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Lectures & Talks

Author Armistead Maupin on 'The Days of Anna Madrigal'
Armistead Maupin will visit Kepler's Books to discuss the ninth and final novel of his Tales of the City series, "The Days of Anna Madrigal," in which the 92-year-old transgender San Franciscan delves into her past. Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m. $15 general. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

Lectures & Talks

Rose care and pruning talk
Master Gardeners will give a lecture on planning ahead for healthy rose growth, covering how to prune, fertilize, mulch and reduce disease during the winter. Jan. 28, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

Lectures & Talks

'Pluto on the Horizon'
As part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, Dr. Mark Showalter will give a talk called "Pluto on the Horizon: Anticipating Our First Encounter with the Double Planet," in which he will preview the upcoming arrival of the New Horizons spacecraft at Pluto in July. Jan. 28, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Foothill College, Smithwick Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

Lectures & Talks

SAFER Bay Project talk
Len Materman, executive director of the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority, will discuss the alternatives being considered by the SAFER Bay Project to provide further tidal flood protection and reduce flood insurance costs in south San Mateo County and Palo Alto. Jan. 28, 7-9 p.m. Free. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, Oak Room, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Peninsula Gem & Geology Society meeting
The Peninsula Gem & Geology Society's January meeting will include a screening of the 30-minute film called "The Formation of Mountains," which explains the four mountain types. Regular proceedings will follow the screening. Jan. 28, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Shoup Park Garden House, 400 University Ave., Los Altos.
 

Film

'A Path Appears' film screening (Part 2)
The Oshman Family JCC will host screenings of the PBS trilogy, "A Path Appears," based on the popular book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The second episode will visit West Virginia, Haiti and Colombia and tell stories of children and women who have broken out of cycles of poverty and abuse. Jan. 28, 7 p.m. Free. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

Classes/Workshops

Becoming a Citizen workshop
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will give a step-by-step description of the naturalization process, conduct a mock naturalization interview and be available to answer questions in English, Mandarin or Vietnamese. Participants will receive a free DVD. Jan. 28, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

Lectures & Talks

Author Maria Gitin on 'This Bright Light of Ours'
Veteran civil rights activist Maria Gitin will give a talk and sign her book, "This Bright Light of Ours: Stories from the Voting Rights Fight." Her activism has ranged from participation in the voting rights marches in Selma to involvement in (and awards from) organizations including the NAACP. Jan. 28, noon-1:30 p.m. Free. Black Community Services Center, Brandon Community Room, 418 Santa Teresa St., Stanford.
 

Classes/Workshops

Overdrive eBooks/eAudiobooks help
The Portola Valley Library will offer free weekly, one-on-one appointments for community members to receive assistance in accessing the library system's collection of e-books. Contact the library to sign up. Wednesdays, Jan. 7-28, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Lifetree Cafe: 'Why Men Hate Church'
Lifetree Cafe in Menlo Park will host two hour-long conversations where community members can discuss the general trend of men avoiding church. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be served. Jan. 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Jan. 29, 9:15-10:15 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Art Galleries

Pacific Art League January exhibitions
The Pacific Art League will have two exhibits on display in January: a collaborative exhibit of drawings and paintings by Jon Haag and Brian Sal Corral, and an exhibit of work by Pacific Art League members, judged by JoAnn Edwards of the Museum of Craft and Design. Monday-Friday, Jan. 9-29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

'Art Squared'
Viewpoints Gallery will hold an all-gallery group show in January called "Art Squared," featuring the work of 15 local artists in oils, watercolor, pastels, mixed media and ceramics. Jan. 8-30, Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.

Art Galleries

'Treasures Revealed'
The Portola Art Gallery will host "Treasures Revealed," a joint exhibit of work by Shaowei Liu and Yvonne Newhouse with watercolor paintings of brief, precious moments in life. Monday-Saturday, Jan. 1-31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.

Art Galleries

'Here & There'
Gallery 9 Los Altos will have on display a solo exhibit called "Here & There" of watercolor paintings by Suej McCall, inspired by the local artist's travels. Jan. 2-Feb. 1, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9 Los Altos, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
 

Exhibits

'Well Pressed'
The Cantor Arts Center will have on display an exhibit called "Well Pressed: Highlights from the Marmor Collection." The exhibit is made up of 13 pieces, many prints, by artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Richard Serra and Frank Stella. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 13-Feb. 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
 

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.

Benefits/Fundraisers

The Beginner's School fundraiser
The Beginner's School, a free online art school founded by Phil Shemanski of Los Altos, is holding an online fundraising campaign with the goal of adding a sculpture course to its offerings. Visit the website for more info. Through Feb. 5. Donations requested. , , Los Altos.
 

