■ Art: Portola Art Gallery
Palo Alto acrylic painter and retired firefighter Jerome Peters is among the six artists new to the Portola Art Gallery who are exhibiting work there this month. The show is at the Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. The other artists include: Palo Alto figurative sculptor Nancy Stevenson, Palo Alto oil painter Decker Walker, and Menlo Park landscape painter Carolyn Jones. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 650-321-0220 or go to portolaartgallery.com.
■ Author: 'Ant Encounters'
Tonight (Feb. 8) at 6 p.m., Stanford biology professor Deborah Gordon will give a free talk on her book "Ant Encounters," about the complex biological system of an ant society. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. at SRI Menlo Park, Middlefield Road at Ringwood Avenue. Gordon will also sign copies of her book. For more information, go to cafescisv.org.