Palo Alto Weekly Entertainment Listings

The best of what's happening on the Midpeninsula

LIVE MUSIC

Rock/pop/folk

Alice's Restaurant 17288 Skyline Blvd., Woodside. Grateful Dead Night every Monday, live music/open mike, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 851-0303.

British Bankers Club 1090 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 327-8769. Live music Fri. and Sat. Jesse Charles, Feb. 17; Gypsy, Feb. 18; David Martin's House Party, Feb. 24 and Plaid's, Feb. 25.

The Edge 260 California Ave., Palo Alto, 324-EDGE. DJ music and dancing or live band starts at 9 p.m., weekend nights until 3 a.m. Digable Planets and SpearHead, Feb. 20; Al Di Meola and World Project, W.H.A.T. and Infinity, Feb. 23; Bad Manners, Feb. 26.

Fanny and Alexander 412 Emerson St., Palo Alto. Call 326-7183.

O'Connell's Bar and Restaurant 518 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Call 326-2000.

St. Michael's Art Cafe 806 Emerson St., Palo Alto, 326-2530. Tony Khalife and Celso Alberty, flamenco rock, Feb. 17; Doctors of Philosophy, folk rock, Feb. 18; Leslie, Jenny and Susan, acoustic originals, Feb. 19; Old Timey Jam with Tom Culbertson, Feb. 20; Love Slaves, country rock, Feb. 21; BAA Cafe with Rim Shot, Feb. 22; Heather Alexander, Celtic, Feb. 23; Wise Child, acoustic duo, Feb. 24; Slippery Clyde, bluegrass; Danny Roberts, Karbo and Piercy, acoustic originals, Feb. 26.

World beat/reggae

Alberto's 736 W. Dana St., Mountain View. Call 968-3007.

Jazz and blues

Fogg's 303 Bryant St., Mountain View, 390-9696.

JJ's 165 El Camino Real, Mountain View, 968-2277.

Maddalena's Cafe Fino, 544 Emerson St., Palo Alto. Call 326-6082. Jazz vocalist Christine Marie, Mon. 7-11 p.m.; Jazz trio featuring drummer Collette d'Aloneida, Fri. 7:30-11:30 p.m.; Nancy Gilliland performing Tues., Wed., Thurs. and Sat., 7:30-11:30 p.m.

Nouveau Trattoria 541 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Solo piano Tues., Wed. and Sun. Jazz trio Thurs., Fri. and Sat. All shows 7-11 p.m. Call 327-0132.

Etc.

California Cafe Bar and Grill, 700 Welch Road, Palo Alto 325-2233. Live music from the baby grand piano Thurs.-Sat. 6:30-10 p.m.

Little Mermaid, 417 California Ave., Palo Alto. Call 326-6812. Classical guitarist Canute Larsen plays Fridays and Saturdays 6-8:30 p.m.

MacArthur Park 27 University Ave., Palo Alto, 321-9990. Mon.-Sat., 6 to 10:30 p.m. Sun. 10 a.m. to 2:30 and 5:30 to 10 p.m.

CONCERTS

Classical

The California Bach Society Benefit Recital by pianist Betty Woo, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m., Angus Hall at Trinity Parish, 330 Ravenswood, Menlo Park. Proceeds will be used to offset expenses for the Society's upcoming performances of Handel's "Israel in Egypt." $12 donation. Call 328-0393.

Organist Matthew Dirst presents Dupre's "Prelude and Fugue in Gu Minor, Op. 7, No. 3 " and works by Louis Marchand and Louis Couperin, Feb. 21, 8 p.m., Memorial Church, Stanford University. Free. Call Music at Stanford at 723-4317.

Stanford Symphony Orchestra performs selections by Mozart, Stravinsky and Schumann, Feb. 24, 8 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University. $8; $5 students. Call Music at Stanford at 723-3811.

The Emerging Cantata of the Middle Baroque by the San Francisco Bach Choir's chamber ensemble, Concentus, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. Call 854-6555 $10 suggested donation.

Fortepianist Melvyn Tan joins Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra for an evening of works by Mozart and Haydn, Feb. 25, 8 p.m., First Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. $20-$30. Call 392-4400.

Bay Area mezzo-soprano Miriam Abramowitsch and Stanford faculty pianist George Barth will perform works by Johannes Brahmns, Clara Schumann and Robert Schumann Feb. 25, 8 p.m., Campbell Recital hall, Stanford University. $7; $4 students. Call Music at Stanford at 723-4317.

Jeno Jando, pianist, will be joined by Tamara Takacs, mezzo-soprano, member of the Hungarian Opera House, Feb. 25, 8:30 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University. $20-$25 general; $10-$15 students. Call (408) 252-8204.

Echoes of Freedom Schola Cantorum presents sacred and secular choral music by contemporary composers from the Baltics, Scandinavia and Eastern European countries, Feb. 25, 8 p.m. and Feb. 26, 2 p.m., Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Castro at Mercy, Mountain View. $15 general; $12 students, seniors and child. Call 903-6000.

Chamber Chorale and University Singers perform selections by Giancarlo Aquilanti, Vaughan Williams, Gabrieli, Granger and others, Feb. 28, 8 p.m., Memorial Church, Stanford University. $7 general; $4 students. Call Music at Stanford at 723-3811.

Rock/pop/folk

Heavy Into Jeff, Third Eye Blind and Numba Nine perform Feb. 17, 8 p.m., Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. $8 general; $5 students. All ages welcome. Free ear plugs to first 300 patrons, courtesy of Earthwise Productions and Cabot Safety Corp. Part of the Palo Alto Soundcheck series. Call 949-4507.

International

Jazz

Etc.

Intoto presents a Cajun dance party featuring Tracy Schwarz, guitarist and vocalist, Danny Poullard, accordion, and Agi Ban, fiddle, Feb. 18, 8 p.m., Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 E. Meadow, Palo Alto. $9 donation. Call 322-9441.

