To arrange a pickup, or for more details, contact Kathy Kramer at 510-236-9558 or Kathy@KathyKramerConsulting.net. The Red Oak Victory was launched at the Kaiser Richmond shipyards on Nov. 9, 1944. Among its crew from 1944-14 was Robert DiChiara, a native of New York who now lives in Florida. DiChiara, who served as a signalman, was on board the ship when V-J Day was declared, ending the war. The ceremony will be in the Riggers Loft, a restored building from the original Kaiser shipyard No. 3, where DiChiara, now in his 90s, will be among the special guests speaking during the program. he will be available to talk to guests afterward.
Peninsula Museum of Art, “Sculpture and Drawings by Richard Deutsch,” through Jan, 4, “Andrew Voogel: Record of Exile,” size 2 ballet flats Dec, 10 through Jan, 26; artist talk and closing reception, 1-4 p.m, Jan, 18, Peninsula Museum of Art, 1777 California Drive, Burlingame, 11 a.m, to 5 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays, Free admission, 650-692-2101 or www.peninsulamuseum.org, Books Inc, Seth Grahame-Smith, “The Last American Vampire,” 7 p.m., Jan, 21, Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View, http://www.booksinc.net/MountainView..
Details: 8 p.m.; $45-$75; http://sanjosetheaters.org. 4 “MEMORIES AND DESIRES”: Goat Hall Productions, a San Francisco company that aims to present cutting-edge contemporary chamber operas, is bringing this two-pronged program to Walnut Creek. The works include “Alma Maria Schindler Mahler Gropius Werfel, Op. 232,” a musical look at the famed socialite Alma Maria Schindler and her steady diet of affairs and marriages; and “Rosetta’s Stone,” about a man’s slow surrender to Alzheimer’s.
Friends Bookstore: The Christmas Collection is available, featuring holiday-themed children’s picture books, cooking and entertaining books, movies and music CDs, All proceeds size 2 ballet flats benefit the Los Gatos Library, Open Tuesday, 1-7 p.m.; Thursday, 2-6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m, 110 E, Main St, Backward is Forward: An exhibit focused on “Layer and Impact in Printmaking,” featuring works by Enrique Chagoya, Hung Liu, Sam Francis, David Gilhooly, Gregory Edwards, Michael Mazur, Frank Lobdell, Andrew Romanoff, Inez Storer, Nathan Oliveira, Erik Bakke, Joan Miro, Marguerite Saegesser, Ruth Wall, Kathy Aoki, Vicky M, Chen, Tom Killion, Jessica Dunne and Robin McCloskey, Through Jan, 12, Art Museum of Los Gatos, 4 Tait Ave., Los Gatos, 408-395-7386, museumsoflosga tos.org..
Natasha Carlitz Dance Ensemble brings its annual show to Palo Alto this year with “Acadia and Other Stories,” a program of works that are the result of a two-year collaboration between Bay Area choreographer Natasha Carlitz and classical composer Michael Coffin. The title of the program refers to Acadia National Park in Maine, a place where Carlitz spends time in the summer to rejuvenate and unwind. The second half of the program comprises the four-part “Acadia Suite,” accompanied by Oakland-based string quartet Brilliante Strings.