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Lectures & Talks

'Death & Life of an Object'
For this Los Altos History Museum event, Marianne Lettieri will lead a discussion about the meanings embedded in historical and everyday materials and how artists use them to express themselves creatively. Aug. 27, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

Lectures & Talks

Author John Markoff on 'Machines of Loving Grace'
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter John Markoff will speak in conversation with Computer History Museum CEO John Hollar about the ideas and insights from Markoff's new book "Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots." Online registration is requested. Aug. 27, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

Health

prAna Takeover at YogaSource
To celebrate its new Palo Alto store opening this fall, prAna will sponsor a studio takeover at YogaSource. prAna's Palo Alto team will raffle off yoga apparel to participants of YogaSource's Hot Pilates class at 5 p.m. and Hour of Power class at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Free. YogaSource, 158 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Health

Postpartum Wellness Class
Conducted by a licensed physical therapist and certified pelvic floor specialist, this class will teach abdominal exercises to strengthen students' cores and provide training in proper posture and body mechanics. Aug. 27, 1-2 p.m. Free. El Camino Hospital, 2400 Grant Road, Mountain View.
 

On Stage

Storytelling for Adults and Teens
Experienced local storytellers Joy Swift, Steve Abel and Gari Gene will perform an hour of traditional oral storytelling as part of a monthly program. Aug. 27, 7-8 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, Orchard Room, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

Lectures & Talks

Author Louise Penny on 'The Nature of the Beast'
Louise Penny, bestselling and award-winning author of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery series, will visit Kepler's Books to share the latest installment and novel, "The Nature of the Beast." Aug. 27, 7 p.m. $20 general. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

Seniors

Avenidas Village Coffee Chat
At the next Avenidas Village Coffee Chat, participants will explore the idea of aging-in-place and whether it would work for them. Only 12 seats are available; reservations can be made by calling 650-289-5405. Aug. 27, 2-3 p.m. Free. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Lifetree Cafe: 'A Story of Hope from Rwanda'
Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park will hold two hour-long conversations that will explore the themes of discussing hope and life's purpose. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Aug. 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Aug. 27, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Volunteers

Living Classroom information meetings
Mountain View Whisman School District's Living Classroom program is looking for volunteers to teach nature-based lessons to students in kindergarten through fourth grade. No prior teaching experience is necessary. These meetings will provide information about the program, gardens and lessons. Aug. 24 and 27, 9-10 a.m. Free. Mountain View Whisman School District Office, Conference Room, 750-A San Pierre Way, Mountain View.

Benefits/Fundraisers

Stanford Blood Center's Choose Your Getaway
Individuals who donate blood between Aug. 21 and 27 will be entered into a Choose Your Getaway drawing. Each day, one donor will win a $200 Hotels.com voucher, and one lucky winner will receive a $500 Southwest Airlines voucher and a $200 Hotel.com voucher. Those interested should call to make an appointment. Aug. 21-27. Free. Stanford Blood Center, 3373 Hillview Ave. , Palo Alto.

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.

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

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

Sports

Palo Alto Babe Ruth Fall Ball registration
Fall Ball registration for the Palo Alto Babe Ruth Baseball League is now open to all players from Palo Alto to Redwood City who will be 13 or 14 years old next May 1. This season is ideal for those interested in improving skills, playing on a full-size field, preparing for January tryouts or high school teams, or just having fun. Play should begin around Labor Day. Aug. 6-30. $150 registration fee.
 

Art Galleries

'Something New and Different'
Linda Tapscott shares some of her artwork made from wire -- including birds' nests and colorful three-dimensional shapes -- in a show called "Something New and Different" at Konditorei cafe in Ladera. On Aug. 26, 11 a.m. to noon, there will be a reception with the artist. Aug. 3-30, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Konditorei, 3130 Alpine Road, Portola Valley.
 

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, .
 

Classes/Workshops

Adult School Fall Session registration
Registration for Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School's Fall Session is underway. The session will run from Sept. 1 to Dec. 18. Visit the website for specific class listings and more info. Aug. 14-Sept. 1. Prices vary. Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.

Community Events

Living Classroom info meetings in Palo Alto
Living Classroom, a new garden-based education program in Palo Alto elementary schools, will offer a few one-hour information sessions. Contact the organization for more info. Aug. 25 (Fairmeadow), Aug. 27 (Duveneck), Sept. 2 (El Carmelo), 9-10 a.m. Free. Fairmeadow Elementary School, Room 26; Duveneck Elementary School, Flex Room, and El Carmelo Elementary School, Multipurpose Room, Palo Alto.
 

