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Community EventsKara's 2015 Walk'n'Run to Remember
This event held by local nonprofit Kara will allow individuals, community organizations and businesses to walk in memory of a loved one, with the goal of bringing hope and healing to the community. Sept. 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $25 donation to walk; $35 donation to run. Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto.
ExhibitsSilicon Valley Home Tours
Hosted by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Santa Clara Valley Chapter, this self-guided tour will showcase four new homes designed by AIA residential architects. The architects will be on hand at each of the locations. Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $49 member; $69 nonmember. Private homes, addresses provided upon registration, Palo Alto and Los Altos.
Community EventsWoodside Day of the Horse - Fiesta de Caballo!
The 11th annual Woodside Day of the Horse celebration will include a free horse fair with a petting zoo, pony rides, riding info and a Wells Fargo Stagecoach. Trail rides will also be offered. Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free for horse fair admission; $40 progressive trail ride. Woodside Town Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside.
EnvironmentOctober Plant Clinic
UC Master Gardeners will offer personal consultations with community members who come to their October Plant Clinic. They will be able to help with garden and plant problems, pests, seasonal rose care, landscaping, greywater and drought tips, and info about safe sprays. Handouts will be provided. Oct. 10, 9-11 a.m. Free. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto,.
Food and DrinkGinger Beer Workshop
This course offered by Anne Marie Bonneau covers the method for brewing ginger beer, necessary equipment, and successful and safe conditions. Students can taste ginger beer and other fermented foods made by the instructor, and they will take home a bottle of ginger beer and a jar of ginger bug starter. Oct. 10, 2-4 p.m. $75. Private home, address provided upon registration, Mountain View.
Food and DrinkBrew Your Own Kombucha (Oct. 10)
This course offered by Anne Marie Bonneau will cover the benefits of kombucha, the necessary equipment, and successful and safe conditions. Students can taste samples of kombucha and other fermented foods made by the instructor, and they will take home a jar of kombucha and a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY). Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-noon. $75. Private home, address provided upon registration, Mountain View.
Family and KidsBook Giveaway Day
The Rotary Club of Menlo Park and Facebook will host a book giveaway day, offering gently used books for ages 1 to 18 to all children who attend. There will also be live music, food, children's activities and an ugliest vegetable contest. Oct. 10, noon-3 p.m. Free for Menlo Park residents. Belle Haven Community Garden, 261 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park.
Health'Wireless Technology and Public Health'
UC Berkeley Professor of Public Health Joel Moskowitz and other scientists will discuss the recent call by international scientists for safer wireless radiation standards. Links to autism, cancer and infertility; effects on wildlife; cellphone safety; and Wi-Fi precautions will also be discussed. Oct. 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $12. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Clubs/MeetingsMeet the Architect Mixer & Design Showcase
Held by the American Institute of Architects Santa Clara Valley Chapter in combination with its home tour, this event will allow architects, homeowners and other individuals to connect and learn from each other about home design. Oct. 9, 6-8 p.m. See website for ticket pricing. Rejuvenation Showroom, 323 University Ave., Palo Alto.
Classes/WorkshopsCandle Making: Introduction
In this Palo Alto Adult School class, students will learn the basics of candle-making safety, equipment and materials, as well as different techniques (container candles, rolled beeswax and votives). Visit the website for more info. Oct. 10, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. $45, plus $20 materials fee. Palo Alto High School, Room 1701, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
The Portola Valley Library's Lego Club will meet to provide attendees a chance to use their imaginations in building with Lego blocks. Duplo blocks are available for younger builders. All ages are welcome. Oct. 10, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Religion/SpiritualityLevel 1 Reiki Class at Stanford campus
This one-day class will teach the natural healing art of Reiki, which aims to produce feelings of relaxation, peace and harmony. Participants will be able to practice with themselves and classmates. Oct. 10, 9:30-5 p.m. $200 (includes manual and certificate). Li Ka Shing Center, Room 306, 291 Campus Drive, Stanford.
ConcertsSonnet Ensemble Fall Concert 2015
The Sonnet Ensemble will present one of its bi-annual concerts, featuring a program with Mozart's "Eine kleine Nacht Musik," Durwynne Hsieh's "Three Scenes for Strings" (which was commissioned by the ensemble), the Korean Lied "Bimok," and Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings in C Major. Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m. $10-$35. First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Backyard Beekeeping -- Attract, Sustain, Enjoy!'
