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Concerts

Gunn Choir Concert with Michelle Jordan
Gunn High School Choirs and Bay Area singer Michelle Jordan will team up for a vocal celebration of the power of music to inspire entitled "It's All About Love." April 1, 7:30 p.m. $7 adult; $5 student. Gunn High School, Spangenberg Theatre, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
 

Community Events

Excite Our Streets meet-up
The newly formed Excite Our Streets organization will hold a community meeting to discuss the increasing problem of absolute silence on Palo Alto neighborhood streets, which used to be filled with children's shouts and laughter. Possible causes, including the profusion of mobile devices and fear of face-to-face communication, will be discussed. (Happy April Fools' Day!) April 1, 7 p.m. Free. Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Lectures & Talks

Barney Frank on 'Frank: A Life in Politics'
Longtime Congressman Barney Frank will talk about his memoir "Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage," which tells how an unkempt and argumentative gay Jew became an effective legislator. April 1, 7:30 p.m. $25 general; $12.50 student with ID. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City.
 

Lectures & Talks

International journalists panel
World Affairs Council will hold a panel discussion with international journalists from Pakistan, Brazil and Kenya, who will talk about how the application of recent innovations to traditional media has enhanced security and extended news to larger communities. Refreshments will be available before the event at 7 p.m. April 1, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

Environment

'Making Local Renewables Happen in a Big Way!'
San Mateo County Democracy for America will host two speakers to discuss local renewable energy: Brian Korpics, policy manager for Clean Coalition, talking about the Community Microgrid Initiative, and David Burruto, chief of staff for Supervisor Dave Pine, on the county's study of a Community Choice Aggregation program. April 1, 7-9 p.m. Free. Woodside Road United Methodist Church, 2000 Woodside Road, Redwood City.

Lectures & Talks

Hear the Conversation Authors Roundtable
Six Bay Area business authors -- including Jeffrey Pfeffer, Paul Freiberger, Leslie Berlin, Lee Caraher and Lisa Kay Solomon -- will participate in a roundtable, moderated by Dr. Richard A. Moran, Menlo College president. April 1, 7 p.m. Free. Menlo College, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton.
 

Lectures & Talks

Author Peter Brett on 'The Skull Throne'
Fantasy author Peter V. Brett will visit Books Inc. in Mountain View to share "The Skull Throne," the latest installment of his Demon Cycles series about human survivors fighting nocturnal demons. April 1, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

Food and Drink

F.I.Y. Grand Closing
Palo Alto restaurant Forage It Yourself (F.I.Y.) will hold a "Grand Closing" event after only one year of operation, featuring a live boar slaughter, an avocado toast demonstration and free tastings of fourth-wave brews from Red Glass Coffee. The downtown establishment -- which opened in the former Apple Store last spring to much fanfare with an on-site farm where diners could forage their own meals -- is closing after being hit with 15 health code violations and a tepid reception from Palo Alto diners who were disturbed by the proximity of the restaurant's humane holding facility for livestock to their tables. (Happy April Fools' Day!) April 1, 6-9 p.m. Prices vary. Forage It Yourself, 451 University Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Family and Kids

New School info night
New School, an alternative K-8 school that focuses on teaching the power of technology by using Beam robots instead of teachers and having each child wear a Go Pro for the entirety of their New School career, will describe its program during an info night for parents and families. Administrators and the founder will attend via Beam technology; free Go Pros will be given to all parents who agree to pay the tuition of $50,000 per semester. (Happy April Fools' Day!) April 1, 6 p.m. Free-ish. New School headquarters, Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Classes/Workshops

Video Production Class
In this four-week course, KMVT will guide students at they gain hands-on experience operating camera, teleprompter and audio equipment, as well as using a switcher and character graphics. Participants -- who must be age 16 or older -- will work with a group on a piece, rotating crew positions throughout. Wednesdays, April 1-22, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $99. KMVT 15 Community Television, 1400 Terra Bella Ave., Suite M, Mountain View.
 

Family and Kids

Menlo Park family movie series
Organized by City of Menlo Park Community Services Department, this series will include screenings of "Up" (March 30), "Wreck-It Ralph" (March 31) and "Mary Poppins" (April 1). Costumes are encouraged. March 30-April 1, 6-8 p.m. $3. Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.

Seniors

Violin for Vitality music therapy
During four events at the Mountain View Senior Center, high school senior Steven Cui will play an evening of violin and offer his thoughts on the role of music in each individual's health. Wednesdays, March 11-April 1, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View.
 

Concerts

'The Demo'
A collaboration between Ben Neill, Mikel Rouse and Bob McGrath, "The Demo" is a music-theater performance that reimagines an early computer technology demonstration in 1968 by Douglas Engelbart. April 1 and 2, 7:30 p.m. $40-$65. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.
 

