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Environment

Tuolumne Film & Culture Fest
On the eve of Earth Day, this event will celebrate water, culture and community through art, music, dance and the premiere of Leah Rogers' documentary on the Tuolumne River. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Tuolumne River Trust. April 21, 6:30-9 p.m. $12 general; $8 student/senior. Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
 

Community Events

Tall Tree Awards Dinner
The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Tall Tree Awards Dinner, recognizing the 2015 winners: Fran Codispoti, Sharon Keplinger, Acterra and Stanford Federal Credit Union. In addition to dinner, there will be raffle prizes available. April 21, 5:30-9 p.m. $200 person, $1,900 table of 10 for Chamber members; $225 person or $2,100 table of 10 for nonmember Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
 

Seniors

CSA Referral: Housing
Senior case managers from the Community Services Agency will be available to discuss resources regarding landlord-tenant disputes, low-income housing and the process of drafting lease agreements. Those interested should visit the Mountain View Senior Center's front desk or call to schedule an appointment. April 21. Free. Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View.

Family and Kids

Author Liesl Shurtliff on 'Jack'
Liesl Shurtliff will visit Linden Tree Books to read from her book "Jack: The True Story of Jack & the Beanstalk," her new retelling of the classic fairy tale. Those interested should RSVP by phone. April 21, 4-5 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
 

Classes/Workshops

3D printing workshop
This Los Altos Library workshop will demonstrate steps in using a 3D printer, including re-taping and leveling a build plate, loading and changing filament, and printing an object. The event is the second part in a series. April 21, 1-2 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

Community Events

New Book Preview & Ale Tasting
The Atherton Library will host an event combining a book preview with a beer tasting. Library staff will highlight selected 2015 titles, and Freewheel Brewing Company representatives will pour handcrafted British-style ales. Light refreshments will also be available. April 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.

Lectures & Talks

Author Jennifer Jacquet on 'Is Shame Necessary?'
New York University professor Jennifer Jacquet will discuss ideas from her book "Is Shame Necessary? New Uses for an Old Tool," in which she argues that shaming can be used as form of resistance. April 21, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Clubs/Meetings

Toastmasters speech contest
Toastmasters Division C International Speech & Tall Tales Contest will be held at Palo Alto City Hall. Guests are welcome to attend. Visit the website for more info. April 21, 6-9 p.m. $5 by noon on April 20; $7 walk in. Palo Alto City Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Dance

Compagnie Kafig
Led by French-Algerian choreographer Mourad Merzouki, Compagnie Kafig will offer a performance called "Kafig Brazil" that fuses circus acrobatics, martial arts and street dancing. April 21, 7:30 p.m. $30-$65. Memorial Auditorium, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford.
 

Concerts

Jaffa Road
Jaffa Road will come to the Oshman Family JCC to offer a concert that will blend contemporary Jewish music, Middle Eastern and Indian sounds, jazz and rock 'n' roll. April 21, noon-1:30 p.m. $15 at the door. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

Classes/Workshops

DIY Instruments workshop
This Mountain View Public Library event will lead community members in creating their own musical instruments out of found items. Registration is appreciated but not required. April 21, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

Exhibits

'Beasts & Books'
"Beasts & Books," curated by Stanford Ph.D. candidate Mackenzie Cooley, with help from undergraduate students, encapsulates the interdependence of humans and animals through rare books and manuscripts. On April 16, from 4 to 6 p.m., there will a reception. April 6-Aug. 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Green Library, Bing Wing, Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford.

Art Galleries

Pacific Art League: 'Spring is in the Air'
The Pacific Art League has two exhibits on display in April: "Spring is in the Air," a juried show with works focusing on spring in a number of mediums, and the Palo Alto Camera Club's annual photograph competition. Monday-Friday, April 3-23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
 

Health

Clinical Trials Awareness Week
Stanford Cancer Institute will hold Clinical Trials Awareness Week for patients and the community to learn about Stanford's trials and research. There will be poster exhibits, an educational talk in Spanish on April 24 and an info desk with games, giveaways and prizes. April 20-24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Stanford Cancer Center, 875 Blake Wilbur Drive, Stanford.
 

