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Lectures & Talks

'The Giant Cascadia Earthquake of January 26, 1700'
For the U.S. Geological Survey's July Evening Public Lecture, Brian Atwater of USGS Seattle will offer a talk entitled "The Giant Cascadia Earthquake of January 26, 1700: Detective Stories from North America and Japan." July 30, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. U.S. Geological Survey, Rambo Auditorium, Building 3, 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park.
 

Lectures & Talks

Author Linda Lambert on 'A Rapture of Ravens'
Award-winning local author Linda Lambert will read from and talk about the finale to her Justine Trilogy, "A Rapture of Ravens: Awakening in Taos." July 30, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
 

Auditions

Schola Cantorum Auditions
Schola Cantorum invites those looking for an outlet for their singing to audition for the choral group during two events with Music Director Gregory Wait. July 30 and Aug. 13, 7-9 p.m. Free. Braun Music Center, 541 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
 

Lectures & Talks

Michelle K. Lee of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
At this Churchill Club event, Michelle K. Lee, head of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will discuss issues of critical interest to Silicon Valley and innovation. July 30, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $25 Churchill Club member; $35 nonmember. Microsoft Corporation, Silicon Valley Campus, Building 1, 1065 La Avenida St., Mountain View.
 

Teen Activities

Summer Book Club: Books To Movies 3
The last summer meeting of the Teen Book Club will include a screening of the film version of the book read and discussed earlier in the summer. The session may go longer than usual, depending on the length of the movie. Lunch will be included. July 30, 12:30-2 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.
 

Lectures & Talks

'Water, Water, Everywhere and Not a Drop?'
This public event held by local Dartmouth and Harvard alumni associations will feature a panel about the water crisis moderated by Rick DeGolia, Atherton mayor, and with participants including Felicia Marcus, chair of the California State Water Resources Control Board. The panel will explore regulatory, behavioral and moral issues important to adjusting to the state's current and future water situation. July 30, 6-8:30 p.m. $30 member; $45 nonmember. University Club, 3277 Miranda Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Concerts

Prelude Performances
Prelude Performances, popular free events at Music@Menlo's annual summer festival, will showcase young artists ages 18 to 29 from the Chamber Music Institute's International Program. See website for specific dates, times and venues. July 18-Aug. 7. Free. Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for Performing Arts, and Menlo School, Stent Family and Martin Family halls, Atherton.
 

Concerts

Concert Program IV: 'Hopeful Years, 1825-1826' (July 30)
Music@Menlo's fourth concert program in its summer festival exploring the work of Franz Schubert will present works from 1825 and 1826 that express great joy, occasionally interrupted by ominous passages. The program will be concluded by his masterful String Quartet in G Major. July 30, 8 p.m. $68/$60 general; $30/$20 under age 30. Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.

Seniors

Safe Driving 101
Rosemary from the Department of Motor Vehicles' Senior Driver Ombudsman program will give a talk sharing important information about driving as a senior citizen. Areas to be covered include myths about older drivers, license renewal options, compensating for changes that come with age, transportation alternatives and more. July 30, 1-2 p.m. Free. Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View.

Lectures & Talks

'Job Hunting, Networking, and Interviewing'
At the next Curious Conversation, career coach Diane Zoi will demystify the processes of figuring out one's calling, writing effective resumes and cover letters, and preparing for interviews. July 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Curious.com Headquarters, 100 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park.
 

On Stage

'Julia Morgan, Hearst Caste Architect'
At this Menlo Park Library event, Jill Jackson will offer a one-woman show playing the famed architect of Hearst Castle, Julia Morgan. Her performance will be followed by a talk and Q&A session with Roxann Jacobus, a retired Asilomar State Park ranger and Julia Morgan expert. July 30, 7 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Health

Dr. Anne Burleight Jacobs on stroke rehabilitation
Dr. Anne Burleigh Jacobs, author of "Highs, Lows and Plateaus: A path to recovery from stroke," will speak on rehabilitation of the arm and hand, as well as share a practical approach and tools for stroke survivors. July 30, 2:30-4 p.m. Free. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Concerts

Music@Menlo Master Classes
During Music@Menlo's 2015 summer festival, young artists and faculty from the Chamber Music Institute will hold master classes to exchange ideas, discuss interpretive approaches and prepare classical music masterworks for the stage. July 21-24 and 29-31, Aug. 3, 4, 6 and 7, 11:45 a.m. Free. Menlo School, Martin Family Hall, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
 

Art Galleries

'TEXTure'
Bryant Street Gallery will present an exhibit called "TEXTure," a collection of new work by Michael Shemchuck that uses recycled and repurposed materials to explore how paper is becoming obsolete. Tuesday-Saturday, July 7-31, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Thursday til 7 p.m. Free. Bryant Street Gallery, 532 Bryant St., Palo Alto.

Community Events

Menlo Film Contest
The City of Menlo Park will celebrate Parks and Recreation Month with a film contest asking families, nonprofits, businesses and social clubs to show how parks make life better in Menlo Park. Entries are due by July 31. An event screening the films and giving awards will take place on Aug. 19 at The Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton High School. See website for more info. July 1-31. Free. , , Menlo Park.
 

Art Galleries

'Color, Music, People, Cars...Cuba!'
Main St. Cafe and Books in Los Altos is hosting an exhibit of color and black and white photos of Cuba by Denis Kertesz, with Roberta Hutchinson contributing. June 28-July 31, regular cafe hours. Free. Main St. Cafe & Books, 134 Main St., Los Altos.
 