Todd Parsons will give talk about backyard beekeeping, covering which garden plants and bushes attract native and European honeybees and how to keep bees in a backyard apiary. He will also share the equipment needed to start beekeeping, including a contained observation hive. Oct. 10, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $25 member; $35 nonmember. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
ConcertsKronos Quartet: 'My Lai'
Joined by tenor Rinde Eckert and Vietnamese musician Vân Ánh Vanessa Võ, the Kronos Quartet will perform "My Lai," a work composed by Stanford faculty composer Jonathan Berger that uses as its context the massacre of Vietnamese villagers by American soldiers in 1968. A talk will precede the show at 6:30 p.m., and a discussion with the artists will follow. Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m. $15-$70; discounts available for Stanford students. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.
Community EventsMulti-Family Estate Sale
A few local families will hold its third annual estate sale, featuring electronics, brand name clothes, designer purses, books and children's toys. Oct. 10, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Prices vary. Private residence, 33 Irving Ave., Atherton.
Community EventsSt. Raymond Pumpkin Festival
This two-day public event benefiting St. Raymond School will boast pony rides, a climbing spider maze, a bungee trampoline, face painting, games, bounce houses, pumpkins, food, treats and a beer garden. Oct. 9, 3:30-9 p.m.; Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. St. Raymond School, 1100 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
Benefits/FundraisersFriends of the Palo Alto Library Used Book Sale
Friends of the Palo Alto Library will hold its next monthly sale of thousands of used books and media. On Saturday, the children's and bargain rooms will open at 10 a.m., with the main sale room opening at 11 a.m. On Sunday, the bargain room will give 50 percent off, or $5 per bag. Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Oct. 11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Prices vary. Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
On Stage'Chaos Theory'
EnActe will offer a production of "Chaos Theory," a fast-paced, avant-garde romp full of intellectual shenanigans written by recognized Indian comedian Anuvab Pal. Oct. 9, 8-9:30 p.m.; Oct. 10, 2-3:30 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m.; Oct. 11, 2-3:30 p.m. See website for pricing. Cubberley Community Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Suite T2, Palo Alto.
Art GalleriesGallery House: 'Collective'
Gallery House will present a new exhibit celebrating its newest member artists called "Collective. On Sept. 25, 6-8 p.m., there will be a reception. Sept. 22-Oct. 17, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Dragon Productions will next bring to the stage Liz Duffy Adams' "Or," a fictional spin on the true story of Aphra Behn, a spy of England's Restoration era and a trailblazing female playwright. Oct. 2-25, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $35 general; $27 senior, student. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Family and Kids'Zoppé, An Italian Family Circus'
'Zoppé, An Italian Family Circus" will return to Redwood City for its eighth year, offering a one-ring circus starring Nino the clown that honors the best of the Old World tradition and features acrobatic feats, comedic elements and other thrilling acts. Matinee showings are offered on weekends. See website for specific times and pricing. Tuesday-Sunday, Oct. 9-25. Prices vary; discounts for weekday performances. Red Morton Park, Circus Tent, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City.
Exhibits'Seasons of Filoli'
This exhibit is comprised of work in different media by 41 artists that captures how the features and colors of Filoli's grounds and gardens change throughout the year. Sept. 1-Oct. 25, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. See website for admission prices. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.
Exhibits'Word as Image'
This Cantor Arts Center installation of prints and drawings entitled "Word as Image: Highlights from the Marmor Collection" examines how modern and contemporary artists have used and featured words in their work. Wednesday-Monday, July 1-Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Classes/WorkshopsFree Yoga in the Park
These free yoga sessions at Mitchell Park will guide participants in meditation and simple breathing techniques that calm the mind. Attendees should bring a yoga mat and water bottle. Saturdays, Oct. 10-31, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Mitchell Park, Bowl, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto.
Art Galleries'In a Beautiful World'
The Portola Art Gallery will present a show called "In a Beautiful World," composed of expressive oil paintings by artist Marsha Heimbecker of San Mateo that were inspired by the orphaned elephants of Tsavo. Monday-Saturday, Oct. 1-31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will present the contemporary drama "Proof," the compelling tale of a faded mathematical genius and his brilliant but troubled daughter seeking recognition in the male-dominated world of science. See website for specific times and dates. There will be no Oct. 27 show. Oct. 7-Nov. 1. $19-$80; discounts available for teachers, seniors and ages 30 and under. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Exhibits'Another Look at the Permanent Collection'
This new exhibit at the Anderson Collection refreshes the inaugural installation at the museum, sharing a wider variety of modern and contemporary pieces donated by the Anderson family. Wednesday-Monday, ongoing, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
ExhibitsStanford Art Spaces: 'Cybersphere' and 'Natural Histories'
Stanford Art Spaces is offering two shows sharing the work of Bay Area artists: the assemblages of Joy Broom in "Cybersphere" and 2D and 3D computer art by Corinne Whitaker in "Natural Histories." Visit the website for venue information. Sept. 21-Nov. 13, regular building hours. Free. Paul G. Allen Building, David W. Packard Electrical Engineering Building and Psychology Department, Stanford.
