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Concerts

Peninsula Harmony Chorus annual show
Peninsula Harmony Chorus will present its annual show, this year with the theme "Harmony Around the World." The chorus will sing songs from various countries in a cappella harmony. Sept. 20, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $15 in advance; $18 at the door. Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos.

Lectures & Talks

Author Ruth Ozeki with Joan Bigwood
Ruth Ozeki -- a novelist, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest -- will discuss with Joan Bigwood her body of work, including her most recent novel, "A Tale for the Time Being." Sept. 20, 4 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Walk from Obesity
This walk will help to spread awareness of obesity and raise funds for prevention, education, research and treatment. Those who register will receive an official Walk from Obesity T-shirt and a one-year membership with the Obesity Action Coalition. Registration and check-in will start 8 a.m. Sept. 20, 9-11 a.m. $25 online; $35 on site. El Camino Hospital, 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View.

Community Events

International Day of Peace Vigil
Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice will hold a candlelight vigil to mark the International Day of Peace (Sept. 21) and begin Campaign Nonviolence, a national week of action. The event will include singing, readings and prayer from different traditions. Everyone is welcome. Other events are scheduled for the following week. Sept. 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Lytton Plaza, University Avenue and Emerson Street, Palo Alto.
 

Concerts

Agustin Anievas Piano Recital
Agustin Anievas, an internationally recognized pianist who began his career as a child prodigy, will give a solo recital of pieces by Schubert, Beethoven and Chopin. Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m. $43-$63 adult; $33-$53 student/senior. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

Classes/Workshops

'How to Start a Fall Vegetable Garden'
This workshop will provide tips on how to grow a variety of vegetables in raised beds or yards. Instructors will focus on vegetables that can be harvested year-round and matching individuals with crops that suit their lifestyle and space. There will also be a tour of chef Jesse Cool's garden. Sept. 20, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $45. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Concerts

Violinist Jaime Jorge
Jaime Jorge, a violinist who has performed internationally and put out 16 albums, will give a solo performance and share his story. Sept. 20, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Japanese SDA Church, 195 N. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View.
 

Classes/Workshops

Native Horticultural Symposium 2014
The California Native Plant Society, Santa Clara Valley Chapter, and the Foothill College Horticulture Department will hold its annual symposium on the topic of "Saving Water, Creating Beauty with California Native Plants." The all-day event will include talks by a variety of garden experts. Sept. 20, 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m. See website for prices. Foothill Community College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

Community Events

Holy Cross cemetery tour
Professor Michael Svanevik will lead a tour through Holy Cross cemetery, where he will talk about prominent figures in Menlo Park's history. Those interested are encouraged to register early, as attendance is limited. Sept. 20, 3:30-5 p.m. $10. Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 1100 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Concerts

'The Perils of 18th Century Life' concert
This Albany Consort performance will include a variety of chamber music: a Bach cantata, Telemann's "Don Quixote" and songs by Purcell. Sept. 20, 8-10 p.m. $10-$30. First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Community Events

Art & Wine at Foothills Club
Foothills Tennis & Swimming Club will host an event with a diverse exhibit of ten artists' work, wine tasting with Thomas Kruse Winery and a taco bar. All ages are welcome. Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Foothills Tennis & Swimming Club, 3351 Miranda Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Rally for Riekes scholarship fundraiser
The Riekes Center will hold its sixth annual fundraiser, which helps to provide scholarships for individuals of all ages to participate in the center's athletic, creative and nature-awareness programs. Sept. 20, 6-9 p.m. $175. Riekes Center, 3455 Edison Way, Menlo Park.
 

