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Classes/Workshops

Artisan bread-baking workshop at Hidden Villa
Roman Beyer, a 20-year bread-baking veteran, will offer a workshop on making artisan bread at home in the style of San Francisco's Tartine Bakery. Samples will be on hand. April 25, 10 a.m.-noon. $40. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

Concerts

'An Italian Lineage'
Dr. Paul Flight will lead the 25-voice California Bach Society in an Italian program, featuring a recently discovered double-choir mass by Domenico Scarlatti, Verdi's "Ave Maria," the 20th-century "Messa di Requiem" by Ildebrando Pizzetti, and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's "Romancero Gitano" for choir and solo guitar. April 25, 8-10 p.m. $33; discounts available for seniors, students, under age 30, advance purchase. All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
 

Community Events

Downtown Spring Family Parade
Mountain View's 37th annual Downtown Spring Family Parade will begin at Villa Street and travel down Castro Street to Pioneer Park, where there will be after-parade activities. This year's theme is "Around the World in Mountain View." April 25, noon-3 p.m. Free. Downtown Mountain View, Castro Street and Pioneer Park, Mountain View.

Community Events

Pet-A-Palooza
Town & Country Village will host Pet-A-Palooza, a free community event for dogs and dog owners that will include a pet psychic, pet sketch artist, pet photos, CPR demos, Palo Alto Police Department K-9 Unit agility demos, pet resources and the Strut Your Mutt Spring Fashion Show. April 25, noon-3 p.m. Free. Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

Classes/Workshops

The Happiness Program
Sponsored by the Art of Living Foundation, Rajshree Patel will lead a program that shares techniques for creating a more joyful and purposeful life at home and work. The program will include breathing exercises, low-impact yoga, tips for managing stress and negative emotions, and practical wisdom. April 25 and 26, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $495 general; $295 student. Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
 

Concerts

Menlo Park Chorus Spring Concert
The Menlo Park Chorus's seasonal performance, entitled "Around the World in 80 Minutes," will include Vivaldi's "Gloria," other international works and a few featured soloists. April 25, 7:30-9 p.m. $15 general; $12 senior, student; free for ages under 12. Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Friends of the Woodside Library Book Sale
This event hosted by the Friends of the Woodside Library will feature many gently used books ranging from bestsellers to foreign language books, children's favorites and cookbooks. All proceeds benefit the library. April 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Prices vary. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.
 

Concerts

Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra in Portola Valley
For its fourth program of the 2014-15 season, Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra will perform Bedrich Smetana's "Overture to the Bartered Bride," Johannes Brahms' Concert for Violin and Cello in A minor (with Craig Reis, violin, and Richard Andaya, cello) and Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E minor. April 25, 8-10 p.m. $15-$25. Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

Community Events

Open House at Little House
Peninsula Volunteers will hold a free open house at Little House Activity Center, offering lively demonstrations of dance, exercise, music, ceramics, watercolor and computer instruction. April 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.

Family and Kids

PlayFest fundraiser for CCSC
PlayFest, an event raising funds for the nonprofit preschool Children's Center of the Stanford Community (CCSC), will provide engaging, play-based activities for children, an UnAuction, and food and beverages for purchase. April 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $35 family pack (five people); $10 individual. Children's Center of the Stanford Community, 685 Pampas Lane, Stanford.

Family and Kids

Author Dev Petty on 'I Don't Want to Be a Frog'
Dev Petty will visit Linden Tree Books to sign and hold a story time with her debut picture book "I Don't Want to Be a Frog," which focuses on a willful young frog with an identity crisis. The event is best suited to ages 3 to 6. Those interested should RSVP by phone. April 25, 2-3 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Family and Kids

Fiesta at Friends Nursery School
Celebrating 60 years of community service, Friends Nursery School will hold its annual children's carnival and fundraiser, which will include games, crafts, music, entertainment, a bake sale and auction. All proceeds support the school's scholarship fund. April 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Friends Nursery School, 957 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto.

