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Lectures & TalksA Virtual Talk with Tamora Pierce
This Library Talks event, which brings favorite authors to the Mountain View Public Library via video conferencing, will feature Tamora Pierce, author of "The Song of the Lioness" and "The Immortals" quartets. Oct. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Benefits/FundraisersDine Out: Benefiting Meals on Wheels
Restaurants in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties will donate a percentage of their meal sales to support Peninsula Volunteers Inc.'s Meals on Wheels program, which feeds local homebound seniors. Visit the website for a list of participating restaurants. Oct. 13, noon-11:45 p.m. Prices vary. Restaurants in Los Altos, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City and Woodside.
Lectures & TalksScott Yundt on nuclear exposure issues
For the next Technology and Society Committee Luncheon Forum, Scott Yundt -- staff attorney at Tri-Valley CAREs, a Livermore based nonprofit that monitors the activities of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the U.S. nuclear weapons complex -- will describe his work examining worker exposure issues and the nuclear weapons budget. Oct 13, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. $12 lunch. Hangen Szechuan Restaurant, 134 Castro St., Mountain View.
FilmYour Infinite World Series: 'Experiencing Hubble'
At these Infinite World Series events at Little House Activity Center, community members will learn from video lectures by Professor David M. Meyer of Northwestern University about the Hubble Space Telescope's ability to capture unrivaled views and help in investigations of the cosmos. Tuesdays, Sept. 29-Oct. 13, 1-3 p.m. $5 one lecture. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsStorytelling for Beginners
Led by experienced storyteller and teacher Enid Davis, this series of six classes will teach adults of all ages how to tell well-crafted traditional and personal stories that can be shared with family and the community. Tuesdays, Sept. 8-Oct. 13, 3:30-5 p.m. $60/$70 six classes. Avenidas, Garden Room, 450 Byrant St., Palo Alto.
Art GalleriesGallery House: 'Collective'
Gallery House will present a new exhibit celebrating its newest member artists called "Collective. On Sept. 25, 6-8 p.m., there will be a reception. Sept. 22-Oct. 17, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Family and Kids'Zoppé, An Italian Family Circus'
'Zoppé, An Italian Family Circus" will return to Redwood City for its eighth year, offering a one-ring circus starring Nino the clown that honors the best of the Old World tradition and features acrobatic feats, comedic elements and other thrilling acts. Matinee showings are offered on weekends. See website for specific times and pricing. Tuesday-Sunday, Oct. 9-25. Prices vary; discounts for weekday performances. Red Morton Park, Circus Tent, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City.
Exhibits'Seasons of Filoli'
This exhibit is comprised of work in different media by 41 artists that captures how the features and colors of Filoli's grounds and gardens change throughout the year. Sept. 1-Oct. 25, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. See website for admission prices. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.
Family and KidsToddler Storytime
These Portola Valley Library events will present songs, stories and movement activities that encourage children to listen and read. Age-appropriate toys will be available to play with after each session. A special activity will follow story time on the third Tuesday of the month. Tuesdays, Oct. 6-27, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Classes/WorkshopsAlzheimer's Friendly Business Training
Home Instead Senior Care is offering free trainings for local businesses on how to reduce feelings of isolation among individuals and families dealing with Alzheimer's disease. Visit the website or call for more information. Monday-Friday, Oct. 1-31, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Home Instead Senior Care, 883 N. Shoreline Blvd., A100, Mountain View.
Art Galleries'In a Beautiful World'
The Portola Art Gallery is offering a show called "In a Beautiful World," composed of expressive oil paintings by artist Marsha Heimbecker of San Mateo that were inspired by the orphaned elephants of Tsavo. Monday-Saturday, Oct. 1-31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will present the contemporary drama "Proof," the compelling tale of a faded mathematical genius and his brilliant but troubled daughter seeking recognition in the male-dominated world of science. See website for specific times and dates. There will be no Oct. 27 show. Oct. 7-Nov. 1. $19-$80; discounts available for teachers, seniors and those age 30 and under. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Classes/WorkshopsNew Line Dancing Classes
These weekly classes at Little House Activity Center will provide instruction in beginning line dancing (6:45-7:30 p.m.), couples line dancing (7:30-8 p.m.) and intermediate line dancing (8-8:45 p.m.). Price packages are available that combine beginning and intermediate classes. Tuesdays, Oct. 6-Nov. 10, 6:45-8:45 p.m. $55 member; $60 nonmember; $15 drop in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
ExhibitsStanford Art Spaces: 'Cybersphere' and 'Natural Histories'
Stanford Art Spaces is offering two shows sharing the work of Bay Area artists: the assemblages of Joy Broom in "Cybersphere" and 2D and 3D computer art by Corinne Whitaker in "Natural Histories." Visit the website for venue information. Sept. 21-Nov. 13, regular building hours. Free. Paul G. Allen Building, David W. Packard Electrical Engineering Building and Psychology Department, Stanford.
