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Benefits/Fundraisers

Lauren's House Chess Tournament
Lauren's House 4 Positive Change Chess Club will host its first Chess Tournament for youth in first through 12th grade. The chess club offers underprivileged children the chance to build confidence and exercise their critical and analytical thinking skills. May 3, 1-5 p.m. $20. Eastside Prep School, 1041 Myrtle St., East Palo Alto.
 

Concerts

Collage Vocal Ensemble: 'There Was a Tree'
The Collage Vocal Ensemble will present a concert called "There Was a Tree: Songs of Flowers, Trees, Birds and Bees," featuring a program that includes Eric Whitacre's "Three Flower Songs," jazz standards by Cole Porter and Joseph Kosma, Broadway hits from "The Secret Garden" and Leonard Bernstein's "Candide," and more. May 3, 3-5 p.m. $15 suggested donation. St. Bede's Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park.

Community Events

Peninsula Rose Society Rose Show
The Peninsula Rose Society will hold its 58th Annual Rose Show, where there will be hundreds of roses on display and a large raffle of potted roses. May 3, 1-5 p.m. Free admission. Redwood City Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City.
 

Concerts

San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra: 'Fauna'
In the concert "Fauna," the San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra will play both classical and contemporary music inspired by the animal kingdom. May 3, 4-6:30 p.m. $18 regular; $10 senior, student. All Saint's Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
 

Concerts

Mandolinist Avi Avital
Stanford Live will welcome Israeli musician Avi Avital, who will perform a concert on mandolin of Baroque, 20th-century and original music. May 3, 2:30 p.m. $30-$60. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.
 

Community Events

Elected officials meet and greet
The League of Women Voters Los Altos-Mountain View will host an informal reception where community members can meet public officials, thank them for their service, ask questions and make comments or suggestions. May 3, 2-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

Family and Kids

Peninsula School Spring Fair
Peninsula School will hold a Spring Fair, where there will be exhibitions, demonstrations, hands-on activities, food, book sales and more. All net proceeds will benefit Peninsula School students. May 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $30 family; $10 adult; $5 child age 3 or older; free for seniors. Peninsula School, 920 Peninsula Way, Menlo Park.
 

Classes/Workshops

OFJCC School for Performing Arts Open House
The new Oshman Family JCC's School for Performing Arts will hold an open house where attendees can meet incoming faculty and learn about the class offerings beginning in September 2015. May 3, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Stanford Medical Library, near the Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

Family and Kids

Old Woodside Store Day
This family event will share the history of the Old Woodside Store and the area during the 1880s. Children's activities will include cutting logs with a two-man saw, cleaving shingles, making dolls and other activities. 27strings will play live bluegrass music. May 3, noon-4 p.m. Free. Woodside Store, 3300 Tripp Road, Woodside.
 

Lectures & Talks

Author Gary Beaudoin on 'Unbroken Web'
Atherton Library will welcome art collector Gary Beaudoin for an illustrated talk on his book "Unbroken Web: The Art of Ellen & Lucy Begay," which delves into the complex work of these Navajo (Dine) weavers. No registration is required. May 3, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

Community Events

Spring MVHA Event: A Speakeasy Afternoon
The Mountain View Historical Society will hold its Membership Meeting Spring Event at the historic Wunderman House, which used to be called the Blue & Gold Kennel Club, a front for illicit activities. The free, public event will offer wild Mountain View history, tours and music. Reservations are required. May 3, 1-3 p.m. Free. Wunderman House, 655 Eunice Ave., Mountain View.

Concerts

'O Happy Day! A Celebration in Song'
This program will feature the church choirs of Christ Church Episcopal, the Haumalu 'o Langi Methodist Church of Tonga, Ladera Community Church, Our Lady of the Wayside Church, Valley Presbyterian Church and Woodside Village Church. A free-will offering will benefit InnVision Shelter Network. A reception will follow. May 3, 4 p.m. Free. Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

2015 Big Bear 5K Run
The Menlo-Atherton Athletic Boosters will hold its 10th annual Big Bear Run, where community members can run a 5K in support of Menlo-Atherton Athletics. Participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt and water bottle. May 3, 9-10 a.m. See website for pricing; discounts for early registration. Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.

Family and Kids

Blossom Mother's Day Open House
Blossom Birth Services will hold a Mother's Day Open House, where visitors can learn about its classes, yoga offerings, library, community resources and retail/resale boutique, the Beanstalk. There will door prizes, info sessions, demos and special discounts. Registration is available online for demos. May 3, noon-5 p.m. Free. Blossom Birth Services, 299 S. California Ave., Suite 120, Palo Alto.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Relay for Life
During this community event sponsored by the American Cancer Society, teams will raise funds for cancer survivor support and cancer research while walking, enjoying food and entertainment, and camping out. Registration is requested. May 2 and 3, 1 p.m.-9 a.m. Free. Cuesta Park, 615 Cuesta Drive, Mountain View.

