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Health

Women's heart health webinar
Palo Alto-based in-home care provider Home Care Assistance will host an interactive webinar with heart health expert and author Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum. The free online talk will explore heart disease and what women of any age can do to prevent it. Aug. 27, 10 a.m. Free. Online webinar hosted by Home Care Assistance, , Palo Alto.
 

Lectures & Talks

VC Taskforce: Pitch! Pitch! Pitch!
This event will allow entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas in the style of American Idol, with some going on and others being eliminated. Aug. 27, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $5 to participate. Hogan Lovells US LLP, 4085 Campbell Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Community Events

Mountain View City Council Candidate Forum
The Chamber of Commerce Mountain View and the League of Women Voters Los Altos-Mountain View will host a forum with the 2014 candidates for the Mountain View City Council. Aug. 27, 6-8 p.m. Free. Microsoft, 1065 La Avenida St., Building 1, Mountain View.
 

Classes/Workshops

Health care programs orientation
In this workshop for those interested in health care careers, information will provided on the Certified Nursing Assistant and Medical Assistant paths and what programs are offered through the Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School. Register on the website. Aug. 27, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.

Classes/Workshops

'Sensational Summer Salads'
Dr. Linda Shiue will hold a cooking demonstration, tasting and nutrition Q&A focused on flavorful and healthy salads. Aug. 27, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

Volunteers

Los Altos Art Docents volunteer opportunities
Los Altos Art Docents will hold a an informational meeting with coffee for those interested in volunteering and sharing a love of art with children. Aug. 27, 10-11 p.m. Free. Los Altos Art Docents, 201 Covington Road, Los Altos.
 

Lectures & Talks

'Tasty Bulb and Stem Vegetables'
UCCE Master Gardeners will give a lecture on bulb and stem vegetables, including asparagus, fennel, celery, and members of the onion family. The discussion will cover tips for successful cultivation and recipes. Aug. 27, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

Benefits/Fundraisers

San Francisco 49ers Academy Cocktails & Couture event
The San Francisco 49ers Academy will hold its annual Cocktails & Couture event for women at a private Atherton estate to benefit at-risk kids on the Peninsula. It will include cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, boutiques and a fashion show. Aug. 27, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $250 VIP; $150 general. , Address provided after ticket purchase, Atherton.
 

Classes/Workshops

Line dancing class
Little House Activity Center will host line dancing classes, introducing a new dance each week. A variety of music will be played; no partner is needed. Wednesdays, July 9-Aug. 27, 10-11 a.m. $64 eight classes; $12 drop in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Community Events

Lifetree Cafe conversation
Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park will host two hour-long conversations called "Turning Disasters into Opportunities" during which attendees will share strategies for coping with difficult times. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be provided. Aug. 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Aug. 28, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.

Art Galleries

'Capturing Light'
"Capturing Light: The World as We See It" is a judged exhibit and sale of 50 prints by members of the Palo Alto Camera Club, including 12 photos taken in Havana, Cuba. A percentage of proceeds from print sales will go to Cultural Kaleidoscope, a City of Palo Alto program supporting art in local schools. Monday-Friday, March 10-August 28, 8 a.m.-noon; 1-5 p.m. Free. Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

Exhibits

Rengstorff Arts Festival exhibit
Works by local artists in watercolor, oil, photography, print and fiber will be on display at this month-long show in the Rengstorff House. Works by students in the Arts in Action Program at the Community School of Music and Arts will be featured. Aug. 1-31, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays 1-5 p.m. Free. Rengstorff House, 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

Art Galleries

'New Works' exhibit by Jerry Peters
The Portola Art Gallery will have on display an exhibit called "New Works," a number of acrylic paintings of vintage trucks, windmills and tractors, as well as still life and landscape paintings, by Palo Alto artist Jerry Peters. Monday-Saturday, Aug. 1-31, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, Allied Arts Guild, Menlo Park.
 

Art Galleries

Works by Judi Keyani
Recent works by Bay Area artist Judy Keyani will be on display at Gallery 9, including pastel, oil paint and sketch pieces. July 29-Aug. 31, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.

