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Lectures & Talks

Author Judy Melinek on 'Working Stiff'
Judy Melinek, forensic pathologist and associate clinical professor at U.C. San Francisco Medical Center, will share her memoir, "Working Stiff," which takes readers behind the police tape of 9/11 and exposes the truth of autopsy work. Oct. 1, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.

Seniors

Senior Scam Stopper semniar with Rich Gordon
Assemblyman Rich Gordon, in conjunction with the Contractors State License Board, will offer a free seminar for seniors on how to protect against scams and fraud. Oct. 1, 2-4 p.m. Free. Unity Palo Alto, 3391 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Lectures & Talks

'Ebola and Global Health and Security'
Dr. Paul H. Wise from Stanford University will give a free public lecture called "Ebola and Global Health and Security." Refreshments will be available at 7 p.m., and the talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by World Affairs Council - Peninsula and Los Altos Public Library. Oct. 1, 7-9 p.m. Free. Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

Exhibits

'Night, Smoke and Shadows'
This exhibition, named "Night, Smoke and Shadows: The Presence of Atmosphere in the 19th Century," includes prints, drawings and photographs by artists such as James McNeill Whistler, Max Klinger, Felicien Rops and Alvin Langdon Coburn. Wednesday-Sunday, May 14-Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. (after September 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Seniors

La Comida Senior Lunch Program
Nonprofit La Comida welcomes seniors age 60 and older and their guests to enjoy an appetizing and nutritious three-course lunch, along with camaraderie, music and activities. Lunch is served weekdays at three Palo Alto locations. Visit the website or call for the other venues and more info. Monday-Friday, year-round, 11:15-12:15 p.m. $3 voluntary contribution for adults 60 and over; $8 charge for those under 60. La Comida Main Dining Room, Avenidas Center, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
 

Volunteers

La Comida volunteer opportunities
The La Comida Senior Lunch Program has various volunteer opportunities available, including helping to welcome and serve seniors, translate, assist with special programs and do community outreach. Monday-Friday, year-round, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. La Comida Main Dining Room, Avenidas Center, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Artists Observe Nature'
This exhibition features about 18 prints and drawings that focus on the post-17th century impulse to study nature. Wednesday-Monday, May 14-Oct. 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Classes/Workshops

Adult Video Production course
This four-week course will offer hands-on, practical experience in video production, including working with cameras, a teleprompter, audio equipment, a switcher and character graphics. Wednesdays, Oct. 1-22, 6:30 p.m. $99. KMVT 15 Community Television, 1400 Terra Bella Ave., Suite M, Mountain View.
 

Clubs/Meetings

ESL Conversation Club - Menlo Park
Each week this club will give community members an opportunity to practice their English conversation skills in a welcoming environment. Wednesdays, through January, 5-6 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.
 

Family and Kids

Redwood NJB registration
The Redwood chapter of National Junior Basketball is now registering children in first to eighth grade in Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside and East Palo Alto for the winter basketball season (November to February). The program focuses on teaching skills, personal growth and fostering positive competition. Sept. 23-Oct. 10. See website for pricing. Various locations in Menlo Park, Redwood City and other cities, , .

Family and Kids

Plein-air sessions for kids
This autumn Art School of San Francisco Bay will hold three Saturday art sessions for children ages 8 to 13 in Palo Alto parks, each dedicated to a different material: pastels (Sept. 20), acrylics (Sept. 27) and watercolor (Oct. 11). Visit the website for info and to register. Saturdays, Sept. 20 and 27 and Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $40 half day; $80 full day. Foothills Park or Baylands Nature Preserve, , Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Choice'
Gallery House will mount a new exhibit called "Choice," composed of watercolors by Uma Kelkar and oil paintings by Krishna Kopell. A public reception for the artists will be held on Sept. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Sept. 23-Oct. 18, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

Exhibits

Pop Art from SFMOMA
To celebrate its new neighbor, the Anderson Collection, the Cantor Arts Center will have on display an exhibit of 10 pop art works that were originally part of the Andersons' donation to SFMOMA. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 13-Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
 

Classes/Workshops

OverDrive eBooks/eAudiobooks help
Community members can make appointments to speak with staff of the Portola Valley Library one-on-one for assistance in accessing the library's free online books. Contact the library to sign up. Wednesdays, Oct. 1-29, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Art Galleries

Marsha Heimbeckerís 'Anniversary Collection'
The Portola Art Gallery will have on display in October an exhibit of bold oil paintings by San Mateo artist Marsha Heimbecker called "The Anniversary Collection." Oct. 1-31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.

