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Special EventsKepler's Book Swap
Kepler's is hosting a book swap event with food and wine. Bring a book to share. March 7, 6:30-9 p.m. $25. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Art GalleriesOpening Reception
“The Art in Food: Farm, Table, Community” is a juried exhibition (March 7-27) in collaboration with the San Jose Museum of Art and more than 50 partners across the Bay Area to organize an extensive community presentation of food, creativity and community from San Francisco to Watsonville. March 7, 5:30-8 p.m. Free. The Pacific Art League of Palo Alto, 227 Forest Ave., Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Free First Friday' at County History Museum
At the March "Free First Friday" at the museum, preschool children can learn about Irish folklore, create “pots o’ gold” out of construction paper to take home and hear the story, "Lucky Leprechaun." At 2 p.m., museum docents will lead tours of the museum for adults. March 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Classes/WorkshopsCreate a Container Garden with Sarah Easley
Sarah Easley will give a demonstration and talk about the elements of design she uses to create eye-catching container gardens. Then students will create their own designs using materials provided. March 7, 9 a.m.- noon. $45 member; $55 non-member. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
Live MusicMountain View Plaza Palooza
The City of Mountain View is hosting a series of events on the downtown Mountain View Civic Center Plaza. Local musicians and entertainers will perform; food and drink will be served. Event is held rain or shine. March 7, noon-1:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Civic Center Plaza, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
VolunteersCoffee for Volunteers
Anyone interested in volunteering at the Los Altos History Museum can come by for coffee and learn what the museum is all about. March 7, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Benefits/FundraisersSheryl Sandberg at GMS Scholarship Breakfast
The Girls' Middle School Annual Scholarship Breakfast will feature keynote speaker Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook and author of "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead." March 7, 7:45-9:30 a.m. $125 ($85 of each ticket is tax-deductible). Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
This lecture will provide tools that can be used immediately to build a connection with a child with autism. March 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Unity Palo Alto, 3391 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto.
Live MusicStanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble
Long-time Santana percussionist Karl Perazzo performs as a special guest artist with the Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble. He will be performing several classic and modern salsa pieces specifically prepared for this concert. March 7, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $15 general; $10 seniors and students. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.
On Stage'Seussical the Musical' at Menlo-Atherton High
Menlo-Atherton High School will be performing “Seussical the Musical,” based on Dr. Seuss books like the "Cat in the Hat." Feb. 28 and March 1, 6, 7 and 8, 7:30 p.m. $12 for adults; $8 for students/children/seniors. Menlo-Atherton High Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
On Stage'Pride and Prejudice' Play
Palo Alto High School presents Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," adapted for the stage by Jon Jory. Feb. 28-March 8, 7:30 p.m. $7 students and seniors; $10 adults. Haymarket Theatre, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Art GalleriesAnita Seipp Gallery Exhibition
Photos from the "March of the Living" by Raphael Shevelev and Holocaust Responses: Artwork by Lola Fraknoi and Ewa Gavrielov will be on display at Castilleja School's Anita Seipp Gallery. A closing reception for the artists will be held March 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. The exhibit is on display from Feb. 4-March 8, every day except Saturday and Sunday. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Castilleja School Anita Seipp Gllery, 1310 Bryant St., Palo Alto .
On Stage'Fiddler on the Roof' Musical
Priory Theater presents "Fiddler on the Roof," a journey to the village of Anatevka with brilliant characters, great songs and a celebration of tradition, love, sorrow, joy and family. March 6-8 at 7-9:30 p.m., March 9 at 2 p.m. $5 student; $15 adult. Woodside Priory School- Rothrock Performance Hall, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
On Stage'Little Shop of Horrors' Musical
Foothill Music Theatre and Foothill Theatre Arts present the rock musical comedy, "Little Shop of Horrors," in which a down-and-out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving. Feb. 20-March 9, Thursday-Sunday, 7:30 p.m. $13-28. Foothill College, Lohman Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Classes/WorkshopsSustainable Home Vegetable Gardening
Learn from UCCE Master Gardeners how to establish a successful and environmentally responsible food garden that provides vegetables and herbs every month of the year. Emphasis on sustainable gardening. Meets every Tuesday from Feb. 4 to March 11, 7-9 p.m. Register online at www.paadultschool.org or by calling 650-329-3752. $84. Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
ExhibitsMixed Media Exhibit
This mixed media exhibit shows artist Rona Foster's portrayal of landscapes and other nature-related subjects. Available to view during restaurant's open hours. Jan. 8-March 11, 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksOcean Cruising
Maureen Jones of All Horizons Travel will talk about two cruises: 11 days in the Mediterranean and 14 days in Australia and New Zealand. March 11, 7-8 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
On Stage'Catch Me If You Can' Musical
Mountain View High School presents "Catch Me If You Can", a musical based on the movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. A live pit orchestra will back the performers. March 6-8 and 13-15, 7-9 p.m. $15 general; $10 youth; $2 infant. Mountain View High School, 3535 Truman Ave., Mountain View.
Film'Flesh and Metal' on Film
A variety of films by or about artists featured in the Cantor Art Center exhibit "Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine in Early 20th-Century Art" will run continuously concurrent with the exhibition. Ongoing every day from Nov. until March 16. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Wed.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursdays until 8 p.m. Free. Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford .
Art Galleries'Flesh and Metal: Body and Machine in Early 20th-Century Art'
Artists in the first half of the 20th century involved in movements such as Constructivism, Purism and Precisionism found beauty in the machine aesthetic, while proponents of Dadaism and Surrealism embraced chance, accident and the unconscious as new paths to creativity. Nov. 13-March 16, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Family and KidsPreschoolers on the Farm at Hidden Villa
In this three-part series, kids age 3 to 5 and their parents/caregivers can bury their hands in sheep wool or throw corn to the chickens. March 21, 3-4 p.m. $65 adult and first child. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.
