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Teen ActivitiesTeen Winter Book Club
The Menlo Park Library's book club program for ages 12 to 18 will meet this winter to vote for which book the club will read. Attendees are encouraged to bring book suggestions to the first meeting. Snacks will be provided. Registration is required. Jan. 24, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Public Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.
Family and KidsCreekside Learning Lab open house
The Creekside Learning Lab, an innovative school for grades four and five in Portola Valley, will hold an open house to discuss its philosophy and curriculum. Visitors can meet current staff, students and parents and see the facilities and student projects. The presentation will take place at 2 p.m. Registration is requested. Jan. 24, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Creekside Learning Lab, 884 B-1 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Classes/WorkshopsThe Dating Diamonds System workshop
In this workshop, dating coach Patricia Fuqua will help singles interested in relationships create an action plan for future dating success. The workshop is limited to 20 participants. In addition, on Jan. 25 Fuqua will offer one-on-one consultations. Jan. 24, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $40 until Jan. 23; $45 day of. East West Bookstore, 324 Castro St., Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsPruning demonstrations for grapes, blueberries and roses
Master Gardeners will give three 20-minute demonstrations of how to prune for grapes, blueberries and roses. Each demonstration will be given three times, and attendees can listen to them in any order or one multiple times. Jan. 24, 10-11 a.m. Free. Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsIllustrator Jim LaMarche on 'Winter Is Coming'
Illustrator Jim LaMarche will give a reading and book signing for his book "Winter Is Coming," written by Tony Johnston, which portrays the changing of a season through a child's eyes. RSVP is requested. Jan. 24, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksRaj Patel on Generation Food Project
Raj Patel -- a writer, activist and academic -- will speak about his newest work, Generation Food Project, as well as the global food movement. He will also show a clip from his film and answer questions. Jan. 24, 4-6 p.m. Free. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.
Lectures & TalksEsther Wojcicki on 'Moonshots in Education'
Esther Wojcicki, a Palo Alto teacher and journalist, will discuss her new book "Moonshots in Education: Launching Blended Learning in the Classroom." Jan. 24, 7:30-9 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsSaturday Stoytime with Daniel Wallace
Daniel Wallace, an author/illustrator whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and other publications, will offer a reading of his second children's book, "The Cat's Pajamas." Jan. 24, 2-3 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town and Country Village, Palo Alto.
Environment'Black Ice' documentary screening
This public event will include a screening of the documentary "Black Ice," which tells the dramatic story of Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise ship that set sail to protest Arctic oil drilling. There will also be discussion of what local community members can to get involved. Attendees should enter and exit through the venue's specific parking lot entrance. Jan. 24, 6-7 p.m. Free. Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Zen & the Art of Mushroom Hunting'
Debbie Viess, an amateur mycologist and co-founder of the Bay Area Mycological Society, will share her love of fungi and knowledge about how to find them and why they are scientifically important. Jan. 24, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
DanceMad Molly Morris Team day of dance
The Mad Molly Morris Team, a zany English folk dancing group, will perform in Mountain View at a few locations in Mountain View as part of its winter day of dance. They will be at the Mountain View Performing Arts Center plaza at 1:30 p.m., then continue on to the Mountain View Transit Station at 3 p.m. and then finish at Tied House. Jan. 24, 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Free. Mountain View Performing Arts Center, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Concerts'Walk Together' benefit concerts
For these two benefit concerts entitled "Walk Together," which pay homage to Martin Luther King Jr. and the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, musicians from the African American Composer Initiative, as well as the Eastside Choir, will perform a program of jazz, classical music, spirituals, freedom songs and art music. Jan. 24 and 25, 3 p.m. $20 general; $5 senior, student. Eastside College Preparatory School, Performing Arts Center, 1041 Myrtle St., East Palo Alto.
Religion/SpiritualityLos Altos Reiki Center classes
The Los Altos Reiki Center will offer two classes on the art of Reiki, which aims to reduce stress and enhance health and happiness through a gentle touch. Call or visit the website for more info. Jan. 11 (Reiki 1) and Jan. 25 (Reiki 2), 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $200 Reiki 1; $225 Reiki 2. Los Altos Reiki Center, 745 Distel Drive, Los Altos.
Exhibits'Land and Sea'
Garden Fresh restaurant will have on display a solo exhibit of oil paintings of Bay Area landscapes and seascapes by local artist Bonnie Hicks. Nov. 25-Jan. 27, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Art Squared'
Viewpoints Gallery will hold an all-gallery group show in January called "Art Squared," featuring the work of 15 local artists in oils, watercolor, pastels, mixed media and ceramics. Jan. 8-30, Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.
Art Galleries'Treasures Revealed'
The Portola Art Gallery will host "Treasures Revealed," a joint exhibit of work by Shaowei Liu and Yvonne Newhouse with watercolor paintings of brief, precious moments in life. Monday-Saturday, Jan. 1-31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
On Stage'The Libation Bearers'
Dragon Productions Theatre Company will stage the Greek tragedy by Aeschylus "The Libation Bearers," in which siblings Orestes and Electra seek vengeance for their father Agamemnon's death at the hands of their mother, Clytemnestra. Jan. 15-Feb. 1, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $22. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.
