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Family and Kids'One Wacky Winter'
This holiday puppet performance presented by the Puppet Company is a mystery: Who is kidnapping toys at the Master Toymaker's workshop Sponsored by the Friends of the Atherton Library. Dec. 9,. 4-5 p.m. Free Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Community EventsCommunity Tree Lighting Celebration
Celebrate the holidays with live music, refreshments, lights and Santa Claus. Children can visit and take a picture with Santa; attendees should bring their own camera. They can also bring a can of food to benefit the Community Services Agency of Mountain View. Event will take place rain or shine. Dec. 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Civic Center Plaza, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
HealthTRX Suspension Introduction Training
This class will walk participants through how to use TRX equipment for a full body workout. Learn the best ways to adjust resistance and stability, get easy-to-follow tips for progressing and an overview of TRX's basic set of exercises. Mondays, Sept. 9-Dec. 9, 11:15 a.m.-noon. $199/$267. Arrillaga Recreation Center, 701 Laurel St. , Menlo Park.
Benefits/FundraisersHidden Villa Holiday Online Auction
Hidden Villa will host its first Holiday Online Auction, featuring local items and more. All proceeds will support Hidden Villa’s educational programs and scholarships. See URL below to start bidding. Bidding begins Nov. 25 and will close Dec. 10. Cost of auction items. Hidden Villa Holiday Auction, Online, No venue.
Special Events26th Annual Christmas Creche Exhibit
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints celebrates Christmas with this exhibit, which includes more than 350 nativities from around the world. Dec. 7-11, Noon-9 p.m. Free. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3865 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsBrazilian Dance and Martial Arts
Classes in the Brazilian martial art Capoeira, as well as Brazilian dance for children and adults begin next month through the City of Palo Alto. Instructor Mestre Beicola is a native of Rio de Janeiro. Oct. 1-Dec. 12. Times and cost vary - see website. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Art GalleriesThe Collage Centennial
This exhibit features collages by 11 artists. The exhibit runs Oct. 1-Dec. 13, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Menlo College Administration Building, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton.
ConcertsScott's Seafood Holiday Drive
Scott’s Seafood in Mountain View is partnering with Community Services Agency (CSA) in Mountain View for its annual holiday sharing program, benefiting CSA. This year will be a pajama dive; drop off donations at the restaurant. Dec. 3-14, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. None. Scott's Seafood Mountain View , 420 Castro St. , Mountain View .
ConcertsMusic: 'Illuminate This Night'
In three concerts, the Peninsula Women's Chorus sings holiday music from around the world, culminating in Conrad Susa’s "Carols and Lullabies," a collection of carols originally from Spain, Catalunya, Puerto Rico, and Mexico, accompanied by marimba, guitar, and harp. Ticket information at www.pwchorus.org. Concerts are on Dec. 7 and 14 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto, and on Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. at St. Patrick's Seminary, 320 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. $35 premium; $30 general; $10 student (18 and under). Two venues, See addresses above, Palo Alto and Menlo Park.
SportsPASC Soccer Tryouts
The Palo Alto Soccer Club is holding tryouts for boys and girls U8 – U14, from Nov. 23 to Dec. 15. PASC is forming competitive teams for spring/fall 2014 and encourages boys and girls born from Aug. 1, 1999, to July 31, 2006, to join try out. Times vary. Free. Various field locations, Various times in the afternoon and evening, Palo Alto.
