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Lectures & Talks'Etiquette In the Workplace with Rosalinda Randall'
Local author Rosalinda Randall will read excerpts from and sign her book "Don't Burp in the Boardroom," which discusses proper etiquette in the professional world. Oct. 7, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'Criminality of Imprisonment'
San Mateo County Democracy for America will welcome activist and author Steve Martinot to speak on the current practices of prison systems, the toll they take on society and the movement to abolish prisons. Oct. 7, 7-9 p.m. Free. Woodside Road United Methodist Church, 2000 Woodside Road, Redwood City.
Family and KidsImagination Playground Party
The Portola Valley Library will welcome community members of all ages to build structures using safe, oversized blocks from Imagination Playground. The event will be held out outside, weather permitting. Oct. 7, 2:30-4 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsIce Cream Social
The Friends of the Portola Valley Library will host a Book Swap and Ice Cream Social event, where community members can bring a book to swap and enjoy a frozen treat. The all-ages event will be held outdoors, weather permitting. Oct. 7, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsBird Art Contest activity (Oct. 7)
Artist Robin Lazzara will lead a fun workshop for children in kindergarten through third grade that uses science and art to produce items that can be submitted to the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory Kids Bird Art Contest. Two sessions will be offered. Oct. 7, 1:30 and 3 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Jon Palfreman on 'Brain Storms'
At this Kepler's event co-hosted by the Parkinson's Institute, Jon Palfreman, a science journalist with Parkinson's disease, will talk with Dr. J William Langston about Palfreman's book "Brain Storms: The Race to Unlock the Mysteries of Parkinson's Disease." Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Food and DrinkCultured Vegetables: Sauerkraut & Krautchi (Oct. 9)
This course offered by Anne Marie Bonneau will cover the benefits of fermented foods, the necessary equipment, and successful, safe conditions. Students can taste samples of sauerkraut, sourdough bread and kombucha made by the instructor, and they will take home a jar of kraut they prepare in class. Oct. 9, 6-8 p.m. $75. Private home, address provided upon registration, Mountain View.
Clubs/MeetingsLittle House Book Club
The Little House Book Club, a community of avid readers which meets on the first Wednesday of each month, will share their thoughts on the club's October book choice, "The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel Brown. Oct. 7, 12:30-2 p.m. Free. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksDr. Carolyn Porco on the exploration of Saturn
As part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, Dr. Carolyn Porco will give an illustrated, non-technical talk entitled "In the Land of Enchantment: A Decade Exploring Saturn," taking a look at the Cassini mission exploring the planet and its rings and moons. Oct. 7, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Foothill College, Smithwick Theater, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Little House will offer individualized hour-long appointments with a Tech Tutor, a skilled individual who can answer questions, teach skills and help community members feel comfortable with today's technology. Oct. 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 nonmember; free for members. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Ruth Reichl on 'My Kitchen Year'
Acclaimed food writer Ruth Reichl will discuss her book "My Kitchen Year," which describes how she turned to home cooking when her work as editor-in-chief at "Gourmet" abruptly ended with the publication's closing in 2009. Oct. 7, noon-1 p.m. $15-$55. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'America's War for the Greater Middle East'
Dr. Andrew J. Bacevich, a professor emeritus in international relations and history from Boston University, will deliver the 2015-16 Tanner Lectures on "America's War for the Greater Middle East." There will be two public lectures and two public discussions addressing them. Oct. 7 and 8, 5:30-7 p.m. (lectures); Oct. 8 and 9, 10 a.m.-noon (discussions). Free. Encina Hall, Bechtel Conference Room, 616 Serra St., Stanford.
Lectures & TalksGSV Pioneer Summit
GSV's Pioneer Summit will bring together innovators to listen to speakers and companies from various sectors and discuss ways to transform industry and society. See website for ticket prices and full schedule. Oct. 7-9. Prices vary. GSVlabs, 425 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Art GalleriesGallery House: 'Collective'
Gallery House will present a new exhibit celebrating its newest member artists called "Collective. On Sept. 25, 6-8 p.m., there will be a reception. Sept. 22-Oct. 17, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Seasons of Filoli'
This exhibit is comprised of work in different media by 41 artists that captures how the features and colors of Filoli's grounds and gardens change throughout the year. Sept. 1-Oct. 25, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. See website for admission prices. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.
