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Classes/WorkshopsLecture: 'The Soil Foodweb'
Alane Weber of Botanical Arts will give a lecture on the foundation of sustainable landscape management: "The Soil Foodweb." Dec. 5, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Town Center - Community Hall, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
ConcertsTraditional & Jazz Holiday Classics
Saxes for the Season, a saxophone quartet featuring Community School of Music and Arts faculty member Mark Russo, highlights three different types of saxophones (soprano, tenor and baritone) in this concert featuring both traditional and jazz holiday classics. Dec. 5, 7-8 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
ConcertsStanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble
The Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble presents its fall program with classic and contemporary works from the Americas. Directed by Murray Low. Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. $10-15. Campbell Recital Hall, Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
Classes/WorkshopsKMVT 15 Photography Workshop
KMVT 15 Silicon Valley Community Media, a local nonprofit, is offering a photography workshop. The December class will cover holiday portraiture. Dec. 5, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $55. KMVT 15 Community Television, 1400 Terra Bella Ave., Suite M, Mountain View.
Community EventsPalo Alto Humane Society Gala
The film "Babe" will be screened at the Palo Alto Humane Society's 105th anniversary gala celebration. Bagpiper Jeff Campbell will also perform, as well as the JewelTones. Phil Giffin (Emmy-nominated producer and composer) and Marilyn Kanes (CEO of Mystery By Design) will co-host. Dec. 5, 7-10 p.m. $5 (includes popcorn and a beverage). The Aquarius Theatre, 430 Emerson St. , Palo Alto.
Community EventsPeace Corps Volunteers Story Jam
Former Peace Corps Volunteers will speak about what it's like to be a part of the volunteer program. Dec. 5, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Unitarian Universalist Church (Fireside Room), 505 East Charleston Road, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsMister G's ABC Fiesta
Hear songs from Mister G's new bilingual album, which combines music and books. This program is funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. Dec. 5, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Lectures & TalksTalk: Health Care for Children with Disabilities
Heidi M. Feldman, M.D., Ph.D. of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, will discuss the health care concepts for delivering effective health care to children with disabilities and chronic illnesses. RSVP required; childcare can be arranged. Dec. 5, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Abilities United, 525 East Charleston Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Contextualizing the Holodomor' Talk
Observations on the 80th anniversary of the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-1933, with Frank Sysyn and Norman Naimark. Dec. 5, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Fisher Conference Center, Arrillaga Conference Center, 326 Galvez St., Stanford.
Community EventsSacred Heart Prep Holiday Boutique
Holiday Boutique at Sacred Heart Prep will host vendors selling fresh seasonal greens, clothing, jewelry, stationery, artisan food and a selection of gift items. Parking is available on campus. Dec. 4-6, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Sacred Heart Schools, 150 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
Art Galleries'The Life & Photographs of Alberto Korda'
Foothill College presents "Korda Moda," an exhibition dedicated to Korda's fashion photography. Gallery hours: Mondays–Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sundays and holidays. Oct. 2-Dec. 6. Free admission; parking is $3. KCI Gallery at Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Benefits/Fundraisers'Christmas at Our House' Holiday Home Tour
Saint Francis High School Women’s Club will host its 25th annual “Christmas At Our House” holiday home tour, featuring four homes in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. All homes will be decorated in holiday decor. Dec. 5-7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $45 and up. Various Four homes in the Los Altos Hills area, Various addresses, Los Altos Hills.
Environment'Capturing Real Life'
Dale Beliveau’s acrylic paintings of landscapes, birds, and wildlife will be on display at the EcoCenter Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., from Aug. 30 until Dec. 7. A public reception will be held at the EcoCenter on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 1-3 p.m. Free. EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Art GalleriesExhibition: 'The Rapture'
The Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University presents "The Rapture," a solo exhibition by Joel Leivick, the Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Photography, features his new photographic works of the Pantheon in Rome. Every day except Monday until Dec. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. T. W. Stanford Art Gallery, 419 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
Benefits/FundraisersHidden Villa Holiday Online Auction
Hidden Villa will host its first Holiday Online Auction, featuring local items and more. All proceeds will support Hidden Villa’s educational programs and scholarships. See URL below to start bidding. Bidding begins Nov. 25 and will close Dec. 10. Cost of auction items. Hidden Villa Holiday Auction, Online, No venue.
Live MusicLive flamenco guitar at Morocco's Restaurant
A live flamenco guitar performance will take place on two Thursdays in December at Morocco's in Mountain View. Dec. 5 and 12, 5-11 p.m. Free. Morocco’s Restaurant, 873 Castro St., Mountain View.
