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Lectures & TalksLiterary evening with Robin McLean and Robert Thomas
Books Inc. in Mountain View will offer an evening of psychological literature with two local authors: Robin McLean, who will discuss her debut story collection "Reptile House," and Robert Thomas, who will share his new novel "Bridge." June 30, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsManaging Your Family Budget
Denise Hughes, a certified money coach and author of "Earn Save Spend Give," will lead a workshop on how to create a family budget with a road map to meet desired goals. She will also provide tips on sticking to a budget, prioritizing and communicating with other family members about day-to-day spending. June 30, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksFormer Israel ambassador Michael Oren on 'Ally'
Bestselling author Michael B. Oren will discuss his memoir "Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide," which chronicles his time as a United States ambassador to Israel. June 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $15 member; $25 general; $8 student with valid ID. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Karen Joy Fowler on 'Black Glass'
Karen Joy Fowler, Man Booker Prize nominee, will discuss her re-issued collection of 15 stories called "Black Glass" -- originally released in 1998 -- which comes with a new prefatory essay by the author. June 30, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'Writing about War'
In this event organized by Stanford Live and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, National Book Award winner and marine Phil Klay and former Poet Laureate Natasha Tretheway will read from recent works and discuss the ethical complexities of portraying and living through combat with Stanford University professor Scott Sagan. June 30, 6 p.m. Free. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.
Community EventsVA Day
The Peninsula Vet Center invites all veterans and their dependents to join it and other community partners -- including Veterans Administration Medical Care, Veterans Benefits Administration, Vocational Rehabilitation, Employment Development Department and others -- for a VA Day celebration. June 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. 63rd Regional Support Command, 230 R.T. Jones Road, Mountain View.
Avenidas will host low-cost anti-oxidant screenings, during which non-invasive laser scanners are used to measure skin carotenoids. The results can provide an assessment of dietary habits and anti-oxidant status. A brief consultation is included with each scan. Appointments are required. June 30, 9-11 a.m. $10 member; $15 nonmember. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
Clubs/MeetingsSlow Money: Fungus, Farms and Funding
This event will provide information about Slow Money South Bay, an organization that believes individuals should invest in local businesses in line with their values. Attendees will hear from biomaterials startup MycoWorks and Slow Money success story Fiesta Farms. June 30, 7:15-9:15 p.m. Free. Mountain View Community Center, Room 2, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View.
Art Galleries'Animals in Art'
In an exhibit called "Animals in Art," the Portola Art Gallery will share watercolor paintings and pen and pencil drawings by Belmont resident Teresa Silvestri. Her work featuring wild, domestic and farm critters is inspired by a love of animals and nature. Monday-Saturday, June 1-30, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Exhibits'Seeing is Believing'
The Caldwell Gallery presents the exhibit "Seeing Is Believing," with works by members of Peninsula Art Critique that use a variety of media. Featured artists will include Penny Gamel, Jackie Gray, Janice Kirkpatrick, Annette Legallet, Gerry Anne Lenhart and others. Monday-Friday, May 4-June 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Hall of Justice, Caldwell Gallery, 400 County Center, Redwood City.
Art Galleries'Heads and Hands'
The Rotunda Gallery will have on display an exhibit of work by sculptor Dan Woodard, which looks at the positive and negative and serious and comical aspects of the human condition. Monday-Friday, Jan. 21-June 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Rotunda Gallery, 555 County Center, Redwood City.
SportsPSV Union FC Summer Camps and Trainings
PSV Union FC will offer soccer camps and trainings this summer suitable for youth who simply want to learn more about the game, as well as those who aspire to compete at the collegiate or professional level. Visit the website for more details. June 1-July 31. Camp: $50 one day; training: $35 one day. Jordan Middle School, 750 N. California Ave., Palo Alto.
SportsMountain View Tennis Summer Camp Registration
Mountain View Tennis will hold summer tennis camps at a few locations throughout the summer for players ages 7 to 14 and of different abilities. Campers will learn skills, play cooperatively and have fun in a positive environment. See the website for specific dates and pricing. Monday-Friday, June 15-Aug. 14. Prices vary. Cuesta, Rengstorff, Whisman and Cooper parks, Mountain View.
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.
Art Galleries'Pictures at an Exhibition'
Gallery House will host a new show called "Pictures at an Exhibition," a various collection of fine art photography from artists Vidya Narasimhan, Steve Shpall and Bill Shupp. On July 30, from 6 to 8 p.m., there will be a reception. June 30-July 25, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 California Ave., Palo Alto.
Exhibits'(re)Connecting with Cuba'
This exhibition at the Community School of Music and Arts shares photos of contemporary Cuba by American photographers. On June 25, at 6:30 p.m., there will by a talk by curator Ron Herman, followed by Cuban music and food. June 12-July 26, 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.
Family and KidsToddler Storytime
These Portola Valley Library events for children 18 to 36 months old will incorporate songs, stories and movement activities that encourage listening and reading. Age-appropriate toys will be available to play with after each session. A special activity will follow story time on the third Tuesday of the month. Tuesdays, June 2-30, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Art Galleries'Color, Music, People, Cars...Cuba!'