Exhibits'Word as Image'
This Cantor Arts Center installation of prints and drawings entitled "Word as Image: Highlights from the Marmor Collection" examines how modern and contemporary artists have used and featured words in their work. Wednesday-Monday, July 1-Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
HealthSpotlight on Mindfulness
At this weekly class, community members can try out different meditation and mindfulness activities in a supportive environment. Studies suggest these activities may help reduce stress, enable better pain management, and improve awareness and handling of difficult emotions. Wednesdays, Sept. 23-Oct. 28, 7:30-8:30 p.m. $52 member; $60 nonmember; $12 drop in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsAlzheimer’s Friendly Business Training
Home Instead Senior Care is offering free trainings for local businesses on how to reduce feelings of isolation among individuals and families dealing with Alzheimer's disease. Visit the website or call for more information. Monday-Friday, Oct. 1-31, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Home Instead Senior Care, 883 N. Shoreline Blvd., A100, Mountain View.
Art Galleries'In a Beautiful World'
The Portola Art Gallery will present a show called "In a Beautiful World," composed of expressive oil paintings by artist Marsha Heimbecker of San Mateo that were inspired by the orphaned elephants of Tsavo. Monday-Saturday, Oct. 1-31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will present the contemporary drama "Proof," the compelling tale of a faded mathematical genius and his brilliant but troubled daughter seeking recognition in the male-dominated world of science. See website for specific times and dates. There will be no Oct. 27 show. Oct. 7-Nov. 1. $19-$80; discounts available for teachers, seniors and ages 30 and under. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'The President’s House' lecture series
Historian Michael Svanevik will give a series of lectures offering vignettes of life inside the White House throughout history. Wednesdays, Sept. 16-Nov. 4, 1:30-3:30 p.m. $53 member; $53 nonmember; $12 drop in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Clubs/MeetingsMountain View Woman's Club
Mountain View Woman's Club is a charitable organization that meets monthly to work on community projects. Guest are welcome at meetings. First Wednesday of each month, year-round, noon. Free. Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View.
Exhibits'Another Look at the Permanent Collection'
This new exhibit at the Anderson Collection refreshes the inaugural installation at the museum, sharing a wider variety of modern and contemporary pieces donated by the Anderson family. Wednesday-Monday, ongoing, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
ExhibitsStanford Art Spaces: 'Cybersphere' and 'Natural Histories'
Stanford Art Spaces is offering two shows sharing the work of Bay Area artists: the assemblages of Joy Broom in "Cybersphere" and 2D and 3D computer art by Corinne Whitaker in "Natural Histories." Visit the website for venue information. Sept. 21-Nov. 13, regular building hours. Free. Paul G. Allen Building, David W. Packard Electrical Engineering Building and Psychology Department, Stanford.
Exhibits'Astley D. M. Cooper and Mrs. Stanford's Jewels'
The Cantor Arts Center has on display an exhibit entitled "Astley D. M. Cooper and Mrs. Stanford's Jewels," which explores the life and work of the wild Bay Area painter. Cooper, who lived from 1856 to 1924, was known for using a faux Egyptian temple as a studio and paying off debts accrued at bars with paintings. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 5-Nov. 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Family and KidsBilingual English/Spanish Storytime
This weekly event at the Menlo Park Library will offer stories, songs and activities in English and Spanish for children ages 2 to 3. Wednesdays, Sept. 23-Nov. 25, 11:15-11:45 a.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.