Art Galleries'Embracing Space' Paintings
Paintings by Kyoko Fischer and Sydell Lewis will be shown March 4 to 29. An artist's reception will be held Friday, March 7, 6 to 9 p.m. Artists talks will begin at 7:15 p.m. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
On Stage'Once on This Island'
TheatreWorks presents the Tony Award-nominated musical "Once on This Island." March 5-30, 2 p.m., 7:30 or 8 p.m. $19-$73. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Watercolor Travels' by Mark Garner
“Watercolor Travels – Near ... and Far” by Palo Alto artist Mark Garner, is on display at Gallery 9, featuring watercolor paintings based on adventures both nationally and internationally. An opening reception will be held Sunday, March 9, 3-6 p.m. March 4-30, Tues.-Sat., 11-5 p.m.; Sun., 12-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
Exhibits'Her Story': Prints by Elizabeth Murray
This show of 42 prints from Elizabeth Murray presents all of the artist’s editioned works created with Universal Limited Art Editions, a fine art print publisher established in 1957 by Tatyana Grosman. Wednesday through Sunday, Jan. 22-March 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Imagined Spaces and Paintings' by Ernest Regua
This exhibition will display artist Ernest Regua's abstract work at the museum from Feb. 7 until March 30, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts at Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Art Galleries'Asian Fusion' Collection
Linda Salter's exhibit features her recent exploration of Chinese art, with brush painting pieces mounted on scrolls as well as others framed in Western style. March 1-31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Art GalleriesMemorial Church Tour
Cantor Arts Center docents provide background on the architecture, carvings, mosaics and stained glass windows of Memorial Church and its restoration after the earthquakes of 1906 and 1989. Tours meet at the church entrance. No tours April 18 and Nov. 28. Every Friday at 2 p.m. Free. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
Exhibits'Pencils Down' Exhibit
This exhibition that explores the creative potential and artistic possibilities of graphite. Transcending the possibilities of the medium of drawings alone, the exhibition showcases new applications of graphite as a material of drawing, painting, sculpture and installation. Until April 13, Center hours. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
AuditionsEl Camino Youth Symphony Auditions
ECYS is holding new member auditions for the 2014-15 season. ECYS offers six different orchestras as well as opportunities in chamber music for musicians of all levels. Interested applicants, ages 6-18, with at least one year of private lessons are encouraged to apply. Auditions in March/April 2014. $25 audition fee. To be determined, To be determined, Palo Alto.
Art GalleriesJim Dine and Claes Oldenburg Exhibit
Jim Dine and Claes Oldenburg are two American artists who depict every day objects in various ways; 20 of their prints will be on display. Ongoing from Dec. 11 to April 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
ExhibitsAlan VanEss Exhibit
The work of local artist Alan VanEss is on display at the Atherton Library. VanEss's work features colorful perspectives of homes in the Atherton community, bringing together architecture and landscape. Through April, library hours. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Art Galleries'The Honest Landscape': Photographs by Peter Henry Emerson
Peter Henry Emerson began taking photographs in 1882 in England and soon became an outspoken advocate for fine art photography. This installation presents a selection of Emerson's platinum prints and photogravures featuring the English and Irish countryside. Will be on display Wednesday-Sunday from Nov. 27 until May 4, 2014. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Art Galleries'Royal Image: Portraits, Satires, and Life at Court'
The 16 prints and drawings featured in this installation demonstrate how artists depicted European royalty and courtly culture between the 15th and 18th centuries. Works on view include etchings by Romeyn de Hooghe, who created pointed political satires. Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 27-May 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Conversation Pieces' Exhibit
This exhibit contains four pairings of works on paper: human figures, botanical still lifes, nature studies and artists' portraits; it will be on display until May 11. Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
HealthJacki’s Aerobic Dancing Classes
These fitness classes include core work, strength training and aerobic routines. Jacki's also offers complimentary childcare; bring children and get the first month of classes for free. 9 a.m.-10 a.m. $4 per class. Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View.
Exhibits'The Circle of the Sun' Exhibit
This exhibit of manuscripts from Stanford's collections examines the secular aspects of medieval and early modern European culture: the liberal arts; the rise of professions in law, medicine and commerce; and the emergence of scholastic philosophy, history, vernacular literature, and renaissance humanism. Feb. 25- June 15, 12-6 p.m. Free. Peterson Gallery & Munger Rotunda, Green Library, Bing Wing, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford.
Family and KidsMarine Science Camp
The Marine Science Institute is hosting a camp that offers hands-on activities, live animals and educational field trips including a day aboard the Marine Science Institute research vessel. Week-long camps run from June 16–Aug. 15; each day starts at 10 a.m. Registration opens Feb. 1. Starting at $375. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City.
Exhibits'Within and Without: Transformations in Chinese Landscapes'
Fifteen works of Chinese landscape will be on display. Wednesday through Sunday, Feb. 19-Dec. 14., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
DanceSocial Ballroom Dancing
Social ballroom dancing takes place every Friday and Saturday throuhgout the year at Cubberley Pavilion, starting at 8 p.m. with a lesson followed by general dancing. Go to www.cubberleyballroom.com for lesson schedule. No experience or partner necessary. Cover includes refreshments. 8 p.m.-midnight. $9. Cubberley Community Center Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsClasses at For the Love of Dance
For the Love of Dance offers training in ballet, jazz, tap and other styles of dance. Serving Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Altos and Sunnyvale, it is a family-owned studio that teaches dance to children and adults at all levels of ability. Visit the website to learn about specific offerings. March through December. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.