VolunteersBethany Lutheran Church Donations
Beginning Nov. 1, Bethany Lutheran Church will be collecting donations to help feed the local hungry. The money raised will be used to support a Thanksgiving dinner for homeless people and Christmas food baskets for East Palo Alto families. Bring monetary donations to the Church Office by Dec. 15. No cover. Bethany Lutheran Church , 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
Family and KidsPortola Valley Library Infant Storytime
Babies & Books Storytime - rhymes, songs, lap play and short stories for infants (0-18 months). There will be bilingual storytime on Dec. 16. No storytime on Dec. 23 and 30. Dec. 2-16, Mondays, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Volunteers2013 Annual Food Drive
From Oct. 21 through Dec. 21, Neighbors Helping Neighbors will place barrels or boxes at participating grocery stores and retail businesses during the food drive season. Sign up via doodle poll: http://doodle.com/xzep33n86kc4em3i. Volunteer to be a sorter, bagger or driver. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Various locations, Various addresses, Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Time' Gallery Exhibit
In this Gallery 9 exhibit, 30 artists explore many facets of time: changing seasons and color, aging, clocks and other abstract metaphors. A variety of 2D and 3D media is on display at Gallery 9 through Dec. 24. A meet-the-artists reception will be held on Friday, Dec. 6, 5-7:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
Art GalleriesGallery House Holiday Show and Sale
The Gallery House Holiday Show and Sale features art gifts in all mediums and price ranges. There will be a public reception on Nov.22 from 6-8 p.m. at the gallery. In December, extended hours include Sundays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Event runs Nov. 17 to Dec. 24. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Religion/SpiritualityUniversity Public Worship
Weekly sermons are scheduled at Memorial Church from 10-11 a.m. with music by university organist Robert Huw Morgan and the Memorial Church choir. Dec. 1, 8 and 24: Rev. Joanne Sanders, associate dean for Religious Life; Nov. 17 and 24: Rev. Scotty McLennan, dean for Religious Life. Dec. 22: Rev. Dr. C. George Fitzgerald. Dec. 29: Rev. Susan Scott. 10-11 a.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
Clubs/MeetingsPalo Alto Scrabble Club
The Palo Alto Scrabble Club welcomes players of all levels every Monday night, holidays included. No need to RSVP. No charge to play. Just drop in with equipment or use the club's. Oct. 7 through the rest of the year. 6-9:30 p.m. Free. Freebirds World Burrito , 2305 El Camino Real , Palo Alto.
Art GalleriesPortola Art Gallery Group Show
At Portola Art Gallery during the month of December, artists will participate in the group show, “Small Works...Great Values.” Artists will showcase original works of art that are small in size but "large on value and creativity." Dec. 2-31, every day except Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Art Galleries'Art Meets Technology'
Art Meets Technology” presents work by 10 individuals whose accomplishments reside at the intersection of art, science, mathematics and technology. The exhibit draws on manuscript collections from the Stanford University Libraries. Ongoing every day through Jan. 15, 2014. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda, Green Library Bing Wing, 459 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
Classes/WorkshopsFoothill College Winter Quarter Registration
Foothill College Winter Quarter classes will run Jan. 6-March 28. Continuing students can register Nov. 25–Jan. 5 and new/returning students, Nov. 30-Jan. 5. Review more registration dates and instructions at www.foothill.edu. No fee to apply for admission; California residents pay $31 per unit plus basic fees. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
ExhibitsExhibit: 'Metaphors in Color and Form'
The Los Altos Art Club presents its group art exhibit at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto, on display from Oct. 21 through Jan. 6. There will be an artists' reception on Friday, Nov. 15, 6-8 p.m., at the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall. Free. Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsMVLA Adult Education Winter/Spring 2014 Registration
Registration for the winter and spring 2014 sessions at Mountain View-Los Altos Adult Education begins on Friday, Nov. 22. Course catalog available online for viewing starting Monday, Nov. 18. Winter 2014 session is Jan. 6-March 21; Spring 2014 is March 24-June 6. Cost of classes. MVLA Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.
Exhibits'Harmony IV': A Fine Art Photography Exhibit
The Peking Duck Restaurant hosts the sixth in a series of rotating exhibits featuring photographs by Lisa Tesler, Paul Italiano, Kevin Shannon and Gordon C. Ulrickson. Reception with the photographers and Richard Dischler will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 3 to 6 p.m. Exhibit shows through Feb. 3, 2014. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Free. Peking Duck Restaurant, 151 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
HealthJacki’s Aerobic Dancing Classes
These fitness classes include core work, strength training and aerobic routines. Jacki's also offers complimentary childcare; bring children and get the first month of classes for free. 9 a.m.-10 a.m. $4 per class. Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View.
DanceFor the Love of Dance Classes
For the Love of Dance is offering new classes starting in September. New Monday classes: beginner-to-intermediate-level class hip hop at 8 p.m., adult/teen jazz 7-8 p.m.,ballet and tap 3:30-4:30 p.m.; jazz and hip-hop for ages 8-12 5:30-6:30 p.m. and music theater 4:30-5:30 p.m. New Tuesday classes: adult ballet 12:45-1:45 p.m.; advanced jazz, tap and lyrical dance 7-9 p.m. and beginner ballet 3:30-4:30 p.m. New Wednesday classes: adult/teen ballet 7:30-9 p.m. and adult/teen tap 6:30-7:30 p.m. New Thursday classes: "Mommy & Me" 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., pre-ballet and tap 10:30-11:30 a.m. and a trio dance classes for ages 7-9, 4:30-6 p.m. $60/month. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way Suite B, Mountain View.