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Lectures & TalksLisa Solomon and Erik Burmeister Conversation
Menlo Park resident Lisa Kay Solomon, co-author of "Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations that Accelerate Change," will share insights from her new book in conversation with Hillview Middle School Principal Erik Burmeister. March 12, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Community Events'No Kidding Me 2!!' Film Screening
Los Altos High school LET'S club and the Family Services of Silicon Valley will be showing the film, "No Kidding Me 2!!", to help dispel the stigma and shame associated with mental health concerns. March 12, 7-9 p.m. Free (donations accepted). Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave., Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksThe Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
John Hollar will moderate a conversation with professor Peretz Lavie, the Technion's 16th president. Along with Israel's penchant for innovation and entrepreneurship, they will talk about the Technion's storied history and Lavie's path to its presidency. March 12, 3-4 p.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Film'The Shape of Water' Film
To celebrate International Women's Day, the film "The Shape of Water" will be screened, followed by a Q&A with founder of the Global Women's Water Initiative and Stanford Social Entrepreneurship Fellow Gemma Bulos. March 12, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Bechtel International Center, 584 Capistrano Way, Stanford.
Family and KidsTeen Open Block Play
Research shows that children develop an incredible variety of skills when they play with blocks, including fine motor skills and social skills. March 12, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsCreate Your Own Read Poster
Sixth to 12th grade students are invited to bring in a favorite book and create a poster using the design studio program. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. March 12, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Food and DrinkPalo Alto Grill Hosts Beer Sampling
Palo Alto Grill will host a Schubros Brewery by-the-flight beer sampling, with dining reservations available 5-9 p.m. Guests will be able to enjoy, along with Chef Ryan Shelton's regular dinner menu, a four-beer samplers and also meet Schubros Brewmaster Mike Johannsen. March 12, 6-9 p.m. $15 for sampler. Palo Alto Grill, 140 University Ave., Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksGro Harlem Bruntland Lecture
Gro Harlem Bruntland - the former prime minister of Norway and the Haas Center for Public Service's distinguished visitor for this year - will give a lecture entitled "From Public Health to Sustainable Development in an Interconnected World: A Life in Public Service." RSVP is required. March 12, 4:00 p.m. Free (open to public). Paul Brest Hall (East), 555 Salvatierra Walk, Stanford.
Classes/WorkshopsExperience Meditation: An Introduction to the Art of Living
This free workshop provided by the Art of Living Foundation will teach and lead meditation for an hour. Breathing techniques and meditation can help eliminate stress and toxins and produce happiness in life. March 12, 6:30 p.m. Free. Private Residence, 2480 Chabot Terrace, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Yoga: The Art of Transformation' Lecture
The Asian Art Museum Lecture Series will have its third and final presentation. Temple sculptures, devotional icons, illustrated manuscripts and court paintings — in addition to colonial and early modern photographs, books and films — will shed light on yoga’s tenets and history. March 12, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, Program Room, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Family and KidsMeet the Author: Chris Grabenstein
In his New York Times bestseller for young readers, "Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library," Chris Grabenstein created a technological marvel of a library--all in the service of books and the sharing of knowledge. Part of Silicon Valley Reads, 2014 - Books & Technology: Friends or Foes? March 12, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Children's Library, 1276 Harriet St., Palo Alto.
Community EventsLifetree Café Conversations: Wounded Warriors
Lifetree Café Menlo Park will host an hour-long conversation exploring the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be served. March 12, 7-8 p.m.; March 13, 9:15-10:15 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
Food and DrinkLeft Bank Loire Valley Celebration
Left Bank Brasserie Menlo Park is hosting an Oysters & Loire Valley Wines Celebration, serving three Loire Valley wines, plus oysters and a la carte seasonal menu specials. March 10-14, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Prices vary. Left Bank Brasserie, 635 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
Family and KidsBlock Play at the Library
Research shows that children develop an incredible variety of skills when they play with blocks, including fine motor skills and social skills. March 10, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; March 11, 11 a.m.-noon; March 13, 5-6 p.m.; March 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Film'Flesh and Metal' on Film
A variety of films by or about artists featured in the Cantor Art Center exhibit "Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine in Early 20th-Century Art" will run continuously concurrent with the exhibition. Ongoing every day from Nov. until March 16. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Wed.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursdays until 8 p.m. Free. Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford .
