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Community EventsA History of the Violin Through Poetry and Art
Local author and poet Charlotte Muse will read from her newly published book, "Violin", joined by local artist Joyce Savre, who created the artwork for Muse’s book. Paintings and poems combine in an attempt to capture the feeling of music. March 11, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free for members; $3 non-members. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Community Events'No Kidding Me 2!!' Film Screening
Los Altos High school LET'S club and the Family Services of Silicon Valley will be showing the film, "No Kidding Me 2!!", to help dispel the stigma and shame associated with mental health concerns. March 12, 7-9 p.m. Free (donations accepted). Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave., Los Altos.
Community EventsLifetree Café Conversations: Wounded Warriors
Lifetree Café Menlo Park will host an hour-long conversation exploring the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be served. March 12, 7-8 p.m.; March 13, 9:15-10:15 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
Community Events'A day in France' French Fair
The 9th annual French Fair, "A day in France," will be held at Lucie Stern Community Center in Palo Alto. The event will include over 40 exhibitors, 12 sponsors, live music, a Citroen car exhibition and the telling of French children's stories. March 15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Community Events'We Are the Shoreline' Community Art Celebration
Environmental Volunteers is hosting "We Are the Shoreline," a special art exhibition and celebration featuring shoreline-inspired artwork by young artists from East Palo Alto and members of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society. Prizes and awards will be given to the best artwork. Food and refreshments will be served. March 15, 1-3 p.m. Free. The EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Community EventsFarewell Paly Gym – Celebrating 85 Years of Memories
The afternoon of celebration will include campus tours, food, a vintage fashion show and a program featuring well known alumni such as Jim Harbaugh and Dave Feldman. Display booths and tours will open at 12:30 p.m. with the formal program at 2:30 p.m. in the Paly gym. Please carpool, bike or walk. March 16, 12:30-4 p.m. Free. Palo Alto High Gym, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto .
Community EventsLifetree Cafe Conversations: The State of Education
Lifetree Café Menlo Park hosts an hour-long conversation examining the state of public education and discussing what changes might improve the system for schools, parents and students. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be served. March 19, 7-8 p.m. and March 20, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
Community EventsChild Development Career and Education Fair
The Foothill College Child Development Career and Education Fair will provide information on earning an associate degree or specialty certificate and preparing for a career helping children. March 22, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free admission and parking. Foothill College, Middlefield Campus, Building I, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Community EventsPDC Luncheon with Anna Eshoo
The Peninsula Democratic Coalition invites members and non-members to a luncheon featuring Congresswoman Anna Eshoo as speaker. Reservations and prepayment must be made by March 19 at www.peninsulademocrats.com or sent by check to PDC P.O. Box 97, Los Altos, CA 94023. March 22, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $25 members; $32 non-members. Ristorante Don Giovanni's, 235 Castro St., Mountain View.
Community EventsBook Discussion: 'The Shallows'
Author Nicholas Carr will talk about his most recent book, "The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains," a 2011 Pulitzer Prize nominee and a New York Times bestseller. Part of Silicon Valley Reads, 2014 - Books & Technology: Friends or Foe? event. March 25, 7-8 p.m. Free. Downtown Library, 270 Forest Ave., Palo Alto.
Community Events36 Hour Library Programming Challenge
Librarians in the adult services department will have 36 hours to plan, publicize and present an awesome library program. Community members are invited to come support this multi-library challenge. Exact time is to be determined. March 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Community EventsThe Painted Chair - Meet the Artists
Local artists have transformed 1930's wooden folding chairs from The Woman's Club into works of art. Artists will be on hand for this colorful exhibit, set in a downtown Palo Alto landmark. March 28, 5-7 p.m. Free. Woman's Club of Palo Alto, 475 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
Community EventsPlant Exchange
For a Mountain View Public Library Seed Library, community members are encouraged to bring excess plants and trade with others. All types of plants are welcome. Plants can be exchanged on the day of or donated one week in advance. March 29, 1-3:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Community EventsFamily Night
The YMCA will hold an evening of movies, family games, arts and crafts, snacks and socializing with other Y families. Children must be accompanied by an adult. March 29, 6-8 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Family YMCA, 3412 Ross Road, Palo Alto.
Community EventsFamily Night
An evening of movies, family games, arts and crafts, snacks and socialization with other members of the community. March 29, 6-8 p.m. Free Palo Alto Family YMCA, 3412 Ross Road, Palo Alto.