Exhibits

'Peaches on a Tree'
An exhibit of colorful and emotional paintings by artists of Art For Well Beings, a Palo Alto art studio for people with special needs, will be on display at the Palo Alto Art Center. Tuesday-Sunday, July 1-Aug. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

Art Galleries

'Peanuts' paintings by Tom Everhart
Peabody Fine Art Gallery will host an exclusive exhibition of works by Tom Everhart, who was permitted by Charles Schulz to paint his Peanuts comic strip characters in his own style. July 19-Sept. 1, 10:15 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Free. Peabody Fine Art Gallery, 603 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
 

Exhibits

'Luminous Essays'
The Caldwell Gallery will have on display "Luminous Essays," an exhibit of works by fine art photographers from the Peninsula Photographic Arts Guild. July 2-Sept. 3, 5 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Caldwell Gallery, 400 County Center at the Hall of Justice, Redwood City.
 

Health

Pilates Cardiocamp
Pilates Cardiocamp classes offer a workout designed to build the core (abs and back) and strengthen the lower and upper body. New students will receive a free week of classes. See the website for locations, rates and more info. Monday-Friday, Aug. 4-Sept. 5, 6, 7 or 9 a.m. , , Los Altos and Woodside.

Exhibits

'Fearless Genius'
The Computer History Museum will have on display a photography exhibit by Doug Menuz called "Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley, 1985-2000." It consists of 50 photographs documenting innovators at Apple, Kleiner Perkins, Adobe and other companies. Wednesday-Sunday, July 9-Sept. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $15 general; $12 student/senior/military. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

Exhibits

'Dana Harel: Between Dreams and Nightmares'
A solo exhibition of new works by Redwood City artist Dana Harel will be on display at the Palo Alto Art Center. Organized by Laguna Art Museum, the exhibit consists of 15 mixed-media drawings of animal and human figures, reflecting the messiness of war. June 14-Sept. 7, center hours. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

On Stage

'Water by the Spoonful'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, "Water by the Spoonful," a story about a community of strangers who find refuge in an online chat room. Tuesday-Saturday, Aug. 20-Sept. 14, see website for specific times and dates. $19-$74. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

Clubs/Meetings

ESL Conversation Club
Those learning or improving English speaking skills are invited to come practice at club meetings with casual conversation and friendly company. All levels are welcome, no registration required. Wednesdays, year-round, 5-6 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

Art Galleries

'Random'
Gallery House will have on display an exhibit called "Random" which will be made up of minimalist animal sculptures by George Perazzo and abstract paintings by Charlotte Coqui. A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 26-Sept. 20, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.

Classes/Workshops

Foothill College Fall Quarter registration
Foothill College Fall Quarter registration will be open on the school's website beginning July 21. Classes will run from Sept. 22 to Dec. 12. Students are encouraged to register early for the best course selection. July 21-Sept. 22. $31/unit for California residents, plus basic fees. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Volunteers

Silicon Valley Tour de Coop preparation
Neighbors Helping Neighbors will hold a variety of volunteer activities leading up to and during the Silicon Valley Tour de Coop, a bike ride between chicken coops and home gardens on Sept. 21. Volunteer opportunities include putting up fliers and posters, doing test bike rides, organizing other small events to spread the word and staffing locations on tour day. The organization also seeks community members with chicken coops, beehives and home gardens to host stops. June-September, dates and times vary. Free. Neighbors Helping Neighbors events, various nearby locations, Palo Alto and Mountain View.

Exhibits

'The New Landscape'
The Cantor Arts Center will mount an exhibit called "The New Landscape: Experiments in Light by Gyorgy Kepes," which explores art's relevance in a scientific age. Forty-five panels by the Hungarian-born American artist capturing scientific imagery (minerals, cellular patterns and tissue fibers) will be on display. Wednesday-Sunday, July 24-Nov. 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. (starting Sept. 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
 

Classes/Workshops

OverDrive eBooks/eAudiobooks help
The Portola Valley Library will offer appointments for community members to receive one-on-one assistance in accessing the library's free online books. Wednesdays, Aug. 6-Sept. 24, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

Exhibits

'Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China'
The exhibit "Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China: Photographs of Land and Culture" will be on display at the Krause Center for Innovation. June 23-Sept. 26, center hours. Free. Krause Center for Innovation, 12345 El Monte Road, Building 4000, Los Altos Hills.

Exhibits

'Fatal Laughs: The Art of Robert Arneson'
The Cantor Arts Center will host an exhibit of unconventional clay sculptures by Robert Arneson, who frequently used himself as a subject throughout his more-than-40-year career. Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 20-Sept. 28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. (starting Sept. 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Decline & Renewal'
The Mohr Gallery will have on display an exhibit called "Decline & Renewal, Mixed Media Works on Paper" by artist Erin Goodwin-Guerrero. Aug. 8-Sept. 28, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Exhibits

Yosemite Memories
Garden Fresh restaurant will have on display an exhibit of acrylic paintings on canvas by local artist Diana Ware Collins. Her works depict landscapes and scenes from her time spent in Yosemite and abroad. July 30-Sept. 30, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto.