Art Galleries'Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine in Early 20th-Century Art'
Artists in the first half of the 20th century involved in movements such as Constructivism, Purism and Precisionism found beauty in the machine aesthetic, while proponents of Dadaism and Surrealism embraced chance, accident and the unconscious as new paths to creativity. Nov. 13-March 16, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Classes/WorkshopsZoom In - Video Production Workshop
Zoom In is a 15-hour intensive video workshop that covers how to create a digital video, edit it, upload it to Youtube and produce a DVD. Class includes all software, equipment plus a booklet. March 10-19; Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $145. Midpeninsula Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsBaby Boomers Fitness Class
This City of Palo Alto fitness class offers a full-body workout using balls, gliders, bands and weights. Bring a thick exercise mat. Jan. 15-March 19, Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m. $180 resident; $207 non-resident. Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsPreschoolers on the Farm at Hidden Villa
In this three-part series, kids age 3 to 5 and their parents/caregivers can bury their hands in sheep wool or throw corn to the chickens. March 21, 3-4 p.m. $65 adult and first child. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.
On StageSpring Sprung Comedy Show
Cañada College Theatre Arts presents four comedies packed into one hilarious hour. Comedies include "Tarantino Variations" by Seth Kramer, "Rosa's Eulogy" by Richard Strand, "Controlling Interest" by Wayne Rawley and "The Actor's Nightmare" by Christopher Durang. Check website for specific dates and times. March 12-23, times vary. $15. Flex Theater, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City.
Classes/Workshops'Meet the iPhone'
Taught by Curtis Golden of Seniors Savvy, this class informs students on basic functionality, app explanation, settings management, helpful features and more. Wednesdays, March 5-26, 6:30-6:30 p.m. $60. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsFeldenkrais Class Series
Avenidas is offering a series of Feldenkrais classes, in which participants can learn how to be aware of and improve their movement patterns in order to improve physical function and general health. Jan. 9-March 26, Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m. $65 Avenidas members; $75 non-members. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Embracing Space' Paintings
Paintings by Kyoko Fischer and Sydell Lewis will be shown March 4 to 29. An artist's reception will be held Friday, March 7, 6 to 9 p.m. Artists talks will begin at 7:15 p.m. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
On Stage'Once on This Island'
TheatreWorks presents the Tony Award-nominated musical "Once on This Island." March 5-30, 2 p.m., 7:30 or 8 p.m. $19-$73. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Watercolor Travels' by Mark Garner
“Watercolor Travels – Near ... and Far” by Palo Alto artist Mark Garner is on display at Gallery 9, featuring watercolor paintings based on adventures both nationally and internationally. March 4-30, Tuesday-Saturday, 11-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
Exhibits'Her Story': Prints by Elizabeth Murray
This show of 42 prints from Elizabeth Murray presents all of the artist’s editioned works created with Universal Limited Art Editions, a fine art print publisher established in 1957 by Tatyana Grosman. Wednesday through Sunday, Jan. 22-March 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Imagined Spaces and Paintings' by Ernest Regua
This exhibition will display artist Ernest Regua's abstract work at the museum from Feb. 7 until March 30, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts at Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Art Galleries'Asian Fusion' Collection
Linda Salter's exhibit features her recent exploration of Chinese art, with brush painting pieces mounted on scrolls as well as others framed in Western style. March 1-31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsFoothill College Spring Quarter Registration
Spring Quarter classes run from April 7 to June 27. Continuing students should register online between March 10 and April 6. New or former students should register between March 14 and April 6. Review the class schedule and important registration deadlines at www.foothill.edu. March 10-April 6, 12:15 a.m.-11:45 p.m. California residents pay $31 per unit plus basic fees. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Exhibits'Pencils Down' Exhibit
This exhibition that explores the creative potential and artistic possibilities of graphite. Transcending the possibilities of the medium of drawings alone, the exhibition showcases new applications of graphite as a material of drawing, painting, sculpture and installation. Until April 13, Center hours. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsWatercolor with Alisan Andrews
In this class on watercolor painting, students will the basic techniques of this medium and how to control water, as well as gain an understanding of paint, water color paper and the use of brushes. Wednesdays, March 12-April 16, 10 a.m.-noon. $120. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
AuditionsEl Camino Youth Symphony Auditions
ECYS is holding new member auditions for the 2014-15 season. ECYS offers six different orchestras as well as opportunities in chamber music for musicians of all levels. Interested applicants, ages 6-18, with at least one year of private lessons are encouraged to apply. Auditions in March/April 2014. $25 audition fee. To be determined, To be determined, Palo Alto.