The Main St. Cafe and Books in Los Altos will host a new exhibit of color and black and white photos of Cuba by Denis Kertesz, with Roberta Hutchinson contributing. June 28-July 31, regular cafe hours. Free. Main St. Cafe & Books, 134 Main St., Los Altos.
Art Galleries'Color and Complexity'
Kathy Sharpe, a former Los Altos resident, will present her new paintings of florals and gardens in both realistic and impressionist styles as part of a show called "Color and Complexity. On July 8, from 5 to 8 p.m., there will be a reception. June 30-Aug. 1, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9 Los Altos, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
Family and KidsSummer Learning Program
The Atherton Library's Summer Learning Program for children, teens and adults -- which runs from June through August -- offers a free book for signing up (while supplies last) and another for finishing. Participants can also earn tickets for raffle drawings by completing reading and activity logs. A $1,000 grand prize scholarship will be awarded. Visit the library or its website for more details. June 1-Aug. 31. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
ConcertsStanford Jazz Festival 2015
The Stanford Jazz Festival will return this summer with 34 concerts featuring a plethora of acclaimed jazz performers, including Eliane Elias, James Farm, John Scofield and John Medeski, Regina Carter, Pete Escovedo, Taylor Eigsti, Keb' Mo', Lisa Carter and others. See website for specific dates, times and pricing. June 19-Aug. 8. Prices vary. Stanford University venues, including Bing Concert Hall and Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford.
Teen ActivitiesIntro to Video Production
KMVT 15 Community Television will offer a number of weeklong summer camps on video production for students ages 10 to 14. In a studio environment, participants will learn basic skills in camera work, directing, audio, acting and producing while creating their own segments. The week of July 4 will be a four-day camp. Monday-Friday, June 8-Aug. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $379; $305 July 4 week. KMVT 15 Community Television, 1400 Terra Bella Ave., Suite M, Mountain View.
Exhibits'Angles, Lines and Curves'
Filoli will offer a new exhibit called "Angles, Lines and Curves - Architecture of the World," a collection of photographs that captures the aesthetics, values and lifestyles of cultures through architecture. On July 18 and 19, the artists will be on hand to discuss their work and travels. June 16-Aug. 23, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $18 adult; $15 senior (age 65 and older); $8 child (ages 5-17); free for members. Filoli, Visitor and Education Center, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.
ExhibitsArt in Action student work exhibit
The East Palo Alto Library will host a summer-long exhibit of work by kindergarten through second-grade students who participated in Art in Action programs at East Palo Alto Charter School and Belle Haven Elementary School in Menlo Park. June 2-Aug. 28, library hours. Free. East Palo Alto Library, 2415 University Ave., East Palo Alto.
Exhibits'No Limits - Freedom to Create'
The Town of Los Altos Hills is now hosting "No Limits - Freedom to Create," a fine art exhibit showcasing the work of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society. Monday-Friday, March 9-Aug. 28, 8 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m. Free. Town of Los Altos Hills, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.
Exhibits'Home Grown: Walter Robinson'
The exhibit "Home Grown: Walter Robinson" will share paintings and sculptures -- made by Walter Robinson over the last 10 years -- that play with high-gloss colors, scale and common cultural imagery. June 20-Aug. 30, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 9 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
VolunteersGreeter 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'Edith Sommer: An Artist's Retrospective'
This exhibit entitled "Edith Sommer: An Artist's Retrospective" will share some of the jewelry, textile and mixed-media creations of the late Edith Sommer, a longtime Palo Alto artist involved in the creation of Gallery House in 1958. An opening reception will be held on June 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. June 26-Sept. 26, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, Studio Gallery, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
ExhibitsSummer Garden Sculpture Exhibit
Throughout the summer, Filoli will hold its second sculpture exhibit with a number of works by local artists. Visitors can tour the exhibit on their own using a guide and map, or they can make reservations for a Guided Walk. June 3-Sept. 13, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $18 adult; $15 senior (age 65 and older); $8 child (ages 5-17); free for members. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.
Exhibits'On You: A Story of Wearable Computing'
The Computer History Museum will welcome a traveling exhibition by the Georgia Institute of Technology called "On You: A Story of Wearable Computing," which examines the problems engineers needed to solve to make wearable technology viable and user-friendly. Tuesday-Sunday, June 30-Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission prices. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Deborah Dutton, a certified Feldenkrais practitioner, leads weekly classes that seek to alleviate tension, aches and pains while improving body mechanics and posture. Movements are done lying on the floor. Participants should bring a mat or towel. Wednesdays, May 6-Dec. 16, 11 a.m.-noon. Series prices vary; $20 drop in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Religion/SpiritualityInsight Meditation South Bay
Shaila Catherine and guest teachers will lead weekly Insight Meditation sittings, which are accompanied by talks on Buddhist teachings. Tuesdays, Jan. 6-Dec. 29, 7:30-9 p.m. Donations accepted. St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall, 2094 Grant Road, Mountain View.