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Concerts

Cypress String Quartet's Salon Series II: Brahms Sextets
The Cypress String Quartet will be joined by cellist Zuill Bailey and violist Barry Shiffman for a program of two sextets by Johannes Brahms. Feb. 14, 3-5 p.m. $50. Woman's Club of Palo Alto, 475 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.

Concerts

Fortnightly Music Club concert
The Fortnightly Music Club's February concert will include works for flute and piano by Beethoven and Chopin; baritone arias and songs by Donizetti, Satie, Holst and Bolcom; and Violin Sonata No. 3, Op. 108, by Brahms. The event is free and open to the public. Feb. 14, 7 p.m. Free. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Concerts

Schola Cantorum: Valentine's Day Sing
Schola Cantorum will hold a Valentine's Day Sing, welcoming couples, friends and singles to sing along with the group. Lyrics will be projected on a screen. Feb. 14, 3 p.m. $15. Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos.
 

Dance

Carolina Lugo's & Carole Acuna's Ballet Flamenco
Carolina Lugo and her daughter Carole Acuna will bring their company of Flamenco musicians and dancers to Morocco's Restaurant for a performance boasting footwork, song, castanets, syncopated clapping and guitar. Feb. 14, 2 p.m. $69 show and five-course dinner; $30 with minimum $40 food/drink order. Morocco's Restaurant, 873 Castro St., Mountain View.

Food and Drink

Valentine's Day at LB Steak
On Valentine's Day, LB Steak Menlo Park will serve its regular brunch, lunch and dinner menus, as well as festive a la carte dinner specials. Each couple having dinner will receive a complimentary rose. On Feb. 12 and 13, a la carte dinner specials will also be available. Feb. 14, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Prices vary. LB Steak, 898 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.

Food and Drink

Valentine's Day at Left Bank
On Valentine's Day, Left Left Bank Brasserie in Menlo Park will offer its regular brunch, lunch and dinner menus, in addition to a la carte dinner specials in keeping with the occasion. Each couple having dinner will receive a complimentary rose. Feb. 14, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Prices vary. Left Bank Brasserie, 635 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Food and Drink

Disrupting Kosher: Pop-Up Kosher Restaurant
In partnership with L'chaim Foods, the Oshman Family JCC will welcome celebrity chef Itta Werdiger Roth for a unique Kosher Pop-Up experience. Seating is limited. Feb. 14, 6-8 p.m. $40 regular ticket; $50 with babysitting; $35 vegetarian only. Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

Concerts

Stanford Philharmonia Winter Concert
During these two concerts, Anna Wittstruck will conduct the Stanford Philharmonia in a program including Beethoven's "Die Geshopfe des Prometheus" (Op. 43), Saints-Saens' Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor featuring Niuniu Teo on piano, and Brahms' Serenade No. 1 in D Major (Op. 11). Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 14, 2:30 p.m. $20 general; $15 senior; $10 student; free for Stanford students with ID. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.
 

Family and Kids

Friends of the Palo Alto Library Used Book Sale
Friends of the Palo Alto Library will hold its next monthly sale of thousands of gently used books and media. On Saturday, the children's room and bargain room will open early, at 10 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. respectively -- with the main sale room opening at 11 a.m. On Sunday, the bargain room will be 50 percent off, or $5 per bag. Feb. 13, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Feb. 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Family and Kids

'Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!"'
In the Palo Alto Children's Theatre production of "Elephant & Piggie's 'We Are in a Play,'" the titular heroes -- with the help of backup singers The Squirrels -- will lead the audience on a madcap musical romp about friendship. Visit the website for specific showing times. Wednesday-Sunday, Jan. 28-Feb. 14. $12 child; $14 adult. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

On Stage

'Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin'
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will kick off the New Year with the regional premiere of a new work by performer and playwright Hershey Felder, in which he inhabits the persona and story of "America's Composer," Irving Berlin. See the website for specific times, dates and pricing. Tuesday-Sunday, Jan. 13-Feb. 14. $25-$74. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Warriors, Courtiers, and Saints'
The Cantor Arts 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 until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

