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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Seniors

'Driving Safely'
Rosemary from the the Department of Motor Vehicles' Senior Driver Ombudsman program will provide important information about driving as a senior citizen. The talk will cover myths about older drivers, license renewal options, compensating for changes that come with age and transportation alternatives. July 31, 1-2 p.m. Free. Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View.

Concerts

Dena DeRose tribute to Shirley Horn
As part of the Stanford Jazz Festival, pianist Dena DeRose will give a tribute to one of her major inspirations, Shirley Horn. July 31, 7:30-9 p.m. $15-$45. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.
 

Community Events

linkAges TimeBank orientation
Red Rock Coffee will welcome linkAges to discuss the concept and practices of TimeBanking. The event will help attendees discover opportunities in the community for exchanging services, create service offers and requests, and sign up. July 31, 6-7 p.m. Free. Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

Concerts

Concert Program V: 'American Visions'
The next concert program at the Music@Menlo festival will explore Antonin Dvorak's symphony "From the New World" and other American-inspired chamber music, as well as pieces drawing on American folk culture by Charles Ives and George Crumb, who were were inspired by Dvorak's work. July 31, 8 p.m. $68/$58 general; $30/$20 under age 30. The Center for Performing Arts, Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.

Lectures & Talks

USGS July Evening Public Lecture
This Unites States Geological Survey lecture will discuss "The Ecological Value of Coastal Fog: Cooling relief and nebulous forecasts for northern California." Topics will include how fog contributes to biodiversity and how and why scientists study fog today. July 31, 7-8 p.m. Free. USGS Menlo Park campus, 345 Middlefield Road, Bldg. 3, Conf. Room A, Menlo Park.

Lectures & Talks

Author Katherine Maxfield on 'Starting Up Silicon Valley'
Katherine Maxfield, author of "Starting Up Silicon Valley: How ROLM Became a Cultural Icon and Fortune 500 Company," will read from and sign her book. The event will include anecdotes and ideas from Silicon Valley leaders and the story of an influential company. July 31, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

Film

Movies on the Square: 'Gravity'
Redwood City's Movies on the Square series will continue with a screening of "Gravity," the Alfonso Cuaron film starring Sandra Bullock as a scientist and George Clooney as an astronaut, who are both on a space shuttle mission. July 31, 8:45 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.
 

Community Events

Lifetree Cafe Conversation:
Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park will host two hour-long conversations with community members called "Miracles or Mere Coincidences," exploring miracles and whether things happen for a reason. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be served. July 30, 7-8 p.m.; July 31, 9:15-10:15 a.m. 7-8 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.

Classes/Workshops

Genealogy class
This series of classes will introduce students to the study of genealogy, helping them explore such questions as where and how their ancestors lived. Thursdays, June 5-July 31, 10 a.m.-noon. $79 for members; $82 for non-members. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Health

Pilates Cardiocamp
In Pilates Cardiocamp, men and women will work on muscles in seeking to develop better posture, flexibility, strength, endurance and energy. Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 20 to July 31, 7 a.m. See website for rates. Woodside Town Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside.
 

Exhibits

'Traveling Stitches'
Mountain View City Hall will have on display in its rotunda an exhibit of quilts made at the Day Worker Center of Mountain View called "Traveling Stitches." July 7-31, City Hall hours. Free. Mountain View City Hall Rotunda, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

Art Galleries

'Onions Observed'
The Portola Art Gallery will have on display a collection of photography called "Onions Observed -- An Animistic Perspective," by Alan McGee of Portola Valley. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, July 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. July 1-31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.

Teen Activities

TV Studio Production Camp
In this camp for students in grades six to eight, participants will learn a variety of skills needed to produce, direct and act in television shows in a professional studio. July 28-August 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $450. Midpeninsula Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.
 

Family and Kids

bricks4kidz Lego summer camp
bricks4kids will offer a variety of Lego summer camps for ages 3 to 14 years old, which help to develop science and math skills through activities like building, testing, robotics and movie-making. Monday-Friday, June 23-August 1, 9 a.m.-noon; 1-4 p.m. $150 half-day week; $270 full-day week. Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto.

Family and Kids

Math Discovery Summer Camp
In these weeklong camps, kids will engage in math activities and projects covering a number of subjects such as fractions, platonic solids, fractals and more. Hands-on projects, outdoor play and video games will be among the activities. Monday-Friday, June 16-Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $380. Synapse Middle School, 3375 Edison Way, Menlo Park.
 

Seniors

La Comida lunch program
La Comida invites adults age 60 and over and their guests to enjoy a nutritious and affordable three-course lunch accompanied by music, activities and camaraderie. Meals are also held at two other Palo Alto locations. See website for details. Monday-Friday, year-round (except on some holidays), 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. $3 donations accepted for adults 60 and over; $8 adults under 60. La Comida Dining Room at Avenidas Center, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
 

Food and Drink

Silicon Valley Beer Week at Tied House
Tied House Microbrewery and Cafe will celebrate Silicon Valley Beer Week with a special beer pairing menu featuring new menu items and Tied House's award-winning beers. July 25-Aug. 2, business hours. Prices vary. Tied House, 954 Villa St., Mountain View.

