Palo Alto Weekly Entertainment Listings

The best of what's happening on the Midpeninsula

Live Music <*C>

Rock/pop/folk <*J>

British Bankers Club, 1090 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Live music Friday and Saturday. No cover charge. Most shows begin at 9:30 p.m. Call 327-8769.

The Edge, 260 California Ave., Palo Alto. DJ music and dancing or live band starts at 9 p.m., weekend nights until 3 a.m. Burning Spear and Dub Nation Feb. 15. Call 324-EDGE.

Hugo's Cafe and Sports Lounge, Hyatt Rickeys, 4219 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Bluegrass Friday nights. Wild Blue Feb. 9. Sidesaddle & Co. Feb. 16. Alhambra Valley Band Feb. 23. All shows are 9 p.m.-midnight. $3 cover charge. Call 843-2521.

Los Altos Bar and Grill, 169 Main St., Los Altos.

O'Connell's Bar and Restaurant, 518 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Traditional Irish music and rock 'n' roll. Call 326-2000.

St. Michael's Alley, 806 Emerson St., Palo Alto. Jazz with Chris Rossbach, Joey Fabian and Ben Nitzan Feb. 9. Modern acoustic covers with Blind to Sirens Feb. 10. City and country blues with David Heidi and Kelly Massey Feb. 15. Jazz with Anton Schwartz Trio Feb. 16. Folk with Carolyn Hester Feb. 17. Folk originals with Canis Latrans Feb. 22. Acoustic duo The Other Side Feb. 23. Modern acoustic originals with Rebecca Riots Feb. 24. Country rock with The Love Slaves Feb. 29. Music starts at 8:30 p.m. Call 326-2530.

Q Cafe Billiards, 529 Alma St., Palo Alto. Getting Even Feb. 10. Rock Steady Posse Feb. 15. Sunset Red Feb. 17. Viva Brasil Feb. 22. Undercover S.K.A. Feb. 23. Getting Even Feb. 24. Midnight Cafe Feb. 29. D.J. music and dancing Wednesdays and Fridays. Call 322-3311.

The Village Pub, 2967 Woodside Road, Woodside. Music begins at 10 p.m. Call 851-1294. <*C>

Jazz and blues <*J>

Cafe Fino 544 Emerson St., Palo Alto. Swinging cocktail Matt Cassell Trio, Monday and Friday; The Martini Brothers featuring Bob Dalpe and Mr. Rick, Tuesday; and Nancy Gilliland, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Call 326-6082.

Fogg's, 303 Bryant St., Mountain View. String of Pearls, Tuesdays 7:30-11:30 p.m. Call 390-9696.

Mac's Tea Room, 325 Main St., Los Altos. Body and Soul Jazz Ensemble, Thursdays, and Joe Cannon, Fridays and Saturdays. Call 941-0239.

Mystic Cafe, 546 University Ave., Palo Alto. Call 322-1272.

Nouveau Trattoria, 541 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Solo piano Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays Jazz trio Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. All shows 7-11 p.m. Call 327-0132.

Classical

Chantilly II Restaurant, 530 Ramona St., Palo Alto. Classical guitarist Fri. and Sat. from 7 p.m. Call 321-4080.

MacArthur Park, 27 University Ave., Palo Alto. Mondays-Saturdays, 6-10:30 p.m. Sundays 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-10 p.m. Call 321-9990.

Concerts

Classical

Bing Music Series Flutists Ginger Adams and Steve Lightborn Feb. 9, 12:30 p.m. Violinist Karen Bentley with pianist Dymitri Cogan Feb. 16, 12:30 p.m. All concerts are held in the Atrium at Stanford Hospital. Call 723-6906.

Sounds of Music Festival A week-long celebration of music involving more than 300 children and professional musicians from the entire Bay Area through Feb. 11 at the Albert L. Schultz Jewish Community Center, 655 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. Feb. 10: "Partners in Concert" plus "Opus 90," 7 p.m. Feb. 11: "Sounds of Music" Gala Finale. $25 for full festival package; $22 students & seniors. Individual events $4-$8. Call 493-9400.

Eileen Shelle-Birnbaum, soprano and Nancy Hiller, piano will perform Feb. 10, 8 p.m. at the Palo Alto Cultural Center Auditorium, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. $10 general, $8 students and seniors. Tickets will be sold only at the door. Call 329-2527.

Opus 90 concert at Filoli Dianne Nicolini of KDFC radio will be hosting Opus 90 in the ballroom of the Filoli mansion in Woodside Feb. 11, 2:30 p.m. Opus 90 was formed in 1989 to premiere and commission new pieces written for winds, piano, and soprano, as well as to perform traditional composers and 20th century works that have special audience appeal. $30 for the concert and reception following the performance. Call 366-4640.

Whole Noyse will perform musical serenissima by Frescobaldi, Massi, Merulo, Mainerio and others Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at Christ Church, 815 Portola Road, Portola Valley. $10 general; $8 seniors and students. Call 851-0224.

The Hills are Alive at Beth Am The music of Rodgers and Hammerstein will be presented Feb. 11, 7 p.m. in the sanctuary at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. The program will feature highlights from Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific, State Fair, Flower Drum Song and The King and I. Tickets will be available at the door for $10 general; $8 students and seniors. Call 493-4661.

A concert for families The Peninsula Symphony will perform Feb. 11, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m., at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts. Under the direction of Mitchell Sardou Klein, the program will feature Mr. Smith's Composition, In the Hall of the Mountain King by Grieg and The Russian Sailors' Dance from the Red Poppy by Gliere. The program will be narrated by actor-narrator Jeff Bengford and is for all ages. $5. Call 903-6000.

Return from Tokyo Concert with organist James Dawson featuring the works of J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn, Howells, and Franck Feb. 13, 8 p.m. at Memorial Church, Stanford University. $7 general; Stanford students free. Call 723-4317.

Alea II: New Music Ensemble with the UC Davis Contemporary Players Feb. 14, 8 p.m. at Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University. Free. Call 723-3811.

An evening of music for the harp Senior recital with harpist Alexandra Shin Feb. 16, 8 p.m. at Campbell Recital Hall, Stanford University. Free. Call 723-3811.

Piano recital by Gunn High School student Yu Yasufuku 8 p.m. Feb. 16, Palo Alto Cultural Center, 1313 Newell Road. Works by Bach, Beethoven and Debussy. Free.

Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi, performed by the West Bay Opera Feb. 16-25 at Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Sung in Italian with supertitles. Friday and Saturday, 8:15 p.m.; Sunday matinee, 2 p.m. $29. Call 424-9999.

The Redwoods Ensemble Led by Tom Heimberg, violist with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra will perform the music of Mozart, Bruch, and Hindemith Feb. 17, 8 p.m. at Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley. $10 general; $7 students. Tickets are available at the door. Call 726-4494.

