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DECEMBER 2014
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Family and Kids

Cinemenlo: 'Elf'
As part of its Cinemenlo series, the City of Menlo Park will screen "Elf," a comedy about a man raised as an elf at the North Pole who is sent to the U.S. to find his true identity. Community members are encouraged to RSVP on the website. Dec. 19, 7-9 p.m. Free. The Center for Performing Arts, Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
 

Concerts

New Century Chamber Orchestra and SF Girls Chorus concert
New Century Chamber Orchestra and the San Francisco Girls Choir will perform a concert called "Holiday Favorites," featuring traditional corals and works by Handel, Corelli, Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach and others. Dec. 19, 8-10 p.m. $61 A Seating; $49 B Seating; $29 C Seating. First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Concerts

South Bay Gospel Holiday Concert
The seventh annual South Bay Gospel Holiday Concert, featuring a multicultural group performing black gospel music, directed by Terrance Kelly, will include gospel arrangements of holiday favorites. Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m. $36 general; $31 senior, student; $28 child (age 12 and under). Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

Concerts

'Winter's Musical Glow'
The 70-voice Aurora Singers will perform a family-friendly program of traditional and modern holiday favorites, focusing on the sounds of musical instruments with pieces including "Sleigh Ride," "Carol of the Bells" and "A Peaceful Midnight Clear." The event will include sing-alongs and a reception. Dec. 19, 7 p.m. $10; free for children under age 6. Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto.
 

Family and Kids

Preschool Storytime
Weekly Preschool Storytime events will return to the Atherton Library, with stories, songs, rhymes and more for ages 3 to 5. Fridays, Sept. 5-Dec. 19, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

Art Galleries

December Exhibitions at Pacific Art League
Pacific Art League in Palo Alto will hold three new exhibitions in December: "Winter Wonder," a juried exhibition curated by Lisa Ellsworth; a special "Small Works Holiday Sale & Celebration"; and a solo exhibit of work by Isaias Sandoval. Monday-Friday, Dec. 1-19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto.

On Stage

'A Year with Frog and Toad'
Palo Alto Children's Theatre will hold a production of "A Year with Frog and Toad: Theatre for Young Audiences," a musical based on Arnold Lobel's classic books about two great friends. Performances are about 70 minutes long. Wednesday-Sunday, Dec. 11-21, see website for specific dates and times. $12 child; $14 adult. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

On Stage

'Super Villain!'
This irreverent comedy, written and directed by the Pear's James Kopp, will center on the super villain The Remote -- after he has defeated his nemesis -- while he explores issues of love and identity. Attendees must be age 13 or older. See the website for exact times and dates. Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 4-21, 2, 7 or 8 p.m. $15. The Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K, Mountain View.

Art Galleries

Indian art holiday sale
Laasya Art will hold a holiday sale of contemporary and traditional Indian art, offering carefully selected pieces at reasonable prices. Art can be viewed online and at in-person appointments. Dec. 8-21, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Free appointments. Laasya Art, Address provided upon resevation, Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

'Holiday Show' at Gallery House
The "Holiday Show" at Gallery House will feature art gifts in different mediums at a variety of price points. Pieces will include paintings, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, fabric and photography. A champagne reception will be held on Nov. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m., during which there will be a 20 percent discount on art. Hours will be extended in December. Nov. 18-Dec. 24, Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave, Palo Alto.
 

Dance

For the Love of Dance classes
For the Love of Dance in Mountain View continues to offer its full suite of dance classes, including instruction in ballet, jazz, tap and other styles for both children and adults. See website for dates, times and pricing. Year-round. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite B, Mountain View.
 

Art Galleries

'Reflections'
Gallery 9 Los Altos will mount an exhibit of contemporary art by 28 different local artists, depicting landscapes, seascapes, abstract compositions and introspective reflection. Mediums will include painting, photography, metal work, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics and printmaking. Nov. 25-Dec. 30, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9 Los Altos, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

Art Galleries

'How Does Your Garden Grow'
The Portola Art Gallery will host an exhibit called "How Does Your Garden Grow," composed of watercolor paintings by Barbara von Haunalter. Many pieces are plein air work created in or nearby the San Francisco Bay Area. Monday-Saturday, Dec. 1-31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Allied Arts Guild, Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Mountain View Tennis Club 2015 Membership
The Mountain View Tennis Club is offering new memberships for city residents until the end of the year at a special price of $20. The club holds tournaments, sponsors USTA teams, has a ladder and promotes tennis within the community. Non-residents are also welcome. Nov. 20-Dec. 31.
 

Dance

Social Ballroom Dancing
Social ballroom dancing takes place every Friday and Saturday throuhgout the year at Cubberley Pavilion, starting at 8 p.m. with a lesson followed by general dancing. Go to www.cubberleyballroom.com for lesson schedule. No experience or partner necessary. Cover includes refreshments. 8 p.m.-midnight. $9. Cubberley Community Center Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

On Stage

'Peter and the Starcatcher'
TheatreWorks will stage a holiday production of "Peter and the Starcatcher," a Tony Award-winning, adventure-filled sequel to "Peter Pan." See website for specific dates, timing and pricing. Dec. 3-Jan. 3. $19-$74. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Ebb & Flow'
For this exhibit, plein air pastelist Teresa Ruzzo will contribute new work inspired by the Russian River, Big Sur, the Palo Alto Baylands and the Stanford hills. Dec. 2-Jan. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sundays til 3 p.m.) Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.

Classes/Workshops

Foothill College Winter Quarter registration
Registration for Winter Quarter 2015 classes at Foothill College is now open and will continue until Jan. 4, the day before classes begin. Winter Quarter will last until March 27. A search-able class schedule is available. Nov. 20-Jan. 4. $31 per unit for California residents, plus basic fees. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

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

'Beginning with Water'
This exhibit will showcase the work of Community School of Music and Arts faculty and students ages 5 to adult. Their work incorporates water as a material and as a theme. Dec. 12-Jan. 11, center hours. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Art Galleries

'Echoes from 85 Years, 85 Artists'
Artists Kimm Barnes, Raven Erebus, Joan Schulze and Stefanie Sylvester -- participants in the recent "85 Years, 85 Artists" show at Menlo College -- will contribute more of their work to this new exhibit. Monday-Friday, Oct. 20-Jan. 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Menlo College Administration Building, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton.

Exhibits

'Land and Sea'
Garden Fresh restaurant will have on display a solo exhibit of oil paintings of Bay Area landscapes and seascapes by local artist Bonnie Hicks. Nov. 25-Jan. 27, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
 

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

'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

'Museum of American Heritage: A to Z'
The exhibit, "Museum of American Heritage: A to Z," will show off the breadth and depth of the museum's collection of electrical and mechanical inventions -- including some objects rarely shown to the public. Oct. 10-March 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
 

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.
 

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.

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.

Classes/Workshops

Joyful Korean School classes
These ongoing classes for children will teach students about Korean language and culture. Fridays, September-June, 5-7 p.m. $300/semester. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, 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.

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.