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Environment

Used motor oil filter exchange
At this event at AutoZone in Redwood City, community members can bring used motor oil and oil filters for recycling, as well as receive a new filter for free. San Mateo County Environmental Health staff will be on hand to provide information about auto product recycling, and Radio KBRG will broadcast live. May 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. AutoZone, 901 El Camino Real, Redwood City.

Classes/Workshops

Bird drawing and sketching workshop
Local artist Kathy Leinsteiber will share drawing techniques and tips as students observe and sketch birds and nature at the Palo Alto Baylands. Participants should bring a sketch pad, pencils and erasers. May 30, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
 

Lectures & Talks

Author Mary Pipher on 'The Green Boat'
Mary Pipher, Nebraska resident, psychologist and author of "Reviving Ophelia," will share her latest book "The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture." The warm and humorous work tells of her despair when examining the growing evidence for climate change and how she overcame her depression and fears. May 30, 7:30-9 p.m. $10 donation. Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto.

Family and Kids

Author Jessica Shyba on 'Naptime with Theo and Beau'
Jessica Shyba -- a photographer, mother and Momma's Gone City blogger -- will visit Linden Tree Books to share her book "Naptime with Theo and Beau," which features images of her toddler son and puppy. Attendees are encouraged to bring a favorite stuffed animal to this event, which is best suited for children up to age 5. May 30, 1-2 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Concerts

New Millennium Chamber Orchestra concert
Directed by James Richard Frieman, the New Millennium Chamber Orchestra will offer a program called "Festival of Spanish Masterpieces," which celebrates the works of Isaac Albeniz, Manuel de Falla and Joaquin Turina. Classical guitarist Paul Psarras will also perform Joaquin Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez." May 30, 3-5 p.m. $10-$25. First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto .
 

Health

Aging: What's New? conference
This conference on aging-related issues will provide information on healthy aging, planning, simplifying, dementia, supporting aging relatives and palliative care. May 30, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Woodside Road United Methodist Church, 2000 Woodside Road, Redwood City.

Health

Warriors-themed Uforia class
Uforia Studios will host a Golden State Warriors-themed strength and conditioning class. Visit the website for more info and to register. May 30, 9 p.m. $23. Uforia Studios, 819 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
 

Classes/Workshops

Keeble & Shuchat 50th anniversary
Keeble & Shuchat Photography will celebrate its 50th year in business with a number of special offers and events, including 35 photo classes and workshops. Visit the website for more info. On May 30, there will also be a classic car show. May 28-30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Keeble & Shuchat Photography, 290 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Classes/Workshops

Replace your Front Lawn workshop
Kim Raftery will lead a workshop discussing how to replace a front lawn with flowering and edible plants that are attractive and drought-tolerant and provide seasonal interest. May 30, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $25 member; $35 nonmembers. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
 

Lectures & Talks

Holy Cross Cemetery tour
Local historian Michael Svanevik will lead a tour of the Holy Cross Cemetery on Santa Cruz Avenue and discuss the many significant Menlo Park figures buried there. Time will be provided for questions and answers. May 30, 3:30-5 p.m. $10. Menlo Park Historical Association, Lower Level Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.
 

Food and Drink

Cask Conditioning 101
Local award-winning pub Freewheel Brewing Co. will come to the Atherton Library to discuss cask-conditioned, English-style beer, as well as how to properly pour a pint. May 30, 2-3 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

Concerts

Alexander Stroud in concert
In this performance, Alexander Stroud will be joined by fellow members of the 24 Strings classical guitar quartet -- Aswhin Krishna, Chase Onodera and Nicholas Padmanabhan -- as well as cellist Noah Doeden. They will play works written by Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Sor, Albeniz, Lennon and McCartney, York and others. May 30, 2-3 p.m. Free. Mountain View High School, Spartan Theatre, 3535 Truman Ave., Mountain View.
 

