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Classes/Workshops

Home Farm Workshop: Growing a Cut Flower Garden
Lannette Anderson, Hidden Villa's flower farmer, will teach a workshop on all things flower, covering which locally adapted varieties are the most attractive, strongest and easiest to grow; good flowers for arrangements; and harvesting for continual blooms. April 18, 10 a.m.-noon. $35. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

Concerts

Mountain View High School Jazz Festival
Mountain View High School will hold a jazz festival, where groups from Mountain View and Los Altos high schools, as well as local middle schools, will perform on the quad. Attendees are encouraged to bring a beach chair. April 18, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $10 adult, $5 student, senior (suggested donations). Mountain View High School, 3535 Truman Ave., Mountain View.

Classes/Workshops

Mindfulness & Meditation workshop
An introduction the Happiness Program by the Art of Living Foundation, this talk and workshop will cover mindfulness and the meditation's ability to produce clarity. April 18, 10:15-11:30 a.m. Free. Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, Chapel, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Health

Autism Spectrum Disorders Update
The Stanford Autism Center at Lucile Packard Childrenís Hospital Stanford will hold its eighth annual Autism Spectrum Disorders Update, an event that gives community members a chance to learn about new autism research and therapies at Stanford. April 18, 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $125 registration fee. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez St., Stanford.
 

Community Events

Earth Day on the Bay 2015
The Marine Science Institute will hold its annual Earth Day on the Bay event, providing a variety of educational and entertaining events including films, music, animal interactions, boat tours, food and more. April 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission; $30 child, $40 adult for boat tours. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City.
 

Classes/Workshops

Grow Your Own Food workshop
Farmers from Edible Urban Farm Company will offer a workshop on home gardening, covering what is in season, spacing and placement, and crop rotation. Attendees will get hands-on practice during the workshop. April 18, 10 a.m.-noon. $39. Hillview Community Center, Room 18, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Classes/Workshops

Succulents: Growing and Propagating workshop
UC Master Gardener Roberta Barnes will offer tips for propagating succulents successfully and share a number of informative examples. April 18, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

Live Music

Charles Robin show
Portland-based musician Charles Robin, who has performed throughout the country, will play a set of alternative rock music. April 18, 8 p.m. $5. Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View.

Concerts

Reactions to the Record concert
In collaboration with Reactions to the Record and Player Piano Project, Stanford Symphony Orchestra will perform a unique concert featuring "live" piano roll performances of some of the great artists from the early 20th century. The event will also feature Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini," with Ben Mildenhall performing as piano soloist. April 18, 7:30 p.m. $10-$20. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.

Classes/Workshops

April Zoom In video production workshop
Midpeninsula Community Media Center will offer a three-day, 15-hour workshop on the basics of video production, covering all the skills needed to produce and edit a digital video while collaborating with others. Students will have produced a short video by the workshop's end. April 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; April 19, 2-5 p.m.; April 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $175 Midpeninsula Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Spring Forward 5K/10K
The Spring Forward 5K/10K run will help to raise funds for Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, whose programs help impoverished community members. April 18, 8-11 a.m. $40 5K or 10K; $15 children's run. Microsoft Campus, 1065 La Avenida St., Mountain View.
 

Concerts

'Telepresence and Heart Presence' recital
Palo Alto composer Emily Jiang will conduct a telepresence choir in combination with an on-site choir for the premiere of her new work "The Evolution of Telecommunications." The recital will also include arrangements of Chinese folk songs and work by Emily Dickinson and contemporary female poets set to music. April 18, 8-9:15 p.m. Free. Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Family and Kids

Kidgits Lil' Chefs
This family event at the Stanford Shopping Center will allow children to play with food and whip up a creative dish. Attendees are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank. April 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free for Kidgits Club members. Stanford Shopping Center, Center Pavilion, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Stanford.
 

Film

'Capturing Grace' screenings
Stanford University will host two screenings of the documentary "Capturing Grace," which shows the results of a collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and people with Parkinson's disease. Each will be followed by a Q&A discussion, which will include filmmaker David Iverson. April 17, 7-8:30 p.m.; April 18, 1:30-3 p.m. $10 general (plus processing fee); free for Stanford personnel and students. Cubberley and Cemex auditoriums, see website for specific venue info, Stanford.
 