Art Galleries

'Color and Complexity'
Kathy Sharpe, a former Los Altos resident, presents her new paintings of florals and gardens in both realistic and impressionist styles as part of a show called "Color and Complexity." June 30-Aug. 1, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9 Los Altos, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

On Stage

'Triangle'
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will launch its 2015-2016 season with the world premiere of "Triangle," a contemporary musical about parallel romances that transpire a century apart. See website for specific dates and times. July 8-Aug. 2. $19-$74. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

'Life Lines'
Fine art photographer and digital artist Jeanne Gadol of Portola Valley will celebrate the diverse and beautiful patterns, rhythms and textures of life in the show "Life Lines." Wednesday-Sunday, July 1-Aug. 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. The Main Gallery, 1018 Main St., Redwood City.
 

Teen Activities

Student Equity Action Network Summer Program
The Student Equity Action Network (SEAN), a nonprofit dedicated to closing the achievement gap in the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD), will hold a free summer program for rising eighth- through 11th-graders in PAUSD. Monday-Thursday, June 29-Aug. 6, noon-4 p.m. Free. Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
 

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

'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. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Concerts

Stanford Jazz Festival 2015
The Stanford Jazz Festival will return this summer with 34 concerts featuring a plethora of acclaimed jazz performers, including Allison Miller, Victor Lin, James Farm, Taylor Eigsti and others. See website for specific dates, times and pricing. June 19-Aug. 8. Prices vary. Stanford University venues, including Bing Concert Hall and Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford.

On Stage

'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum'
Foothill Music Theatre will present a production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," a fast-paced musical comedy set in Rome, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. July 23-Aug. 9, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $12-$32. Smithwick Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

On Stage

'Hay Fever'
For the main stage production of its 17th annual summer festival, Stanford Repertory Theater will perform "Hay Fever," Noel Coward's witty comedy about family life. July 16-Aug. 9, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $25 general; $15 student, senior, unemployed. Memorial Auditorium, Pigott Theater, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford.

Concerts

Music on the Plaza
The Palo Alto Downtown Business and Professional Association and Stanford Federal Credit Union will present weekly live music concerts in King Plaza in front of City Hall, featuring acts including Dutch Uncle, Chris Cain, Pride n' Joy, California Cowboys, SOL and Fleetwood Mask. Dinner will be available from a few food trucks. Thursdays, July 9-Aug. 13, 6-8 p.m. Free. City Hall Plaza, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.

Health

Healthy Lives Challenge
OpenIDEO and NBCUniversal have launched the Healthy Lives Challenge, which aims to develop a set of solutions that use technology to improve health, in particular among the Hispanic population in the U.S. Meet-ups are held weekly during this 12-week challenge. Thursdays, May 21-Aug. 13, 6-8 p.m. Free. Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
 

Health

Free Fitness Bodyweight Class
Former Belgian professional gymnast Alexandre Wayenberg will provide free bodyweight fitness classes four mornings each week. RSVP is required; visit the website for more info. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, July 13-Aug. 14, 7 a.m. Free. Sylvan Park, 550 Sylvan Ave., Mountain View.

On Stage

'Snoopy!!! The Musical'
In this outdoor "Hot Dog" season production, Palo Alto Children's Theatre will present "Snoopy!!! The Musical," the musical sequel to "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" that finds the favorite Peanuts character singing and dancing in a series of comic vignettes. Wednesday-Sunday, July 29-Aug. 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $12 child; $14 adult. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

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. 17, 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.
 

Concerts

Summer Jazz at Stanford
Stanford Shopping Center will hold a ten-week series of free concerts featuring international and local jazz performers. The shows will take place in the courtyard between Nordstrom and Crate & Barrel. Thursdays, June 18-Aug. 20, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Shopping Center, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto.

Teen Activities

2015 Palo Alto Youth Council applications
The Palo Alto Youth Council is a group of 15 to 20 dedicated youth ambassadors to the City Council, with the goal of building connections between teens and the greater Palo Alto community. Visit the website to learn more. The application deadline is Aug. 21. Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto .

Art Galleries

'Out of the Blue'
Gallery House will showcase abstract paintings by Charlotte Coqui and Wendy Fitzgerald in an exhibit called "Out of the Blue." On July 31, from 5 to 7 p.m., there will be a public reception. July 28-Aug. 22, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

'Angles, Lines and Curves'
Filoli has on display an exhibit called "Angles, Lines and Curves - Architecture of the World," a collection of photographs that captures the aesthetics, values and lifestyles of cultures through architecture. June 16-Aug. 23, 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, Visitor and Education Center, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.
 

Exhibits

'500 Years of Italian Master Drawings'
The Cantor Arts Center presents almost 100 rarely seen drawings from the 15th to the 20th century in the exhibit "500 Years of Italian Master Drawings from the Princeton University Museum." Wednesday-Monday, May 22-Aug. 24, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

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.
 

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, .

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.
 

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.
 

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

'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 weekly year-round market offers organic veggies, fruits, juices and nuts; farmstead grass-fed meats and chicken; free-range farm eggs; fresh seafood; fair trade coffee; gluten-free and artisan baked goods; orchids; crafts; hot Roli Roti chicken and potatoes; and more. Thursdays, March 12-Nov. 5, 3-7 p.m. (summer hours). Free. Portola Valley Farmers' Market, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Clubs/Meetings

Language Swap
This weekly Mountain View Public Library event will allow 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.

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.
 

Clubs/Meetings

ESL Conversation Club (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.