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Family and Kids

Jungle James Animal Adventures
This Atherton Library program will allow children ages 5 and up to learn about jungle creatures through hands-on interactions and a presentation. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. July 27, 3-3:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.

Family and Kids

Portrait of the Bay Art Camp 2
The Art School of San Francisco Bay will hold a weeklong art camp for children ages 6 to 11 at the Palo Alto Baylands, during which participants can watch and sketch birds, climb and draw trees, paint landscapes and try new media each day. Monday-Friday, July 27-31, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $250 half day. Baylands Nature Preserve, 2500 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

Family and Kids

Ohlone Camp
Through a variety of activities, this half-day weeklong camp teaches children about the Ohlone culture as well as the land's history, wildlife and the local environment in Los Altos Hills. July 27-31, 9 a.m.-noon. $164. Bryne Preserve, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

Family and Kids

Be You: Yoga and Mindfulness Summer Camp
The Be You summer camp will lead children in recognizing their inherent wisdom, strength and kindness. Activities will include meditation, mindfulness, yoga, dancing, playing, singing and others that encourage self-discovery. Monday-Friday, July 27-31, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $350 child; $275 sibling. Silicon Valley Shambhala Center, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, #110, Mountain View.
 

Teen Activities

Digital Animation Camp (July 27-31)
Held at the Community School of Music and Arts, this one-week camp will guide students in grades 5 to 12 in making animated short movies using iStopmotion and Adobe Flash. Monday-Friday, July 27-31, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $390. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Summer Sings: Bryan Baker
Schola Cantorum will hold the third event in its series of six Summer Sings, during which current and former choral members from the Bay Area can sing Verdi's "Requiem" under Bryan Baker, artistic director and conductor of Masterworks Chorale. July 27, 7:30 p.m. $13 general; free for ages 25 and under with student ID. Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos.
 

Lectures & Talks

Cafe Conversation with Aaron Boyd
This year's Music@Menlo summer festival focusing on Franz Schubert will include a handful of Cafe Conversations, informal discussions led by artists and distinguished guests that explore music and arts-related issues. This event will feature Aaron Boyd, violinist from the Escher String Quartet. July 27, 11:45 a.m. Free. Menlo School, Martin Family Hall, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
 

Community Events

Los Altos High School Class of '65 50th Reunion
The Los Altos High School Class of '65 will hold a 50th reunion celebration, with a handful of events including a gathering at the Alpine Inn, a luau, a hike at the Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve and more. Visit the website for more information. July 24-27, , Alpine Inn, a private residence and other locations, Portola Valley and Los Altos.
 

Family and Kids

Baby Bounce & Rhyme Time
The Portola Valley Library will offer weekly events, specifically for babies up to 18 months old, that combine singing, dancing, reading and playing to help bond young children and their parents. Mondays, June 1-July 27, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Food and Drink

Peninsula Macrobiotic Community dinners
Each Monday the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community serves a gourmet vegetarian dinner -- which includes soup, grain, beans or bean products, vegetables, dessert and a beverage -- in a friendly, communal setting. Lectures are also held monthly. Reservations should be made by phone (650-599-3320) by Monday at 9:30 a.m. Mondays, June 1-July 27, 6:30-8 p.m. $18. First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto.

Community Events

Menlo Film Contest
The City of Menlo Park will celebrate Parks and Recreation Month with a film contest asking families, nonprofits, businesses and social clubs to show how parks make life better in Menlo Park. Entries are due by July 31. An event screening the films and giving awards will take place on Aug. 19 at The Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton High School. See website for more info. July 1-31. Free. , , Menlo Park.
 

Art Galleries

'Color, Music, People, Cars...Cuba!'
Main St. Cafe and Books in Los Altos is hosting an 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.
 

Teen Activities

Student Equity Action Network Summer Program
The Student Equity Action Network (SEAN), a nonprofit dedicated to closing the achievement gap in the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD), will hold a free summer program for rising eighth- through 11th-graders in PAUSD. Monday-Thursday, June 29-Aug. 6, noon-4 p.m. Free. Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

'Promised Land: Jacob Lawrence at the Cantor'
Made possible through a gift from the Kayden family, this exhibit at the Cantor Arts Center includes 56 works by the 20th-century American artist Jacob Lawrence, and one by his wife, Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence. Lawrence is known for his efforts in capturing the African-American experience. Wednesday-Monday, April 1-Aug. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'American Battleground'
In "American Battleground: Photographs of the Civil War, 1861-1865," the Cantor Arts Center examines the then-emerging medium of photography in the U.S. and how it was used to document the conflict. Wednesday-Monday, March 25-Aug. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Concerts

Stanford Jazz Festival 2015
The Stanford Jazz Festival will return this summer with 34 concerts featuring a plethora of acclaimed jazz performers, including Allison Miller, Victor Lin, James Farm, Taylor Eigsti 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 Activities

Intro 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. A 10 percent discount is offered for the week of July 27-31. Monday-Friday, June 8-Aug. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $379; $341.10 July 27-31 week. KMVT 15 Community Television, 1400 Terra Bella Ave., Suite M, Mountain View.

