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Benefits/Fundraisers

Stanford baseball vs. UCLA
In celebration of Autism Awareness Month, families can support autism services and research at Stanford University by watching the Stanford baseball team play University of California, Los Angeles. Donations and proceeds from ticket and T-shirt sales will go toward research, therapies and family services for both children and adults. April 26, 1-3 p.m. Prices vary (donations accepted). Klein Field at Sunken Diamond, 151 Sam McDonald Mall, Stanford.
 

Concerts

Imani Winds
Imani Winds, an acclaimed wind quintet known for its culturally diverse repertoire, will offer a program featuring both Felix Mendelssohn's Scherzo from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "So What" by Miles Davis. April 26, 2:30 p.m. $30-$60. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.

Lectures & Talks

Hidden Gems of Upper Lomita tour
The Stanford Historical Society will offer a tour of Stanford's historic Lomita Neighborhood, during which docents will discuss the architecture, landscape and history of several buildings and gardens. Stops will include the Knoll, Kingscote Gardens and the Bechtel International Center. There will only be limited access to interiors. April 26, 1-4 p.m. $15; free for children age 12 and under with adult admission. Lomita Neighborhood, , Stanford.

Family and Kids

Super Family Sunday
The Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo will hold one of its appreciation days for families who have children with disabilities. Visitors can meet some animals up close and enjoy a hands-on science activity. Grandparents and siblings are welcome. Reservations are required. April 26, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Concerts

Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra in Los Altos
For its fourth program of the 2014-15 season, Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra will perform Bedrich Smetana's "Overture to the Bartered Bride," Johannes Brahms' Concert for Violin and Cello in A minor (with Craig Reis, violin, and Richard Andaya, cello) and Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E minor. April 26, 2:30-4:30 p.m. $25 adult; $20 senior (age 60 plus); $15 student (ages 18-25). Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Road, Los Altos.

Classes/Workshops

Home buyers seminar with Avi Urban
This seminar will address a handful of topics related to real estate in Silicon Valley, including timing for buying a home locally, if residents should move to a larger home or different area, and the possibility of investing in real estate elsewhere. April 26, 1:15-4:30 p.m. Free. Bank of America , 600 Hansen Way, Suite 220, Palo Alto.

Concerts

New Esterházy Quartet: 'Haydn & His Students VII'
The New Esterházy Quartet will present a concert program featuring "the alpha and omega" of Haydn string quartets -- Joseph Haydn's Op. 1, No. 0 and Ludwig van Beethoven's Op. 131, arguably the "farthest out" string quartet written by Haydn student. Quartet in C, Op. 2, by Paul Struck, another of Haydn's students, will also be performed. April 26, 4-6 p.m. $25. All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
 

Religion/Spirituality

Compline with Palo Alto High School Choir
Stanford and local choral ensembles will sing a reflective 30-minute service of hymns in a candlelit setting each Sunday during the academic year (except on holidays). The Palo Alto High School Choir will perform at this week's service. April 26, 9-9:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
 

Food and Drink

Wine tasting with Halcon Vineyards
Savvy Cellar Wines will host Jackie and Paul Gordon, owners and winemakers of Halcon Vineyards, who will lead a tasting of their Rhone-style wines. April 26, 2-5 p.m. $16. Savvy Cellar Wine Bar & Wine Shop, 750 W. Evelyn Ave., Mountain View.
 

Concerts

Ensemble San Francisco performance
In this classical music program, Ensemble San Francisco members Jonah Kim and Christine McLeavey Payne will perform Samuel Barber's romantic Sonata for Cello and Piano. They will be joined by Elina Lev of the San Francisco Symphony for Felix Mendelssohn's Piano Trio in D minor. April 26, 4-6 p.m. $25 general; $15 student, senior. Christ Church, 815 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Benefits/Fundraisers

Style 2015 independent fashion sale and benefit
An exclusive two-day show, Style 2015 will bring together jewelry, textile and accessory designs from over 50 local and international artists. The event will benefit the Palo Alto Medical Foundation's Cancer Survivorship Program. April 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; April 26, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $8 online early bird; $10 at the door. Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Mountain View Center, 701 E. El Camino Real, Mountain View.
 

Family and Kids

'Look In A Book'
The Music School will present an original musical comedy called "Look In A Book," during which 140 children will bring storybook characters to life through singing, dancing and a little mischief. April 25, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.; April 26, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. $12 adult; $10 senior; $5 child; $2 ages 2 and under. Mountain View High School, Spartan Theater, 3535 Truman Ave., Mountain View.

Sports

'Bateaus and Breakfast' at Sofitel San Francisco Bay
Sofitel San Francisco Bay will provide a venue to observe competitive rowing teams as they glide along Redwood Shores. A fine dining breakfast with French-pressed coffee will be available, as well as warm blankets for spectators. Visit the website for more info. Friday-Sunday, April 11-26. Free admission; prices vary for food and beverages. Sofitel San Francisco Bay, 223 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City.
 

