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Family and Kids

Family Movie Night: 'The Muppets Most Wanted'
The Atherton Library will hold a family movie night, where the newest Muppets film, "The Muppets Most Wanted," will be screened. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m., and refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library. March 27, 7-9 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

Classes/Workshops

Make the Leap: Returning to Work After a Career Break
This free event presented by Sparkup will kick off a new initiative to help women restart and take control of their careers. March 27, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Mitchell Park Community Center, Adobe Room South, 3700 Middlefied Road, Palo Alto.
 

Classes/Workshops

Homemade introduction class
This two-hour class offered by Homemade Inc. will emphasize cooking fresh, whole food meals, improving health and quality of life, and communal enjoyment of a five-course tasting menu. Class size is limited; visit the website for registration info. March 27, 6-8 p.m. $40; a guest can attend for free. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.
 

Family and Kids

Fusion Academy Coffee Chat
Fusion Academy Palo Alto will hold an informational event with complimentary coffee, where the head of school, Christiana Martinez, will answer questions about the private school serving grades six through 12. March 27, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Bumble, 145 1st St., Los Altos.

Family and Kids

'Frozen' coding party
For this Kids Night Out event, children can learn the principles of coding through "Frozen"-themed activities, as well as enjoy cake and a sing-along. Children are welcome to come in costume. March 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $35. Escondido Elementary School, 890 Escondido Road, Stanford.

Benefits/Fundraisers

Object:Art fundraiser for Art in Action
This fundraising event called Object:Art will include a silent auction of original artwork, unique art-themed experiences and the presentation of the Art Visionary Award to Dennis Hwang, Google's founding doodler. Proceeds from the event will support Art in Action's efforts to provide comprehensive visual arts education to students. March 27, 6-9 p.m. $100. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

Family and Kids

Spring Fling at Hope Technology School
Hope Technology School will host a Spring Fling event for preschool and kindergarten-aged students with games, a bounce castle, food and more. March 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Hope Technology School, 2525 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto .

Art Galleries

'Emotional Landscapes'
Gallery House will install a new exhibit of acrylic paintings and monotypes by Sydell Lewis and mixed-media paintings by Midori McCabe, called "Emotional Landscapes." A reception with the artists will be held on Friday, March 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. March 3-28, Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Earth Poems' by Kathleen Mitchell
Viewpoints Gallery will have on display a group of contemporary acrylic paintings by Kathleen Mitchell that abstract California landscapes and celebrate the colors and textures of the earth. March 3-28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday only until 3 p.m. Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.
 

Dance

Menlowe Ballet: 'Rapture'
This year's spring season for Menlowe Ballet will include performances of the soulful "Bru's Sweet" by Reginald Ray Savage; "Playing Love," an exploration of relationships by Artistic Director Michael Lowe; and the return of the "Legend of the Seven Suns." March 27 and 28, 8 p.m.; March 29, 2 p.m. $28-$48. Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.

Benefits/Fundraisers

Whole Foods Market Shopping Spree
For this Whole Planet Foundation fundraiser, community members can help alleviate poverty in the U.S. and abroad by donating $20. Each donation will give the donor one entry for a chance to win a Shopping Spree on April 1 in the Palo Alto store. Donations can be made online or in the store. March 9-29, $20 donation. Whole Foods Market, 774 Emerson St., Palo Alto .

On Stage

'The Lake Effect'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of "The Lake Effect," a new drama written by Rajiv Joseph and directed by Giovanna Sardelli in which the grown-up children of an Indian restaurant owner consider the legacy of the now-closed family business. See website for specific times and dates. March 4-29. $19-$74. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'H2O -- Water'
A Gallery 9 exhibit called "H20 -- Water" of black and white photography by Bay Area artist Roy V. Harrington will include images capturing forms of water, including clouds, lakes and streams, and ice. March 2-29, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

Exhibits

'Watercolors' by Maria Klawe
The Community School for Music and the Arts has on display an exhibit of watercolor paintings by Maria Klawe -- a mathematician, computer scientist and president of Harvey Mudd College. Feb. 6-March 29, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Bear Walker Society'
This Cantor Arts Center exhibit entitled "Bear Walker Society: Explorations in Global Modernism" will feature the work of the prominent Canadian, Anishnaabe (Ojibway) artist Norval Morrisseau and examine how traditional Anishnaabe beadwork and interactions with Picasso influenced his style. Wednesday-Monday, through March 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Sensual Splendor'
The Lynn Krywick Gibbons Gallery will have on display an exhibit called "Sensual Splendor: Medieval Art from the Cantor Collection," which includes medieval icons, funerary portraits and textiles from Byzantium, the Latin West and Islam. Through March 30, Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Art Galleries

'In a Classical Mood'
The Portola Art Gallery will present an exhibit called "In a Classical Mood," a collection of oil still-life paintings by Linda Salter. Monday-Saturday, March 1-31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
 

Sports

Mountain View Tennis Club membership special
Mountain View Tennis Club is offering discounted membership rates until the end of March. Mountain View residents new to the club can sign up for a 2015 membership for $10. City residents renewing their membership can get a rate of $20, as well as add a new adult family member for free. All applicants must fill out a membership form online. Through March 31. $10 new member; $20 renewing member. Mountain View Tennis Club, P.O. Box 336, Mountain View.
 

Classes/Workshops

MVLA Adult School Spring Registration
Spring classes at Mountain View Los Altos Adult School have begun; subjects range from figure and portrait drawing to Ikebana, jewelry, watercolor, dance and Zumba. Those interested can register online or over the phone. Classes run from March 23 to June 25. Prices vary. Mountain View Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.
 

