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Community EventsCommunity Day at Gamble Garden
Gamble Garden's annual Community Day will be filled with children's activities, a plant sale, horticultural resources, displays, garden demonstrations, food, entertainment and digging for worms. All are welcome. Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks"MINDSET' with Carol Dweck
Carol Dweck, Ph.D., will visit the Oshman Family JCC to discuss whether praise can harm children and other topics in talk entitled "MINDSET: Helping Children (and Adults) Fulfill their Potential." Oct. 4, 5 p.m. $10-$17. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Religion/SpiritualityReiki 1 Energy Healing Class
This one-day class will teach the natural healing art of Reiki, which aims to produce feelings of relaxation, peace and harmony. Participants will be able to practice with themselves and classmates. Oct. 4, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $200 (includes manual and certificate). Los Altos Reiki Center, 745 Distel Drive, Suite 121, Los Altos.
ConcertsFortnightly Music Club concert
The Fortnight Music Club will present its opening concert of the 2015-16 season. The free public program will be followed by refreshments and an opportunity to meet the performing artists. Oct. 4, 7 p.m. Free. Lucie Stern Community Center - Ballroom, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Religion/SpiritualityCompline: Christ Church Portola Valley
On select Sundays, Stanford and local choral ensembles will sing a reflective 30-minute service of hymns, anthems and chant in the candlelit setting of Memorial Church. This evening's choir will be Christ Church Portola Valley. All are welcome. Oct. 4, 9-9:30 p.m. Free. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
Community EventsBike Palo Alto!
At the sixth annual Bike Palo Alto!, a free family-friendly event, community members will explore Palo Alto's network of bike routes. Treats and activities will be offered along the routes. Those attending should bring a bike and helmet. Oct. 4, 1-4 p.m. Free. El Carmelo School, 3024 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
Religion/SpiritualityBlessing of the Animals
Local animal lovers are invited to join Ladera Community Church in its "Blessing of the Animals," in which congregation members honor the animals their lives. Attendees can bring a family pet or a favorite stuffed animal to the short service. Oct. 4, 3-4 p.m. Free. Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Richard Dawkins on 'Brief Candle in the Dark'
Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins will join community members in toasting with mimosas the release of his book, "Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science," in which he remembers an intellectual life spent starting new conversations about science, culture and religion. Oct. 4, 9:30 a.m. $20 general. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Benefits/FundraisersCROP Hunger Walk
CROP Hunger Walk, an annual event to raise funds for sustainable food and water supplies for vulnerable communities locally and around the globe, will welcome community members to walk or run 1-, 3 or 5-mile routes. There will also be games, education, food and music. Registration will start at 1 p.m. Oct. 4, 1-5 p.m. Free. Burgess Park, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
Benefits/FundraisersCROP Hunger Walk 2015
CROP Hunger Walk, an annual event to raise funds for sustainable food and water supplies for vulnerable communities locally and around the globe, will welcome community members to walk or run 1-, 3 or 5-mile routes. Registration will start at 1 p.m. Oct. 4, 2 p.m. Free admission. Burgess Park, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
Food and DrinkMountain View Oktoberfest
Steins Beer Garden, Tied House and the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce will present the third annual Mountain View Oktoberfest, an all-ages celebration with traditional German beer and food, as well as music by the Alpiners USA, SF German Band and Big Lou's Accordion Princess. Oct. 3 and 4, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free admission; see website for drink prices. Downtown Mountain View, parking lot at Dana and Bryant streets, Mountain View.
SportsWoodside International Horse Trials
The Woodside International Horse Trials will draw riders and horses from around the world to compete in a variety of events. Admission includes parking and a show program. Visit the website for more info. Oct. 2-4, 8:15 a.m.-6:15 p.m. $10 general. The Event at Woodside, 3674 Sand Hill Road, Woodside.
Community EventsMenlo Park Sidewalk Arts and Crafts Fall Fest
Taking place along Santa Cruz Avenue off El Camino Real, the Sidewalk Arts and Crafts Fall Fest, a three-day festival open to the public, will offer an array of original works by over 50 artists and craft makers, including paintings, jewelry, photography, unique wood items, clothing and more. Oct. 2 and 3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Menlo Park, Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park.
On Stage'Shrek Jr.'
Palo Alto High School Theatre will stage a production of "Shrek Jr.," a musical full of wit, romance and the lesson that all creatures are worthy of love. Performances are appropriate for ages 5 and up. Oct. 2, 7 p.m.; Oct. 4, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $5 student, child; $10 adult. Palo Alto High School, Haymarket Theatre, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
ExhibitsGreat Glass Pumpkin Patch
To mark its 20th anniversary, the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch will bring together an expanded range of pumpkins and autumnal fruits and vegetables, glass-blowing demonstrations, and a special exhibition of pumpkins and glass artwork by Patch artists. Sept. 29 and 30, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Oct. 1-4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
On Stage'The Walls of Jericho'
Pear Theatre will introduce its new space with a production of "The Walls of Jericho," a romantic comedy about the travels of a mismatched young pair. The play by Diane Tasca is based on the short story "Night Bus," the inspiration for the classic film "It Happened One Night." Sept. 17-Oct. 4, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $30 general; $25 senior, student. Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St., 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, through Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Art GalleriesGallery House: 'Collective'
Gallery House will present a new exhibit celebrating its newest member artists called "Collective. On Sept. 25, 6-8 p.m., there will be a reception. Sept. 22-Oct. 17, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
DanceSquare dancing introductory nights
Stanford Quads will hold three introductory classes on square dancing for families, couples or singes, ages 9 to 99. Visit the website for more info. Wednesdays, Oct. 4, 11 and 18, 7-9 p.m. Free. Fairmeadow Elementary School, 500 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto.