The Palo Alto Players will put on a production directed by Jeffrey Lo of the play "Eurydice," a contemporary re-imagining of the Greek myth of Eurydice and Orpheus that explores themes of memory, love and loss. The play is recommended for viewers ages 12 and older. Jan. 16-Feb. 1, Thursday, 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $31-$45. Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Here & There'
Gallery 9 Los Altos will have on display a solo exhibit called "Here & There" of watercolor paintings by Suej McCall, inspired by the local artist's travels. Jan. 2-Feb. 1, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9 Los Altos, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
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-Monday, Aug. 13-Feb. 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
Benefits/FundraisersThe Beginner's School fundraiser
The Beginner's School, a free online art school founded by Phil Shemanski of Los Altos, is holding an online fundraising campaign with the goal of adding a sculpture course to its offerings. Visit the website for more info. Through Feb. 5. Donations requested. , , Los Altos.
On Stage'Junie B. Jones, The Musical'
Palo Alto Children's Theatre will stage a production of "Junie B. Jones, The Musical," which follows the adventures of the titular character in first grade. Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 22-Feb. 8, see website for specific dates and times. $12 child; $14 adult. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, Main Stage, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
On Stage'2 Pianos 4 Hands'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of "2 Pianos 4 Hands," a comic coming-of-age story about two piano students who fall just short of stardom. Featured music ranges from Bach and Beethoven to Scott Joplin and Jerry Lee Lewis. See website for specific times, dates and pricing. Jan. 14-Feb. 8. $19-$74; discounts available for educators, seniors, those age 30 and under. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Exhibits'Movements for Change'
The Peterson Gallery at Stanford will mount an exhibit of photography by Bob Fitch called "Movements for Change," which captures moments in American civil rights history, farm workers organizing and the peace movement of the 1960s and '70s. The exhibit is accessible daily, except for some holidays. Nov. 20-Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Green Library, Bing Wing, Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford.
ExhibitsEcoCenter winter hours
The Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter will change its open schedule to winter hours beginning Jan. 3. Saturdays and Sundays, Jan. 3-Feb. 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Shop, Gallery, Studio'
This exhibit of 17th and 18th century prints and drawings by European artists will focus on the public spaces in which people view, buy and converse about art, as well as the identities of the professional artist and serious connoisseur. Wednesday-Monday, Oct. 15-March 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Raúl Cañibano: Storyteller'
The Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College will host an exhibit called "Raúl Cañibano: Storyteller," which shares images by the Havana-based photographer which capture Cuba, its people and their struggles in the post-revolution era. On Jan. 21, there will be an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 21-March 11, center hours. Free. Krause Center for Innovation, KCI Gallery, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Exhibits'Museum of American Heritage: A to Z'
The exhibit, "Museum of American Heritage: A to Z," will show off the breadth and depth of the museum's collection of electrical and mechanical inventions -- including some objects rarely shown to the public. Oct. 10-March 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsPersuasive writing and reading courses
Based on Common Core standards, these courses will lead students in developing their own voices through reading and writing persuasive pieces. Saturdays, Jan. 24-March 16, 9:30-10:30 a.m. (ages 7-8); 10:45-11:45 a.m. (ages 9-11). $224 resident; $301 non-resident; plus $25 materials fee. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.
Exhibits'Loose in Some Real Tropics'
The Cantor Arts Center will arrange an exhibit called "'Loose in Some Real Tropics': Robert Rauschenberg's 'Stoned Moon' Project, 1969-1970," which shares and documents Rauschenberg's lithographs, drawings, photographs and correspondence from his participation in the NASA Art Program capturing the Apollo 11 mission. Wednesday-Monday, Dec. 24-March 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Daumier on Art and the Theatre'
This exhibit of 16 prints and one drawing by Honore Daumier will contemplate the public reception of painting and the performing arts in the mid-19th century, as well as art theory. Oct. 8-March 16, Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, Robert Mondavi Family Gallery, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Bear Walker Society'
This Cantor Arts Center exhibit entitled "Bear Walker Society: Explorations in Global Modernism" will feature the work of the prominent Anishnaabe artist Norval Morrisseau and examine how traditional Anishnaabe beadwork and interactions with Picasso influenced his style. Wednesday-Monday, through March 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
The Lynn Krywick Gibbons Gallery will have on display an exhibit called "Sensual Splendor: Medieval Art from the Cantor Collection," which includes medieval icons, funerary portraits and textiles from Byzantium, the Latin West and Islam. Through March 30, Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
The Palo Alto Art Center will explore the sound of art in an exhibition called "Hear This!" The center will celebrate the new exhibit with a Friday Night at the Art Center event on Jan. 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Jan. 17-April 12, center hours. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends'
The Los Altos History Museum will have on display an exhibit called "Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends" which examines the reasons why this area turned from orchards to a technology hub. The exhibit will focus on local factors and figures who contributed to the transformation. Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 18-April 19, noon-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Exhibits'Drama of Heaven and Earth'
The Cantor Arts Center will arrange an exhibit called "Drama of Heaven and Earth: The Theatrical Traditions of Japan," which tells the history of the Japanese dramatic art of Noh through masks, ceramics, prints and other visual materials. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 17-June 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
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.
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'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-Oct. 26, 2015, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, 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.
Community EventsSew Sew Saturday
The Mountain View Public Library invites community members to drop by on Saturday mornings to use its four Baby Lock (Grace model) sewing machines and one serger. Appointments are required. Saturdays, year-round, 10:15 a.m.-noon. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.