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Lectures & Talks

Author CJ Omololu on 'The Third Twin'
Kepler's Books will host a celebration for local young adult author CJ Omololu and her new book "The Third Twin," a thriller about two identical girl twins and a string of murders. To support Omololu, who is battling cancer, her young adult fiction friends Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong and Kimberley Derting will also attend and share their recent books. Feb. 28, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Concerts

California Bach Society: Early cantatas of J.S. Bach
Director Paul Flight will lead the California Bach Society, a 30-voice chamber choir, in a performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's earliest cantatas, including "Christ lag in Todesbanden" (BWV 4) and "Aus der Tiefen" (BWV 131). The concert will also feature soprano Jennifer Paulino, tenor Elliott Encarnación and baritone Sepp Hammer, as well as a Baroque consort of strings, oboe and bassoon. Feb. 28, 8-10 p.m. $33; discounts for seniors, students, those under age 30 and advance purchase. All Saints' Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto.

Benefits/Fundraisers

AAUW Palo Alto Author Luncheon
The American Association of University Women Palo Alto will hold an author luncheon featuring Andrew Sean Greer, Heather Haven, Shelly King and Stuart Rojstaczer. The authors will share their work in a panel discussion moderated by author Tad Williams. The event will benefit scholarships to assist Palo Alto seventh-graders in attending Tech Trek, a science and math camp for girls. Feb. 28, noon-2 p.m. $40. Michael's at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
 

Community Events

Lunar New Year Celebration
Redwood City and the San Mateo County History Museum will hold their fifth annual celebration of Lunar New Year. Performances will be held outside the museum on Courthouse Square, and craft activities for children will be available inside. Feb. 28, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.

Concerts

The Haydn Project
In this concert, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra members Robin Sharp, Antoine van Dongen, Ben Simon and Hannah Addario-Berry -- the Haydn Project -- will explore the inventive music of Franz Josef Haydn. Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Sports

Juana Run races
The 19th annual Juana Run will hold its 8K, 5K fun run, one-mile and kids races throughout Barron Park. Proceeds will be donated to Gunn High Sports Boosters; the Juana Briones, Barron Park, and Terman PTAs; and the West Valley Track Club. Parking is available at Gunn High School. Feb. 28, 8 a.m.-noon. Fees vary. Juana Briones Elementary School, 4100 Orme St., Palo Alto.
 

Concerts

'Flight of Fantasy'
Bodhi Tree Concerts North will offer a program entitled "Flight of Fantasy," which will include chamber music by Bach, Glick, Khachaturian and Mozart. Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. $25. Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto.
 

Concerts

'Let Freedom Ring'
Conducted by Masetro Anthony Quartuccio, Nova Vista Symphony will present a program including Morton Gould's "American Salute"; Howard Hanson's Symphony No. 2, "Romantic"; Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait," narrated by Hoyt Smith of KDFC; and Duke Ellington's "Black, Brown, and Beige." Feb. 28, 8-10 p.m. $25 general; $15 senior (age 65 plus), student; free for children under age 12. Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

Classes/Workshops

Photography Workshop for Girls
This workshop for girls will teach photography techniques and offer practice opportunities, with the ultimate goal of assisting students in capturing memories, communicating ideas and stimulating change. Feb. 28, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Free ($35 fully refundable registration deposit). Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Dance

Sahanartana and 'Dancing Together'
This performance presented by Guru Shradha will combine the Odissi Indian classical dance style with five other Indian dance styles -- Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Manipuri and Mohiniatta. Feb. 28, 4-6:30 p.m. $30 patron; $20 general; $15 student, senior. Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Lectures & Talks

Parenting Our Teens Conference
This conference will inform parents about adolescent mental health and addiction issues, as well as where to find support. Keynote speakers will include Philippe Rey, executive director of Adolescent Counseling Services, and award-winning author Amy Simpson. Breakout sessions, lunch and child care are included. Scholarships are available. Feb. 28, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $25. Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Family and Kids

Puppet Art Theater Company: 'Hansel & Gretel'
This family event, sponsored by the Fatherhood Collaborative and the San Mateo County Library, will feature the Puppet Art Theater Company performing the classic "Hansel & Gretel." Feb. 28, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Classes/Workshops

Childbirth preparation info session
Blossom Birth Services will offer a free Childbirth Prep Info Session providing details to women who are 14 to 28 weeks pregnant on what the classes and support Blossom offers. Feb. 28, 9-10:15 a.m. Free. Blossom Birth Services, 299 S. California Ave. Suite 120, Palo Alto.
 