Religion/Spirituality

Lifetree Cafe: 'How to Be True to Your Faith'
Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park will host two hour-long conversations covering religion, faith and skills for having religious conversations with others without pushing them away. April 1, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; April 2, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Lifetree Cafe, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Classes/Workshops

MVLA Adult School Spring Registration
Spring classes at Mountain View Los Altos Adult School have begun; subjects range from figure and portrait drawing to Ikebana, jewelry, watercolor, dance and Zumba. Those interested can register online or over the phone. Classes run from March 23 to June 25. Prices vary. Mountain View Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.

Classes/Workshops

Foothill College Spring Registration
Registration for spring classes at Foothill College -- through which students can improve current job skills or earn a specialized career certificate or associate degree -- begins on March 6. Classes last from April to June. Contact the school's admissions office for more info. March 6-April 5. $31 per unit for California residents, plus basic fees. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Exhibits

'Hear This!'
The Palo Alto Art Center will explore the sound of art in an exhibition called "Hear This!" The center will celebrate the new exhibit with a Friday Night at the Art Center event on Jan. 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Jan. 17-April 12, center hours. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

Youth Speaks Out: 'A Call to ART!'
Youth Speaks Out will have an exhibit on display at the Palo Alto Art Center of heartfelt painting, photography, sculpture, poetry and creative writing by students from Gunn and Palo Alto High schools. March 30-April 14, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Touched by Color'
Garden Fresh Restaurant will have on display an exhibit of local artist Susan Migliore's plein air landscape paintings, which explore the interplay of light, color and texture. Feb. 19-April 15, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.

Auditions

ECYS new member auditions
El Camino Youth Symphony is accepting audition applications for the 2015-16 season. Director Jindong Cai invites musicians ages 6 to 18 to try out for one of the symphony's ensembles. Auditions will be held in March and early April. More info about the application and audition requirements is on the website. Feb. 5-April 15. El Camino Youth Symphony Association, 4055 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Reigning Art'
Gallery House will hold a group show this April called "Reigning Art," featuring work by painters, potters, printmakers, sculptors, jewelers, photographers and weavers associated with the gallery. April 1-25, Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

'What Now?'
Gallery 9 in Los Altos offers a show called "What Now?" of oil paintings, as well as a sculpture, by Bay Area artist Steve Curtiss. From 5:30 to 8 p.m., on April 3, there will be an artist reception and a special performance at 7 p.m. with magician Marshall Magoon. March 31-April 25, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

Art Galleries

'Along Highway 1'
Viewpoints Gallery has on display "Along Highway 1," a show of watercolor paintings by plein air artist Veronica Gross inspired by vistas along the famed highway from Big Sur to the Oregon coast. On Friday, April 3, from 5 to 8 p.m., there will be a reception for the artist. March 31-April 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday only until 3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.
 

On Stage

'Fire on the Mountain'
For a regional premiere, TheatreWorks will stage "Fire on the Mountain," a bluegrass musical that portrays the lives of Appalachian mining families. See website for specific times and dates. April 1-26. $53 adult; $43 senior, educator; $25 under age 30. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

Teen Activities

Teen Blackout Poetry Contest
Throughout National Poetry Month this April, the Menlo Park Library will hold a Blackout Poetry Contest, during which participants can create poetry by leaving select words visible and blacking out the rest. Visit the website for more info. April 1-27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park .

Art Galleries

'LandEscapes'
The Portola Art Gallery presents "LandEscapes," an exhibition of recent plein air and studio works by Mary K. Stahl. On Saturday, April 11, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., there will be a reception with the artist. Monday-Saturday, April 1-30, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.

Exhibits

'She Who Tells a Story'
The Cantor Arts Center will offer an exhibit called "She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World," introducing 12 photographers' work that spans from photojournalism to fine art. Wednesday-Monday, Jan. 28-May 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, 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.

Volunteers

Computer History Museum volunteer opportunities
The Computer History Museum is looking for new volunteers to join its docent team. A 10-session training program will prepare new and current volunteers to lead public and private reservation tours of the museum. Registration is requested. Wednesdays, Feb. 4-June 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
 

Exhibits

Filoli Botanical Art Exhibit
Filoli will hold its 17th annual Botanical Art Exhibit, which will contain visual depictions of many plant species. March 24-June 7, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $20 adult; $17 senior (age 65 plus); $10 student; free for ages 4 and under, and Filoli members. Filoli, Visitor and Education Center, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.
 

Exhibits

'Interaction of Color: Josef Albers'
In its exhibit "Interaction of Color: Josef Albers," the Cantor Arts Center shares a selection of works on paper by abstract painter Josef Albers -- pieces which were donated to the museum by the Marmor family and its foundation. Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 12-June 15, 11 am.-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-June 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Classes/Workshops

Danceation fitness classes
European pop star Heath Hunter and international fitness guru Kirsten Johnson will lead participants in high-energy dance and fitness workouts for all skill levels. March 16-June 17, Monday, 11:30 a.m.; Tuesday, 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 9, 10 and 11 a.m. $20 single class; $150 10-class pass. American Legion, 347 1st St., Los Altos.

