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Lectures & Talks'Mindfulness and Beyond'
Dada Nabhaniilananda -- aka "The Monk Dude," a yoga monk, meditation teacher, musician and author -- will visit the Peninsula Macrobiotic Society to cast some light on the benefits of mindfulness and meditation and cover ways to make the experience more natural. Feb. 8, 8-9:30 p.m. $5-$10 donation suggested. First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksBarney Frank on 'To Govern is to Choose'
Barney Frank, former U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts, will give the 2015-16 Wesson Lecture in Problems of Democracy, entitled "To Govern is to Choose: Policing the Globe Versus Improving the Quality of Our Lives." The event is open to the public. Feb. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Cemex Auditorium, 655 Knight Way, Stanford.
Lectures & Talks'Gluten Free, Yes or No?'
Chen Ben Asher, M.A., who is board certified as a holistic nutrition consultant, will give a presentation providing an understanding of what gluten is, where it is found, the difference between gluten sensitivity and allergy, symptoms and relevant tests provided by doctors. The event will also include food demonstrations. Feb. 8, 10:30 a.m.-noon $15. Private location, address provided upon registration, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Michelle Adelman on 'Piece of Mind'
Michelle Adelman will talk with fellow author Helene Wecker about her debut novel "Piece of Mind," which follows a 27-year-old woman named Lucy who is talented artistically and troubled by the effects of a traumatic brain injury from her childhood. Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Family and KidsHope Technology School Open House
Hope Technology School will offer an open house, where families can meet administrators and learn about the school's award-winning programs. The event will showcase the inclusive preschool and kindergarten classes. There will also be fun activities for children. Those interested should RSVP by email. Feb. 8, 3-4 p.m. Free. Hope Technology School, 2525 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsFood Carving Demo
Jimmy Zhang, founder of Art Chef Inc., will give a demonstration of the Chinese art of fruit and vegetable carving, which has its roots in ancient China and has been refined over the centuries. The event is for adults. Feb. 8, 1-2 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsBilingual Babies & Books Storytime
At this Portola Valley Lib4rary event, infants up to 18 months old will be introduced to the Spanish language through stories, songs and rhymes. Age appropriate toys will be available to play with after the event. Older children are also welcome. Feb. 8, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
An exhibition of paintings and prints by Sukey Bryan, "Skyward" presents images of blue sky and floating rainless clouds that bring to mind climate change while celebrating beauty. On Feb. 9, 5-7 p.m., there will be a public reception. Jan. 4-Feb. 10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Castilleja School, Anita Seipp Gallery, 1310 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Warriors, Courtiers, and Saints'
The Cantor Arts Center's exhibit "Warriors, Courtiers, and Saints: The Etchings of Jacques Callot" examines the 17th-century French artist's experimental work in the medium of printmaking. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 26-Feb. 15, 2016, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
HealthJacki's Aerobic Dancing
Jacki's Aerobic Dancing classes guide participants in abdominal work, strength training and aerobic routines. Complimentary child care is provided by staff. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, year-round, 9 a.m. $36 month; $6 single class. Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View.
Exhibits'Fur, Fins and Feathers'
This annual art exhibit showcases the work of students and faculty from the Community School of Music and Arts' Art4Schools Program. Over 500 pieces of artwork from more than 20 local elementary schools is on display. Monday-Friday, Feb. 2-26, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Mountain View City Hall Rotunda, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
EnvironmentLiving Classroom Volunteer Training
Living Classroom is seeking community volunteers who want to share their love of nature with children. Those interested will observe garden-based lessons for grades K-3 in local elementary schools, then receive training to assist or lead one-hour lessons during the school day. Topics taught include life and earth science and health eating. Visit the website to learn more. October-June. Free. Various locations, Palo Alto elementary schools, Palo Alto.
Art GalleriesOil paintings by Diana Jaye
This Viewpoints Gallery exhibition will show off the virtuosic work of plein art artist Diana Jaye, including paintings of landscapes, cottages and clothed figures. On Feb. 6, 3-5 p.m., there will be a reception with the artist. Feb. 1-27, Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.
