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Benefits/Fundraisers

Back To School Drive
YIPEE and Community Services Agency will hold its fourth annual Back to School Drive where community members can donate school supplies and socialize. Last year, 300 school supplies were collected for local students in Mountain View and Los Altos. Aug. 21, 5-7 p.m. $5-$10 in advance. Country Inn and Suites, 1300 Chesapeke Terrace, Sunnyvale.
 

Lectures & Talks

'Replace Your Lawn with Drought-Tolerant California Natives'
Alex von Feldt will give a talk presenting no-lawn landscaping styles and ideas, as well as offering tips on choosing appropriate plants and watering more efficiently. Aug. 21, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

Family and Kids

Jump for Joy Music
Jump for Joy Music will hold a musical program with a variety of instruments and humor that celebrates reading, music and the arts. Aug. 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

Lectures & Talks

VC Taskforce: Angel Elevator Pitch
VC Taskforce will hold an Angel Elevator Pitch event where entrepreneurs can present their ideas to angel investors and executives. Aug. 21, 6-8:30 p.m. $35-$90. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 2 Palo Alto Square, Palo Alto.
 

Classes/Workshops

Urban Bicycle Class
This crash course will inform bicyclists on their rights and how to ride safely in urban environments. Those interested are encouraged to register early, as spaces fill up. Aug. 21, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Cognition Cyclery, 903 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

Lectures & Talks

'From Mainframe to Smartphone'
Dr. Dileep Bhandarkar from Qualcomm will give a talk, "From Mainframe to Smartphone: What an Amazing Trip It's Been," in which he will discuss the series of disruptive technologies which have resulted in smartphones and cloud computing. Please register on the website. Aug. 21, noon-1 p.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
 

Concerts

Running with Scissors concert
At the final Portola Valley Summer Concert, Running With Scissors will perform a mixture of soul, rock, blues and American country music. Gourmet food will be available from Los Altos Taqueria and Seoulful Korean Frid Chicken. The band will start at 6 p.m. Aug. 21, 5-8 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

Family and Kids

Imagination Playground Party
The Portola Valley Library will host an event with Imagination Playground blocks. People of all ages are welcome to play and build with these safe, oversized blocks. Aug. 21, 5-6 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

On Stage

San Francisco Mime Troupe: 'Ripple Effect'
The San Francisco Mime Troupe will perform its latest show, "Ripple Effect," a tale about an activist, immigrant and a techie aboard a tour boat in the San Francisco Bay. Music begins at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. August 21, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Mitchell Park, South Field, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto.
 

Lectures & Talks

3D Printing Demonstration
The Portola Valley Library will hold a demonstration event for its new MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer, which can create real objects from a digital model. Attendees can touch samples and ask questions. Teens and adults can sign up to be trained to use the printer. Aug. 21, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

Lectures & Talks

Author Gregg Hurwitz on 'Don't Look Back'
Author Gregg Hurwitz, thriller author and creator of stories for Marvel and DC comics, will share his standalone novel, "Don't Look Back." Aug. 21, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.

Film

Movies on the Square: 'The Croods'
The next film shown for Redwood City's Movies on the Square series will be "The Croods," an animated prehistoric comedy in which the world's first family heads out on an adventure after their cave is destroyed. Aug. 21, 8:15 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.

Live Music

Le Vice at Cogswell Concert Series
Indie band Le Vice will play its eclectic blend of hip-hop, electro, classical, indie pop and more as part of the Cogswell Concert Series. Aug. 21, noon. Free. Cogswell Plaza, 270 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Community Events

linkAges TimeBank orientation
Red Rock Coffee will host linkAges for an orientation on TimeBanking. Community members will learn how this model of sharing skills and services works, as well as create their own service offers and requests. Aug. 21, 6-7 p.m. Free. Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View.

