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Special Events

Easter Sunday Egg Hunt
A free Easter egg hunt will be held for ages 10 and under. April 20, 10 a.m. Free. Woodside Road United Methodist Church, 2000 Woodside Road, Redwood City.

Food and Drink

Easter brunch at The Sea
The Sea offers a special three-course prix fixe menu for Easter Sunday. Tuna tartare, lobster scrambled eggs, scallops and New York steak will be some of the courses available. April 20, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $45. The Sea by Alexander's Steakhouse, 4269 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
 

Community Events

The Red Hot Chachkas
Musical group The Red Hot Chachkas take Jewish music a step further with a fusion of traditional klezmer with American roots music. April 20, 7-10 p.m. $15 members and students; $20-25 non-members; free for 18 and under. Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

Food and Drink

Easter Dining at LB Steak
For Easter, LB Steak Menlo Park will be open extended hours for brunch and dinner, with brunch specials, select dinner items and a prime rib prix fixe all day. For brunch the restaurant will offer Belgian waffles, steak and eggs, eggs Florentine, maple glazed pork belly and warm beignets with chocolate sauce. April 20, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Prices vary. LB Steak Menlo Park, 898 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Religion/Spirituality

Easter: Friendship Sunday
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto invites friends to Easter festivities for Friendship Sunday, which will include extra food, greeters, music, service and an egg hunt. April 20, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto.

Food and Drink

Left Bank Easter Dining
For Easter, Left Bank will serve select regular menu brunch, lunch and dinner items, as well as holiday specials including duck confit hash, smoked salmon and grilled asparagus frittata, bay scallops and Loch Duart salmon mousse, Alaskan halibut, and harissa marinade lamb chops. Easter Bunny will give out candy and pose for photos. April 20, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Prices vary. Left Bank Brasserie Menlo Park, 635 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Religion/Spirituality

Easter sunrise service
Ladera Community Church and Valley Presbyterian Church will greet Easter dawn with prayers and song on the hill behind the Woodside Priory dining hall. View the campus map here: www.prioryca.org/welcome/see-campus/ 6:30 p.m. Free. Woodside Priory, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

Special Events

Poetry with Philip Kobylarz
An evening of poetry will be held in celebration of National Poetry Month, with Philip Kobylarz as a featured poet. Visitors are encouraged to bring a beverage or snack to share, as well as their own or a favorite poet's work to read during the event's open mic. April 20, 8-10 p.m. Donation appreciated. Know Knew Books, 366 State St., Los Altos.
 

Family and Kids

Easter Egg Hunt at Mountain View Farmers' Market
This Easter, children can participate in an Easter egg hunt at the Mountain View Certified Farmers' Market. The hunt will lead them through the market to find Bunny money and prizes hidden in eggs they can use to claim farm fresh produce at farmers' stalls. April 20, 10:30 a.m.-noon Free. Mountain View Certified Farmers' Market, 600 W. Evelyn Ave., Mountain View.
 

Religion/Spirituality

Easter service at Ladera
This Easter service will feature music from a Brass Quarter, the Youth Ukulele Choir and the Sanctuary Choir, as well as an egg hunt. All are welcome. April 20, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley.

Family and Kids

'Laura's Star' film screening
The Cantor Arts Center will be showing the German film "Laura's Star." In this animated 80-minute feature, 7-year-old Laura moves from the country to the city and begins a friendship with an equally disoriented shooting star. April 20, noon-3 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

On Stage

'The Three Little Pigs'
For the April Playhouse Production, the Palo Alto Children's Theatre will put on "The Three Little Pigs," an audience-interactive experience designed for children ages 3 to 6 and parents, where local high school performers bring fairy tales to life on the Magic Castle stage. Performances run approximately 45 minutes. April 19-20, 10 a.m.-noon. $10-$12. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, Magic Castle Stage, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

Pacific Art League Exhibitions
The Pacific Art League of Palo Alto will host two new exhibitions in April:†"Spring Awakening" and "Local Talent." All are invited to attend the opening reception held on April 4 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Pacific Art League. April 4-April 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (gallery hours). Free. Pacific Art League, 227 Forest Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

'From the Earth, into the Sky' Exhibit
Gallery House presents an exhibition of pottery by Thomas Arakawa and paintings by Maura Carta. A public reception for the artists will be held on Friday April 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit is on display April 1-26, every day except Monday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

'Bodie' Photo Exhibit by Aki Mori
Aki Moriís digital color photography, "Bodie," will be on display at Gallery 9 in Los Altos. Bodie was a busy gold mine center in late 1870 through the early 1890s. The images express the passage of time in this ghost town. A reception will be held on Friday, April 4, from 5-8 p.m. April 1-26, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9 Los Altos, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
 

Exhibits

'Best in Kind: San Francisco Bay Area Ceramic Artists'
Curated by Jo Killen, this exhibit hosted by local fine arts press Smith Anderson Editions will showcase impressive ceramic pieces made by artists around the Bay Area. A reception will be held Saturday, March 15, 3-5 p.m. March 15-April 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Smith Anderson Editions, 440 Pepper Ave., Palo Alto.

