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Concerts

Bennett Paster & Taylor Eigsti
In this Stanford Jazz Festival show, versatile keyboardist Bennett Paster will be joined by pianist Taylor Eigsti and others. July 30, 7:30-9 p.m. $15-$35. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.
 

Lectures & Talks

Authors Mimi Real and Bob Gabriner on 'Risking Everything'
Civil Rights activists Mimi Real and Bob Gabriner will discuss "Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader," which tells the story of the 1964 Freedom Summer with 44 original documents. July 30, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

Classes/Workshops

'Still Gardening in a Drought'
In this workshop, Master Gardeners will revisit the topic of watering a garden in a drought, thinking about conservation strategies and irrigation options, including drip irrigation. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions. July 30, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

Concerts

Carte Blanche Concert III: Yura Lee, violin, and Dina Vainshtein, piano
Violinist Yura Lee will return to the Music@Menlo festival, joined by pianist Dina Vainshtein, for a program with Czech and Hungarian folk-inflected works for violin and piano. July 30, 8 p.m. $70 general; $30 under age 30. Stent Family Hall, Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
 

Live Music

Vocalist Jessica Johnson
Jessica Johnson, soul and jazz singer, will perform at Fremont Park for the Menlo Park 2014 Summer Concert Series. July 30, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Fremont Park, University Drive and Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park.
 

Lectures & Talks

Author Jacqueline Winspear on 'The Care and Management of Lies'
Author of the Maisie Dobbs series, Jacqueline Winsepear will share her standalone novel, "The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War," a drama which explores love's ability to survive in a fractured world. July 30, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Pizzas To Help End Poverty
Pizza My Heart will hold a fundraiser for Santa Cruz nonprofit Rising International, where it will donate 30 percent of orders when customers mention the nonprofit between 4 and 9 p.m. July 30, 4-9 p.m. Prices vary. Pizza My Heart, 220 University Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Classes/Workshops

Health care programs orientation
At this workshop for those interested in health care careers, information will be provided on the Certified Nursing Assistant and Medical Assistant paths and what programs are offered through the Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School. July 30, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.
 

Food and Drink

Pop-up Dinner with Hangar 24
Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant will host Hangar 24 Craft Brewery for a dinner from Chef Colby with beer pairings from the guest brewery. July 30, 5:30-9 p.m. $75. Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant, 895 Villa St., Mountain View.
 

Classes/Workshops

OverDrive eBooks/eAudiobooks help
These sessions will provide help to community members in accessing the Portola Valley Library's free online books. Attendees should bring a device and questions. Contact the library to sign up for a one-on-one appointment. Wednesdays, July 2-30, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Live Music

July Music Fest
For the seventh year, Town & Country Village will hold its July Music Fest under the oaks, this year featuring groups playing pop, 60s rock and jazz standards. Wednesdays, July 2-30, 6-8 p.m. Free. Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

Health

'No Belly' Bootcamp
A high intensity interval training class will be held three times weekly to help participants become fit. The first session is free. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, June 16-July 30, 7-7:45 a.m. $13/class monthly; $15 drop-in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Exhibits

'Space and Dimensions'
Garden Fresh restaurant will host a solo show by local artist Rachel Tirosh of mixed media paintings on canvas. June 14-July 30, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
 

Religion/Spirituality

Lifetree Cafe Conversation
Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park will host two hour-long conversations with community members called "Miracles or Mere Coincidences?" exploring miracles and whether things happen for a reason. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be served. July 30, 7-8 p.m.; July 31, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Exhibits

'Traveling Stitches'
Mountain View City Hall will have on display in its rotunda an exhibit of quilts made at the Day Worker Center of Mountain View called "Traveling Stitches." July 7-31, City Hall hours. Free. Mountain View City Hall Rotunda, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

Art Galleries

'Onions Observed'
The Portola Art Gallery will have on display a collection of photography called "Onions Observed -- An Animistic Perspective," by Alan McGee of Portola Valley. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, July 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. July 1-31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.

Teen Activities

TV Studio Production Camp
In this camp for students in grades six to eight, participants will learn a variety of skills needed to produce, direct and act in television shows in a professional studio. July 28-Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $450. Midpeninsula Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.