Community Events

Jug Band Jam
For this Mountain View Public Library event, community members are invited to bring noisemakers of all kinds to make music together in the park. The library will also provide some ukuleles. April 25, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

Classes/Workshops

Soil sustainability class
Common Ground Garden will offer a class on "How to "How to Keep Your Soil Healthy," covering soil health from biological, chemical and physical perspectives. What's good and bad and specific techniques will be discussed. April 25, 1-4 p.m. $42. Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
 

Classes/Workshops

Sign Language Storytime
This event will provide an introduction to baby sign language, which gives babies an opportunity to communicate before they can verbalize their desires. Twenty signs based on American Sign Language will be presented. The event is designed for expecting parents or those with babies up to 18 months old. April 25, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

Community Events

Earth Day in East Palo Alto
This community celebration of Earth Day in East Palo Alto will include activities for the whole family, including workshops, volunteer projects, children's activities and a raffle. Public figures to speak include Rich Gordon and Rodolfo Dirzo. April 25, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Cesar Chavez Elementary School, 2450 Ralmar Ave., East Palo Alto.

Lectures & Talks

Stanford Archaeology Center: 'Opening Our Doors'
Stanford Archaeology Center will hold an open house entitled "Opening Our Doors: Community, Heritage, and Archaeology Today," where faculty and students will discuss their research near and far. There will also be interactive demonstrations and chances to see the collections and lab facilities. April 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Stanford Archaeology Center, Building 500, Stanford.
 

Classes/Workshops

Self-massage workshop at Samyama
Louis Jackson will lead a workshop on the benefits of self-massage -- covering techniques and sequences for back, neck, legs and feet and that aim to help manage pain, quiet the nervous system and increase energy. April 25, 1-3:45 p.m. $35. Samyama Yoga Center, 2995 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

AAUW Bridge Party Benefit
The Los Altos/Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women will hold a fundraiser event with ACBL-sanctioned duplicate and party bridge, as well as a Tripoli table and a silent auction with donated items. Money raised will provide scholarships for girls to attend Tech Trek Science Camp at Stanford University. April 25, 11:45 a.m.-4 p.m. $25. Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

Concerts

San Francisco Chamber Orchestra: 'The Romantics'
In this Main Stage Concert conducted by Benjamin Simon, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra will perform Romantic works by Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms. Cellist Sterling Elliot will be the featured soloist. April 25, 8-10 p.m. Free. First Palo Alto United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Family and Kids

Find Your Edge! Sylvan Learning demo day
This free community event offered by Sylvan Learning Mountain View will allow kids to participate in fun STEM-related activities that explore robotics, coding and accelerated math. April 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Sylvan Learning Mountain View, 2025 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View.
 

Community Events

Java with Jerry event with Sen. Jerry Hill
California State Sen. Jerry Hill will attend a public event with free coffee, where he will discuss various legislative issues. No registration is needed. April 25, 9-10 a.m. Free. Konditorei, 3130 Alpine Road, #284, Portola Valley.
 

Dance

Western Ballet: 'Snow White'
Western Ballet will perform the world premiere of Director Alexi Zubiria's "Snow White" ballet, which draws from a compilation of Shostakovich ballet suites and presents original choreography. The show depicts the classic fairy tale of a young maiden, a jealous queen and comical dwarves. April 24, 7 p.m.; April 25, 1 p.m. $25 adult; $20 child. Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.

Community Events

Gamble Garden Spring Tour: 'There is No Place Like Home'
Gamble Garden will hold its 30th anniversary Spring Tour, emphasizing the theme "There is No Place Like Home." Attendees can admire the five gardens selected for this year, as well as activities at Gamble Garden. April 24 and 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $30 member; $35 nonmember. Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Reigning Art'
Gallery House will hold a group show this April called "Reigning Art," featuring work by painters, potters, printmakers, sculptors, jewelers, photographers and weavers associated with the gallery. April 1-25, Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

'What Now?'
Gallery 9 in Los Altos offers a show called "What Now?" of oil paintings, as well as a sculpture, by Bay Area artist Steve Curtiss. March 31-April 25, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

Art Galleries

'Along Highway 1'
Viewpoints Gallery has on display "Along Highway 1," a show of watercolor paintings by plein air artist Veronica Gross inspired by vistas along the famed highway from Big Sur to the Oregon coast. March 31-April 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday only until 3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.
 

