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Family and KidsNYMBC Meeting with Kristin Elizabeth Clark
Not Your Mother's - Actual - Book Club welcomes special guest author Kristin Elizabeth Clark to discuss her book "Freakboy." April 21, 6 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Benefits/FundraisersChefs Who Care
Scott's Seafood Mountain View and non-profit Community Services Agency present Chefs Who Care, a monthly fundraising event that benefits the Community Services Agency's Food and Nutrition Center. Make reservations before April 17. April 21-22, $32 adult; $18 children 12 and under. Scott's Seafood Mountain View, 420 Castro St., Mountain View.
Art GalleriesPacific Art League Exhibitions
The Pacific Art League of Palo Alto will host two new exhibitions in April: "Spring Awakening" and "Local Talent." All are invited to attend the opening reception held on April 4 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Pacific Art League. April 4-April 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (gallery hours). Free. Pacific Art League, 227 Forest Ave., Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'Bodie' Photo Exhibit by Aki Mori
Aki Mori’s digital color photography, "Bodie," will be on display at Gallery 9 in Los Altos. Bodie was a busy gold mine center in late 1870 through the early 1890s. The images express the passage of time in this ghost town. A reception will be held on Friday, April 4, from 5-8 p.m. April 1-26, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9 Los Altos, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
Exhibits'Best in Kind: San Francisco Bay Area Ceramic Artists'
Curated by Jo Killen, this exhibit hosted by local fine arts press Smith Anderson Editions will showcase impressive ceramic pieces made by artists around the Bay Area. A reception will be held Saturday, March 15, 3-5 p.m. March 15-April 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Smith Anderson Editions, 440 Pepper Ave., 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.
Family and KidsBabies and Books Storytime
At this event for newborns to children 18 months, there will be rhymes, songs, lap play and short stories. This program is funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. Mondays, March 3-April 28, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Classes/WorkshopsWatercolor painting for beginners
In this nine-week watercolor class, artist Leslie Mueller will cover texture, abstraction, creating black and preserving white. March 3-April 28, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $180. Accent Arts, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
ExhibitsPortola Valley Watershed exhibit
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Town of Portola Valley. The library will help celebrate throughout the month of April with an exhibit of the local watershed, including Sausal Creek. Monday-Saturday, April 1-30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Art Galleries'Japan Revisited' Photo Exhibit
The Portola Art Gallery presents "Japan Revisited," photographs by Frances Freyberg. The color photos feature landscapes, cityscapes, shrine scenes and portraits from Freyberg’s 2013 travels through the country. Monday-Saturday, April 1-30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Community EventsCommunity Poem at Atherton Library
The Atherton Library will be celebrating National Poetry Month with a collaborative poem. All community members are invited to contribute to a collective poem created and on display in the library. April 1-30, library hours. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
ExhibitsArtist Alan VanEss
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.
Classes/WorkshopsSocial and Nightclub Dance
Students will learn nightclub two-step, swing, salsa and other popular social dances in this six-week class. Both singles and couples are welcome. Every Monday, April 14-May 19, 7:30-9 p.m. $33/person. Mountain View Community Center, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View.
Art Galleries'Rise Again' photo exhibit
The "Rise Again" exhibit is composed of photographs taken by Roger Spinti in the aftermath of the Haiyan Typhoon. There will have a special reception on April 26. All proceeds from sales from this exhibit will go to help the victims of the typhoon, with funds to be channeled to victims' communities by Catholic Relief Services. Until May 20, 1-4 p.m. Free. Keeble & Shuchat Photography, 261 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Dreams': Works by Avery Palmer
This exhibition of works by artist and CSMA faculty member Avery Palmer will include ceramics, paintings and drawings. An opening reception will be held with the artist on Friday, April 11 from 6-8 p.m. April 11-May 25, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Mohr Gallery, Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Exhibits'Intaglio: The Art of Incision'
Woodcut and relief printing, intaglio, lithography and screen printing have all been used to produce book illustrations at various points in printing history. Intaglio is one of the oldest of these processes and is the focus of this exhibit. March 3-May 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Stanford Art & Architecture Library, 435 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
ExhibitsPlein Aire Group Watercolor Exhibit
An exhibit of works by the Pleine Aire Group of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society is on display at the Palo Alto Baylands EcoCenter. The works all involve the Baylands or other local open spaces. Until May 30, Monday, Thursday, Friday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
HealthJacki’s Aerobic Dancing Classes
These fitness classes include core work, strength training and aerobic routines. Jacki's also offers complimentary child care; bring children and get the first month of classes for free. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, until June, 9-10 a.m. $4 per class. Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View.
Exhibits'The Circle of the Sun'
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, noon-6 p.m. Free. Peterson Gallery & Munger Rotunda, Green Library, Bing Wing, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford.
Classes/WorkshopsRepairing Strained Relationships
This 11-week workshop on working through and resolving family conflicts will be led by Jack Hamilton, senior research scientist and former Stanford instructor. April 11-June 20, 8:30-11:30 a.m. $100 members; $125 nonmembers. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsBoomer Fitness Blast
This group fitness class aims at improving muscle strength, flexibility, posture and agility. Instructor LuAnne will also help students focus on specific goals and measure their progress. Registration is required. Mondays, April 21-June 30, 7-8 p.m. $165. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Art Galleries'85 Years 85 Artists' exhibit
Menlo College looks at the past 85 years through the eyes of artists. Artists from around the world were randomly assigned a year to illustrate. The "85 Years 85 Artists" exhibit has participating artists in 21 states, plus the Netherlands, England and Italy. A reception will be held March 26 from 5-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, March 26-July 11, 9-5 p.m. Free. Menlo College Administration Building, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton.
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'
"Capturing Light" 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. A public reception will be held on March 30, 2-5 p.m. March through August, 8-noon; 1-5 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. Mondays, through December, 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 website to learn about specific offerings. March through December. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.