Classes/Workshops

Pastel plein air painting classes
Portola Art Gallery's Jan Prisco will offer weekly pastel plein air painting classes at Allied Arts Guild and other Peninsula locations. Beginning and intermediate pastel painters are welcome. Wednesdays, April 16 through August 1, 1:30-4:15 p.m. $30/class; $100/four-class bundle. Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
 

Family and Kids

bricks4kidz Lego summer camp
bricks4kids will offer a variety of Lego summer camps for ages 3 to 14 years old, which help to develop science and math skills through activities like building, testing, robotics and movie-making. Monday-Friday, June 23-August 1, 9 a.m.-noon; 1-4 p.m. $150 half-day week; $270 full-day week. Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto.

Family and Kids

Math Discovery Summer Camp
In these weeklong camps, kids will engage in math activities and projects covering a number of subjects such as fractions, platonic solids, fractals and more. Hands-on projects, outdoor play and video games will be among the activities. Monday-Friday, June 16-Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $380. Synapse Middle School, 3375 Edison Way, Menlo Park.
 

Seniors

La Comida lunch program
La Comida invites adults age 60 and over and their guests to enjoy a nutritious and affordable three-course lunch accompanied by music, activities and camaraderie. Meals are also held at two other Palo Alto locations. See website for details. Monday-Friday, year-round (except on some holidays), 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. $3 donations accepted for adults 60 and over; $8 adults under 60. La Comida Dining Room at Avenidas Center, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
 

Food and Drink

Silicon Valley Beer Week at Tied House
Tied House Microbrewery and Cafe will celebrate Silicon Valley Beer Week with a special beer pairing menu featuring new items and Tied House's award-winning beers. July 25-Aug. 2, business hours. Prices vary. Tied House, 954 Villa St., Mountain View.
 

On Stage

'The Great Pretender'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of 'The Great Pretender' by David West Read, a hit at the company's New Works Festival about how a children's TV host deals with the death of a popular puppeteer. See website for specific dates and times. July 9-Aug. 3, 2, 7:30 or 8 p.m. $25-$68. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Inside Rodin’s Hands: Art, Technology and Surgery'
James Chang has incorporated Rodin's hand sculptures into his hand surgery educational program, using new technologies that scan the sculptures, create interior anatomy and allow for virtual surgery to correct the condition. The exhibition provides an interactive experience for visitors. Wednesday-Sunday, April 9-Aug. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Family and Kids

YMCA summer camps
Summer programs at the Palo Alto YMCA are designed to keep kids physically active and mentally engaged with a variety of activities. See website for specific programs and dates. June 2-August 4, Prices vary (financial assistance available). Palo Alto Family YMCA, 3412 Ross Road, Palo Alto.
 

Family and Kids

Music 4 Life
This class will share music and movement with children from 6 months to 6 years old. Parents can bond with their child while they sing, dance and play instruments. Wednesdays, June 11-August 8, 1-1:45 p.m. $136 resident; $182 nonresident. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
 

Concerts

Cafe Conversations and Master Classes
Music@Menlo will hold a number of conversations with performing artists, as well as master classes where educators from the Chamber Music Institute will impart their knowledge to young players. Monday-Friday, July 21-Aug. 8, 11:45 a.m. Free. Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
 

Teen Activities

Wizards and Warriors Gaming Camp
At this medieval-themed camp, counselors dressed as bards, knights and sages will lead participants in games like Dungeons and Dragons, paint miniatures, build dioramas, mold dungeons and play field games. June 16-August 8, 9-5 p.m. $888/two-week session. Wizards and Warriors, 1836 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Concerts

Prelude Performances
At the Music@Menlo summer festival, Prelude Performances will showcase young artists (ages 18 to 29) from the Chamber Music Institute's International Program. Check website for specific dates and locations. July 22-Aug. 9, 5:30 p.m. Free. Menlo School and The Center for Performing Arts, Menlo-Atherton High School, , Atherton.
 

Family and Kids

Helix summer sessions
Helix will offer summer camp sessions for ages 5 to 14 where kids can learn about the world through investigation. Participants can explore exhibits and spend time learning in the workshop. Monday-Friday, July 7-Aug. 15, 1-4 p.m. $200 member; $250 nonmember. Helix by Exploratorium, 316 State St., Los Altos.
 

Teen Activities

Youth Claymation Camp
In these weeklong camps for ages 10 to 14, students will learn how to create clay animation with the stop-motion techniques used in such movies as the Wallace & Gromit films and "Chicken Run." Small groups of students will come up with a story, mold, animate and edit a film for their final projects. Monday-Friday, July 7-Aug. 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $325. KMVT 15 Community Television, 1400 Terra Bella Ave., Suite M, Mountain View.