AuditionsEl Camino Youth Symphony 2016-17 Auditions
El Camino Youth Symphony is holding auditions for its 2016-2017 Season. The organization has six orchestras ranging from the entry-level orchestra Chamber Players to the prestigious Senior Symphony, as well as other chamber music opportunities. Applications are due by Feb. 28, and auditions will be held in March and April. Until Feb. 28. $25 audition fee. , , Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Rodin en Blanc'
The Portola Art Gallery presents "Rodin en Blanc," a photography exhibit by Alan McGee of Portola Valley focusing on the lesser known marble and plaster works of Auguste Rodin, which McGee captured at the Musee Rodin in Paris and at Rodin's home and atelier. Monday-Saturday, Feb. 1-29, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Art Galleries'Bugs and Blooms'
Caffe Romanza, located on the second floor of Books Inc., will have on display the macro photographs of Heidi Baikie during the month of February. The fine art digital prints will feature insects and flowers. On Feb. 4, 5-7 p.m., there will be a reception with the artist. Feb. 1-29, Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Free. Caffe Romanza, 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Teen ActivitiesBlind Date with a Book
During the month of February, the Palo Alto Library will be offering a chance for teen readers to go on a blind date with a book. Visitors can check out a specially wrapped book from the Teen Zone, take it home and then rate it for a chance to win a prize. If it's not a great fit, teenagers can return it and try another one. Feb. 1-29, regular facility hours. Free. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto .
Family and KidsPalo Alto Little League Registration
Palo Alto Little League's Spring Baseball Season begins in February. Registration will continue until March 1, with wait-lists to begin on Feb. 1. A variety of divisions are offered for children spanning ages 5 to 13. Visit the website for more info. Jan. 25-Feb. 29. Prices vary. Palo Alto Little League, P.O. Box 785, Palo Alto.
ExhibitsFine art photography by Immaculada Del Castillo Ditzel
The Town of Los Altos Hills is hosting an exhibit of fine art photography and paintings by Immaculada Del Castillo Ditzel, who uses unconventional methods and materials to present careful displays of everyday objects. Monday-Friday, Sept. 7-March, 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Free. Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.
Teen ActivitiesSimon Youth Foundation Scholarship Opportunity
Simon Youth Foundation is currently accepting application for a scholarship to be awarded to a graduating high school senior who lives within 50 miles of Stanford Shopping Center. Visit the website for more info and to apply. Jan. 20-March 1. Stanford Shopping Center, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto.
ExhibitsPeninsula Women's Caucus for Art: 'Identity'
The Peninsula Women's Caucus for Art is holding an exhibit called "Identity," exploring the colors, icons, surroundings and culture that define its members. The work of nine artists is featured. Jan. 5-March 2, Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Free. Redwood Shores Library, 399 Marine Parkway, Redwood City.
Exhibits'Inside Each Moment'
This Community School for Music and Arts (CSMA) exhibition will feature paintings by artist, musician and CSMA faculty member Claude Ferguson. On Feb. 26, 6-8:30 p.m., there will be a reception with a musical performance by the Parhelion Ensemble. Monday-Saturday, Feb. 5-March 20, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Mohr Gallery, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsFree lipreading classes at Avenidas
Taught by an experienced audiologist and lipreading instructor, these free weekly classes sponsored by Foothill College provide help to those who have difficulty understanding rapid speech or hearing in challenging situations such as restaurants, social gatherings or other noisy places. Mondays, Jan. 4-March 21, 1:10-2:50 p.m. Free. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
AuditionsPACO audition registration
A Palo Alto-based award-winning youth orchestra, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) will hold auditions in April for its five ensembles, each of which has approximately 25 talented young string players. Those interested must sign-up before March 21. Visit the website for more info. Until March 21. $50. Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Speed and Power'
The exhibit "Speed and Power" at the Cantor Arts Center looks at how artists have represented the impact of trains, planes and automobiles on modern life. Wednesday-Monday, Dec. 2-March 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Beyond Space and Time'
The Oshman Family JCC has on display an exhibit of work by Chagit Ofir, a Bay Area-based artist who is inspired by her daily experience, family and friends, and Israeli history. Born in Israel, Ofir mainly works in the medium of oil painting, but she has recently branched out into sculpture. Dec. 7-March 21, regular facility hours. Free. Goldman Sports & Wellness Complex and Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
This diverse exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center -- composed of around 50 photographs, prints, artist books and historical ephemera -- captures the loss of those made missing by time, death, disaster, politics or artistic composition. Wednesday-Monday, Nov. 11-March 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
This Anderson Collection exhibit will include drawings, prints, paintings and sculpture by Tauba Auerbach and Mark Fox, two Stanford University graduates whose work investigates process, material manipulation and chance. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 9-March 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Classes/WorkshopsAdult School Winter/Spring Classes Registration
Registration for Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School Winter and Spring classes began on Nov. 20. The winter session will run from Jan. 4 to March 18, and the spring session from March 21 to June 3. Visit the website or call for more info. Nov. 20-Jan. 4. Prices vary. Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.
