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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Concerts

Richard Sears Sextet with Tootie Heath
The Richard Sears Sextet will perform a suite that the young pianist Richard Sears wrote in honor of drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath. Health will join the sextet for the Stanford Jazz Festival concert. July 29, 7:30-9 p.m. $35 general; $15 student/youth age 17 and under. Campbell Recital Hall, 541 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
 

Lectures & Talks

Author Deborah Harkness on 'The Book of Life'
Deborah Harkness will share her newest book of fantasy and suspense, "The Book of Life," which is the final installment of her All Souls Trilogy. July 29, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
 

Concerts

Concert Program IV: 'Beethoven’s Friends'
In this Music@Menlo concert program, musicians will explore works by composers in Beethoven's circle, including Anton Reicha and Johann Nepomuk Hummel. Beethoven's "Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Winds" will also be performed. July 29, 8 p.m. $78 general; $35 under age 30. Stent Family Hall, Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.

Community Events

Safe Routes to Downtown Los Altos
At this public event, transportation engineers will discuss ways of making intersections on Foothill Expressway safer and more attractive for pedestrians and bicyclists. Attendees will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the ideas presented. July 29, 6-8 p.m. Free. , 242 State St., Los Altos.
 

Classes/Workshops

Urban Bike Class
This one-hour class will teach bicyclists their rights and how to bike safely in urban areas. Please register on the website. July 29, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. San Antonio Shopping Center, 565 San Antonio Road, Suite 21, Mountain View.

Lectures & Talks

Author Prajwal Parajuly on 'The Gurkha's Daughter'
Prajwal Parajuly will share and sign his book, "The Gurkha's Daughter," a bestseller in India and a short story collection giving vivid portraits of individuals part of the Nepalese diaspora. July 29, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Classes/Workshops

Kundalini Yoga with Charanpal Kaur
Charanpal Kaur, a graduate student at University of Santa Monica studying mental and emotional health, will teach one last class on Kundalini Yoga at the Little House Activity Center. July 29, 7-8:45 p.m. $8 donation. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Family and Kids

Toddler Storytime
Story time for children ages 18 months to 3 years will be held each Tuesday at the Portola Valley Library. On the third Tuesday of each month a craft activity will follow story time. Tuesdays, June 3-July 29, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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.
 

Health

Pilates Cardiocamp
In Pilates Cardiocamp, men and women will work on muscles in seeking to develop better posture, flexibility, strength, endurance and energy. Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 20 to July 31, 7 a.m. See website for rates. Woodside Town Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside.
 

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-August 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $450. Midpeninsula Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.
 

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 menu 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.

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.
 

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-August 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-August 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-August 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.

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.

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

Judi Keyani exhibit
Recent works by Bay Area artist Judy Keyani will be on display at Gallery 9; they include 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-September 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.

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.
 

Religion/Spirituality

Insight Meditation South Bay
Shaila Catherine and guest teachers will lead weekly Insight Meditation sittings followed by talks on Buddhist teachings. Tuesdays, July 22-Sept. 23, 7:30-9 p.m. Donations accepted. St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall, 2094 Grant Road, 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-September 26, center hours. Free. Krause Center for Innovation, 12345 El Monte Road, Building 4000, Los Altos Hills.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Palo Alto Toastmasters
Since 1924, Toastmasters International has been helping people around the world to improve their communication and leadership skills. The Palo Alto Toastmasters Club meets each week in city hall's Council Chambers. Club membership is diverse, and guests are welcome. Tuesdays, through December, noon-1 p.m. Free. City Hall, First Floor, Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Clubs/Meetings

SRI Organon Toastmasters
Toastmasters focuses on improving the communication and leadership skills of its members. Each week covers a different skill related to public speaking. Club membership is diverse, and guests are welcome. Tuesdays, through December, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. SRI International, Building G, Laurel Avenue, opposite the Menlo Park Police Station, Menlo Park.
 

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.

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.