Dance

'Rooted' by Ali McKeon
Choreographed by Ali McKeon, currently a dancer for Menlowe Ballet, the performance "Rooted" will capture the changing contemporary dance community of Maui, Hawaii, while exploring themes of beauty, Aloha, community, tension, resentment and disorientation. April 17 and 18, 8 p.m. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Zohar Dance Company, Cubberley Community Center, L4, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

On Stage

'Those Darn Squirrels'
In this Stories on Stage production, Peninsula Youth Theatre will perform "Those Darn Squirrels," a play based on Adam Rubin's book about a cranky old man who loves only the birds in his yard. April 17, 9:30 and 11 a.m.; April 18, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $8 Friday; $10 Saturday. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Second Stage, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

On Stage

'Hairspray'
Stanford student group Ram's Head Theatrical Society will put on a production of "Hairspray," the classic musical that follows a plus-size teenager's quest to dance on a popular TV show. April 10, 11, 16-18, 8 p.m. See website for ticket pricing. Memorial Auditorium, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford.
 

Community Events

Menlo Park Sidewalk Fine Arts Festival
The Menlo Park Sidewalk Fine Arts Festival will feature an array of original works by 90 artists in mediums including jewelry, photography, ceramics, painting, sculptures and more. April 17 and 18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; April 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Downtown Menlo Park, Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park.
 

Exhibits

'Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends'
The Los Altos History Museum will have on display an exhibit called "Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends" which examines the reasons why this area turned from orchards to a technology hub. The exhibit will focus on local factors and figures who contributed to the transformation. Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 18-April 19, noon-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

Exhibits

'Beasts & Books'
"Beasts & Books," curated by Stanford Ph.D. candidate Mackenzie Cooley, with help from undergraduate students, encapsulates the interdependence of humans and animals through rare books and manuscripts. On April 16, from 4 to 6 p.m., there will a reception. April 6-Aug. 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Green Library, Bing Wing, Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford.

Art Galleries

'Reigning Art'
Gallery House will hold a group show this April called "Reigning Art," featuring work by painters, potters, printmakers, sculptors, jewelers, photographers and weavers associated with the gallery. April 1-25, Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

'What Now?'
Gallery 9 in Los Altos offers a show called "What Now?" of oil paintings, as well as a sculpture, by Bay Area artist Steve Curtiss. March 31-April 25, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

Art Galleries

'Along Highway 1'
Viewpoints Gallery has on display "Along Highway 1," a show of watercolor paintings by plein air artist Veronica Gross inspired by vistas along the famed highway from Big Sur to the Oregon coast. March 31-April 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday only until 3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.

Sports

'Bateaus and Breakfast' at Sofitel San Francisco Bay
Sofitel San Francisco Bay will provide a venue to observe competitive rowing teams as they glide along Redwood Shores. A fine dining breakfast with French-pressed coffee will be available, as well as warm blankets for spectators. Visit the website for more info. Friday-Sunday, April 11-26. Free admission; prices vary for food and beverages. Sofitel San Francisco Bay, 223 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City.
 

On Stage

'Fire on the Mountain'
For a regional premiere, TheatreWorks will stage "Fire on the Mountain," a bluegrass musical that portrays the lives of Appalachian mining families. See website for specific times and dates. April 1-26. $53 adult; $43 senior, educator; $25 under age 30. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

Teen Activities

Teen Blackout Poetry Contest
Throughout National Poetry Month this April, the Menlo Park Library will hold a Blackout Poetry Contest, during which participants can create poetry by leaving select words visible and blacking out the rest. Visit the website for more info. April 1-27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Art Galleries

'LandEscapes'
The Portola Art Gallery presents "LandEscapes," an exhibition of recent plein air and studio works by Mary K. Stahl. Monday-Saturday, April 1-30, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
 

Religion/Spirituality

Kirtan and meditation sessions
BookBuyers in Mountain View will host a session of meditation and Kirtan song each Saturday morning. All are welcome. Saturdays, March 7-May 2, 8:45-9:45 a.m. Free. BookBuyers, 317 Castro St., Mountain View.

On Stage

'The Star Without a Name'
As part of its 2nd Stages series, Dragon Productions will perform "The Star Without a Name," a 12-hour love story adapted and translated from the original text by Romanian playwright Mihail Sebastian. April 16-May 3, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $10-$25. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.

On Stage

'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'
The Los Altos Stage Company will perform the classic drama "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" the story of George and Martha, a dysfunctional couple that draws two house guests into their conflict after a faculty party. April 9-May 3, Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. (no show on April 15). 7:30 p.m. $34. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

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.

Exhibits

'Into the Wild Woods'
The Community School of Music and Arts currently has an exhibition of illustrations and paintings by Bay Area native Liz Amini-Holmes. April 3-May 31, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
 

Classes/Workshops

Edible Garden Series: From Design to Harvest
Drew Harwell, manager of Jesse Cool's Seeds of Change Garden, will teach a class over five Saturdays covering garden design and planning, composting, soil testing and preparation, seed propagation and transplanting, and watering, among other topics. Saturdays, March 7 and 28, April 18, May 9, June 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $325. Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

Filoli Botanical Art Exhibit
Filoli has on display its 17th annual Botanical Art Exhibit, which contains visual depictions of many plant species. March 24-June 7, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $20 adult; $17 senior (age 65 plus); $10 student; free for ages 4 and under, and Filoli members. Filoli, Visitor and Education Center, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.
 