Original piano music by Larry Reed with influences rangin from Johann Sebastian Bach to Duke Ellington, Feb. 18, 8 p.m., SecondStage, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Castro at Mercy, Mountain View. $15 general; $12.50 seniors and students; $7.50 children age 12 and under. Call 903-6000.

Black Liberation Month presents "Gospel Extravaganza," featuring entertainment by several area choirs, Feb. 19, 8 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University. Free.

"Hansel and Gretel" Piped Piper Concert will be presented by the Music Guild of Stanford, Feb. 26, 1:30 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University. Students from Keys School and Cantable Children's Chorus will be participating. $8; $5 children under 12. Call Music at Stanford at 723-3811.

ON STAGE

"Lucia di Lammermoor" by West Bay Opera, through Feb. 26, Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. $29; $15 youth prices on Sunday matinees. Call 424-9999.

"Our Eyes Can See" premiere by Stanford University's Department of Drama, Feb. 17-18, 8 p.m.; Feb. 19, 2 p.m. and Feb. 22-25, 8 p.m. in the Little Theater, Memorial Hall, Stanford University. $9 general; $5 students and seniors. Call 725-ARTS.

"Leader of the Pack" by Peninsula Youth Theatre, Feb. 23-26, 8 p.m. with matinees Feb. 25-26, at 2 p.m., Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call PYT at 949-0767 or Peninsula Box Office at 322-3100 for ticket information.

The Second City National Touring Company, the traveling arm of the oldest comedy ensemble in North America, performs Feb. 24, 8 p.m., MainStage, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Castro and Mercy streets, Mountain View. $24. Call 903-6000 for ticket information.

"Frog and Toad" by California Theater Center, Feb. 24, 7 p.m., Spangenberg Theater, Gunn High School, Palo Alto. $5; $3 children. Benefits Juana Briones PTA. Tickets at the door or call 852-9645.

"Assassins" by Foothill Music Theatre, Thurs.-Sat. evenings at 8 p.m. and Sundays 2:30 p.m., Feb. 24-March 19, Studio Theatre, Foothill College, I-280 at El Monte, Los Altos Hills. $12; $10 students and seniors. Call 949-7414.

"Hansel and Gretel" Piped Piper Concert will be presented by the Music Guild of Stanford, Feb. 26, 1:30 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University. Students from Keys School and Cantable Children's Chorus will be participating. $8; $5 children under 12. Call Music at Stanford at 723-3811.

"Rags to Riches" by J.L.S. Middle School and Palo Alto Children's Theatre, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 25, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. and March 3, 4:30 p.m. and March 4, 2:30 p.m. at Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. $4; $2 children. Call 329-2651.

"Vanities" a bittersweet comedy, character study of three women from a small town in rural America by Rita Friedman, Lois Jacob and Nancy Wagner, Feb. 27, 10:30 a.m., Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel, Menlo Park. Tickets by subscription or at the door for $10. Benefits Children's Home Society. Call 368-3767.

AUDITIONS

Experienced director and men 18-25 and 40-55 are needed for "Banana Yellow," a new play about a father and son fighting their own World War II. The play will open at the end of April and be performed on the Peninsula through June 15. Call Bob Herhold at 322-5351.

DANCE

Pauline Zazulak teaches Greek dances to the Stanford International Dancers, Feb. 17, 7-8 p.m., Mountain View Sports Pavilion, Castro at Miramonte, Mountain View. Request dancing 8-10 p.m. Call Carol at (408) 971-1326.

Village Heartbeat will perform rhythms, dances and songs of Western Africa, Congo and the Caribbean, Feb. 18, 8-10 p.m., Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. Reservations requested. $10 adult; $6 child. Call 949-8653.

Ballroom Dancing to the Adrian Davis Orchestra Feb. 19, 6-9 p.m., Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. $12. For further information or dinner reservations call (408) 374-1752.

"Portraits" artistic director's Barbara Shewfelt's panorama of familiar melodies and lively dance numbers, Feb. 24-25, 8 p.m., Smithwick Theater, Foothill College, I-280 at El Monte, Los Altos Hills. $12; $10 student and senior; $8 child. Call 949-7658.

Paul Price's Society Orchestra plays ragtime, early jazz and light classical music for listening and dancing the first Monday of every month, 8-10 p.m., Palo Alto Masonic Temple, 461 Florence St. (across from Liddicoat's). $8 per person. Dance classes taught by Stan Isaacs on the remaining Monday evenings, $6 per person. Call 321-5280.

REUNIONS

BENEFITS

The California Bach Society Benefit Recital by pianist Betty Woo, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m., followed by a Fundraising Raffle, Angus Hall at Trinity Parish, 330 Ravenswood, Menlo Park. Proceeds will be used to offset expenses for the Society's upcoming performances of Handel's "Israel in Egypt." $12 donation. Call 328-0393.

"Freedom on My Mind" by Berkeley filmmakers Connie Field and Marilyn Mulford, looks at the voter registration project of the early 1960's, Feb. 19, 4 and 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto. $5-$10, sliding scale. Free to homeless. Benefits Peninsula Peace and Justice Center. Call 326-8837.

33rd Annual Masters' Invitational Domino Tournament sanctioned by the International Domino Association, Feb. 25 at Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club in Menlo Park. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with tournament play beginning at 9:30 a.m. $110 individual registration; $220 teams of two. Benefits Children's Health Council. Call 326-0643.

Get on Your Feet Jazz Extravaganza by the Woodside High School Jazz Band, Feb. 25, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 625 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. $30 includes a sumptuous buffet; $15 dancing. Benefits the WHS Music Department. Call 367-9750 ext. 8602 for reservations.