Dragon Productions will next bring to the stage Liz Duffy Adams' "Or," a fictional spin on the true story of Aphra Behn, a spy of England's Restoration era and a trailblazing female playwright. Oct. 2-25, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $35 general; $27 senior, student. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Exhibits'Seasons of Filoli'
This exhibit is comprised of work in different media by 41 artists that captures how the features and colors of Filoli's grounds and gardens change throughout the year. Sept. 1-Oct. 25, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. See website for admission prices. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.
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.
Exhibits'Another Look at the Permanent Collection'
This new exhibit at the Anderson Collection refreshes the inaugural installation at the museum, sharing a wider variety of modern and contemporary pieces donated by the Anderson family. Wednesday-Monday, ongoing, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
ExhibitsStanford Art Spaces: 'Cybersphere' and 'Natural Histories'
Stanford Art Spaces is offering two shows sharing the work of Bay Area artists: the assemblages of Joy Broom in "Cybersphere" and 2D and 3D computer art by Corinne Whitaker in "Natural Histories." Visit the website for venue information. Sept. 21-Nov. 13, regular building hours. Free. Paul G. Allen Building, David W. Packard Electrical Engineering Building and Psychology Department, Stanford.
Exhibits'Astley D. M. Cooper and Mrs. Stanford's Jewels'
The Cantor Arts Center has on display an exhibit entitled "Astley D. M. Cooper and Mrs. Stanford's Jewels," which explores the life and work of the wild Bay Area painter. Cooper, who lived from 1856 to 1924, was known for using a faux Egyptian temple as a studio and paying off debts accrued at bars with paintings. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 5-Nov. 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'ONE TREE' photography exhibit
The Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter currently has on display a photography exhibit by Nancy Mueller and her granddaughter Tinsley Rollins called "ONE TREE," which presents a study of eucalyptus in the Palo Alto Baylands. On Sept. 19, 1-3 p.m., there will be a free public reception with the artists, with hor d'oeuvres and drinks. Aug. 30-Nov. 30, Monday, Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter , 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
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.
The new fall exhibition at the Palo Alto Art Center, called Front Yard/Backstreet," will encourage visitors to reconsider their relationships with the places they live, work and play. Themes will include mapping, sustainability, landscape and population. Sept. 19-Dec. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
Religion/SpiritualityUniversity Public Worship at Stanford
Stanford University's Memorial Church, historically a center of spiritual and ceremonial life at the school, offers weekly services that are open to the public. Sundays, Sept. 6-Dec. 27, 10-11 a.m. Free. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
SportsPalo 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.
SportsRinconada Masters Swim Club
This Palo Alto-based group welcomes adults over 21 who want to make swimming a part of their healthy lifestyle. The flexible schedule includes 12 workouts per week, as well as optional social events, local swim meets and opportunities for stroke advice from experienced coaches. A Swim4Fitness program for learners is also offered. See website for more info. Sept. 1-Dec. 31. $80 per month. Rinconada Park, 777 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Composed of 15 drawings by Italian printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi, the Cantor Arts Center exhibit "Piranesi's Paestem: Master Drawings Uncovered" features the artist's largest body of work focused on a single location. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 19-Jan. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
This Cantor Art Center exhibit explores the idea and practice of empathy in art ranging from Christian paintings to photography from the Civil Rights era. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 12-Jan. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
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.
Exhibits'Artists at Work'
This major exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center seeks to demystify the artistic process through a selection of 70 works from the museum's collection, including pieces by Edouard Manet, J. M. W. Turner, Thomas Hart Benton and Richard Serra. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 9-Jan. 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, 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. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 9-Feb. 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 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. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 9-Feb. 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Warriors, Courtiers, and Saints'
The Cantor Art 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 til 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.
Religion/SpiritualityJ.Studio at Congregation Kol Emeth
This new Jewish education program for children in kindergarten through third grade will offer four sessions throughout the 2015-16 school year. At the weekly meetings, students will explore themes through art, music, games, storytelling and a family Havdalah. See website for specific dates and pricing. Sundays, Sept. 20-May 15. Congregation Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto.
Family and KidsPlayhouse Series: 'Snow White'
As part of its Playhouse Series, offering plays specifically for ages 2 to 6, the Palo Alto Children's Theatre will offer 3 performances of "Snow White." Local high school performers will create an interactive experience on the Magic Castle stage. Sept. 19 and 20, 10-10:45 a.m. $10 child; $12 adult. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Art GalleriesPaintings by Naomi Mindelzun
Gallery 9 Los Altos will have on display selected works by Palo Alto artist Naomi Mindelzun. Her pieces use a variety of surfaces and materials to capture organic structures that inspire her. On Oct. 3, 5-8 p.m., there will be a reception with the artist. Sept. 29-Oct. 31, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.