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Sunday, September 28, 2014
 

Community Events

Japan Tsuchiura Festival
A free public festival will be held celebrating the sister-city relationship of Tsuchiura, Japan, and Palo Alto, featuring Japanese entertainment and food. The main program will be held at noon, with other events and art on display throughout the day. Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Live Music

Ukulele Jams Festival
Ukulele Jams and Mountain View High School choirs will hold a festival with music, food, shopping, workshops, performances by local musicians and hula halaus. A special concert by Herb Ohta Jr. and Jon Yamasoto will conclude the day at 5 p.m. Sept. 28, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. $15 general, $5 youth for the festival; $25 for the concert; $30 for both. Mountain View High School Quad, 3535 Truman Ave., Mountain View.
 

Classes/Workshops

Cultivating Positive Power Playshop
This class will assist students in assessing the right path, setting themselves up for success and unlocking confidence and strength. Sept. 28, 1-4:30 p.m. $42 Unity Palo Alto attendees; $75 general. Unity Palo Alto, 3391 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Community Events

'Another World Is Possible': Peace picnic with Kathy Kelly
To finish the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Action, there will be a potluck picnic with special guest Kathy Kelly, who will talk about her summer working with the Afghan Peace Volunteers. Everyone is welcome. Sept. 28, 4-6:30 p.m. Free. First Congregational Church, 1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto.

Community Events

Emergency Preparedness & Home Safety Faire
For this public event there will be more than 20 stations with info on a variety of safety and emergency preparedness topics, including emergency supply kits, bike safety and local resources. Scoop Microcreamery will be on hand, and raffle prizes and free gifts will be given out. Sept. 28, 1-4 p.m. Free. El Carmelo Elementary School, Multipurpose Room, 3024 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Nature's Inspiration
At its annual gala, Committee for Green Foothills will honor Congresswomen Anna G. Eshoo and Jackie Speier for their dedication to protecting natural beauty. Sept. 28, 3-6 p.m. $150; $200 after Sept. 20. Family Farm, address provided after registration, Woodside.
 

Religion/Spirituality

Jews for Jesus presentation
The First Baptist Church will welcome Jews for Jesus to give a presentation on their beliefs, as derived from the Jewish Bible. Sept. 28, 10-11:15 a.m. Free. First Baptist Church Menlo Park, 1100 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Lectures & Talks

Gamble Garden book launch reception
Gamble Garden will host a reception for the launch of the book "Gamble Garden: Landscape of Optimism." Attendees can have purchased books signed by the author. Sept. 28, 3-5 p.m. Free admission; $40 (plus tax) for book. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
 

Special Events

MVEF Home Tour
The Mountain View Educational Foundation will hold its 2014 Home Tour, showcasing seven homes in Old Mountain View in the Franklin Street neighborhood between the library and the police station. Sept. 28, 1-5 p.m. $25. Downtown Mountain View, , Mountain View.

Concerts

New Esterhazy Quartet: Mozart, Haydn and Pleyel
Period instrument ensemble the New Esterhazy Quartet will peform string quartets by three composers: Pleyel's "Quartet in D minor, Op. 8, No. 3," Haydn's "Quartet in D, Op. 50, No. 6" (or "The Frog"), and Mozart's "Quartet in Bb, K. 589." Sept. 28, 4-6 p.m. $25 (discounts for seniors and students). All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto.

Classes/Workshops

Zoom In Video Production workshop
Midpeninsula Community Media Center will offer a 15-hour intensive workshop on creating a digital video, from filming to editing, uploading to YouTube and producing a DVD. All software, equipment and learning materials will be provided. Sept. 20, 21 and 28, see website for times. $150. Midpeninsula Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.

On Stage

'A Moment (Un)Bound'
The drama "A Moment (Un)Bound" -- presented by Arc:Hive and inspired by notes and clippings found in books donated to the Friends of the Palo Alto Library -- will follow archivists Lucy and Ella as they sort, preserve and try not to get stuck in the past. Sept. 19-28, Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. $15. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.

On Stage

'Big Fish'
The Palo Alto Players will put on a production of "Big Fish," a visually-striking musical that pays tribute to family and the magic of storytelling. Sept. 12-28, Thursdays at 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. $34-$48. Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Religion/Spirituality

University public worship
Stanford's Memorial Church, a center of spiritual and ceremonial life at the university, is open to the public for services. Sundays, June 29-Sept. 28, 10-11 a.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, 94305.

