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Classes/Workshops

Divorce Recovery Seminar
This Deborah's Palm seminar taught by area professionals will discuss the legal, financial and emotional aspects of divorce, as well as cover career transition, helping children cope and resources for starting anew. Registration is required. Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Deborah's Palm, 555 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto.

Family and Kids

PreSchool Family 31st Annual Fun Day
PreSchool Family and Young Fives will hosts its annual Family Fun Day, where there will be a raffle, train rides, carnival games, magic shows, live music, a bake sale, used book sale, food and more. Oct. 25, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. PreSchool Family Campus, 4120 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Family and Kids

Hello Kitty Reading Day
The first ever Hello Kitty Reading Day, an initiative from Sanrio and its publishing partners to celebrate reading and Hello Kitty's 40th anniversary, will include themed activities, giveaways, trivia and more for the whole family. Oct. 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Benefits/Fundraisers

Dog-O-Ween 2014
This Friends of the Palo Alto Animal Shelter fundraiser will include Halloween costume contest for dogs, with prizes awarded, as well as classic Halloween music and snacks available from the Chez Franc food truck and Rick's Ice Cream. The event is also sponsored by the City of Palo Alto. Oct. 25, 1-3 p.m. Free. Rinconada Park, The Bowl, 777 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
 

Classes/Workshops

Intermediate Photoshop Elements class
This course will lead participants in using Adobe Photoshop Elements to smooth wrinkles and blemishes, whiten teeth, change eye color, apply borders and filters, and more on photos. Contact the library to register as space is limited. Oct. 25, 10-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Special Events

Twirl-O-Ween Party & Show
This adults-only event by Poletential will boast a dance floor, DJ, treats, a bar, costume contest, fantasy photo booth and entertainment at 8 p.m. Oct. 25, 7-11 p.m. $35. Fox Forum, 2411 Broadway St., Redwood City.

Benefits/Fundraisers

Artistry Faire
The 10th annual Artistry Faire, a fundraising event for the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, will feature Asian-influenced handmade arts and crafts, including fiber arts, jewelry, home decor, pottery, glass, ornaments, candy, Japanese dolls, kimonos, holiday gifts and more. Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, 2751 Louis Road, Palo Alto .

Community Events

Spooky Times at Deer Hollow Farm
Deer Hollow Farm will welcome community members to this Halloween event, where they can explore haunted barns, participate in children's activities and crafts, and meet sheep, goats, chickens, rabbits, pigs and Luna the cow. Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $7 general; $5 with costume. Deer Hollow Farm, 22500 Cristo Rey Drive, Cupertino.
 

Community Events

Friends of Woodside Library Book Sale
Friends of Woodside Library will hold one of its twice annual book sales to benefit the library. Cookbooks, fiction, children's books and more will be available. Visitors can park across the street at Woodside School. Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.
 

Sports

Ghost Run 5K
The Ghost Run 5K at Nealon Park will include a race, costume contest, Catch the Ghost activity and a family festival. The fastest runners and best costumes will be awarded with a pair of shoes from Fleet Feet Menlo Park. All finishers will receive a Ghost Run shirt. Oct. 25, 9:30-11 a.m. $40 general; $25 child. Nealon Park, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Live Music

Kirk Abe Quintet
The Kirk Abe Quintet will perform an evening of jazz, spanning both bebop and contemporary styles and focusing on collective improvisation. Oct. 25, 8-10 p.m. Free. Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

Community Events

Hello Kitty Reading Day
Atherton Library will welcome families with children of all ages to this casual Hello Kitty event, where there will be Hello Kitty books and movies to check out and read. Hello Kitty activitiy packets will also be given out, while supplies last. Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

Community Events

Monster Bash
This Halloween event at Rengstoff Park will offer an outdoor movie, games, music and light refreshments. The movie will start at 6:30 p.m. Attendees should bring a low-back chair and blanket. Oct. 25, 5-8 p.m. Free. Community Center, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Halloween Bark for Life
Halloween Bark for Life, an event celebrating dogs and and their caregiving qualities, will benefit Relay for Life of Menlo Park and Palo Alto. The family-friendly event will include a trick or treat walk, a photo booth and vendors. Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 10 per dog, 20 per dog family Holbrook Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave., Atherton.
 

Special Events

FabMo Textile Art Boutique
The 6th annual FabMo Textile Art Boutique will bring together more than 50 artists and exhibitors offering items made from FabMo materials, including textiles, wallpaper, ceramic and glass tiles and more. Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
 

Family and Kids

Story time with author Jenny Hurwick
Author Jenny Hurwick will lead a story time, best suited for ages 2 to 6, with her book, "The Adventures of Frazzle and Twitch: A Halloween Story with a Christmas Twist!" about a witch and her sidekick, the cat Twitch. Oct. 25, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
 

Sports

Mountain View Tennis Club October Tennis Tournament
Mountain View Tennis Club will hold a one-day singles tournament open to both members and non-members of all playing levels. Entry fee includes drinks, lunch and prizes. Oct. 25, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $15 MVTC member; $20 non-member. Rengstorff Park, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View.