Classes/Workshops

Chair Yoga at Little House
This class at Little House Activity Center will instruct participants in chair yoga, which can help improve flexibility, breathing and circulation and provide pain and stress relief, among other benefits. Thursdays, Aug. 13-Sept. 3, 11 a.m.-noon. $20 drop-in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.

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.

On Stage

'The Voice of the Prairie'
Dragon Productions will next stage the contemporary play by John Olive, "The Voice of the Prairie." The story follows an early radio broadcaster named Davey Quinn who is reunited with Frankie, a blind girl he once saved from her abusive father. Aug. 20-Sept. 13, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $10-$35. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.
 

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.

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.

Auditions

ECYS Preparatory Orchestra Auditions
The El Camino Youth Symphony orchestra program is now accepting audition applications for its preparatory orchestras. Young string and wind players with at least one year of private lessons are encouraged to sign up online. Appointments will be held in early September. Aug. 10-Sept. 18.

Art Galleries

'Dichotomy'
Gallery House will next be home to an exhibit of mixed-media and watercolor paintings by artists Nance Wheeler and Patricia Nojima, entitled "Dichotomy: Abstracted Science and Lyrical Landscapes." On Aug. 28, 6-8 p.m., there will be a reception with the artists. Aug. 25-Sept. 19, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

On Stage

'The Country House'
In a Northern California premiere, TheatreWorks will stage a production of "The Country House," a recent Broadway hit by Donald Margulies about a stage and film star who brings her show-biz family to the Berkshires for a summer stock season. There will be no show on Sept. 15; see website for specific times. Tuesday-Sunday, Aug. 26-Sept. 20, 2, 7 or 8:30 p.m. $19-$74. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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

'Metaphors and Memories'
The Community School of Music and Arts' Mohr Gallery has on display an exhibition of collage and sculpture by Lisa Ramirez and Marianne Lettieri called "Metaphors and Memories." Aug. 14-Sept. 27, 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.

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

'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, through Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

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.
 

Food and Drink

Portola Valley Farmers' Market
This year-round market offers organic fruits, veggies, nuts, juices, grass-fed meats, chicken, local farm eggs, fresh seafood, fair trade coffee, nut butters and jams, artisan beer, gluten-free and artisan baked goods, honey and crafts. Hot Roli Roti chicken is also on sale. Thursdays, March 12-Nov. 5, 3-7 p.m. (summer hours). Free. Portola Valley Farmers' Market, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Exhibits

'Astley D. M. Cooper and Mrs. Stanford's Jewels'
The Cantor Arts Center has on display an exhibit entitled "Astley D. M. Cooper and Mrs. Stanford's Jewels," which explores the life and work of the wild Bay Area painter. Cooper, who lived from 1856 to 1924, was known for using a faux Egyptian temple as a studio and paying off debts accrued at bars with paintings. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 5-Nov. 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Rough Around the Edges'
The exhibit "Rough Around the Edges: Inspirations in Paper" presents the work of Ronni Jolles, who uses layered paper, acrylic paint and sealants to create dimensional painting-like pieces. See website for daily schedule. Aug. 26-Dec. 7. Free. Goldman Sports & Wellness Complex and Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

Classes/Workshops

Write Your Life Story memoir class
Taught by local author and writer Phyllis Butler, this weekly class held at Deborah's Palm will assist students in discovering their own voice while writing creatively about their lives. Thursdays, Aug. 13-Dec. 17, noon-1 p.m. $50 series of four classes; $15 drop in. Deborah's Palm Women's Center, 555 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto.

Clubs/Meetings

Language Swap
This weekly Mountain View Public Library event enables community members to both practice speaking a different language and teach a language to others. All levels and drop-ins are welcome. Thursdays, Aug. 6-Dec. 17, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

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 Kundalini 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.

Exhibits

'Piranesi's Paestum'
Composed of 15 drawings by Italian printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi, the Cantor Arts Center exhibit "Piranesi's Paestem: Master Drawings Uncovered" features the artist's largest body of work focused on a single location. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 19-Jan. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Empathy'
This Cantor Art Center exhibit explores the idea and practice of empathy in art ranging from Christian paintings to photography from the Civil Rights era. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 12-Jan. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

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.

Exhibits

'Warriors, Courtiers, and Saints'
The Cantor Art Center's upcoming exhibit "Warriors, Courtiers, and Saints: The Etchings of Jacques Callot" will examine the 17th-century French artist's experimental work in the medium of printmaking. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 26-Feb. 15, 2016, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Clubs/Meetings

ESL Conversation Club in Los Altos
The Los Altos Library's ESL/English conversation club holds regular weekly meetings where community members can drop in to discuss interesting topics, practice speaking skills and meet new friends. No registration is required. Thursdays, year-round, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.