On Stage

'Fire on the Mountain'
For a regional premiere, TheatreWorks will stage "Fire on the Mountain," a bluegrass musical that portrays the lives of Appalachian mining families. See website for specific times and dates. April 1-26. $53 adult; $43 senior, educator; $25 under age 30. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

Teen Activities

Teen Blackout Poetry Contest
Throughout National Poetry Month this April, the Menlo Park Library will hold a Blackout Poetry Contest, during which participants can create poetry by leaving select words visible and blacking out the rest. Visit the website for more info. April 1-27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Classes/Workshops

Girls in Science program
Environmental Volunteers will hold a new program for girls in third through fifth grades designed to develop confidence, competence and passion for natural science. This first four-week series explores how to help the Earth and environment through a variety of science activities. Sundays, April 12-May 3, 1-3 p.m. $10 drop in; $30 prepay for series. EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

On Stage

'The Star Without a Name'
As part of its 2nd Stages series, Dragon Productions will perform "The Star Without a Name," a story about a 12-hour love affair adapted and translated from a text by Romanian playwright Mihail Sebastian. April 16-May 3, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $10-$25. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.

On Stage

'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'
The Los Altos Stage Company will perform the classic drama "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" the story of George and Martha, a dysfunctional couple that draws two house guests into their conflict after a faculty party. April 9-May 3, Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. 7:30 p.m. $34. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Exhibits

'She Who Tells a Story'
The Cantor Arts Center will offer an exhibit called "She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World," introducing 12 photographers' work that spans from photojournalism to fine art. Wednesday-Monday, Jan. 28-May 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

On Stage

'The Addams Family'
For its next production, the Palo Alto Players will perform "The Addams Family," a musical by Andrew Lippa about a ghoulish American family. April 24-May 10, Thursday, 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $34-$48. Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Into the Wild Woods'
The Community School of Music and Arts currently has on display an exhibition of illustrations and paintings by Bay Area native Liz Amini-Holmes. April 3-May 31, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
 

Religion/Spirituality

Stanford University public worship
Memorial Church, a historically important center of spiritual and ceremonial life at Stanford University since 1903, offers weekly Sunday services that are open to the public. Sundays, April 5-June 7, 10-11 a.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Interaction of Color: Josef Albers'
In its exhibit "Interaction of Color: Josef Albers," the Cantor Arts Center shares a selection of works on paper by abstract painter Josef Albers -- pieces which were donated to the museum by the Marmor family and its foundation. Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 12-June 15, 11 am.-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-June 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Imagining the Oceans'
The Cantor Arts Center has on display an exhibit called "Imagining the Oceans," which brings together artwork across history and cultures inspired by ocean environments. The exhibit features pieces by Willem van de Velde, Charles Meryon, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Willem de Kooning and others -- as well as items from the Pacific Islands region. Wednesday-Monday, March 18-June 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Shifting Currents'
In an exhibit called "Shifting Currents: Highlights from the 20th-Century Chinese Collection, the Cantor Arts Center showcases modern pieces drawn from the museum's large collection of Asian art. Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 25-July 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Drama of Heaven and Earth'
The Cantor Arts Center tells the history of the Japanese dramatic art of Noh in an exhibit called "Drama of Heaven and Earth: The Theatrical Traditions of Japan," which is composed of masks, ceramics, prints and other visual materials. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 17-July 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Arboreal Architecture'
The Cantor Arts Center's exhibit "Arboreal Architecture: A Visual History of Trees" compares and contrasts depictions of trees across cultures. Wednesday-Monday, April 15-July 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

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. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

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

'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.

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. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

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

'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.
 

Sports

Palo Alto Tennis Club
The Palo Alto Tennis Club is now seeking new members. In addition to regular play, the club organizes tournaments and weekly clinics and lessons. Visit the website for registration info. Sundays, Feb. 14-Dec. 31, 9 a.m.-noon. $50 one-year membership; $4 non-member drop-in. Rinconada Park, 777 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'25 Years at the Museum of American Heritage'
This exhibit will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Museum of American Heritage, tracing its history from its opening on Alma Street to its current home at the Williams Property and highlighting memorable exhibits along the way. Friday-Sunday, April 17-Jan. 17, 2016, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. The Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Bid4Kids Online Auction
Menlo-Atherton High School's Foundation for the Future will offer its Bid4Kids online auction to benefit the high school's students. Trips, parties, sports items and tickets, concert tickets and more are available. March 20-April 6. Prices vary. Menlo-Atherton Bid4Kids Online Auction, online only, Menlo Park.