HealthFree YMCA fitness course
This weekly course led by YMCA instructors, called Healthy Happens Here, leads participants in strength training to develop balance, flexibility, posture, coordination and fall prevention. Classes are appropriate for all levels and backgrounds. Attendees should bring a yoga mat or towel. Registration is required. Wednesdays, Aug. 5-Nov. 25, noon-1 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Exhibits'Rough Around the Edges'
The exhibit "Rough Around the Edges: Inspirations in Paper" presents the work of Ronni Jolles, who uses layered paper, acrylic paint and sealants to create dimensional painting-like pieces. See website for daily schedule. Aug. 26-Dec. 7. Free. Goldman Sports & Wellness Complex and Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
The new fall exhibition at the Palo Alto Art Center, called Front Yard/Backstreet," will encourage visitors to reconsider their relationships with the places they live, work and play. Themes will include mapping, sustainability, landscape and population. Sept. 19-Dec. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
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.
Family and KidsYoga and Mindfulness Classes for Children
Held twice weekly in Mountain View, these classes for children will provide opportunities for quiet sitting meditation, movement and asana practice, music and play, and relaxation in a supportive environment. Monday and Wednesday, Aug. 24-Dec. 16, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 drop in; class passes available. Silicon Valley Shambhala Center, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, #110, Mountain View.
HealthJacki's Aerobic Dancing
Jacki's Aerobic Dancing classes guide participants in abdominal work, strength training and aerobic routines. Complimentary child care is provided by staff. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, March 9-Dec. 18, 9 a.m. $36 month; $6 single class. Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View.
Clubs/MeetingsESL Conversation Club in Mountain View
This Mountain View Public Library club for those learning or improving their spoken English provides practice opportunities with casual conversation and friendly company. All levels are welcome. No registration is required. Wednesdays, July 29-Dec. 23, 5-6 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsYoga classes at Little House
Little House Activity Center is now offering a variety of weekly yoga classes -- covering Hatha, Chair, Restorative and Kundalini yoga styles -- taught by experienced professional instructors. See website for the full schedule. Wednesday and Thursday, May 1-Dec. 31. $15 Hatha, Chair or Restorative; $8 Kundalini. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
SportsRinconada Masters Swim Club
This Palo Alto-based group welcomes adults over 21 who want to make swimming a part of their healthy lifestyle. The flexible schedule includes 12 workouts per week, as well as optional social events, local swim meets and opportunities for stroke advice from experienced coaches. A Swim4Fitness program for learners is also offered. See website for more info. Sept. 1-Dec. 31. $80 per month. Rinconada Park, 777 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Composed of 15 drawings by Italian printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi, the Cantor Arts Center exhibit "Piranesi's Paestem: Master Drawings Uncovered" features the artist's largest body of work focused on a single location. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 19-Jan. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
This Cantor Art Center exhibit explores the idea and practice of empathy in art ranging from Christian paintings to photography from the Civil Rights era. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 12-Jan. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Benefits/Fundraisers'Hard Worker' Wednesdays
Estrellita Restaurant in Los Altos will host weekly fundraisers for the Day Worker Center of Mountain View. Visitors enjoying the Mexican fare should make sure to bring the fundraising flier with them (see website). Wednesdays, year-round, dinner hours. Prices vary. Estrellita Mexican Bistro and Cantina, 971 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Exhibits'Artists at Work'
This major exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center seeks to demystify the artistic process through a selection of 70 works from the museum's collection, including pieces by Edouard Manet, J. M. W. Turner, Thomas Hart Benton and Richard Serra. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 9-Jan. 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, 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. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 9-Feb. 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 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. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 9-Feb. 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Warriors, Courtiers, and Saints'
The Cantor Art 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 til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
ExhibitsFine art photography by Immaculada Del Castillo Ditzel
The Town of Los Altos Hills is hosting a free exhibit of fine art photography and paintings by Immaculada Del Castillo Ditzel, who uses unconventional methods and materials to present careful displays of everyday objects. Monday-Friday, Sept. 7-March, 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Free. Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.
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.
Art GalleriesPaintings by Naomi Mindelzun
Gallery 9 Los Altos will have on display selected works by Palo Alto artist Naomi Mindelzun. Her pieces use a variety of surfaces and materials to capture organic structures that inspire her. On Oct. 3, 5-8 p.m., there will be a reception with the artist. Sept. 29-Oct. 31, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.