Health

Be Fit workshop
Dr. Jordan Savara and SBM trainer Jeremy Murphy will provide info about how chiropractic and weight training can mitigate injuries and improve general health. Feb. 28, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. SBM Fitness Studio, 1019 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

Family and Kids

Kidgits Book Blast
Simon Kidgits Club will hold its 12th annual Kidgits Book Blast, where kids of all ages can enjoy reading a handful of children's books and take part in arts and crafts activities. Those who bring in a book to donate will receive a special gift. Feb. 28, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Shopping Center, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto.
 

Classes/Workshops

Sleeping Through the Night workshop
Certified sleep consultant and local mother Melissa Zdrodowski will give a talk at DayOne Baby covering actions parents can take to help their children sleep through the night, as well as troubleshooting common problems. Feb. 28, 1-2:30 p.m. $40. DayOne Baby, 552 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
 

Lectures & Talks

'The Lure of the Swiss Alps'
René Welti, a professional guide and Mountain View High School alum ('66), will give a talk about the attractions and vistas of Switzerland. Feb. 28, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

Concerts

Stanford Symphony Orchestra concert
Stephen M. Sano will conduct the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Symphonic Chorus in performances of two pieces by Johannes Brahms -- "Akademische Festouvertüre," Op. 80, and "Ein deutsches Requiem," Op. 45. The featured soloists will be soprano Nancy Wait-Kromm and baritone Kenneth Goodson. Feb. 27 and 28, 7:30 p.m. $20 reserved; $15 senior; $10 student; free for Stanford students with ID. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.

Exhibits

EcoCenter winter hours
The Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter will change its open schedule to winter hours beginning Jan. 3. Saturdays and Sundays, Jan. 3-Feb. 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Meeting Point'
Gallery House will arrange an exhibit called "Meeting Point," made up of paintings and prints by Kyoko Fischer. A reception with the artist will be held on Friday, Feb. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 3-28, Tuesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'The Philippines in Photos'
The Portola Art Gallery will offer an exhibit of photographs by Frances Freyberg called "The Philippines in Photos: From Mountains to the Sea," which includes landscapes, city scenes, florals and portraits. Monday-Saturday, Feb. 2-28, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
 

Art Galleries

'Colors of Kauai'
Viewpoints Gallery will have on display a collection of vibrant work in watercolor by Jan Grady called "Colors of Kauai." Feb. 3-28, Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.
 

Exhibits

iPad art display
The Menlo Park Library will host a display from Mobileart.how of iPad art, created by local artists ages 7 to 70. Feb. 1-28, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Public Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.
 

Community Events

Adobefest Community Weekend
In celebration of Adobe Photoshop turning 25, the Computer History Museum will hold a festival with live demonstrations of the program in action and a hands-on exploration of vintage photography. Attendees can also learn how to use the program through an interactive exhibit or a one-hour workshop. Feb. 28-March 1, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Regular admission. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

Art Galleries

'Light's Pleasures'
Gallery 9 Los Altos will have on display an exhibit of oil landscapes of the bay and hills by Susan Varjavand, pieces which reflect the artist's responses to light and depth, particularly at dawn and dusk. Feb. 3-March 1, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
 

On Stage

'Bye Bye Birdie'
Menlo-Atherton High School's drama department will put on a production of the musical "Bye Bye Birdie," which follows rock 'n' roll star Conrad Birdie when he receives a draft notice from the U.S. Army. Tickets are available online and one hour before performances at the box office. Feb. 27 and 28, March 5 and 7, 7:30 p.m.; March 6, 3:30 p.m. $8 student, senior; $12 adult; group rates available. Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.