On Stage

'Middletown'
Los Altos Stage Company's first production of the year will be "Middletown," a modern-day take on Thornton Wilder's classic "Our Town" that offers an offbeat exploration of life's beauty and difficulties. There will be no shows on Feb. 7 and 10. Jan. 28-Feb. 21, Wednesday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. $30 adult; $18 student (under age 18 or with ID). Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Art Galleries

'Winter Light'
The Main Gallery is offering a reflective art exhibit that incorporates the unique colors of the season through the work of 15 artists. Wednesday-Sunday, Jan. 16-Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. The Main Gallery, 1018 Main St., Redwood City.

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'Jasper Ridge Moments'
For this exhibition at Environmental Volunteers' EcoCenter, Dan Quinn shares a selection of his photography that captures his fascination and joy with the natural world -- specifically the plants and animals at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. Nov. 30-Feb. 26, Friday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Sharing Our World'
Gallery House will offer an exhibit called "Sharing Our World" of fine art works inspired by Silicon Valley life and world travel. It will feature contemporary acrylic and oil paintings by artists Charlotte Coqui and Isaias Sandoval. Feb. 2-27, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

Oil paintings by Diana Jaye
This Viewpoints Gallery exhibition is showing off the virtuosic work of plein art artist Diana Jaye, including paintings of landscapes, cottages and clothed figures. Feb. 1-27, Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.
 

Community Events

Interior Design Tours of Ronald McDonald House
Ronald McDonald House at Stanford will hold pre-opening tours of its newly-constructed 52,000-square foot facility. As part of a year-long partnership with the San Francisco Design Center, 48 Bay Area designers have transformed the space into an oasis for families with critically ill children. Thursday-Monday, Feb. 13-28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $35 single ticket; $10 childrens donation. Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, 510 Sand Hill Road, Palo Alto.

On Stage

'U.S. Drag'
Dragon Productions will bring to the stage "U.S. Drag," a black comedy by Gina Gionfriddo about two young women in Manhattan navigating life after college and their attempts to claim the reward money for information about a serial attacker. Feb. 4-28, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $30 general; $25 senior, student. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway, Redwood City.

Art Galleries

'Red'
Gallery 9 presents works in different media by member artists, focusing on the symbolic meaning of the color red (particularly love) to celebrate Valentine's Day. Feb. 2-28, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

Auditions

El Camino Youth Symphony 2016-17 Auditions
El Camino Youth Symphony is holding auditions for its 2016-2017 Season. The organization has six orchestras ranging from the entry-level orchestra Chamber Players to the prestigious Senior Symphony, as well as other chamber music opportunities. Applications are due by Feb. 28, and auditions will be held in March and April. Until Feb. 28. $25 audition fee. , , Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

'Bugs and Blooms'
Caffe Romanza, located on the second floor of Books Inc., has on display the macro photographs of Heidi Baikie -- fine art digital prints that feature insects and flowers. Feb. 1-29, Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Free. Caffe Romanza, 301 Castro St., Mountain View.

Teen Activities

Blind Date with a Book
During the month of February, the Palo Alto Library will be offering a chance for teen readers to go on a blind date with a book. Visitors can check out a specially wrapped book from the Teen Zone, take it home and then rate it for a chance to win a prize. If it's not a great fit, teenagers can return it and try another one. Feb. 1-29, regular facility hours. Free. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto .

Family and Kids

Palo Alto Little League Registration
Palo Alto Little League's Spring Baseball Season begins in February. Registration will continue until March 1, with wait-lists to begin on Feb. 1. A variety of divisions are offered for children spanning ages 5 to 13. Visit the website for more info. Jan. 25-Feb. 29. Prices vary. Palo Alto Little League, P.O. Box 785, Palo Alto.
 