Philharmonia Baroque will perform a program that includes works by Haydn and Mozart Feb. 17, 8 p.m. at First Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton (at Webster), Palo Alto. Special guest is fortepianist Seth Carlin. $23-$33. Call 392-4400.

The Artaria Quartet will perform Boccherini string quartets Feb. 18, 3 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, corner of Ravenswood and Laurel, Menlo Park. Suggested donation $12 adults, $8 children under 12. Call 328-0393.

Rock/pop/folk

Computer Music Concert Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) will perform a program of computer-generated music Feb. 10, 8 p.m. at Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University. $8 general; Stanford students free. Call 723-4317.

Gospel

Annabelle and the Children of Creation will present a gospel concert Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. at St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. All ages are welcome. $10 general; $8 students and seniors. Free to "Friends of the Arts." Call 854-6555.

On Stage

A Day in Hollywood, A Night in the Ukraine A musical in two acts celebrating the Golden Age of Hollywood and the mad-cap Marx Brothers through Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. at Florence Moore Auditorium. $3 in advance; $5 at door. Presented by Menlo School Drama Department. Call 688-3885.

The Baby Dance by Jane Anderson presented by Bus Barn Stage Company through March 9 at the Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. A childless young couple meets the poor Louisiana family who needs to give up their baby for adoption. Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday Feb. 19, 26 and March 3, 7 p.m. $15 Friday and Saturday; $13 Thursday and Sunday. Call 941-0551.

New Pickle Circus San Francisco's favorite Pickles will perform "Jump Cuts! Take Two" Feb. 9-10 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro at Mercy Street. A show for the entire family. Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 10, 2 and 7:30 p.m. $16 adult; $10 children 12 and younger. Call 903-6000.

Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi, presented by West Bay Opera weekends Feb. 16-25 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto. The story of decadence, passion and murder featuring a festival of Verdi's greatest melodies, including the famous "La donne e mobile," sung in Italian with supertitles. 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $29. Call 424-9999.

Auditions

Foothill Theatre Conservatory director Hester Schell invites serious drama students to apply to the conservatory by audition of prepared material. Conservatory students spend afternoons in the classroom studying and rehearsing for productions. Call 949-7417 to schedule an audition.

Castilleja School Auditions are being held for Castilleja School's production of "Hello, Dolly!" Feb. 13 & 14. Male actors (high school and college age) are needed. Production dates are May 2-4. Call 328-3373, ext. 401 for an appointment.

Foothill College Choral Ensemble is looking for singers. Rehearsals are Monday and/or Wednesday evenings. Call Rafael Ornes at 949-7010.

Palo Alto Philharmonic has openings for string players. Rehearsals have begun for March 24 concert. Call 325-1997 or 857-1691.

Dance

Dance performances

Brigham Young University Dancers The 16-member BYU Dancers' Company comes to the Cubberley Community Center Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, for two performances on Feb. 10, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. $8 adults; $6 seniors and students. Call 854-3079.

Dance classes and parties

Moving into the Mystery Enhance body awareness and stimulate your creativity through guided and improvised dance Feb. 11, 12:30-4:30 p.m. at DanceVisions, Cubberley Community Center, L3, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. $45. Call Mary Karlton at 856-3659.

Modern Dance Intermediate level classes for adults Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Slow intermediate level classes Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. at Dance Visions, Room L3, Cubberley Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 858-2005.

Mostly Balkan Folkdancers The group meets Thursdays. Lessons, 7:45-8:45 p.m.; Request Dancing, 8:45-10:15 p.m. at Menlo Park Recreation Center. $4. Call Derek or Mary at 851-8498 or Sue at (408) 247-2420.

NIA Technique Dance Aerobics A challenging and creative body-mind workout combining dance, martial arts and yoga. Mondays, 6:30 p.m. at Cubberley Center, Room M4, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. at Reach Fitness, 707 High St., Palo Alto. Thursdays, 6:30 a.m. at Dance Visions, Cubberley Center, Room L3, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call Mary Karlton at 856-3659.

Weekly swing classes Every Thursday evening (basic level from 7-8 p.m.; intermediate/advanced from 8-9 p.m.), at Swagat Restaurant and Lounge, 2700 El Camino Real, Mountain View. (Formerly at Chez Louis.) $32 for four weeks, or $10 per class. Call 585-6282.

English Country Dances Drop in on the first, third and fifth Fridays, 8 p.m., at the Palo Alto Masonic Temple, 461 Florence Ave. (near University), Palo Alto. Beginners welcome. Call 858-0843 or 327-0269.

Drum Jamshop and Dance Classes with Cherry Gilbert and Robert Bornn, Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:30-8 p.m. $8. On Fridays, the $8 includes admission to "Drummers and Dancers in a Jam," a drum jam session is held Fridays from 8-9:30 p.m. $3. Palo Alto Baylands Boathouse. Call 323-1946.

Dancing at YWCA Tuxedo Junction meets every Wednesday with ballroom lessons from 7:15-9 p.m. and open dancing from 9-10:30 p.m. No partner necessary. Contra Dance Society meets the second, fourth and fifth Saturday of every month, 7:30-11 p.m. No partner necessary. Country Western Dance meets every Thursday. Lessons from 7-9:50 p.m. Drop-in for $6. Mid-Peninsula YWCA, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto. Call 494-0972.

Vintage Dances with the Paul Price Society Orchestra the first Monday of every month, 8-10 p.m., Palo Alto Masonic Temple, 461 Florence St., Palo Alto. Dance lessons are given on the other Mondays, $8 for first Monday dances, $6 for dance lessons. Call 321-5280.

Kids

Events

Beginning weaving class for ages 9 and older. The class is held 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays, March 5-26 at The Artifactory, 226 Hamilton Ave., between Emerson and Ramona, Palo Alto. $50 fee includes materials. Call 968-1981.

Cinderella A humorous story of magic spells, romance, mice that turn into horses, and dreams fulfilled will be presented by the Pied Piper Theatre and performed Feb. 10, 2 and 4 p.m. at Spangenberg Theatre, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. $8 general, $4 seniors and children. There is a family ticket for $20 that admits two adults and up to three children in the same family. Call 493-3747.

East Palo Alto/East Menlo Park Tee-Ball Pitching Machine sign-up Feb. 10 and 17, 10 a.m.-noon, Jack Farrell Park.

Children's Culinary Academy for ages 7-13. All ingredients and recipes are provided in these hands-on classes. Feb. 10: Classic French. March 2: Scandinavian. $48 for one workshop, $114 for three. Includes lab fee, food and recipes to take home. Classes are held from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Cubberley Center, Main Auditorium, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 493-7203.