On Stage

'The Hound of the Baskervilles'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Hound of the Baskervilles," adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson. The company takes the story of a curse, a ghostly hound and an insane murderer and adds some comedy to the suspense. Check website for specific dates and times. April 2-27, 2, 7, 7:30 or 8 p.m. $19-$73. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

Art Galleries

Family Sundays at Cantor
On Sundays at the Cantor Arts Center, there are various activities: docent-led family tours, art-making in the studio and focused drawing in the galleries. Until April 27, 12:30 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Auditions

El 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 Galleries

Jim 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.
 

Community Events

Community Poem at Atherton Library
The Atherton Library will be celebrating National Poetry Month with a collaborative poem. All community members are invited to contribute to a collective poem created and on display in the library. April 1-30, library hours. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.

Exhibits

Artist Alan VanEss
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.

On Stage

'Smash' play
This political comedy features a runaway groom who abandons his bride on their wedding day so he can overthrow the British government. April 10-May 4, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $30. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.

On Stage

'Harold and Maude'
Los Altos Stage Company will perform "Harold and Maude," a dark romantic comedy about the friendship between Harold, a young man obsessed with death, and octogenarian Maude, who is filled with a zest for life. April 10-May 4, Wednesday-Sunday, 8 p.m. $32. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
 

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.
 

Community Events

Friends of Palo Alto Library Used Book Sale
Friends of the Palo Alto Library will hold its next monthly sales of 50,000 used books and media on the second weekends of April and May. Saturdays hours will be from 11 a.m.-4 p.m for the main sale room, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for children's and bargain rooms. Sunday hours will be from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 12 and 13, May 10 and 11, hours vary. Free for entry. Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

'Conversation Pieces' Exhibit
This exhibit contains four pairings of works on paper: human figures, botanical still lifes, nature studies and artists' portraits. Wednesday-Sunday, until May 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Art Galleries

'Rise Again' photo exhibit
The "Rise Again" exhibit is composed of photographs taken by Roger Spinti in the aftermath of the Haiyan Typhoon. There will have a special reception on April 26. All proceeds from sales from this exhibit will go to help the victims of the typhoon, with funds to be channeled to victims' communities by Catholic Relief Services. Until May 20, 1-4 p.m. Free. Keeble & Shuchat Photography, 261 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Religion/Spirituality

SVSMC Open House
The Sunday Open House program for the Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center offers a friendly introduction to meditation, Shambhala Buddhist teachings and the community at the center. Every Sunday, through May, 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free (donations accepted). Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Dreams': Works by Avery Palmer
This exhibition of works by artist and CSMA faculty member Avery Palmer will include ceramics, paintings and drawings. An opening reception will be held with the artist on Friday, April 11 from 6-8 p.m. April 11-May 25, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Mohr Gallery, Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
 

Exhibits

'Intaglio: The Art of Incision'
Woodcut and relief printing, intaglio, lithography and screen printing have all been used to produce book illustrations at various points in printing history. Intaglio is one of the oldest of these processes and is the focus of this exhibit. March 3-May 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Stanford Art & Architecture Library, 435 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

Plein Aire Group Watercolor Exhibit
An exhibit of works by the Pleine Aire Group of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society is on display at the Palo Alto Baylands EcoCenter. The works all involve the Baylands or other local open spaces. Until May 30, Monday, Thursday, Friday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'The Circle of the Sun'
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, noon-6 p.m. Free. Peterson Gallery & Munger Rotunda, Green Library, Bing Wing, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford.
 

Classes/Workshops

Repairing Strained Relationships
This 11-week workshop on working through and resolving family conflicts will be led by Jack Hamilton, senior research scientist and former Stanford instructor. April 11-June 20, 8:30-11:30 a.m. $100 members; $125 nonmembers. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
 

Religion/Spirituality

University public worship
Public worship at Stanford's Memorial Church is open to everyone. Sundays through June 29. 10-11 a.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.

Exhibits

American 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 OíSullivan to street photography by Robert Frank, work by Diane Arbus from the 1960s and work by 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.

Exhibits

'Inside Rodinís Hands: Art, Technology and Surgery'
James Chang has incorporated Rodin's hand sculptures into his hand surgery educational program, using new technologies that scan the sculptures, create interior anatomy and allow for virtual surgery to correct the condition. The exhibition provides an interactive experience for visitors. Wednesday-Sunday, April 9-Aug. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Family and Kids

Marine 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 16ĖAug. 15; each day starts at 10 a.m. Registration opens Feb. 1. Starting at $375. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City.
 

Exhibits

Time Machines: Clocks and Timekeeping Devices
This exhibition explores timekeeping and timekeeping devices, from the introduction of the sundial by the ancient Egyptians to the precise atomic clock. In addition to explanations of clock mechanics, the exhibit examines the role of timekeeping in early navigation and in the Industrial Revolution. April 18-September 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Food and Drink

Woodside Farmers' Market
The weekly market features organic fruits and vegetables, farm eggs, nuts, dried fruits, honey, olive oil, local seafood, oysters, handmade sausages, vegetarian salads and entrees, organic pasta and sauces, nut butters, vegan cheeses, fair trade coffee, jams and pickles, grass-fed beef, a gluten-free bakery and crafts. Sundays, April 6-October 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Woodside Farmers' Market, 3195 Woodside Road, Woodside.

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/Workshops

For 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.