Students will learn a variety of techniques including escapes, submissions, control hands, takedowns and strikes. Thursdays, Sept. 12-Dec. 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $145/$194. Arrillaga Recreation Center, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsBoomer Exercise Ball Blast
This workout class uses exercise (stability) balls to help improve spinal stability, core strength and balance. Offered as a once-a-week or biweekly class. Tuesdays/Thursdays, Sept. 10-Dec. 12, 10:30-11:30 a.m. $156 (once a week). Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Classes/WorkshopsBrazilian Dance and Martial Arts
Classes in the Brazilian martial art Capoeira, as well as Brazilian dance for children and adults begin next month through the City of Palo Alto. Instructor Mestre Beicola is a native of Rio de Janeiro. Oct. 1-Dec. 12. Times and cost vary - see website. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Art GalleriesThe Collage Centennial
This exhibit features collages by 11 artists. The exhibit runs Oct. 1-Dec. 13, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Menlo College Administration Building, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton.
ConcertsScott's Seafood Holiday Drive
Scott’s Seafood in Mountain View is partnering with Community Services Agency (CSA) in Mountain View for its annual holiday sharing program, benefiting CSA. This year will be a pajama dive; drop off donations at the restaurant. Dec. 3-14, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. None. Scott's Seafood Mountain View , 420 Castro St. , Mountain View .
On Stage'November': Play by David Mamet
Dragon Theatre Productions is performing "November," a comedic commentary on the state of the union and national politics. Nov. 21-Dec. 15. No performances on Thanksgiving (Nov. 28). Thursdays-Saturdays: 8 p.m.; Sunday: 2 p.m. $10-35. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.
On StageLos Altos Stage Co.: 'The Sunshine Boys'
The Los Altos Stage Company's production of "The Sunshine Boys" is the story of Lewis and Clark, two longtime comedy partners whose career and friendship came to a sudden and acrimonious end. Nov. 21-Dec. 15, Wednesday-Sunday, 8 p.m. $26-$32. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
SportsPASC Soccer Tryouts
The Palo Alto Soccer Club is holding tryouts for boys and girls U8 – U14, from Nov. 23 to Dec. 15. PASC is forming competitive teams for spring/fall 2014 and encourages boys and girls born from Aug. 1, 1999, to July 31, 2006, to join try out. Times vary. Free. Various field locations, Various times in the afternoon and evening, Palo Alto.
VolunteersBethany Lutheran Church Donations
Beginning Nov. 1, Bethany Lutheran Church will be collecting donations to help feed the local hungry. The money raised will be used to support a Thanksgiving dinner for homeless people and Christmas food baskets for East Palo Alto families. Bring monetary donations to the Church Office by Dec. 15. No cover. Bethany Lutheran Church , 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
Art Galleries'Modernism and Its Discontents'
Nancy J. Troy, the Victoria and Roger Sant Professor in Art and the chair of the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University, is currently teaching from multiple installations at the Cantor for her class, "The Visual Culture of Modernism and Its Discontents, ca. 1850-1925."¯ Sept. 18-Dec. 15, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Community EventsPortola Valley Farmers' Market
This farmers' market at the Portola Valley Town Center features organic fruits and vegetables, local grass-fed beef, free range eggs, fair trade coffee, wild and local seafood, HOT free range rotisserie chickens, local honey, organic olive oil, gluten free baked goods, organic fruit popsicles, nuts and nut butters, pickles and jerky, artisan breads, empanadas, goat’s milk chocolates, flowers, crafts and music. The market runs Thursdays until Dec. 19. 2-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Farmers' Market, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Volunteers2013 Annual Food Drive
From Oct. 21 through Dec. 21, Neighbors Helping Neighbors will place barrels or boxes at participating grocery stores and retail businesses during the food drive season. Sign up via doodle poll: http://doodle.com/xzep33n86kc4em3i. Volunteer to be a sorter, bagger or driver. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Various locations, Various addresses, Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Time' Gallery Exhibit
In this Gallery 9 exhibit, 30 artists explore many facets of time: changing seasons and color, aging, clocks and other abstract metaphors. A variety of 2D and 3D media is on display at Gallery 9 through Dec. 24. A meet-the-artists reception will be held on Friday, Dec. 6, 5-7:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
Art GalleriesGallery House Holiday Show and Sale
The Gallery House Holiday Show and Sale features art gifts in all mediums and price ranges. There will be a public reception on Nov.22 from 6-8 p.m. at the gallery. In December, extended hours include Sundays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Event runs Nov. 17 to Dec. 24. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Religion/SpiritualityUniversity Public Worship
Weekly sermons are scheduled at Memorial Church from 10-11 a.m. with music by university organist Robert Huw Morgan and the Memorial Church choir. Dec. 1, 8 and 24: Rev. Joanne Sanders, associate dean for Religious Life; Nov. 17 and 24: Rev. Scotty McLennan, dean for Religious Life. Dec. 22: Rev. Dr. C. George Fitzgerald. Dec. 29: Rev. Susan Scott. 10-11 a.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