Environment

Old Mountain View Tree Walk
This tree walk led by Katherine Naegele, co-chair of Mountain View Trees and an ISA certified arborist, will lead a walk through the Old Mountain View neighborhood, where there are a variety of mature trees and species. Children accompanied by an adult are welcome, and refreshments will be provided. May 30, 10-11:30 a.m. Free (donations appreciated). Mercy-Bush Park, Bush and Mercy streets, Mountain View.
 

Community Events

Arts & Music Festival
The fourth annual youth-run Arts & Music Festival will provide family-friendly opportunities to explore East Palo Alto's rich art and music culture. There will be activities, workshops, musical performances, a contest and more. May 30, Free. Bell Street Park, 550 Bell St., East Palo Alto.
 

Community Events

Garage sale
This garage sale at a private home will offer many gently used clothes, books, household items and more. May 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Prices vary. Private residence, 1036 Leonello Ave., Los Altos.

Dance

'Year of the Ram: L-O-V-E'
The Foothill College Dance Program will present its annual spring show, this year entitled "Year of the Ram: L-O-V-E." Directed by Bubba Gong, the show will include the premieres of six new works. Tickets can be purchased at the box office. May 29 and 30, 7-9 p.m. $25 general; $20 student with ID, senior; $15 child under age 12; $3 parking. Foothill College, Smithwick Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

On Stage

'Evita, the Musical'
Stanford TAPS will stage a production of "Evita, the Musical," a Tony Award-winning musical that dramatizes the true story of Argentine First Lady Eva Peron and her rapid ascent from poverty to fame and power. May 28-30, 8-10 p.m. $5-$15. Memorial Auditorium, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Stanford Blood Center's Grateful Life Tour
Between May 22 and 30, community members who donate blood at the Stanford Blood Center will receive a collectible 2015 Grateful Life Tour T-shirt. Those interested should call or visit the website to make an appointment. May 22-30, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Stanford Blood Center, Menlo Park, 445 Burgess Drive, Suite 100, Menlo Park.

Art Galleries

'Silicon Valley Open Studios'
The exhibition "Silicon Valley Open Studios" will share the paintings and photography of Sydell Lewis, Dan McLean, Patricia Nojima, Joyce Savre and Nance Wheeler. Wednesday-Sunday, April 29-May 30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Light of the Landscape'
The Portola Art Gallery hosts "Light of the Landscape," an exhibit of watercolor paintings by Steve Curl -- a Palo Alto watercolor artist and teacher and Palo Alto Daily News editorial cartoonist. Monday-Saturday, May 1-30, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
 

Art Galleries

'Cuban Icons, Cuban Lives'
Gallery 9 will offer an exhibit of photographs by Bill Scull called "Cuban Icons, Cuban Lives," which captures the rich daily lives of Cubans and their compassion, resilience, pride and style. April 28-May 30, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9 Los Altos, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
 

Art Galleries

'Barnyard Friends'
Viewpoints Gallery is showcasing a new group of oil paintings by Julia Munger Seelos entitled "Barnyard Friends." April 28-May 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday only until 3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.
 

On Stage

Gounod's 'Faust'
West Bay Opera will put on a production of Charles Gounod's retelling of "Faust," the classic story of a man who sells his soul to the Devil for his rejuvenation. The performances will include period costumes, video-enhanced sets, a chorus and orchestra. May 22 and 30, 8 p.m.; May 24 and 31, 2 p.m. $40-$75. Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

Connect Community Charter School art show
For the month of May, Cafe Zoe has on display the work of 103 young artists from Connect Community Charter School. May 8-31, cafe hours. Free. Cafe Zoe, 2074 Broadway St., Redwood City.

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.
 

