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Community EventsWestwind Barn Holiday Lighting
Westwind hosts a holiday event featuring cookies, hot cider, local wine, seasonal games, craft tables, face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, local student groups singing carols, Santa, local Pony Club and 4-H students demonstrating horse care and the barn lighting at 4 p.m. Dec. 8, 1-4 p.m. Free, additional fee for food. Westwind Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills.
On StageFiesta Navidena with Ballet Flamenco
Two ballet Flamenco dancers, Carolina Lugo and Carole Acuna, will perform at Morocco's Restaurant in Mountain View. Dec. 8, 6:15-9 p.m. $10-$40. , 873 Castro St., Mountain View.
Family and KidsHoliday Family Fun Fest
At this holiday event, the children's chorus of Foothills Congregational Church will perform, tours of the J. Gilbert Smith House will be given and local artist Emily Hollings will do Santa paintings. Refreshments will be served. Dec. 8, 2-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Live MusicFoothill Symphonic Winds Fall Concert
The Foothill Symphonic Winds fall concert will be lead by Conductor David Bruce Adams. Songs will feature the “Enigma Variations” by Edward Elgar, “Celebration Fanfare” by Steven Reineke and “Symphonic Dances from ‘Fiddler on the Roof’” by Jerry Bock. Dec. 8, 3:30-5:30 p.m. $10 for adults; $5 for students and seniors. Cubberley Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
On StageLively's Festival of Lights
The Lively Foundation hosts a "Festival of Lights," with music, dance, theater/storytelling, refreshments and more. Dec. 8, 3-4 p.m. $12 general; $10 for over 65 and under 10. Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St., Mountain View.
ConcertsFortnightly Music Club December Formal Concert
The Fortnightly Music Club hosts an evening of classical music, including works by Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Gershwin. The performers will include soprano Meredith Kennedy, pianists Maho Nabeshima and Ching Shih and tenor saxophonist Ted Brown. Dec. 8, 7 p.m. Free. Lucie Stern Community Center Ballroom, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
ConcertsA Renaissance Christmas Concert
First Baptist Church presents "A Renaissance Christmas," a concert featuring Advent, Christmas and Epiphany motets by Gabrieli, Praetorius, Victoria and other early musicians. Dec. 8, 4:30-6:30 p.m. $25 general; $20 senior; $5 student. First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Community EventsFriends of the Menlo Park Library Holiday Book Sale
The Friends of the Menlo Park Library hosts its last book sale of 2013, which will be a holiday sale with a meeting room full of gift-worthy books. Sales benefit the library. Dec. 8, Noon-4 p.m. Free. Holiday Book Sale, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.
Community EventsHoliday Sharing Expo
Common Ground Garden Supply hosts a holiday sharing expo. Share garden produce and tools, crafts, books, clothes, toys, and holiday related goods. Dec. 8, 1-3 p.m. Free. Common Ground Garden Supply, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.
Family and KidsNutcracker Ballet and Books
Linden Tree Books hosts a Nutcracker ballet story time and holiday photos with Marie and the Nutcracker from Ballet SJ. Mention Ballet SJ to donate a portion of sales during event. Tickets to Ballet SJ Nutcracker will be available for purchase. Dec. 8, 1-3 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
ConcertsSchola Seraphica Christmas Concert
This Christmas concert, under the direction of Margaret Sullivan Durando, will feature liturgical music dedicated to St Francis of Assisi. Dec. 8, 2:30-4:30 p.m. $20 general; $15 seniors/students. St. Patrick's Seminary, 320 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park.
Special EventsUntil There's A Cure Holiday Open House
Until There's A Cure, a nonprofit that raises funds to fight HIV/AIDs, is hosting its annual Holiday Open House, featuring new products, raffle, food and refreshments. Dec. 8, Noon-5 p.m. Free. Until There's A Cure, 560 Mountain Home Road, Woodside.
On StageWest Bay Opera Holiday Concert
West Bay Opera's holiday concert and audience sing-along will feature mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook and others, with orchestra and chorus. There will also be a silent auction; proceeds benefit West Bay Opera and Opera in the Schools. Dec. 8, 4-6 p.m. $45-50 Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
Concerts'Holidays Are For Singing!'