Community Events

Festival on the Plaza
The City of Mountain View and the Central Business Association will hold the first Festival on the Plaza, a public event with live Latin music, sangria, beer and food trucks. Sept. 20, noon-6 p.m. Prices vary. Mountain View Civic Center Plaza, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

Art Galleries

'Random'
Gallery House will have on display an exhibit called "Random" which will be made up of minimalist animal sculptures by George Perazzo and abstract paintings by Charlotte Coqui. Aug. 26-Sept. 20, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

Family and Kids

Train Days
The Los Altos History Musuem will host a two-day family event focusing on model railroading. There will be elaborate layouts, scenery and moving trains -- complete with steam, lights and sound. Sept. 20 and 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 ages 5 and older. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

Concerts

Beyond Wonderland
This two-day "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" themed festival will offer many electronic music acts, vendors, interactive art, elaborate decorations, and food and drinks. Sept. 20 and 21, 1-11 p.m. See website for ticket prices. Shoreline Amphitheatre & Grounds, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View.
 

Environment

Improvements to Household Hazardous Waste Station
There have been new upgrades made to the Household Hazardous Waste Station. Safely dispose of unwanted or unused toxic household items. New hours: every Saturday 9-11 a.m. and first Friday of the month, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Limitations: must be Palo Alto resident (license or registration). Please visit the website for more information. Sept. 20-21, Free. Regional Water Quality Control Plant, 2501 Embarcadero Way, Palo Alto.

Classes/Workshops

Foothill College Fall Quarter registration
Foothill College Fall Quarter registration is still open on the school's website. Classes will run from Sept. 22 to Dec. 12. July 21-Sept. 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 Sept. 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. June-September, dates and times vary. Free. Neighbors Helping Neighbors events, various nearby locations, Palo Alto and Mountain View.
 

Classes/Workshops

Fall acting classes
Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory will offer classes this fall in which adults and children can learn a variety of theater skills. Classes for adults will be taught by Rick Lombardo, former artistic director of San Jose Repertory Theatre, and will begin on Sept. 15. Classes for children (ages 4 to 18) will begin on Sept. 2. Sept. 2-Nov. 14, $225-$285. Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Exhibits

'The New Landscape'
The Cantor Arts Center will mount an 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.; Thursday til 8 p.m. (starting Sept. 21, the center will also be open 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-Sept. 26, center hours. Free. Krause Center for Innovation, 12345 El Monte Road, Building 4000, Los Altos Hills.
 

Art Galleries

Richard Bostrom solo exhibit
Gallery 9 in Los Altos will mount an exhibit of wood sculpture and abstract paintings by Bay Area artist Richard Bostrom. Sept. 2-27, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

Classes/Workshops

Zoom In Video Production workshop
Midpeninsula Community Media Center will offer a 15-hour intensive workshop on creating a digital video, from filming to editing, uploading to YouTube and producing a DVD. All software, equipment and learning materials will be provided. Sept. 20, 21 and 28, see website for times. $150. Midpeninsula Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.

On Stage

'A Moment (Un)Bound'
The drama "A Moment (Un)Bound" -- presented by Arc:Hive and inspired by notes and clippings found in books donated to the Friends of the Palo Alto Library -- will follow archivists Lucy and Ella as they sort, preserve and try not to get stuck in the past. Sept. 19-28, Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. $15. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.

On Stage

'Big Fish'
The Palo Alto Players will put on a production of "Big Fish," a visually-striking musical that pays tribute to family and the magic of storytelling. Sept. 12-28, Thursdays at 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. $34-$48. Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

On Stage

'The Great American Trailer Park Musical'
The Los Altos Stage Company will put on several performances of "The Great American Trailer Park Musical." Set in a mobile home community called Armadillo Acres, the campy musical involves a young stripper, an agoraphobic housewife and a tollbooth collector. Wednesday-Sunday, Sept. 4-28, 8 p.m. $18-$36. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

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, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Decline & Renewal'
The Mohr Gallery will have on display an exhibit called "Decline & Renewal, Mixed Media Works on Paper" by artist Erin Goodwin-Guerrero. Aug. 8-Sept. 28, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Art Galleries

Recent works by Carolyn Jones
The Portola Art Gallery will host an exhibit of recent oil paintings by Menlo Park artist Carolyn Jones. Paintings include scenes from her travels in California, Vermont and France. Monday-Sunday, Sept. 1-30, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
 

Exhibits

'Recorded Live'
The Community School of Music and Arts will have on display an exhibit called "Recorded Live: Drawings, Paintings and Collage," which features works exploring the human form by a number of artists. Sept. 2-30, 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.

