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Family and Kids

Author Kiki Thorpe on 'Never Girls'
At this event best suited for girls in kindergarten to second grade, author Kiki Thorpe will share book seven of her The Never Girls books, "A Pinch of Magic." The series follows four ordinary girls in a fairy's world. The event will include themed craft activities and refreshments. Those interested are asked to RSVP. Oct. 21, 4-5 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
 

Lectures & Talks

'Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology'
A panel of executives and entrepreneurs will share their experiences, insights and strategies on the topic of supporting women in the tech industry. Oct. 21, 7-8 p.m. $12-$20. Microsoft, 1065 La Avenida St., Mountain View.

Lectures & Talks

Author Leslie Klinger on 'The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft'
Leslie Klinger will share his new expansive resource on a critical figure in horror fiction, "The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft," complete with photographs, annotations and art. Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

Lectures & Talks

Author Molly Antopol on 'The Unamericans: Stories'
For this Peninsula Parlour event, Molly Antopol, recent Wallace Stegner Fellow and current Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, will share her most recent work, "The Unamericans: Stories." Oct. 21, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
 

Seniors

CSA Referral - Education/Employment
Senior Case Managers from the Community Services Agency will visit the Mountain View Senior Center to discuss adult education classes, employment and volunteer opportunities, and info on employment discrimination. Those interested can make an appointment at the center's front desk or over the phone. Oct. 21, 10-11 a.m. Free. Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View.
 

Classes/Workshops

Women's Financial Revolution workshop
Teresa Dentino, CEO and founder of The Financial 411, will lead a workshop providing critical financial information for women to use in personal finances and professional development, or during widowhood or divorce. The event will include wine, food, sharing and networking. Oct. 21, 6-8 p.m. $14.50-$18.50. Address provided upon registration, , Portola Valley.

Lectures & Talks

Tuesday Tea with George Selleck
At this Little House event, George Selleck will share his story of how a Jewish kid from Compton became an All-American point guard, turned down the NBA draft and set out on a mission to help kids rediscover the enjoyment of sports. Oct. 21, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free for members; $3 non-member. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Lectures & Talks

'Re-writing the Russian Conquest of Central Asia'
Professor Alexander Morisson of Nazarbayev University will give a talk about his paper which explores the forces behind Russia's conquest of Central Asia through a micro-study of a single campaign. Oct. 21, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. History Corner, Room 002, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
 

Art Galleries

Commission on Disabilities Art Showcase
As part of San Mateo County's celebration of Disabilities Awareness Month, this exhibit will share stunning work by 49 local artists with disabilities. The art will be on view throughout the day, and a reception with a silent auction will begin at 5 p.m. Oct. 21, 5-7:30 p.m. $10 adult; $5 child age 5-12; $12 at the door. Hall of Justice, Caldwell Gallery, first floor, 400 County Center, Redwood City.
 

Teen Activities

The View Teen Center Art Installation
Local teens are invited to help with the final step of installing a mosaic mural on the front of The View, the city's new teen center. Teens are encouraged to RSVP on the website. Oct. 21, 4-6:30 p.m. Free. The View, 263 Escuela Ave., Mountain View.
 

Environment

'A Year with the Urban Gray Fox'
Bill Leikam, a researcher of the gray fox from the Urban Wildlife Research Project, will talk about his studies of the species in the southern San Francisco Bay and the Palo Alto Baylands over the past five years. He will offer insights and show footage of rarely seen fox behavior. Refreshments will be on hand at 7 p.m. Oct. 21, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

Classes/Workshops

Mindful Parenting Series
This 8-week course focuses on developing parents' self-awareness through meditation, mindfulness and empathy -- with the ultimate goal of reducing stress and conflict and cultivating love and respect in parent-child relationships. Tuesdays, Oct. 14-Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-noon. $200. First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto.

Classes/Workshops

Compassion Cultivation Training
This class meeting weekly will instruct students in stepping back from the frenzy of modern life and in developing their capacity for compassion. Tuesdays, Oct. 7-Nov. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $200. Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

Accent Arts Mask Show
This October Accent Arts will have on display in its Alley Gallery its second annual mask contest and show. Oct. 4-25, 10 a.m. Free. Accent Arts, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

On Stage

'Il Trovatore'
West Bay Opera will stage a production of Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece, "Il Trovatore," a gripping drama set in medieval Spain. Performances will include lavish costumes, video-enhanced sets and a cast with soprano Cynthia Clayton, tenor James Callon, baritone Krassen Karagiozov and mezzo-soprano Patrice Houston. Oct. 17, 19, 25 and 26, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. $40-$75. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Film

United Nations Association Film Festival
With the theme of "Bridging the Gap," the 17th annual United Nations Association Film Festival will screen 70 documentaries from around the world meditating on such topics as human rights, the environment, migration, women's issues, refugees, racism, health and more. See website for complete schedule. Oct. 16-26. Prices vary. Locations in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Stanford and San Francisco, see website for specific show locations, times and prices., .

On Stage

'Zoppe - An Italian Family Circus'
This one-ring circus held in an intimate 500-seat tent will feature Nino the clown, acrobatics, equestrian stunts and more, all woven into a central story. Tuesday-Sunday, Oct. 10-26, see website for specific showtimes. $10-$25. Circus Tent - Red Morton Park, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City.
 