Art Galleries

'What Now?'
Gallery 9 in Los Altos offers a show called "What Now?" of oil paintings, as well as a sculpture, by Bay Area artist Steve Curtiss. March 31-April 25, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

Art Galleries

'Along Highway 1'
Viewpoints Gallery has on display "Along Highway 1," a show of watercolor paintings by plein air artist Veronica Gross inspired by vistas along the famed highway from Big Sur to the Oregon coast. March 31-April 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday only until 3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.
 

On Stage

'Fire on the Mountain'
For a regional premiere, TheatreWorks will stage "Fire on the Mountain," a bluegrass musical that portrays the lives of Appalachian mining families. See website for specific times and dates. April 1-26. $53 adult; $43 senior, educator; $25 under age 30. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

Teen Activities

Teen Blackout Poetry Contest
Throughout National Poetry Month this April, the Menlo Park Library will hold a Blackout Poetry Contest, during which participants can create poetry by leaving select words visible and blacking out the rest. Visit the website for more info. April 1-27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.
 

Family and Kids

Toddler Storytime
The Portola Valley Library will host weekly Toddler Storytime events with songs, stories and movement activities to encourage young children to listen and read. Age-appropriate toys will be available to play with after each session. A special activity will follow the event on the third Tuesday of the month. Tuesdays, March 24-April 28, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Art Galleries

'LandEscapes'
The Portola Art Gallery presents "LandEscapes," an exhibition of recent plein air and studio works by Mary K. Stahl. Monday-Saturday, April 1-30, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.

Classes/Workshops

Meditation and yoga with Surfer Mike
Michael Kintz, or "Surfer Mike," will lead teach a free class on mindfulness meditation and yoga movements at the Rinconada Library. Third Tuesday of the month, April 21, May 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Rinconada Library, Embarcadero Room, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

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.

Exhibits

'Into the Wild Woods'
The Community School of Music and Arts currently has an exhibition of illustrations and paintings by Bay Area native Liz Amini-Holmes. April 3-May 31, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
 

Exhibits

Filoli Botanical Art Exhibit
Filoli has on display its 17th annual Botanical Art Exhibit, which contains visual depictions of many plant species. March 24-June 7, 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.
 

Clubs/Meetings

The Women's Financial Revolution Project
At this monthly meet-up, Teresa Dentino, founder of The Financial 411, will lead women in learning about and discussing concepts and behaviors that impact financial security and confidence. Third Tuesday of the month, year-round, 7-8 p.m. $7. Private location, address provided upon registration, Portola Valley.

Health

Danceation fitness classes
European pop star Heath Hunter and international fitness guru Kirsten Johnson will lead participants in high-energy dance and fitness workouts for all skill levels. March 16-June 17, Monday, 11:30 a.m.; Tuesday, 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 9, 10 and 11 a.m. $20 single class; $150 10-class pass. American Legion, 347 1st St., Los Altos.
 

Art Galleries

'Heads and Hands'
The Rotunda Gallery will have on display an exhibit of work by sculptor Dan Woodard, which looks at the positive and negative and serious and comical aspects of the human condition. Monday-Friday, Jan. 21-June 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Rotunda Gallery, 555 County Center, Redwood City.
 

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

'No Limits - Freedom to Create'
The Town of Los Altos Hills has on display "No Limits - Freedom to Create," a fine art exhibit showcasing the work of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society. A reception will be held on April 19 from 2 to 5 p.m. with children's art activities, live music and food. Monday-Friday, March 9-Aug. 28, 8 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m. Free. Town of Los Altos Hills, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.

Volunteers

Greeter and peer counselor recruitment
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is recruiting new peer counselors and greeters to help with its programs and services during Community Outreach events held from April to June and September to November. The organization seeks working or retired professionals, as well those with no experience, who are emotionally stable. The time commitment is about two to four hours per month. Training will be provided. March-August. Free. Location varies, Palo Alto and Mountain View, .
 

Religion/Spirituality

Insight 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.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Bid4Kids Online Auction
Menlo-Atherton High School's Foundation for the Future will offer its Bid4Kids online auction to benefit the high school's students. Trips, parties, sports items and tickets, concert tickets and more are available. March 20-April 6. Prices vary. Menlo-Atherton Bid4Kids Online Auction, online only, Menlo Park.