Homework Help and Group Study is available Mondays and Tuesdays 3-5 p.m. in the Children's Department at Menlo Park Library. Help is available to find research materials, use indexes and tables of contents, practice reading skills and clarify assignment. Call 858-3464.

Chicken Pox Vaccines Free vaccinations for children ages 2-12 who have never had chicken pox. Given by doctors at the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital. Call Rebecca Redman, M.D. at 723-5682.

Stanford Children's Dance offers a program of creative dance for children. Saturdays, 9:30 a.m., for 3-year-olds and parents; 11:15 a.m. for ages 6-8. Held at Roble Gym, Studio 42, Stanford University. Call Stacey Zonka at 365-9620.

Auditions

Storytimes

The Atherton Library Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Winter Toddler Storytime for children ages 2-3. At 3 p.m. Winter Preschool Storytime for children ages 3-6. Children will hear a variety of stories, interspersed with fingerplays and action games. The series will end Feb. 28. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 328-2422.

Woodside Library Toddler storytime for children ages 18 months to 3 years on Mondays, 11 a.m. at Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Mary Ellen Hill will share her stories Feb. 14, 3:30 p.m. for ages three and older. Storytimes will continue through spring.

Palo Alto City libraries Saturday Monthly Book Sale Feb. 10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Terman Park Library, 661 Arastradero Road. Picture book storyteller Aaron Shepard will share his dramatic stories Feb. 21, 3:30 p.m. at the Mitchell Park Library. All library programs are free and open to all. Call 329-2516.

Portola Valley Library Preschool storytime for children ages 3 years and older on Tuesdays, 4 p.m. at Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Storytimes will continue through spring.

Clubs

The California Native Plant Society, Santa Clara Valley Chapter meets Tuesdays, Feb. 13, Feb. 20, and Feb. 27, 7-9 p.m. at Foothill College, Room P51, Ornamental Horticulture Department, Los Altos Hills. The discussion will be "How to Use the Jepson Manual" given by botanist Toni Corelli. $30. Call 726-0689.

American Hydrogen Association meets Feb. 10, 10 a.m., at the Peninsula Conservation Center, 3921 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto. Everyone is invited. Call 494-2915.

Western Horticultural Society will meet Feb. 14. Speaker Bill McNamara of Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen will discuss "Collecting in China." Doors open at 7 p.m. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at 770 Berry Avenue, Los Altos (close to Rancho Shopping Center). There will be a sale and silent auction of horticultural books at the end of the program. Visitors are welcome. Call 327-9522.

Stanford Club of Palo Alto meets Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m. at Palo Alto Cultural Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. Donna York, nurse manager at Stanford Medical Transportation Center, will describe "The Story of Stanford LifeFlight." $10. Everyone welcome. Call Joe Hall at 328-6780.

Stanford Newton User Group meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Printers Inc. Bookstore Cafe, 310 California Ave., Palo Alto.

Stanford/Palo Alto PC User Group meets the first Wednesday of every month, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Media City, 526 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Parking is available under City Hall on Ramona Street. Call Beverly Altman at 329-8252 or Larry Weinberg at 969-2292.

Delta Zeta Alumni of the San Francisco Peninsula meets on the first Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m. in homes around the Peninsula. The club is open to all alumni of Delta Zeta Sorority. Call Kelly Rubingh at 327-7141.

Palo Alto/Menlo Park Mothers Club offers play groups, monthly meetings, guest speakers, a babysitting co-op, kids & family activities, and more. The next meetings is Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Women's Club of Palo Alto, 475 Homer Ave. The first meeting is free, membership is $30 per year. Call 306-8182.

Quotables Toastmasters Club meets every Wednesday 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at lobby conference room Building A, 1801 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto. Call Chao at 424-2159.

Early Risers Toastmasters Club meets Tuesdays 6:30-8 a.m. at Lyon's Restaurant, 4298 El Camino Real, Los Altos. Call 960-0980.

L.E.B. Toastmasters Club Develop communication and leadership skills by joining L.E.B. Toastmasters club every Wednesday evening, 7:15-9 p.m. at the Stanford Business School, Room 72. Guests are welcome. Call 493-8023.

Lectures/Workshops

Associated Students of Stanford University 1996 Speakers Series March 5: P.J. O'Rourke, political satirist, author and foreign affairs editor of Rolling Stone. April 18: Douglas Coupland, author and widely regarded spokesman for the "20something" generation. All lectures at 8 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium. Free for Stanford students, faculty and staff. Unclaimed student tickets, if available, will be sold the night of the event at Memorial Auditorium for $20 each. Call 723-4317 or 723-2880.

Stanford Scholars and Their Work Feb. 26: Harry Elam, Professor of Drama, will discuss Directing August Wilson's "Two Trains Running." March 11: Jing Lyman, Career Volunteer, will discuss Rebuilding Community: Leadership Across Sector Lines. Lectures are held at the Senior Center of Palo Alto, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. $2 per lecture or five for $5. The lectures are part of the G. Derwood Baker Distinguished Lecture Series.

Irish economic, social and political history 1960-Peace Process by Don Jordan, Chair of Program in Humanities, Menlo College and author of "Ireland--Silicon Valley Connection." Feb. 10, 1:30 p.m. at Masonic Hall, 890 Church St., Mountain View. Sponsored by the Irish Cultural Society. $7 members, $10 non-members.

Hats Through Three Centuries Trudi Wallick, lover and preserver of hats will speak Feb. 11, 1 p.m. at Trappings of Time, 470 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. Wear or bring your favorite hat. Call 323-3061.

A Conversation with Nathan Oliveira and Larry Thomas Larry Thomas and Nathan Oliveira will show slides of their work as well as talk about their common concerns as artists and as past art instructors, Feb. 11, 2-4 p.m. at Palo Alto Cultural Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. $6 general; $5 PACC Guild members. Call 329-2366.

Nanotechnology Revisited by Peter Bishop, Ph.D., at the Humanist Community Forum, Feb. 11, noon, at Old Union Clubhouse, Stanford University. Call 969-3630.

Art of the Creator Through Compassionate Man A lecture/demonstration of Jin Shin Jyutsu, a healing art, by Cynthia Lenssen, Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner, Feb. 12, 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 305 North California Ave. at Bryant St., Palo Alto. $5 donation suggested. Call 903-0447.

Student Health: From Now Until 2000 Dr. Ira Friedman, director of Cowell Health Center, will discuss health issues for students Feb. 13, noon, in the Conference Room at Cowell Health Center, 606 Campus Drive, First Floor, Stanford University. Sponsored by the Stanford Mothers Club. Free. Call 948-6807.

Ritual Murder in the Modern Era: The Damascus Affair of 1840 by Professor Jonathan Frankel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Feb. 13, 8 p.m. at Tresidder Union, Oak West Lounge, Stanford University. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Program in Jewish Studies at Stanford University. Call 723-7589.

