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Lectures & TalksStanford Executive Briefings
David Demarest, vice president for Public Affairs at Stanford University and lecturer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, will discuss the methodology of decision-making. Dec. 11, 7:30-9 a.m. $60. Stanford Faculty Club, 439 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.
Family and KidsU-Me Holiday Party
U-Me, a kids playspace in Menlo Park, will be hosting its fourth annual Holiday Frosty Party with art projects, food and a special Bayer Ballet performance of "Winter Fairy Tale." All ages welcome. Dec. 11, 4-6 p.m. Free. U-Me, 3355 Edison Way, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksTalk: John P. Holdren
John P. Holdren, assistant to the President for science and technology and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), will talk with moderator John Markoff, senior writer of The New York Times science section. This event is part of the Computer History Museum's "Revolutionaries" speaker series, featuring renowned innovators, business and technology leaders and authors in conversations often with leading journalists. Dec. 11, 7-8:30 p.m. Free - please register at computerhistory.org/events. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
SeniorsHoliday Gala at Mtn. View Senior Center
The Holiday Gala will feature dancing, music performed by Jerry Jay's Quartet and refreshments. Dec. 11, 4-6 p.m. Free. Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View.
Clubs/MeetingsBrown Bag Book Club
Talk books in this Palo Alto City Library-led book club on the second Wednesday of the month. For December, the club is are reading "City of Women" by David Gillham. Dec. 11, Noon-1:15 p.m. Free. Lucie Stern Community Center, Fireside Room, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
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.
Community Events'Tour the Packard Foundation Headquarters'
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is offering a guided tour through its LEED® Platinum (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building that is designed to operate at net zero energy status. Sign up online. Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11 from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Free. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, 343 Second St., Los Altos.
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 until Dec. 14 between 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Scott's Seafood Mountain View , 420 Castro St. , Mountain View .
Benefits/FundraisersTied House Holiday Giving Tree
Tied House Microbrewery and Cafe is participating in a holiday sharing program benefiting the Community Services Agency in Mountain View. Tied House will be holding a fundraiser where guests can take an instant photo of themselves and the photo will be placed on a Christmas tree at the brewery. Dec. 10-15, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. $5. Tied House Microbrewery and Cafe , 954 Villa 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.
On StageLos Altos Stage Co.: 'The Sunshine Boys'
The Los Altos Stage Company's production of "The Sunshine Boys" is the story of Lewis and Clark, two longtime comedy partners whose career and friendship came to a sudden and acrimonious end. Nov. 21-Dec. 15, Wednesday-Sunday, 8 p.m. $26-$32. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
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.
Art Galleries'Modernism and Its Discontents'
Nancy J. Troy, the Victoria and Roger Sant Professor in Art and the chair of the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University, is currently teaching from multiple installations at the Cantor for her class, "The Visual Culture of Modernism and Its Discontents, ca. 1850-1925."¯ Sept. 18-Dec. 15, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Art Galleries'Bibliophilia' Exhibit
The Palo Alto Art Center will host "Bibliophilia," an exhibition featuring drawings, paintings, and sculptural works by 14 artists who use discarded books as raw materials. The exhibit will be on display until Dec. 15, every day except Monday during art center hours. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
Religion/SpiritualityBethany Lutheran Church Advent Services
Bethany Lutheran Church Advent Services will be held on three Wednesdays in December (Dec. 4, 11 and 18) at noon and 7 p.m. Lunch will be served following the noon services at 12:30 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church , 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
Community EventsThe Mountain Goat Farmers' Market
This farmers' market features organic fruits and vegetables, wild and local seafood, free range eggs, jam, local honey, freshly baked focaccia, fair trade coffee, goat's milk chocolates, nuts and nut butters, gluten-free focaccia and baked goods. It takes place in front of the Skywood Trading Post and Penelope’s Den, across from Alice’s Restaurant and runs on Wednesdays until Dec. 18, when it closes for the winter. 2-6 p.m. Free. The Mountain Goat Farmers' Market, 17285 Skyline Blvd., Woodside.
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. 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.
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.
Lectures & TalksFree Introductory Meditation Lectures
Free Introductory Lectures to the Transcendental Meditation Technique every Wednesday at noon and 8 p.m. Transcendental Meditation Center, 1101 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsClass: 'In the Days of the Dons'
Michael Svanevik will lead a class on a period of California history. Nov. 6-Jan. 1, Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m. $50. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
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.
Art GalleriesCarrie Mae Weems Exhibit
This exhibit is dedicated to contemporary artist and photographer Carrie Mae Weems. More than 100 photographs, installations and videos are on display until Jan. 5, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
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.
Art Galleries'Mapping Edo'
Experience Edo-period Japan (1615-1868) through archival maps, prints, and paintings of the capital and surrounding provinces. This exhibition explores the shift that came with Japan's unification at the start of the period. Aug. 23-Feb. 2, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Art Galleries'Border Crossings: From Imperial to Popular Life'
This Cantor Arts Center exhibit explores how the boundaries between social classes and identities are challenged and transcended through 18th-century Chinese paintings. Aug. 23-Feb. 2, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
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.
DanceScottish Country Dancing
A fall session starts on Sept. 4 with "Intro Night," and is free for first timers. After that, the drop-in fee is $10 or $133 for the full session ($8 per night). Everyone is welcome, from complete beginners to experienced dancers. Classes run until Feb. 4. 7:45-10 p.m. Mountain View Sports Pavilion, 1185 Castro St., Mountain View.
Art Galleries'Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine in Early 20th-Century Art'
Artists in the first half of the 20th century involved in movements such as Constructivism, Purism and Precisionism found beauty in the machine aesthetic, while proponents of Dadaism and Surrealism embraced chance, accident and the unconscious as new paths to creativity. Nov. 13-March 16, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Film'Flesh and Metal' on Film
A variety of films by or about artists featured in the Cantor Art Center exhibit "Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine in Early 20th-Century Art" will run continuously concurrent with the exhibition. Ongoing every day from Nov. until March 16. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Wed.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursdays until 8 p.m. Free. Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford .
Art GalleriesJim Dine and Claes Oldenburg Exhibit
Jim Dine and Claes Oldenburg are two American artists who depict every day objects in various ways; 20 of their prints will be on display. Ongoing from Dec. 11 to April 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Art Galleries'The Honest Landscape': Photographs by Peter Henry Emerson
Peter Henry Emerson began taking photographs in 1882 in England and soon became an outspoken advocate for fine art photography. This installation presents a selection of Emerson's platinum prints and photogravures featuring the English and Irish countryside. Will be on display Wednesday-Sunday from Nov. 27 until May 4, 2014. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Art Galleries'Royal Image: Portraits, Satires, and Life at Court'
The 16 prints and drawings featured in this installation demonstrate how artists depicted European royalty and courtly culture between the 15th and 18th centuries. Works on view include etchings by Romeyn de Hooghe, who created pointed political satires. Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 27-May 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
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.