Exhibits

'Night, Smoke and Shadows'
This exhibition, named "Night, Smoke and Shadows: The Presence of Atmosphere in the 19th Century," includes prints, drawings and photographs by artists such as James McNeill Whistler, Max Klinger, Felicien Rops and Alvin Langdon Coburn. Wednesday-Sunday, May 14-Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. (after September 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Artists Observe Nature'
This exhibition features about 18 prints and drawings that focus on the post-17th century impulse to study nature. Wednesday-Sunday, May 14-Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. (after September 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Seniors

La Comida Senior Lunch Program
Nonprofit La Comida welcomes seniors age 60 and older and their guests to enjoy an appetizing and nutritious three-course lunch, along with camaraderie, music and activities. Lunch is served weekdays at three Palo Alto locations. Visit the website or call for the other venues and more info. Monday-Friday, year-round, 11:15-12:15 p.m. $3 voluntary contribution for adults 60 and over; $8 charge for those under 60. La Comida Main Dining Room, Avenidas Center, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
 

Volunteers

La Comida volunteer opportunities
The La Comida Senior Lunch Program has various volunteer opportunities available, including helping to welcome and serve seniors, translate, assist with special programs and do community outreach. Monday-Friday, year-round, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. La Comida Main Dining Room, Avenidas Center, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
 

Clubs/Meetings

ESL Conversation Club - Menlo Park
Each week this club will give community members an opportunity to practice their English conversation skills in a welcoming environment. Wednesdays, through January, 5-6 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.
 

Health

TRX introduction class
This weekly 30-minute class will teach and lead students in using TRX Suspension equipment, which provides a full-body workout. Wednesdays, Aug. 20-Oct. 15, 11:30 a.m.-noon. $94 resident; $126 non-resident. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.

Exhibits

Pop Art from SFMOMA
To celebrate its new neighbor, the Anderson Collection, the Cantor Arts Center will have on display an exhibit of 10 pop art works that were originally part of the Andersons' donation to SFMOMA. Aug. 13-Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. (starting Sept. 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.
 

Art Galleries

'Mothers & Daughters Relationships'
Artist Monica Zones will have on display a collection of pieces called "Mothers & Daughters Relationships" at the Gitane boutique. June 29-Oct. 31, store hours. Free. Gitane, 855 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.

Exhibits

'Sympathy for the Devil: Satan, Sin and the Underworld'
As Jackson Pollock’s painting "Lucifer" comes to Stanford’s Anderson Collection, this exhibit will explore the visual history of the devil and his realm from the 16th to the 20th century. Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 20-Nov. 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. (starting Sept. 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Exhibits

'Within and Without: Transformations in Chinese Landscapes'
Fifteen works of Chinese landscape will be on display. Wednesday-Sunday, Feb. 19-Dec. 14., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays til 8 p.m. (after September 21, the center will also be open on Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

Classes/Workshops

For the Love of Dance classes
For the Love of Dance offers training in ballet, jazz, tap and other styles of dance. Serving Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Altos and Sunnyvale, it is a family-owned studio that teaches dance to children and adults at all levels of ability. Visit website to learn about specific offerings. March through December. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.
 

Exhibits

'Well Pressed'
The Cantor Arts Center will have on display an exhibit called "Well Pressed: Highlights from the Marmor Collection." The exhibit is made up of 13 pieces, many prints, by artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Richard Serra and Frank Stella. Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 13-Feb. 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. (starting Sept. 21, the center will also be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Exhibits

'The Bay Area and Beyond'
The Cantor Arts Center will have on display a long-term exhibit of modern and contemporary art, focusing on the Bay Area. Works will include pieces by artists with Stanford connections, among them Richard Diebenkorn, Nathan Oliveira and Frank Lobdell. Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 13-Oct. 26, 2015, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday til 8 p.m. (starting Sept. 21, the center will be open Mondays). Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford.

Art Galleries

'From the Ground Up'
Artists Martha Castillo and Trevlyn Williams will have new works on display at Gallery House, which are inspired by the colors, textures and light of California's natural landscapes. A reception will be held on July 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. July 1-26, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.