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Family and KidsStory Time with Eric Litwin
Eric Litwin, author of picture book "Pete the Cat," will share his new story, "The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House," as well as perform his "Bedtime at the Nut House" song and others. Oct. 26, 11 a.m. Free. Redwood Shores Library, 399 Marine Parkway, Redwood City.
Family and KidsA Shadowy Halloween Party
This Gamble Garden event will lead children in creating shadow puppets and then entertain them with puppet performances of classic stories. Oct. 26, 5-6:30 p.m. $15 child and adult member; s$25 child and adult non-member. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
ConcertsHalloween Family Concert
Redwood Symphony's Halloween concert this year will include violinists in witches' black, a Tour of the Orchestra, the suite from "Frozen" and "Nutcracker: The Untold Story." Oct. 26, 3-5 p.m. $10-$30. Canada College Main Theater, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside.
Community EventsKehillah Open House
This open house event for Kehillah Jewish High School will allow visitors to meet students, faculty and administrators; tour the facilities, including science labs and arts spaces; and learn about academic programs and after-school and extracurricular enrichment. Oct. 26, 2-4:30 p.m. Free. Kehillah Jewish High School, 3900 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
SinglesNew Life Singles Together
This meeting of Menlo Park's New Life Singles Together group, a place where Bay Area singles ages 50 and over can interact over lunch, will welcome Jim O'Shea to kick off a six-Sunday lecture series on the Bible book "Galatians." Oct. 26, 12:30-2 p.m. $6 lunch donation; free for first-time guests. Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, Garden Court, 950 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsExploring Art & Spirit: 'Labyrinths & Mazes'
Led by minister and artist Amy Zucker Morgenstern, the next Exploring Art & Spirit class at Unitarian Universalist Church will focus on "Labyrinths & Mazes." The course is hands-on, and no art experience or materials are required. Oct. 26, 1-3 p.m. Free. Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto.
Benefits/FundraisersTheta Breakers Run for the Children
The Stanford chapter of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority will host the 29th Annual Theta Breakers Run for the Children, a 5 and 10K run on Stanford campus. Proceeds go to Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, an organization supporting foster children. Register online at Active.com or on race day. Oct. 26, 8 a.m. $25 general; $20 Stanford affiliate. Stanford Campus, PAC 12 Plaza, Stanford.
Classes/WorkshopsHome Buyers Real Estate Seminar
This seminar led by Avi Urban on buying a home and real estate in the area will cover such topics as the right to buy, down and up-sizing, relocating and investing in real estate elswehere. Oct. 26, 1:15-4:30 p.m. Free. Keller Williams Realty, 505 Hamilton Ave., Suite 100A, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsCalAve Trick or Treat and Halloween Carnival
The 20th annual CalAve Trick or Treat and Halloween Carnival, organized by Blossom Birth, will include trick-or-treating on California Avenue, carnival games, live music, activities for toddlers and more. Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Blossom Birth, 299 S. California Ave, Suite 120, Palo Alto.
ConcertsCypress String Quartet
The Cypress Quartet will give the first performance of the Woman's Club of Palo Alto's 2014-15 Salon Series, playing Beethoven's String Quartet No. 2 and 11 and Schoenberg's "Transfigured Night." Oct. 26, 3-5 p.m. $50. Woman's Club of Palo Alto, 475 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
ConcertsTriple CCRMAlite concert
Part of a celebration of the history of computer music on Stanford campus, this concert will feature works by CCRMA founder John Chowning, computer music pioneer Jean-Claude Risset, and CCRMA alumni Kotoka Suzuki and Leah Reid. Oct. 26, 2:30-4 p.m. $15-$20. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.
On Stage'Or Current Resident' staged reading
St. Mark's Thespians will put on a staged reading of a play by local Joan Bigwood called "Or Current Resident." As the play includes graphic language and images, it is most suitable for individuals high-school age and older. Oct. 26, 3-5 p.m. Free. Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto.
Family and KidsRecreation With Rocks
The Peninsula Gem & Mineral Society will hold its annual show with gem and mineral exhibits, crafts, beads, a kid's treasure wheel and jewelry. Oct. 25 and 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $4 adult; $2 age 12-18; free for under 12. Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
On Stage'Il Trovatore'
West Bay Opera will stage a production of Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece, "Il Trovatore," a gripping drama set in medieval Spain. Performances will include lavish costumes, video-enhanced sets and a cast with soprano Cynthia Clayton, tenor James Callon, baritone Krassen Karagiozov and mezzo-soprano Patrice Houston. Oct. 17, 19, 25 and 26, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. $40-$75. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
FilmUnited Nations Association Film Festival
With the theme of "Bridging the Gap," the 17th annual United Nations Association Film Festival will screen 70 documentaries from around the world meditating on such topics as human rights, the environment, migration, women's issues, refugees, racism, health and more. See website for complete schedule. Oct. 16-26. Prices vary. Locations in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Stanford and San Francisco, see website for specific show locations, times and prices., .
On Stage'Zoppe - An Italian Family Circus'
This one-ring circus held in an intimate 500-seat tent will feature Nino the clown, acrobatics, equestrian stunts and more, all woven into a central story. Tuesday-Sunday, Oct. 10-26, see website for specific showtimes. $10-$25. Circus Tent - Red Morton Park, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City.
Food and DrinkWoodside Farmers' Market
The weekly market features organic fruits and vegetables, farm eggs, nuts, dried fruits, honey, olive oil, local seafood, oysters, handmade sausages, vegetarian salads and entrees, organic pasta and sauces, nut butters, vegan cheeses, jams and pickles, bakery and crafts. Sundays, April 6-Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Woodside Farmers' Market, 3195 Woodside Road, Woodside.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Film2014 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.
Religion/SpiritualitySolid Start Club
This group for engaged and newly married couples in their 20s and 30s meets weekly to focus on developing Christ-centered marriages. Group members also participate in community service projects and social activities. Sundays, Oct. 5-Nov. 30, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, D Building, 1177 University Drive, Menlo Park.
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.
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.
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.
Family and KidsDayOne 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.
Religion/SpiritualityUniversity Public Worship
Memorial Church has historically been an important center of spiritual and ceremonial life at Stanford University. Services are held weekly and are open to the public. Sundays, Oct. 26-Dec. 28, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Free. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
Food and DrinkTied House NFL 2014 Season
To celebrate the San Francisco 49ers football season, on Sundays Tied House will offer beer and drink specials, including 49-cent half pints and its signature Bloody "Hail" Mary. Sundays, Sept. 7-Dec. 28, 9:30 p.m. Prices vary. Tied House Microbrewery and Cafe, 954 Villa St., Mountain View.
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.
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'Museum of American Heritage: A to Z'
The exhibit, "Museum of American Heritage: A to Z," will show off the breadth and depth of the museum's collection of electrical and mechanical inventions -- including some objects rarely shown to the public. Oct. 10-March 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
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.
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.