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Classes/Workshops'Bloom into Blossom' Open House
Blossom is holding its Spring Open House to get the word out about its the latest classes and resources at Blossom. The event will include free demo classes, specials on classes and membership, great deals on gently used maternity and baby clothes and gear at its Beanstalk Boutique and more. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Blossom Birth Services, 299 S. California Ave., Suite 120, Palo Atto.
Religion/Spirituality'Choral Evensong' at All Saints'
The All Saints' Choir, directed by organist Rodney Gehrke, presents "Choral Evensong," featuring Howells's "Magnificat and Nunc dimittis for St. John's College, Cambridge," as well as anthems by Morten Lauridsen and J.S. Bach. Organ music by Samuel Scheidt and Bach. A reception will follow. 4-5 p.m. Free. All Saints' Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
Community EventsPortola Valley French Broom Pull
A volunteering event to pull invasive French broom plants along Portola Valley roads has been organized. Wear gloves and long sleeves. Tools and refreshments will be provided. March 9, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. P.V. Town Center, Historic School House, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
ConcertsFortnightly Music Club Concert
The concert will feature music for strings, woodwinds, voice, piano and more by Nancy Bloomer Deussen, Andre Previn and Ludwig van Beethoven. Reception to follow. March 9, 7-9 p.m. Free Lucie Stern Community Center Ballroom, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Family and Kids'Sid The Science Kid'
"Sid the Science Kid," the popular PBS Kids television show produced by The Jim Henson Company, comes to life in this stage performance. Sid, May, Gabriela and Gerald come to their town to discover the world's excitement and curiosities. March 9, 2-4 p.m. $31-$40. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Family and KidsThe Pop Ups
Grammy-nominated Pop Ups present "Radio Jungle," a new comedic adventure filled with magic and music. March 9, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $15 members; $18 non-members; $20 at the door. Seiler Family Gymnasium, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Live MusicMike Galisatus Big Band
The band will perform original and contemporary compositions and some hard-swinging standards led by trumpeter Mike Galisatus, professor at College of San Mateo. Baritone Duane Lawrence is the featured singer. Songs to be performed are credited to Count Basie, Huey Lewis, Pete Escovedo, Frank Sinatra and many more. March 9, 7-9 p.m. Cover charge. Angelica's Bistro, 863 Main St., Redwood City.
Family and KidsMeet the Author: Todd Parr
Todd Parr is the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of more than three dozen children's books. The first 40 families to arrive will receive a free copy of "Reading Makes You Feel Good," courtesy of FIRST 5 of Santa Clara County. Part of Silicon Valley Reads 2014. March 9, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Children's Library, 1276 Harriet St., Palo Alto.
Live MusicFoothill Symphonic Winds Winter Concert
The Foothill Symphonic Winds' winter concert, “A Musical Gallery,” led by Conductor David Bruce Adams, includes “Pictures at an Exhibition," visiting hobbits and marching with John Philip Sousa. March 9, 3:30-5:30 p.m. $5-$10 Cubberley Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Food and DrinkLeft Bank Beer Pairing Event
Left Bank Brasserie Menlo Park hosts La Fête de la Bière showcasing the Calicraft Brewing Co. At the event there will be a $30 four-course prix fixe beer-paired menu by Chef Brendy Monsada, a sampler flight of four Calicraft Brewing Co. beers (5 oz. pours) for $10 and pints available for $6. March 8-9, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. $45. Left Bank Brasserie Menlo Park, 635 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
Benefits/FundraisersHe Yuanming Charity Art Exhibit
Charity Art Exhibit “Horses” by He Yuanming will help local organization Little Red Scarf provide congenital heart surgery for their 1000th child in rural Gansu province in China. March 8 and 9, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
On Stage'Fiddler on the Roof' Musical
Priory Theater presents "Fiddler on the Roof," a journey to the village of Anatevka with brilliant characters, great songs and a celebration of tradition, love, sorrow, joy and family. March 6-8 at 7-9:30 p.m., March 9 at 2 p.m. $5 student; $15 adult. Woodside Priory School- Rothrock Performance Hall, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Lectures & TalksHumanist Community Forum
Each Sunday, a different speaker gives a talk on some topic (e.g., philosophy, politics, relationships, health, environment, life choices, history, humanism). A buffet lunch (complimentary for first time visitors) immediately follows. See www.humanists.org for each Sunday's topic and speaker. Jan. 12-March 9, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free (donations accepted). Palo Alto High School Student Center (in main quad), 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsFriends of the Palo Alto Library Used Book Sale
Friends of the Palo Alto Library is holding one of its monthly sales of thousands of used books, CDs and DVDs on Saturday and Sunday, March 8 and 9. Saturday sale hours: main sale room 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; children’s and bargain rooms 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
On Stage'Little Shop of Horrors' Musical
Foothill Music Theatre and Foothill Theatre Arts present the rock musical comedy, "Little Shop of Horrors," in which a down-and-out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving. Feb. 20-March 9, Thursday-Sunday, 7:30 p.m. $13-28. Foothill College, Lohman Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Classes/WorkshopsSustainable Home Vegetable Gardening
Learn from UCCE Master Gardeners how to establish a successful and environmentally responsible food garden that provides vegetables and herbs every month of the year. Emphasis on sustainable gardening. Meets every Tuesday from Feb. 4 to March 11, 7-9 p.m. Register online at www.paadultschool.org or by calling 650-329-3752. $84. Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
ExhibitsMixed Media Exhibit
This mixed media exhibit shows artist Rona Foster's portrayal of landscapes and other nature-related subjects. Available to view during restaurant's open hours. Jan. 8-March 11, 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
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.
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.
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. An opening reception will be held Sunday, March 9, 3-6 p.m. March 4-30, Tues.-Sat., 11-5 p.m.; Sun., 12-4 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.
Religion/SpiritualityCompline: An Evening Service of Song
This 30-minute service of hymns, anthems and chant is sung by Stanford and local choral ensembles on Sundays (during the academic year, with the exception of university holidays and academic breaks). 9-9:30 p.m. Free. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
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.
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.
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.
Religion/SpiritualityUniversity Public Worship
Public worship at Stanford's Memorial Church is open to anyone. Sundays through June 29. 10-11 a.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, 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.
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/WorkshopsClasses at For the Love of Dance
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 the website to learn about specific offerings. March through December. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.