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Lectures & TalksAuthor Teri Dunn Chace on 'Seeing Flowers'
Author Teri Dunn Chace will give a presentation discussing images from her book "Seeing Flowers: Discover the Hidden Life of Flowers," which shares the exquisite detail of flower structures captured using a unique photo process. Aug. 1, 2-3:30 p.m. $25 member; $35 nonmember. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.
Concerts'Buenos Aires Summer'
At this benefit concert, Bay Area cellist Sarah Hong will be joined by her musical friends in presenting an evening of chamber music by Spanish and Argentine composers, including Cassado, Turina, Piazzola and Ginastera. Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m. Free admission; $10 individual, $20 family suggested donation. Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto.
Community EventsMt. View Taekwondo Festival
At this event hosted by Taekwon Kids in Mountain View, experts from Kosin University, Korea, will give a world-class demonstration of the art and discipline of Taekwondo. Aug. 1, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission; prices vary for food. Rengstorff Park, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View.
Family and Kids'Bingo Schmingo Music'
The Menlo Park Library will present a performance by Kathleen Rushing called "Bingo Schmingo Music," a lively, language-based family show full of interactive songs, stories, rhyme and dance. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. Aug. 1, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.
ConcertsTwilight Concert Series: Caravanserai
Santana tribute band Caravanserai will play a set of its Latin classic rock as part of the City of Palo Alto's Twilight Concert Series. Local food trucks will be on hand. Event sponsors include the Stanford Federal Credit Union and the Palo Alto Weekly. Aug. 1, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. California Avenue , California Avenue at Birch Street, Palo Alto.
ConcertsConcert Program V: 'The Setting Sun, 1827' (Aug. 1)
Music@Menlo summer festival will continue with a concert program moving between astounding works for piano, voice and violin by composer Franz Schubert, all written in the final years of his life. Aug. 1, 6 p.m. $68/$60 general; $30/$20 under age 30. Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
Family and KidsGame Day at Portola Valley Library
This event for all ages will provide opportunities to play board games, solve puzzles and participate in other kinds of activities. Attendees are welcome to bring their own games. Aug. 1, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Classes/WorkshopsSeeding and Transplanting Cool Season Vegetables
Master Gardener Ann Burrell will offer tips on growing a vegetable garden in the fall and winter, including how to start from seed, transplant, select varieties appropriate for the area and protect plants from common pests. Aug. 1, 10-11 a.m. Free. Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto.
Live MusicEast Palo Alto Blues Festival
Offering a tribute to B.B. King, the East Palo Alto Blues Festival will feature a performance by former Tower of Power singer Rick Stevens with the group Love Power. The event, which is hosted by East Palo Alto and the Belle Haven Chamber of Commerce, will include food and dancing. Aug. 1, noon. Free admission. Cesar Chavez Academy, 2450 Ralmar Ave., East Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Color and Complexity'
Kathy Sharpe, a former Los Altos resident, presents her new paintings of florals and gardens in both realistic and impressionist styles as part of a show called "Color and Complexity." June 30-Aug. 1, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9 Los Altos, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
Community EventsPalo Alto Buddhist Temple Obon Festival
This free public event will allow community members to sample a wealth of cultural and carnival offerings, as well as traditional Japanese and American fare. The festival will be capped by Bon Odori circle dances at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. Aug. 1, 5 p.m.; Aug. 2, noon. Free. Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, 2751 Louis Road, Palo Alto.