Family and Kids

Halloween Spooktakular
This event for children up to age 10 will bring together carnival games, a costume parade at 1:30 p.m., a Monster Maze, fall arts and crafts, Transylvania Treats and prizes. Oct. 25, noon-3 p.m. $5 child. Red Morton Community Center, 1120 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City.
 

Concerts

'Airs and Dances'
This San Francisco Chamber Orchestra performance will feature conductor Benjamin Simon and Mayumi Hama and Chris Froh on the marimbas, tackling works by Handel, Piazzolla, Respighi, Kernis and San Martin. Oct. 25, 8-10 p.m. Free. First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.

Family and Kids

2014 Halloween Hoopla
Costumed community members will participate in this annual parade to Fremont Park, with trick-or-treating in downtown Menlo Park at participating stores until 3 p.m. and entertainment at the park. The parade will start at the Maloney Street parking lot off Santa Cruz Avenue. Oct. 25, 11:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Fremont Park, Downtown Menlo Park, Menlo Park.
 

Community Events

No on M Party
At this event, community members can speak with three incumbent Menlo Park City Council members running for re-election and a few former mayors about why they oppose Measure M. Oct. 25, 2:30-4 p.m. Free. Private residence, 2327 Crest Lane, Menlo Park.

Family and Kids

Magic Forest Journey - A Fairy Tale Event
This 30-minute festive journey for children ages 3 to 7 will feature scarecrows dancing, elves crafting shoes and a jack-o'-lantern-lined path. Oct. 25, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $6 child; free for accompanying adults. Waldorf School of the Peninsula, 180 N. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View.
 

Teen Activities

Author Kendare Blake on 'Mortal Gods'
This Linden Tree Books event for readers age 14 and up will welcome author Kendare Blake, who will share the latest book from her Goddess War series, "Mortal Gods." Prior to the event, Natalia, owner of the Los Altos store Earth Beauty, will do an Aromatics Alchemy demonstration. Those interested are asked to RSVP for seats and supplies. Oct. 25, 4-5 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
 

Special Events

History Meets Haunting tours
For its annual Halloween event, Friends of Rengstorff House will turn the building into an interactive haunted house showcasing the eerie and dark side of the 19th century. Tour space is limited; those interested should purchase tickets in advance. Oct. 24 and 25, 7-10 p.m. $11.54 in advance; $15 at door. Rengstorff House, 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

Art Galleries

Accent Arts Mask Show
This October Accent Arts will have on display in its Alley Gallery its second annual mask contest and show. Oct. 4-25, 10 a.m. Free. Accent Arts, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Family and Kids

Recreation With Rocks
The Peninsula Gem & Mineral Society will hold its annual show with gem and mineral exhibits, crafts, beads, a kid's treasure wheel and jewelry. Oct. 25 and 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $4 adult; $2 age 12-18; free for under 12. Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

On Stage

'Il Trovatore'
West Bay Opera will stage a production of Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece, "Il Trovatore," a gripping drama set in medieval Spain. Performances will include lavish costumes, video-enhanced sets and a cast with soprano Cynthia Clayton, tenor James Callon, baritone Krassen Karagiozov and mezzo-soprano Patrice Houston. Oct. 17, 19, 25 and 26, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. $40-$75. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Film

United Nations Association Film Festival
With the theme of "Bridging the Gap," the 17th annual United Nations Association Film Festival will screen 70 documentaries from around the world meditating on such topics as human rights, the environment, migration, women's issues, refugees, racism, health and more. See website for complete schedule. Oct. 16-26. Prices vary. Locations in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Stanford and San Francisco, see website for specific show locations, times and prices., .

On Stage

'Zoppe - An Italian Family Circus'
This one-ring circus held in an intimate 500-seat tent will feature Nino the clown, acrobatics, equestrian stunts and more, all woven into a central story. Tuesday-Sunday, Oct. 10-26, see website for specific showtimes. $10-$25. Circus Tent - Red Morton Park, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City.

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.

Art Galleries

'The Anniversary Collection' by Marsha Heimbecker
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. Oct. 1-31, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Woodside Priory School, Kriewall-Haehl Gallery, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Sports

United States Youth Volleyball League
The United States Youth Volleyball League in Palo Alto is about to kick off; registration will be open until Sept. 1. The 8-week program is open to boys and girls ages 7 to 15. Tuesdays and Saturdays, Sept. 9-Nov. 1, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $150 general; $185 late registration. Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

'Explorations in Color'
An exhibit composed of mixed-media watercolor paintings by Rosemarie Gorman will be on display at Gallery 9. 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.
 