On Stage

'Junie B. Jones, The Musical'
Palo Alto Children's Theatre will stage a production of "Junie B. Jones, The Musical," which follows the adventures of the titular character in first grade. Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 22-Feb. 8, see website for specific dates and times. $12 child; $14 adult. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, Main Stage, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

On Stage

'2 Pianos 4 Hands'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of "2 Pianos 4 Hands," a comic coming-of-age story about two piano students who fall just short of stardom. Featured music ranges from Bach and Beethoven to Scott Joplin and Jerry Lee Lewis. See website for specific times, dates and pricing. Jan. 14-Feb. 8. $19-$74; discounts available for educators, seniors, those age 30 and under. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Movements for Change'
The Peterson Gallery at Stanford will mount an exhibit of photography by Bob Fitch called "Movements for Change," which captures moments in American civil rights history, farm workers organizing and the peace movement of the 1960s and '70s. The exhibit is accessible daily, except for some holidays. Nov. 20-Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Green Library, Bing Wing, Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Shop, Gallery, Studio'
This exhibit of 17th and 18th century prints and drawings by European artists will focus on the public spaces in which people view, buy and converse about art, as well as the identities of the professional artist and serious connoisseur. Wednesday-Monday, Oct. 15-March 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Raúl Cañibano: Storyteller'
The Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College will host an exhibit called "Raúl Cañibano: Storyteller," which shares images by the Havana-based photographer which capture Cuba, its people and their struggles in the post-revolution era. Jan. 21-March 11, center hours. Free. Krause Center for Innovation, KCI Gallery, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Exhibits

'Loose in Some Real Tropics'
The Cantor Arts Center will have an exhibit on display called "'Loose in Some Real Tropics': Robert Rauschenberg's 'Stoned Moon' Project, 1969-1970," which shares and documents Rauschenberg's lithographs, drawings, photographs and correspondence from his participation in the NASA Art Program capturing the Apollo 11 mission. Wednesday-Monday, Dec. 24-March 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Daumier on Art and the Theatre'
This exhibit of 16 prints and one drawing by Honore Daumier will contemplate the public reception of painting and the performing arts in the mid-19th century, as well as art theory. Oct. 8-March 16, Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, Robert Mondavi Family Gallery, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Health

Jacki's Aerobic Dancing
Jacki's Aerobic Dancing classes, held three times per week, lead participants in abdominal work, strength training and aerobic routines. Complimentary child care is available. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, year-round, 9-10 a.m. $36/month; $5/class. Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View.

Classes/Workshops

Danceation fitness classes
In these classes offered by Danceation, European pop star and choreographer Heath Hunter will lead participants in high-energy fitness and dance workouts. The fitness class will be held at 9 a.m. and the ballet workout class at 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 21-March 25, 9-11 a.m. $15 drop in; $100 for 10-class pack; first class is free. American Legion, 347 1st St., Los Altos.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Rotary Club of Menlo Park
The Rotary Club of Menlo Park, a service club dedicated to working on projects in the community and internationally, meets weekly on Wednesdays. Its members are men and women who live and work in Menlo Park, Atherton and surrounding communities. Visitors are welcome. Wednesdays, Jan. 14-March 25, 12:15-1:30 p.m. $20 lunch. Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
 

Exhibits

'Bear Walker Society'
This Cantor Arts Center exhibit entitled "Bear Walker Society: Explorations in Global Modernism" will feature the work of the prominent Anishnaabe artist Norval Morrisseau and examine how traditional Anishnaabe beadwork and interactions with Picasso influenced his style. Wednesday-Monday, through March 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Sensual Splendor'
The Lynn Krywick Gibbons Gallery will have on display an exhibit called "Sensual Splendor: Medieval Art from the Cantor Collection," which includes medieval icons, funerary portraits and textiles from Byzantium, the Latin West and Islam. Through March 30, Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Hear This!'
The Palo Alto Art Center will explore the sound of art in an exhibition called "Hear This!" The center will celebrate the new exhibit with a Friday Night at the Art Center event on Jan. 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Jan. 17-April 12, center hours. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

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

'Drama of Heaven and Earth'
The Cantor Arts Center will arrange an exhibit called "Drama of Heaven and Earth: The Theatrical Traditions of Japan," which tells the history of the Japanese dramatic art of Noh through masks, ceramics, prints and other visual materials. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 17-June 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Health

Free YMCA fitness course
This weekly course led by YMCA instructors will guide participants in beginner level strength training to develop balance, flexibility, posture, coordination and fall prevention. Classes are appropriate for all levels and backgrounds. Registration is required. Wednesdays, Jan. 7-June 24, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

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.
 

Health

Jazzercise classes
Jazzercise classes in Menlo Park offer a high-energy dance-focused fitness program designed to be both fun and burn calories. Monday-Thursday and Saturday, year-round, see website for specific times. $16 class; $52/$57 per month; $130 10-class pass. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., and the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.

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.

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-Oct. 26, 2015, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

'Hard Worker' Wednesdays
Estrellita Restaurant in Los Altos will host weekly fundraisers for the Day Worker Center of Mountain View. Visitors enjoying the Mexican fare should make sure to bring the fundraising flier with them (see website). Wednesdays, year-round, dinner hours. Prices vary. Estrellita Mexican Bistro and Cantina, 971 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

Clubs/Meetings

ESL Conversation Club
This weekly club at the Mountain View Public Library provides a place to practice English conversation skills with friendly company. All levels are welcome; no registration is required. Wednesdays, year-round, 5-6 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.