or its website for more details. June 1-Aug. 31. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
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.
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.
Art Galleries'Pictures at an Exhibition'
Gallery House will host a new show called "Pictures at an Exhibition," a diverse collection of fine art photography from artists Vidya Narasimhan, Steve Shpall and Bill Shupp. On July 10, from 6 to 8 p.m., there will be a reception. June 30-July 25, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 California Ave., Palo Alto.
Exhibits'(re)Connecting with Cuba'
This exhibition at the Community School of Music and Arts shares photos of contemporary Cuba by American photographers. June 12-July 26, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Mohr Gallery, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Community EventsMenlo Film Contest
The City of Menlo Park will celebrate Parks and Recreation Month with a film contest asking families, nonprofits, businesses and social clubs to show how parks make life better in Menlo Park. Entries are due by July 31. An event screening the films and giving awards will take place on Aug. 19 at The Center for Performing Arts, Menlo-Atherton High School. See website for more info. July 1-31. Free. , , Menlo Park.
Art Galleries'Color, Music, People, Cars...Cuba!'
The Main St. Cafe and Books in Los Altos will host a new exhibit of color and black and white photos of Cuba by Denis Kertesz, with Roberta Hutchinson contributing. June 28-July 31, regular cafe hours. Free. Main St. Cafe & Books, 134 Main St., Los Altos.
Art Galleries'Color and Complexity'
Kathy Sharpe, a former Los Altos resident, will present her new paintings of florals and gardens in both realistic and impressionist styles as part of a show called "Color and Complexity. On July 8, from 5 to 8 p.m., there will be a reception. June 30-Aug. 1, 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'Life Lines'
Fine art photographer and digital artist Jeanne Gadol of Portola Valley will celebrate the diverse and beautiful patterns, rhythms and textures of life in the show "Life Lines." On July 12, from 5 to 7 p.m., there will be an opening reception. Wednesday-Sunday, July 1-Aug. 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. The Main Gallery, 1018 Main St., Redwood City.
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.
ConcertsStanford Jazz Festival 2015
The Stanford Jazz Festival will return this summer with 34 concerts featuring a plethora of acclaimed jazz performers, including Eliane Elias, James Farm, John Scofield and John Medeski, Regina Carter, Pete Escovedo, Taylor Eigsti, Keb' Mo', Lisa Carter 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.
On StageTheatre in the Park
Elementary school-age students in Peninsula Youth Theatre's two-week summer classes will perform each week during the summer at local parks and venues. Picnics are welcome. See website for the full schedule and locations. (Performances the week of the Fourth of July will be on Friday, July 3.) Saturdays, June 20-Aug. 15, 6:30 p.m. Free. Parks and venues, including MVCPA Park Stage and Cubberley Auditorium, Mountain View and Palo Alto.
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.
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'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. On July 18 and 19, the artists will be on hand to discuss their work and travels. 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.
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'Baylands Paintings by Bob Schick and Friends'
The Environmental Volunteers Art Gallery will welcome a new installation of works by curator by Bob Schick and his students. The pieces present themes from the Palo Alto Baylands in different media. On July 11, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., there will be a reception with the artists. May 30-Aug. 28, Monday, Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Environmental Volunteers, Art Gallery, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
ExhibitsArt 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.
Live MusicChronicle Nights at Quattro
The Quattro Restaurant will transport visitors to different eras, spanning from the '20s to the '60s, as they enjoy live music (Fridays only) and quality fare. Fridays and Saturdays, July 3-Aug. 29, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Free admission. Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley, Quattro Restaurant , 2050 University Ave., East Palo Alto.
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.
VolunteersGreeter 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.
ExhibitsSummer 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.
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.
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 is offering an exhibit called "Reflect + Create: Where Art and History Intersect," which looks 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.
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.
DanceSocial ballroom dancing
Friday Night Dancers organizes ballroom dancing events each Friday and Saturday evening. Each event starts with a lesson, which is followed by general dancing. No experience or partner is necessary; dressy casual attire is preferred. Cover charge includes refreshments. Friday and Saturday, year-round, 8-11:45 p.m. $9. Cubberley Community Center Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Exhibits'25 Years at the Museum of American Heritage'
This exhibit will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Museum of American Heritage, tracing its history from its opening on Alma Street to its current home at the Williams Property and highlighting memorable exhibits along the way. Friday-Sunday, April 17-Jan. 17, 2016, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. The Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.