Antiques and Collectibles AAUW seminar with discussions on antique jewelry, Persian rugs, California art, oil paintings and landscapes of the 19th and 20th centuries, Feb. 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Justine's Room, Holiday Inn, 625 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. $35 includes lunch. Send checks made out to AAUW-EF to Betty Toguchi, 978 Continental Dr., Menlo Park, 94025-6674 by Feb. 21.

KIDS

Events

Young People Playing Music for Young People Palo Alto Chamber Training Orchestra performs a demonstration concert with works by Tartini, Telemann, Mozart and Warlock, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m., Cultural Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. $2-$4. Appropriate for children in grades 1-6. Tickets available at the door. Box office opens at 7 p.m. To order tickets, call 494-3023.

Village Heartbeat perform rhythms, dances and songs of Western Africa, Congo and the Caribbean, Feb. 18, 8-10 p.m., Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. Reservations requested. $10 adult; $6 child. Call 949-8653.

Giant cartooning workshop for ages 8-16, Feb. 19, 1:30-3 p.m., Junior Museum, 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. $15. Pre-register at the museum. Call 329-2111.

Art and Music Day Camp for kids in grades K-6, Feb. 20-24 at Community School of Music and Arts, 253 Martens Ave., Mountain View. Classes will meet daily in the mornings from 8:30-11 a.m. and in the afternoons from noon-2:30 p.m. Classes include Treasure Box, Dream House, Collage, Clay, Sound Sampler, Musical Theatre Workshop and more. Child supervision is available during lunchtime and after class until 5:30 p.m. Call 961-0342.

"Star Wars" Enter the world of science fiction, learn how the movies were made and how to collect memorabilia, Feb. 22, 2 p.m., Children's Library, 1276 Harriet St., Palo Alto. Appropriate for children in grades 1-5. Call 329-2134.

Opera Piccola Celebrate Black History Month with this touring music and theater company, Feb. 22, 7 p.m., Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 858-3464.

"Leader of the Pack" by Peninsula Youth Theatre, Feb. 23-26, 8 p.m. with matinee performances Feb. 25-26, 2 p.m. at Cubberley Community Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. $10; $6 children under 12. Call 949-0767.

"Frog and Toad" by California Theater Center, Feb. 24, 7 p.m., Spangenberg Theater, Gunn High School, Palo Alto. $5; $3 children. Benefits Juana Briones PTA. Tickets at the door or call 852-9645.

"Hansel and Gretel" Piped Piper Concert will be presented by the Music Guild at Stanford, Feb. 26, 1:30 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University. Students from Keys School and Cantable Children's Chorus will be participating. $8; $5 children under 12. Call Music at Stanford at 723-3811.

"Rags to Riches" by J.L.S. Middle School and Palo Alto Children's Theatre, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 25, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. and March 3, 4:30 p.m. and March 4, 2:30 p.m. at Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. $4; $2 children. Call 329-2651.

Supersitter Secrets course offered for 5th through 7th graders to learn to become great baby-sitters, Feb. 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Los Altos Recreation Department, Hillview Community Center, Room 18, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Sponsored by the American Red Cross. $15 (scholarships available). Call 688-0415 for information or to register.

Mountain Lions and Bobcats family-oriented program by Ranger Chris Carson and Zoo employee Zach Perron, Feb. 25, 2-4 p.m., Foothills Park Interpretive Center. Free. Foothills Park is open to Palo Alto residents. $2 per vehicle entrance fee. Call 329-2423.

Storytimes

Palo Alto library programs include Family Storytime, Thursdays, 11:15 a.m., College Terrace Library; Toddler Storytimes Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., Children's Library and Fridays 10:30 a.m. at Mitchell Park Library: Starlight Special, a family program the first Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m., Mitchell Park Library; Bedtime Stories second Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m., Children's Library and Afterschool Special fourth Wednesday of the month, 2 p.m. Call 329-2134.

Menlo Park library programs include Toddler Story Time for ages 2-3, Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. Pre-School Story Time for ages 3-5, Thursdays 10:30 a.m. Pajama Story Time for all ages Wednesdays 7 p.m. Call 858-3464.

Portola Valley Library Preschool Storytime for ages 3-6 Wednesdays 1:30 p.m. Call 851-0560.

CLUBS

Vegetarian Friends holds its monthly potluck dinner Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m. in Palo Alto. After dinner, natural foods speaker Meredith McCarty speaks on "State of the Plate." Call 948-2209 for information and directions.

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society meets Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto. Jan Engel will discuss the Study of the Revival of a Destroyed Family. Call Robert Weiss at 424-1622 for more information.

Palo Alto-Mountain View Optimist Club, a local chapter of Optimist International, meets for lunch Feb. 21, and the first and third Tuesday of each month, 12:15 p.m. at Hugo's Restaurant, Rickey's Hyatt on El Camino in Palo Alto. The Optimist Club is a service club focusing on community and youth programs. For additional information, call Lamyle Porter at 855-1847.

The Institute of Management Accountants meets Feb. 21, 6 p.m. at Michael's at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View. George Fruehan of Lautze and Lautze will discuss "Accounting 2000: An Emerging Role for the CFO." $23. Reservations required. Call Judy Rast at 962-1184.

The Palo Alto Legal Secretaries Association meets Feb. 21, beginning at 5:30 p.m. for cocktails and followed by a dinner meeting at 6 p.m. at Chez Louis, 4170 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Karen Sanguinetti speaks on "Changes in the Law." The permanent reservation list is in effect. Others call Renee Whitaker at 493-9300 ext. 6106 for reservations. For information in PALSA call Anne Beaudry at 949-4666.

The American Business Women's Association meets Feb. 22, starting at 5:30 p.m. for networking and 6:30 p.m. for dinner at Papa Renato Trattoria, 1706 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Linda Cornish discusses "Financial Empowerment for Women." For reservations or information call Millie Bartow at 325-5916 evenings or (408) 732-4800 days.

Palo Alto Republican Women's Club meets Feb. 23, beginning at 11:30 a.m. for lunch, followed at 12:45 p.m. by Marion Moore McDowell's talk "Improving Schools and Education," at Chez Louis, 4170 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Reservations by Feb. 20. Call 321-6598.