Teen Activities

Youth Studio Production Camp
This summer KMVT 15 will hold weeklong camps for students ages 10 to 14, where they can use professional studio equipment to gain skills in camera work, directing, sound design, acting and producing. By the end of each camp, students will have produced segments which will be broadcast on cable Channel 15. Monday-Friday, June 9-Aug. 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $369. KMVT 15 Community Television, 1400 Terra Bella Ave., Suite M, Mountain View.
 

Family and Kids

Heather Hill Riding Center Summer Camps
Heather Hill Camp is a fun-filled time with the HH Welsh Cobs and Ponies! Half or full day sessions. Ride every day. Riding, film making, art. June 16 to Aug. 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $100-$650 Rancho Viejo Stables in Portola Valley, 45 Ansel Lane, Portola Valley.
 

Family and Kids

Marine Science Camp
The Marine Science Institute is hosting a camp that offers hands-on activities, live animals and educational field trips including a day aboard the Marine Science Institute research vessel. Week-long camps run from June 16–Aug. 15; each day starts at 10 a.m. Registration opens Feb. 1. Starting at $375. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City.

On Stage

'Into the Woods, Junior'
For the final play in its 2014 Outdoor Summer "Hot Dog" Series, the Palo Alto Children's Theatre will put on a production called "Into the Woods, Junior." Favorite fairytale characters will take a journey into the woods to fulfill their wishes in this 80-minute, family drama. Wednesday-Sunday, July 30-Aug. 16, 6:30-8 p.m. $12-$14. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, Magic Castle Stage, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'The Stanford Albums'
The Cantor Arts Center will mount an exhibition of 19th-century photographer Carleton Watkins' Pacific Coast photographs, all drawn from three unbound albums in the Stanford library’s Special Collections. April 23-Aug. 17, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Family and Kids

Art School of San Francisco Bay summer camps
This summer the Art School of San Francisco Bay will offer art camps for all levels. They include Plein Air for beginners and advanced students, Portrait painting and Art History Applied. Participants will learn valuable artistic skills and enjoy the creative environment. Both half and full-day camps are offered. Monday-Friday, June 16-August 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $200 for half-day week; $400 for full-day. Accent Arts Store, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Compositions in Light'
Gallery House will have on display an exhibit of landscape photography called "Compositions in Light" by Bay Area artist Vidya Narasimhan. An artist reception will be held on Aug. 1, from 8 to 8 p.m. July 29-Aug. 23, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Stonewalled in Jerusalem'
Santa Cruz mixed media artist Sara Friedlander will have on display her visually arresting and socially focused artwork, which contemplates the Israeli/Palestinian impasse. Using original and archival images, she explores both sides and welcomes viewers' ideas about moving forward. May 16-August 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

Classes/Workshops

Line dancing class
Little House Activity Center will host line dancing classes, introducing a new dance each week. A variety of music will be played; no partner is needed. Wednesdays, July 9-Aug. 27, 10-11 a.m. $64 eight classes; $12 drop-in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.

Art Galleries

'Capturing Light'
"Capturing Light: The World as We See It" is a judged exhibit and sale of 50 prints by members of the Palo Alto Camera Club, including 12 photos taken in Havana, Cuba. A percentage of proceeds from print sales will go to Cultural Kaleidoscope, a City of Palo Alto program supporting art in local schools. Monday-Friday, March 10-August 28, 8 a.m.-noon; 1-5 p.m. Free. Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

Volunteers

La Comida volunteer opportunities
The La Comida Senior Lunch Program has various volunteer opportunities available, including helping to welcome and serve seniors, translate, work on special projects and do community outreach. Monday-Friday, year-round, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. La Comida Dining Room (at Avenidas Center), 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

Works by Judi Keyani
Recent works by Bay Area artist Judy Keyani will be on display at Gallery 9, including pastel, oil paint and sketch pieces. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Aug. 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 29-Aug. 31, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

Exhibits

'Peaches on a Tree'
An exhibit of colorful and emotional paintings by artists of Art For Well Beings, a Palo Alto art studio for people with special needs, will be on display at the Palo Alto Art Center. Tuesday-Sunday, July 1-Aug. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Peanuts' paintings by Tom Everhart
Peabody Fine Art Gallery will host an exclusive exhibition of works by Tom Everhart, who was permitted by Charles Schulz to paint his Peanuts comic strip characters in his own style. July 19-Sept. 1, 10:15 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Free. Peabody Fine Art Gallery, 603 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Exhibits

'Luminous Essays'
The Caldwell Gallery will have on display "Luminous Essays," an exhibit of works by fine art photographers from the Peninsula Photographic Arts Guild. July 2-Sept. 3, 5 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Caldwell Gallery, 400 County Center at the Hall of Justice, Redwood City.

