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Concerts

Organist James Welch with Paris program
James Welch will play excerpts from his organ music program to be performed at Notre Dame Cathedral in June. The concert will include works by French composers St.-Saens and Vierne; and California composers, Purvis, Diemer and Wood. Welch's son Nicholas will also play piano pieces by Bach and Chopin. May 24, 3-4 p.m. $10 at the door. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto.

Benefits/Fundraisers

Blossom Beanstalk Rummage Sale
Blossom Birth Services will hold a sale of maternity and baby clothes and items donated by community members. All proceeds will benefit Blossom's services for new and expecting families. May 24, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Blossom Birth Services, 299 S. California Ave., Suite 120, Palo Alto.

On Stage

Gounod's 'Faust'
West Bay Opera will put on a production of Charles Gounod's retelling of "Faust," the classic story of a man who sells his soul to the Devil for his rejuvenation. The performances will include period costumes, video-enhanced sets, a chorus and orchestra. May 22 and 30, 8 p.m.; May 24 and 31, 2 p.m. $40-$75. Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

On Stage

'The Nerds'
Stanford Classics in Theater will give two performances of "The Nerds," an adaptation of Aristophanes' "The Birds" in which two ex-Wall Street goons enter the lucrative nerd culture of Silicon Valley. Some material may be inappropriate for children. May 23 and 24, 8-10 p.m. $5. Pigott Hall, Building 260, Stanford.
 

Dance

'Unlaced Dance Series'
Smuin Ballet will close its 21st season with the "Unlaced Dance Series," which includes performances of the balcony pas de deux from Michael Smuin's "Romeo and Juliet," Helen Pickett's "Petal," a world premiere by Adam Hougland and vignettes from Michael Smuin's "Hearts Suite." May 21-23, 8 p.m.; May 23 and 24, 2 p.m. $52-$71. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

Exhibits

'Remember the Lusitania!'
The Hoover Institution will offer a short-term exhibit called "Remember The Lusitania! Discoveries from the Shipwreck," which will include photos, posters, documents and recovered artifacts documenting the shipwreck of the RMS Lusitania in 1915 after being torpedoed by a German submarine. May 20-24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Hoover Tower, Rotunda, 550 Serra Mall, Stanford.

On Stage

'Alice in Wonderland'
The Palo Alto Children's Theatre will stage a production of "Alice in Wonderland," an 80-minute comedic adaptation of the classic tale in which Alice falls down a rabbit hole into a zany place called Wonderland. See the website for specific times. Wednesday-Sunday, May 14-24. $12 child; $14 adult. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

On Stage

'Birds of a Feather'
The Pear Avenue Theatre will stage "Birds of a Feather," the third installment of a stage noir trilogy by Paul Braverman that follows the irascible detective Frankie Payne. May 1-24, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. See website for ticket pricing. The Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K, Mountain View.
 

Art Galleries

'Cuba, Paris & California'
Main St. Cafe & Books has on display an exhibit of black and white photography by Tom and Marj Green, work that uses light and shadows to lend common scenes a mood or story. May 2-29, Monday-Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Main St. Cafe & Books, 134 Main St., Los Altos.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Stanford Blood Center's Grateful Life Tour
Between May 22 and 30, community members who donate blood at the Stanford Blood Center will receive a collectible 2015 Grateful Life Tour T-shirt. Those interested should call or visit the website to make an appointment. May 22-30, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Stanford Blood Center, Menlo Park, 445 Burgess Drive, Suite 100, Menlo Park.

Art Galleries

'Silicon Valley Open Studios'
The exhibition "Silicon Valley Open Studios" will share the paintings and photography of Sydell Lewis, Dan McLean, Patricia Nojima, Joyce Savre and Nance Wheeler. Wednesday-Sunday, April 29-May 30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 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 is showcasing a new group of oil paintings by Julia Munger Seelos entitled "Barnyard Friends." April 28-May 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday only until 3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.
 

Art Galleries

Connect Community Charter School art show
For the month of May, Cafe Zoe has on display the work of 103 young artists from Connect Community Charter School. May 8-31, cafe hours. Free. Cafe Zoe, 2074 Broadway St., Redwood City.

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.
 

Religion/Spirituality

Stanford University public worship
Memorial Church, a historically important center of spiritual and ceremonial life at Stanford University since 1903, offers weekly Sunday services that are open to the public. Sundays, April 5-June 7, 10-11 a.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
 

Classes/Workshops

Foothill College summer registration
This summer Foothill College will offer two six-week summer sessions from June 8 to July 18 and June 29 to Aug. 9, each featuring online and on-campus general education courses. Registration will run from May 7 to June 7. Visit the website for more information. May 7-June 7. $31 per unit. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Dreams Happen Gala and Playhouse Auction
Stanford Shopping Center and Rebuilding Together Peninsula will collaborate for their 12th year of Dreams Happen, a biennial fundraising event featuring 12 custom-made, life-sized children's playhouses. The gala will include an auction of the playhouses, a dinner and dancing. From May 2 to June 12, the playhouses will be on display. June 6, 6:30-10 p.m. $115 after May 15. Stanford Shopping Center, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

'Interaction of Color: Josef Albers'
In its exhibit "Interaction of Color: Josef Albers," the Cantor Arts Center shares a selection of works on paper by abstract painter Josef Albers -- pieces which were donated to the museum by the Marmor family and its foundation. Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 12-June 15, 11 am.-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-June 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
 

Classes/Workshops

Adult school summer classes registration
Registration for summer classes at the Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School began on Friday, May 15. The summer session will run from June 15 to July 31. Those interested should call or visit the website for more info. May 15-June 19. Prices vary. Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Imagining the Oceans'
The Cantor Arts Center has on display an exhibit called "Imagining the Oceans," which brings together artwork across history and cultures inspired by ocean environments. The exhibit features pieces by Willem van de Velde, Charles Meryon, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Willem de Kooning and others -- as well as items from the Pacific Islands region. Wednesday-Monday, March 18-June 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Shifting Currents'
In an exhibit called "Shifting Currents: Highlights from the 20th-Century Chinese Collection, the Cantor Arts Center showcases modern pieces drawn from the museum's large collection of Asian art. Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 25-July 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Drama of Heaven and Earth'
The Cantor Arts Center tells the history of the Japanese dramatic art of Noh in an exhibit called "Drama of Heaven and Earth: The Theatrical Traditions of Japan," which is composed of masks, ceramics, prints and other visual materials. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 17-July 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Arboreal Architecture'
The Cantor Arts Center's exhibit "Arboreal Architecture: A Visual History of Trees" compares and contrasts depictions of trees across cultures. Wednesday-Monday, April 15-July 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

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

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

'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.

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. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

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.

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

'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

'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

'Reflect + Create'
The Los Altos History Museum will offer a new exhibit called "Reflect + Create: Where Art and History Intersect," looking 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.
 

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.
 

Sports

Palo Alto Tennis Club
The Palo Alto Tennis Club is now seeking new members. In addition to regular play, the club organizes tournaments and weekly clinics and lessons. Visit the website for registration info. Sundays, Feb. 14-Dec. 31, 9 a.m.-noon. $50 one-year membership; $4 non-member drop-in. Rinconada Park, 777 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'25 Years at the Museum of American Heritage'
This exhibit will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Museum of American Heritage, tracing its history from its opening on Alma Street to its current home at the Williams Property and highlighting memorable exhibits along the way. Friday-Sunday, April 17-Jan. 17, 2016, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. The Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.