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Community Events

All Hallows Eve
Atherton Library will hold a Halloween-themed event with a variety of activities. Halloween crafts will be held from 4 to 5 p.m., a costume parade from 4 to 5:15 p.m., a showing of the short movie "Toy Story of Terror" from 5:15-5:45 p.m. and an after-hour tour from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30, 4-6:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

Food and Drink

Taste Lab
This Mountain View Public Library event will allow community members to explore a variety of tastes, as well as try a taste-distorting miracle berry. Oct. 30, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

Family and Kids

Halloween craft activities
The Portola Valley Library will welcome Christie's Creative Cupboard to lead Halloween-themed crafts activities. At 3:30 p.m., children ages 3 to 8 can make a picture frame with googly eyes. At 4:30 p.m., children ages 9 to 13 can make a candy bar into a Halloween friend. Oct. 30, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Benefits/Fundraisers

VIP Reception at Foothill College
The Foothill College Commission and Rotary Club of Los Altos will welcome donors to a celebration of the newly remodeled Foothill College Veterans Resource Center. Aaron Glantz, reporter from the Center for Investigative Reporting, will be the keynote speaker. Wine and light refreshments will be served. Oct. 30, 5:30-7 p.m. $25 suggested donation; $3 parking. Foothill College Veterans Resource Center, Room 5403, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

Concerts

Arturo Sandoval and His Quintet
Renowned trumpet player Arturo Sandoval and his band will perform a jazz concert at the Oshman Family JCC. Oct. 30, 7:30-9 p.m. $40 member, $45 general, $60 premium in advance; $50-$70 at the door. Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Atherton Dames' General Meeting and Luncheon
Atherton Dames will hold a meeting and lunch with guest speaker Mary Hughes, founder and principal of Closing the Gap. Oct. 30, 11-1:30 p.m. $50. Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club, 2900 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park.
 

Benefits/Fundraisers

Kainos Luncheon & Fall Fashion Show
This fifth annual event will help to raise funds for Kainos, a Redwood City-based nonprofit that provides services to adults with developmental disabilities. Oct. 30, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $95. Hotel Sofitel, 223 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City.
 

Lectures & Talks

'Cities and the Digital Frontier'
This Churchill Club event will explore how cities will be transformed by new digital technologies. Oct. 30, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $42 member; $67 nomember. PARC, 3333 Coyote HIll Road, Palo Alto.
 

Community Events

Wine Tasting & Pumpkin Fest
The Portola Valley Farmers' Market will have wine tasting for the first time ever, hosting Capay Valley Vineyards from Napa Valley. In addition, Webb Ranch Pumpkin Patch will attend with pumpkins and free train rides for children from 3 to 6 p.m. Also available will be Halloween crafts, Imagination Playground blocks, and food trucks from Roli Roti and House of Siam Loco Wraps. Oct. 30, 3-7 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Farmers' Market, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

Community Events

Palo Alto Community Outreach
Neighbors Helping Neighbors will hold a community outreach event in Palo Alto where trained peer counselors and case managers will be available for 30-minute consultations with those facing life challenges. Those interested are encouraged to RSVP, but drop-ins are also welcome. Bag lunches will be provided to those who sign up. Individuals from nearby cities are welcome. Oct. 30, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Congregation Etz Chayim, Double Tree Room, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto.
 

Seniors

Medicare updates talk
Staff from Sourcewise will hold a workshop at the Mountain View Senior Center covering the latest updates to Medicare and information for both present and future participants in the program. Oct. 30, 1-2 p.m. Free. Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View.

Lectures & Talks

'Wolf and Elk Diseases in Yellowstone'
For the October Evening Public Lecture at U.S. Geological Survey, research wildlife biologist Paul Cross will give a talk entitled "Wolf and Elk Diseases in Yellowstone: Lessons on emerging pandemics." Oct. 30, 7-8 p.m. Free. USGS Menlo Park Campus, 345 Middlefield Road, Building 3, Conference Room A, Menlo Park.
 

Family and Kids

Little Adventures series
This new program by Environmental Volunteers will acquaint toddlers and preschoolers with nature through hands-on activities. The first series will cover birds, bugs and using human senses to explore nature. Thursdays, Oct. 16-30, 10-11 a.m. $60 series; $22 one class. Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
 

Special Events

Halloween Costume Catwalk
The Savers thrift store in Redwood City, as well as others throughout the area, will host Halloween Costume Catwalk fashion shows each Thursday in October. Costume Consultants from the store will show off popular costumes and share Halloween shopping tips. Thursdays, Oct. 9-30, 3 p.m. Free. Savers Redwood City, 875 Main St., Redwood City.
 