Exhibits

'Fearless Genius'
The Computer History Museum will have on display a photography exhibit by Doug Menuz called "Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley, 1985-2000." It consists of 50 photographs documenting innovators at Apple, Leiner Perkins, Adobe and other companies. Wednesday-Sunday, July 9-Sept. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $15 general; $12 student/senior/military. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Dana Harel: Between Dreams and Nightmares'
A solo exhibition of new works by Redwood City artist Dana Harel will be on display at the Palo Alto Art Center. Organized by Laguna Art Museum, the exhibit consists of 15 mixed-media drawings of animal and human figures, reflecting the messiness of war. June 14-September 7, center hours. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Clubs/Meetings

ESL Conversation Club
Those learning or improving English speaking skills are invited to come practice at club meetings with casual conversation and friendly company. All levels are welcome, no registration required. Wednesdays, year-round, 5-6 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

Classes/Workshops

Foothill College Fall Quarter registration
Foothill College Fall Quarter registration will be open on the school's website beginning July 21. Classes will run from September 22 to December 12. Students are encouraged to register early for the best course selection. July 21-September 22. $31/unit for California residents, plus basic fees. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Volunteers

Silicon Valley Tour de Coop preparation
Neighbors Helping Neighbors will hold a variety of volunteer activities leading up to and during the Silicon Valley Tour de Coop, a bike ride between chicken coops and home gardens on September 21. Volunteer opportunities include putting up fliers and posters, doing test bike rides, organizing other small events to spread the word and staffing locations on tour day. The organization also seeks community members with chicken coops, beehives and home gardens to host stops. June-September, dates and times vary. Free. Neighbors Helping Neighbors events, various nearby locations, Palo Alto and Mountain View.

Exhibits

'The New Landscape'
The Cantor Arts Center will mount a new exhibit called "The New Landscape: Experiments in Light by Gyorgy Kepes," which explores art's relevance in a scientific age. Forty-five panels by the Hungarian-born American artist capturing scientific imagery (minerals, cellular patterns and tissue fibers) will be on display. Wednesday-Sunday, July 24-Nov. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. (after September 21, the center will also be open on Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China'
The exhibit "Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China: Photographs of Land and Culture" will be on display at the Krause Center for Innovation. June 23-Sept. 26, center hours. Free. Krause Center for Innovation, 12345 El Monte Road, Building 4000, Los Altos Hills.

Exhibits

'Night, Smoke and Shadows'
This exhibition, named "Night, Smoke and Shadows: The Presence of Atmosphere in the 19th Century," includes prints, drawings and photographs by artists such as James McNeill Whistler, Max Klinger, Felicien Rops and Alvin Langdon Coburn. Wednesday-Sunday, May 14-Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. (after September 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Artists Observe Nature'
This exhibition features about 18 prints and drawings that focus on the post-17th century impulse to study nature. Wednesday-Sunday, May 14-Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. (after September 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Within and Without: Transformations in Chinese Landscapes'
Fifteen works of Chinese landscape will be on display. Wednesday-Sunday, Feb. 19-Dec. 14., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. (after September 21, the center will also be open on Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Classes/Workshops

For the Love of Dance classes
For the Love of Dance offers training in ballet, jazz, tap and other styles of dance. Serving Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Altos and Sunnyvale, it is a family-owned studio that teaches dance to children and adults at all levels of ability. Visit website to learn about specific offerings. March through December. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.
 

Clubs/Meetings

ESL Conversation Club
Each week this club will give community members an opportunity to practice their English conversation skills in a welcoming environment. Wednesdays, July 9-29, 5-6 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Art Galleries

'From the Ground Up'
Artists Martha Castillo and Trevlyn Williams will have new works on display at Gallery House, which are inspired by the colors, textures and light of California's natural landscapes. A reception will be held on July 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. July 1-26, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.