Palo Alto Stanford Club meets Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m. at the Cultural Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. Michael Ahern discusses "NASA Airborne Telescopic Observation of the Comet Collision with Jupiter in July 1994." Call 325-8451.

The Older Women's League (OWL) meets Feb. 25, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Stevenson House, 455 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto. Members will discuss elder abuse. Bring a bag lunch. Call 327-4862.

The Stanford Newton User Group meets Feb. 28, 7 p.m., Printers Inc. Cafe, 310 California Ave., Palo Alto.

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

LECTURES/WORKSHOPS

Shyness: What Is It and How to Deal With It lecture/discussion Feb. 17, 7 p.m., 407 Burgess Dr., Menlo Park. Free. Drop-ins welcome. Call The Shyness Institute at 328-6115.

Major Life Transitions: The Heroic Journey by Brian Winkler, Jungian psychotherapist, Feb. 17, 7-9 p.m., Cancer Support and Education Center, 1035 Pine St., Menlo Park. $5. Call 851-1715 to register.

Dorothy Taubman Piano Workshop intensive piano workshop for serious students, performers and teachers includes masterclasses, lectures, private instruction, assisted practice, videos and more, Feb. 17-20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Community School of Music and Arts, 253 Martens Ave., Mountain View. $345 for full registration. Partial registration for individual lectures and classes is available. Call Nicholas Isaacs at 961-0342.

In Praise of Friendship: A New Look at the Delicate Feeding of Treasured Friendships by Sarah Johnson and Sydney Thomson Brown, Feb. 19, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall, First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto. Free. Call 325-5659.

DUI Diet Update by Kathlene Des Maisons at the Humanist Community Forum, Feb. 19, 10:45 a.m., Tresidder Union, Stanford University. Call 969-3630.

Finding Your Life Path/Purpose Now Carol Nosko helps you uncover and own the gifts, talents and passions that make you unique, Feb. 19, 1-5 p.m., Two Sisters Bookshop, 605 Cambridge Ave., Menlo Park. Call Carol at 324-3552.

Computer Painting Introductory Hands-on Fractal Painter 3.0 Training Feb. 19, 1-5:30 p.m., Creative Computer Workshop, Inc., 145 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. $120 includes instruction, extensive software guide, two additional practice hours on computers and a color print. Call 328-5048.

When Self-Improvement Gives Way to Ecstasy by Alan Cohen, author of "I Had It All the Time" Feb. 19, 2-5 p.m., Unity Church, 3391 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 494-7222.

Europe's Undiscovered Villages, Towns and Backroads by travel writer Suzanne Hogsett, Feb. 19, 1 and 4 p.m., European Travel Resource Center, 3427 Thomas Dr., Palo Alto. 42. Call 852-9952.

Democracy in the New Palestine by Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, director of medical relief in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m., History Corner, Room 203, Stanford University. Sponsored by Stanford Middle East Focus and open to all.

Sales Mastery Barry Trailer presents a fresh perspective, keen insights and provocative models for veteran and new sales reps, Feb. 21, 7:30-9 p.m., Unity Church, 3391 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. $79 donation. Call 494-7222.

New Global Accords and Emergent Theory by Nazli Choucri, Technology and Development Program at MIT, Feb. 22, 4:15-5:30 p.m., Herrin Hall, Room T-175, Stanford University. Call 723-7518.

Bicycle Touring Techniques clinic by Chris Wiscavage, Feb. 22, 7-9 p.m., The Bicycle Outfitter, 963 Fremont Ave., Los Altos. Free. Call 948-8092 for reservations.

Anatomy of a Problem parent education workshop by Sue A. Dinwiddie, Feb. 22, 7-8:30 p.m., Ellen Thacher Children's Center, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto. Call Jenny Greco at 494-2270 for information and reservations.

Villages of France by Suzanne Hogsett, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., Phileas Fogg's, 87 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto. $2. Call 327-1754.

The Pioneer Chinese of Santa Clara Valley by Los Altos Hills author Connie Yung Yu, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., Los Altos Library Community Room, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. Free.

Nuclear Choices: Proliferation or Disarmament? an update on the current status of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and the Non-Proliferation Treaty by Jackie Cabasso, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., Friends Meeting House, 957 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. Free. Sponsored by the Peninsula CTB/Non-Proliferation Coalition.

Women in Computer Science: Barriers to Academic Success by Eric Robers, Stanford University associate professor of Computer Science, Feb. 22, 12-1 p.m., Cypress Room, Tresidder Union, Stanford University. Presented by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Free. Call 723-1995.

Central Asia through Women's Eyes by Julie Shaw, Feb. 23, 12-1:30 p.m., The Global Fund for Women, 2480 Sand Hill Road, #100, Menlo Park. Free. Call 854-0420.

Lift Every Voice: How to Access the Public Agenda symposium in celebration of Black History Month, Feb. 23, noon, Menlo College Student Union, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton. Free. Call 688-3840.

Protecting Human Capability: A New Theory for the Developmental Sciences the eighth Caroline K. Voorsanger Lecture in Child Psychiatry and Child Development by Felton Earls, M.D., Feb. 23, 4:30 p.m., Fairchild Auditorium, Stanford University School of Medicine.

Tapping the Earth's Natural Heat by Mike Sorey, hydrologist, Feb. 23, 7 p.m., USGS Building 3, Conference Room, 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. Free. Call 329-5000.

Violence Against Girls and Women: Cultural Causes and Legal Hope by Amy Lehrner and Donna K. Cocker, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m., Board Room, 25 Churchill Ave., Palo Alto. Sponsored by Palo Alto's AAUW and Council of PTAs. Free and open to the public.