Food and Drink

Portola Valley Farmers' Market
The farmers' market at the Portola Valley Town Center features organic fruit and vegetables, free range eggs, fair trade coffee, wild and local seafood, hot free range rotisserie chickens, local honey, organic olive oil, gluten-free baked goods, nuts and nut butters, pickles, jerky, artisan breads, flowers, crafts and music. Thursdays, year-round, 3-7 p.m. Portola Valley Farmers' Market, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Classes/Workshops

Accent Arts classes
Accent Arts will offer handful of classes covering a variety of art mediums in its loft above the store. Visit the website or call to register. Sept. 7-Oct. 30, 10 p.m. Prices vary. Accent Arts, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Special Events

Heaven versus Hell Halloween Nights
St. Stephen's Green will hold two nights of dancing and costumes to celebrate Halloween. Attendees are encouraged to wear angelic or devilish costumes; prizes will be awarded to the best male and female attire. Music will start at 10 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31, 10 p.m. Free. St. Stephen's Green, 223 Castro St., Mountain View.

Art Galleries

'The Anniversary Collection' by Marsha Heimbecker
The Portola Art Gallery will have on display in October an exhibit of bold oil paintings by San Mateo artist Marsha Heimbecker called "The Anniversary Collection." Oct. 1-31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.

Exhibits

Metal and wire artists show
Artists Linda Tapscott of Portola Valley and Tom DeHoog of Woodside will team up for an exhibit of their artwork made from non-traditional materials. Oct. 1-31, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Woodside Priory School, Kriewall-Haehl Gallery, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

Art Galleries

'Explorations in Color'
An exhibit composed of mixed-media watercolor paintings by Rosemarie Gorman will be on display at Gallery 9. Sept. 30-Nov. 1, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
 

On Stage

'Curtains'
Woodside Community Theatre will put on a production of the musical "Curtains," a mystery in which a detective investigates the mysterious death on stage of a musical's leading woman. Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 25-Nov. 2, Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. $15 child; $25 senior; $28 adult. Woodside Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Ave., Woodside.

On Stage

'The Woman In Black'
Dragon Productions will stage a production of "The Woman In Black," an adaptation of Susan Hill's horror novella in which a traumatized man enlists a young actor to help exorcise the ghost of the Woman in Black. Oct. 10-Nov. 2, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $30. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.

On Stage

'Sweeney Todd'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of the classic Stephen Sondheim musical "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," in which the titular hero takes revenge on a cruel judge with the help of meat-pie cooking Mrs. Lovett. Oct. 8-Nov. 2, see website for specific dates and times. $19-$74. Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

Classes/Workshops

Creative writing class
Professional writer Phyllis Butler will teach this weekly class on writing creatively for publication or personal satisfaction. Thursdays, Oct. 16-Nov. 6, 1-2 p.m. $50 member; $55 non-member; $15 drop in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Classes/Workshops

German Language Class
This class, taught by a college-credentialed teacher who lived and studied in Germany through Stanford, will focus on speaking, reading and writing German. Basic grammar and culture will also be covered. Thursdays, Sept. 11-Nov. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $116. Palo Alto High School, Room 406, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
 

Volunteers

Environmental Volunteers training
Environmental Volunteers will hold a seven-week training at its South Bay office called "Explorations in Ecology" to teach community members how to run its school programs. Those interested should contact the nonprofit for more info and to sign up. Thursdays, Oct. 16-Dec. 4 (no session on Thanksgiving), 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Environmental Volunteers, 4020 Moorpark Ave., Suite 105 , San Jose.

Art Galleries

'Repetition of Themes'
Gallery House will offer an exhibit of abstract paintings by Joyce Savre and paintings by Wendy Fitgerald based on the theme of "landscape and language." A reception with the artists will be held on Oct. 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 21-Nov. 15, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

Film

2014 CreaTiVe Awards Call For Entries
CreaTV San Jose has made a call for entries for its 2014 CreaTiVe Awards, for which filmmakers from the Bay Area and Santa Cruz can submit videos and TV shows for competition in ten categories. The submission period ends on Nov. 15, finalists will be announced on Dec. 8, and winners will be declared on Jan. 10. Oct. 8-Nov. 15, $30 per entry per category. CreaTV San Jose, 255 W. Julian St., San Jose.

