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Lectures & TalksLaunch party with Shelly King
Local author Shelly King will celebrate the launch of her debut novel, "The Moment of Everything," a story based in Mountain View that explores startup culture and the charm of bookstores. Sept. 2, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
The Caldwell Gallery will have on display "Luminous Essays," an exhibit of works by fine art photographers from the Peninsula Photographic Arts Guild. July 2-Sept. 3, 5 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Caldwell Gallery, 400 County Center at the Hall of Justice, Redwood City.
Pilates Cardiocamp classes offer a workout designed to build the core (abs and back) and strengthen the lower and upper body. New students will receive a free week of classes. See the website for locations, rates and more info. Monday-Friday, Aug. 4-Sept. 5, 6, 7 or 9 a.m. , , Los Altos and Woodside.
The Computer History Museum will have on display a photography exhibit by Doug Menuez called "Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley, 1985-2000." It consists of 50 photographs documenting innovators at Apple, Kleiner Perkins, Adobe and other companies. Wednesday-Sunday, July 9-Sept. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $15 general; $12 student/senior/military. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Exhibits'Dana Harel: Between Dreams and Nightmares'
A solo exhibition of new works by Redwood City artist Dana Harel will be on display at the Palo Alto Art Center. Organized by Laguna Art Museum, the exhibit consists of 15 mixed-media drawings of animal and human figures, reflecting the messiness of war. June 14-Sept. 7, center hours. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
On Stage'Water by the Spoonful'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, "Water by the Spoonful," a story about a community of strangers who find refuge in an online chat room. Tuesday-Saturday, Aug. 20-Sept. 14, see website for specific times and dates. $19-$74. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Gallery House will have on display an exhibit called "Random" which will be made up of minimalist animal sculptures by George Perazzo and abstract paintings by Charlotte Coqui. A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 26-Sept. 20, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsFoothill College Fall Quarter registration
Foothill College Fall Quarter registration will be open on the school's website beginning July 21. Classes will run from Sept. 22 to Dec. 12. Students are encouraged to register early for the best course selection. July 21-Sept. 22. $31/unit for California residents, plus basic fees. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
VolunteersSilicon Valley Tour de Coop preparation
Neighbors Helping Neighbors will hold a variety of volunteer activities leading up to and during the Silicon Valley Tour de Coop, a bike ride between chicken coops and home gardens on Sept. 21. Volunteer opportunities include putting up fliers and posters, doing test bike rides, organizing other small events to spread the word and staffing locations on tour day. The organization also seeks community members with chicken coops, beehives and home gardens to host stops. June-September, dates and times vary. Free. Neighbors Helping Neighbors events, various nearby locations, Palo Alto and Mountain View.
Religion/SpiritualityInsight Meditation South Bay
Shaila Catherine and guest teachers will lead weekly Insight Meditation sittings, followed by talks on Buddhist teachings. Tuesdays, July 22-Sept. 23, 7:30-9 p.m. Donations accepted. St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall, 2094 Grant Road, Mountain View.
Exhibits'The New Landscape'
The Cantor Arts Center will mount an exhibit called "The New Landscape: Experiments in Light by Gyorgy Kepes," which explores art's relevance in a scientific age. Forty-five panels by the Hungarian-born American artist capturing scientific imagery (minerals, cellular patterns and tissue fibers) will be on display. Wednesday-Sunday, July 24-Nov. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. (starting Sept. 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
Exhibits'Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China'
The exhibit "Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China: Photographs of Land and Culture" will be on display at the Krause Center for Innovation. June 23-Sept. 26, center hours. Free. Krause Center for Innovation, 12345 El Monte Road, Building 4000, Los Altos Hills.
Art GalleriesRichard Bostrom solo exhibit
Gallery 9 in Los Altos will mount an exhibit of wood sculpture and abstract paintings by Bay Area artist Richard Bostrom. An artist reception will be held on Sept. 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2-27, Tuesday-Saturday 11-5 p.m.; Sunday noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
Exhibits'Decline & Renewal'
The Mohr Gallery will have on display an exhibit called "Decline & Renewal, Mixed Media Works on Paper" by artist Erin Goodwin-Guerrero. Aug. 8-Sept. 28, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Family and KidsToddler Storytime
The Portola Valley Lirary will hold weekly story time events for children ages 18 to 36 months, with songs, stories and movement activities. A craft activity will follow the story time on Sept. 16. Tuesdays, Sept. 2-30, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Art Galleries'Recent Works' by Carolyn Jones
The Portola Art Gallery will host an exhibit called "Recent Works," composed of oil paintings by Menlo Park artist Carolyn Jones. Paintings include scenes from her travels in California, Vermont and France. Monday-Sunday, Sept. 1-30, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Garden Fresh restaurant will have on display an exhibit of acrylic paintings on canvas by local artist Diana Ware Collins. Her works depict landscapes and scenes from her time spent in Yosemite and abroad. July 30-Sept. 30, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
SeniorsLa 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.
VolunteersLa 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.
Art Galleries'Mothers & Daughters Relationships'
Artist Monica Zones will have on display a collection of pieces called "Mothers & Daughters Relationships" at the Gitane boutique. June 29-Oct. 31, store hours. Free. Gitane, 855 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsFall acting classes
Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory will offer classes this fall in which adults and children can learn a variety of theater skills. Classes for adults will be taught by Rick Lombardo, former artistic director of San Jose Repertory Theatre, and will begin on Sept. 15. Classes for children (ages 4 to 18) will begin on Sept. 2. Sept. 2-Nov. 14., $225-$285. Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
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 through mid-November. An artist reception will be held on Sunday, Sept. 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 26-Nov. 15, complex hours. Free. Goldman Sport & Wellness Complex, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
HealthPortola Valley yoga classes
These yoga classes will instruct students in moving, bending, balancing and breathing in order to provide energy and center the mind and body. Beginners are encouraged; all students should bring a mat. The first class is free. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 2-Dec. 11, 9-10 a.m. $240 15 classes; $360 flexible 24. Portola Valley Town Center, Community Room, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Clubs/MeetingsPalo Alto Toastmasters
Since 1924, Toastmasters International has been helping people around the world to improve their communication and leadership skills. The Palo Alto Toastmasters Club meets each week in city hall's Council Chambers. Club membership is diverse, and guests are welcome. Tuesdays, through December, noon-1 p.m. Free. City Hall, First Floor, Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.
Clubs/MeetingsSRI Organon Toastmasters
Toastmasters focuses on improving the communication and leadership skills of its members. Each week covers a different skill related to public speaking. Club membership is diverse, and guests are welcome. Tuesdays, through December, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. SRI International, Building G, Laurel Avenue, opposite the Menlo Park Police Station, Menlo Park.
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 website to learn about specific offerings. March through December. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.
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.