On Stage'The Mountebanks'
Lyric Theatre will present a production of "The Mountebanks," a comic opera by W.S. Gilbert and composer Alfred Cellier (instead of Gilbert's usual partner Sir Arthur Sullivan) about a group of thieves and a magic potion. The performances will be semi-staged with orchestra. Aug. 1, 8 p.m.; Aug. 2, 2 p.m. $26 adult; $10 youth. Cubberley Community Center Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
On Stage'Into the Woods'
Peninsula Youth Theatre will next present a fully staged production of the whimsical Steven Sondheim musical "Into the Woods," a fairy tale with something for both kids and adults to enjoy. July 25-Aug. 2, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. $22 adult; $18 senior, child age 12 or under. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
On Stage'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'
Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre will team up for a production of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," a musical about an inventor, his children and an upper-class woman and their efforts to save a magical race car. See website for specific dates. July 17-Aug. 2, Wednesday-Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $20 adult; $15 youth, senior. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will launch its 2015-2016 season with the world premiere of "Triangle," a contemporary musical about parallel romances that transpire a century apart. See website for specific dates and times. July 8-Aug. 2. $19-$74. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Life Lines'
Fine art photographer and digital artist Jeanne Gadol of Portola Valley will celebrate the diverse and beautiful patterns, rhythms and textures of life in the show "Life Lines." Wednesday-Sunday, July 1-Aug. 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. The Main Gallery, 1018 Main St., Redwood City.
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.
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. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
ConcertsKoret Young Performers Concerts
Part of Music@Menlo's annual summer festival, these performances will bring to the stage students ages 9 to 18 from the Chamber Music Institute's Young Performers Program. July 25 and Aug. 1, 1 p.m.; Aug. 8, noon. Free. Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
ConcertsStanford Jazz Festival 2015
The Stanford Jazz Festival will return this summer with 34 concerts featuring a plethora of acclaimed jazz performers, including Allison Miller, Victor Lin, James Farm, Taylor Eigsti and others. See website for specific dates, times and pricing. June 19-Aug. 8. Prices vary. Stanford University venues, including Bing Concert Hall and Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford.
On Stage'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum'
Foothill Music Theatre will present a production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," a fast-paced musical comedy set in Rome, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. July 23-Aug. 9, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $12-$32. Smithwick Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
On Stage'Hay Fever'
For the main stage production of its 17th annual summer festival, Stanford Repertory Theater will perform "Hay Fever," Noel Coward's witty comedy about family life. July 16-Aug. 9, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $25 general; $15 student, senior, unemployed. Memorial Auditorium, Pigott Theater, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford.
Classes/WorkshopsImprov classes at Dragon Theatre
Professional actress Corinne Kason will teach weekly classes in improvisation, focusing on effective communication, out-of-the-box thinking, building confidence and team work. Saturdays, July 11-Aug. 15, 10 p.m. $33 single session. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.
On StageTheatre in the Park
Elementary school-age students in Peninsula Youth Theatre's two-week summer classes will perform each week during the summer at local parks and venues. Picnics are welcome. See website for the full schedule and locations. Saturdays, June 20-Aug. 15, 6:30 p.m. Free. Parks and venues, including MVCPA Park Stage and Cubberley Auditorium, Mountain View and Palo Alto.
On Stage'Snoopy!!! The Musical'
In this outdoor "Hot Dog" season production, Palo Alto Children's Theatre will present "Snoopy!!! The Musical," the musical sequel to "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" that finds the favorite Peanuts character singing and dancing in a series of comic vignettes. Wednesday-Sunday, July 29-Aug. 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $12 child; $14 adult. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
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. 17, 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.
Teen Activities2015 Palo Alto Youth Council applications
The Palo Alto Youth Council is a group of 15 to 20 dedicated youth ambassadors to the City Council, with the goal of building connections between teens and the greater Palo Alto community. Visit the website to learn more. The application deadline is Aug. 21. Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto .
Art Galleries'Out of the Blue'
Gallery House will showcase abstract paintings by Charlotte Coqui and Wendy Fitzgerald in an exhibit called "Out of the Blue." On July 31, from 5 to 7 p.m., there will be a public reception. July 28-Aug. 22, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Angles, Lines and Curves'
Filoli has on display an exhibit called "Angles, Lines and Curves - Architecture of the World," a collection of photographs that captures the aesthetics, values and lifestyles of cultures through architecture. June 16-Aug. 23, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $18 adult; $15 senior (age 65 and older); $8 child (ages 5-17); free for members. Filoli, Visitor and Education Center, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.