The Oxford Street Brass will perform popular and classical music, including Benjamin Britten's "Hymn to the Virgin." Dec. 8, 3-5 p.m. $30 ($26 online) for adults; $20 ($16 online) for 18 and under; $21 per concert with special seating Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Family and KidsHoliday Party at Allied Arts
This holiday party will feature entertainment for children ages 4-9 accompanied by an adult: Max the Accordion Man will play holiday music, Magical Moonshine Theater will give a puppet show, a magic show, a visit from Santa as well as cookies and juice. Dec. 8, 12:30-3 p.m. $25 per person. Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'Craft Powerful Stories' Writing Workshop
Author, coach and editor Jordan E. Rosenfeld will lead this South Bay Writers workshop, touching on scene construction, fiction-writing techniques and how character, plot, and dramatic tension must function within individual scenes. Sponsored by nonprofit South Bay Writers (California Writers Club-South Branch). Dec. 8, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $29-67. Harry's Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Ave., San Jose.
Special EventsPalo Alto Studios Holiday Art Party/Open Studios
Palo Alto Studios hosts its annual Holiday Art Party and open studios with 15 participating artists who work in wearable textiles and jewelry, ceramics, painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture. There will also be a live jazz performance from 3-5 p.m. Dec. 8, 1-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Studios, 4030 Transport St., Palo Alto.
Religion/SpiritualityWinter Solstice Choral Music
A candlelit, participatory winter solstice ritual will be held with choral music by Joan McMillen. Dec. 8, 7:30-8:45 p.m. Free (donations accepted). Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsStory Time with Rosemary Wells
Rosemary Wells, author of the Max and Ruby children's series, will read at story time at Kepler's Books. Dec. 8, 10:30 a.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Family and KidsLos Altos History Museum Holiday Family Fun Fest
This family-friendly event tailored to kids includes a children’s choir, Santa paintings from Emily Hollinger, refreshments, craft tables and more. Dec. 8, 2-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Family and Kids'Caring' Santa at Stanford Shopping Center
"Caring" Santa will be at the shopping center for children with special needs and their families. RSVP for this event at http://community.abilitypath.org/. Dec. 8, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Stanford Shopping Center - Center Pavilion, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto.
On StageChildren's Theatre: 'The Princess and the Frog'
The Palo Alto Children's Theatre production of "The Princess and the Frog" is designed for parents and children, ages 3-6. Local high school performers will be the actors in the play. Dec. 7-8, 10 a.m.-noon. $10 for children; $12 for adults. Palo Alto Children's Theater Magic Castle Stage, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Special EventsPENPEX Stamp Show
Sponsored by the Sequoia Stamp Club of Redwood City, the PENPEX stamp show features 18 dealers, more than 50 competitive exhibits, a special souvenir show cachet, free stamps for beginners and a silent auction of more than 500 lots that closes on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City.
Special EventsArtist Open Studio
Five artists - Jan Schachter, Peggy Forman, Nina Else, Margaret Realica and Lois Anderson - will host a holiday open studio. Works will include ceramics and handmade books. Dec. 7-8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Jan Schachter's studio, 190 Golden Hills Drive, Portola Valley.
DanceDance Connection's Nutcracker Ballet
Dance Connection, located at the Cubberley Community Center, presents its fifteenth annual Nutcracker Ballet starring 134 local children and teens between the ages of 6 through 17. This family-friendly production runs Dec. 6 at 7 p.m., Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. $12-$25 in advance. Reserved seating. Gunn High School Spangenberg Theatre, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
On StageBallet America's Nutcracker
Ballet America presents "The Nutcracker," a full-length production that is also kid-friendly. "The Nutcracker" has a cast of approximately 100 dancers who are all from the Bay Area. Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. $18-39. Fox Theater, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Art GalleriesExhibition: 'The Rapture'
The Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University presents "The Rapture," a solo exhibition by Joel Leivick, the Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Photography, features his new photographic works of the Pantheon in Rome. Every day except Monday until Dec. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. T. W. Stanford Art Gallery, 419 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
Benefits/FundraisersHidden Villa Holiday Online Auction
Hidden Villa will host its first Holiday Online Auction, featuring local items and more. All proceeds will support Hidden Villa’s educational programs and scholarships. See URL below to start bidding. Bidding begins Nov. 25 and will close Dec. 10. Cost of auction items. Hidden Villa Holiday Auction, Online, No venue.