On Stage

'The Wizard of Oz'
The Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre will perform the classic musical, "The Wizard of Oz," following Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they seek to find Dorothy a way home. Thursday-Sunday, July 18-August 3, 7:30 p.m. $15 youth/senior; $20 adult. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
 

On Stage

'The Great Pretender'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of 'The Great Pretender' by David West Read, a hit at the company's New Works Festival about how a children's TV host deals with the death of a popular puppeteer. See website for specific dates and times. July 9-Aug. 3, 2, 7:30 or 8 p.m. $25-$68. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Inside Rodin’s Hands: Art, Technology and Surgery'
James Chang has incorporated Rodin's hand sculptures into his hand surgery educational program, using new technologies that scan the sculptures, create interior anatomy and allow for virtual surgery to correct the condition. The exhibition provides an interactive experience for visitors. Wednesday-Sunday, April 9-Aug. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Family and Kids

YMCA summer camps
Summer programs at the Palo Alto YMCA are designed to keep kids physically active and mentally engaged with a variety of activities. See website for specific programs and dates. June 2-August 4, Prices vary (financial assistance available). Palo Alto Family YMCA, 3412 Ross Road, Palo Alto.
 

Concerts

Cafe Conversations and Master Classes
Music@Menlo will hold a number of conversations with performing artists, as well as master classes where educators from the Chamber Music Institute will impart their knowledge to young players. Monday-Friday, July 21-August 8, 11:45 a.m. Free. Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
 

Teen Activities

Wizards and Warriors Gaming Camp
At this medieval-themed camp, counselors dressed as bards, knights and sages will lead participants in games like Dungeons and Dragons, paint miniatures, build dioramas, mold dungeons and play field games. June 16-August 8, 9-5 p.m. $888/two-week session. Wizards and Warriors, 1836 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Concerts

Prelude Performances
Popular events at the Music@Menlo summer festival, Prelude Performances will showcase young artists (ages 18 to 29) from the Chamber Music Institute's International Program. Check website for specific dates and locations. July 22-Aug. 9, 5:30 p.m. Free. Menlo School and The Center for Performing Arts, Menlo-Atherton High School, , Atherton.

On Stage

'South Pacific'
Foothill Music Theatre will put on a production of the Broadway musical "South Pacific," by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Thursday-Sunday, July 24-August 10, 7:30-10 p.m. $10-$32. Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

On Stage

'Moby Dick - Rehearsed'
Stanford Repertory Theater will put on a production of Orson Welles' blank-verse adaptation of Melville's masterpiece -- replete with the hunt, meditations on the sea and the mania of Captain Ahab. July 17-Aug. 10, Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. $15 student/senior; $25 general. Pigott Theater, Memorial Auditorium, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford.
 

Family and Kids

Helix summer sessions
Helix will offer summer camp sessions for ages 5 to 14 where kids can learn about the world through investigation. Participants can explore exhibits and spend time learning in the workshop. Monday-Friday, July 7-August 15, 1-4 p.m. $200 member; $250 nonmember. Helix by Exploratorium, 316 State St., Los Altos.
 

Teen Activities

Youth Claymation Camp
In these weeklong camps for ages 10 to 14, students will learn how to create clay animation with the stop-motion techniques used in such movies as the Wallace & Gromit films and "Chicken Run." Small groups of students will come up with a story, mold, animate and edit a film for their final projects. Monday-Friday, July 7-August 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $325. KMVT 15 Community Television, 1400 Terra Bella Ave., Suite M, Mountain View.

Teen Activities

Youth Studio Production Camp
This summer KMVT 15 will hold weeklong camps for students ages 10 to 14, where they can use professional studio equipment to gain skills in camera work, directing, sound design, acting and producing. By the end of each camp, students will have produced segments which will be broadcast on cable Channel 15. Monday-Friday, June 9-August 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $369. KMVT 15 Community Television, 1400 Terra Bella Ave., Suite M, Mountain View.
 

Family and Kids

Heather Hill Riding Center Summer Camps
Heather Hill Camp is a fun-filled time with the HH Welsh Cobs and Ponies! Half or full day sessions. Ride every day. Riding, film making, art. June 16 to Aug. 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $100-$650 Rancho Viejo Stables in Portola Valley, 45 Ansel Lane, Portola Valley.
 

Family and Kids

Marine 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.

