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Family and Kids

Rosewood Sand Hill Holiday Tea with Santa
At this holiday charity event at Rosewood Sand Hill, children can listen to Santa tell stories, drink hot cocoa and write letters to be sent along with teddy bears to the local Ronald McDonald House. Dec. 20, 1:30-3 p.m. $75 child. Rosewood Sand Hill, 2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park.
 

Classes/Workshops

Fake Food Fest: Gingerbread House
This Fake Food Fest event will lead participants, ages 16 and up, in making inedible gingerbread houses. All materials will be provided. Dec. 20, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

Community Events

Holiday Sing-Along with Linda Gibson
Linda Gibson will lead community members of all ages in singing holiday songs during this community event. Dec. 20, 11:30-12:30 a.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

Concerts

San Francisco Choral Artists: 'Postcards from Abroad'
San Francisco Choral Artists will present an international Christmas program, including a Kenyan call and response, "Dona Nobis Pacem" in a Korean folk style, an Armenian hymn and a premiere by American-Brazilian composer Daniel Afonso. Dec. 20, 8-10 p.m. $30 (discounts offered for advance purchase, seniors and students). St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto.
 

Family and Kids

Lego Club
The Portola Valley Library will host a meeting of its Lego Club, where builders of all ages can flex their imaginative muscles with Legos and Duplo blocks (which are for younger builders). Dec. 20, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

Family and Kids

Family Storytime
The Portola Valley Library will offer a family story-time event with stories, songs and activities for the whole family. Dec. 20, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Family and Kids

Festival of Trees
At the ninth annual Festival of Trees at Lytton Gardens, families can stroll through a decorated forest (and vote for a favorite tree), sip hot cider, try out arts and crafts, visit with Santa, and enjoy entertainment from the Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers and the Danny Kennedy Holiday Show. Dec. 20, 4-6 p.m. Free. Lytton Gardens, 437 Webster St., Palo Alto.
 

On Stage

'The Snow Queen' by Bayer Ballet
Bayer Ballet Company will put on two productions of the ballet "The Snow Queen," a story about a spell capturing a young boy and his friend's adventure to rescue him. Dec. 20, 5:30 p.m.; Dec. 21, 2:30 p.m. $40 orchestra level; $30 balcony. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

On Stage

'A Year with Frog and Toad'
Palo Alto Children's Theatre will hold a production of "A Year with Frog and Toad: Theatre for Young Audiences," a musical based on Arnold Lobel's classic books about two great friends. Performances are about 70 minutes long. Wednesday-Sunday, Dec. 11-21, see website for specific dates and times. $12 child; $14 adult. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

On Stage

'Super Villain!'
This irreverent comedy, written and directed by the Pear's James Kopp, will center on the super villain The Remote -- after he has defeated his nemesis -- while he explores issues of love and identity. Attendees must be age 13 or older. See the website for exact times and dates. Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 4-21, 2, 7 or 8 p.m. $15. The Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K, Mountain View.

Art Galleries

Indian art holiday sale
Laasya Art will hold a holiday sale of contemporary and traditional Indian art, offering carefully selected pieces at reasonable prices. Art can be viewed online and at in-person appointments. Dec. 8-21, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Free appointments. Laasya Art, Address provided upon resevation, Palo Alto.

Dance

'Nutcracker' by Peninsual Ballet Theatre
Peninsula Ballet Theatre will give four performances at Fox Theatre of "The Nutcracker" (a work that the company has been performing since 1971) with choreography by Bay Area legend Carlos Carvajal. Dec. 20, 2 and 7 p.m.; Dec. 21, 2 p.m.; Dec. 22, 2 p.m. $30-$65. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City.
 

Art Galleries

'Holiday Show' at Gallery House
The "Holiday Show" at Gallery House will feature art gifts in different mediums at a variety of price points. Pieces will include paintings, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, fabric and photography. A champagne reception will be held on Nov. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m., during which there will be a 20 percent discount on art. Hours will be extended in December. Nov. 18-Dec. 24, Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave, Palo Alto.
 

Dance

For the Love of Dance classes
For the Love of Dance in Mountain View continues to offer its full suite of dance classes, including instruction in ballet, jazz, tap and other styles for both children and adults. See website for dates, times and pricing. Year-round. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite B, Mountain View.
 

Art Galleries

'Reflections'
Gallery 9 Los Altos will mount an exhibit of contemporary art by 28 different local artists, depicting landscapes, seascapes, abstract compositions and introspective reflection. Mediums will include painting, photography, metal work, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics and printmaking. Nov. 25-Dec. 30, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9 Los Altos, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

Art Galleries

'How Does Your Garden Grow'
The Portola Art Gallery will host an exhibit called "How Does Your Garden Grow," composed of watercolor paintings by Barbara von Haunalter. Many pieces are plein air work created in or nearby the San Francisco Bay Area. Monday-Saturday, Dec. 1-31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Allied Arts Guild, Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
 

Clubs/Meetings

Mountain View Tennis Club 2015 Membership
The Mountain View Tennis Club is offering new memberships for city residents until the end of the year at a special price of $20. The club holds tournaments, sponsors USTA teams, has a ladder and promotes tennis within the community. Non-residents are also welcome. Nov. 20-Dec. 31.
 

Dance

Social Ballroom Dancing
Social ballroom dancing takes place every Friday and Saturday throuhgout the year at Cubberley Pavilion, starting at 8 p.m. with a lesson followed by general dancing. Go to www.cubberleyballroom.com for lesson schedule. No experience or partner necessary. Cover includes refreshments. 8 p.m.-midnight. $9. Cubberley Community Center Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

On Stage

'Peter and the Starcatcher'
TheatreWorks will stage a holiday production of "Peter and the Starcatcher," a Tony Award-winning, adventure-filled sequel to "Peter Pan." See website for specific dates, timing and pricing. Dec. 3-Jan. 3. $19-$74. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Ebb & Flow'
For this exhibit, plein air pastelist Teresa Ruzzo will contribute new work inspired by the Russian River, Big Sur, the Palo Alto Baylands and the Stanford hills. Dec. 2-Jan. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sundays til 3 p.m.) Free. Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.

Classes/Workshops

Foothill College Winter Quarter registration
Registration for Winter Quarter 2015 classes at Foothill College is now open and will continue until Jan. 4, the day before classes begin. Winter Quarter will last until March 27. A search-able class schedule is available. Nov. 20-Jan. 4. $31 per unit for California residents, plus basic fees. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

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.

Exhibits

'Beginning with Water'
This exhibit will showcase the work of Community School of Music and Arts faculty and students ages 5 to adult. Their work incorporates water as a material and as a theme. Dec. 12-Jan. 11, center hours. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Land and Sea'
Garden Fresh restaurant will have on display a solo exhibit of oil paintings of Bay Area landscapes and seascapes by local artist Bonnie Hicks. Nov. 25-Jan. 27, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.
 

Exhibits

'Well Pressed'
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

'Movements for Change'
The Peterson Gallery at Stanford will mount an exhibit of photography by Bob Fitch called "Movements for Change," which captures moments in American civil rights history, farm workers organizing and the peace movement of the 1960s and '70s. The exhibit is accessible daily, except for some holidays. Nov. 20-Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Green Library, Bing Wing, Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda, 557 Escondido Mall, 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.

Community Events

Drop-in Bike Clinic
The Mountain View Public Library will hold a monthly bike repair clinic, where community members can use the library's tools and receive assistance from professional bike mechanic Ryan Murphy. Tasks he can help with include changing a tire, adjusting brakes and shifting, identifying noises and more. No registration is required. Third Saturday of the month, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

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.
 

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, 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.