On Stage

'The Great American Trailer Park Musical'
The Los Altos Stage Company will put on several performances of "The Great American Trailer Park Musical." Set in a mobile home community called Armadillo Acres, the campy musical involves a young stripper, an agoraphobic housewife and a tollbooth collector. Wednesday-Sunday, Sept. 4-28, 8 p.m. $18-$36. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

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

Exhibits

'Decline & Renewal'
The Mohr Gallery will have on display an exhibit called "Decline & Renewal, Mixed Media Works on Paper" by artist Erin Goodwin-Guerrero. Aug. 8-Sept. 28, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
 

Exhibits

'Recorded Live'
The Community School of Music and Arts will have on display an exhibit called "Recorded Live: Drawings, Paintings and Collage," which features works exploring the human form by a number of artists. Sept. 2-30, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Mohr Gallery, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Exhibits

Yosemite Memories
Garden Fresh restaurant will have on display an exhibit of acrylic paintings on canvas by local artist Diana Ware Collins. Her works depict landscapes and scenes from her time spent in Yosemite and abroad. July 30-Sept. 30, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.

On Stage

'House and Garden'
This production of Alan Ayckbourn's "House and Garden" will include two comedies taking place simultaneously in two adjacent theaters -- with a shared cast. One follows the Platts as they host an annual May Fete at their English estate, while the other takes place on the same estate's grounds. Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 12-Oct. 5, 8-10:30 p.m. $10-$35. Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Mountain View.

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-Monday, May 14-Oct. 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Family and Kids

Redwood NJB registration
The Redwood chapter of National Junior Basketball is now registering children in first to eighth grade in Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside and East Palo Alto for the winter basketball season (November to February). The program focuses on teaching skills, personal growth and fostering positive competition. Sept. 23-Oct. 10. See website for pricing. Various locations in Menlo Park, Redwood City and other cities., , .

Family and Kids

Plein-air sessions for kids
This autumn Art School of San Francisco Bay will hold three Saturday art sessions for children ages 8 to 13 in Palo Alto parks, each dedicated to a different material: pastels (Sept. 20), acrylics (Sept. 27) and watercolor (Oct. 11). Visit the website for info and to register. Saturdays, Sept. 20 and 27 and Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $40 half day; $80 full day. Foothills Park or Baylands Nature Preserve, , Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Choice'
Gallery House will mount a new exhibit called "Choice," composed of watercolors by Uma Kelkar and oil paintings by Krishna Kopell. A public reception for the artists will be held on Sept. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Sept. 23-Oct. 18, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Food and Drink

Woodside Farmers' Market
The weekly market features organic fruits and vegetables, farm eggs, nuts, dried fruits, honey, olive oil, local seafood, oysters, handmade sausages, vegetarian salads and entrees, organic pasta and sauces, nut butters, vegan cheeses, jams and pickles, bakery and crafts. Sundays, April 6-Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Woodside Farmers' Market, 3195 Woodside Road, Woodside.

Exhibits

Pop Art from SFMOMA
To celebrate its new neighbor, the Anderson Collection, the Cantor Arts Center will have on display an exhibit of 10 pop art works that were originally part of the Andersons' donation to SFMOMA. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 13-Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Classes/Workshops

Accent Arts classes
Accent Arts will offer handful of classes covering a variety of art mediums in its loft above the store. Visit the website or call to register. Sept. 7-Oct. 30, 10 p.m. Prices vary. Accent Arts, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Pomegranate Art' by Linda Tapscott
The Oshman Family JCC will have on display pomegranate wire mesh sculptures by Linda Tapscott in the Goldman Sport & Wellness Complex. Aug. 26-Nov. 15, complex hours. Free. Goldman Sport & Wellness Complex, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Sympathy for the Devil'
As Jackson Pollock's painting "Lucifer" comes to Stanford's Anderson Collection, this exhibit will explore the visual history of the devil and his realm from the 16th to the 20th century. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 20-Nov. 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'I'll Show You Mine'
The Palo Alto Art Center will have on display an exhibit called "I'll Show You Mine: Contemporary Artists Explore Family Portraiture," made up of pieces in a variety of mediums by 12 contemporary audiences. Sept. 27-Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Within and Without: Transformations in Chinese Landscapes'
Fifteen works of Chinese landscape will be on display. Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 19-Dec. 14., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Food and Drink

Tied House NFL 2014 Season
To celebrate the San Francisco 49ers football season, on Sundays Tied House will offer beer and drink specials, including 49-cent half pints and its signature Bloody "Hail" Mary. Sundays, Sept. 7-Dec. 28, 9:30 p.m. Prices vary. Tied House Microbrewery and Cafe, 954 Villa St., Mountain View.
 

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.

Exhibits

'Robert Frank in America'
This exhibition of 130 photographs sheds light on the making of photographer Robert Frank's book, "The Americans." His images document subjects including Hollywood and the Ford Motor plant in Detroit, while probing social issues like politics, race and the post-war culture. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 10-Jan. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

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

'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 at Museum Way, 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.

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.