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Lectures & TalksAuthor Nick Taylor
T.T. Monday, aka local author Nick Taylor, will discuss and sign his new book, "The Setup Man.," in which aging Major League pitcher Johnny Adcock moonlights as a private investigator. March 11, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksJulian Hoffman at Books Inc.
Winner of the 2011 Terrain.org Nonfiction Prize for the essay "Faith in a Forgotten Place," Julian Hoffman shares the manuscript containing this prize-winning work, "The Small Heart of Things: Being at Home in a Beckoning World." March 11, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksCafe Scientifique Silicon Valley
"Forgotten Reefs, Forgotten People: How Conservation in Micronesia May Be Key to Sustainable Oceans" will be presented by Nicole Crane of Cabrillo College and the Oceanic Society as part of SRI International's "Cafe Scientifique" talks series. March 11, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. SRI International, 333 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksTechnology and Society Committee Luncheon
Eric E. Sabelman, Ph.D., an engineer in the Neurosurgery Department at Kaiser Hospital in Redwood City, describes new tools for discovering how the brain works, including developments in optogenetics, functional and other magnetic imaging techniques, and brain-computer interfaces. March 11, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch is $12. Hangen Szechuan Restaurant, 134 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksWomen in Politics Talk
Mary V. Hughes, of Close the Gap CA and The 2012 Project; Rebecca Sive, author of "Every Day is Election Day: A Woman's Guide to Winning Any Office from the PTA to the White House"; Susan Hammer, former mayor of San Jose; and Lisa Van Dusen, interviewer, will hold a discussion on women in politics. March 11, 7:30-9 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. The Woman's Club of Palo Alto, 475 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
Community EventsA History of the Violin Through Poetry and Art
Local author and poet Charlotte Muse will read from her newly published book, "Violin", joined by local artist Joyce Savre, who created the artwork for Muse’s book. Paintings and poems combine in an attempt to capture the feeling of music. March 11, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free for members; $3 non-members. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsSustainable Home Vegetable Gardening
Learn from UCCE Master Gardeners how to establish a successful and environmentally responsible food garden that provides vegetables and herbs every month of the year. Emphasis on sustainable gardening. Meets every Tuesday from Feb. 4 to March 11, 7-9 p.m. Register online at www.paadultschool.org or by calling 650-329-3752. $84. Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
ExhibitsMixed Media Exhibit
This mixed media exhibit shows artist Rona Foster's portrayal of landscapes and other nature-related subjects. Available to view during restaurant's open hours. Jan. 8-March 11, 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksOcean Cruising
Maureen Jones of All Horizons Travel will talk about two cruises: 11 days in the Mediterranean and 14 days in Australia and New Zealand. March 11, 7-8 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Food and DrinkLeft Bank Loire Valley Celebration
Left Bank Brasserie Menlo Park is hosting an Oysters & Loire Valley Wines Celebration, serving three Loire Valley wines, plus oysters and a la carte seasonal menu specials. March 10-14, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Prices vary. Left Bank Brasserie, 635 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
Family and KidsBlock Play at the Library
Research shows that children develop an incredible variety of skills when they play with blocks, including fine motor skills and social skills. March 10, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; March 11, 11 a.m.-noon; March 13, 5-6 p.m.; March 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsPreschoolers on the Farm at Hidden Villa
In this three-part series, kids age 3 to 5 and their parents/caregivers can bury their hands in sheep wool or throw corn to the chickens. March 21, 3-4 p.m. $65 adult and first child. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.