Wallace Stegner Lecture Series presents Dr. Donald Kennedy, President emeritus of Stanford, discussing "What We Need for Open Space," Feb. 23, 8 p.m., MainStage, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Castro at Mercy, Mountain View. $15. Call 903-6000.

Servants of Kings and Not Servants of Servants: Some Aspects of the Political History of the Jews, annual Jewish Community Endowment Fund Lecture, by Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi, Feb. 23, 8 p.m., Tresidder Union, Oak West Lounge, Stanford University. Free. Call 723-7589.

Disability and Diversity by Deborah Yarborough, Manager of Diversity for Silicon Graphics, Feb. 24, 12-1:30 p.m., Mid-Peninsula YWCA, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto. Free and open to the public. Lunch is available for $5 and must be reserved by calling 494-0972 by Jan. 25.

Workshops at Career Action Center for the week of Feb. 25 include: Dimensions of Leadership, Feb. 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Taxes for the Self-Employed, Feb. 25, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Telecommunications: Options in the Field, Feb. 28, 6:30-9:30 p.m. and Self Assessment for Career Planning, four-part workshop meets Tuesdays, Feb. 28-March 21, 6-8:30 p.m. Fees vary. Registration is required. Call 324-1710 ext. 109.

Europe: Go Twice As Far For Half the Cost by Suzanne Hogsett, travel writer, Feb. 25, 1 and 4 p.m., European Travel Resource Center, 3427 Thomas Dr., Palo Alto. $2. Call 852-9952.

Pedagogical Neutrality: A Teacher's Obligation? by Nel Noddings, Stanford School of Education, Feb. 26, 10:45 a.m., Tresidder Union, Cypress Room, Stanford University. Call 969-3630.

Working Against Sexual Harassment first of three monthly workshops for people who have been sexually harassed Feb. 28, 7-9:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto. $7 per session. Call Grady Cass at 343-3387.

What NAFTA Means Now by Stephen B. Watkins, International Business and Management Professor, Feb. 28, 7-10 p.m., Phileas Fogg's, 87 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto. $40. Call 327-1754 for reservations.

Reading Aloud: Motivating Children to Make Books Into Friends, Not Enemies by author Jim Trelease, Feb. 28, 7 p.m., Las Lomitas School, Atherton. Call 854-5900.

The Mastery of Speaking as a Leader by Terry Pearce, Haas Graduate School of Business, March 1, 8 a.m., Tresidder Union, Stanford University. Presented by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Stanford University. Call 723-1994 for reservations by Feb. 24.

EXHIBITS

Opening

Points of Departure paintings by Glenn Carter, through March 25, Lucy Berman Gallery, 534 Ramona St., Palo Alto. Reception Feb. 24, 7-9 p.m. Call 322-2533.

Ann Bullwinkel's Impressionistic Oil Paintings through Feb. 20 at Portola Valley Art Gallery, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Fri. and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends. Call 851-0332.

Continuing

Bold and Beautiful Nancy Collins' recent watercolor paintings, through April 10, Center for Integrated Systems and School of Engineering, Stanford University. Call 725-3622.

Black and white photographs of natural and urban scenes through March 5 at the Unitarian Church, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto. Call 494-0541.

Framed Calligraphy by Patricia Bearg, through Feb.22 at Expressions, Inc. 252 Main St., Los Altos. Call 941-3443.

Kasimir Etching Show through Feb. 28, ZYT Galerie, 923 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. Call 948-6770.

Colloographs by John Chan through March 31 at Theo's Restaurant, 546 University Ave., Palo Alto. Hours are 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Tues.-Fri. and 5-9:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Call 322-1272.

Toys of Yesteryear extended through April 15, Museum of American Heritage, 275 Alma St., Palo Alto. Open Fri.-Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 321-1004.

Digital prints by Marius Johnston and paintings by Gisele Haselbarth through Feb. 25, Gallery House, 538 Ramona St., Palo Alto. Call 326-1668.

Berni Jahnkes Watercolors of People and Places from travels in the states and abroad, through Feb. 28, Elizabeth Norton Gallery, Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto. Call 321-3891.

Reflections on the Holocaust by Area Youth: Bringing the Lessons Home drawings, paintings, photographs and poetry by students in grades 4-12, through March 5, Koret Gallery, Albert L. Schultz Jewish Community Center, 655 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. Call 493-9400.

Hearts and Flowers watercolors, oils, acrylics, pastel etchings, woodcut and monoprints, pen and ink drawings, fabric paintings, ceramics and jewelry, through March 4, Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos. Call 941-5789.

Recent photographs of historic wooden carousel animals by Charles Halleck and newly crafted custom jewelry by Maria Schipper, through Feb. 28 at Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos. Call 941-7969.

Transformation oils on canvas and water media on pape by Cathy Young, through March 1, Richard Sumner Gallery, 628 Emerson, Palo Alto. Call 322-3330.

Pia Stern Pastels on Paper and Figurative Works on Paper and Canvas by Jamie Chase through March at Sharon Park Gallery, Sharon Heights Shopping Center, Menlo Park. Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Call 854-9484.

A new sculpture exhibit by selected artists is open through February at the Courtyard Gallery, Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 326-2025.

The Living Rock Series paintings by Anita Bohbot, through February at Bechtel International Center, Stanford University.

The Image of the Artist, 1500-1900: Prints and Illustrated Books through March 19, Stanford University Art Gallery, Serra St. near Hoover Tower. Hours: Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 1-5 p.m. Call 723-4177.

Paintings, sculpture and works on paper by Elmer Bischoff, Hassel Smith, Peter Voulkos and early California landscape paintings through March 18 at Robert Aichele Fine Arts, 1618 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 462-9030.

Mind's Eye exhibition of graphite drawings with accompanying text by Suzanne Serpas, through March 13, School of Humanities and Sciences, Bldg. 1, Stanford University. Call 725-3622.

Edward Steichen: Portfolio Photographs through March 12, The Photographer's Gallery, 732 Emerson St., Palo Alto. Call 328-0662.

