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Lectures & Talks'A Song Just For Me: Stirred by Music to Conversation and Compassion'
The stories in this book are based on Mary Kiki Wilcox's 12 years of volunteer work in the health center of her senior community, where she takes recorded music to the residents in the Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Facilities. She will discuss and sign the book on March 10, 7 p.m. Free. Channing House, 850 Webster St., Palo Alto.
ConcertsStanford Baroque Soloists: On the Road
Anthony Martin directs the Baroque Soloists' program of works written by composers during their travels abroad: Lulli in Paris, Muffat in Salzburg, Rosenmuller in Venice and Handel in London. March 10, 7:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
On Stage'The Mummy and the Revolution' Reading by Yussef El Guindi
Playwrights Foundation and Stanford University present a staged reading of new play “The Mummy and the Revolution” by Yussef El Guindi. After the reading, the playwright will be on hand for discussion. March 10, 7:30-9:45 p.m. Free. Roble Hall, Stanford University, 375 Santa Teresa St., Stanford.
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.
Food and DrinkLeft Bank Loire Valley Celebration
Left Bank Brasserie Menlo Park is hosting an Oysters & Loire Valley Wines Celebration, serving three Loire Valley wines, plus oysters and a la carte seasonal menu specials. March 10-14, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Prices vary. Left Bank Brasserie, 635 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
Family and KidsBlock Play at the Library
Research shows that children develop an incredible variety of skills when they play with blocks, including fine motor skills and social skills. March 10, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; March 11, 11 a.m.-noon; March 13, 5-6 p.m.; March 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
DanceLatin Dance Class
Learn the Latin dances -- rumba, cha-cha, samba, tango -- with instructors Ellen Murray and Gene Esswein in this Mountain View Adult Ed class. Singles and couples welcome. Deadline for registration is Jan. 23. The class runs Jan. 17-March 17, Mondays, 7:30-9 p.m. $39. Mountain View Community Center, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsiPad Drawing Class
Learn to paint, draw, sketch and animate on an iPad or mobile device in this City of Menlo Park art class. Jan. 6-March 17, Mondays, 4-5 p.m. $130/$174. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsZoom In - Video Production Workshop
Zoom In is a 15-hour intensive video workshop that covers how to create a digital video, edit it, upload it to Youtube and produce a DVD. Class includes all software, equipment plus a booklet. March 10-19; Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $145. Midpeninsula Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.
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'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'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.
Classes/WorkshopsBoomer Fitness Blast Class
This fitness class offers a low-impact, full-body workout that aims to increase muscle strength and flexibility as well as improve posture and agility. By registration only. Jan. 13-March 31, Mondays, 7-8 p.m. $150. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
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.
Classes/WorkshopsFoothill College Spring Quarter Registration
Spring Quarter classes run from April 7 to June 27. Continuing students should register online between March 10 and April 6. New or former students should register between March 14 and April 6. Review the class schedule and important registration deadlines at www.foothill.edu. March 10-April 6, 12:15 a.m.-11:45 p.m. California residents pay $31 per unit plus basic fees. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
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.
Classes/WorkshopsWatercolor painting for beginners
A nine-week watercolor class with artist, Leslie Mueller, will cover texture, abstraction, creating black and preserving white. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. $180 Accent Arts, 392 S California Ave., Palo Alto.
Family and KidsBabies and Books Storytime
For ages birth to 18 months. Rhymes, songs, lap play and short stories for the young. This program is funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. April 28, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
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.
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.
Art Galleries“Capturing Light: The World as We See It”
A curated exhibit of 50 prints by members of the Palo Alto Camera Club, including 12 taken in Havana, Cuba. A percentage of proceeds of print sales will go to Cultural Kaleidoscope, a City of Palo Alto program supporting art in the schools. Public reception on Sun March 30, 2-5 p.m. Free Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.
Clubs/MeetingsPalo Alto Scrabble Club
The Palo Alto Scrabble Club welcomes players of all levels every Monday night, holidays included. No need to RSVP. No charge to play. Players can drop in with their equipment or use the club's. 6-9:30 p.m. Free. Freebirds World Burrito, 2305 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsFor 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 the website to learn about specific offerings. March through December. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.