Velocipedomania and Other Stuff Ralph Igler, a well known bicycle and automobile collector will speak on Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m. at the Museum of American Heritage, 3401 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Free for museum members, $5 donation for non-members. Doors open at 7 p.m. Call 321-1004.

Romantic Revolutionaries: Maud Gonne and Constance de Markievicz by Elizabeth Roden, playwright and Affiliated Scholar of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Feb. 14, noon, Tresidder Union, Oak West Lounge, Stanford University. Presented as part of the Jing Lyman Lecture Series. Call 723-1995.

Property Rights and the Conservation of Biological Diversity in Kenya by Annie Mbote, Visiting Fellow, Stanford Program on International Legal Studies. Feb. 14, noon, at Bechtel Center, Assembly Room, Stanford University. Presented by Stanford University Center for African Studies. Call 723-0295.

Causes of Gender Bias in India, China, and South Korea: Economic, Demographic or Cultural by Monica Das Gupta, Center for Population Studies at Harvard University, Feb. 14, 4:15 p.m. at Herrin Hall, Room T-175, Stanford University. Presented by Morrison Institute for Population and Resource Studies. Call 723-7518.

Interfaith workshop for couples A workshop for couples both married and unmarried Thursdays, Feb. 15-March 28, 7 p.m. at the Albert L. Schultz Jewish Community Center, 655 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. Topics include holidays, celebrations, child rearing, relations with in-laws and friends, and conversions. $100 for member couples, $50 per person for members. $120 for non-member couples, $60 per person. Call Leah at 493-9400.

Media Mergers and the Public Interest: Can TV News and Children's Programming Thrive in the Magic Kingdom? The 30th annual Carlos McClatchy Memorial Lecture with David Lieberman of USA Today, Feb. 15, 8 p.m. at Annenberg Auditorium, Stanford University. Free and open to the public. Presented by the Department of Communication, Stanford University.

Shyness, How to Deal With It Drop-in sessions are held at 7 p.m. the first and third Friday of each month at 407 Burgess Drive, Menlo Park. The next meeting is Feb. 16, 7 p.m. Sponsored by The Shyness Institute in Portola Valley. Call 328-6115.

Taxation for Artists A seminar presented by the Surviving and Thriving as an Artist program Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Palo Alto Cultural Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. The half day seminar will cover all the essentials of income taxes for the individual artist or small business. $30. Advance registration is necessary as there is limited enrollment. Call 329-2366.

Worth the Keeping Restoring broken and strengthening healthy relationships will be covered Feb. 23-24 at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Whether single or married, learn to resolve conflict and settle differences that occur in day to day relationships. $25 per person. Child care is available at no cost but reservations are required. Call Kathy or Bob Ingols at 323-8616.

Launch Your Invention Now Whether your goal is to license your invention to a Fortune 500 company or build your own enterprise, you can learn how with high-tech inventor Robert Bornn. Call 323-1946 for meeting times and locations in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Redwood City, Los Altos, Mountain View, Cupertino, Sunnyvale and San Mateo.

Exhibits

Continuing

The Ocean Refuses No Rivers by Naomi Wells is on exhibit through March 15 at the Mid-Peninsula YWCA, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto. A reception for the artist will be held Feb. 15, 5-7 p.m. Call 494-0972.

Original watercolors by Susan Kraft Running through the end of February at Great American Framing Gallery, 229 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. Call 493-7742.

Oil paintings by Palo Alto artists Adrienne Gillespie and Risa Hackett on display through Feb. 29 at Great Western Bank, 2846 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Monotypes and Valentines by Carollee Williams-Schuegraf Through Feb. 29, Elizabeth Norton Gallery of the Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto. Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A reception will be held Feb. 11 from 2-5 p.m.

Collages by Helen Kang On display at Cook Book Restaurant, 127 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto. The exhibit will run through April 21. Call 321-7500.

Framed Calligraphy by Patricia Bearg On display through Feb. 14 at Expressions, 252 Main St., Los Altos. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Original handmade dolls by Margie Dayman will be exhibited Feb. 15-28. Call 941-3443.

Carnival Dreams and The Chaos Game Two exhibits featuring oil paintings by Pavel Tayber and large scale computer graphics by Michael McGuire running through Feb. 24 at Gallery House, 538 Ramona St., Palo Alto. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Fridays until 9 p.m. Call 326-1668.

Kinshasa, The Walls Which Speak Photographs of Kinshasa, Zaire, by Philippe Parisel. Running through March 12 at the School of Humanities and Sciences, Bldg. 1, Stanford University. Exhibit hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 725-3622.

Watercolors by Carol Mead An exhibit of watercolor paintings of local scenes and architecture of California. Running through March at Los Altos Hills Town Hall Chambers, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills. Exhibit hours Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. Call 941-7222.

Palo Alto Cultural Center Presents two exhibitions running through April 21. The first is by artist Larry Thomas, featuring the artist's mural-scale drawings on paper using pure pigments and charcoal, as well as his intimate-scale silver point drawings on prepared panels. The second is "The Essential Object," presenting contemporary abstract sculpture referencing either biomorphic forms or utilitarian tools. Palo Alto Cultural Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. Exhibit hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 7-9 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Call 329-2366.

Picturing the Future: American Modernism from the Lois Q. Spreckels Collection A selection of 20th-century American paintings running through April 28 at the Stanford University Art Gallery, Serra Street near Hoover Tower, Stanford University. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Closed Mondays. Call 723-4177.

Photographs by Brett Weston An exhibit of photographic works covering the years between 1940 and 1981. Running through Feb. 17 at The Photographer's Gallery, 536 Ramona St., Palo Alto. Call 328-0662.

The Enduring Illusion: Photographs from the Stanford University Museum of Art Featuring 100 pieces selected from the Museum's collection of more than 3,000 photographs. Running through April 28 at the Stanford University Art Gallery, Serra Street, near Hoover Tower, Stanford University. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Closed Mondays. Call 723-4177.

Robert Aichele Fine Arts The first exhibition of 1996 will feature paintings by Maurice Logan and works on paper by Joseph Yoakum. Running through Feb. 17. Gallery hours, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday, at 1618 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 462-9030.

Watercolor Members of Leona Moriarty's watercolor class at Little House are showing their work in the Little House Gallery, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. The exhibit will run through February. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Call 326-2025.

Gallery House Juried Show An exhibition of works by more than 50 artists from all over California. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Gallery House, 538 Ramona St., Palo Alto. Call 326-1668. A new member screening will be held Feb. 11. Five pieces in each media are required; two dimensional must be framed and ready to hang; three dimensional work must be light enough for two people to carry. Only current work will be considered. Hand deliver to Gallery House Feb. 9 or Feb. 10. There is a $12 jurying fee for each medium.