Teen Activities

Simon Youth Foundation Scholarship Opportunity
Simon Youth Foundation is currently accepting application for a scholarship to be awarded to a graduating high school senior who lives within 50 miles of Stanford Shopping Center. Visit the website for more info and to apply. Jan. 20-March 1. Stanford Shopping Center, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

Peninsula Women's Caucus for Art: 'Identity'
The Peninsula Women's Caucus for Art is holding an exhibit called "Identity," exploring the colors, icons, surroundings and culture that define its members. The work of nine artists is featured. Jan. 5-March 2, Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Free. Redwood Shores Library, 399 Marine Parkway, Redwood City.
 

Exhibits

Cantor Guides art tours
For a new Cantor Arts Center offering, Stanford University undergraduates will lead visitors on tours on Saturdays and Sundays, making stops at collection highlights and their favorite works of art. Tours meet in the museum's main lobby. Saturdays and Sundays, Feb. 6-March 13, 4 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Auditions

PACO audition registration
A Palo Alto-based award-winning youth orchestra, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) will hold auditions in April for its five ensembles, each of which has approximately 25 talented young string players. Those interested must sign-up before March 21. Visit the website for more info. Until March 21. $50. Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Speed and Power'
The exhibit "Speed and Power" at the Cantor Arts Center looks at how artists have represented the impact of trains, planes and automobiles on modern life. Wednesday-Monday, Dec. 2-March 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Beyond Space and Time'
The Oshman Family JCC has on display an exhibit of work by Chagit Ofir, a Bay Area-based artist who is inspired by her daily experience, family and friends, and Israeli history. Born in Israel, Ofir mainly works in the medium of oil painting, but she has recently branched out into sculpture. Dec. 7-March 21, regular facility hours. Free. Goldman Sports & Wellness Complex and Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Missing Persons'
This diverse exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center -- composed of around 50 photographs, prints, artist books and historical ephemera -- captures the loss of those made missing by time, death, disaster, politics or artistic composition. Wednesday-Monday, Nov. 11-March 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Constructive Interference'
This Anderson Collection exhibit will include drawings, prints, paintings and sculpture by Tauba Auerbach and Mark Fox, two Stanford University graduates whose work investigates process, material manipulation and chance. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 9-March 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Classes/Workshops

Adult School Winter/Spring Classes Registration
Registration for Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School Winter and Spring classes began on Nov. 20. The winter session will run from Jan. 4 to March 18, and the spring session from March 21 to June 3. Visit the website or call for more info. Nov. 20-Jan. 4. Prices vary. Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.
 

Sports

Palo Alto Tennis Club Drop In
The Palo Alto Tennis Club is now seeking new members. The club organizes tournaments and weekly clinics, as well as these drop-in events. Visit the website to learn more about events and membership. Sundays, Feb. 7-March 27, 9 a.m.-noon. $5 nonmember; $70 one-year membership. Rinconada Park, 777 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Word as Image'
In "Word as Image: Highlights from the Marmor Collection," the Cantor Arts Center surveys the role of words throughout the history of art, sharing examples ranging from decoratively ornamented Quranic writings from the Ottoman Empire to 20th-century works referencing an emergent culture of mass production. Wednesday-Monday, Dec. 16-April 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Dance

Bayer Ballet Academy Boys Program
Bayer Ballet Academy in Mountain View is launching a new boys program, where students can take advantage of specialized boys-only classes with instructor Ivan Goliadin. Classes are held four days a week and are open to ages 8 to 18. Call the school to register for a free trial class. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 4-June 11. See website for pricing. Bayer Ballet Academy, 2028 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Bird in the Hand'
The Palo Alto Art Center's "Bird in the Hand" exhibition will showcase the fascinating and colorful world of birds through works by over 45 Bay Area and international artists. Jan. 16-April 10, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

'Fight the Bite'
The San Mateo County History Museum has an exhibit chronicling the fight to free the San Francisco Peninsula of mosquitoes, including a photo display commemorating the centennial of the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District. Jan. 12-April 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $6 adult; $4 senior, student; free for children ages 5 and under. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.