On Stage

'Into the Woods, Junior'
For the final play in its 2014 Outdoor Summer "Hot Dog" Series, the Palo Alto Children's Theatre will put on a production called "Into the Woods, Junior." Favorite fairytale characters will take a journey into the woods to fulfill their wishes in this 80-minute, family drama. Wednesday-Sunday, July 30-Aug. 16, 6:30-8 p.m. $12-$14. Palo Alto Children's Theater, Magic Castle Stage, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'The Stanford Albums'
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Act of 1864, the Cantor Arts Center will mount an exhibition of 19th-century photographer Carleton Watkins' Pacific Coast photographs, all drawn from three unbound albums in the Stanford library’s Special Collections. April 23-Aug. 17, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Family and Kids

Art School of San Francisco Bay summer camps
This summer the Art School of San Francisco Bay will offer art camps for all levels. They include Plein Air for beginners and advanced students, Portrait painting and Art History Applied. Participants will learn valuable artistic skills and enjoy the creative environment. Both half and full-day camps are offered. Monday-Friday, June 16-August 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $200 for half-day week; $400 for full-day. Accent Arts Store, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Compositions in Light'
Gallery House will have on display an exhibit of landscape photography called "Compositions in Light" by Bay Area artist Vidya Narasimhan. An artist reception will be held on Aug. 1, from 8 to 8 p.m. July 29-Aug. 23, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Stonewalled in Jerusalem'
Santa Cruz mixed media artist Sara Friedlander will have on display her visually arresting and socially focused artwork, which contemplates the Israeli/Palestinian impasse. Using original and archival images, she explores both sides and welcomes viewers' ideas about moving forward. May 16-August 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Capturing Light'
"Capturing Light: The World as We See It" is a judged exhibit and sale of 50 prints by members of the Palo Alto Camera Club, including 12 photos taken in Havana, Cuba. A percentage of proceeds from print sales will go to Cultural Kaleidoscope, a City of Palo Alto program supporting art in local schools. Monday-Friday, March 10-August 28, 8 a.m.-noon; 1-5 p.m. Free. Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

Volunteers

La Comida volunteer opportunities
The La Comida Senior Lunch Program has various volunteer opportunities available, including helping to welcome and serve seniors, translate, work on special projects and do community outreach. Monday-Friday, year-round, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. La Comida Dining Room (at Avenidas Center), 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

Judi Keyani exhibit
Recent works by Bay Area artist Judy Keyani will be on display at Gallery 9; they include pastel, oil paint and sketch pieces. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Aug. 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 29-Aug. 31, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

Exhibits

'Peaches on a Tree'
An exhibit of colorful and emotional paintings by artists of Art For Well Beings, a Palo Alto art studio for people with special needs, will be on display at the Palo Alto Art Center. Tuesday-Sunday, July 1-Aug. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Peanuts' paintings by Tom Everhart
Peabody Fine Art Gallery will host an exclusive exhibition of works by Tom Everhart, who was permitted by Charles Schulz to paint his Peanuts comic strip characters in his own style. July 19-Sept. 1, 10:15 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Free. Peabody Fine Art Gallery, 603 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Exhibits

'Luminous Essays'
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.

Exhibits

'Fearless Genius'
The Computer History Museum will have on display a photography exhibit by Doug Menuz called "Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley, 1985-2000." It consists of 50 photographs documenting innovators at Apple, Leiner Perkins, Adobe and other companies. Wednesday-Sunday, July 9-September 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-September 7, center hours. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Live Music

Cogswell Concert Series
This summer downtown Palo Alto will host free lunchtime concerts in the park, featuring a variety of Bay Area musicians. The events are sponsored by the Stanford Federal Credit Union. Thursdays, July 10-September 11, noon-1 p.m. Free. Cogswell Plaza, 258 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto.

Classes/Workshops

Foothill College Fall Quarter registration
Foothill College Fall Quarter registration will be open on the school's website beginning July 21. Classes will run from September 22 to December 12. Students are encouraged to register early for the best course selection. July 21-September 22. $31/unit for California residents, plus basic fees. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Volunteers

Silicon 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 September 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.

Exhibits

'The New Landscape'
The Cantor Arts Center will mount a new 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.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. (after September 21, the center will also be open on 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-September 26, center hours. Free. Krause Center for Innovation, 12345 El Monte Road, Building 4000, Los Altos Hills.

Exhibits

'Night, Smoke and Shadows'
This exhibition, named "Night, Smoke and Shadows: The Presence of Atmosphere in the 19th Century," includes prints, drawings and photographs by artists such as James McNeill Whistler, Max Klinger, Felicien Rops and Alvin Langdon Coburn. Wednesday-Sunday, May 14-Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. (after September 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Artists Observe Nature'
This exhibition features about 18 prints and drawings that focus on the post-17th century impulse to study nature. Wednesday-Sunday, May 14-Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. (after September 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Food and Drink

Portola Valley Farmers' Market
This farmers' market at the Portola Valley Town Center features organic fruit and vegetables, free range eggs, fair trade coffee, wild and local seafood, hot free range rotisserie chickens, local honey, organic olive oil, gluten-free baked goods, nuts and nut butters, pickles, jerky, artisan breads, flowers, crafts and music. Thursdays, year-round, 3-7 p.m. (summer hours). Portola Valley Farmers' Market, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Exhibits

'Within and Without: Transformations in Chinese Landscapes'
Fifteen works of Chinese landscape will be on display. Wednesday-Sunday, Feb. 19-Dec. 14., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. (after September 21, the center will also be open on Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

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.

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.