Exhibits

Yosemite Memories
Garden Fresh restaurant will have on display an exhibit of acrylic paintings on canvas by local artist Diana Ware Collins. Her works depict landscapes and scenes from her time spent in Yosemite and abroad. July 30-Sept. 30, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.

On Stage

'House and Garden'
This production of Alan Ayckbourn's "House and Garden" will include two comedies taking place simultaneously in two adjacent theaters -- with a shared cast. One follows the Platts as they host an annual May Fete at their English estate, while the other takes place on the same estate's grounds. Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 12-Oct. 5, 8-10:30 p.m. $10-$35. Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Mountain View.

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.
 

Sports

Society Skateboarding Group Lessons
Instructors from the Society skate shop will teach skateboarding fundamentals, technique and safety in this course. Saturdays, Sept. 13-Oct. 11, 11 a.m.-noon. $110 resident; $147 nonresident. Menlo Park Skate Park, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Family and Kids

Plein-air sessions for kids
This autumn Art School of San Francisco Bay will hold three Saturday art sessions for children ages 8 to 13 in Palo Alto parks, each dedicated to a different material: pastels (Sept. 20), acrylics (Sept. 27) and watercolor (Oct. 11). Visit the website for info and to register. Saturdays, Sept. 20 and 27 and Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $40 half day; $80 full day. Foothills Park or Baylands Nature Preserve, , Palo Alto.

Exhibits

Pop Art from SFMOMA
To celebrate its new neighbor, the Anderson Collection, the Cantor Arts Center will have on display an exhibit of 10 pop art works that were originally part of the Andersons' donation to SFMOMA. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 13-Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

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

'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.
 

Classes/Workshops

Earth-based spiritual arts course
This 12-session course for women aims to help students deepen their relationship with the self, elements and the spirit. Saturdays, Aug. 16-Nov. 29, 2-4 p.m. email for pricing. Private residence, address will be provided upon registration, Palo Alto .

Exhibits

'Sympathy for the Devil'
As Jackson Pollock's painting "Lucifer" comes to Stanford's Anderson Collection, this exhibit will explore the visual history of the devil and his realm from the 16th to the 20th century. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 20-Nov. 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

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.
 

Dance

Social Ballroom Dancing
Social ballroom dancing takes place every Friday and Saturday throuhgout the year at Cubberley Pavilion, starting at 8 p.m. with a lesson followed by general dancing. Go to www.cubberleyballroom.com for lesson schedule. No experience or partner necessary. Cover includes refreshments. 8 p.m.-midnight. $9. Cubberley Community Center Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

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.

Exhibits

'Robert Frank in America'
This exhibition of 130 photographs sheds light on the making of photographer Robert Frank's book, "The Americans." His images document subjects including Hollywood and the Ford Motor plant in Detroit, while probing social issues like politics, race and the post-war culture. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 10-Jan. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Well Pressed'
The Cantor Arts Center will have on display an exhibit called "Well Pressed: Highlights from the Marmor Collection." The exhibit is made up of 13 pieces, many prints, by artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Richard Serra and Frank Stella. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 13-Feb. 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Drama of Heaven and Earth'
The Cantor Arts Center will arrange an exhibit called "Drama of Heaven and Earth: The Theatrical Traditions of Japan," which tells the history of the Japanese dramatic art of Noh through masks, ceramics, prints and other visual materials. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 17-June 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, 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-Oct. 26, 2015, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

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.