On Stage

Pear Slices 2015
The Pear Avenue Theatre will offer its annual Pear Slices production, which showcases an eclectic variety of original short plays written by members of the Pear Playwrights Guild. March 12-April 5, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $25/$20 Thursday, Sunday; $30/$25 Friday, Saturday. The Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K, Mountain View.

Classes/Workshops

Foothill College Spring Registration
Registration for spring classes at Foothill College -- through which students can improve current job skills or earn a specialized career certificate or associate degree -- begins on March 6. Classes last from April through June. Contact the school's admissions office for more info. March 6-April 5. $31 per unit for California residents, plus basic fees. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Exhibits

'Hear This!'
The Palo Alto Art Center will explore the sound of art in an exhibition called "Hear This!" The center will celebrate the new exhibit with a Friday Night at the Art Center event on Jan. 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Jan. 17-April 12, center hours. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Exhibits

Youth Speaks Out: 'A Call to ART!'
Youth Speaks Out will have an exhibit on display at the Palo Alto Art Center of heartfelt painting, photography, sculpture, poetry and creative writing by students from Gunn and Palo Alto High schools. March 30-April 14, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Touched by Color'
Garden Fresh Restaurant will have on display an exhibit of local artist Susan Migliore's plein air landscape paintings, which explore the interplay of light, color and texture. Feb. 19-April 15, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.

Auditions

ECYS new member auditions
El Camino Youth Symphony is accepting audition applications for the 2015-16 season. Director Jindong Cai invites musicians ages 6 to 18 to try out for one of the symphony's ensembles. Auditions will be held in March and early April. More info about the application and audition requirements is on the website. Feb. 5-April 15. El Camino Youth Symphony Association, 4055 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

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.
 

Health

Feldenkrais classes
Deborah Dutton, a certified Feldenkrais instructor, leads weekly classes that seek to alleviate tension, aches and pains while improving body mechanics and posture. Movements are done lying on the floor. Participants should bring a mat or towel. See website for schedules and info on how to register. Feb. 13-April 29. Series prices vary; $20 drop in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., and the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.

Exhibits

'She Who Tells a Story'
The Cantor Arts Center will offer an exhibit called "She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World," introducing 12 photographers' work that spans from photojournalism to fine art. Wednesday-Monday, Jan. 28-May 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Volunteers

Neighbors Helping Neighbors grocery bagging
At these kid-friendly events, volunteers can assist Neighbors Helping Neighbors in sorting, bagging and delivering groceries. Tasks are assigned based on physical limitations and age-appropriateness. A few two-hour shifts are available at each event. Those interested must RSVP. March 27, April 24 and May 29, 2:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Middlefield Meadows Club House, 114 Flynn Ave., Mountain View.

Family and Kids

Art 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.

Classes/Workshops

Joyful Korean School classes
These ongoing classes for children will teach students about Korean language and culture. Fridays, September-June, 5-7 p.m. $300/semester. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

Filoli Botanical Art Exhibit
Filoli will hold its 17th annual Botanical Art Exhibit, which will contain visual depictions of many plant species. March 24-June 7, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $20 adult; $17 senior (age 65 plus); $10 student; free for ages 4 and under, and Filoli members. Filoli, Visitor and Education Center, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.
 

Exhibits

'Interaction of Color: Josef Albers'
In its exhibit "Interaction of Color: Josef Albers," the Cantor Arts Center shares a selection of works on paper by abstract painter Josef Albers -- pieces which were donated to the museum by the Marmor family and its foundation. Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 12-June 15, 11 am.-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-June 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Imagining the Oceans'
The Cantor Arts Center has on display an exhibit called "Imagining the Oceans," which brings together artwork across history and cultures inspired by ocean environments. The exhibit features pieces by Willem van de Velde, Charles Meryon, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Willem de Kooning and others -- as well as items from the Pacific Islands region. Wednesday-Monday, March 18-June 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Art Galleries

'Heads and Hands'
The Rotunda Gallery will have on display an exhibit of work by sculptor Dan Woodard, which looks at the positive and negative and serious and comical aspects of the human condition. Monday-Friday, Jan. 21-June 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Rotunda Gallery, 555 County Center, Redwood City.

Exhibits

'Shifting Currents'
In an exhibit called "Shifting Currents: Highlights from the 20th-Century Chinese Collection, the Cantor Arts Center showcases modern pieces drawn from the museum's large collection of Asian art. Wednesday-Monday, Feb. 25-July 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Exhibits

'Drama of Heaven and Earth'
The Cantor Arts Center tells the history of the Japanese dramatic art of Noh in an exhibit called "Drama of Heaven and Earth: The Theatrical Traditions of Japan," which is composed of masks, ceramics, prints and other visual materials. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 17-July 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Bravo!: Music and Theater in Enlightenment Europe'
The Cantor Arts Center collects prints and drawings that probe the 18th-century realms of music and drama in an exhibit entitled "Bravo!: Music and Theater in Enlightenment Europe." Wednesday-Monday, March 25-Aug. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'American Battleground'
In "American Battleground: Photographs of the Civil War, 1861-1865," the Cantor Arts Center examines the then-emerging medium of photography in the U.S. and how it was used to document the conflict. Wednesday-Monday, March 25-Aug. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Volunteers

Greeter and peer counselor recruitment
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is recruiting new peer counselors and greeters to help with its programs and services during Community Outreach events held from April to June and September to November. The organization seeks working or retired professionals, as well those with no experience, who are emotionally stable. The time commitment is about two to four hours per month. Training will be provided. March-August. Free. Location varies, Palo Alto and Mountain View, .

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.
 

Health

Jacki's Aerobic Dancing
Jacki's Aerobic Dancing classes guide participants in abdominal work, strength training and aerobic routines. Complimentary childcare 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.