Classes/Workshops

Edible Garden Series: From Design to Harvest
Drew Harwell, manager of Jesse Cool's Seeds of Change Garden, will teach a class over five Saturdays covering garden design and planning, composting, soil testing and preparation, seed propagation and transplanting, and watering, among other topics. Saturdays, March 7 and 28, April 18, May 9, June 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $325. Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
 

Classes/Workshops

Foothill College summer registration
This summer Foothill College will offer two six-week summer sessions from June 8 to July 18 and June 29 to Aug. 9, each featuring online and on-campus general education courses. Registration will run from May 7 to June 7. Visit the website for more information. May 7-June 7. $31 per unit. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

Exhibits

Filoli Botanical Art Exhibit
Filoli has on display its 17th annual Botanical Art Exhibit, which contains visual depictions of many plant species. March 24-June 7, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $20 adult; $17 senior (age 65 plus); $10 student; free for ages 4 and under, and Filoli members. Filoli, Visitor and Education Center, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Dreams Happen Gala and Playhouse Auction
Stanford Shopping Center and Rebuilding Together Peninsula will collaborate for their 12th year of Dreams Happen, a biennial fundraising event featuring 12 custom-made, life-sized children's playhouses. The gala will include an auction of the playhouses, a dinner and dancing. From May 2 to June 12, the playhouses will be on display. June 6, 6:30-10 p.m. $115 after May 15. Stanford Shopping Center, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto.

On Stage

'Angels in America'
Foothill College Theatre Arts will perform the two-part play "Angels in America" by Tony Kushner. Directed by Bruce McLeod, the production will include a full staging of the first part, "Millennium Approaches," and a dramatic reading of the second part, "Perestroika." The material may not be appropriate for those under age 16. See the website for more info and the full schedule and times. May 28-31, June 4-7 and 10-14. $20 general; $15 student, senior, Foothill employee; $10 OwlCard holder. Foothill College, Lohman Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

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.
 

Classes/Workshops

Adult school summer classes registration
Registration for summer classes at the Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School began on Friday, May 15. The summer session will run from June 15 to July 31. Those interested should call or visit the website for more info. May 15-June 19. Prices vary. Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.

On Stage

'The Columnist'
Dragon Productions will offer up performances of "The Columnist," a new play by David Auburn about the powerful American political commentator, Joseph Alsop. May 28-June 21, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $10-$35. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.

On Stage

'Urinetown: The Musical'
The Los Altos Stage Company will offer a production of "Urinetown: The Musical," a satirical play by Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis set in a fictional, drought-plagued future where citizens protest the government's ban on private toilets. See the website for specific dates. May 28-June 27, Wednesday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. $18-$36. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

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.

Community Events

Sew Sew Saturday
The Mountain View Public Library invites community members to come by on Saturday mornings to use its four Baby Lock (Grace model) sewing machines and one serger. Appointments are required. Saturdays, April 4-July 4, 10:15 a.m.-noon. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

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.
 

Health

Jazzercise classes
Jazzercise classes in Menlo Park offer a high-energy dance-focused fitness program designed to be both fun and burn calories. Monday-Thursday and Saturday, year-round, see website for specific times. $16 class; $52/$57 per month; $130 10-class pass. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., and the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.

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.
 

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. May 30-Aug. 28, Free. Environmental Volunteers, Art Gallery, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo 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, Aug. 20-Sept. 28, 2015, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Reflect + Create'
The Los Altos History Museum has a new exhibit called "Reflect + Create: Where Art and History Intersect," looking at how artists, makers and creators from the community have taken inspiration from items in the museum's collection. Thursday-Sunday, May 7-Sept. 30, noon-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

Health

Feldenkrais classes
Deborah Dutton, a certified Feldenkrais practitioner, leads weekly classes that seek to alleviate tension, aches and pains while improving body mechanics and posture. Movements are done lying on the floor. Participants should bring a mat or towel. Wednesdays, May 6-Dec. 16, 11 a.m.-noon. Series prices vary; $20 drop-in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Dance

Social ballroom dancing
Friday Night Dancers organizes ballroom dancing events each Friday and Saturday evening. Each event starts with a lesson, which is followed by general dancing. No experience or partner is necessary; dressy casual attire is preferred. Cover charge includes refreshments. Friday and Saturday, year-round, 8-11:45 p.m. $9. Cubberley Community Center Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield 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.