The Windhover Recent Wing Paintings and Related Works by Nathan Oliveira, through April 30, Stanford University Art Gallery, Stanford University.

Art at the Methodist Church Watercolors on rice paper by Francis Suen and oil paintings by Lolita Olaine, through Feb. 23 at 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. (Formerly "Art on the Mezzanine.") Call 323-6167.

Group digital artwork through February at the Creative Computer Workshop, 145 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. Call 328-5048.

CONTESTS

A Voice for Animals essay contest sponsored by the Humane Education Network of Menlo Park is open to all high school students, with prizes awarded those essays that best promote the humane treatment of animals in the United States. Deadline for submission of entries is March 24, 1995. For an official entry form or information call 854-8921.

CONFERENCES

Care for Caregivers for people who give care to others, facilitated by Ursula Caspary Frankel, MFCC, Feb. 22, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Vallombrosa Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. $25 includes lunch. Call 325-5614.

The Many Faces of Today's Women the seventh annual Women's Day Conference held Feb. 28, 9:30 a.m. at Albert L. Schultz Jewish Community Center, 655 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. Highlights of the celebration include Dr. Joyce Penn Moser's talk, "The War Between the Sexes: Jewish Male Writers and Their Female Characters," a concert, lunch and fashion show. $16. Call Merrylen Sacks at 493-9400.

CLASSES

Box Building and Ornamentation Chrisann Brennan shows box building from hat-box to bug-box, in all shapes, finished with paint, gold and silver leaf and fine rice papers, Feb. 18, 9 a.m. Drop-in fee $65 for two classes. Call 322-7255.

Grafting Fruit Trees James Kern teaches plant physiology involved in grafting and covers the different techniques available, Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Common Ground/Ecology Action, 2225 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. $12. Call 328-6752

Single and Looking a workshop for single lesbians who would rather be in a relationship by Dotty Calabrese, Feb. 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Two Sisters Bookshop, 605 Cambridge Ave., Menlo Park. $50-$75. Call 323-4778.

Couples Massage class Feb. 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at A Massage Table and Accessories Store, 456 Cambridge Ave., Palo Alto. $45 per couple. call 326-9197 for reservations.

Cooking classes at Draeger's include: Teen Skills Series by Alison Reich, Feb. 19, 1 p.m.; Caribbean Cooking by Charles Conklin, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m. and Dim Sum by Hugh Carpenter, Feb. 24, 6:30 p.m. at Draeger's Culinary Center, 1010 University, Menlo Park. Fees vary. Call 688-0688.

1001 Free or Inexpensive Accessorizing Ideas for Your Home by Kit Davey, Feb. 22, 7-9 p.m., Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Rd., Palo Alto. Register the night of the class. Call Palo Alto Adult School at 329-3752 or instructor Kit Davey at 367-7370.

Outpowering the Power Rangers for parents of 3-7 year olds taught by Jomary Hillard, Wednesdays 9:15-11:15 a.m., Feb. 22-March 8, Children's Health Council, 700 Sand Hill Road, Palo Alto. $60. Call 688-3608 for information or registration.

Toastmasters SpeechCraft a workshop held for developing public speaking and leadership skills, held by Quotable Toastmasters, Wednesdays 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Feb. 22-March 29, at Building A, 1801 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto. $35. Call Diane Bryson at (408) 742-3587.

T'ai Chi Chih Learn the 20 gentle non-martial movements in this format and receive the benefits of stress reduction, clarity of focus, and health enhancement. 10 sessions, Feb. 22-April 26, 7:30 -8:30 p.m., 560 Oxford Ave., Palo Alto. $100. Call Dona 948-1827.

Introduction to Bicycle Maintenance covers the basics of adjustments, lubrication and flat tire repair, Feb. 23, 6-7:30 p.m., The Bicycle Outfitter, 963 Fremont Ave., Los Altos. Free. Call 948-8092 for reservations.

A Journey to the Wise Woman Within by Sheri Crockett, Feb. 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Two Sisters Bookshop, 605 Cambridge Ave., Menlo Park. $20-$20 sliding scale. Call 323-4778.

Double Digging and Garden Bed Preparation by John Beeby, Feb. 25, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Common Ground/Ecology Action, 2225 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. $9. Call 328-6752.

Discipline: Beyond Nagging and Punishment for parents of 2nd or 4th graders, taught by Marleen Didech, Mondays 7-9 p.m., Feb. 27-March 20 and Disciple for parents of 5th to 8th graders Mondays 9:30-11:30 a.m., Feb. 27-March 20 at Children's Health Council, 700 Sand Hill Road, Palo Alto. $75 for each. Call 688-3608 for information or reservations.

Using Shrubs and Trees as a Vertical Garden by Barrie Coate Feb. 28, 10 a.m.-noon, Elizabeth Gamble Garden Center, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. $10 members; $15 non-members. Call 329-1356 for reservations.

SENIORS

Mitchell Park Senior Dance Club dances to tunes from the 30s 40s and 50s each Friday 7:45 p.m. at Mitchell Park Center, 3800 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 326-1483.

Make a Tussy Mussy taught by Susan Benton for seniors (70 and older), Feb. 22, 10-11:30 a.m., Gamble Garden Center, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Free. Call 329-1356.

My Life in the Coast Guard-SPARS by Gerrie Morgan, Feb. 22, 11:15 a.m., Senior Friendship Day, Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 856-7750.

"Rose Marie" starring Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald will be shown Feb. 23, 1:15 p.m. at Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Free. Call 326-2025.

Adventure Walk and Run through the Stanford University Campus with Fifty Plus Fitness Association meets Feb. 25, 8:45 a.m. at the Track House, Angell Field, Stanford University. Call 323-6160.

Special Pancake Breakfast for members and friends, Feb. 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 326-2025.

