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Lectures & TalksEducation talk with Alfie Kahn
At this talk organized by Fusion Academy, Alfie Kahn will give a lecture called "The (Progressive) Schools Our Children Deserve," in which he discusses the gap between knowledge of how children learn and the reality of how students are taught. Oct. 2, 7 p.m. Free. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Live MusicPark Avenue Rocks concert
Park Avenue Rocks will play set of American love songs from a variety of traditions while listeners enjoy the cuisine of Morocco's Restaurant. Oct. 2, 7-9 p.m. Free admission. Morocco's Restaurant, 873 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Lauren Oliver with Jandy Nelson
Lauren Oliver will share her adult fiction debut in a story about the relationship between the living and the dead, "Rooms." She will be in conversation with Jandy Nelson, author of "The Sky is Everywhere." Oct. 2, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Clubs/MeetingsFolger Estates Stable tour
Atherton Dames is organizing a tour of the newly renovated Folger Estates Stable. Tickets can be purchased on the Atherton Dames website. Oct. 2, 10-12:30 p.m. $50. Folger Stable, 4040 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Ann Gelder on 'Bigfoot and the Baby'
Ann Gelder will share her debut novel, "Bigfoot and the Baby," a black satire about the interplay of capitalism and religion in 1980s America. Oct. 2, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Community EventsAssemblyman Rich Gordon Menlo Park office hours
Assemblyman Rich Gordon will hold office hours where visitors can learn about legislation, share thoughts on state government, request help with a state agency or government and meet neighbors and the state representative. Light food and coffee will be served. Oct. 2, 9-10 a.m. Free. Cafe Zoe, 1929 Menalto Ave., Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Dave Eggers with Tobias Wolff
Dave Eggers, author of the cautionary novel "The Circle," will discuss privacy in the digital age and the craft of writing with Stanford English professor Tobias Wolff. Oct. 2, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Encina Hall, Bechtel Conference Center, 616 Serra St., Stanford.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Ali Eteraz on 'Falsipedies and Fibsiennes'
Ali Eteraz, author of the memoir "Children of Dust" and a contributing writing to publications including The Huffington Post, will share his sensual and surreal short story collection, "Falsipedies and Fibsiennes." Oct. 2, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Benefits/FundraisersLos Altos Follies
The Los Altos Stage Company will put on three fundraiser performances of "A Salute to the Over-rated, Underhanded and Outrageous," a musical parody of modern life and politics. A reception with food, wine and a silent auction will be held before and after the Friday and Saturday performances. Oct. 2-4, 7:30 p.m. $60 Thursday; $100 Friday or Saturday. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
On Stage'House and Garden'
This production of Alan Ayckbourn's "House and Garden" will include two comedies taking place simultaneously in two adjacent theaters -- with a shared cast. One follows the Platts as they host an annual May Fete at their English estate, while the other takes place on the same estate's grounds. Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 12-Oct. 5, 8-10:30 p.m. $10-$35. Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Mountain View.
Exhibits'Night, Smoke and Shadows'
This exhibition, named "Night, Smoke and Shadows: The Presence of Atmosphere in the 19th Century," includes prints, drawings and photographs by artists such as James McNeill Whistler, Max Klinger, Felicien Rops and Alvin Langdon Coburn. Wednesday-Sunday, May 14-Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. (after September 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
SeniorsLa Comida Senior Lunch Program
Nonprofit La Comida welcomes seniors age 60 and older and their guests to enjoy an appetizing and nutritious three-course lunch, along with camaraderie, music and activities. Lunch is served weekdays at three Palo Alto locations. Visit the website or call for the other venues and more info. Monday-Friday, year-round, 11:15-12:15 p.m. $3 voluntary contribution for adults 60 and over; $8 charge for those under 60. La Comida Main Dining Room, Avenidas Center, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
VolunteersLa Comida volunteer opportunities
The La Comida Senior Lunch Program has various volunteer opportunities available, including helping to welcome and serve seniors, translate, assist with special programs and do community outreach. Monday-Friday, year-round, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. La Comida Main Dining Room, Avenidas Center, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Artists Observe Nature'
This exhibition features about 18 prints and drawings that focus on the post-17th century impulse to study nature. Wednesday-Monday, May 14-Oct. 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
HealthAbs-olutely Best Core Workout class
This Chez Fit weekly fitness class is designed to work out the many muscles in the abdomen and lower back in order to improve posture and make students leaner. Students should bring a stability ball and a mat. Thursdays, Oct. 2-Dec. 18, 10:30-11:30 a.m. $165 for 11 classes. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Religion/SpiritualityChildren's choir at First Lutheran Church
The Palo Alto Children's Choir will offer open enrollment for children ages 8 to 12. As part of the choir, participants will be taught by choir director and vocal coach Julia Simon. The choir sings once a month during morning worship. Thursdays, Sept. 18-Oct. 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free; no membership required. First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
Family and KidsRedwood NJB registration
The Redwood chapter of National Junior Basketball is now registering children in first to eighth grade in Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside and East Palo Alto for the winter basketball season (November to February). The program focuses on teaching skills, personal growth and fostering positive competition. Sept. 23-Oct. 10. See website for pricing. Various locations in Menlo Park, Redwood City and other cities, , .
Family and KidsPlein-air sessions for kids
This autumn Art School of San Francisco Bay will hold three Saturday art sessions for children ages 8 to 13 in Palo Alto parks, each dedicated to a different material: pastels (Sept. 20), acrylics (Sept. 27) and watercolor (Oct. 11). Visit the website for info and to register. Saturdays, Sept. 20 and 27 and Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $40 half day; $80 full day. Foothills Park or Baylands Nature Preserve, , Palo Alto.
Gallery House will mount a new exhibit called "Choice," composed of watercolors by Uma Kelkar and oil paintings by Krishna Kopell. A public reception for the artists will be held on Sept. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Sept. 23-Oct. 18, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Little House Activity Center will offer a weekly class on genealogy to help community members in investigating the lives of their ancestors. Thursdays, Sept. 4-Oct. 23, 10 a.m.-noon. $86; $15 drop in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
ExhibitsPop Art from SFMOMA
To celebrate its new neighbor, the Anderson Collection, the Cantor Arts Center will have on display an exhibit of 10 pop art works that were originally part of the Andersons' donation to SFMOMA. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 13-Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
Food and DrinkPortola 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/WorkshopsAccent 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.
Art GalleriesMarsha Heimbeckerís 'Anniversary Collection'
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.
ExhibitsMetal 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. An opening reception will be held on Oct. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. 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. A reception with the artist will be held on Friday, Oct. 3, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. 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.
Classes/WorkshopsGerman 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.
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.
DanceBrazivedas 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.
Family and KidsStorytelling with John Weaver
John Weaver, Menlo Park Library's resident storyteller, will offer a monthly session of comical tales, told without a book for reference. The events are appropriate for children in elementary school and older. First Thursday of the month, Sept. 4-Dec.4, 4-4:45 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Main Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.
HealthPortola 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.
HealthYoga 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.
Classes/WorkshopsFor the Love of Dance classes
For the Love of Dance offers training in ballet, jazz, tap and other styles of dance. Serving Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Altos and Sunnyvale, it is a family-owned studio that teaches dance to children and adults at all levels of ability. Visit website to learn about specific offerings. March through December. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, 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.
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.
Family and KidsArt 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'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.
Art Galleries'From the Ground Up'
Artists Martha Castillo and Trevlyn Williams will have new works on display at Gallery House, which are inspired by the colors, textures and light of California's natural landscapes. A reception will be held on July 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. July 1-26, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.