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Lectures & Talks'How Depression Manifests in Children and Teens'
In this talk and workshop for parents and educators, Dr. Ayelet Hirschfeld will discuss how to identify early signs of depression; its characteristics among infants, toddlers, children and teens; and how boys and girls may present those differently. The event will also cover predisposing factors and treatment implications. March 26, 7-9 p.m. Free. Oshman Family JCC, Room E-104, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Community EventsLACF Gardner Awards
The Los Altos Community Foundation will hold its 11th annual Gardner Awards reception to honor volunteers who have dedicated time and effort to assisting local nonprofits. March 26, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $75. Crowne Plaza Cabana, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
Film'The Price of Kings: Shimon Peres'
The Oshman Family JCC will hold a screening of the documentary "The Price of Kings: Shimon Peres," which explores the long career of former Israeli president Shimon Peres through interviews with him, family and friends, colleagues and opponents. March 26, 7:30-9 p.m. $10 member; $13 general; $15 at the door. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
SeniorsEMT Speaker Series: Disaster alert
Emergency medical technicians will give a presentation on the Santa Clara County Emergency Alert System, through which residents can receive info about emergencies by cellphone, email or landline. March 26, 1-2 p.m. Free. Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksLife Bloom founder on 'Stepping Out & Stepping Up'
Catherine Wanjohi, author and founder of Life Bloom in Kenya, will give a talk called "Stepping Out & Stepping Up" discussing the organization's efforts to help women in commercial sex work regain their dignity and find other livelihoods. March 26, 7-9 p.m. Free. Deborah's Palm, 555 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto.
Clubs/MeetingsAuthor Book Club: Toni Morrison
BookBuyers Mountain View will hold its monthly Author Book Club meeting, this time to discuss the writing of Toni Morrison. In preparation, attendees can read any of the author's published works. March 26, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. BookBuyers, 317 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'The Environmental Legacy of California's Gold Rush'
For the USGS March Evening Public Lecture, Andrea Foster and Christopher Kim will discuss "The Environmental Legacy of California's Gold Rush: Arsenic and Mercury Contamination from Historic Mining." March 26, 7-8 p.m. Free. USGS Menlo Park Campus, 345 Middlefield Road, Bldg. 3, Rambo Auditorium, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Mary Doria Russell on 'Epitaph'
Author Mary Doria Russell, a Pulitzer Prize nominee, will discuss her new book "Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral," which explores the woman behind Wyatt Earp, Josephine Sarah Marcus. March 26, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Family and KidsAuthor Jean Reagan on 'How to Surprise a Dad'
Children's book author Jean Reagan will make an appearance at Linden Tree Books for a story time and signing of her new book "How to Surprise a Dad." This event is recommended for ages 4 to 7. March 26, 4-5 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Sharma Shields on 'The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac'
Sharma Shields, an award-winning short story writer and literary journal contributor, will share her debut novel, "The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac," a dark tale about a family patriarch who is in search of a sasquatch he saw in his youth. March 26, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Community EventslinkAges TimeBank orientation
This event will introduce community members to linkAges TimeBank, a neighborhood service-exchange network that enables people to share interests and skills and help one another. March 26, 6-7 p.m. Free. First Church Redwood City, 1155 Broadway St., Suite 130, Redwood City.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Robbie Kellman Baxter on 'The Membership Economy'
Robbie Kellman Baxter will visit Kepler's to talk about ideas from her new book, "The Membership Economy: Find Your Super Users, Master the Forever Transaction, and Build Recurring Revenue." March 26, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
ExhibitsStanford Art Spaces exhibits reception
Stanford Art Spaces will hold a reception for the artists for its two current exhibits: "Photonics," which shares digital prints by Penny Olson, and "San Francisco in Resonances," a collection of drawings, sculptures and digital prints by Theodora Varnay Jones. Their work will be on display at a few Stanford venues through April. March 26, 4:30-7 p.m. Free. Paul G. Allen Building, Center for Integrated Systems, 420 Via Palou Mall, Stanford.