Vladimirov's Russia Impressions of the early days under Bolshevik rule, by Ivan Vladimirov. Through March 1, Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion, Stanford University. Free. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 723-3563.

Anderson Collection of Contemporary Art Free docent-led tours of the private collection of works by some of the major post-World War II artists (David Park, Richard Diebenkorn, Sam Francis, David Gilhooly and Richard Arneson, among others) are offered the third Thursday of each month. The collection is housed at Quadrus, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. Call 854-5160. (Note: Through Feb. 28, a selection of works from the Anderson Collection are on display at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara. Call (408) 247-9340.)

Off the Wall Art Sale The Portola Valley Art Gallery will be selling works by 14 Bay Area artists including jewelry, pine needle baskets, sculpture, photography, pottery, pastels, illustrations and more. The sale runs through Feb. 27 at the Gallery, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Hours are Wednesday-Friday, 12-5 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 581-0332.

Contests

A Voice for Animals Essay Contest The Humane Education Network of Menlo Park is holding its sixth annual contest. The contest is open to all high school students, with prizes awarded those essays that best promote the humane treatment of animals in the United States. First prize is $500, second $250, and third $100. Deadline for submission of entries is March 13. For an official entry form call 854-8921.

Classes

Fruit Tree Pruning with certified arborist Kevin Rafferty Feb. 10, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $20. The class will meet at Common Ground, 2225 El Camino Real, Palo Alto and proceed to work at a local orchard. Bring your pruning shears. Call 328-6752.

Thai Cooking The City of Menlo Park Recreation Department will offer a one day class on Thai cooking Feb. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Community Center, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. $19 Menlo Park residents; $24 non-residents. Call 858-3486.

Swimming for Adults Afraid in Water offered by the Transpersonal Swimming Institute Feb. 13-March 7, Tuesdays 7-10 p.m. and Thursdays, 6-7 p.m. at C.A.R., 3864 Middlefield Road at E. Charleston, Palo Alto. Call Transpersonal Swimming Institute at (510) 540-4804.

Strategies for Finding Professional Part-Time Work offered by the Career Action Center Feb. 13, 1-5 p.m. $45 for members; $60 for non-members. 445 Sherman Ave., Palo Alto. Call 324-1710.

Women's Self-Defense for Teenagers The Mid-Peninsula YWCA Rape Crisis Center is offering a six-week class for teenagers ages 14-18. The class will meet Thursdays, Feb. 15-March 21, 7-9:30 p.m. $90. Advance registration is required. Call 494-0993.

Finishing Handknits Instructor Blanche Prior will cover assembling a knitted garment including sewing seams, buttons, button holes, etc., Feb. 15, 2-4:30 p.m. at the Artifactory, 226 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. $25. Call Blanche at 745-0380.

Vegetarian Cooking and Nutrition Instructor Radha Vignola will cover easy, fast, and healthy vegetarian dishes. Three Thursdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., beginning Feb. 15 at Menlo Park Recreation Center, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call 858-3470.

First Aid Herbal Gardening This class will cover growing, harvesting, and making basic herbal remedies. Feb. 17, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Common Ground, 2225 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. $30. Call 328-6752.

Dairy-Free Vegetarian Cooking Learn to prepare delicious dairy-free meals in this class held four Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 21, 6:30-9 p.m. at Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Room 103, Palo Alto. $45 plus $28 for food costs. Call 329-3752.

Computer Training Courses Courses range from beginning level Macintosh usage, word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, multimedia, and Internet to intermediate and advanced levels at Learnarium, 4600 El Camino Real, Suite 104, Los Altos. $20 per hour. Call 948-7888.

Stanford University Continuing Studies Program Classes are available in a variety of topics for both 10-week and 5-week sessions. Tuition is $135-$145 per unit. Register now. Classes begin April 1. Call 725-2650 for a catalog.

Chinese Calligraphy for Beginners Lessons in Chinese calligraphy will be offered the first Saturday of each month 10-11 a.m. at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The class is free and taught by Marie Hu. Register at Hua Kuang Chinese Reading Room H4 (Mon., Wed., Fri., and Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.) or by calling 856-3733.

Polymer Clay Classes Learn complex geometric cane techniques to make polymer clay beads, buttons & jewelry. Beginning class March 2, noon-4:30 p.m. Advanced Geometric Canes class March 23, noon-4:30 p.m. $40 plus materials per class at The Artifactory, 226 Hamilton (between Emerson & Ramona), Palo Alto. Call Dotty at 968-1981.

Internet ABC's In this ongoing workshop, learn to surf the net, send e-mail and download files. Tuesday evenings, 7-9 p.m. at Media City, 526 Bryant St., Palo Alto. $25 admission. Call 800-572-6334.

Constance Wise Productions offers Beginning Improvisation and Acting, Wed. 7:30-9 p.m.; Advanced Acting and Improvisation, Tuesdays 7-10 p.m. and Voice and Diction for Public-Speaking, Wednesdays 5:45-6:45 p.m. Classes meet in Palo Alto. Call 326-0556.

Stroke Survivors The Foothill College REACH Program for adults offers mobility and gait training; speech, language and communication and daily living skills. Continuous enrollment. Reach program is at Foothill College Middlefield Campus, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 354-8380.

Drum Jamshop and Dance Classes with Cherry Gilbert and Robert Bornn, Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:30-8 p.m. $8. On Fridays, the $8 includes admission to "Drummers and Dancers in a Jam," a drum jam session is held Fridays from 8-9:30 p.m. $3. Palo Alto Baylands Boathouse. Call 323-1946.

Congolese African Drumming meets Tuesdays 7:30-10 p.m., Peninsula School, Menlo Park. $10. Call 325-1566.

Computer Training Courses range from beginning level Macintosh usage to word processing, spreadsheet, graphics and multimedia to intermediate and advanced levels at Learnarium, 4149 El Camino Way, Palo Alto. $20 an hour. Call 856-2378.

Readings

Kepler's Books Feb. 9: Sheri Reynolds will read from "The Rapture of Canaan." Feb. 13: Sim Van der Ryn and Stuart Cowan will read from "Ecological Design." Feb. 15: C.M. Mayo will read from "Sky Over El Nido." Feb. 16: E.J. Dionne Jr. will read from "They Only Look Dead." All readings begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 324-4321.

Printers Inc. Feb. 9: Jamaica Kincaid will read from "The Autobiography of My Mother." Feb. 13: Jean Fetter will discuss "Questions and Admissions: Reflections on 100,000 Admissions Decisions at Stanford." Feb. 15: Jerry Ditto, Lanning Stern and photographer Marvin Wax will discuss "Eichler Homes." All readings begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 310 California Ave., Palo Alto. Call 327-6500.