Pleasanton Ridge hike with Nancy Hawtrey, Feb. 27. All hike depart from Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park at 9 a.m. and return by 3 p.m. Transportation is by chartered bus. $20. Register by mail or on the bus. Call 326-2025.

Volunteer tax aides are available to help low and moderate income taxpayers over age 60 file their federal and state income tax return, Fridays, through April 14, 9- 11 a.m. amd 1-3:30 p.m. at the Senior Center, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Call 327-2811.

Free assistance for filling out tax forms is available Tuesdays 12:30-5 p.m., Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Reservations are required. Call 326-2025.

February Health Screenings at the Palo Alto Senior Center include: Dental Feb. 21, 2:15 p.m. Physician's Advisory Feb. 22, 10 a.m. Audiology Feb. 23, 10 a.m. Call 327-2811, ext. 130 for appointments for screenings and advisories.

POLITICS

Video presentation on the "School of Assassins" the U.S. Army's School of the Americas and discussion by two women who participated in last year's 40-day fast on the Capitol steps, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Free. Call 325-8083.

SINGLES

SPIRITUAL

Dharma, Learning to Love What You Have to do Anyway seminar, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m., Ananda Church, 2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. $8. Call 323-3363.

Fundamentals of Meditation-Shortened Version class, Feb. 18, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Ananda Church, 2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. $35. Call 323-3363.

Pizza Family Event and Video "Defending Your Life," Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m., Eckantar Center, 880 Emerson, Palo Alto. Call 326-4888.

Care for Caregivers for people who provide care to others, both paid and unpaid, by Ursula Frankel, MFCC, Feb. 22, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Vallombrosa Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. $25 includes lunch. Call 325-5614.

Keddem Congregation Shabbat Service and catered, vegetarian dinner for adults and children, Feb. 24, 6:15 p.m., Albert L. Schultz Jewish Community Center, 655 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. Call 323-4796 for dinner reservations by Feb. 17.

Congregation Etz Chayim a new synagogue emphasizing spirituality in a family-oriented and participatory environment, meets Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., Women's Club, 475 Homer St., Palo Alto.

COMMUNITY

Black Liberation Month presents "Gospel Extravaganza," featuring entertainment by several area choirs, Feb. 19, 8 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University and ASE Drumming Circle, a 10-person performing group that focuses on the history and culture of the music from the African Diaspora, Feb. 22, 8 p.m., Kresge Auditorium, Stanford University. Both events are open to the public and are free.

Volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) will be available starting Feb. 11 at the Downtown Library, 270 Forest Ave., Palo Alto. Service hours will be Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Wednesdays 12-3 p.m.

HEALTH

Major Life Transitions The Heroic Journey by Brian Winkler, Jungian psychotherapist, Feb. 17, 7-9 p.m., Cancer Support and Education Center, 1035 Pine St., Menlo Park. $5. Call 851-1715 to register.

The Role of Support Groups in Mind/Body Healing by Dr. David Spiegel, professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford Medical School, Feb. 21, 7:30-9 p.m. in Palo Alto. Presented by Community Breast Health Project. Call 725-1788 for reservations.

Patient advocates and health educators are needed at Mayfield Community Clinic. If you are interested in helping the poor and in learning new skills such as taking blood pressures, counseling effective birth control, attend the eight-week volunteer training session beginning Feb. 21, 7-9:30 p.m. at Mayfield, 270 Grant Ave., Palo Alto. Call Ruth at 327-9733 for more information.

QiGong a breath-based exercise designed to enhance the body's organic functions, classes meet Tuesdays 10-11 a.m., Feb. 28-April 11 at Mid-Peninsula YWCA, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto. $42. Call 494-0872.

SPORTS

Stanford Women's Varsity Lacrosse team plays U.C. Davis, the reigning west-coast champions, Feb. 26, 1 p.m., Maloney Field, Stanford University. The House of Bagels is sponsoring the team and it's East Coast Comes West" theme and will be providing free bagels for the first eight dozen fans. Call 725-0787.

ENVIRONMENT

Introduction to Bird Watching on the Peninsula with naturalist Linda Drey-Nightingale, helps novices learn when to go bird watching and what to take, Feb. 18, 12-2 p.m., Peninsula Conservation Center, 3921 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto. Call 962-9876.

Rain or Shine hike Feb. 19, 10 a.m. at Filoli Gardens, Canada Road, Woodside. Call 364-2880 for information and reservations.

Observe winter plants and animals during a two-hour walk with naturalist Ted Chandik, Feb. 19 in the Arastradero Preserve. Meet in the preserve's parking lot on Arastradero Road at 9 a.m. Call 329-2423.

Sierra Club will hold an orientation meeting for new and prospective members Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. at the Baylands Center at the end of East Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. The presentation will include a discussion of conservation issues and outdoor activities. Call 390-8494.

Wallace Stegner Lecture Series presents "What We Need from Open Space," by Dr. Donald Kennedy, former Stanford University President, Feb. 23, 8 p.m., Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Castro at Mercy, Mountain View. $15. Call 903-6000 for tickets.

Salt Marsh Mysteries explored with naturalist Deborah Bartens, Feb. 25, 9:30 a.m., Baylands Interpretive Center, end of Embarcadero Road, Palo Atlo. Call 329-2506.

What is Wrong with America's Forests? potluck/hike/learning meeting sponsored by the Sierra Club, Feb. 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sam McDonald County Park Hiker's Hut, La Honda. Bring a potluck lunch item to serve 4-6 people. Call Kristi at 390-8494.

Fungi Forays led by Bill and Louise Freedman, Feb. 25, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Filoli Gardens, Canada Road, Woodside. Call 364-2880 for information and reservations.

Hike to the tide gate with naturalist Ted Chandik, Feb. 26, 9:30 a.m., Baylands Interpretive Center, end of Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Call 329-2506.

