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Lectures & Talks

Moore's Law @ 50
This two-part event at the Computer History Museum will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Gordon Moore's observation that the number of transistors on microchips doubles about every two years -- an idea which drove the digital revolution. Arnold Thackeray and David Brock, co-authors of "Moore's Law: The Life of Gordon Moore, Silicon Valley's Quiet Revolutionary," will participate in a talk with museum CEO John Hollar, as well as a later panel discussion. Visit the website for info on registration. April 17, 10:30 a.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

Lectures & Talks

Radio astronomer Jill Tarter
Dr. Jill Tarter, a well-known radio astronomer and former director of the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence program, will visit Palo Alto High School to talk about the possibility of life beyond Earth. April 17, 7-8 p.m. Free. Palo Alto High School, Haymarket Theater, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Lunch with the League
At its monthly lunch event, League of Women Voters of the Los Altos-Mountain View Area will host Scott Haywood, policy and community relations manager for Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, who will discuss Envision Silicon Valley. The program will assess transportation needs and solutions, including a possible sales tax ballot measure for funding. Those interested must RSVP by April 15. April 17, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $27. Ristorante Bella Vita, 376 First St., Los Altos.
 

Lectures & Talks

'Psychedelic Experience: New Uses and Research'
At this Sofia University and Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies event, three speakers will discuss the the present and future psychedelic research. April 17, 7-9:30 p.m. $5 general; free for students. Sofia University, 1069 E. Meadow Circle , Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

Atherton Botanic Art Show
This show will share the original work of various local artists in mediums including watercolor painting, graphite, pen and ink, and colored pencil. Light refreshments will be served. April 17, 4-7:30 p.m. Free. Holbrook-Palmer Park, Jennings Pavillion, 150 Watkins Ave., Atherton.
 

Food and Drink

Dine Out for Earth California
Rock the Earth will hold a culinary event at Calafia Café & Market A Go-Go celebrating the local food movement, where Chef Charlie Ayers will create a locally sourced six-course meal. There will also be live music, beer and wine. The event will benefit Rock the Earth and Earth Day San Francisco. April 17, 6-9:30 p.m. $115 in advance; 160 at the door (if available). Calafia Café & Market A Go-Go, 130 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.

Family and Kids

Author Sheila Grau on 'Dr. Critchlore's School for Minions'
Local debut author Sheila Grau will read from her new comical series "Dr. Critchlore's School for Minions," a story about monsters in training, best suited for fantasy fans ages 8 to 12. Those interested should RSVP by phone. April 17, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
 

On Stage

'Those Darn Squirrels'
In this Stories on Stage production, Peninsula Youth Theatre will perform "Those Darn Squirrels," a play based on Adam Rubin's book about a cranky old man who loves only the birds in his yard. April 17, 9:30 and 11 a.m.; April 18, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $8 Friday; $10 Saturday. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Second Stage, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

Film

'Capturing Grace' screenings
Stanford University will host two screenings of the documentary "Capturing Grace," which shows the results of a collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and people with Parkinson's disease. Each will be followed by a Q&A discussion, which will include filmmaker David Iverson. April 17, 7-8:30 p.m.; April 18, 1:30-3 p.m. $10 general (plus processing fee); free for Stanford personnel and students. Cubberley and Cemex auditoriums, see website for specific venue info, Stanford.
 

Dance

'Rooted' by Ali McKeon
Choreographed by Ali McKeon, currently a dancer for Menlowe Ballet, the performance "Rooted" will capture the changing contemporary dance community of Maui, Hawaii, while exploring themes of beauty, Aloha, community, tension, resentment and disorientation. April 17 and 18, 8 p.m. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Zohar Dance Company, Cubberley Community Center, L4, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

On Stage

'Hairspray'
Stanford student group Ram's Head Theatrical Society will put on a production of "Hairspray," the classic musical that follows a plus-size teenager's quest to dance on a popular TV show. April 10, 11, 16-18, 8 p.m. See website for ticket pricing. Memorial Auditorium, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford.
 

Community Events

Menlo Park Sidewalk Fine Arts Festival
The Menlo Park Sidewalk Fine Arts Festival will feature an array of original works by 90 artists in mediums including jewelry, photography, ceramics, painting, sculptures and more. April 17 and 18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; April 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Downtown Menlo Park, Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park.
 

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

'Beasts & Books'
"Beasts & Books," curated by Stanford Ph.D. candidate Mackenzie Cooley, with help from undergraduate students, encapsulates the interdependence of humans and animals through rare books and manuscripts. On April 16, from 4 to 6 p.m., there will a reception. April 6-Aug. 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Green Library, Bing Wing, Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford.

Art Galleries

Pacific Art League: 'Spring is in the Air'
The Pacific Art League has two exhibits on display in April: "Spring is in the Air," a juried show with works focusing on spring in a number of mediums, and the Palo Alto Camera Club's annual photograph competition. Monday-Friday, April 3-23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona 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.

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.
 

Health

Feldenkrais classes
Deborah Dutton, a certified Feldenkrais instructor, leads weekly classes that seek to alleviate tension, aches and pains while improving body mechanics and posture. Movements are done lying on the floor. Participants should bring a mat or towel. See website for schedules and info on how to register. Feb. 13-April 29. Series prices vary; $20 drop in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., and the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 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.

On Stage

'The Star Without a Name'
As part of its 2nd Stages series, Dragon Productions will perform "The Star Without a Name," a 12-hour love story adapted and translated from the original 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. (no show on April 15). 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.

Family and Kids

Art 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.

Exhibits

'Into the Wild Woods'
The Community School of Music and Arts currently has 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

Joyful Korean School classes
These ongoing classes for children will teach students about Korean language and culture. Fridays, September-June, 5-7 p.m. $300/semester. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, 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.
 

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.

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.

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 collects prints and drawings that probe the 18th-century realms of music and drama in 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.

Exhibits

'No Limits - Freedom to Create'
The Town of Los Altos Hills has on display "No Limits - Freedom to Create," a fine art exhibit showcasing the work of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society. A reception will be held on April 19 from 2 to 5 p.m. with children's art activities, live music and food. Monday-Friday, March 9-Aug. 28, 8 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m. Free. Town of Los Altos Hills, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.

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.
 

Health

Jacki's Aerobic Dancing
Jacki's Aerobic Dancing classes guide participants in abdominal work, strength training and aerobic routines. Complimentary childcare is provided by staff. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, March 9-Dec. 18, 9 a.m. $36 month; $6 single class. Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View.
 

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.
 

Religion/Spirituality

Labyrinth in Memorial Church
This weekly event at Stanford's Memorial Church will seek to help participants find balance and peace in their life through walking in circles. Thursdays, Jan. 23-Dec. 27, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.

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.