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Teen Activities

Author Josephine Angelini on 'Firewalker'
Young adult author Josephine Angelini, whose books have sold well internationally, will come to Kepler's to share her newest fantasy title, "Firewalker," a direct sequel to "Trial By Fire." Sept. 4, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Film

Menlo Movie Series: 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
At this free community movie night, the City of Menlo Park will screen last year's hit science fiction film "Guardians of the Galaxy," which is rated PG-13 and runs for 121 minutes. Sept. 4, 7:45 p.m. Free. Downtown Menlo Park, Chestnut Street and Santa Cruz Avenue (on the Chestnut Paseo), Menlo Park.
 

Live Music

Concert on the Plaza: LyraTones
For this City of Mountain View event, community members are invited to the Civic Center Plaza to enjoy food trucks, a "Pop Up Park" area for children, beer and wine, and live music by LyraTones. Sept. 4, 6-7:30 p.m. Free admission. Civic Center Plaza, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

Live Music

Music On The Square: Pride & Joy
Veteran Bay Area band Pride & Joy will close out Redwood City's Music On The Square series with a show of pop/soul music, complemented by its distinctive look and choreography. Sept. 4, 6-8 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.
 

Live Music

Woodside Arts & Culture Committee: Singer-songwriter Megan Keely
At the Woodside Arts & Culture Committee's September First Friday event, singer-songwriter Megan Keely will perform some of her folk-rooted, contemporary-pop blends. Sept. 4, 7 p.m. Free. Woodside Town Hall, Independence Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside.

Family and Kids

Preschool Activity Hour
At this family event at the San Mateo County History Museum, preschool-age children will make vegetable collages for taking home and listen to the story "Up, Down and Around" in the "Nature's Bounty" exhibit gallery. Sept. 4, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Waverley Writers poetry meeting
This meeting of Waverley Writers will provide an opportunity to remember Lu Pettus, poet of San Jose and the South Bay, through poems, letters and stories. An open reading will follow. The doors will open at 7 p.m. Sept. 4, 7:30-10 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Friends Meeting House, 957 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Food and Drink

Author Nancy Hachisu on 'Preserving the Japanese Way'
Acclaimed cookbook author Nancy Singleton Hachisu will talk about her new guide, "Preserving the Japanese Way: Traditions of Salting, Fermenting, and Pickling for the Modern Kitchen." Samples will be served. Sept. 4, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.

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.

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.
 

Exhibits

Summer 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 Activities

Teen 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.

Auditions

ECYS 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.

Art Galleries

'Dichotomy'
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.
 

Classes/Workshops

Tai Chi in Portola Valley
Tai chi instructor Ben Dineen will lead 60-minute classes for adults on Fridays in the Redwood Grove next to the Portola Valley Town Center's Community Hall. The centuries-old Asian exercise aims to strengthen bodies, sharpen the mind and provide stress relief. No class will be held on Sept. 18. Fridays, Sept. 4-25, 10-11 a.m. Free. Redwood Grove, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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.
 

Food and Drink

Friday Nights at the Computer History Museum
The Computer History Museum is partnering with Off the Grid to bring food trucks and special programming to the museum each Friday night. Fridays, June 12-Oct. 30, 5-9 p.m. Prices vary. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

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.
 

Health

Jacki'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.
 

Dance

Social 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/Spirituality

Labyrinth 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.

Sports

Rinconada 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.

Exhibits

'Piranesi's Paestum'
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.

Exhibits

'Empathy'
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.