Classes/WorkshopsLandscape Painting with Jenny Wantuch
This indoor class will teach how to create beautiful landscapes and how to successfully use photography and other reference materials to create artwork. Any medium is welcome. Cover composition and color theory will also be covered. March 11-25, 10 a.m.-noon. $80. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Art Galleries'Embracing Space' Paintings
Paintings by Kyoko Fischer and Sydell Lewis will be shown March 4 to 29. An artist's reception will be held Friday, March 7, 6 to 9 p.m. Artists talks will begin at 7:15 p.m. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
On Stage'Once on This Island'
TheatreWorks presents the Tony Award-nominated musical "Once on This Island." March 5-30, 2 p.m., 7:30 or 8 p.m. $19-$73. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Watercolor Travels' by Mark Garner
“Watercolor Travels – Near ... and Far” by Palo Alto artist Mark Garner is on display at Gallery 9, featuring watercolor paintings based on adventures both nationally and internationally. March 4-30, Tuesday-Saturday, 11-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
Exhibits'Imagined Spaces and Paintings' by Ernest Regua
This exhibition will display artist Ernest Regua's abstract work at the museum from Feb. 7 until March 30, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts at Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Art Galleries'Asian Fusion' Collection
Linda Salter's exhibit features her recent exploration of Chinese art, with brush painting pieces mounted on scrolls as well as others framed in Western style. March 1-31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsBoomer Stability Ball Blast Class
This fitness class aims to will strengthen core muscles, improve posture and alignment and burn fat using stability balls. By registration only. Jan. 14-April 4, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. $165 one time weekly; $265 bi-weekly. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Classes/WorkshopsFoothill College Spring Quarter Registration
Spring Quarter classes run from April 7 to June 27. Continuing students should register online between March 10 and April 6. New or former students should register between March 14 and April 6. Review the class schedule and important registration deadlines at www.foothill.edu. March 10-April 6, 12:15 a.m.-11:45 p.m. California residents pay $31 per unit plus basic fees. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Health'Living Strong Living Well' YMCA Program
This 12-week small group-program is designed for recent adult cancers survivors who have become deconditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment and/or disease. Registration is required. Jan. 21-April 10, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-1:45 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Family YMCA, 3412 Ross Road, Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Pencils Down' Exhibit
This exhibition that explores the creative potential and artistic possibilities of graphite. Transcending the possibilities of the medium of drawings alone, the exhibition showcases new applications of graphite as a material of drawing, painting, sculpture and installation. Until April 13, Center hours. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
Clubs/Meetings'SRI Organon Toastmasters' Meeting
Toastmasters aims to improve communication and leadership skills. Each week the organization focuses on a topic to help educate those interested in becoming better public speakers. SRI Organon Toastmasters welcomes members of the community to visit and join. Each Tuesday, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. SRI International, Building G, Laurel Ave., opposite Menlo Park City Hall, Menlo Park.
AuditionsEl Camino Youth Symphony Auditions
ECYS is holding new member auditions for the 2014-15 season. ECYS offers six different orchestras as well as opportunities in chamber music for musicians of all levels. Interested applicants, ages 6-18, with at least one year of private lessons are encouraged to apply. Auditions in March/April 2014. $25 audition fee. To be determined, To be determined, Palo Alto.
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.
Family and KidsToddler Storytime
This program for children 18 months to 3 years old will have songs, stories and movement activities to encourage children to listen and read. This program is funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. Craft follows storytime. March 18, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Religion/SpiritualityYoung Meditator Night
The Young Meditators are a group of people in their 20s and 30s who meet weekly to deepen their personal practice and explore how they can use that to cultivate good human relationships, communities and society. Time is allowed for sitting meditation and discussion. Every Tuesday, through April 29, 7:30 p.m. Free (donations accepted). Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.
ExhibitsAlan VanEss Exhibit
The work of local artist Alan VanEss is on display at the Atherton Library. VanEss's work features colorful perspectives of homes in the Atherton community, bringing together architecture and landscape. Through April, library hours. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Classes/WorkshopsBeginning Clothing Construction Class
Learn a new skill or update sewing skills with professional sewing teachers in this Canada College Fashion Department class. Class participants will work with knits and wovens to create a variety of garments. Open to all skill levels. Jan. 14-May 20, Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-noon. $138 and up. Canada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City.
Exhibits'The Circle of the Sun' Exhibit
This exhibit of manuscripts from Stanford's collections examines the secular aspects of medieval and early modern European culture: the liberal arts; the rise of professions in law, medicine and commerce; and the emergence of scholastic philosophy, history, vernacular literature, and renaissance humanism. Feb. 25- June 15, 12-6 p.m. Free. Peterson Gallery & Munger Rotunda, Green Library, Bing Wing, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford.
Family and KidsMarine 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.
Art Galleries“Capturing Light: The World as We See It”
A curated exhibit of 50 prints by members of the Palo Alto Camera Club, including 12 taken in Havana, Cuba. A percentage of proceeds of print sales will go to Cultural Kaleidoscope, a City of Palo Alto program supporting art in the schools. Public reception on Sun March 30, 2-5 p.m. Free Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.
Classes/WorkshopsFor 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.