Family and Kids

Toddler Storytime
The Portola Valley Library will hold its weekly story-time events for children 18 to 36 months old, where there will be songs, stories, movement activities and age-appropriate toys. A craft activity will follow the story time on Oct. 21. Tuesdays, Oct. 7-28, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

Film

Classics of East European Cinema in the Socialist Era
This series of weekly film screenings on Stanford campus will explore eastern European cinema during the mid-20th century. See the website for the list of films to be shown. Tuesdays, Sept. 30-Oct. 28, 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Cummings Art Building, ART2, 435 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.

Classes/Workshops

Accent Arts classes
Accent Arts will offer handful of classes covering a variety of art mediums in its loft above the store. Visit the website or call to register. Sept. 7-Oct. 30, 10 p.m. Prices vary. Accent Arts, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'The Anniversary Collection' by Marsha Heimbecker
The Portola Art Gallery will have on display in October an exhibit of bold oil paintings by San Mateo artist Marsha Heimbecker called "The Anniversary Collection." Oct. 1-31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.

Exhibits

Metal and wire artists show
Artists Linda Tapscott of Portola Valley and Tom DeHoog of Woodside will team up for an exhibit of their artwork made from non-traditional materials. Oct. 1-31, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Woodside Priory School, Kriewall-Haehl Gallery, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Sports

United States Youth Volleyball League
The United States Youth Volleyball League in Palo Alto is about to kick off; registration will be open until Sept. 1. The 8-week program is open to boys and girls ages 7 to 15. Tuesdays and Saturdays, Sept. 9-Nov. 1, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $150 general; $185 late registration. Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Art Galleries

'Explorations in Color'
An exhibit composed of mixed-media watercolor paintings by Rosemarie Gorman will be on display at Gallery 9. Sept. 30-Nov. 1, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

On Stage

'Sweeney Todd'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of the classic Stephen Sondheim musical "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," in which the titular hero takes revenge on a cruel judge with the help of meat-pie cooking Mrs. Lovett. Oct. 8-Nov. 2, see website for specific dates and times. $19-$74. Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

Art Galleries

'Repetition of Themes'
Gallery House will offer an exhibit of abstract paintings by Joyce Savre and paintings by Wendy Fitgerald based on the them of "landscape and language." A reception with the artists will be held on Oct. 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 21-Nov. 15, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

Film

2014 CreaTiVe Awards Call For Entries
CreaTV San Jose has made a call for entries for its 2014 CreaTiVe Awards, for which filmmakers from the Bay Area and Santa Cruz can submit videos and TV shows for competition in ten categories. The submission period ends on Nov. 15, finalists will be announced on Dec. 8, and winners will be declared on Jan. 10. Oct. 8-Nov. 15, $30 per entry per category. CreaTV San Jose, 255 W. Julian St., San Jose.

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. Aug. 26-Nov. 15, complex hours. Free. Goldman Sport & Wellness Complex, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

'Bay Area and Beyond' by Denise Natanson-Marcus
Garden Fresh restaurant will have on display an exhibit of oil paintings on canvas by local artist Denise Natanson-Marcus, whose work depicting natural scenes is influenced by contemporary realism and Impressionism. Sept. 30-Nov. 25, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
 

Dance

Brazivedas dance and Capoeira classes
Brazivedas studio offers a variety of classes for both youth and adults teaching Brazilian dance, Samba, percussion and Capoeira. Classes are held at a home studio in East Palo Alto and at Lucie Stern Community Center and Cubberley Community Center. Private instruction is also available. Visit the website for more information. October-December, see websites for specific times and dates. Class prices vary. Location varies from class to class, see website for more info, Palo Alto and East Palo Alto.

Health

Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini Yoga classes will be offered weekly at Little House to help students balance glands, strengthen nerves and help control the mind. Tuesdays, Sept. 16-Dec. 2, 7-8:45 p.m. $8 donations accepted. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.

Family and Kids

'Seeing with a New Eye' toddler and parent course
Waldorf School of the Peninsula will offer Parenting with Heart eight week classes for toddlers and their caregivers. This fall's introductory class called "Seeing with a New Eye: Observation and Rhythm" will help parents and caregivers learn about and guide their children. Other sessions will be held in the winter and spring. Mondays, Oct. 13-Dec. 8, 8:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. for toddlers 12-24 months; 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. for 24-36 months. $320. Waldorf School of the Peninsula, 11311 Mora Drive, Los Altos.
 

Health

Portola 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.
 

Exhibits

'I'll Show You Mine'
The Palo Alto Art Center will have on display an exhibit called "I'll Show You Mine: Contemporary Artists Explore Family Portraiture," made up of pieces in a variety of mediums by 12 contemporary audiences. Sept. 27-Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Family and Kids

Toddler Art Classes
Art School of San Francisco Bay will hold art classes for toddlers ages 2 to 4 years old, with three session times available. See the website for more info. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Sept. 9-Dec. 16. $70/month; free trial available. Accent Arts Store, Second Floor, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Family and Kids

DayOne Baby classes
DayOne Baby, with a new store in Palo Alto, has a wide offering of classes for expecting and new parents and their children, newborn to 24 months old. Available courses include Breastfeeding; Musical Play; Mommy & Me; Daddy & Me; Messy Play; Infant, Child, and Adult CPR; Potty Training; and more. Year-round, see website for specific class info. Prices vary. DayOne Baby, 552 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Palo 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/Meetings

SRI 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/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

'Echoes from 85 Years, 85 Artists'
Artists Kimm Barnes, Raven Erebus, Joan Schulze and Stefanie Sylvester -- participants in the recent "85 Years, 85 Artists" show at Menlo College -- will contribute more of their work to this new exhibit. A reception will be held on Oct. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, Oct. 20-Jan. 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Menlo College Administration Building, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton.

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.