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Family and KidsChildren's Story Time
BookBuyers will welcome to the store a local preschool teacher, who will lead children on a fun exploration of literature. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sept. 5, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Free. BookBuyers, 317 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Constance L. Vincent on 'Not Going Gently'
At this event organized by the Menlo Park Library, Constance L. Vincent, Ph.D., will talk about the experiences and ideas behind her book, "Not Going Gently: A Psychologist Fights Back Against Alzheimer's for Her Mother...and Perhaps Herself." Friends of the Library will provide refreshments. Sept. 5, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
On StageWheel Funny Comedy
Wheel Funny Comedy will return to Freewheel Brewing Company, offering a show hosted by Phil Griffiths with a lineup of top Bay Area comedians. There is no cover charge for the show. Sept. 5, 8-10 p.m. Free. Freewheel Brewing Company, 3736 Florence St., Redwood City.
Exhibits'Edith Sommer: An Artist's Retrospective'
This exhibit entitled "Edith Sommer: An Artist's Retrospective" will share some of the jewelry, textile and mixed-media creations of the late Edith Sommer, a longtime Palo Alto artist involved in the creation of Gallery House in 1958. An opening reception will be held on June 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. June 26-Sept. 26, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, Studio Gallery, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
Community EventsKings Mountain Art Fair
This annual art fair and community fundraiser run by volunteers will exhibit art selected by jury among the redwoods in Woodside. Breakfast, lunch and a variety of drinks, including beers and wines, will be served. No pets are allowed. Sept. 5-7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. Kings Mountain Community Center and Firehouse, 13889 Skyline Blvd., Woodside.
On Stage'The Voice of the Prairie'
Dragon Productions is currently offering the contemporary play by John Olive, "The Voice of the Prairie." The story follows an early radio broadcaster named Davey Quinn who is reunited with Frankie, a blind girl he once saved from her abusive father. Aug. 20-Sept. 13, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $10-$35. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.
ExhibitsSummer Garden Sculpture Exhibit
Throughout the summer, Filoli is holding its second sculpture exhibit with a number of works by local artists. Visitors can tour the exhibit on their own using a guide and map, or they can make reservations for a Guided Walk. June 3-Sept. 13, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $18 adult; $15 senior (age 65 and older); $8 child (ages 5-17); free for members. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.
Teen ActivitiesTeen Library Advisory Board applications
Palo Alto Library is currently recruiting teens for its Teen Library Advisory Board (T-LAB). The opportunity allows students in grades 8 to 12 to help the library with its Teen Zone, generate programming ideas, offer book suggestions and more, as well as earn community service hours. Applications are due by Sept. 15. Aug. 1-Sept. 15. Free. Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
AuditionsECYS Preparatory Orchestra Auditions
The El Camino Youth Symphony orchestra program is now accepting audition applications for its preparatory orchestras. Young string and wind players with at least one year of private lessons are encouraged to sign up online. Appointments will be held in early September. Aug. 10-Sept. 18.