HealthPilates Cardiocamp in Woodside
Pilates Cardiocamp morning fitness classes aim to help students develop better posture, a stronger back and a firmer body while reducing body fat. Visit the website for specific class prices. Year-round, Tuesday and Thursday, 7 a.m., and Wednesday, 9 a.m. (Town Hall); Monday, 9 a.m., and Friday, 7:30 a.m. (Village Church). $12-$25 per class. Woodside Town Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, and Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Road, Woodside.
HealthPilates Cardiocamp in Los Altos
Pilates Cardiocamp morning fitness classes aim to help students develop better posture, a stronger back and a firmer body while reducing body fat. Visit the website for specific class prices. Year-round, Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. (Christ Episcopal); Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. (Marti's). $12-$25 per class. Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Road, and Martis Dance Studio, 1140 Riverside Drive, Los Altos.
DanceBayer Ballet Academy Boys Program
Bayer Ballet Academy in Mountain View is launching a new boys program, where students can take advantage of specialized boys-only classes with instructor Ivan Goliadin. Classes are held four days a week and are open to ages 8 to 18. Call the school to register for a free trial class. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 4-June 11. See website for pricing. Bayer Ballet Academy, 2028 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.
Exhibits'Word as Image'
In "Word as Image: Highlights from the Marmor Collection," the Cantor Arts Center surveys the role of words throughout the history of art, sharing examples ranging from decoratively ornamented Quranic writings from the Ottoman Empire to 20th-century works referencing an emergent culture of mass production. Wednesday-Monday, Dec. 16-April 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Red Horse: Drawings of the Battle of the Little Bighorn'
This Cantor Arts Center exhibition presents 12 ledger drawings by Red Horse, a Minneconjou Lakota Sioux warrior who fought against Custer and the 7th Cavalry at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in June 1876. Wednesday-Monday, Jan. 16-May 9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
The exhibit "Showing Off: Identity and Display in Asian Costume" at the Cantor Arts Center looks at how costumes and other objects of personal adornment were used as forms of identification from the late 18th century to the present. Oct. 14-May 23, Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Edward Hopper: New York Corner'
The Cantor Arts Center celebrates the major acquisition of Edward Hopper's seminal painting "New York Corner" with an exhibition with pieces preceding or contemporary to the work, centering on themes of modern urban life and realism. The exhibit will be closed Feb. 22-25 for updates. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 9-Aug. 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
DanceFor the Love of Dance classes
A family-owned studio, For the Love of Dance offers training in ballet, jazz, tap and other styles of dance to students, beginning at age 2 up through adults, from Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Altos and Sunnyvale. Visit the website to learn about specific offerings. October through June. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite B, Mountain View.
Food and DrinkMeatless Monday Dinners
Now celebrating 28 years as a local nonprofit, the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community hosts weekly vegetarian and vegan meals. The meals draw around 70 to 110 guests of all ages, who build and continue long-term friendships. Reservations are requested by phone by Monday at 9:30 a.m. Year-round, 6:30-8 p.m. $18. First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto .
Exhibits'Into the Forest'
The exhibit "Into the Forest: Landscape as Subject in Studio in 19th-Century France" includes 17 prints, drawings and photographs that focus on early approaches to making art "en plein-air." Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 2-July 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'The Chinese Typewriter'
This exhibit entitled "The Chinese Typewriter: The Design and Science of East Asian Information Technology" shares historical artifacts from the collections of Stanford University history professor Thomas S. Mullaney and the school's East Asia Library. Jan. 20-Aug. 20, regular library hours. Lathrop Library, East Asia Library, 518 Memorial Way, Stanford.
Exhibits'Richard Diebenkorn: The Sketchbooks Revealed'
This exhibition shares the Cantor Arts Center's recent acquisition of 29 sketchbooks of renowned Bay Area artist Richard Diebenkorn -- books never before studied or on view publicly that contain more than 1,000 drawings. The exhibit will be closed Feb. 22-25 for updates. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 9-Aug. 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
The Cantor Arts Center exhibit "Figuration/Abstraction: Highlights from the Collection" presents dual installations that evidence a split between abstract and figurative styles that began in the early 20th century. Wednesday-Monday, Nov. 11-Aug. 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Mining the Ancient'
The Cantor Arts Center exhibit "Mining the Ancient" showcases the work of six contemporary artists who draw inspiration for their work and sculptural practices from ancient sources. Oct. 14-Aug. 29, Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.