Exhibits'Astley D. M. Cooper and Mrs. Stanford's Jewels'
The Cantor Arts Center has on display an exhibit entitled "Astley D. M. Cooper and Mrs. Stanford's Jewels," which explores the life and work of the wild Bay Area painter. Cooper, who lived from 1856 to 1924, was known for using a faux Egyptian temple as a studio and paying off debts accrued at bars with paintings. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 5-Nov. 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
The show "Heirloom" will share paintings and mixed-media works by Bryan Keith Thomas that celebrate the black experience through historic symbols such as cotton, roses, and African and African-American imagery. See website for facility hours. Monday-Saturday, Oct. 9-Nov. 22. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Mohr Gallery, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Exhibits'ONE TREE' photography exhibit
The Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter currently has on display a photography exhibit by Nancy Mueller and her granddaughter Tinsley Rollins called "ONE TREE," which presents a study of eucalyptus in the Palo Alto Baylands. On Sept. 19, 1-3 p.m., there will be a free public reception with the artists, with hor d'oeuvres and drinks. Aug. 30-Nov. 30, Monday, Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter , 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Rough Around the Edges'
The exhibit "Rough Around the Edges: Inspirations in Paper" presents the work of Ronni Jolles, who uses layered paper, acrylic paint and sealants to create dimensional painting-like pieces. See website for daily schedule. Aug. 26-Dec. 7. Free. Goldman Sports & Wellness Complex and Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
The new fall exhibition at the Palo Alto Art Center, called Front Yard/Backstreet," will encourage visitors to reconsider their relationships with the places they live, work and play. Themes will include mapping, sustainability, landscape and population. Sept. 19-Dec. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
DanceSocial 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.
SportsRinconada Masters Swim Club
This Palo Alto-based group welcomes adults over 21 who want to make swimming a part of their healthy lifestyle. The flexible schedule includes 12 workouts per week, as well as optional social events, local swim meets and opportunities for stroke advice from experienced coaches. A Swim4Fitness program for learners is also offered. See website for more info. Sept. 1-Dec. 31. $80 per month. Rinconada Park, 777 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Composed of 15 drawings by Italian printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi, the Cantor Arts Center exhibit "Piranesi's Paestem: Master Drawings Uncovered" features the artist's largest body of work focused on a single location. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 19-Jan. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
This Cantor Art Center exhibit explores the idea and practice of empathy in art ranging from Christian paintings to photography from the Civil Rights era. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 12-Jan. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'25 Years at the Museum of American Heritage'
This exhibit will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Museum of American Heritage, tracing its history from its opening on Alma Street to its current home at the Williams Property and highlighting memorable exhibits along the way. Friday-Sunday, April 17-Jan. 17, 2016, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. The Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Artists at Work'
This major exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center seeks to demystify the artistic process through a selection of 70 works from the museum's collection, including pieces by Edouard Manet, J. M. W. Turner, Thomas Hart Benton and Richard Serra. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 9-Jan. 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Richard Diebenkorn: The Sketchbooks Revealed'
This exhibition shares the Cantor Arts Center's recent acquisition of 29 sketchbooks of renowned Bay Area artist Richard Diebenkorn -- books never before studied or on view publicly that contain more than 1,000 drawings. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 9-Feb. 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Edward Hopper: New York Corner'
The Cantor Arts Center celebrates the major acquisition of Edward Hopper's seminal painting "New York Corner" with an exhibition with pieces preceding or contemporary to the work, centering on themes of modern urban life and realism. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 9-Feb. 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Warriors, Courtiers, and Saints'
The Cantor Art Center's exhibit "Warriors, Courtiers, and Saints: The Etchings of Jacques Callot" examines the 17th-century French artist's experimental work in the medium of printmaking. Wednesday-Monday, Aug. 26-Feb. 15, 2016, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
This Anderson Collection exhibit will include drawings, prints, paintings and sculpture by Tauba Auerbach and Mark Fox, two Stanford University graduates whose work investigates process, material manipulation and chance. Wednesday-Monday, Sept. 9-March 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Art GalleriesPaintings by Naomi Mindelzun
Gallery 9 Los Altos has on display selected works by Palo Alto artist Naomi Mindelzun. Her pieces use a variety of surfaces and materials to capture organic structures that inspire her. Sept. 29-Oct. 31, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
Community EventsSecond Saturday: Art in the Baylands
Each month, Environmental Volunteers will open the upper deck to artists, offering a unique vantage point for painting, drawing or sketching. Space is limited to four artists and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Dec. 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.