Exhibits

'Imagining the Oceans'
The Cantor Arts Center has on display an exhibit called "Imagining the Oceans," which brings together artwork across history and cultures inspired by ocean environments. The exhibit features pieces by Willem van de Velde, Charles Meryon, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Willem de Kooning and others -- as well as items from the Pacific Islands region. Wednesday-Monday, March 18-June 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Art Galleries

'Heads and Hands'
The Rotunda Gallery will have on display an exhibit of work by sculptor Dan Woodard, which looks at the positive and negative and serious and comical aspects of the human condition. Monday-Friday, Jan. 21-June 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Rotunda Gallery, 555 County Center, Redwood City.

Clubs/Meetings

ESL Conversation Club in Mountain View
This weekly club at the Mountain View Public Library provides a place to practice English conversation skills with friendly company. All levels are welcome; no registration is required. Wednesdays, April 1-July 1, 5-6 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

Health

Free YMCA fitness course
This weekly course led by YMCA instructors, called Healthy Happens Here, will guide participants in beginner level strength training to develop balance, flexibility, posture, coordination and fall prevention. Classes are appropriate for all levels and backgrounds. Registration is required. Wednesdays, Jan. 7-July 1, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Shifting Currents'
In an exhibit called "Shifting Currents: Highlights from the 20th-Century Chinese Collection, the Cantor Arts Center showcases modern pieces drawn from the museum's large collection of Asian art. Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 25-July 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Drama of Heaven and Earth'
The Cantor Arts Center tells the history of the Japanese dramatic art of Noh in an exhibit called "Drama of Heaven and Earth: The Theatrical Traditions of Japan," which is composed of masks, ceramics, prints and other visual materials. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 17-July 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Health

Jazzercise classes
Jazzercise classes in Menlo Park offer a high-energy dance-focused fitness program designed to be both fun and burn calories. Monday-Thursday and Saturday, year-round, see website for specific times. $16 class; $52/$57 per month; $130 10-class pass. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., and the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.
 

Exhibits

'Promised Land: Jacob Lawrence at the Cantor'
Made possible through a gift from the Kayden family, this exhibit at the Cantor Arts Center includes 56 works by the 20th-century American artist Jacob Lawrence, and one by his wife, Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence. Lawrence is known for his efforts in capturing the African-American experience. Wednesday-Monday, April 1-Aug. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Bravo!: Music and Theater in Enlightenment Europe'
The Cantor Arts Center collects prints and drawings that probe the 18th-century realms of music and drama in an exhibit entitled "Bravo!: Music and Theater in Enlightenment Europe." Wednesday-Monday, March 25-Aug. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'American Battleground'
In "American Battleground: Photographs of the Civil War, 1861-1865," the Cantor Arts Center examines the then-emerging medium of photography in the U.S. and how it was used to document the conflict. Wednesday-Monday, March 25-Aug. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Volunteers

Greeter and peer counselor recruitment
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is recruiting new peer counselors and greeters to help with its programs and services during Community Outreach events held from April to June and September to November. The organization seeks working or retired professionals, as well those with no experience, who are emotionally stable. The time commitment is about two to four hours per month. Training will be provided. March-August. Free. Location varies, Palo Alto and Mountain View, .

Exhibits

Djerassi Program sculpture tours
The Djerassi Resident Artists Program will offer its popular ART///SKY sculpture tours beginning in March, during which the public can view many of the site-specific sculptures at the facility. Advance registration is required for all tours. See website for specific dates and registration info. March 29-Sept. 3, noon. $50 director's tour; free two-mile tours are available. Djerassi Resident Artists Program, 2325 Bear Gulch Road, Woodside.

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.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Mountain View Woman's Club
Mountain View Woman's Club is a charitable organization that meets monthly to work on community projects. Guest are welcome at meetings. First Wednesday of each month, year-round, noon. Free. Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View.
 

Health

Jacki's Aerobic Dancing
Jacki's Aerobic Dancing classes guide participants in abdominal work, strength training and aerobic routines. Complimentary childcare is provided by staff. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, March 9-Dec. 18, 9 a.m. $36 month; $6 single class. Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

'Hard Worker' Wednesdays
Estrellita Restaurant in Los Altos will host weekly fundraisers for the Day Worker Center of Mountain View. Visitors enjoying the Mexican fare should make sure to bring the fundraising flier with them (see website). Wednesdays, year-round, dinner hours. Prices vary. Estrellita Mexican Bistro and Cantina, 971 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Bid4Kids Online Auction
Menlo-Atherton High School's Foundation for the Future will offer its Bid4Kids online auction to benefit the high school's students. Trips, parties, sports items and tickets, concert tickets and more are available. March 20-April 6. Prices vary. Menlo-Atherton Bid4Kids Online Auction, online only, Menlo Park.