FILM

"Freedom on My Mind" Berkeley filmmakers Connie Field and Marilyn Mulford examine the Mississippi Voter Registration Project of the early 1960s, Feb. 19, 4 and 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto. $5-$10 sliding scale. Proceeds benefit the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center. Call 326-8837

"Fanny" by Marc Allegret and Marcel Pagnol with Raimu, Pierre Fresnay and Orane Demazis, Feb. 22, 8 p.m. at the Cultural Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. Presented by the French Cine-Club of Palo Alto. $4 members; $5.50 non-members. Call 325-3831.

MISCELLANEOUS

Career Connection Conference through Career Transition Ministry, Feb. 18, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 1117 University Ave., Menlo Park. Free. Call Michael Parsells at 854-9835.

Circle of Women, an educational program that has as its purpose the personal growth and empowerment of women, meets Feb. 21, 6-9 p.m., Two Sisters Bookshop, 605 Cambridge Ave., Menlo Park. Call 323-4778 for reservations.

Highly Effective Research and Networking panel discussion sponsored by Career Transition Ministry, Feb. 22, 7-10 p.m., Menlo Park Presbyterian Church classroom D-11, 1117 University Ave., Menlo Park. Free. Call Michael Parsells at 854-9835.

The following public tours are given by docents of the Stanford Museum of Art and Art Gallery: Rodin Sculpture Garden, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. (no tour on Feb. 19); Memorial Church tours Fridays at 2 p.m.; Main Quad and Campus Sculpture Walk, the first Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. Meet at the Information Booth at the entrance to Memorial Court at the end of Palm Drive. Call 723-3469.

Stretch your food dollar and sign up with SHARE, the nationwide monthly non-profit food and service cooperative. Pay $14, pledge two hours of volunteer service of your choice, and get $30-$35 worth of fresh and frozen groceries purchased on the wholesale market. Call 327-8290.

READINGS

Printers Inc. Bookstores Jeff Noon reads from "Vurt," Feb. 21, 8 p.m. at Printers Inc., 310 California Ave., Palo Alto. Call 327-6500.

Kepler's Books Jerome Washington reads from "The Iron Horse," Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m. and Geoffrey Wolff reads from "The Age of Consent," Feb. 26, 6 p.m. at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 324-4321.

Floyd Salas reads from "Buffalo Nickel," Feb. 26, 3-5 p.m., Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. $15. Call 949-8653 for reservations.

VOLUNTEERS

Children's Grief Program needs volunteer facilitators to provide emotional support in bi-monthly meetings with children ages 6-12 years grieving the death of a loved one, as well as a teens group for ages 13-17 years. An informational meeting for prospective volunteers will be held Feb. 21, 6:30-8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto. Call 321-5859.

Patient advocates and health educators are needed at Mayfield Community Clinic. If you are interested in helping the poor and in learning new skills such as taking blood pressures, counseling effective birth control, attend the eight-week volunteer training session beginning Feb. 21, 7-9:30 p.m. at Mayfield, 270 Grant Ave., Palo Alto. Call Ruth at 327-9733 for more information.

Wildlife Rescue announces an orientation required for all potential volunteers, Feb. 21, 7:30-9 p.m. and Mammal Care training for beginners interested in caring for mammals, Feb. 25, 9 a.m.-12 noon at the Wildlife Rescue Shelter, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 494-7417.

Corporate Volunteers are needed by the American Cancer Society for their annual Daffodil Days flower sales in March. Instructions and training will be provided at a kick-off party Feb. 22 at Palermo's Restaurant. Call (408) 287-5973.

Shelter Operations Workshop for volunteers who can set-up and run shelters when disaster strikes the mid-peninsula, Feb. 22, 6-9 p.m., Palo Alto Area American Red Cross, 400 Mitchell Lane. To qualify for this class, participants must have taken the course, Introduction to Disaster Services. $10 registration fee. Call 688-0415.

Join the Farm Team at Hidden Villa for a morning of work in the organic garden, Feb. 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. No experience is needed, just the desire to be outdoors and participate in fun work. Bring a bag lunch and wear work clothes. Meet at the picnic tables across from the Hostel. Hidden Villa is at 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos. Call Minka for reservations at 949-8655.

Family Service Mid-Peninsula needs help in their consignment clothing resale shop, Repeat Performance. Volunteers are needed to staff the shop, sort and tag clothes and assist customers. One-the-job training provided. Hours can be flexible, preferably with a 3-4 hour per week commitment. Call Pauline at 322-3657.

Kidcall, a community service of Packard Children's Hospital and Channel 7, needs volunteers from 3-6 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.) to talk with children calling for answers to questions, help with homework or the comfort of a friendly voice. If you would like to help, call Volunteer Resources at 497-8696.

Peninsula Humane Society needs volunteers to work on the Animal Behavior Helpline. Volunteers must have a background in animal behavior or have worked in a veterinarian's office where they were involved in counseling. Call Suki Haseman at 340-7022 ext. 328.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Couples Group Learn to communicate more deeply, honestly and effectively in a supportive yet challenging atmosphere, Wednesdays 6:30-8 p.m. in the Bright Eagle Mansion, Menlo Park. $50 per couple. Call Maggie Smith, MFCC, at 306-0391 or David Mineau, MFCC, at 321-2588.

Single Mothers Network offers mutual support, resource sharing, educational programs and affordable fun for mothers and families. Call 858-1076.

Stroke Support Group for patients and their families meets Feb. 22, and the fourth Wednesday of each month, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Hoover Pavilion, 211 Quarry Road, Room NO38, across from the Stanford Shopping Center. Call 723-5091.

Multiple Sclerosis Palo Alto Support Group meets Feb. 27, and the second and fourth Monday of each month, 7-9 p.m. in the lobby of the Palo Alto Medical Clinic, 300 Homer St. Call Phyllis at 321-9081.

Brain Tumor support group for patients and their families meets Feb. 27, and the last Monday of each month, 7:30-9 p.m. at the Urgent Care Center, 920 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Call 723-4833.

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