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Auditions

Meet the Director night with Aurora Singers
All singers -- but particularly men -- interested in joining the 60-voice Aurora Singers and going on a choral exchange to Southern France are invited to attend a "Meet the Director" night with the group. Attendees can learn more about the group and do a no-stress audition; no prepared piece is necessary. Sept. 1, 7-9 p.m. Free. Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto.
 

Concerts

Pianist Richard Glazier with 'Love is Here to Stay'
At this Music at Noon performance entitled "Love is Here to Stay: Homage to the Brothers Gershwin," pianist and George Gershwin expert Robert Glazier will share the music of and stories about the famed musical brothers, George and Ira. The event includes lunch. Sept. 1, noon-1:30 p.m. $20. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

Religion/Spirituality

Lama Surya Das on 'Make Me One with Everything'
Insight Meditation South Bay will host a talk with Lama Surya Das, a learned American-born lama and author of "Make Me One with Everything: Buddhist Meditations to Awaken from the Illusion of Separation." Sept. 1, 7:30-9 p.m. Donations accepted. St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 2094 Grant Road, Mountain View.
 

Dance

Scottish Country Dancing demonstration
At this event, the Mountain View adult (www.mtview-rscds.org) and South Bay Youth Scottish Country Dance (southbay.rscds-sf.org) classes will offer demonstrations of Scottish Country Dance and invite the audience to participate. Adults and children are welcome. Sept. 1, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

Classes/Workshops

Adult School Fall Session registration
Registration for Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School's Fall Session is underway. The session will run from Sept. 1 to Dec. 18. Visit the website for specific class listings and more info. Aug. 14-Sept. 1. Prices vary. Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.

Community Events

Living Classroom info meetings in Palo Alto
Living Classroom, a new garden-based education program in Palo Alto elementary schools, will offer a few one-hour information sessions. Contact the organization for more info. Aug. 25 (Fairmeadow), Aug. 27 (Duveneck), Sept. 2 (El Carmelo), 9-10 a.m. Free. Fairmeadow Elementary School, Room 26; Duveneck Elementary School, Flex Room, and El Carmelo Elementary School, Multipurpose Room, Palo Alto.

Live Music

Richard Keane Performs At Enchanté
Virtuoso guitarist Richard Keane will give two performances in the Enchanté Boutique Hotel's Parisian style community plaza. Sept. 1 and 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Enchanté Boutique Hotel, One Main St., Los Altos.

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.
 

Exhibits

Summer Garden Sculpture Exhibit
Throughout the summer, Filoli is holding 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.

Classes/Workshops

Free family yoga and meditation classes
Taught by Amitabh Sinha, an experienced instructor and Palo Alto resident, these outdoors yoga and meditation classes at Mitchell Park will provide an opportunity for friends and families to enhance their well-being, relax and meet new people. Tuesdays, Aug. 18-Sept. 15, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Mitchell Park Bowl, 600 E. Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Kiwanis Club meetings
The Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park meets weekly to work on projects to improve lives and provide community service. Weekly speakers include Stanford University alumni and faculty, community leaders and local business owners. Guests are welcome. Tuesdays, year-round, noon-1:15 p.m. Free for guests. Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.

Teen Activities

Teen Library Advisory Board applications
Palo Alto Library is currently recruiting teens for its Teen Library Advisory Board (T-LAB). The opportunity allows students in grades 8 to 12 to help the library with its Teen Zone, generate programming ideas, offer book suggestions and more, as well as earn community service hours. Applications are due by Sept. 15. Aug. 1-Sept. 15. Free. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Auditions

ECYS Preparatory Orchestra Auditions
The El Camino Youth Symphony orchestra program is now accepting audition applications for its preparatory orchestras. Young string and wind players with at least one year of private lessons are encouraged to sign up online. Appointments will be held in early September. Aug. 10-Sept. 18.

Art Galleries

'Dichotomy'
Gallery House will next be home to an exhibit of mixed-media and watercolor paintings by artists Nance Wheeler and Patricia Nojima, entitled "Dichotomy: Abstracted Science and Lyrical Landscapes." On Aug. 28, 6-8 p.m., there will be a reception with the artists. Aug. 25-Sept. 19, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

On Stage

'The Country House'
In a Northern California premiere, TheatreWorks will stage a production of "The Country House," a recent Broadway hit by Donald Margulies about a stage and film star who brings her show-biz family to the Berkshires for a summer stock season. There will be no show on Sept. 15; see website for specific times. Tuesday-Sunday, Aug. 26-Sept. 20, 2, 7 or 8:30 p.m. $19-$74. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

Exhibits

'On You: A Story of Wearable Computing'
The Computer History Museum is hosting 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.

Family and Kids

International Storytime
This weekly event at Blossom Birth Services for babies (pre-crawlers only) will expose them to international languages through stories read aloud. The event is also allows attendees to meet other families. Tuesdays, July 14-Sept. 26, 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. $5 nonmember; free for members. Blossom Birth Services, 299 S. California Ave., Suite 120, Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

'Favorite Places and New Beginnings'
In the show "Favorite Places and New Beginnings," Nancy Wulff will share new watercolor paintings that provide impressions of the beauty and essence of their subjects. On Sept. 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m., there will be a reception with the artist. Sept. 1-Sept. 27, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

Exhibits

'Metaphors and Memories'
The Community School of Music and Arts' Mohr Gallery has on display an exhibition of collage and sculpture by Lisa Ramirez and Marianne Lettieri called "Metaphors and Memories." Aug. 14-Sept. 27, 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 Kids

Toddler Storytime in Portola Valley
These weekly Portola Valley Library events for toddlers 18 to 36 months old will offer songs, stories and movement activities that encourage children to listen and read. Age-appropriate toys will be available at the end of each session. A special activity will follow the story time on the third Tuesday of the month. Tuesdays, Sept. 1-29, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Art Galleries

'Impressions' by Jared Sines
The Portola Art Gallery will present a selection of Jared Sines' oil paintings of places and still lifes, "Impressions." Some of the artist's favorite subjects are pictured, including the fountains and flowers of the Allied Arts Guild and the waterways of Venice. Monday-Saturday, Sept. 1-30, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
 

Exhibits

'Rough Around the Edges'
The exhibit "Rough Around the Edges: Inspirations in Paper" presents the work of Ronni Jolles, who uses layered paper, acrylic paint and sealants to create dimensional painting-like pieces. See website for daily schedule. Aug. 26-Dec. 7. Free. Goldman Sports & Wellness Complex and Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

Lectures & Talks

Your Infinite World program
Little House Activity Center will offer the Your Infinite World program, which features videos from the Great Courses series in which scholars dig into a number of fascinating topics. The first series will be "Great American Music: Broadway Musicals," led by Professor Bill Messenger of the Peabody Institute. Aug. 25-Dec. 29, 1-3 p.m. $5 one class. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Religion/Spirituality

Insight 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.
 

Clubs/Meetings

SRI Organon Toastmasters
The SRI Organon Toastmasters club focuses on improving leadership and communication skills. Club membership is diverse, and guests are welcome. Tuesdays, year-round, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. SRI International, Building G, Laurel Street, Menlo Park.