Seniors

Senior Luncheon Program at First Presbyterian Church meets the second Saturday of every month at, 11 a.m., 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto. The next luncheon will be held Feb. 10. $2 donation. Call 325-5659 for reservations.

Sundays at the Center "The Best of Broadway Singers: Songs from the Great White Way" is the program Feb. 11, 1:30 p.m. at the Senior Center of Palo Alto, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Call 327-2811.

Income tax preparation assistance Every Tuesday, 12:30-5 p.m., through April 4 at Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. There is no fee but reservations are necessary. Call 326-2025.

Health Screenings at the Senior Center of Palo Alto Blood pressure screening every Thursday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Physician's Advisory Feb. 12, 10 a.m. Podiatry screening Feb. 13, 2 p.m. Dental screening Feb. 20, 2:15 p.m. Audiology screening Feb. 22, 10 a.m. Appointments may be made at the front desk at the Senior Center of Palo Alto, 353 University Ave., Palo Alto, or by calling 327-2811, ext. 11. No appointments necessary for blood pressure screening.

Free demonstration of financial and tax software for anyone 50 or older Feb. 13, 11 a.m. at the Senior Center of Palo Alto, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Call 327-2811.

Palo Alto Chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) will hold its monthly meeting Feb. 13, 1:30 p.m. at the Palo Alto Cultural Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. Call 323-2398.

Free income tax help for low- and moderate-income persons 60 and older or disabled is available Fridays, through April 12, 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. at the Senior Center of Palo Alto, 425 Bryant St., Palo Alto.

Senior Friendship Days The Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, hosts Senior Friendship Day every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Events include exercise and craft classes, dancing, English conversation classes and more. Call Betsy Dickie at 856-7750.

Mitchell Park Senior Dancers meet Fridays 7:45-10:15 p.m at 3800 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Enjoy ballroom dancing on hardwood floor to a live band. Music from the '30s, '40s and '50s. $4. Call 326-1483.

Senior Programs presented by Lehrhaus Judaica and the Albert L. Schultz Jewish Community Center All programs at 12:30 p.m. in the Senior Community Room at the JCC, 655 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. $6 general; $4 JCC members. Call 493-9400.

Senior Touch Half-hour massages are the newest addition to the services offered by the Senior Center of Palo Alto. Appointments will be scheduled every Wednesday from 9:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 353 University Ave., Palo Alto. $10. Call 327-2811.

Sunday Programs at Little House All programs begin at 1:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Feb. 11: "Exploring Germany" a slide show by Lee Phillips. Feb. 18: Pianist John Bergues. Feb. 25: Pianist Renee Chevalier. Call 326-2025.

Valentine's Day at Little House A special Valentine's Day dinner will be held Feb. 15, 5:30 p.m. at Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. $5 members; $6 guests. Tickets are available at the Hostess Desk at Little House. Call 326-2025.

How to Take Care of Your Feet Dr. Craig Anderson will give a lecture/demonstration on daily foot care (nail cutting, callouses, ingrown nails) Feb. 15, 9 a.m. at Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Individual consultations will follow at 9:30 a.m. Reservations are needed for consultations. There is no charge. Call 326-2025.

Monday Movies at Little House Members and friends of Little House are welcome to attend the movies on Mondays at 1 p.m. in the auditorium at 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Feb. 12: "The Madness of King George." Feb. 19: No movie. Feb. 26: "Pocahantas." Call 326-2025.

Hiking with Little House Join Nancy Hawtrey as she leads 3-5 mile hikes on Mondays through the parks in the Bay Area. All hikes depart from Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park at 9 a.m. and return by 3 p.m. $45 for three hikes, $20 for a single hike. Transportation is by chartered bus. Feb. 12: Pleasanton Ridge. Feb. 26: Tennessee Valley. Wear comfortable shoes and bring lunch and water. Call 326-2025.

Senior Home Repair Low-cost electrical, plumbing, painting, furnace and handyman repairs for all Palo Alto/Stanford homeowners 55 and older. Subsidies for low-income seniors. A service of the Senior Coordinating Council of the Palo Alto Area (SCC). Call 327-2811, ext. 25.

Adventure walks, runs, bike rides and swims sponsored by the Fifty-Plus Fitness Association. Local outings in Palo Alto, Portola Valley and Stanford. Rain or shine, includes all holidays except Christmas. Call 323-6160 for more information.

Film

The French Cine Club of Palo Alto Films shown at 8 p.m. at the Cultural Center Auditorium, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. $6 general, $4 members, seniors and children under 12. Discussion with refreshments follows each film. Feb. 14: "Les Visiteurs." Feb. 28: "Le Colonel Chabert." Call 329-2366 or 325-3831.

The Great East European Film Classics Feb. 18: "The Shop on Main Street." Films shown at 4 p.m. at the Albert L. Schultz Jewish Community Center, 655 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. $3 seniors and students, $4 JCC members, $5 non-members. Call 493-9400.

Sports

Stanford campus walk and run Meets the fourth Sunday at the Track House, Angell Field just west of Stanford Stadium on Galvez Street at 8:45 a.m., leave at 9 a.m. There is an easy walk option. Call Mildred King at 328-7225.

Palo Alto Masters swim Meets the last Sunday of every month at Rinconada Masters Swim Club, 777 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, at 10:30 a.m. Swim from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Call 323-6160 or 329-2351.

East Palo Alto/East Menlo Park Tee-Ball Pitching Machine sign-up Feb. 10 and 17, 10 a.m.-noon, Jack Farrell Park.

Singles

Chinese New Year Dinner Dance with Heart to Heart Dining Club Feb. 23 at Ming's Villa in Palo Alto. $59 non-members; $49 members. Call Sovy Medved at 946-3000 for reservations.

Singles Supper Club Chinese New Year banquet and dance Feb. 16 at Ming's Villa in Palo Alto. $37 members; $52 guests. Reservations are required. Call Barbara at 327-4645.

Miscellaneous

Gourmet Vegetarian Dinners Every Monday, 6:30 p.m. Sit down $11 or takeout $10. A suggested donation of $5 for lectures that follow the dinners at First Baptist Church, 305 North California Ave. at Bryant Street, Palo Alto. Sponsored by the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community. Call 599-3320.

Meet the artists Stop by Spirals Feb. 10, noon-4 p.m., and see the newest jewelry lines from Bay Area artists Susan Schaps and Denise Heffernan. Refreshments will be offered. Spirals is located at 367 University Ave., Palo Alto. Call 324-1155.

