Palo Alto Chess Club meets Tues. 6:30-10 p.m. at the Mitchell Park Community Center, 3800 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Informal play 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sat. Call 329-2487.
Duplicate bridge classes every Wed. from 2-4 p.m. taught by Walter Miller, 1000 Elwell Court, Palo Alto. $5 per session. No registration required. Call (408) 245-8229.
The Palo Alto Camera Club meets the first, second and fourth Tues. at the Palo Alto Cultural Center. All levels welcome. Call 854-4969.
Peninsula Astronomical Society offers public viewings at Foothill College Observatory, Fri. 8-11 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Call 949-7334.
Book discussion group meets 2nd Thurs. of the month from 7:30-9 p.m. at Mid-Peninsula YWCA, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto. Call 494-0972.
Great Books Group meets 2nd Wed. of every month, 8-10 p.m. at 1610 Oak Creek Drive, Palo Alto. Call 321-9920.
Mystery Readers Group at the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., meets the third Wed. of the month at 7:30 p.m. Call 858-3460.
Kusamura Bonsai Club meets the second Friday of each month at 8 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto. Beginners' meeting with instruction is at 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome. Call 322-5677.
Acting classes with Ed Hooks, Thurs. evenings from 6:30 to 10 p.m., First Congregational Church, 1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto. Call 979-5662.
Improvisational Acting Class for beginners Thurs. 5:45-7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1259 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 493-9226.
Ceramic Classes Wheel throwing, hand building, greenware, firing, glazing for children and adults. Studio rental, children's parties, Nelda's Ceramics at 367-8200.
Hall of Fame The Sydney and Theodore Rosenberg Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame Room is now open to the public. The Hall of Fame is in the Arrillaga Family Sports Center next to Maples Pavilion, Stanford University. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Palo Alto-Stanford Heritage docents offer walking tours of Palo Alto focusing on the historical and architectural development. Downtown Palo Alto Tour meets the second and fourth Saturday of the month and the Professorville District Tour meets the first, third and fifth Saturdays of the month. Tours meet at 10 a.m. at Downtown Library, 270 Forest Ave., Palo Alto. $2. Call 324-3121.
Optimist Club of Palo Alto/Menlo Park a service organization for the enhancement of youth, meets Wednesdays 7:30 a.m., Stickney's Restaurant, Town and Country Village, Palo Alto. Guests are welcome. Call 329-8979.
Toastmasters Tues. 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at SRI International in Menlo Park. For more information, call Henry at 859-5826.
Quotables Toastmasters meets Wed. 11:30 a.m. at 2400 Hanover St. (Bldg. K of Alza Corp) in Palo Alto. Call 424-1304 evenings.
Menlo Presbyterian Toastmasters meets every Mon., 7:30-9 p.m. at 1177 University Drive, Menlo Park.
Change your confidence, change your life. Toastmasters offer 13 clubs in Palo Alto and Menlo Park. Networking, comedy or presentations. Unlimited free meetings for guests. Call (800) 564-5095.
Early Risers Toastmasters Club meets every Tuesday 6-8 a.m. at Lyon's Restaurant, 4298 El Camino Real, Los Altos. Guests are welcome. Call 960-0980.
Newcomer's Club of Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley is open to anyone who has moved to those communities within the past five years. For further information, call Jane Larkin at 854-5952.
Friday Night Magic a relaxing evening of guided meditation and psychic healing, every Fridays 7-10 p.m., Unitarian Church, 505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto. $10 donation. Call Morgana at 974-4369.
A.R.T.S Artist 12-Step Meetings Wednesdays 7-8:30 p.m. and Saturdays 4-5:30 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 463 College Ave., Palo Alto. All artists are welcome whether they are practicing their art or blocked.
Nicotine Anonymous Palo Alto Nicotine Anonymous, a fellowhsip of men and women helping each other to quit the tobacco habit, meets Saturday in the rectory basement of Saint Thomas Aquinas Church, 745 Waverley St., Palo Alto. The newcomers meet at 9:15 a.m., followed by the regular meeting at 10 a.m. Call 327-6734.
SOS, the Secular Organization for Sobriety, meets Fridays, p.m., at the Bridge, 640 Campus Dr. East (between Mayfield and Alvarado), Stanford University. This is a support group for those with alcohol or other chemical dependency problems, not a 12 step program. Call Chip at 637-8000.
Transcendental Meditation introductory lecture Wednesdays 8 p.m., Maharishi Vedic School, 2525 E. Charleston Road, Suite B, Mountain View. Call 967-7242.
Overeaters Anonymous 12-step recovery/support program for those with compulsive eating disorders meets Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Unity Church, 3391 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 941-6601.
Thursday Overeaters Anonymous group meets at Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Call Wendy at 493-4624.
Flea market and craft fair second Sat. of each month at Palo Alto High School. Proceeds benefit the music department. Call 324-3532.
Women's Outdoor Network puts you in touch with more other women with tennis, golf, hiking, and biking interests. $45 annual fee for Palo Alto residents. Great for anyone new to the Bay Area. Non-members are welcome to the "2nd Saturday Hikes at 10:30 a.m. at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road. Rain cancels. Call 494-8583.
First Baptist Church of Palo Alto announces a walking group meeting Monday and Friday 10 a.m. at Shoreline Park. Call 327-0561.
Drop-in volleyball from 5:30-10 p.m. every Fri. and Sun. evening at Burgess Gymnasium, 501 Laurel St., Menlo Park. $3. Call 858-3484.