Special Events26th Annual Christmas Creche Exhibit
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints celebrates Christmas with this exhibit, which includes more than 350 nativities from around the world. Dec. 7-11, Noon-9 p.m. Free. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3865 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsBrazilian Dance and Martial Arts
Classes in the Brazilian martial art Capoeira, as well as Brazilian dance for children and adults begin next month through the City of Palo Alto. Instructor Mestre Beicola is a native of Rio de Janeiro. Oct. 1-Dec. 12. Times and cost vary - see website. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
ConcertsScott's Seafood Holiday Drive
Scott’s Seafood in Mountain View is partnering with Community Services Agency (CSA) in Mountain View for its annual holiday sharing program, benefiting CSA. This year will be a pajama dive; drop off donations at the restaurant. Dec. 3-14, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. None. Scott's Seafood Mountain View , 420 Castro St. , Mountain View .
Live Music'Sweet Rejoicing' Concert
Viva la Musica performs a holiday concert, "Sweet Rejoicing!" for choir, orchestra, and soloists. Dec. 8 and 15, 4 p.m. $15-25. St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 178 Clinton St., Redwood City.
ConcertsMusic: 'Illuminate This Night'
In three concerts, the Peninsula Women's Chorus sings holiday music from around the world, culminating in Conrad Susa’s "Carols and Lullabies," a collection of carols originally from Spain, Catalunya, Puerto Rico, and Mexico, accompanied by marimba, guitar, and harp. Ticket information at www.pwchorus.org. Concerts are on Dec. 7 and 14 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto, and on Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. at St. Patrick's Seminary, 320 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. $35 premium; $30 general; $10 student (18 and under). Two venues, See addresses above, Palo Alto and Menlo Park.
On Stage'November': Play by David Mamet
Dragon Theatre Productions is performing "November," a comedic commentary on the state of the union and national politics. Nov. 21-Dec. 15. No performances on Thanksgiving (Nov. 28). Thursdays-Saturdays: 8 p.m.; Sunday: 2 p.m. $10-35. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.
On StageLos Altos Stage Co.: 'The Sunshine Boys'
The Los Altos Stage Company's production of "The Sunshine Boys" is the story of Lewis and Clark, two longtime comedy partners whose career and friendship came to a sudden and acrimonious end. Nov. 21-Dec. 15, Wednesday-Sunday, 8 p.m. $26-$32. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
SportsPASC Soccer Tryouts
The Palo Alto Soccer Club is holding tryouts for boys and girls U8 – U14, from Nov. 23 to Dec. 15. PASC is forming competitive teams for spring/fall 2014 and encourages boys and girls born from Aug. 1, 1999, to July 31, 2006, to join try out. Times vary. Free. Various field locations, Various times in the afternoon and evening, Palo Alto.
VolunteersBethany Lutheran Church Donations
Beginning Nov. 1, Bethany Lutheran Church will be collecting donations to help feed the local hungry. The money raised will be used to support a Thanksgiving dinner for homeless people and Christmas food baskets for East Palo Alto families. Bring monetary donations to the Church Office by Dec. 15. No cover. Bethany Lutheran Church , 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
Art Galleries'Modernism and Its Discontents'
Nancy J. Troy, the Victoria and Roger Sant Professor in Art and the chair of the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University, is currently teaching from multiple installations at the Cantor for her class, "The Visual Culture of Modernism and Its Discontents, ca. 1850-1925."ť Sept. 18-Dec. 15, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Classes/WorkshopsFree Art Demonstrations at Accent Arts
Accent Arts will be hosting free art demonstrations every Sunday for the month of December. Dec. 1-22, Noon-2 p.m. Free. Accent Arts , 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Time' Gallery Exhibit
In this Gallery 9 exhibit, 30 artists explore many facets of time: changing seasons and color, aging, clocks and other abstract metaphors. A variety of 2D and 3D media is on display at Gallery 9 through Dec. 24. A meet-the-artists reception will be held on Friday, Dec. 6, 5-7:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
Art GalleriesGallery House Holiday Show and Sale
The Gallery House Holiday Show and Sale features art gifts in all mediums and price ranges. There will be a public reception on Nov.22 from 6-8 p.m. at the gallery. In December, extended hours include Sundays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Event runs Nov. 17 to Dec. 24. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksHumanist Community Forum
Hear a different speaker speak each Sunday on a range of topics: philosophy, politics, humanism, health, relationships, history, the environment. A buffet lunch (complimentary for first-time visitors) immediately follows. See website for each Sunday's speaker and topic: www.humanists.org. Oct. 27-Dec. 29, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free (donations accepted). Palo Alto High School Student Center (in the main quad - see http://goo.gl/maps/eWMfv), 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Religion/SpiritualityUniversity Public Worship
Weekly sermons are scheduled at Memorial Church from 10-11 a.m. with music by university organist Robert Huw Morgan and the Memorial Church choir. Dec. 1, 8 and 24: Rev. Joanne Sanders, associate dean for Religious Life; Nov. 17 and 24: Rev. Scotty McLennan, dean for Religious Life. Dec. 22: Rev. Dr. C. George Fitzgerald. Dec. 29: Rev. Susan Scott. 10-11 a.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
Community EventsMountain View Certified Farmers Market
This farmers market features more than 60 certified local producers with farm-fresh fruit and vegetables with organic and Asian varieties, grass-fed beef, eggs, mushrooms, bakeries, plants, herbs, sprouts, cheese, melons and garden tomatoes. Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until Dec. 31. Caltrain Station, 600 W. Evelyn Ave., Mountain View.