Help build a trail in Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve Join the Trail Center's community volunteer outdoor enthusiasts to build 3/4 mile of new trail in Jasper Ridge in Portola Valley Feb. 10 (rain date Feb. 24). No experience needed. Training, tools and supervision provided. Bring water and lunch, and wear long sleeves, pants and boots. Crews will gather at 9 a.m. and work until 3 p.m. (you must arrive by 9 a.m. to be admitted through a locked gate). Reservations are required. Call the Trail Center at 968-7065.

Palo Alto Humane Society Dog Walk Walk through the Palo Alto Baylands at the eastern end of San Antonio Road Feb. 10, 4-6 p.m. Water, pooper-scoopers, and docent-led flea and tick checks provided by the PAHS. If you are planning to bring your dog along you must sign up in advance by calling 327-0631. A $5 donation per family is suggested.

The San Francisco Get Real Art Tour On Feb. 10, from 10:15 a.m.-4 p.m., take CalTrain from the California Avenue station in Palo Alto to San Francisco. Walk at a moderate pace for 2-3 miles with guide Susan Eddins, who will lecture on major trends in art, photography and sculpture. $16 for a dim sum lunch and tour brochures. Call Susan Eddins at 424-9481 for reservations.

Mushroom Hike Sara Fultz will lead a hike on mushroom collecting and identification Feb. 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. Bring a paper bag and small knife. $8. Reservations required. Call 949-8653.

Annual book sale The Atherton Library will be holding its annual "Valentine's Day I Love My Library" book sale Feb. 14 and Feb. 15 at the Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Sale hours are Feb. 14, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. and Feb. 15, noon-5 p.m. Call 328-2422.

Blood Drive The Stanford Medical School Blood Center will hold its third annual Valentine's Day Blood Drive Feb. 14, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Cardinal Hotel, 235 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. You must bring a photo identification to be a donor. All donors must feel well, weigh at least 110 pounds, be between 17- and 70-years-old.

Filoli estate tours Beginning Feb. 20, docent-led tours will be offered of the Filoli estate in Woodside. Tours cover the ground floor of the 36,000 square foot mansion and the 16 acres of formal gardens. Tours are every Tuesday-Saturday through late November. Advance reservations are required on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. No reservations are needed on Friday and Saturday as tours are self-guided on these days. $10 adults; $1 children ages 2-12; children under 2 are free. Call 364-2880.

Valentine's Day Ice Skating at Winter Lodge, sponsored by the Sierra Club and Unity Church. 8-10 p.m. Feb. 14. Meet in front of Winter Lodge on Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, at 8 p.m. and ask for Mike. $6 includes skate rental. Post-skating get-together at Printers Inc. Call (408) 984-1982.

Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce Business Mixer Feb. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Stanford Park Hotel, 100 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. $5 at the door.

Spiritual

Coffee Break Women's Bible Study Informal Bible discussions Wednesdays at 10 a.m., 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. Childcare for infants and toddlers. Free. Call Judi at 941-5344.

Life After Death The Bahai's of Menlo Park are sponsoring a series of free lectures on the topic of "Life After Death" Feb. 18, 4:30 p.m.; March 3, 4:30 p.m.; and March 10, 4:30 p.m. Call 854-8259 for information and location.

Community

Clean Water Forum The League of Women Voters' Clean Water Forum II will feature Project Manager Walt Wadlow of the Santa Clara Valley Water District, who will talk on imported water sustainability Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-noon, at the Los Altos Library Program Room, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

Tours of the Police Department The Palo Alto Police Department is launching a new tour program for young people in the community. The PAPD has made arrangements to offer tours of the police station to groups of young people age 5 years and older. The group may be a class, a scout troop, or a sports team. Young people will see firsthand what law enforcement officials really do. Call 329-2524 for more information or to arrange a tour.

Politics

Health

Herbs for Medicinal Use A new group is forming for those interested in discussing and learning about the many uses of herbs. The group will meet the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Call Lynn at 326-7613 for information and location.

Mindfulness Meditation Margaret Mann, a technical writer and breast cancer survivor, will describe a form of meditation which was first taught by the Buddha Feb. 13, noon-1 p.m. at 770 Welch Road, Suite 370, Palo Alto. Call 725-1788.

Put Your Heart Into It Find out how you can reduce your risk for heart disease by attending the Heart-Health Fair Feb. 11, noon-4 p.m. at the Albert L. Schultz Jewish Community Center, 655 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. The event will include speakers, demonstrations and participation in healthy heart exercises, informative exhibits and more. The event is free and open to all ages. Call the Cardiac Therapy Foundation at 494-1300 or the American Heart Association at (408) 977-4950.

Bedwetting Seminar Sponsored by the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital. Paul Merguerian, M.D., a pediatric urologist and Lisa Harris, R.N., a pediatric nurse practitioner will speak on the topic of bedwetting, a common problem for young children Feb. 15, 7:30-9 p.m. at the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital, 725 Welch Road, Palo Alto. $10 per person; $15 per couple. Call Ellen Corman at 497-8163.

Open Your Heart to Healing A six-week program of education, stress management and group support based on the book "Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease" Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 20-March 28, 7-9 p.m. at Albert L. Schultz Jewish Community Center, 655 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. $250. This program is sponsored by the Cardiac Therapy Foundation of the Midpeninsula Program. Call Donna Louie or Robin Wedell at 494-1300.

Need counseling services? The clinic at the Mental Research Institute, M.R.I., in Palo Alto offers counseling to individuals, couples or families. The clinic works with a variety of problems including the effects of attention difficulties and other school problems, depressed or angry adolescents in conflict with parents, individuals struggling with anorexia, etc. Fees are on a sliding scale. Call 306-0433.

Pre- and Post-Natal Exercise The Palo Alto Family YMCA offers Pre- and Post-Natal Exercise Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:45-11:45 a.m. $40 for 12 sessions with a $30 annual Basic Membership, free to facility members. The YMCA is at 3412 Ross Road, Palo Alto. Call Gordon Balena at 856-YMCA.

Breast Cancer/Depression Study Stanford University Medical Center researchers are looking for women with breast cancer (stage II, III, or IV) who are also depressed. This is a study for the effectiveness of medication treatment for depression in women with breast cancer. Call Betsy at 725-4620.

Subjects needed for reproductive function study Dr. Martha Morrell and associates in the Stanford Comprehensive Epilepsy Center are conducting a study of menstrual, ovulatory and sexual function in women. Seeking women ages 18-50 who have been diagnosed with epilepsy, and women who have not been diagnosed with epilepsy to serve as a comparison group. Call Jen at 725-6648.

Adventure walks, runs, bike rides and swims sponsored by the Fifty-Plus Fitness Association. Local outings in Palo Alto, Portola Valley and Stanford. Rain or shine, includes all holidays except Christmas. Call 323-6160 for more information.

Volunteers

Peninsula Center for the Blind A training for volunteers will be held Feb. 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Center, 2470 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Volunteers are needed to offer emotional support and assist with reading or running errands for those who are blind or visually impaired. Call 858-0202.