50-Plus walks and runs the first Sat. of every month. Meet at the corner of Alpine and Willowbrook Roads, 7:45 a.m. in Portola Valley
50-Plus bike rides open to all levels the first Sun. of each month, 7:30 a.m. Call (800) 423-1736 for location information.
Table Tennis Club meets Tues. 9 p.m.-midnight and Thurs., 6 p.m.-midnight at Mitchell Center, 3800 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto. Call 494-0880 to register.
Karate Club taught by Sensei Yokota. Call 493-0367 for meeting times.
In Step Women's Walking Group meets Wednesdays 9 a.m. at 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. Child care provided. Call Judi at 941-5344.
Open gym volleyball every Sun. from 5-7 p.m. at Cubberley Center, 4000 Middlefield Rd., Gym B. $2. Call 329-2697.
Palo Alto Lawn Bowling Club is open every day but Monday and Friday at Cowper and Churchill. Adults of all ages are welcome. Free Lessons. Games begin at 12:45 p.m. Call 493-5909.
Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement class Wednesdays at noon, California Yoga Center, 410G Cambridge Street, Palo Alto. One-hour classes cost $8 or $28 for four classes. Call 326-6394.
Self-Help for the Elderly South Bay Center, 555 College Ave., Palo Alto, offers hot, nutritious, Chinese-style lunches to seniors every weekday for $1.50, plus morning recreational and educational activities. Call 494-7744.
Wesley-Mayfield Seniors, Wesley Methodist Church, 463 College Ave., Palo Alto, programs each Wednesday, followed by lunch. Call 329-2661.
Palo Alto Recreation Senior Friendship Day a free drop-in program Wed. from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Cubberley Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Hot lunch at 11:45 a.m. for $1. Call 329-2661.
Senior Day Health Program at 701 E. Meadow, Palo Alto. Recreational classes, health care assessments, counseling, family and caregiver support groups and 24-hour respite care inside and outside the home. Call 494-8018.
A Social Security Administration representative is available for consultation on the third Tuesday morning of each month, by appointment only, at the Senior Center, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Call 327-2811 for an appointment.
Adult day care a therapeutic program for older adults with memory or sensory loss at Rosener House, 1070 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Support groups for caregivers, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Call 322-0126 for information.
Nutritious lunches weekdays from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at La Comida, in the Senior Center, 450 Bryant, Palo Alto. $1.25 donation for those 60 and over. Phone 327-2811 for a reservation.
American Association of Retired Persons meets every 2nd Tues. of the month from 1:30-2:30 p.m., Cultural Center Auditorium, 1313 Newell Rd., Palo Alto. Guests welcome. Call 328-3429.
Health Insurance Counseling for seniors with Medicare and supplemental health insurance is available at the Senior Center of Palo Alto Tuesdays, 2-4 p.m. Call 327-2811, ext. 130 for an appointment.
Ongoing Drum Circles the fourth Saturday of each month, 7:30-10 p.m., for drumming and dancing at the Masonic Temple, 651 Roble Ave., Menlo Park. Children are welcome. Call 493-8046.
Women's Sacred Dance Classes meet Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons. No dance experience necessary. Call Kate Coughlin at 321-9983.
Senior Dances Fri. night from 7:45-10:30 p.m., Mitchell Park Community Center, 3800 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto. $3 includes refreshments. Call 329-2261.
Social dancing for seniors the first and third Sun. of each month from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Peninsula Volunteers Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 326-2025.
All My Rowdy Friends country western dances the fourth Fri. of the month at 8 p.m. at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. $5. Call 365-2780.
Scottish Country Dancing welcomes all levels Tues. at 7:30 p.m. JLS Middle School Gym, East Meadow and Waverley, Palo Alto. No partner required. $4. Call 493-5974.
Ballroom dancing with Bea and Bud Meyer, Tues., 7:30 p.m. for beginners, 8:30 p.m. intermediate at Jewish Community Center, 566 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. Call 851-0267.
Congolese Dance Class taught by Mabiba with live drumming, Mondays 7 p.m., All Saints Episcopal Church Parish Hall, corner Waverley and Hamilton, Palo Alto. Call 322-8845.
Sierra Singles International Folk Dancinglessons every Thurs. 7:30 p.m. for beginners, 8:30 p.m. for intermediate dancers. 500 E. Meadow at Fair Meadow School, Palo Alto. Call 967-5689.
Country Western Line Dancing Tues. 1:30-3 p.m., Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 365-2815.
Ballroom dancing Fri. at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Lessons from 8-9 p.m., dance from 9 p.m.-midnight. $4. Call 856-9930.
English Country Dance every first, third and fourth Fri. at 8 p.m., Masonic Temple, 461 Florence St., Palo Alto. Call 858-0843 or 327-0269.
Stanford International Folkdancers meet every Friday at 7 p.m. at the Mountain View Sports Pavilion, 1185 Castro St. Call (408) 971-1325.
Ballroom dance every Wed. at 7:45-10:30, lesson from 7:45-9 p.m. at Mid-Peninsula YWCA, 4161 Alma, Palo Alto. $3.50. Call 494-0972.
Ballet classes for children and adults, flamenco and modern dance are offered at Western Ballet, 2028 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. Call 968-4455.
Mostly Balkan Folkdancers meet Thursdays 7:30-8:30 p.m. for lessons, 8:30-10:30 p.m. for request dancing in the Menlo Park Recreation Center. Partners are not required. $4 drop-in fee. Call (408) 247-2420.
Folk Dance Around the World taught by Suzanne Rocca-Butler, Tuesdays, 7:15-8:15 for beginners; 8:15-9:15 p.m. for intermediate with request dancing following from 9:15-9:45 p.m., Lucie Stern Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. No partner necessary. Call 329-2261.
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