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Concerts

'Tidings of Comfort'
Ragazzi Continuo, the a cappella men's choir composed of alumni of the acclaimed Ragazzi Boys Chorus, will present a holiday concert "Tidings of Comfort." Dec. 21, 7 p.m. $15-$20. St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 178 Clinton St., Redwood City.

Family and Kids

Community Christmas Celebration
Vineyard Christian Fellowship of the Peninsula will hold a Christmas event, where there will be a potluck dinner, carols and a variety of activities for all ages. Visit the website for more info. Dec. 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Cubberley Community Center Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

Concerts

California Pops Orchestra: 'Pops Very Merry Christmas'
The California Pops Orchestra will perform a holiday concert with both new and old favorites, including jazzy holiday hits, music from Disney's "Frozen" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas," and "White Christmas." Dec. 21, 3 p.m. $15-$37. Foothill College, Smithwick Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos.
 

Concerts

Gunn Chamber Singers Holiday Concert
The Gunn Chamber Singers will offer a concert of festive, holiday songs. All proceeds will benefit a scholarship fund to help Gunn Choir students attend a trip to Italy over the summer. Dec. 21, 5:30 p.m. $10. Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
 

On Stage

'The Snow Queen' by Bayer Ballet
Bayer Ballet Company will put on two productions of the ballet "The Snow Queen," a story about a spell capturing a young boy and his friend's adventure to rescue him. Dec. 20, 5:30 p.m.; Dec. 21, 2:30 p.m. $40 orchestra level; $30 balcony. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

On Stage

'Super Villain!'
This irreverent comedy, written and directed by the Pear's James Kopp, will center on the super villain The Remote -- after he has defeated his nemesis -- while he explores issues of love and identity. Attendees must be age 13 or older. See the website for exact times and dates. Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 4-21, 2, 7 or 8 p.m. $15. The Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K, Mountain View.

Art Galleries

Indian art holiday sale
Laasya Art will hold a holiday sale of contemporary and traditional Indian art, offering carefully selected pieces at reasonable prices. Art can be viewed online and at in-person appointments. Dec. 8-21, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Free appointments. Laasya Art, Address provided upon resevation, Palo Alto.

Dance

'Nutcracker' by Peninsual Ballet Theatre
Peninsula Ballet Theatre will give four performances at Fox Theatre of "The Nutcracker" (a work that the company has been performing since 1971) with choreography by Bay Area legend Carlos Carvajal. Dec. 20, 2 and 7 p.m.; Dec. 21, 2 p.m.; Dec. 22, 2 p.m. $30-$65. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City.
 

Art Galleries

'Holiday Show' at Gallery House
The "Holiday Show" at Gallery House will feature art gifts in different mediums at a variety of price points. Pieces will include paintings, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, fabric and photography. A champagne reception will be held on Nov. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m., during which there will be a 20 percent discount on art. Hours will be extended in December. Nov. 18-Dec. 24, Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave, Palo Alto.
 

Religion/Spirituality

University public worship
Memorial Church has historically been an important center of spiritual and ceremonial life at Stanford University. Services are held weekly and are open to the public. Sundays, Oct. 26-Dec. 28, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Free. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
 

Food and Drink

Tied House NFL 2014 Season
To celebrate the San Francisco 49ers football season, on Sundays Tied House will offer beer and drink specials, including 49-cent half pints and its signature Bloody "Hail" Mary. Sundays, Sept. 7-Dec. 28, 9:30 p.m. Prices vary. Tied House Microbrewery and Cafe, 954 Villa St., Mountain View.
 

Dance

For the Love of Dance classes
For the Love of Dance in Mountain View continues to offer its full suite of dance classes, including instruction in ballet, jazz, tap and other styles for both children and adults. See website for dates, times and pricing. Year-round. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite B, Mountain View.
 

Art Galleries

'Reflections'
Gallery 9 Los Altos will mount an exhibit of contemporary art by 28 different local artists, depicting landscapes, seascapes, abstract compositions and introspective reflection. Mediums will include painting, photography, metal work, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics and printmaking. Nov. 25-Dec. 30, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9 Los Altos, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Mountain View Tennis Club 2015 Membership
The Mountain View Tennis Club is offering new memberships for city residents until the end of the year at a special price of $20. The club holds tournaments, sponsors USTA teams, has a ladder and promotes tennis within the community. Non-residents are also welcome. Nov. 20-Dec. 31.

On Stage

'Peter and the Starcatcher'
TheatreWorks will stage a holiday production of "Peter and the Starcatcher," a Tony Award-winning, adventure-filled sequel to "Peter Pan." See website for specific dates, timing and pricing. Dec. 3-Jan. 3. $19-$74. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Ebb & Flow'
For this exhibit, plein air pastelist Teresa Ruzzo will contribute new work inspired by the Russian River, Big Sur, the Palo Alto Baylands and the Stanford hills. Dec. 2-Jan. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sundays til 3 p.m.) Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.

Classes/Workshops

Foothill College Winter Quarter registration
Registration for Winter Quarter 2015 classes at Foothill College is now open and will continue until Jan. 4, the day before classes begin. Winter Quarter will last until March 27. A search-able class schedule is available. Nov. 20-Jan. 4. $31 per unit for California residents, plus basic fees. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

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

'Beginning with Water'
This exhibit will showcase the work of Community School of Music and Arts faculty and students ages 5 to adult. Their work incorporates water as a material and as a theme. Dec. 12-Jan. 11, center hours. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Land and Sea'
Garden Fresh restaurant will have on display a solo exhibit of oil paintings of Bay Area landscapes and seascapes by local artist Bonnie Hicks. Nov. 25-Jan. 27, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
 

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

'Movements for Change'
The Peterson Gallery at Stanford will mount an exhibit of photography by Bob Fitch called "Movements for Change," which captures moments in American civil rights history, farm workers organizing and the peace movement of the 1960s and '70s. The exhibit is accessible daily, except for some holidays. Nov. 20-Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Green Library, Bing Wing, Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford.

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

'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.
 

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'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.
 

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'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

'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, Stanford.

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'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.