Exhibits

Silicon Valley Open Studios event in Palo Alto
As part of Silicon Valley Open Studios 2015, Rachel Tirosh, Ruth-Ann Siegel, Ute Kuschnereit, Blue Donya and Rachel Greenberg will share their work, which includes artisn décor pieces, photography, mosaics, paintings and jewelry. May 2 and 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Ruth-Anne Siegel Studio, 759 Talisman Court , Palo Alto.
 

Community Events

A La Carte & Art
This annual festival will offer live music, a juried show with 225 artists, a classic car show, a farmers' market and a children's area. There will also be home and garden and health and wellness displays, as well as food and drink including microbrews, wine and sangria. May 2 and 3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Downtown Mountain View, Castro Street, Mountain View.
 

Exhibits

Kusamura Bonsai Club annual show
Kusamura Bonsai Club will showcase the beauty of these miniature trees during its 55th annual show. Demonstrations by Valerie Monroe on Saturday and club members on Sunday -- both at 1:30 p.m. -- will provide insight into the creation of these living works of art. There will be benefit drawings and tree sales on both days. May 2 and 3, noon-5 p.m. Free. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

Silicon Valley Open Studios: 'Five Views of Nature'
As part of Silicon Valley Open Studios, award-winning local artists Amanda Krauss, Krishna Mitra, Slava Shabrov, Yelena Shabrova and Teresa Silvestri will team up to share artwork in multiple mediums in a show called "Five Views of Nature: Exploring Color & Light." May 2 and 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Site #339, 30 Sunrise Court, Menlo Park.
 

On Stage

Teens Arts Council with 'Ghost Bike'
The Teen Arts Council will present its spring show, "Ghost Bike" by Laura Jacqmin, which follows a girl named Ora who ventures on her bike into the underworld in an attempt to bring her friend Eddie from back the the dead. May 1 and 2, 7:30 p.m.; May 3, 2 p.m. $6. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Classes/Workshops

Girls in Science program
Environmental Volunteers will hold a new program for girls in third through fifth grades designed to develop confidence, competence and passion for natural science. This first four-week series explores how to help the Earth and environment through a variety of science activities. Sundays, April 12-May 3, 1-3 p.m. $10 drop in; $30 prepay for series. EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

On Stage

'The Star Without a Name'
As part of its 2nd Stages series, Dragon Productions will perform "The Star Without a Name," a story about a 12-hour love affair adapted and translated from a text by Romanian playwright Mihail Sebastian. April 16-May 3, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $10-$25. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.

On Stage

'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'
The Los Altos Stage Company will perform the classic drama "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" the story of George and Martha, a dysfunctional couple that draws two house guests into their conflict after a faculty party. April 9-May 3, Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. $34. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Exhibits

'She Who Tells a Story'
The Cantor Arts Center offers an exhibit called "She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World," introducing 12 photographers' work that spans from photojournalism to fine art. Wednesday-Monday, Jan. 28-May 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

On Stage

Menlo Drama with 'Fiddler on the Roof'
The Menlo School Drama Department will put on an outdoor production of the Tony Award-winning musical "Fiddler on the Roof," which follows a Russian family as its Jewish traditions come into conflict with modern influences. Attendees can picnic on the lawn before each performance at 7 p.m. May 1-3, 8 and 9, 8-10 p.m. $10 adult; $5 student. Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.

On Stage

'The Addams Family'
For its next production, the Palo Alto Players will perform "The Addams Family," a musical by Andrew Lippa about a ghoulish American family. April 24-May 10, Thursday, 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $34-$48. Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

On Stage

'Birds of a Feather'
The Pear Avenue Theatre will stage "Birds of a Feather," the third installment of a stage noir trilogy by Paul Braverman that follows the irascible detective Frankie Payne. May 1-24, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. See website for ticket pricing. The Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K, Mountain View.
 

Art Galleries

'Cuba, Paris & California'
Main St. Cafe & Books will 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. On May 2, from 2 to 4 p.m., a reception will be held. 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.

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

'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 will showcase a new group of oil paintings by Julia Munger Seelos called "Barnyard Friends." On May 1, from 5 to 8 p.m., a reception will be held. April 28-May 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday only until 3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.

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.
 

Religion/Spirituality

Stanford University public worship
Memorial Church, a historically important center of spiritual and ceremonial life at Stanford University since 1903, offers weekly Sunday services that are open to the public. Sundays, April 5-June 7, 10-11 a.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
 

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 event benefits Rebuilding Together Peninsula. From May 2 to June 12, the playhouses will be on display. June 6, 6:30-10 p.m. $95 before May 15; $115 after May 15. Stanford Shopping Center, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto.
 

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.

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

'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.

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.
 

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.

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

'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.
 

Sports

Palo Alto Tennis Club
The Palo Alto Tennis Club is now seeking new members. In addition to regular play, the club organizes tournaments and weekly clinics and lessons. Visit the website for registration info. Sundays, Feb. 14-Dec. 31, 9 a.m.-noon. $50 one-year membership; $4 non-member drop-in. Rinconada Park, 777 Embarcadero 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.