Clubs/MeetingsLifetree Cafe: 'Be Happy'
Lifetree Cafe will host two hour-long conversations called 'Be Happy' where community members will discuss practical tips for living a happier life. An exclusive filmed interview with Gretchin Rubin, author of "The Happiness Project," will be featured. Refreshments will be served. March 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; March 26, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Lifetree Cafe, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
Classes/WorkshopsWrite Your Life memoir classes
Local author Phyllis Butler will offer weekly classes at Deborah's Palm on writing memoirs, providing prompts and guidance. Thursdays, March 5-26, noon-1 p.m. $50 series; $15 drop in. Deborah's Palm, 555 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto.
Family and KidsJunior Naturalist: 'Fins and Wings'
The Junior Naturalist series in March will combine live animal observation, talks by experts and interactive kits, allowing children to see closely the unique adaptations and features of birds and marine animals. Thursdays, March 5-26, 3:30-5:30 p.m. $75. EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Exhibits'Fur, Feathers & Fins'
The Pacific Art League will hold an exhibit of 70 pieces of art, ranging from traditional to contemporary, that focus on the theme of animals. The exhibit is juried by Bradley Platz and will benefit The Peninsula Humane Society and the SPCA, with donations collected at the gallery. An opening reception will be held on March 6 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, March 6-26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona St., 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.
Benefits/FundraisersWhole 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.
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.
SportsMountain 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/WorkshopsMVLA 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 StagePear 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/WorkshopsFoothill 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.
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.
ExhibitsYouth 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.
AuditionsECYS 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.
Family and KidsCrazy 8's Math Club
This club for kids who enjoy math will meet weekly -- at 3:30 p.m. for those in kindergarten to second grade, and at 4:30 p.m. for third- to fifth-graders. Thursdays, Feb. 26-April 16, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
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'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.
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.
Clubs/MeetingsESL Conversation Club
The Los Altos Library will host a weekly ESL Conversation Club, where those new to speaking English can practice their conversational skills. Basic English skills are needed; no registration is required. The library is also looking for volunteer facilitators for the club. Thursdays, March 12-June 4, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
ExhibitsFiloli Botanical Art Exhibit
Filoli will hold its 17th annual Botanical Art Exhibit, which will contain visual depictions of many plant species. On March 26, from 5 to 7 p.m., there will be an reception, where the artists will be on hand to discuss their work and receive awards. 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'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-June 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibits'Interaction of Color: Josef Albers'
In its exhibit "Interaction of Color: Josef Albers," the Cantor Arts Center will have on display 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'Imagining the Oceans'
The Cantor Arts Center will have 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.
The Cantor Arts Center will have on display an exhibit called "Shifting Currents: Highlights from the 20th-Century Chinese Collection," which showcases modern pieces from China 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.
Jazzercise classes in Menlo Park offer a high-energy dance-focused fitness program designed to be both fun and burn calories. Monday-Thursday and Saturday, year-round, see website for specific times. $16 class; $52/$57 per month; $130 10-class pass. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., and the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.
Exhibits'Bravo!: Music and Theater in Enlightenment Europe'
The Cantor Arts Center will combine 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.
The Cantor Arts Center will offer an exhibit called "American Battleground: Photographs of the Civil War, 1861-1865," examining 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.
VolunteersGreeter 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.
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.
Food and DrinkPortola Valley Farmers' Market
This weekly year-round market offers organic veggies, fruits, juices and nuts; farmstead grass-fed meats and chicken; free-range farm eggs; fresh seafood; fair trade coffee; gluten-free and artisan baked goods; orchids; crafts; hot Roli Roti chicken and potatoes; and more. Thursdays, March 12-Nov. 5, 3-7 p.m. (summer hours). Free. Portola Valley Farmers' Market, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Community EventsLanguage Swap
This weekly Mountain View Public Library event will allow community members to both practice speaking a different language and teach a language to others. All levels and drop-ins are welcome. Thursdays, year-round, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Teen ActivitiesAlateen meeting
Alateen, a community of young people (ages 12 to 18) whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking, holds weekly meetings to give each other support -- whether the alcoholic continues to drink or not. Meetings are confidential, anonymous and non-religious. The program is sponsored by Al-Anon and based on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Thursdays, Feb. 12-Oct. 1, 7-8 p.m. Free. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 E. Meadow Drive, Room 8, Palo Alto.