Family and Kids

'Look In A Book'
The Music School will present an original musical comedy called "Look In A Book," during which 140 children will bring storybook characters to life through singing, dancing and a little mischief. April 25, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.; April 26, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. $12 adult; $10 senior; $5 child; $2 ages 2 and under. Mountain View High School, Spartan Theater, 3535 Truman Ave., Mountain View.

Benefits/Fundraisers

Style 2015 independent fashion sale and benefit
An exclusive two-day show, Style 2015 will bring together jewelry, textile and accessory designs from over 50 local and international artists. The event will benefit the Palo Alto Medical Foundation's Cancer Survivorship Program. April 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; April 26, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $8 online early bird; $10 at the door. Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Mountain View Center, 701 E. El Camino Real, Mountain View.

Sports

'Bateaus and Breakfast' at Sofitel San Francisco Bay
Sofitel San Francisco Bay will provide a venue to observe competitive rowing teams as they glide along Redwood Shores. A fine dining breakfast with French-pressed coffee will be available, as well as warm blankets for spectators. Visit the website for more info. Friday-Sunday, April 11-26. Free admission; prices vary for food and beverages. Sofitel San Francisco Bay, 223 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City.
 

On Stage

'Fire on the Mountain'
For a regional premiere, TheatreWorks will stage "Fire on the Mountain," a bluegrass musical that portrays the lives of Appalachian mining families. See website for specific times and dates. April 1-26. $53 adult; $43 senior, educator; $25 under age 30. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

Teen Activities

Teen Blackout Poetry Contest
Throughout National Poetry Month this April, the Menlo Park Library will hold a Blackout Poetry Contest, during which participants can create poetry by leaving select words visible and blacking out the rest. Visit the website for more info. April 1-27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Art Galleries

'LandEscapes'
The Portola Art Gallery presents "LandEscapes," an exhibition of recent plein air and studio works by Mary K. Stahl. Monday-Saturday, April 1-30, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
 

Religion/Spirituality

Kirtan and meditation sessions
BookBuyers in Mountain View will host a session of meditation and Kirtan song each Saturday morning. All are welcome. Saturdays, March 7-May 2, 8:45-9:45 a.m. Free. BookBuyers, 317 Castro St., Mountain View.

On Stage

'The Star Without a Name'
As part of its 2nd Stages series, Dragon Productions will perform "The Star Without a Name," a story about a 12-hour love affair adapted and translated from a text by Romanian playwright Mihail Sebastian. April 16-May 3, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $10-$25. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.

On Stage

'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'
The Los Altos Stage Company will perform the classic drama "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" the story of George and Martha, a dysfunctional couple that draws two house guests into their conflict after a faculty party. April 9-May 3, Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. 7:30 p.m. $34. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Exhibits

'She Who Tells a Story'
The Cantor Arts Center will offer an exhibit called "She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World," introducing 12 photographers' work that spans from photojournalism to fine art. Wednesday-Monday, Jan. 28-May 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

On Stage

'The Addams Family'
For its next production, the Palo Alto Players will perform "The Addams Family," a musical by Andrew Lippa about a ghoulish American family. April 24-May 10, Thursday, 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $34-$48. Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Family and Kids

Paws for Tales
Through this program provided in partnership with the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA, children ages 5 and older can sign up to read to a trained service dog. Participants must register in advance. Fourth Saturday of the month, Feb. 28-May 23, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.

Exhibits

'Into the Wild Woods'
The Community School of Music and Arts currently has on display an exhibition of illustrations and paintings by Bay Area native Liz Amini-Holmes. April 3-May 31, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
 

Classes/Workshops

Edible Garden Series: From Design to Harvest
Drew Harwell, manager of Jesse Cool's Seeds of Change Garden, will teach a class over five Saturdays covering garden design and planning, composting, soil testing and preparation, seed propagation and transplanting, and watering, among other topics. Saturdays, March 7 and 28, April 18, May 9, June 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $325. Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

Filoli Botanical Art Exhibit
Filoli has on display its 17th annual Botanical Art Exhibit, which contains visual depictions of many plant species. March 24-June 7, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $20 adult; $17 senior (age 65 plus); $10 student; free for ages 4 and under, and Filoli members. Filoli, Visitor and Education Center, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.
 