Lectures & Talks

Author Daniel J. Levitin on 'The Organized Mind'
David J. Levitin, an author and neuroscientist, will share his book "The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload," which shed lights on how the brain responds to many activities, including listening to music and handling many details. Aug. 21, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Community Events

FabMo Fashion Show
The Mountain View Senior Center will host an afternoon fashion show where designers from FabMo will show off custom outfits made from materials otherwise destined for the landfill. Senior Center patrons will model the clothing. The event will also include refreshments and a raffle. Aug. 21, 2 p.m. Free. Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View.
 

Religion/Spirituality

Lifetree Cafe conversation
Lifetree Cafe in Menlo Park will host two hour-long conversations called "What Ancient Practices Can Teach Us About Religion," during which attendees will discuss how these practices can help them connect with God. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be provided. Aug. 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Aug. 21, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.

Family and Kids

Outdoor painting summer camp
The Art School of San Francisco Bay will hold an outdoor painting camp called "Portrait of the Bay" for intermediate students from age 7 to 13. High-quality art materials will be provided. August 18-22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $200 for half-day week; $400 for full-day. Baylands Nature Preserve, 2775 Embarcadero Way, Palo Alto.

Family and Kids

Art School of San Francisco Bay summer camps
This summer the Art School of San Francisco Bay will offer art camps for all levels. They include Plein Air for beginners and advanced students, Portrait painting and Art History Applied. Participants will learn valuable artistic skills and enjoy the creative environment. Both half and full-day camps are offered. Monday-Friday, June 16-August 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $200 for half-day week; $400 for full-day. Accent Arts Store, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

On Stage

'War of the Worlds'
This Stanford Repertory Theater production will re-create Orson Welles' 1938 radio broadcast of H.G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds," which tricked some listeners into believing there was an alien invasion. Aug. 14-23, Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. $25 general; $15 student/senior. Old Union, Nitery Theater, 520 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.

Art Galleries

'Compositions in Light'
Gallery House will have on display an exhibit of landscape photography called "Compositions in Light" by Bay Area artist Vidya Narasimhan. An artist reception will be held on Aug. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. July 29-Aug. 23, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Stonewalled in Jerusalem'
Santa Cruz mixed media artist Sara Friedlander will have on display her visually arresting and socially focused artwork, which contemplates the Israeli/Palestinian impasse. Using original and archival images, she explores both sides and welcomes viewers' ideas about moving forward. May 16-August 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

Classes/Workshops

Linocut Printing with Shirley Hollis
Shirley Hollis will teach students how to do linocut printing safely, including how to make a personal chop (signature seal) and a reverse image print. Thursdays, Aug. 14-28, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $110. Accent Arts, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Capturing Light'
"Capturing Light: The World as We See It" is a judged exhibit and sale of 50 prints by members of the Palo Alto Camera Club, including 12 photos taken in Havana, Cuba. A percentage of proceeds from print sales will go to Cultural Kaleidoscope, a City of Palo Alto program supporting art in local schools. Monday-Friday, March 10-August 28, 8 a.m.-noon; 1-5 p.m. Free. Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.

Art Galleries

'New Works' exhibit by Jerry Peters
The Portola Art Gallery will have on display an exhibit called "New Works," a number of acrylic paintings of vintage trucks, windmills and tractors, as well as still life and landscape paintings, by Palo Alto artist Jerry Peters. Monday-Saturday, Aug. 1-31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, Allied Arts Guild, Menlo Park.
 

Art Galleries

Works by Judi Keyani
Recent works by Bay Area artist Judy Keyani will be on display at Gallery 9, including pastel, oil paint and sketch pieces. July 29-Aug. 31, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

Exhibits

'Peaches on a Tree'
An exhibit of colorful and emotional paintings by artists of Art For Well Beings, a Palo Alto art studio for people with special needs, will be on display at the Palo Alto Art Center. Tuesday-Sunday, July 1-Aug. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Peanuts' paintings by Tom Everhart
Peabody Fine Art Gallery will host an exclusive exhibition of works by Tom Everhart, who was permitted by Charles Schulz to paint his Peanuts comic strip characters in his own style. July 19-Sept. 1, 10:15 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Free. Peabody Fine Art Gallery, 603 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Exhibits

'Luminous Essays'
The Caldwell Gallery will have on display "Luminous Essays," an exhibit of works by fine art photographers from the Peninsula Photographic Arts Guild. July 2-Sept. 3, 5 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Caldwell Gallery, 400 County Center at the Hall of Justice, Redwood City.
 

