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ConcertsBodhi Tree Concerts North: 'Reimagining Standards'
At this event benefiting Family Giving Tree, Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist and composer Aaron Lington will lead a quartet of talented Bay Area musicians in performing new spins on old songs. Oct. 9, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $25. Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto.
Benefits/FundraisersCastro and Mistral Elementary School Walkathon
The annual Castro and Mistral Elementary School Walkathon and Silent Auction will offer children in kindergarten to fifth grade the chance to help raise money for building improvements, supplies and enrichment programs at their schools. Oct. 9, 2-5 p.m. Free. Castro and Mistral elementary schools, 505 Escuela Ave., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'Great Grasses for your Landscape'
UC Master Gardener Vera Kark will recommend ideal grasses for garden accents and massing, as well as present tips for caring for them. Questions are welcome. Oct. 9, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
FilmLe French Film Club: Cinema du Mois
For its Cinema du Mois, the Le French Film Club will screen "Ridicule," a film by Patrice Leconte with Fanny Ardant. It will be shown on a large screen, with subtitles. Oct. 9, 8-9:45 p.m. $15. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Second Stage, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Teen ActivitiesAuthor Patrick Ness on 'The Rest of Us Just Live Here'
Young adult author Patrick Ness will speak in conversation with Sabaa Tahir about Ness' new science fiction novel, a both moving and comedic tale called "The Rest of Us Just Live Here." Oct. 9, 7 p.m. Free. Redwood Shores Library, 399 Marine Parkway, Redwood City.
FilmDeborah's Palm Mini Film Festival
Deborah's Palm and the Midpeninsula Community Media Center will host a mini film festival featuring three quality short films produced by local filmmakers: "International Folk Art Market," "Faces of Courage" and "Forgotten Faces." The filmmakers will take part in brief Q&A sessions after each screening. Oct. 9, 7 p.m.; Oct. 10, 1 p.m. $10. Deborah's Palm, 555 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Brandon Sanderson on 'Shadows of Self'
One of the biggest names in the fantasy genre, Brandon Sanderson will come to Kepler's to celebrate his latest fantasy novel, "Shadows of the Self," the follow-up to his "The Alloy of Law." Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m. $20 general. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Teen Activities'College on Your Mind?'
Girls Innovate! will hold a mixer and fireside chat with Dora Norwood, senior assistant director of admissions at Yale University, who will answer any questions students have about college. Oct. 9, 6:15-8:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksGSV Pioneer Summit
GSV's Pioneer Summit will bring together innovators to listen to speakers and companies from various sectors and discuss ways to transform industry and society. See website for ticket prices and full schedule. Oct. 7-9. Prices vary. GSVlabs, 425 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Community EventsSt. Raymond Pumpkin Festival
This two-day public event benefiting St. Raymond School will boast pony rides, a climbing spider maze, a bungee trampoline, face painting, games, bounce houses, pumpkins, food, treats and a beer garden. Oct. 9, 3:30-9 p.m.; Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. St. Raymond School, 1100 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
On Stage'Chaos Theory'
EnActe will offer a production of "Chaos Theory," a fast-paced, avant-garde romp full of intellectual shenanigans written by recognized Indian comedian Anuvab Pal. Oct. 9, 8-9:30 p.m.; Oct. 10, 2-3:30 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m.; Oct. 11, 2-3:30 p.m. See website for pricing. Cubberley Community Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Suite T2, 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.
Dragon Productions will next bring to the stage Liz Duffy Adams' "Or," a fictional spin on the true story of Aphra Behn, a spy of England's Restoration era and a trailblazing female playwright. Oct. 2-25, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $35 general; $27 senior, student. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.
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.
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.
Classes/WorkshopsTai chi in Portola Valley
Tai chi instructor Ben Dineen will lead a weekly 60-minute class for adults of all abilities in the Redwood Grove next to the Portola Valley Town Center's Community Hall. The ancient exercise aims to build stronger bodies, better balance and a sharper mind, as well as relieve stress. Fridays, Oct. 9-30, 10-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Town Center, Redwood Grove, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsPreschool Storytime
The Portola Valley Library will hold weekly story-events for children ages 2.5 to 5 years old, providing books, songs and activities for stimulating preschoolers' curiosity and growing minds. Fridays, Oct. 9-30, 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 will present 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 ages 30 and under. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Exhibits'Another Look at the Permanent Collection'
This new exhibit at the Anderson Collection refreshes the inaugural installation at the museum, sharing a wider variety of modern and contemporary pieces donated by the Anderson family. Wednesday-Monday, ongoing, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
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.
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.
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.
Exhibits'ONE TREE' photography exhibit
The Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter currently has on display a photography exhibit by Nancy Mueller and her granddaughter Tinsley Rollins called "ONE TREE," which presents a study of eucalyptus in the Palo Alto Baylands. On Sept. 19, 1-3 p.m., there will be a free public reception with the artists, with hor d'oeuvres and drinks. Aug. 30-Nov. 30, Monday, Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter , 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
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.
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.
HealthJacki's Aerobic Dancing
Jacki's Aerobic Dancing classes guide participants in abdominal work, strength training and aerobic routines. Complimentary child care is provided by staff. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, March 9-Dec. 18, 9 a.m. $36 month; $6 single class. Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., 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.
Religion/SpiritualityLabyrinth in Memorial Church
This weekly event at Stanford's Memorial Church will seek to help participants find balance and peace in their life through walking in circles. Thursdays, Jan. 23-Dec. 27, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
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.
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'Artists at Work'
This major exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center seeks to demystify the artistic process through a selection of 70 works from the museum's collection, including pieces by Edouard Manet, J. M. W. Turner, Thomas Hart Benton and Richard Serra. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 9-Jan. 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Edward Hopper: New York Corner'
The Cantor Arts Center celebrates the major acquisition of Edward Hopper's seminal painting "New York Corner" with an exhibition with pieces preceding or contemporary to the work, centering on themes of modern urban life and realism. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 9-Feb. 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
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.
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.
This Anderson Collection exhibit will include drawings, prints, paintings and sculpture by Tauba Auerbach and Mark Fox, two Stanford University graduates whose work investigates process, material manipulation and chance. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 9-March 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
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.