Volunteer Tutors are needed to tutor at Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School for the after school program that runs Monday-Friday, 3:15-5 p.m. All subject areas are needed. Also needed is assistance with the Build a Bike Program. Experience working on bikes is helpful. Call Candice Reimers at 856-1713.

Community Impact organizes a variety of one-day volunteer projects all over the Bay Area. No commitment; everyone welcome to participate in these opportunities for flexible volunteering. Call 323-7131 for information on upcoming projects.

Partners in Learning The tutoring program of Palo Alto Adult School is recruiting volunteer tutors to work with adults who are learning English. Volunteers receive free training and ongoing support. You do not have to speak a foreign language or have teaching experience. Call 364-9718.

Give nature a hand Restore biodiversity in our state parks by removing invasive exotic plants. Projects every Sunday. Call Wildlands Restoration Team at (408) 662-3039.

Lytton Gardens needs volunteers to staff reception desks. Lytton Gardens offers housing, assisted living and health care for seniors. Volunteers should be energetic and enjoy working with seniors. Call Kris Meade at 328-3300, ext. 123.

The Palo Alto Cultural Center needs volunteers to staff its galleries, serve as docents, host artists' receptions, and work on special projects. No art background is necessary. Training is provided. Daytime, evening and weekend volunteers are welcome. Call 329-2370.

Family Service Mid-Peninsula needs volunteers in its consignment clothing resale shop, Repeat Performance. Staff shop, sort and tag clothes and assist customers, 3-4 hours per week, flexible. The shop is located at 2323 Birch St., Palo Alto. Call Pauline Sly at 322-3657.

Kara Children's Grief Program offers informational meetings for prospective volunteer facilitators to serve in semi-monthly support groups of children, adolescents and parents grieving the death of a loved one. The meetings are held at the First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto. Call 321-5859 to register.

Pied Piper Theatre needs volunteers to build sets, make costumes, gather props, distribute tickets, usher, and help with dozens of other tasks. All ages needed. No experience necessary. Call Pied Piper Theatre at 493-3747.

The Weeks Street Community Garden at 831 Weeks St. needs volunteers every Saturday 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The garden is a collaborative project of the East Palo Alto Historical and Agricultural Society and Bay Area Action. Call Denise at 852-9629 or Michelle at 327-8035.

UNA Center in downtown Palo Alto needs volunteers to sell UNICEF cards and international gifts. Call Lori Gendzel at 327-5026 or Leoni Faustino at 326-3170.

Peninsula Conservation Center Foundation is recruiting volunteers to help in its library. Volunteers provide library assistance to patrons, shelve materials and assist in cataloging. Call 962-9876.

Stanford University Hospital is recruiting volunteers as Patient Relations Associates (PRA's). PRA's offer support, solve problems and provide a link between the patient and the hospital. A one-year commitment of four hours a week and completion of a training program are required. Call 725-2890.

Environment

Conferences

Reunion

Support Groups

Stroke Club Neuropsychologist Dr. William Lynch will speak on learning skills to improve your memory Feb. 14, 1:15 p.m. at Rosener House, 1060 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call Pearl or Nancy at 322-0126.

Natural Menopause Circle A seminar, support group and speaker series exploring medical and non-medical natural alternatives for a healthy menopause. The group meets 12 Mondays, Feb. 26-May 20, 7-8:30 p.m. at Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce Conference Room. Early registration discount. Call Wellness Enterprises at 321-2717.

Personal Life Coaching and Support Teams Regular meetings to clarify goals, stay on course, increase motivation and break procrastination routines in personal, professional and academic life. Special interest in helping women entrepreneurs. Flexible times during the week and Saturdays. Various Peninsula locations. Groups: $10/meeting. Private consultations by arrangement. Call Laura at 424-8744.

A.R.T.S. A 12-step group for artists focusing on healing and fulfillment of creative potential. Meets Saturdays, 4-5:30 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 463 College Ave., Palo Alto. Newcomers welcome. Call 941-0627.

Bisexual Women's Group meets the first and third Sundays, 7 p.m., at Unitarian Church, Room 6, 505 East Charleston (between Alma and Middlefield), Palo Alto. All women are welcome. Please do not wear scents or perfume. A small per-meeting contribution for room rent is requested. Call 961-9590

New Groups Forming Support groups for people with cancer and their partners/families. Call Ginger Levick, LMFC, at 327-5552.

Women's Support and Growth Group focusing on codependency issues meets Mondays, 7:30-9 p.m., in Menlo Park. The group is led by Maggie Smith, M.A., MFCC. $20. Call 306-0391.

Women of Width Fat-positive support group based on the idea that women are healthy and beautiful at any size, meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 7:30-9 p.m. Call Joyce at 965-8416.

Kara's Grief Support Group will meet every first and third Wednesday of the month at Kara, 457 Kingsley Ave., Palo Alto. Grief counseling on an individual basis will be available on request. Call 321-5272.

Mid-Peninsula YWCA Rape Crisis Center offers support groups for survivors of rape, incest, emotional and physical abuse and assault. Groups are limited to eight members and are offered on a 12-week cycle. Groups meet at the YWCA, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto. Appointments and each group session cost $20 (sliding scale available). Call 494-0993 to schedule an initial appointment.

ADD women's group meeting in Palo Alto twice a month, invites others to join for support, companionship and laughter. Call 327-2125.

Infertility Support Group for Women meets every two weeks, Monday evenings at Stanford University Hospital. Call 723-6533.

Single Mothers Network, a self-help organization providing social activities for members and children, parent education, and peer support. Members receive a bi-monthly newsletter and a member directory. Call Lorraine Zeller at 858-1076.

The Recurrent and Metastatic therapist-led support group meets Mondays 6:30-8 p.m. in Palo Alto. Sponsored by Community Breast Health Project. Call Susan Campbell at 493-5315 or Deborah Rosenberg at 342-3749.

Overeaters Anonymous, a 12-step support group, meets Saturdays 10-11:15 a.m. at the Unitarian Church, E. Charleston Road in Palo Alto. Newcomers welcome. Call Mimi at 493-8531. The group also meets Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m. at the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call Jerry at 967-2884.

The Secular Organization for Sobriety meets Fridays, 8 p.m. at The Bridge, 640 Campus Drive East (between Mayfield Avenue and Alvarado), Stanford University. This is a support group for those with alcohol or other chemical dependency problems. This is not a 12-step program. Call Chip at 637-8000.

Low Vision support group meets the last Wednesday of each month, 10-11:30 a.m. at Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 326-2025.

P-Flag Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays is a family support group that meets the third Thursday of the month in Menlo Park. For directions and meeting locations, call 857-1058 or (408) 270-8182.

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