Health

Pilates Cardiocamp
Pilates Cardiocamp classes offer a workout designed to build the core (abs and back) and strengthen the lower and upper body. New students will receive a free week of classes. See the website for locations, rates and more info. Monday-Friday, Aug. 4-Sept. 5, 6, 7 or 9 a.m. , , Los Altos and Woodside.

On Stage

'Moonlight and Magnolias'
Dragon Productions will perform "Moonlight and Magnolias," a play which dramatizes the making of the film "Gone with the Wind," during which the producer David O. Selznick fired his director and hired a screenwriter who didn't know the book. Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 14-Sept. 7, 8 p.m. $30. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.

Exhibits

'Fearless Genius'
The Computer History Museum will have on display a photography exhibit by Doug Menuz called "Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley, 1985-2000." It consists of 50 photographs documenting innovators at Apple, Kleiner Perkins, Adobe and other companies. Wednesday-Sunday, July 9-Sept. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $15 general; $12 student/senior/military. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Dana Harel: Between Dreams and Nightmares'
A solo exhibition of new works by Redwood City artist Dana Harel will be on display at the Palo Alto Art Center. Organized by Laguna Art Museum, the exhibit consists of 15 mixed-media drawings of animal and human figures, reflecting the messiness of war. June 14-Sept. 7, center hours. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

On Stage

'Water by the Spoonful'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, "Water by the Spoonful," a story about a community of strangers who find refuge in an online chat room. Tuesday-Saturday, Aug. 20-Sept. 14, see website for specific times and dates. $19-$74. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

Classes/Workshops

Foothill College Fall Quarter registration
Foothill College Fall Quarter registration will be open on the school's website beginning July 21. Classes will run from Sept. 22 to Dec. 12. Students are encouraged to register early for the best course selection. July 21-Sept. 22. $31/unit for California residents, plus basic fees. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Volunteers

Silicon Valley Tour de Coop preparation
Neighbors Helping Neighbors will hold a variety of volunteer activities leading up to and during the Silicon Valley Tour de Coop, a bike ride between chicken coops and home gardens on Sept. 21. Volunteer opportunities include putting up fliers and posters, doing test bike rides, organizing other small events to spread the word and staffing locations on tour day. The organization also seeks community members with chicken coops, beehives and home gardens to host stops. June-September, dates and times vary. Free. Neighbors Helping Neighbors events, various nearby locations, Palo Alto and Mountain View.

Exhibits

'The New Landscape'
The Cantor Arts Center will mount an exhibit called "The New Landscape: Experiments in Light by Gyorgy Kepes," which explores art's relevance in a scientific age. Forty-five panels by the Hungarian-born American artist capturing scientific imagery (minerals, cellular patterns and tissue fibers) will be on display. Wednesday-Sunday, July 24-Nov. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. (starting Sept. 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China'
The exhibit "Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China: Photographs of Land and Culture" will be on display at the Krause Center for Innovation. June 23-Sept. 26, center hours. Free. Krause Center for Innovation, 12345 El Monte Road, Building 4000, Los Altos Hills.

