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Classes/Workshops

Drip Irrigation Design, Installation, and Maintenance
This Bay Area Water Conservation Supply Agency (BAWSCA) class will demonstrate water-conserving irrigation strategies and how to assess an irrigation system for upgrades. Basic drip irrigation design and installation, component selection, watering techniques and proper system maintenance will be covered. Registration is required. Sept. 2, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

Lectures & Talks

'Starting Over After a Death or Divorce from a Life Partner'
Vicki Panagotacos, Ph.D., author of "Gaining Traction," will give a lecture that draws from her years of experience helping individuals heal from the loss of a life partner. Attendees will gain tools to harness anxiety, cope with uncertainty, and help decide when to say "yes" or "no to a new relationship. RSVP by phone is requested. Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m. Free. East West Bookshop, 324 Castro St., 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.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Lifetree Cafe: 'Blowing the Whistle on Abuse'
Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park will hold two hour-long conversations discussing how to break the cycle of abuse, including a look at one woman's experience going public, as well as the costs of and freedom produced by her decision. Sept. 2, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Sept. 3, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud 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.
 

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.
 

Art Galleries

'Favorite Places and New Beginnings'
In the show "Favorite Places and New Beginnings," Nancy Wulff will share new watercolor paintings that provide impressions of the beauty and essence of their subjects. On Sept. 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m., there will be a reception with the artist. Sept. 1-Sept. 27, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

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.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Rotary Club of Menlo Park
The Rotary Club of Menlo Park is a service club dedicated to working on projects in the community and internationally that meets on Wednesdays. Its members are men and women who live and work in Menlo Park, Atherton and surrounding communities. Visitors are welcome. Wednesdays, July 29-Sept. 30, 12:15-1:30 p.m. $20 lunch. Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.

Art Galleries

'Impressions' by Jared Sines
The Portola Art Gallery will present a selection of Jared Sines' oil paintings of places and still lifes, "Impressions." Some of the artist's favorite subjects are pictured, including the fountains and flowers of the Allied Arts Guild and the waterways of Venice. Monday-Saturday, Sept. 1-30, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, 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, 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.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Mountain View Woman's Club
Mountain View Woman's Club is a charitable organization that meets monthly to work on community projects. Guest are welcome at meetings. First Wednesday of each month, year-round, noon. Free. Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View.

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.

Health

Free YMCA fitness course
This weekly course led by YMCA instructors, called Healthy Happens Here, leads participants in strength training to develop balance, flexibility, posture, coordination and fall prevention. Classes are appropriate for all levels and backgrounds. Attendees should bring a yoga mat or towel. Registration is required. Wednesdays, Aug. 5-Nov. 25, noon-1 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

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.
 

Health

Feldenkrais classes
Deborah Dutton, a certified Feldenkrais practitioner, leads weekly classes that seek to alleviate tension, aches and pains while improving body mechanics and posture. Movements are done lying on the floor. Participants should bring a mat or towel. Wednesdays, May 6-Dec. 16, 11 a.m.-noon. Series prices vary; $20 drop in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Family and Kids

Yoga and Mindfulness Classes for Children
Held twice weekly in Mountain View, these classes for children will provide opportunities for quiet sitting meditation, movement and asana practice, music and play, and relaxation in a supportive environment. Monday and Wednesday, Aug. 24-Dec. 16, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 drop in; class passes available. Silicon Valley Shambhala Center, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, #110, Mountain View.
 

Health

Jacki's Aerobic Dancing
Jacki's Aerobic Dancing classes guide participants in abdominal work, strength training and aerobic routines. Complimentary child care is provided by staff. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, March 9-Dec. 18, 9 a.m. $36 month; $6 single class. Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View.
 

Clubs/Meetings

ESL Conversation Club in Mountain View
This Mountain View Public Library club for those learning or improving their spoken English provides practice opportunities with casual conversation and friendly company. All levels are welcome. No registration is required. Wednesdays, July 29-Dec. 23, 5-6 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.

Sports

Rinconada Masters Swim Club
This Palo Alto-based group welcomes adults over 21 who want to make swimming a part of their healthy lifestyle. The flexible schedule includes 12 workouts per week, as well as optional social events, local swim meets and opportunities for stroke advice from experienced coaches. A Swim4Fitness program for learners is also offered. See website for more info. Sept. 1-Dec. 31. $80 per month. Rinconada Park, 777 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

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.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

'Hard Worker' Wednesdays
Estrellita Restaurant in Los Altos will host weekly fundraisers for the Day Worker Center of Mountain View. Visitors enjoying the Mexican fare should make sure to bring the fundraising flier with them (see website). Wednesdays, year-round, dinner hours. Prices vary. Estrellita Mexican Bistro and Cantina, 971 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

Exhibits

'Warriors, Courtiers, and Saints'
The Cantor Art Center's exhibit "Warriors, Courtiers, and Saints: The Etchings of Jacques Callot" examines 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.