Exhibits

'Spirits Return'
The Los Altos History Museum is currently offering an exhibit called "Spirits Return: Cultural Traditions Keeping Memories Alive," which gives a multicultural look at how communities remember their ancestors. Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 29-April 17, noon-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

Exhibits

'Red Horse: Drawings of the Battle of the Little Bighorn'
This Cantor Arts Center exhibition presents 12 ledger drawings by Red Horse, a Minneconjou Lakota Sioux warrior who fought against Custer and the 7th Cavalry at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in June 1876. Wednesday-Monday, Jan. 16-May 9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Family and Kids

J.Studio at Congregation Kol Emeth
J.Studio, Kol Emeth's fast-paced Sunday morning program for children in kindergarten through third grade, has re-opened registration. Session 3 called "Fun with Shabbat" will run from Jan. 24 to March 6, and Session 4 called "Holidays, Freedom, and Springtime" will run from March 20 to May 15. Visit the website for more info and pricing. Sundays, Jan. 24-May 15, 9 a.m.-noon. Congregation Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Showing Off'
The exhibit "Showing Off: Identity and Display in Asian Costume" at the Cantor Arts Center looks at how costumes and other objects of personal adornment were used as forms of identification from the late 18th century to the present. Oct. 14-May 23, Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Edward Hopper: New York Corner'
The Cantor Arts Center celebrates the major acquisition of Edward Hopper's seminal painting "New York Corner" with an exhibition with pieces preceding or contemporary to the work, centering on themes of modern urban life and realism. The exhibit will be closed Feb. 22-25 for updates. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 9-Aug. 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Dance

For the Love of Dance classes
A family-owned studio, For the Love of Dance offers training in ballet, jazz, tap and other styles of dance to students, beginning at age 2 up through adults, from Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Altos and Sunnyvale. Visit the website to learn about specific offerings. October through June. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite B, Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Into the Forest'
The exhibit "Into the Forest: Landscape as Subject and Studio in 19th-Century France" includes 17 prints, drawings and photographs that focus on early approaches to making art "en plein-air." Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 2-July 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Family and Kids

Marine Science Camp Registration
The Marine Science Institute will hold several weeklong summer camps for budding marine scientists in kindergarten through 12th grade. In these hands-on programs, participants will experience marine life up close in a safe and fun atmosphere. Instructors lead explorations of the San Francisco Bay and Pacific coast, including a voyage about aboard the institute's ship during each camp. Visit the website to learn more about specific offerings and to register. Monday-Friday, June 13-Aug. 12, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Prices vary. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City.
 

Exhibits

'The Chinese Typewriter'
This exhibit entitled "The Chinese Typewriter: The Design and Science of East Asian Information Technology" shares historical artifacts from the collections of Stanford University history professor Thomas S. Mullaney and the school's East Asia Library. Jan. 20-Aug. 20, regular library hours. Lathrop Library, East Asia Library, 518 Memorial Way, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Richard Diebenkorn: The Sketchbooks Revealed'
This exhibition shares the Cantor Arts Center's recent acquisition of 29 sketchbooks of renowned Bay Area artist Richard Diebenkorn -- books never before studied or on view publicly that contain more than 1,000 drawings. The exhibit will be closed Feb. 22-25 for updates. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 9-Aug. 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Figuration/Abstraction'
The Cantor Arts Center exhibit "Figuration/Abstraction: Highlights from the Collection" presents dual installations that evidence a split between abstract and figurative styles that began in the early 20th century. Wednesday-Monday, Nov. 11-Aug. 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Mining the Ancient'
The Cantor Arts Center exhibit "Mining the Ancient" showcases the work of six contemporary artists who draw inspiration for their work and sculptural practices from ancient sources. Oct. 14-Aug. 29, Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Food and Drink

Facebook Certified Farmers' Market
Facebook has partnered with West Coast Farmers' Markets and the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce to hold a year-round farmers market, offering produce from up to 30 vendors, live entertainment, food trucks and a children's area. Sundays, year-round, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Facebook Parking Lot, 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park.