Art Galleries

'Pomegranate Art' by Linda Tapscott
The Oshman Family JCC will have on display pomegranate wire mesh sculptures by Linda Tapscott in the Goldman Sport & Wellness Complex. Aug. 26-Nov. 15, complex hours. Free. Goldman Sport & Wellness Complex, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

'Bay Area and Beyond' by Denise Natanson-Marcus
Garden Fresh restaurant will have on display an exhibit of oil paintings on canvas by local artist Denise Natanson-Marcus, whose work depicting natural scenes is influenced by contemporary realism and Impressionism. Sept. 30-Nov. 25, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Sympathy for the Devil'
As Jackson Pollock's painting "Lucifer" comes to Stanford's Anderson Collection, this exhibit will explore the visual history of the devil and his realm from the 16th to the 20th century. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 20-Nov. 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
 

Dance

Brazivedas dance and Capoeira classes
Brazivedas studio offers a variety of classes for both youth and adults teaching Brazilian dance, Samba, percussion and Capoeira. Classes are held at a home studio in East Palo Alto and at Lucie Stern Community Center and Cubberley Community Center. Private instruction is also available. Visit the website for more information. October-December, see websites for specific times and dates. Class prices vary. Location varies from class to class, see website for more info, Palo Alto and East Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Wanderlust'
Foothill College will have on display an exhibit called "Wanderlust," composed of rich travel photography by Sunnyvale-based artist Harlan Crowder. An opening reception will be held on Oct. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30-Dec. 5, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m-6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free; $3 parking. Foothill College, KCI Gallery, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Exhibits

'Unnatural Selection'
This exhibition at the Mohr Gallery will feature artwork by Pantea Karimi and Amber Stucke that melds their ideas about evolutionary biology and people's impact on the environment. An opening reception will be held on Nov. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27-Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Family and Kids

'Seeing with a New Eye' toddler and parent course
Waldorf School of the Peninsula will offer Parenting with Heart eight week classes for toddlers and their caregivers. This fall's introductory class called "Seeing with a New Eye: Observation and Rhythm" will help parents and caregivers learn about and guide their children. Other sessions will be held in the winter and spring. Mondays, Oct. 13-Dec. 8, 8:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. for toddlers 12-24 months; 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. for 24-36 months. $320. Waldorf School of the Peninsula, 11311 Mora Drive, Los Altos.
 

Health

Portola Valley yoga classes
These yoga classes will instruct students in moving, bending, balancing and breathing in order to provide energy and center the mind and body. Beginners are encouraged; all students should bring a mat. The first class is free. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 2-Dec. 11, 9-10 a.m. $240 15 classes; $360 flexible 24. Portola Valley Town Center, Community Room, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

Exhibits

'I'll Show You Mine'
The Palo Alto Art Center will have on display an exhibit called "I'll Show You Mine: Contemporary Artists Explore Family Portraiture," made up of pieces in a variety of mediums by 12 contemporary audiences. Sept. 27-Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Within and Without: Transformations in Chinese Landscapes'
Fifteen works of Chinese landscape will be on display. Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 19-Dec. 14., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Health

Yoga with Mike
Michael Kintz will offer weekly yoga classes designed to provide relaxation through meditation and movement. All ages and levels welcome. See website for specific times and locations. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 8-Dec. 15, 5:15 or 5:30 p.m. $161. Lucie Stern Community Center or Little House Activity Center, , Palo Alto and Menlo Park.
 

Family and Kids

DayOne Baby classes
DayOne Baby, with a new store in Palo Alto, has a wide offering of classes for expecting and new parents and their children, newborn to 24 months old. Available courses include Breastfeeding; Musical Play; Mommy & Me; Daddy & Me; Messy Play; Infant, Child, and Adult CPR; Potty Training; and more. Year-round, see website for specific class info. Prices vary. DayOne Baby, 552 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
 

Dance

For the Love of Dance classes
For the Love of Dance in Mountain View continues to 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.
 

Dance

Jacki's Aerobic Dancing
These twice weekly classes held at For the Love of Dance will help participants stay fit through dance-like exercises. Students should wear comfortable clothing, supportive shoes, water, and a yoga mat or towel for floor work. Tuesdays and Thursdays, year-round, 9-10 a.m. $90 for 10 classes; $65 monthly. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite B, Mountain View.

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.

Art Galleries

'Echoes from 85 Years, 85 Artists'
Artists Kimm Barnes, Raven Erebus, Joan Schulze and Stefanie Sylvester -- participants in the recent "85 Years, 85 Artists" show at Menlo College -- will contribute more of their work to this new exhibit. A reception will be held on Oct. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, Oct. 20-Jan. 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Menlo College Administration Building, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton.
 

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

'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

'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.
 

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.

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

'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 at Museum Way, Stanford.

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.