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Lectures & Talks'Supporting Your Child During the Transition to Middle School'
This event for parents of incoming sixth-grade students will help clarify developmental expectations and equip parents with strategies for supporting their children through the transition to middle school. Aug. 31, 7-9 p.m. Free. JLS Middle School, 480 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksRuth Reichl in conversation with Michael Krasny
For this 2015 Wallace Stegner Lecture Series talk, Ruth Reichl -- restaurant critic, former editor of Gourmet magazine, author of multiple books and a key figure in the farm to table food movement -- will speak in conversation with Michael Krasny, host of Forum on KQED. Aug. 31, 8 p.m. $22. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Family and KidsBabies & Books Storytime
These event at the Portola Valley Library will include rhymes, songs, lap play activities and short stories for infants up to 18 months old. Age-appropriate toys will be available for play after each session. Mondays, Aug. 24 and 31, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
HealthDanceation Fitness Classes
European pop star Heath Hunter and international fitness guru Kirsten Johnson lead high-energy dance and fitness workouts for all skill levels. Danceation studio also offers weekly yoga classes. See website for detailed schedule. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, June 8-Aug. 31. $20 single class; $150 10-class pass. Los Altos American Legion, 347 1st St., Los Altos.
VolunteersGreeter 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, .
Classes/WorkshopsAdult School Fall Session registration
Registration for Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School's Fall Session is underway. The session will run from Sept. 1 to Dec. 18. Visit the website for specific class listings and more info. Aug. 14-Sept. 1. Prices vary. Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.
Teen ActivitiesTeen Library Advisory Board applications
Palo Alto Library is currently recruiting teens for its Teen Library Advisory Board (T-LAB). The opportunity allows students in grades 8 to 12 to help the library with its Teen Zone, generate programming ideas, offer book suggestions and more, as well as earn community service hours. Applications are due by Sept. 15. Aug. 1-Sept. 15. Free. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
AuditionsECYS Preparatory Orchestra Auditions
The El Camino Youth Symphony orchestra program is now accepting audition applications for its preparatory orchestras. Young string and wind players with at least one year of private lessons are encouraged to sign up online. Appointments will be held in early September. Aug. 10-Sept. 18.
Exhibits'O'Keeffe, Stieglitz, Toomer, and Modernism'
The Cantor Arts Center puzzles out the relationships -- aesthetic and romantic -- between Georgia O'Keeffe, Alfred Stieglitz and Harlem Renaissance writer Jean Toomer in the exhibit "O'Keeffe, Stieglitz, Toomer, and Modernism." Wednesday-Monday, May 6-Sept. 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Metaphors and Memories'
The Community School of Music and Arts' Mohr Gallery has on display an exhibition of collage and sculpture by Lisa Ramirez and Marianne Lettieri called "Metaphors and Memories." Aug. 14-Sept. 27, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Mohr Gallery, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Food and DrinkPeninsula Macrobiotic Community Dinners
Each Monday the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community serves a gourmet vegetarian dinner -- which includes soup, grain, beans or bean products, vegetables, dessert and a beverage -- in a friendly, communal setting. Lectures are also offered monthly. Reservations must be made by phone (650-599-3320) by Monday at 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Aug. 3-Sept. 28, 6:30-8 p.m. $18. First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto.
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, through Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
VolunteersLiving Classroom docent training classes
Living Classroom, a garden-based education program at local schools, is offering docent trainings in Mountain View and Los Altos. Volunteers are needed to share their love of nature with students and must be available for at least four hours per month during the school day. See website for more info. Mondays, Aug. 31-Oct. 12 (no training on Sept. 7), 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Mountain View Whisman School District, Board Room, Mountain View, Los Altos School District, Conference #2, Los Altos.
Exhibits'Word as Image'
This Cantor Arts Center installation of prints and drawings entitled "Word as Image: Highlights from the Marmor Collection" examines how modern and contemporary artists have used and featured words in their work. Wednesday-Monday, July 1-Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Astley D. M. Cooper and Mrs. Stanford's Jewels'
The Cantor Arts Center has on display an exhibit entitled "Astley D. M. Cooper and Mrs. Stanford's Jewels," which explores the life and work of the wild Bay Area painter. Cooper, who lived from 1856 to 1924, was known for using a faux Egyptian temple as a studio and paying off debts accrued at bars with paintings. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 5-Nov. 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Rough Around the Edges'
The exhibit "Rough Around the Edges: Inspirations in Paper" presents the work of Ronni Jolles, who uses layered paper, acrylic paint and sealants to create dimensional painting-like pieces. See website for daily schedule. Aug. 26-Dec. 7. Free. Goldman Sports & Wellness Complex and Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Food and DrinkOff the Grid: Palo Alto
With help from the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, Off the Grid will bring its market offering a number of dinner options and a pop-up bar to Palo Alto. Mondays, Feb. 16-Dec. 14, 5-9 p.m. Free. Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsYoga and Mindfulness Classes for Children
Held twice weekly in Mountain View, these classes for children will provide opportunities for quiet sitting meditation, movement and asana practice, music and play, and relaxation in a supportive environment. Monday and Wednesday, Aug. 24-Dec. 16, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 drop in; class passes available. Silicon Valley Shambhala Center, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, #110, Mountain View.
HealthJacki's Aerobic Dancing
Jacki's Aerobic Dancing classes guide participants in abdominal work, strength training and aerobic routines. Complimentary child care 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.
Clubs/MeetingsPalo Alto Scrabble Club
The Palo Alto Scrabble Club holds meetings each Monday night, holidays included, and welcomes new players of all levels, from tournament champs to beginners. Registration is not required, and attendees can bring their own equipment or use the club's. Mondays, year-round, 6-9 p.m. Free. Corner Bakery Cafe, 3375 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
Composed of 15 drawings by Italian printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi, the Cantor Arts Center exhibit "Piranesi's Paestem: Master Drawings Uncovered" features the artist's largest body of work focused on a single location. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 19-Jan. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
This Cantor Art Center exhibit explores the idea and practice of empathy in art ranging from Christian paintings to photography from the Civil Rights era. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 12-Jan. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Warriors, Courtiers, and Saints'
The Cantor Art Center's exhibit "Warriors, Courtiers, and Saints: The Etchings of Jacques Callot" examines the 17th-century French artist's experimental work in the medium of printmaking. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 26-Feb. 15, 2016, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.