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4th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
Mayor Nancy Shepherd and the Stanford Federal Credit Union will perform the annual tree lighting at on Lytton Plaza, where there will also live holiday music, crafts and goodies from Whole Foods and Cafe Venezia. The tree will be lit at 6 p.m. Nov. 29, 4-7 p.m. Free. Lytton Plaza, 218 University Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Live Music

Bay Area Funk Extravaganza
The World Wide Dance Party will return to the Club Fox in Redwood City for an event benefiting the Youth Development Through Music Program of Live in Peace, an organization based in East Palo Alto. The show will feature musicians who played with bands including Sly & The Family Stone, Tower of Power and Santana. Nov. 29-30, 8 p.m. $15 pre-sale. Club Fox, 2209 Broadway St., Redwood City.
 

Classes/Workshops

Earth-based spiritual arts course
This 12-session course for women aims to help students deepen their relationship with the self, elements and the spirit. Saturdays, Aug. 16-Nov. 29, 2-4 p.m. email for pricing. Private residence, address will be provided upon registration, Palo Alto .
 

Dance

'The Nutcracker' by Pacific Ballet Academy
Led by Artistic Directors Marion and Rima Chaeff, Pacific Ballet Academy will stage its 24th annual production of "The Nutcracker." The production will feature Tom Means and John Inks, former mayors of Mountain View; professional dancers; and students of the academy. Nov. 28 and 29, 1 and 6 p.m.; Nov. 30, 12:30 and 4 p.m. $26/$30. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

Art Galleries

'Beauty of Wood Fire' by Misako Kambe
The Portola Art Gallery will have on display an exhibit called "Beauty of Wood Fire," composed of carved ceramic creations by Menlo Park artist Misako Kambe. The work includes pieces produced by wood firing at kiln sites in Oregon and Milpitas. Monday-Saturday, Nov. 1-30, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
 

Art Galleries

Tove Norlander and Merrie Asimow exhibit
Bay Area artists Merrie Asimow and Tove Norlander will have their work on display at Gallery 9 in Los Altos. Asimow will contribute her photography of white horses, landscapes and nature, while Norlander will share her jewelry that combines natural stones with silver and gold. Nov. 2-30, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

Film

2014 CreaTiVe Awards Call For Entries
CreaTV San Jose has made a call for entries for its 2014 CreaTiVe Awards, for which filmmakers from the Bay Area and Santa Cruz can submit videos and TV shows for competition in ten categories. The submission period has been extended until Nov. 30. Finalists will be announced on December 10, and winners will be declared on Jan. 10. Oct. 8-Nov. 30, $30 per entry per category. CreaTV San Jose, 255 W. Julian St., San Jose.

Exhibits

'Sympathy for the Devil'
As Jackson Pollock's painting "Lucifer" comes to Stanford's Anderson Collection, this exhibit will explore the visual history of the devil and his realm from the 16th to the 20th century. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 20-Nov. 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Dance

Brazivedas dance and Capoeira classes
Brazivedas studio offers a variety of classes for both youth and adults teaching Brazilian dance, Samba, percussion and Capoeira. Classes are held at a home studio in East Palo Alto and at Lucie Stern Community Center and Cubberley Community Center. Private instruction is also available. Visit the website for more information. October-December, see websites for specific times and dates. Class prices vary. Location varies from class to class, see website for more info, Palo Alto and East Palo Alto.

Clubs/Meetings

Sew Sew Saturdays
The Mountain View Public Library will host a weekly session where sewers can sign up to use its four Baby Lock (Grace model) sewing machines and one serger. Required registration opens on Sunday for the following Saturday. Appointments are 45 minutes long; no instruction will be provided. Hand sewers are welcome to drop in and keep others company. Saturdays, year-round, 10:15 a.m.-noon. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Unnatural Selection'
This exhibition at the Mohr Gallery will feature artwork by Pantea Karimi and Amber Stucke that melds their ideas about evolutionary biology and people's impact on the environment. Oct. 27-Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Art Galleries

'Wanderlust'
Foothill College will have on display an exhibit called "Wanderlust," composed of rich travel photography by Sunnyvale-based artist Harlan Crowder. Oct. 30-Dec. 5, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m-6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free; $3 parking. Foothill College, KCI Gallery, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

Family and Kids

Saturday Story Time
Each Saturday at Linden Tree Books, booksellers will share picture-book classics and new favorites with children ages 2 to 6. Saturdays, year-round, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Benefits/Fundraisers

Nativity School Christmas Tree Lot
This volunteer-run fundraiser to benefit the Nativity School will offer Christmas trees for sale, including Noble, Fraser, Douglas and Grand Fir varieties up to 13 feet tall. Christmas wreaths and garlands will also be available. , See website for hours of operation. Tuesday-Sunday, Nov. 28-Dec. 13. Prices vary. Nativity Catholic School, 210 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park.
 

On Stage

'The Other Place'
Dragon Productions will stage a new drama by Sharr White called "The Other Place," in which a renowned neurologist appears to be losing her mind. See website for specific dates. Nov. 21-Dec. 14, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $30. The Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.