Gallery House will next be home to an exhibit of mixed-media and watercolor paintings by artists Nance Wheeler and Patricia Nojima, entitled "Dichotomy: Abstracted Science and Lyrical Landscapes." On Aug. 28, 6-8 p.m., there will be a reception with the artists. Aug. 25-Sept. 19, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
On Stage'The Country House'
In a Northern California premiere, TheatreWorks will stage a production of "The Country House," a recent Broadway hit by Donald Margulies about a stage and film star who brings her show-biz family to the Berkshires for a summer stock season. There will be no show on Sept. 15; see website for specific times. Tuesday-Sunday, Aug. 26-Sept. 20, 2, 7 or 8:30 p.m. $19-$74. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Exhibits'On You: A Story of Wearable Computing'
The Computer History Museum is hosting a traveling exhibition by the Georgia Institute of Technology called "On You: A Story of Wearable Computing," which examines the problems engineers needed to solve to make wearable technology viable and user-friendly. Tuesday-Sunday, June 30-Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission prices. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Exhibits'O'Keeffe, Stieglitz, Toomer, and Modernism'
The Cantor Arts Center puzzles out the relationships -- aesthetic and romantic -- between Georgia O'Keeffe, Alfred Stieglitz and Harlem Renaissance writer Jean Toomer in the exhibit "O'Keeffe, Stieglitz, Toomer, and Modernism." Wednesday-Monday, May 6-Sept. 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
On Stage'Dead Man's Cell Phone'
Bus Barn Theater will next perform a production of "Dead Man's Cell Phone," a surreal comedy that investigates assumptions about morality, redemption and connection in a tech-crazed world. See website for specific dates; there will be no show on Sept. 6. Sept. 3-27, Wednesday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. $18-$36. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
Art Galleries'Favorite Places and New Beginnings'
In the show "Favorite Places and New Beginnings," Nancy Wulff will share new watercolor paintings that provide impressions of the beauty and essence of their subjects. On Sept. 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m., there will be a reception with the artist. Sept. 1-27, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
Exhibits'Metaphors and Memories'
The Community School of Music and Arts' Mohr Gallery has on display an exhibition of collage and sculpture by Lisa Ramirez and Marianne Lettieri called "Metaphors and Memories." Aug. 14-Sept. 27, 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.
Art Galleries'Impressions' by Jared Sines
The Portola Art Gallery will present a selection of Jared Sines' oil paintings of places and still lifes, "Impressions." Some of the artist's favorite subjects are pictured, including the fountains and flowers of the Allied Arts Guild and the waterways of Venice. Monday-Saturday, Sept. 1-30, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Exhibits'Reflect + Create'
The Los Altos History Museum is offering an exhibit called "Reflect + Create: Where Art and History Intersect," which looks at how artists, makers and creators from the community have taken inspiration from items in the museum's collection. Thursday-Sunday, May 7-Sept. 30, noon-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, 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, through Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Word as Image'
This Cantor Arts Center installation of prints and drawings entitled "Word as Image: Highlights from the Marmor Collection" examines how modern and contemporary artists have used and featured words in their work. Wednesday-Monday, July 1-Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Astley D. M. Cooper and Mrs. Stanford's Jewels'
The Cantor Arts Center has on display an exhibit entitled "Astley D. M. Cooper and Mrs. Stanford's Jewels," which explores the life and work of the wild Bay Area painter. Cooper, who lived from 1856 to 1924, was known for using a faux Egyptian temple as a studio and paying off debts accrued at bars with paintings. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 5-Nov. 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
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/WorkshopsFall Mountain View Tennis group classes
This fall Mountain View Tennis will hold group tennis classes for a variety of ages and skill levels at tennis courts throughout the city. Classes begin on Sept. 5. Visit the website for more info. Sept. 5-Dec. 18. Class prices vary. Cuesta, Rengstorff, Whisman Park and Cooper Tennis Courts, Mountain View.
DanceSocial 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.
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.
Composed of 15 drawings by Italian printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi, the Cantor Arts Center exhibit "Piranesi's Paestem: Master Drawings Uncovered" features the artist's largest body of work focused on a single location. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 19-Jan. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
This Cantor Art Center exhibit explores the idea and practice of empathy in art ranging from Christian paintings to photography from the Civil Rights era. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 12-Jan. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'25 Years at the Museum of American Heritage'
This exhibit will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Museum of American Heritage, tracing its history from its opening on Alma Street to its current home at the Williams Property and highlighting memorable exhibits along the way. Friday-Sunday, April 17-Jan. 17, 2016, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. The Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Warriors, Courtiers, and Saints'
The Cantor Art Center's exhibit "Warriors, Courtiers, and Saints: The Etchings of Jacques Callot" examines the 17th-century French artist's experimental work in the medium of printmaking. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 26-Feb. 15, 2016, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.