On Stage

'Sunday in the Park with George'
Foothill Music Theatre will put on a production of "Sunday in the Park with George," a Broadway musical -- with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and story by James Lapine -- that centers on a fictionalized Georges Seurat. Feb. 19-March 8, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $12-$32. Foothill College, Lohman Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Exhibits

'Shop, Gallery, Studio'
This exhibit of 17th and 18th century prints and drawings by European artists will focus on the public spaces in which people view, buy and converse about art, as well as the identities of the professional artist and serious connoisseur. Wednesday-Monday, Oct. 15-March 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Raúl Cañibano: Storyteller'
The Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College will host an exhibit called "Raúl Cañibano: Storyteller," which shares images by the Havana-based photographer that capture Cuba, its people and their struggles in the post-revolution era. Jan. 21-March 11, center hours. Free. Krause Center for Innovation, KCI Gallery, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Exhibits

'Museum of American Heritage: A to Z'
The exhibit, "Museum of American Heritage: A to Z," will show off the breadth and depth of the museum's collection of electrical and mechanical inventions -- including some objects rarely shown to the public. Oct. 10-March 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Daumier on Art and the Theatre'
This exhibit of 16 prints and one drawing by Honore Daumier will contemplate the public reception of painting and the performing arts in the mid-19th century, as well as art theory. Oct. 8-March 16, Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, Robert Mondavi Family Gallery, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Volunteers

Open space district Outdoor Education Leaders opportunities
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is now recruiting volunteer docents for its school field trip program called "Spaces & Species: Exploring Natural Communities." Visit the website for info on the orientation and training dates this spring, as well as to complete required registration. Until March 16. Free. Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, 330 Distel Circle, Los Altos.
 

Volunteers

Open space district nature center opportunities
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is looking for volunteer docents to staff the David C. Daniels Center at Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve on weekends. Visit the website for more info on the March orientation and training dates, as well as to complete required registration. Until March 16. Free. Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, 330 Distel Circle, Los Altos.

Exhibits

'Loose in Some Real Tropics'
The Cantor Arts Center will have an exhibit on display called "'Loose in Some Real Tropics': Robert Rauschenberg's 'Stoned Moon' Project, 1969-1970," which shares and documents Rauschenberg's lithographs, drawings, photographs and correspondence from his participation in the NASA Art Program capturing the Apollo 11 mission. Wednesday-Monday, Dec. 24-March 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

On Stage

'Show People'
For its latest show, Dragon Productions will stage a production of "Show People," a play written by Paul Weitz in which a tech entrepreneur tries to impress his violinist girlfriend by hiring two washed-up Broadway stars to play his parents. The show includes adult language. Feb. 27-March 22, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $10-$35. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.

Exhibits

'Birds of America: Audubon Collection'
To begin the 2015 season of art exhibits, Filoli will share its collection of 30 prints of American birds, which were first illustrated by John James Audubon in the 19th century through engraved plates. Feb. 10-March 22, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $20 adult; $17 senior (age 65 plus); $10 student; free for ages 4 and under, and Filoli members. Filoli, Visitor and Education Center, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.

Exhibits

'Watercolors' by Maria Klawe
The Community School for Music and the Arts will host an exhibit of watercolor paintings by Maria Klawe -- a mathematician, computer scientist and president of Harvey Mudd College. Feb. 6-March 29, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Bear Walker Society'
This Cantor Arts Center exhibit entitled "Bear Walker Society: Explorations in Global Modernism" will feature the work of the prominent Canadian, Anishnaabe (Ojibway) artist Norval Morrisseau and examine how traditional Anishnaabe beadwork and interactions with Picasso influenced his style. Wednesday-Monday, through March 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Sensual Splendor'
The Lynn Krywick Gibbons Gallery will have on display an exhibit called "Sensual Splendor: Medieval Art from the Cantor Collection," which includes medieval icons, funerary portraits and textiles from Byzantium, the Latin West and Islam. Through March 30, Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Sports

Mountain View Tennis Club membership special
Mountain View Tennis Club is offering discounted membership rates until the end of March. Mountain View residents new to the club can sign up for a 2015 membership for $10. City residents renewing their membership can get a rate of $20, as well as add a new adult family member for free. All applicants must fill out a membership form online. Through March 31. $10 new member; $20 renewing member. Mountain View Tennis Club, P.O. Box 336, Mountain View.
 