Live MusicSinger-songwriter Patrick Ames
Patrick Ames will visit Freewheel Brewing Company every other Tuesday to share his laid-back, Bob Dylan-esque tunes. He also plays covers and is occasionally joined by a special guest. Sept. 8 and 22, Oct. 6 and 20, and Nov. 3 and 17, 7:15-9:30 p.m. Free. Freewheel Brewing Company, 3736 Florence St., Redwood City.
The show "Heirloom" will share paintings and mixed-media works by Bryan Keith Thomas that celebrate the black experience through historic symbols such as cotton, roses, and African and African-American imagery. See website for facility hours. Monday-Saturday, Oct. 9-Nov. 22. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Mohr Gallery, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Art Galleries'Wild Things'
In the exhibit "Wild Things," nationally known artist Rita Sklar will share her recent water-media paintings portraying vanishing birds and other wildlife from the Bay Area and beyond. Oct. 13-Dec. 7, center hours. Free. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Exhibits'Rough Around the Edges'
The exhibit "Rough Around the Edges: Inspirations in Paper" presents the work of Ronni Jolles, who uses layered paper, acrylic paint and sealants to create dimensional painting-like pieces. See website for daily schedule. Aug. 26-Dec. 7. Free. Goldman Sports & Wellness Complex and Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsLipreading class in Menlo Park
Taught by an experienced audiologist and lipreading instructor, this free Foothill College Community Based Fall Quarter class will provide help to those who have difficulty hearing in noisy environments, group conversations and other situations. Tuesdays, Sept. 22-Dec. 8, 9:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Menlo Park Senior Center, 110 Terminal Ave., Menlo Park.
The new fall exhibition at the Palo Alto Art Center, called Front Yard/Backstreet," will encourage visitors to reconsider their relationships with the places they live, work and play. Themes will include mapping, sustainability, landscape and population. Sept. 19-Dec. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
Community EventsCSA Homeless Outreach
Twice monthly a Community Services Agency social worker will come to the Mountain View Public Library to offer assistance to low-income and homeless individuals, including information and referrals to community resources. Second and fourth Tuesday of the month, year-round, 9-11 a.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
HealthLittle House Walking Group
Little House Activity Center will organize walking groups three times each week, where friends can enjoy the outdoors and become more active. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, Oct. 5-Dec. 29, 10-11 a.m. Free. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Religion/SpiritualityInsight Meditation South Bay
Shaila Catherine and guest teachers will lead weekly Insight Meditation sittings, which are accompanied by talks on Buddhist teachings. Tuesdays, Jan. 6-Dec. 29, 7:30-9 p.m. Donations accepted. St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall, 2094 Grant Road, Mountain View.
Clubs/MeetingsSRI Organon Toastmasters
The SRI Organon Toastmasters club focuses on improving leadership and communication skills. Club membership is diverse, and guests are welcome. Tuesdays, year-round, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. SRI International, Building G, Laurel Street, Menlo Park.
SportsRinconada Masters Swim Club
This Palo Alto-based group welcomes adults over 21 who want to make swimming a part of their healthy lifestyle. The flexible schedule includes 12 workouts per week, as well as optional social events, local swim meets and opportunities for stroke advice from experienced coaches. A Swim4Fitness program for learners is also offered. See website for more info. Sept. 1-Dec. 31. $80 per month. Rinconada Park, 777 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
ExhibitsFine art photography by Immaculada Del Castillo Ditzel
The Town of Los Altos Hills is hosting a free exhibit of fine art photography and paintings by Immaculada Del Castillo Ditzel, who uses unconventional methods and materials to present careful displays of everyday objects. Monday-Friday, Sept. 7-March, 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Free. Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.
Art GalleriesPaintings by Naomi Mindelzun
Gallery 9 Los Altos has on display selected works by Palo Alto artist Naomi Mindelzun. Her pieces use a variety of surfaces and materials to capture organic structures that inspire her. Sept. 29-Oct. 31, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.