Art GalleriesPortola Art Gallery Group Show
At Portola Art Gallery during the month of December, artists will participate in the group show, “Small Works...Great Values.” Artists will showcase original works of art that are small in size but "large on value and creativity." Dec. 2-31, every day except Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Art Galleries'Art Meets Technology'
Art Meets Technology” presents work by 10 individuals whose accomplishments reside at the intersection of art, science, mathematics and technology. The exhibit draws on manuscript collections from the Stanford University Libraries. Ongoing every day through Jan. 15, 2014. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda, Green Library Bing Wing, 459 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
Classes/WorkshopsFoothill College Winter Quarter Registration
Foothill College Winter Quarter classes will run Jan. 6-March 28. Continuing students can register Nov. 25–Jan. 5 and new/returning students, Nov. 30-Jan. 5. Review more registration dates and instructions at www.foothill.edu. No fee to apply for admission; California residents pay $31 per unit plus basic fees. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Art GalleriesExhibit: Carrie Mae Weems
This exhibit is dedicated to contemporary artist and photographer Carrie Mae Weems. More than 100 photographs, installations and videos. Oct. 16-Jan. 5, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
ExhibitsExhibit: 'Metaphors in Color and Form'
The Los Altos Art Club presents its group art exhibit at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto, on display from Oct. 21 through Jan. 6. There will be an artists' reception on Friday, Nov. 15, 6-8 p.m., at the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall. Free. Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsMVLA Adult Education Winter/Spring 2014 Registration
Registration for the winter and spring 2014 sessions at Mountain View-Los Altos Adult Education begins on Friday, Nov. 22. Course catalog available online for viewing starting Monday, Nov. 18. Winter 2014 session is Jan. 6-March 21; Spring 2014 is March 24-June 6. Cost of classes. MVLA Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.
Art Galleries'Mapping Edo'
Experience Edo-period Japan (1615-1868) through archival maps, prints, and paintings of the capital and surrounding provinces. This exhibition explores the shift that came with Japan's unification at the start of the period. Aug. 23-Feb. 2, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Art Galleries'Border Crossings: From Imperial to Popular Life'
This Cantor Arts Center exhibit explores how the boundaries between social classes and identities are challenged and transcended through 18th-century Chinese paintings. Aug. 23-Feb. 2, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Harmony IV': A Fine Art Photography Exhibit
The Peking Duck Restaurant hosts the sixth in a series of rotating exhibits featuring photographs by Lisa Tesler, Paul Italiano, Kevin Shannon and Gordon C. Ulrickson. Reception with the photographers and Richard Dischler will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 3 to 6 p.m. Exhibit shows through Feb. 3, 2014. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Free. Peking Duck Restaurant, 151 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine in Early 20th-Century Art'
Artists in the first half of the 20th century involved in movements such as Constructivism, Purism and Precisionism found beauty in the machine aesthetic, while proponents of Dadaism and Surrealism embraced chance, accident and the unconscious as new paths to creativity. Nov. 13-March 16, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Film'Flesh and Metal' on Film
A variety of films by or about artists featured in the Cantor Art Center exhibit "Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine in Early 20th-Century Art" will run continuously concurrent with the exhibition. Ongoing every day from Nov. until March 16. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Wed.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursdays until 8 p.m. Free. Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford .
Art Galleries'The Honest Landscape': Photographs by Peter Henry Emerson
Peter Henry Emerson began taking photographs in 1882 in England and soon became an outspoken advocate for fine art photography. This installation presents a selection of Emerson's platinum prints and photogravures featuring the English and Irish countryside. Will be on display Wednesday-Sunday from Nov. 27 until May 4, 2014. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Art Galleries'Royal Image: Portraits, Satires, and Life at Court'
The 16 prints and drawings featured in this installation demonstrate how artists depicted European royalty and courtly culture between the 15th and 18th centuries. Works on view include etchings by Romeyn de Hooghe, who created pointed political satires. Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 27-May 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Support GroupsAlateen Support Meeting
Alateen is a community of young people (12-18 years) whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking. Confidential. Anonymous. Non-professional. Non-Religious. Based on AA's 12 Steps. Thursdays weekly, 7-8 p.m. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 East Meadow Drive, Room 8, Palo Alto.