Exhibits

Metal and wire artists show
Artists Linda Tapscott of Portola Valley and Tom DeHoog of Woodside will team up for an exhibit of their artwork made from non-traditional materials. An opening reception will be held on Oct. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 1-31, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Woodside Priory School, Kriewall-Haehl Gallery, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

Art Galleries

'Explorations in Color'
An exhibit composed of mixed-media watercolor paintings by Rosemarie Gorman will be on display at Gallery 9. A reception with the artist will be held on Friday, Oct. 3, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30-Nov. 1, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

Art Galleries

'Pomegranate Art' by Linda Tapscott
The Oshman Family JCC will have on display pomegranate wire mesh sculptures by Linda Tapscott in the Goldman Sport & Wellness Complex. Aug. 26-Nov. 15, complex hours. Free. Goldman Sport & Wellness Complex, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

'Bay Area and Beyond' by Denise Natanson-Marcus
Garden Fresh restaurant will have on display an exhibit of oil paintings on canvas by local artist Denise Natanson-Marcus, whose work depicting natural scenes is influenced by contemporary realism and Impressionism. Sept. 30-Nov. 25, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Sympathy for the Devil'
As Jackson Pollock's painting "Lucifer" comes to Stanford's Anderson Collection, this exhibit will explore the visual history of the devil and his realm from the 16th to the 20th century. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 20-Nov. 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'I'll Show You Mine'
The Palo Alto Art Center will have on display an exhibit called "I'll Show You Mine: Contemporary Artists Explore Family Portraiture," made up of pieces in a variety of mediums by 12 contemporary audiences. Sept. 27-Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Within and Without: Transformations in Chinese Landscapes'
Fifteen works of Chinese landscape will be on display. Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 19-Dec. 14., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Health

Yoga with Mike
Michael Kintz will offer weekly yoga classes designed to provide relaxation through meditation and movement. All ages and levels welcome. See website for specific times and locations. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 8-Dec. 15, 5:15 or 5:30 p.m. $161. Lucie Stern Community Center or Little House Activity Center, , Palo Alto and Menlo Park.

Family and Kids

Toddler Art Classes
Art School of San Francisco Bay will hold art classes for toddlers ages 2 to 4 years old, with three session times available. See the website for more info. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Sept. 9-Dec. 16. $70/month; free trial available. Accent Arts Store, Second Floor, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Health

Right On Fitness course
This Chez Fit fitness class will use weights, tubing, balls and more to build muscle, reduce body fat and improve posture and flexibility. Students should bring an exercise mat. Wednesdays, Oct. 1-Dec. 17, 10-11 a.m. $180 for 12 sessions. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

Classes/Workshops

For the Love of Dance classes
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 website to learn about specific offerings. March through December. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Robert Frank in America'
This exhibition of 130 photographs sheds light on the making of photographer Robert Frank's book, "The Americans." His images document subjects including Hollywood and the Ford Motor plant in Detroit, while probing social issues like politics, race and the post-war culture. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 10-Jan. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Well Pressed'
The Cantor Arts Center will have on display an exhibit called "Well Pressed: Highlights from the Marmor Collection." The exhibit is made up of 13 pieces, many prints, by artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Richard Serra and Frank Stella. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 13-Feb. 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Family and Kids

Art School of San Francisco Bay classes
The Art School of San Francisco Bay offers art classes for a variety of ages and abilities, beginning at age 2 and continuing up until advanced classes for teens. Visit the website for schedule, prices and registration. Sept. 3-May 29. Free trials available; prices vary. Accent Arts Store, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

'Drama of Heaven and Earth'
The Cantor Arts Center will arrange an exhibit called "Drama of Heaven and Earth: The Theatrical Traditions of Japan," which tells the history of the Japanese dramatic art of Noh through masks, ceramics, prints and other visual materials. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 17-June 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, 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-Oct. 26, 2015, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Art Galleries

'From the Ground Up'
Artists Martha Castillo and Trevlyn Williams will have new works on display at Gallery House, which are inspired by the colors, textures and light of California's natural landscapes. A reception will be held on July 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. July 1-26, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.