Support Groups

Speak! Feel! Be!
Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS) will offer an eight-week support group called "Speak! Feel! Be!" for youth and parents seeking help and a safe space to share their feelings following local youth tragedies. The first four weeks are for youth only; the second four weeks are for parents. The group is facilitated by two ACS therapists. Saturdays, Feb. 14-April 4, 10-11:30 a.m. $10 individual or couple. Adolescent Counseling Services, 1717 Embarcadero Road, Suite 4000, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Hear This!'
The Palo Alto Art Center will explore the sound of art in an exhibition called "Hear This!" The center will celebrate the new exhibit with a Friday Night at the Art Center event on Jan. 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Jan. 17-April 12, center hours. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Touched by Color'
Garden Fresh Restaurant will have on display an exhibit of local artist Susan Migliore's plein air landscape paintings, which explore the interplay of light, color and texture. Feb. 19-April 15, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.

Auditions

ECYS new member auditions
El Camino Youth Symphony is accepting audition applications for the 2015-16 season. Director Jindong Cai invites musicians ages 6 to 18 to try out for one of the symphony's ensembles. Auditions will be held in March and early April. More info about the application and audition requirements is on the website. Feb. 5-April 15. El Camino Youth Symphony Association, 4055 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

'Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends'
The Los Altos History Museum will have on display an exhibit called "Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends" which examines the reasons why this area turned from orchards to a technology hub. The exhibit will focus on local factors and figures who contributed to the transformation. Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 18-April 19, noon-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

Exhibits

'She Who Tells a Story'
The Cantor Arts Center will offer an exhibit called "She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World," introducing 12 photographers' work that spans from photojournalism to fine art. Wednesday-Monday, Jan. 28-May 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Family and Kids

Paws for Tales
Through this program provided in partnership with the Peninsula Human Society and SPCA, children ages 5 and older can sign up to read to a trained service dog. Participants must register in advance. Fourth Saturday of the month, Feb. 28-May 23, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

Exhibits

'Drama of Heaven and Earth'
The Cantor Arts Center tells the history of the Japanese dramatic art of Noh in an exhibit called "Drama of Heaven and Earth: The Theatrical Traditions of Japan," which is composed of 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, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Interaction of Color: Josef Albers'
In its exhibit "Interaction of Color: Josef Albers," the Cantor Arts Center will have on display a selection of works on paper by abstract painter Josef Albers -- pieces which were donated to the museum by the Marmor family and its foundation. Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 12-June 15, 11 am.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Shifting Currents'
The Cantor Arts Center will have on display an exhibit called "Shifting Currents: Highlights from the 20th-Century Chinese Collection," which showcases modern pieces from China drawn from the museum's large collection of Asian art. Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 25-July 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Health

Jazzercise classes
Jazzercise classes in Menlo Park offer a high-energy dance-focused fitness program designed to be both fun and burn calories. Monday-Thursday and Saturday, year-round, see website for specific times. $16 class; $52/$57 per month; $130 10-class pass. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., and the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.

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, 2015, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, 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.
 

Dance

Social ballroom dancing
Friday Night Dancers organizes ballroom dancing events each Friday and Saturday evening. Each event starts with a lesson, which is followed by general dancing. No experience or partner is necessary; dressy casual attire is preferred. Cover charge includes refreshments. Friday and Saturday, year-round, 8-11:45 p.m. $9. Cubberley Community Center Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Community Events

Sew Sew Saturday
The Mountain View Public Library invites community members to come by on Saturday mornings to use its four Baby Lock (Grace model) sewing machines and one serger. Appointments are required. Saturdays, year-round, 10:15 a.m.-noon. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.