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Health

Satellite Healthcare Community Open House
Satellite Healthcare will hold an open house for the community, offering tours at its state-of-the-art Satellite Dialysis and WellBound centers in Mountain View. The event is designed to educate local residents about chronic kidney disease and dialysis treatment options. Light refreshments will be served. April 28, 4-7:30 p.m. Free. Satellite Dialysis & Satellite Wellbound, 247 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View.
 

Film

'Valentino's Ghost' screening
The Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, the UNAFF Cafe and the Los Altos Library will hold a screening of "Valention's Ghost," a documentary about how American foreign policy in the Middle East drives media portrayals in the U.S. of Arabs and Muslims. April 28, 7-9 p.m. Free (contributions requested). Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

Teen Activities

Author Sabaa Tahir on 'An Ember in the Ashes'
Sabaa Tahir will introduce her debut young adult novel, "An Ember in the Ashes," an epic fantasy set in a Rome-like world and that focuses on an orphan and a soldier fighting for family and freedom. April 28, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Lectures & Talks

'Asset Allocation: A Strategy for Life'
Presented by the Financial Planning Association of Silicon Valley, this talk for all ages will discuss the investment strategy of asset allocation, which attempts to balance risk and reward. April 28, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

Teen Activities

Tinkering Teens: Mexican tin art
At this Portola Valley Library event, teenagers in sixth grade and up can take part in a craft activity using a traditional Mexican folk art technique. April 28, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

Classes/Workshops

Small landlords workshop
In this free workshop, the Palo Alto Mediation Program and Project Sentinel will discuss the basics of being a landlord. The program is specifically designed to help those renting a room in their home or in-law cottage, taking on a roommate, inheriting a rental or even buying a small apartment building. April 28, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Garden Club of Los Altos plant sale and talk
The Garden Club of Los Altos will offer two special events, a plant and bake sale from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and a talk at 1:30 p.m. called "Edible Landscaping" by Rosalind Creasy, who has promoted cooking from the garden since the '70s. April 28, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $10 talk. Los Altos Lutheran Church, 460 S. El Monte Ave., Los Altos.
 

Classes/Workshops

Health care programs orientation
The Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School will hold a workshop for those interested in health care careers, providing information on the Certified Nursing Assistant and Medical Assistant paths and the programs offered by the school. Online registration is requested. April 28, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.
 

Film

'The Hunting Ground' screening and discussion
The Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University will screen the documentary "The Hunting Ground," a close examination of rape culture on college campuses and the experiences and advocacy of survivors. A panel discussion with two of the film's producers and Stanford's Title IX coordinator will follow. April 28, 7 p.m. Free. Cemex Auditorium, 655 Knight Way, Stanford.
 

Lectures & Talks

Medieval Matters: 'Visions and Voices'
As part of the Medieval Matters public lecture series, Stanford anthropologist Tanya Marie Luhrmann will describe her ethnographic and experimental research on both medieval and modern mystical experience in the talk "Visions and Voices: What Sense Do We Make of Them?" April 28, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Stanford School of Education, Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
 

Film

'Most Likely to Succeed' Palo Alto premiere
There will be a screening of education documentary "Most Likely to Succeed," an Official Selection in 2015 at the Sundance Film Festival. Palo Alto journalism teacher Esther Wojcicki will moderate a panel discussion with the film's director, Greg Whiteley; Sal Khan of Khan Academy; Professor Linda Darling-Hammond from the Stanford School of Education; and Laszlo Bock, senior vice president of people operations at Google. Visit the website to register. April 28, 6:45-9:15 p.m. Free. Gunn High School, Spangenberg Theatre, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
 

Family and Kids

Toddler Storytime
The Portola Valley Library will host weekly Toddler Storytime events with songs, stories and movement activities to encourage young children to listen and read. Age-appropriate toys will be available to play with after each session. A special activity will follow the event on the third Tuesday of the month. Tuesdays, March 24-April 28, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Art Galleries

'LandEscapes'
The Portola Art Gallery presents "LandEscapes," an exhibition of recent plein air and studio works by Mary K. Stahl. Monday-Saturday, April 1-30, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.

Family and Kids

Art School of San Francisco Bay classes
The Art School of San Francisco Bay offers art classes for a variety of ages and abilities, beginning at age 2 and continuing up until advanced classes for teens. Visit the website for schedule, prices and registration. Sept. 3-May 29. Free trials available; prices vary. Accent Arts Store, 392 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.
 

Exhibits

Filoli Botanical Art Exhibit
Filoli has on display its 17th annual Botanical Art Exhibit, which contains visual depictions of many plant species. March 24-June 7, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $20 adult; $17 senior (age 65 plus); $10 student; free for ages 4 and under, and Filoli members. Filoli, Visitor and Education Center, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.

Health

Danceation fitness classes
European pop star Heath Hunter and international fitness guru Kirsten Johnson teach regular high-energy dance and fitness workouts for all skill levels. March 16-June 17, Monday, 11:30 a.m.; Tuesday, 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 9, 10 and 11 a.m. $20 single class; $150 10-class pass. American Legion, 347 1st St., Los Altos.
 

Art Galleries

'Heads and Hands'
The Rotunda Gallery will have on display an exhibit of work by sculptor Dan Woodard, which looks at the positive and negative and serious and comical aspects of the human condition. Monday-Friday, Jan. 21-June 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Rotunda Gallery, 555 County Center, Redwood City.
 

Health

Jazzercise classes
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

'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.

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, .

Community Events

CSA Homeless Outreach
Twice monthly a Community Services Agency social worker will come to the Mountain View Public Library to offer assistance to low-income and homeless individuals, including information and referrals to community resources. Second and fourth Tuesday of the month, year-round, 9-11 a.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

Religion/Spirituality

Insight Meditation South Bay
Shaila Catherine and guest teachers will lead weekly Insight Meditation sittings, which are accompanied by talks on Buddhist teachings. Tuesdays, Jan. 6-Dec. 29, 7:30-9 p.m. Donations accepted. St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall, 2094 Grant Road, Mountain View.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Bid4Kids Online Auction
Menlo-Atherton High School's Foundation for the Future will offer its Bid4Kids online auction to benefit the high school's students. Trips, parties, sports items and tickets, concert tickets and more are available. March 20-April 6. Prices vary. Menlo-Atherton Bid4Kids Online Auction, online only, Menlo Park.