Art GalleriesJim Dine and Claes Oldenburg Exhibit
Jim Dine and Claes Oldenburg are two American artists who depict every day objects in various ways; 20 of their prints will be on display. Ongoing from Dec. 11 to April 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
ExhibitsAlan VanEss Exhibit
The work of local artist Alan VanEss is on display at the Atherton Library. VanEss's work features colorful perspectives of homes in the Atherton community, bringing together architecture and landscape. Through April, library hours. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Art Galleries'The Honest Landscape': Photographs by Peter Henry Emerson
Peter Henry Emerson began taking photographs in 1882 in England and soon became an outspoken advocate for fine art photography. This installation presents a selection of Emerson's platinum prints and photogravures featuring the English and Irish countryside. Will be on display Wednesday-Sunday from Nov. 27 until May 4, 2014. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Art Galleries'Royal Image: Portraits, Satires, and Life at Court'
The 16 prints and drawings featured in this installation demonstrate how artists depicted European royalty and courtly culture between the 15th and 18th centuries. Works on view include etchings by Romeyn de Hooghe, who created pointed political satires. Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 27-May 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Conversation Pieces' Exhibit
This exhibit contains four pairings of works on paper: human figures, botanical still lifes, nature studies and artists' portraits; it will be on display until May 11. Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
HealthJacki’s Aerobic Dancing Classes
These fitness classes include core work, strength training and aerobic routines. Jacki's also offers complimentary child care; bring children and get the first month of classes for free. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, until June, 9-10 a.m. $4 per class. Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View.
Art Galleries'Revolutions in Eastern Europe: The Rise of Democracy'
The Hoover Institution’s new exhibition, "Revolutions in Eastern Europe: The Rise of Democracy, 1989–1990," includes dissident literature, political platforms, campaign ephemera, photographs and posters from the era. On display through Aug. 16, Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Hoover Institution, 434 Galvez Mall, Stanford.
Exhibits'The Circle of the Sun' Exhibit
This exhibit of manuscripts from Stanford's collections examines the secular aspects of medieval and early modern European culture: the liberal arts; the rise of professions in law, medicine and commerce; and the emergence of scholastic philosophy, history, vernacular literature, and renaissance humanism. Feb. 25- June 15, 12-6 p.m. Free. Peterson Gallery & Munger Rotunda, Green Library, Bing Wing, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford.
ExhibitsAmerican Photographs: A Cultural History
Professor Alexander Nemerov designed this exhibition to illuminate his course on American photographs. The 14 works on display range from a Civil War-era photograph by Timothy O’Sullivan to street photography by Robert Frank, work by Diane Arbus from the 1960s and Helen Levitt from the 1970s. March 12 to July 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
Family and KidsMarine Science Camp
The Marine Science Institute is hosting a camp that offers hands-on activities, live animals and educational field trips including a day aboard the Marine Science Institute research vessel. Week-long camps run from June 16–Aug. 15; each day starts at 10 a.m. Registration opens Feb. 1. Starting at $375. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City.
Art Galleries“Capturing Light: The World as We See It”
A curated exhibit of 50 prints by members of the Palo Alto Camera Club, including 12 taken in Havana, Cuba. A percentage of proceeds of print sales will go to Cultural Kaleidoscope, a City of Palo Alto program supporting art in the schools. Public reception on Sun March 30, 2-5 p.m. Free Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.
Exhibits'Within and Without: Transformations in Chinese Landscapes'
Fifteen works of Chinese landscape will be on display. Wednesday through Sunday, Feb. 19-Dec. 14., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Classes/WorkshopsFor the Love of Dance Classes
For the Love of Dance offers training in ballet, jazz, tap and other styles of dance. Serving Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Altos and Sunnyvale, it is a family-owned studio that teaches dance to children and adults at all levels of ability. Visit website to learn about specific offerings. March through December. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.
Community EventsESL Conversation Club
Those learning or improving spoken English are invited to come practice at the club with casual conversation and friendly company. All levels are welcome, and no registration is required. Wednesdays, March through May, 5-6 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.