On Stage

'The Fox on the Fairway'
For its latest production, the Los Altos Stage Company will perform "The Fox on the Fairway," a fast-paced comedy by Ken Ludwig that makes light of the pretentious members of a private country club. See website for specific dates, times and prices. Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 20-Dec. 14, 3 or 8 p.m. $18-$34. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
 

Exhibits

'I'll Show You Mine'
The Palo Alto Art Center will have on display an exhibit called "I'll Show You Mine: Contemporary Artists Explore Family Portraiture," made up of pieces in a variety of mediums by 12 contemporary audiences. Sept. 27-Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Within and Without: Transformations in Chinese Landscapes'
Fifteen works of Chinese landscape will be on display. Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 19-Dec. 14., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Family and Kids

DayOne Baby classes
DayOne Baby, with a new store in Palo Alto, has a wide offering of classes for expecting and new parents and their children, newborn to 24 months old. Available courses include Breastfeeding; Musical Play; Mommy & Me; Daddy & Me; Messy Play; Infant, Child, and Adult CPR; Potty Training; and more. Year-round, see website for specific class info. Prices vary. DayOne Baby, 552 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

'The Path of Beauty' with Father Arthur Poulin
An exhibit of work by Arthur Poulin, a monk and artist, will be on display at Woodside Priory School. He will attend an art opening on Dec. 3 from 7 to 9 p.m., where he will give a lecture called "The Path of Beauty: Spirituality and Creativity," discussing spiritual aspects of his creative process. Nov. 26-Dec. 18, school hours. Free. Woodside Priory School, Founders Hall, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

Art Galleries

'Holiday Show' at Gallery House
The "Holiday Show" at Gallery House will feature art gifts in different mediums at a variety of price points. Pieces will include paintings, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, fabric and photography. A champagne reception will be held on Nov. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m., during which there will be a 20 percent discount on art. Hours will be extended in December. Nov. 18-Dec. 24, Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave, Palo Alto.
 

Dance

For the Love of Dance classes
For the Love of Dance in Mountain View continues to offer its full suite of dance classes, including instruction in ballet, jazz, tap and other styles for both children and adults. See website for dates, times and pricing. Year-round. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite B, Mountain View.
 

Art Galleries

'Reflections'
Gallery 9 Los Altos will mount an exhibit of contemporary art by 28 different local artists, depicting landscapes, seascapes, abstract compositions and introspective reflection. Mediums will include painting, photography, metal work, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics and printmaking. A reception with the artists will be held on Dec. 5 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25-Dec. 30, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9 Los Altos, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Mountain View Tennis Club 2015 Membership
The Mountain View Tennis Club is offering new memberships for city residents until the end of the year at a special price of $20. The club holds tournaments, sponsors USTA teams, has a ladder and promotes tennis within the community. Non-residents are also welcome. Nov. 20-Dec. 31.
 

Dance

Social Ballroom Dancing
Social ballroom dancing takes place every Friday and Saturday throuhgout the year at Cubberley Pavilion, starting at 8 p.m. with a lesson followed by general dancing. Go to www.cubberleyballroom.com for lesson schedule. No experience or partner necessary. Cover includes refreshments. 8 p.m.-midnight. $9. Cubberley Community Center Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Classes/Workshops

Foothill College Winter Quarter registration
Registration for Winter Quarter 2015 classes at Foothill College is now open and will continue until Jan. 4, the day before classes begin. Winter Quarter will last until March 27. A search-able class schedule is available. Nov. 20-Jan. 4. $31 per unit for California residents, plus basic fees. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Exhibits

'Robert Frank in America'
This exhibition of 130 photographs sheds light on the making of photographer Robert Frank's book, "The Americans." His images document subjects including Hollywood and the Ford Motor plant in Detroit, while probing social issues like politics, race and the post-war culture. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 10-Jan. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Well Pressed'
The Cantor Arts Center will have on display an exhibit called "Well Pressed: Highlights from the Marmor Collection." The exhibit is made up of 13 pieces, many prints, by artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Richard Serra and Frank Stella. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 13-Feb. 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Movements for Change'
The Peterson Gallery at Stanford will mount an exhibit of photography by Bob Fitch called "Movements for Change," which captures moments in American civil rights history, farm workers organizing, and the peace movement of the 1960s and '70s. The exhibit is accessible daily, except for some holidays. Nov. 20-Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Green Library, Bing Wing, Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Shop, Gallery, Studio'
This exhibit of 17th and 18th century prints and drawings by European artists will focus on the public spaces in which people view, buy and converse about art, as well as the identities of the professional artist and serious connoisseur. Wednesday-Monday, Oct. 15-March 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Museum of American Heritage: A to Z'
The exhibit, "Museum of American Heritage: A to Z," will show off the breadth and depth of the museum's collection of electrical and mechanical inventions -- including some objects rarely shown to the public. Oct. 10-March 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

'Daumier on Art and the Theatre'
This exhibit of 16 prints and one drawing by Honore Daumier will contemplate the public reception of painting and the performing arts in the mid-19th century, as well as art theory. Oct. 8-March 16, Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, Robert Mondavi Family Gallery, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends'
The Los Altos History Museum will have on display an exhibit called "Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends" which examines the reasons why this area turned from orchards to a technology hub. The exhibit will focus on local factors and figures who contributed to the transformation. Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 18-April 19, noon-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

Exhibits

'Drama of Heaven and Earth'
The Cantor Arts Center will arrange an exhibit called "Drama of Heaven and Earth: The Theatrical Traditions of Japan," which tells the history of the Japanese dramatic art of Noh through masks, ceramics, prints and other visual materials. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 17-June 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Fatal Laughs: The Art of Robert Arneson'
The Cantor Arts Center will host an exhibit of unconventional clay sculptures by Robert Arneson, who frequently used himself as a subject throughout his more-than-40-year career. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 20-Sept. 28, 2015, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'The Bay Area and Beyond'
The Cantor Arts Center will have on display a long-term exhibit of modern and contemporary art, focusing on the Bay Area. Works will include pieces by artists with Stanford connections, among them Richard Diebenkorn, Nathan Oliveira and Frank Lobdell. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 13-Oct. 26, 2015, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.