Art Galleries'Art Meets Technology'
Art Meets Technology” presents work by 10 individuals whose accomplishments reside at the intersection of art, science, mathematics and technology. The exhibit draws on manuscript collections from the Stanford University Libraries. Ongoing every day through Jan. 15, 2014. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda, Green Library Bing Wing, 459 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
Classes/WorkshopsFoothill College Winter Quarter Registration
Foothill College Winter Quarter classes will run Jan. 6-March 28. Continuing students can register Nov. 25–Jan. 5 and new/returning students, Nov. 30-Jan. 5. Review more registration dates and instructions at www.foothill.edu. No fee to apply for admission; California residents pay $31 per unit plus basic fees. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Art GalleriesExhibit: Carrie Mae Weems
This exhibit is dedicated to contemporary artist and photographer Carrie Mae Weems. More than 100 photographs, installations and videos. Oct. 16-Jan. 5, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
ExhibitsExhibit: 'Metaphors in Color and Form'
The Los Altos Art Club presents its group art exhibit at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto, on display from Oct. 21 through Jan. 6. There will be an artists' reception on Friday, Nov. 15, 6-8 p.m., at the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall. Free. Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsMVLA Adult Education Winter/Spring 2014 Registration
Registration for the winter and spring 2014 sessions at Mountain View-Los Altos Adult Education begins on Friday, Nov. 22. Course catalog available online for viewing starting Monday, Nov. 18. Winter 2014 session is Jan. 6-March 21; Spring 2014 is March 24-June 6. Cost of classes. MVLA Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.
Art Galleries'Mapping Edo'
Experience Edo-period Japan (1615-1868) through archival maps, prints, and paintings of the capital and surrounding provinces. This exhibition explores the shift that came with Japan's unification at the start of the period. Aug. 23-Feb. 2, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Art Galleries'Border Crossings: From Imperial to Popular Life'
This Cantor Arts Center exhibit explores how the boundaries between social classes and identities are challenged and transcended through 18th-century Chinese paintings. Aug. 23-Feb. 2, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Harmony IV': A Fine Art Photography Exhibit
The Peking Duck Restaurant hosts the sixth in a series of rotating exhibits featuring photographs by Lisa Tesler, Paul Italiano, Kevin Shannon and Gordon C. Ulrickson. Reception with the photographers and Richard Dischler will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 3 to 6 p.m. Exhibit shows through Feb. 3, 2014. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Free. Peking Duck Restaurant, 151 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
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.
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 GalleriesSundays at Cantor
On Sundays at the Cantor Arts Center, there are various activities: docent-led family tours, art-making in the studio and focused drawing in the galleries. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
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.
Community EventsWoodside Farmers' Market
This farmers' market at Woodside Elementary features organic fruits and vegetables, wild and local seafood, local grass-fed beef, pasture-raised chicken and pork, free range eggs, jams, local honey, freshly baked focaccia, fair trade coffee, chocolates, nuts and nut butters, gluten-free baked goods and organic fruit popsicles. The market runs Sundays, year-round, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Woodside Elementary School , 3195 Woodside Road, Woodside .