Family and Kids

Marine Science Camp
The Marine Science Institute will offer summer camps through which children and teens can learn about the biology of the coast and bay through hands-on activities, viewing live animals and educational field trips. See website for more info. June 15-Aug. 14. Prices start at $415. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City.
 

Health

Free Fitness Bodyweight Class
Former Belgian professional gymnast Alexandre Wayenberg will provide free bodyweight fitness classes four mornings each week. RSVP is required; visit the website for more info. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, July 13-Aug. 14, 7 a.m. Free. Sylvan Park, 550 Sylvan Ave., Mountain View.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Schola Cantorum's Summer Sings
Bay Area choral singers can join Schola Cantorum for its weekly Summer Sings, during which participants will sing great works under the baton of respected Bay Area choral conductors. Mondays, July 13-Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m. $13 general; free for ages 25 and under with student ID. Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos.
 

Exhibits

'Plus One: Pop Duplications'
The exhibit "Plus One: Pop Duplications" focuses on the emergence of Pop Art, looking at how American artists in the early 1960s used popular imagery, commercial signage and product design as sources and inspiration for their work. Wednesday-Monday, April 8-Aug. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Bravo!: Music and Theater in Enlightenment Europe'
The Cantor Arts Center has collected prints and drawings that probe the 18th-century realms of music and drama for an exhibit entitled "Bravo!: Music and Theater in Enlightenment Europe." Wednesday-Monday, March 25-Aug. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Teen Activities

2015 Palo Alto Youth Council applications
The Palo Alto Youth Council is a group of 15 to 20 dedicated youth ambassadors to the City Council, with the goal of building connections between teens and the greater Palo Alto community. Visit the website to learn more. The application deadline is Aug. 21. Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto .

Clubs/Meetings

Sing and Play Along Ukulele
These monthly meetings at the Mountain View Public Library will bring together beginning and more advanced ukulele players to learn from each other. Attendees can bring their own instruments or play one of the library's. Registration is appreciated but not required. Fourth Monday of the month, June 22-Aug. 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

Classes/Workshops

Yoga with Surfer Mike
Michael Kintz, or Surfer Mike, will lead a 13-week course on yoga, meditation and mindful movement for all ages and levels. The classes seek to help calm the mind and develop present moment awareness. Mondays, June 8-Aug. 24, 5:30-6:45 p.m $130 resident; $145 nonresident. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

'500 Years of Italian Master Drawings'
The Cantor Arts Center presents almost 100 rarely seen drawings from the 15th to the 20th century in the exhibit "500 Years of Italian Master Drawings from the Princeton University Museum." Wednesday-Monday, May 22-Aug. 24, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Baylands Paintings by Bob Schick and Friends'
The Environmental Volunteers Art Gallery will welcome a new installation of works by curator by Bob Schick and his students. The pieces present themes from the Palo Alto Baylands in different media. On July 11, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., there will be a reception with the artists. May 30-Aug. 28, Monday, Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Environmental Volunteers, Art Gallery, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

Art in Action student work exhibit
The East Palo Alto Library is hosting 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.

Health

Danceation Fitness Classes
European pop star Heath Hunter and international fitness guru Kirsten Johnson lead high-energy dance and fitness workouts for all skill levels. Danceation studio also offers weekly yoga classes. See website for detailed schedule. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, June 8-Aug. 31. $20 single class; $150 10-class pass. Los Altos American Legion, 347 1st St., Los Altos.

Volunteers

Greeter 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

'O'Keeffe, Stieglitz, Toomer, and Modernism'
The Cantor Arts Center puzzles out the relationships -- aesthetic and romantic -- between Georgia O'Keeffe, Alfred Stieglitz and Harlem Renaissance writer Jean Toomer in the exhibit "O'Keeffe, Stieglitz, Toomer, and Modernism." Wednesday-Monday, May 6-Sept. 21, 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, through Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Word as Image'
This Cantor Arts Center installation of prints and drawings entitled "Word as Image: Highlights from the Marmor Collection" examines how modern and contemporary artists have used and featured words in their work. Wednesday-Monday, July 1-Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Seniors

Alzheimer's screenings
Each month the Mountain View Senior Center will host free 45-minute behavioral screenings of community members for Alzheimer's disease. Those interested should contact the center's front desk. Fourth Monday of the month, Feb. 25-Oct. 28, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View.
 

Food and Drink

Off the Grid: Palo Alto
With help from the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, Off the Grid will bring its market offering a number of dinner options and a pop-up bar to Palo Alto. Mondays, Feb. 16-Dec. 14, 5-9 p.m. Free. Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
 

Health

Jacki'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, March 9-Dec. 18, 9 a.m. $36 month; $6 single class. Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View.

Clubs/Meetings

Palo Alto Scrabble Club
The Palo Alto Scrabble Club holds meetings each Monday night, holidays included, and welcomes new players of all levels, from tournament champs to beginners. Registration is not required, and attendees can bring their own equipment or use the club's. Mondays, year-round, 6-9 p.m. Free. Corner Bakery Cafe, 3375 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.