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Community EventsFoothills safety and emergency preparedness class
Palo Alto's Office of Emergency Services and Stanford's Department of Public Safety will provide info to community members of the Foothills area concerning safety, crime prevention and emergency preparedness. Sept. 23, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Research Park, 3160 Porter Drive, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksPublic panel on Ebola outbreak
This panel discussion called "Ebola: Health, Governance, Security and Ethical Dimensions" will feature Stanford experts from multiple disciplines. The event is co-sponsored by the Stanford School of Medicine and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Sept. 23, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall, 616 Serra St., Stanford.
Classes/WorkshopsGoogle Tips & Tricks workshop
This Los Altos Library workshop will help community members in utilizing the Google search engine, covering how to limit searches to specific requests and find recent news events. It will also review Google Crisis Maps, Google Trends, Google Scholar and Google Advanced. Sept. 23, 2-3 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
EnvironmentSod Blitz Results & Treatment
Dr. Matteo Garbelotto, director of the U.C. Berkeley Forest Pathology Laboratory, will give a presentation on 2014 Sudden Oak Death (SOD) (which will include a Web-based map of sampled trees) and provide training on the treatment of oaks to mitigate SOD. Everyone is welcome. Sept. 23, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
ConcertsViolinist Shang Quan
Shang Quan will give a free concert open to the public playing gospel melodies on the violin. Sept. 23, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksGarry Winogrand and street photography lecture
This talk will explore the work of Garry Winogrand and other street photographers who documented American culture during the mid-20th century. Sept. 23, 1:30-2:30 p.m. $5. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Sarah Granger on 'The Digital Mystique'
In a conversation with Lisen Stromberg, Sarah Granger will share thoughts from her book, "The Digital Mystique: How the Culture of Connectivity Can Empower Your Life--Online and Off," including real-life stories and surprising facts. Sept. 23, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Community EventsTimeBank Tales: Tai Chi in the Park
linkAges TimeBank and Mike Chan, head instructor at Taijiquan Tutelage of Palo Alto, will host a one-hour tai chi workshop covering basic exercise to improve balance, flexibility and strength. Sept. 23, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Rinconada Park, multi-use bowl area, 777 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Religion/SpiritualityInsight Meditation South Bay
Shaila Catherine and guest teachers will lead weekly Insight Meditation sittings, followed by talks on Buddhist teachings. Tuesdays, July 22-Sept. 23, 7:30-9 p.m. Donations accepted. St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Edwards Hall, 2094 Grant Road, Mountain View.
Exhibits'Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China'
The exhibit "Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China: Photographs of Land and Culture" will be on display at the Krause Center for Innovation. June 23-Sept. 26, center hours. Free. Krause Center for Innovation, 12345 El Monte Road, Building 4000, Los Altos Hills.
Art GalleriesRichard Bostrom solo exhibit
Gallery 9 in Los Altos will mount an exhibit of wood sculpture and abstract paintings by Bay Area artist Richard Bostrom. Sept. 2-27, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
Exhibits'Decline & Renewal'
The Mohr Gallery will have on display an exhibit called "Decline & Renewal, Mixed Media Works on Paper" by artist Erin Goodwin-Guerrero. Aug. 8-Sept. 28, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Religion/SpiritualityThich Nhat Hanh talks: Second two screenings
There will be a free series of weekly public showings of DVDS of recent talks by Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Zen master, on "Living and Dying." The second two DVDS will be shown on two Tuesdays. The series is sponsored by the Ladera Flowing Waters Sangha. Tuesdays, Sept. 23 and 30, 7-9 p.m. Free. Ladera Church, Peabody Social Hall, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley.
Family and KidsToddler Storytime
The Portola Valley Lirary will hold weekly story time events for children ages 18 to 36 months, with songs, stories and movement activities. Tuesdays, Sept. 2-30, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Art GalleriesRecent works by Carolyn Jones
The Portola Art Gallery will host an exhibit of recent oil paintings by Menlo Park artist Carolyn Jones. Paintings include scenes from her travels in California, Vermont and France. Monday-Sunday, Sept. 1-30, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
The Community School of Music and Arts will have on display an exhibit called "Recorded Live: Drawings, Paintings and Collage," which features works exploring the human form by a number of artists. Sept. 2-30, 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.
Garden Fresh restaurant will have on display an exhibit of acrylic paintings on canvas by local artist Diana Ware Collins. Her works depict landscapes and scenes from her time spent in Yosemite and abroad. July 30-Sept. 30, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
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.
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.
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.
SportsUnited States Youth Volleyball League
The United States Youth Volleyball League in Palo Alto is about to kick off; registration will be open until Sept. 1. The 8-week program is open to boys and girls ages 7 to 15. Tuesdays and Saturdays, Sept. 9-Nov. 1, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $150 general; $185 late registration. Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Ave., 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.
Kundalini Yoga classes will be offered weekly at Little House, with an aim to help students balance glands, strengthen nerves and help control the mind. Tuesdays, Sept. 16-Dec. 2, 7-8:45 p.m. $8 donations accepted. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., 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.
HealthBaby Wearing Workout
This fitness class will provide dances and exercises for mothers wearing their babies in harnesses, as well as a chance to meet other young parents. Sept. 9-Dec. 16, 9:30-10:30 p.m. $160 resident; $215 non-resident. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
Family and KidsToddler Art Classes
Art School of San Francisco Bay will hold art classes for toddlers ages 2 to 4 years old, with three session times available. See the website for more info. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Sept. 9-Dec. 16. $70/month; free trial available. Accent Arts Store, Second Floor, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Clubs/MeetingsPalo Alto Toastmasters
Since 1924, Toastmasters International has been helping people around the world to improve their communication and leadership skills. The Palo Alto Toastmasters Club meets each week in city hall's Council Chambers. Club membership is diverse, and guests are welcome. Tuesdays, through December, noon-1 p.m. Free. City Hall, First Floor, Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.
Clubs/MeetingsSRI Organon Toastmasters
Toastmasters focuses on improving the communication and leadership skills of its members. Each week covers a different skill related to public speaking. Club membership is diverse, and guests are welcome. Tuesdays, through December, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. SRI International, Building G, Laurel Avenue, opposite the Menlo Park Police Station, 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.
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.
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.