On Stage

'Curtains'
Woodside Community Theatre will put on a production of the musical "Curtains," a mystery in which a detective investigates the mysterious death on stage of a musical's leading woman. Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 25-Nov. 2, Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. $15 child; $25 senior; $28 adult. Woodside Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Ave., Woodside.

On Stage

'The Woman In Black'
Dragon Productions will stage a production of "The Woman In Black," an adaptation of Susan Hill's horror novella in which a traumatized man enlists a young actor to help exorcise the ghost of the Woman in Black. Oct. 10-Nov. 2, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $30. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.

On Stage

'Sweeney Todd'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of the classic Stephen Sondheim musical "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," in which the titular hero takes revenge on a cruel judge with the help of meat-pie cooking Mrs. Lovett. Oct. 8-Nov. 2, see website for specific dates and times. $19-$74. Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

Film

2014 CreaTiVe Awards Call For Entries
CreaTV San Jose has made a call for entries for its 2014 CreaTiVe Awards, for which filmmakers from the Bay Area and Santa Cruz can submit videos and TV shows for competition in ten categories. The submission period ends on Nov. 15, finalists will be announced on Dec. 8, and winners will be declared on Jan. 10. Oct. 8-Nov. 15, $30 per entry per category. CreaTV San Jose, 255 W. Julian St., San Jose.

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.

Family and Kids

Paws for Tales
This program, provided in partnership with the Peninsula Humane Society and the SPCA, allows children ages 5 and up to sign up to read to a trained service dog. Events are held the fourth Saturday of each month. Saturdays, Oct 25. and Nov. 22, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

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.
 

Classes/Workshops

Earth-based spiritual arts course
This 12-session course for women aims to help students deepen their relationship with the self, elements and the spirit. Saturdays, Aug. 16-Nov. 29, 2-4 p.m. email for pricing. Private residence, address will be provided upon registration, 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.
 

Dance

Brazivedas dance and Capoeira classes
Brazivedas studio offers a variety of classes for both youth and adults teaching Brazilian dance, Samba, percussion and Capoeira. Classes are held at a home studio in East Palo Alto and at Lucie Stern Community Center and Cubberley Community Center. Private instruction is also available. Visit the website for more information. October-December, see websites for specific times and dates. Class prices vary. Location varies from class to class, see website for more info, Palo Alto and East Palo Alto.

Clubs/Meetings

Sew Sew Saturdays
The Mountain View Public Library will host a weekly session where sewers can sign up to use its four Baby Lock (Grace model) sewing machines and one serger. Registration, which is required, opens on Sunday for the following Saturday. Appointments are 45 minutes long, and no instruction will be provided. Hand sewers are welcome to drop in and keep others company. Saturdays, year-round, 10:15 a.m.-noon. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

Family and Kids

'Seeing with a New Eye' toddler and parent course
Waldorf School of the Peninsula will offer Parenting with Heart eight week classes for toddlers and their caregivers. This fall's introductory class called "Seeing with a New Eye: Observation and Rhythm" will help parents and caregivers learn about and guide their children. Other sessions will be held in the winter and spring. Mondays, Oct. 13-Dec. 8, 8:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. for toddlers 12-24 months; 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. for 24-36 months. $320. Waldorf School of the Peninsula, 11311 Mora Drive, Los Altos.
 

Family and Kids

Saturday Story Time
Each Saturday at Linden Tree Books, booksellers will share picture-book classics and new favorites with children ages 2 to 6. Saturdays, year-round, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
 

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.
 

Family and Kids

DayOne Baby classes
DayOne Baby, with a new store in Palo Alto, has a wide offering of classes for expecting and new parents and their children, newborn to 24 months old. Available courses include Breastfeeding; Musical Play; Mommy & Me; Daddy & Me; Messy Play; Infant, Child, and Adult CPR; Potty Training; and more. Year-round, see website for specific class info. Prices vary. DayOne Baby, 552 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
 

Dance

Social 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/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.

Exhibits

'Shop, Gallery, Studio'
This exhibit of 17th and 18th century prints and drawings by European artists will focus on the public spaces in which people view, buy and converse about art, as well as the identities of the professional artist and serious connoisseur. Wednesday-Monday, Oct. 15-March 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Museum of American Heritage: A to Z'
The exhibit, "Museum of American Heritage: A to Z," will show off the breadth and depth of the museum's collection of electrical and mechanical inventions -- including some objects rarely shown to the public. Oct. 10-March 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

'Daumier on Art and the Theatre'
This exhibit of 16 prints and one drawing by Honore Daumier will contemplate the public reception of painting and the performing arts in the mid-19th century, as well as art theory. Oct. 8-March 16, Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, Robert Mondavi Family Gallery, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends'
The Los Altos History Museum will have on display an exhibit called "Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends" which examines the reasons why this area turned from orchards to a technology hub. The exhibit will focus on local factors and figures who contributed to the transformation. Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 18-April 19, noon-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

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

'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

'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.