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-Sunday, Aug. 20-Sept. 28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. (starting Sept. 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Decline & Renewal'
The Mohr Gallery will have on display an exhibit called "Decline & Renewal, Mixed Media Works on Paper" by artist Erin Goodwin-Guerrero. Aug. 8-Sept. 28, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Exhibits

Yosemite Memories
Garden Fresh restaurant will have on display an exhibit of acrylic paintings on canvas by local artist Diana Ware Collins. Her works depict landscapes and scenes from her time spent in Yosemite and abroad. July 30-Sept. 30, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Night, Smoke and Shadows'
This exhibition, named "Night, Smoke and Shadows: The Presence of Atmosphere in the 19th Century," includes prints, drawings and photographs by artists such as James McNeill Whistler, Max Klinger, Felicien Rops and Alvin Langdon Coburn. Wednesday-Sunday, May 14-Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. (after September 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Artists Observe Nature'
This exhibition features about 18 prints and drawings that focus on the post-17th century impulse to study nature. Wednesday-Sunday, May 14-Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. (after September 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Seniors

La Comida Senior Lunch Program
Nonprofit La Comida welcomes seniors age 60 and older and their guests to enjoy an appetizing and nutritious three-course lunch, along with camaraderie, music and activities. Lunch is served weekdays at three Palo Alto locations. Visit the website or call for the other venues and more info. Monday-Friday, year-round, 11:15-12:15 p.m. $3 voluntary contribution for adults 60 and over; $8 charge for those under 60. La Comida Main Dining Room, Avenidas Center, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
 

Volunteers

La Comida volunteer opportunities
The La Comida Senior Lunch Program has various volunteer opportunities available, including helping to welcome and serve seniors, translate, assist with special programs and do community outreach. Monday-Friday, year-round, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. La Comida Main Dining Room, Avenidas Center, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.

Exhibits

Pop Art from SFMOMA
To celebrate its new neighbor, the Anderson Collection, the Cantor Arts Center will have on display an exhibit of 10 pop art works that were originally part of the Andersons' donation to SFMOMA. Aug. 13-Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. (starting Sept. 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
 

Food and Drink

Portola Valley Farmers' Market
The farmers' market at the Portola Valley Town Center features organic fruit and vegetables, free range eggs, fair trade coffee, wild and local seafood, hot free range rotisserie chickens, local honey, organic olive oil, gluten-free baked goods, nuts and nut butters, pickles, jerky, artisan breads, flowers, crafts and music. Thursdays, year-round, 3-7 p.m. (summer hours). Portola Valley Farmers' Market, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Exhibits

'Sympathy for the Devil: Satan, Sin and the Underworld'
As Jackson Pollock’s painting "Lucifer" comes to Stanford’s Anderson Collection, this exhibit will explore the visual history of the devil and his realm from the 16th to the 20th century. Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 20-Nov. 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. (starting Sept. 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Within and Without: Transformations in Chinese Landscapes'
Fifteen works of Chinese landscape will be on display. Wednesday-Sunday, Feb. 19-Dec. 14., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. (after September 21, the center will also be open on Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Food and Drink

520 Chef's Table
At this monthly event, the Garden Court Hotel will offer a six course pre fixe menu with cocktails and wine pairings. The chef will speak about each course, sharing his ideas and resources. Third Thursday of the month, July-December, 7-9:30 p.m. $155 per guest, approximately (includes tax). Garden Court Hotel, 520 Cowper St., Palo Alto.
 

Classes/Workshops

For the Love of Dance classes
For the Love of Dance offers training in ballet, jazz, tap and other styles of dance. Serving Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Altos and Sunnyvale, it is a family-owned studio that teaches dance to children and adults at all levels of ability. Visit website to learn about specific offerings. March through December. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.
 

Exhibits

'Well Pressed'
The Cantor Arts Center will have on display an exhibit called "Well Pressed: Highlights from the Marmor Collection." The exhibit is made up of 13 pieces, many prints, by artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Richard Serra and Frank Stella. Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 13-Feb. 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. (starting Sept. 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, 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-Sunday, Aug. 13-Oct. 26, 2015, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. (starting Sept. 21, the center will be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Art Galleries

'From the Ground Up'
Artists Martha Castillo and Trevlyn Williams will have new works on display at Gallery House, which are inspired by the colors, textures and light of California's natural landscapes. A reception will be held on July 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. July 1-26, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.