Exhibits

'Interaction of Color: Josef Albers'
In its exhibit "Interaction of Color: Josef Albers," the Cantor Arts Center shares a selection of works on paper by abstract painter Josef Albers -- pieces which were donated to the museum by the Marmor family and its foundation. Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 12-June 15, 11 am.-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-June 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Imagining the Oceans'
The Cantor Arts Center has on display an exhibit called "Imagining the Oceans," which brings together artwork across history and cultures inspired by ocean environments. The exhibit features pieces by Willem van de Velde, Charles Meryon, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Willem de Kooning and others -- as well as items from the Pacific Islands region. Wednesday-Monday, March 18-June 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Community Events

Sew Sew Saturday
The Mountain View Public Library invites community members to come by on Saturday mornings to use its four Baby Lock (Grace model) sewing machines and one serger. Appointments are required. Saturdays, April 4-July 4, 10:15 a.m.-noon. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Shifting Currents'
In an exhibit called "Shifting Currents: Highlights from the 20th-Century Chinese Collection, the Cantor Arts Center showcases modern pieces drawn from the museum's large collection of Asian art. Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 25-July 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Drama of Heaven and Earth'
The Cantor Arts Center tells the history of the Japanese dramatic art of Noh in an exhibit called "Drama of Heaven and Earth: The Theatrical Traditions of Japan," which is composed of masks, ceramics, prints and other visual materials. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 17-July 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Health

Jazzercise classes
Jazzercise classes in Menlo Park offer a high-energy dance-focused fitness program designed to be both fun and burn calories. Monday-Thursday and Saturday, year-round, see website for specific times. $16 class; $52/$57 per month; $130 10-class pass. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., and the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Exhibits

'Arboreal Architecture'
The Cantor Arts Center's exhibit "Arboreal Architecture: A Visual History of Trees" compares and contrasts depictions of trees across cultures. Wednesday-Monday, April 15-July 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Plus One: Pop Duplications'
The exhibit "Plus One: Pop Duplications" focuses on the emergence of Pop Art, looking at how American artists in the early 1960s used popular imagery, commercial signage and product design as sources and inspiration for their work. Wednesday-Monday, April 8-Aug. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Promised Land: Jacob Lawrence at the Cantor'
Made possible through a gift from the Kayden family, this exhibit at the Cantor Arts Center includes 56 works by the 20th-century American artist Jacob Lawrence, and one by his wife, Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence. Lawrence is known for his efforts in capturing the African-American experience. Wednesday-Monday, April 1-Aug. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Bravo!: Music and Theater in Enlightenment Europe'
The Cantor Arts Center has collected prints and drawings that probe the 18th-century realms of music and drama for an exhibit entitled "Bravo!: Music and Theater in Enlightenment Europe." Wednesday-Monday, March 25-Aug. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'American Battleground'
In "American Battleground: Photographs of the Civil War, 1861-1865," the Cantor Arts Center examines the then-emerging medium of photography in the U.S. and how it was used to document the conflict. Wednesday-Monday, March 25-Aug. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Volunteers

Greeter and peer counselor recruitment
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is recruiting new peer counselors and greeters to help with its programs and services during Community Outreach events held from April to June and September to November. The organization seeks working or retired professionals, as well those with no experience, who are emotionally stable. The time commitment is about two to four hours per month. Training will be provided. March-August. Free. Location varies, Palo Alto and Mountain View, .

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.
 

Dance

Social ballroom dancing
Friday Night Dancers organizes ballroom dancing events each Friday and Saturday evening. Each event starts with a lesson, which is followed by general dancing. No experience or partner is necessary; dressy casual attire is preferred. Cover charge includes refreshments. Friday and Saturday, year-round, 8-11:45 p.m. $9. Cubberley Community Center Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'25 Years at the Museum of American Heritage'
This exhibit will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Museum of American Heritage, tracing its history from its opening on Alma Street to its current home at the Williams Property and highlighting memorable exhibits along the way. Friday-Sunday, April 17-Jan. 17, 2016, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. The Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Bid4Kids Online Auction
Menlo-Atherton High School's Foundation for the Future will offer its Bid4Kids online auction to benefit the high school's students. Trips, parties, sports items and tickets, concert tickets and more are available. March 20-April 6. Prices vary. Menlo-Atherton Bid4Kids Online Auction, online only, Menlo Park.