Community EventsPalo Alto Tennis Club French Open Tournament
Registration is now open for the Palo Alto Tennis Club's "French Open" tournament to be held at Rinconada Park. Men's singles/doubles, women's doubles, mixed doubles. French food will be served. Register online at patc.wildapricot.org/events. March 30, matches throughout the day. $15 for members; $25 for nonmembers. Rinconada Park, 777 Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto.
Community EventsSt. Raymond School Rummage Sale
St. Raymond School is hosting a rummage sale with gently used clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, books, housewares, small appliances, toys, games and sporting goods. March 29, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and March 30, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. St. Raymond School, 1211 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Community Events2014 Stanford Night Market
The Taiwanese Cultural Society at Stanford University will host its 14th Annual Stanford Night Market in White Memorial Plaza. It will be an evening of food, games and performances, put on by various student groups. April 12, 6:30-9 p.m. Free to attend. White Memorial Plaza, 519 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
Community EventsEarth Day on the Bay
The Marine Science Institute is hosting "Earth Day on the Bay," a family-friendly educational event about the San Francisco Bay. April 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City.
Community EventsTech Career Fair
UCSC Extension Silicon Valley will host a Tech Career Fair at its Santa Clara location. The event is open to the public, and registration is free for both job seekers and employers. Make a reservation at ucsc-extension.edu/events. April 23, 3-6 p.m. Free. UCSC Extension Silicon Valley, 2505 Augustine Dr., Santa Clara.
Community EventsThe Heart of Recovery
The Heart of Recovery is a meditation and sharing support group bringing together Buddhist meditation practice and the Twelve Steps with the goal of integrating the basic goodness of meditation with a commitment to abstinence. The group meets second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, 7-8:30 p.m. Free (donations accepted). Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.
Community Events4th Annual Sequoia 5K Stampede
The upcoming Sequoia Stampede 5K race is a fun-filled, community event and one of the core fundraising events for Sequoia High School Athletics. April 26, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. $10-$30. Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Ave., Redwood City.
Community EventsAnnual Downtown Family Parade
The City of Mountain View Recreation Division will present the 36th Annual Spring Family Parade, beginning on Castro Street at Villa Street and continuing all the way into Pioneer Park for crafts, games, music and fun. April 26, 12-3 p.m. Free , Castro Street & Pioneer Park, Mountain View.
Community EventsPalo Alto World Music Day
The 6th Annual Palo Alto World Music Day will take place on Father's Day, along University Avenue and King Plaza (City Hall). A variety of genres and entertainment for all ages. June 15, 3-7:30 p.m. Free. Downtown Palo Alto, University Avenue, Palo Alto.
Community EventsRare Fruit Tree Sale
Shane Murphy has combined his years of experience farming and growing heirloom seeds and his love of growing lesser-known fruits to create a delicious and rare selection of fruit trees. Mainly heirloom varieties of apple, pear, plum and apricot trees will be available. June 21, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.
Community EventsPalo Alto Festival of the Arts
For the 33rd year, the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts will feature more than 300 high quality artisans, Italian street painting, two stages of entertainment, California wines and microbrews, gourmet foods and the Kids' Art Studio. Aug. 23-24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, University Avenue, Palo Alto .
Community EventsPortola Valley Farmers' Market
This farmers' market at the Portola Valley Town Center features organic fruits and vegetables, local grass-fed beef, free range eggs, fair trade coffee, wild and local seafood, hot free range rotisserie chickens, local honey, organic olive oil, gluten-free baked goods, organic fruit popsicles, nuts and nut butters, pickles, jerky, artisan breads, empanadas, goat’s milk chocolates, flowers, crafts and music. The market runs Thursdays, year-round. 3-7 p.m. (summer hours). Free. Portola Valley Farmers' Market, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Community EventsSew Sew Saturday
Mountain View Public Library has four Baby Lock (Grace model) sewing machines and one serger. The library invites all to come sew on Saturday mornings. Registration required to use machines, hand sewers welcome to drop-in. March through May, 10:15 a.m.-noon. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Community EventsESL Conversation Club
Those learning or improving spoken English are invited to come practice at the club with casual conversation and friendly company. All levels are welcome, and no registration is required. Wednesdays, March through May, 5-6 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.