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Lectures & TalksAuthor Jan Ellison on 'A Small Indiscretion'
At this book launch event, Jan Ellison will chat with Ann Packer about her debut novel "A Small Indiscretion," which explores themes of desire, obsession and mistakes that return to haunt their perpetrators. Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Deborah Rhode on 'What Women Want'
The Clayman Institute at Stanford University will welcome Deborah L. Rhode, a prolific author and former director of the institute, to speak about her book "What Women Want: An Agenda for the Women's Movement," which examines the current state of gender inequality. The event will also include a book signing. Jan. 27, 4:15-5:45 p.m. Free. Levinthal Hall, 424 Santa Teresa St., Stanford.
SeniorsSenior center literary journal reception
At this Mountain View Senior Center event, attendees can listen to contributors to the center's first literary journal read their work. Refreshments and free copies of the journal will be available. Jan. 27, 1 p.m. Free. Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View.
SeniorsHatching Your Nest Egg
This workshop will provide guidance for seniors on how to transition from accumulating assets to retirement distribution. Topics covered will include managing accounts, starting to receive social security and making sure one's capital will last a lifetime. Jan. 27, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsSOAR enrollment workshop
The Foothill College SOAR (Student Orientation Assessment & Registration) program will hold a workshop to inform incoming freshman students about this early registration process, which requires an orientation and math and English assessment tests. Jan. 27, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; $3 parking. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Family and KidsToddler Storytime
Weekly Toddler Storytime events at the Portola Valley Library will include songs, stories and movement activities to encourage toddlers 18 to 36 months old to listen and read. Age-appropriate toys will be available at the end of each session. A special activity will follow story time on Jan. 20. Tuesdays, Jan. 6-27, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsPajama Storytime
The East Palo Alto Library will host Pajama Storytime events where kids can wear their pajamas while listening to stories and singing songs. Tuesdays, Dec. 23-Jan. 27, 7 p.m. Free. East Palo Alto Library, 2415 University Ave., East Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Land and Sea'
Garden Fresh restaurant will have on display a solo exhibit of oil paintings of Bay Area landscapes and seascapes by local artist Bonnie Hicks. Nov. 25-Jan. 27, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
Art GalleriesPacific Art League January exhibitions
The Pacific Art League will have two exhibits on display in January: a collaborative exhibit of drawings and paintings by Jon Haag and Brian Sal Corral, and an exhibit of work by Pacific Art League members, judged by JoAnn Edwards of the Museum of Craft and Design. Monday-Friday, Jan. 9-29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Art Squared'
Viewpoints Gallery will hold an all-gallery group show in January called "Art Squared," featuring the work of 15 local artists in oils, watercolor, pastels, mixed media and ceramics. Jan. 8-30, Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.
Art Galleries'Treasures Revealed'
The Portola Art Gallery will host "Treasures Revealed," a joint exhibit of work by Shaowei Liu and Yvonne Newhouse with watercolor paintings of brief, precious moments in life. Monday-Saturday, Jan. 1-31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Art Galleries'Here & There'
Gallery 9 Los Altos will have on display a solo exhibit called "Here & There" of watercolor paintings by Suej McCall, inspired by the local artist's travels. Jan. 2-Feb. 1, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9 Los Altos, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
Classes/WorkshopsBeginning Clothing Construction
In this Canada College course, students will learn to use a sewing machine and do pattern manipulation to make basic pieces of clothing, including T-shirts, in a supportive environment. Tuesdays, Jan. 27-May 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $138 (plus supplies and student fees). Canada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside.
Benefits/FundraisersThe Beginner's School fundraiser
The Beginner's School, a free online art school founded by Phil Shemanski of Los Altos, is holding an online fundraising campaign with the goal of adding a sculpture course to its offerings. Visit the website for more info. Through Feb. 5. Donations requested. , , Los Altos.
On Stage'2 Pianos 4 Hands'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of "2 Pianos 4 Hands," a comic coming-of-age story about two piano students who fall just short of stardom. Featured music ranges from Bach and Beethoven to Scott Joplin and Jerry Lee Lewis. See website for specific times, dates and pricing. Jan. 14-Feb. 8. $19-$74; discounts available for educators, seniors, those age 30 and under. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
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'Raúl Cañibano: Storyteller'
The Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College will host an exhibit called "Raúl Cañibano: Storyteller," which shares images by the Havana-based photographer which capture Cuba, its people and their struggles in the post-revolution era. On Jan. 21, there will be an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 21-March 11, center hours. Free. Krause Center for Innovation, KCI Gallery, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Religion/SpiritualityInsight Meditation South Bay
Shaila Catherine and guest teachers will lead weekly Insight Meditation sittings, which will be followed by talks on Buddhist teachings. Tuesdays, Jan. 6-March 17, 7:30-9 p.m. Donations accepted. St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall, 2094 Grant Road, Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsMovers and Shakers Pre-Toddler Class
This PlaySteps class for babies approximately 5 to 12 months old, and their parents and caretakers, will encourage movement and play in order to develop strength, balance and coordination. Tuesdays, Jan. 6-March 24, 10-10:45 a.m. $154 Menlo Park resident; $207 nonresident. Arrillaga Family Gymnastics Center, 849 Menlo Ave., Menlo Park.
Live MusicSinger-songwriter Patrick Ames
Palo Alto singer-songwriter Patrick Ames will perform weekly sets of all-original music at the Freewheel Brewing Company. Tuesdays, Jan. 27-March 31, 7-9:15 p.m. Free. Freewheel Brewery Company, 3736 Florence St., Redwood City.
Clubs/MeetingsSRI Organon Toastmasters
The SRI Organon Toastmasters club focuses on improving the communication and leadership skills of its members. Guests are welcome. Tuesdays, Jan. 20-March 31, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. SRI International, Builiding G, Laurel Street (across from the Menlo Park Police Station), Menlo Park.
The Palo Alto Art Center will explore the sound of art in an exhibition called "Hear This!" The center will celebrate the new exhibit with a Friday Night at the Art Center event on Jan. 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Jan. 17-April 12, center hours. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsArt School of San Francisco Bay classes
The Art School of San Francisco Bay offers art classes for a variety of ages and abilities, beginning at age 2 and continuing up until advanced classes for teens. Visit the website for schedule, prices and registration. Sept. 3-May 29. Free trials available; prices vary. Accent Arts Store, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Heads and Hands'
The Rotunda Gallery will have on display an exhibit of work by sculptor Dan Woodard, which looks at the positive and negative and serious and comical aspects of the human condition. Monday-Friday, Jan. 21-June 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Rotunda Gallery, 555 County Center, Redwood City.
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.
Community EventsCSA Homeless Outreach
Twice monthly a Community Services Agency social worker will come to the Mountain View Public Library to offer assistance to low-income and/or homeless individuals, providing information and referrals to community resources. Second and fourth Tuesday of the month, year-round, 9-11 a.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.