Exhibits'500 Years of Italian Master Drawings'
The Cantor Arts Center presents almost 100 rarely seen drawings from the 15th to the 20th century in the exhibit "500 Years of Italian Master Drawings from the Princeton University Museum." Wednesday-Monday, May 22-Aug. 24, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Baylands Paintings by Bob Schick and Friends'
The Environmental Volunteers Art Gallery will welcome a new installation of works by curator by Bob Schick and his students. The pieces present themes from the Palo Alto Baylands in different media. On July 11, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., there will be a reception with the artists. May 30-Aug. 28, Monday, Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Environmental Volunteers, Art Gallery, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
ExhibitsArt in Action student work exhibit
The East Palo Alto Library is hosting a summer-long exhibit of work by kindergarten through second-grade students who participated in Art in Action programs at East Palo Alto Charter School and Belle Haven Elementary School in Menlo Park. June 2-Aug. 28, library hours. Free. East Palo Alto Library, 2415 University Ave., East Palo Alto.
Live MusicChronicle Nights at Quattro
The Quattro Restaurant will transport visitors to different eras, spanning from the '20s to the '60s, as they enjoy live music (Fridays only) and quality fare. Fridays and Saturdays, July 3-Aug. 29, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Free admission. Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley, Quattro Restaurant , 2050 University Ave., East Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Home Grown: Walter Robinson'
The exhibit "Home Grown: Walter Robinson" will share paintings and sculptures -- made by Walter Robinson over the last 10 years -- that play with high-gloss colors, scale and common cultural imagery. June 20-Aug. 30, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 9 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
VolunteersGreeter 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'Edith Sommer: An Artist's Retrospective'
This exhibit entitled "Edith Sommer: An Artist's Retrospective" will share some of the jewelry, textile and mixed-media creations of the late Edith Sommer, a longtime Palo Alto artist involved in the creation of Gallery House in 1958. An opening reception will be held on June 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. June 26-Sept. 26, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, Studio Gallery, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
ExhibitsSummer Garden Sculpture Exhibit
Throughout the summer, Filoli is holding its second sculpture exhibit with a number of works by local artists. Visitors can tour the exhibit on their own using a guide and map, or they can make reservations for a Guided Walk. June 3-Sept. 13, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $18 adult; $15 senior (age 65 and older); $8 child (ages 5-17); free for members. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.
Teen ActivitiesTeen Library Advisory Board applications
Palo Alto Library is currently recruiting teens for its Teen Library Advisory Board (T-LAB). The opportunity allows students in grades 8 to 12 to help the library with its Teen Zone, generate programming ideas, offer book suggestions and more, as well as earn community service hours. Applications are due by Sept. 15. Aug. 1-Sept. 15. Free. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Exhibits'On You: A Story of Wearable Computing'
The Computer History Museum is hosting a traveling exhibition by the Georgia Institute of Technology called "On You: A Story of Wearable Computing," which examines the problems engineers needed to solve to make wearable technology viable and user-friendly. Tuesday-Sunday, June 30-Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission prices. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Exhibits'O'Keeffe, Stieglitz, Toomer, and Modernism'
The Cantor Arts Center puzzles out the relationships -- aesthetic and romantic -- between Georgia O'Keeffe, Alfred Stieglitz and Harlem Renaissance writer Jean Toomer in the exhibit "O'Keeffe, Stieglitz, Toomer, and Modernism." Wednesday-Monday, May 6-Sept. 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Reflect + Create'
The Los Altos History Museum is offering an exhibit called "Reflect + Create: Where Art and History Intersect," which looks at how artists, makers and creators from the community have taken inspiration from items in the museum's collection. Thursday-Sunday, May 7-Sept. 30, noon-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
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, through Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Word as Image'
This Cantor Arts Center installation of prints and drawings entitled "Word as Image: Highlights from the Marmor Collection" examines how modern and contemporary artists have used and featured words in their work. Wednesday-Monday, July 1-Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
DanceSocial 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.