Exhibits

'Interaction of Color: Josef Albers'
In its exhibit "Interaction of Color: Josef Albers," the Cantor Arts Center shares a selection of works on paper by abstract painter Josef Albers -- pieces which were donated to the museum by the Marmor family and its foundation. Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 12-June 15, 11 am.-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-June 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Imagining the Oceans'
The Cantor Arts Center has on display an exhibit called "Imagining the Oceans," which brings together artwork across history and cultures inspired by ocean environments. The exhibit features pieces by Willem van de Velde, Charles Meryon, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Willem de Kooning and others -- as well as items from the Pacific Islands region. Wednesday-Monday, March 18-June 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Community Events

Sew Sew Saturday
The Mountain View Public Library invites community members to come by on Saturday mornings to use its four Baby Lock (Grace model) sewing machines and one serger. Appointments are required. Saturdays, April 4-July 4, 10:15 a.m.-noon. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Shifting Currents'
In an exhibit called "Shifting Currents: Highlights from the 20th-Century Chinese Collection, the Cantor Arts Center showcases modern pieces drawn from the museum's large collection of Asian art. Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 25-July 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Drama of Heaven and Earth'
The Cantor Arts Center tells the history of the Japanese dramatic art of Noh in an exhibit called "Drama of Heaven and Earth: The Theatrical Traditions of Japan," which is composed of masks, ceramics, prints and other visual materials. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 17-July 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

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

'Arboreal Architecture'
The Cantor Arts Center's exhibit "Arboreal Architecture: A Visual History of Trees" compares and contrasts depictions of trees across cultures. Wednesday-Monday, April 15-July 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Plus One: Pop Duplications'
The exhibit "Plus One: Pop Duplications" focuses on the emergence of Pop Art, looking at how American artists in the early 1960s used popular imagery, commercial signage and product design as sources and inspiration for their work. Wednesday-Monday, April 8-Aug. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Promised Land: Jacob Lawrence at the Cantor'
Made possible through a gift from the Kayden family, this exhibit at the Cantor Arts Center includes 56 works by the 20th-century American artist Jacob Lawrence, and one by his wife, Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence. Lawrence is known for his efforts in capturing the African-American experience. Wednesday-Monday, April 1-Aug. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Classes/Workshops

Drop-in Bike Clinic
Once monthly, professional bike mechanic Ryan Murphy will visit the Mountain View Public Library to share advice and help with changing tires, adjusting shifting and brakes, identifying mysterious noises and more. Third Saturday of the month, April 18-Aug. 15, 11-12:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Bravo!: Music and Theater in Enlightenment Europe'
The Cantor Arts Center collects prints and drawings that probe the 18th-century realms of music and drama in an exhibit entitled "Bravo!: Music and Theater in Enlightenment Europe." Wednesday-Monday, March 25-Aug. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'American Battleground'
In "American Battleground: Photographs of the Civil War, 1861-1865," the Cantor Arts Center examines the then-emerging medium of photography in the U.S. and how it was used to document the conflict. Wednesday-Monday, March 25-Aug. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Volunteers

Greeter and peer counselor recruitment
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is recruiting new peer counselors and greeters to help with its programs and services during Community Outreach events held from April to June and September to November. The organization seeks working or retired professionals, as well those with no experience, who are emotionally stable. The time commitment is about two to four hours per month. Training will be provided. March-August. Free. Location varies, Palo Alto and Mountain View, .

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.
 

Dance

Social ballroom dancing
Friday Night Dancers organizes ballroom dancing events each Friday and Saturday evening. Each event starts with a lesson, which is followed by general dancing. No experience or partner is necessary; dressy casual attire is preferred. Cover charge includes refreshments. Friday and Saturday, year-round, 8-11:45 p.m. $9. Cubberley Community Center Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'25 Years at the Museum of American Heritage'
This exhibit will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Museum of American Heritage, tracing its history from its opening on Alma Street to its current home at the Williams Property and highlighting memorable exhibits along the way. Friday-Sunday, April 17-Jan. 17, 2016, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. The Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Bid4Kids Online Auction
Menlo-Atherton High School's Foundation for the Future will offer its Bid4Kids online auction to benefit the high school's students. Trips, parties, sports items and tickets, concert tickets and more are available. March 20-April 6. Prices vary. Menlo-Atherton Bid4Kids Online Auction, online only, Menlo Park.