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Conversations on Compassion with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, an internationally recognized humanitarian and spiritual leader, will take part in a conversation about his life's work and compassion. The event is organized by the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford. Aug. 1, 6-7:30 p.m. $75. McCaw Hall, Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez St., Stanford.
 

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Seed Saving talk
Master Gardeners will give a talk on planning a seed garden, covering how to keep records, harvest seeds from vegetables and ornamentals, and store them. The talk will also discuss germination rates. Aug. 2, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Demonstration Garden , 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto.
 

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A Poet, a Poet, a Poet
San Mateo County Poet Laureate Caroline Goodwin, East Palo Alto Poet Laureate Kalamu Chache and "Menlo Park Renaissance Man" Jym Marks will share their poetry and talk about their creative processes. Aug. 2, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
 

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Blogger Deva Dalporto
In this talk for adults, Deva Dalporto will share her parent-oriented humor -- showcased in her new book "I Just Want to Be Alone" -- on topics like texting abbreviations, kid messes and bathroom privacy. Aug. 2, 2-3 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.
 

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Cool Season Veggies
In anticipation of winter, Master Gardeners will give a talk on vegetables that produce in the cool months, as well as how to start seedlings. Aug. 2, 10-11 a.m. Free. Palo Alto Demonstration Garden , 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto.
 

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'Cats in the Community'
Leonor Delgado from the Palo Alto Humane Society will give a talk about having cats as pets, as well as a stray cats in local communities. Aug. 2, 2:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St, Mountain View.
 

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Encounter III: 'From Exoticism to Folklorism'
In this Music@Menlo Encounter lecture called "From Exoticism to Folklorism: The Quest for Musical Authenticity," Michael Parloff will trace the exoticism of Hungarian Gypsy music in composers such as Haydn and Liszt to the folk-based authentic approach found in modernist music. Aug. 3, 6 p.m. $45 general; $20 under age 30. Martin Family Hall, Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
 

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'Low-water Landscapes'
Los Altos Library and GreenTown Los Altos will host an talk by Frank Niccoli from Foothill College and Ashley Carter from Santa Clara Valley Water District, who will discuss ways to create attractive landscaping while saving money and water. Aug. 4, 7-9 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

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Listening Room series
Hosted by Patrick Castillo, director of audience engagement, Music@Menlo's Listening Room series will expose attendees to audio and video recordings of symphonic works and operas that complement the overall festival program. Mondays, July 21-August 4, 4:15 p.m. Free. Martin Family Hall, Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
 

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Other Voices: Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary
The Peninsula Peace and Justice Center will hold an event to mark the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer, when 1000 volunteers went to Mississippi to register black voters in June 1964. Special guests will include Clayborne Carson and Doug McAdam. Aug. 5, 7-8 p.m. Free. Midpeninsula Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.

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'Developing a Cool Device for Athletes'
Dennis Grahn, Ph.D., a senior research scientist for the Department of Biology at Stanford University, will discuss the physiology of temperature regulation in mammals and his latest research on developing a 'cool' device for athletes. See website to register. Aug. 5, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Cubberley Community Center, Room H1, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Author Andrew MacRae on 'Murder Miscalculated'
Local author Andrew MacRae will share his new book, "Murder Miscalculated," sequel to "Murder Misdirected," in which a federal agent coerces Gregory Smith into revisiting his past life as a master pickpocket. Aug. 6, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.

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Author Amy Bloom on 'Lucky Us'
Amy Bloom -- a psychotherapist, author and teacher of creative writing at Yale -- will share her new novel, "Lucky Us," in which protagonist Iris and sidekick Eva travel through 1940s America in search of better fortunes. Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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Encounter IV: 'Forbidden Music'
For the final Encounter event of the 2014 Music@Menlo festival, Ara Guzelimian will discuss the effects of World War II on Central European music. Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m. $45 general; $20 under age 30. Martin Family Hall, Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
 

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Akamai CEO Tom Leighton
Akamai Co-founder and CEO Tom Leighton will join Jim Hollar in conversation about his career and the Internet infrastructure company. Please register on the website. Aug. 7, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
 

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Container Gardening
Master Gardener Roberta Barnes will give a talk on container gardening which focuses on fertilizing, watering and common pests. Attendees can ask questions and share ideas. Aug. 8, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.

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Author Bob Braham on 'OMG I Need a Job'
Bob Braham will share his new book, "OMG I Need a Job: A Practical Guide to Finding a Great Job in Any Economy," which offers information and encouragement on creating a satisfying career. Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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Cafe Scientifique Silicon Valley
Asti Bhatt and Elizabeth Kendall of SRI International will give a talk called "Aurora, Airglow, and You: Exploring the Earth's Space Weather." Aug. 12, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. SRI International, SRI's International Building, Ringwood Avenue at Middlefield Road, Menlo Park.
 

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Technology and Society Committee Luncheon Forum
Mike Cassidy -- a former columnist at the San Jose Mercury News and now part of BloomReach, a big data marketing application startup -- will summarize some of his recent writings on women in computing and comment on recent moves by Google, Facebook and Yahoo to disclose the diversity of their workforces. Aug. 12, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. $12 lunch. Hangen Szechuan Restaurant, 134 Castro St., Mountain View.

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Photographer David Burnett on 'Soul Rebel'
David Burnett will talk about his new book, "Soul Rebel: An Intimate Portrait of Bob Marley," which focuses on the reggae figure whom Burnett photographed in Jamaica in 1976 and during Marley's "Exodus" tour in Europe. Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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Author Susan RoAne
Susan RoAne will give a talk on communication and socialization skills to celebrate the 25th anniversary edition of her book, "How to Work a Room: The Ultimate Guide to Making Lasting Connections--In Person and Online." Aug. 13, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.

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'Mind Puzzles' with Dr. Robert Burton
Dr. Robert Burton, author of "A Skeptic's Guide to the Mind," will give a talk exploring the brain and dwelling on such topics as free will and being human. Aug. 13, 7-8 p.m. $10- $15. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

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Author Lev Grossman on 'The Magician's Land'
Bestselling author Lev Grossman will share the conclusion to his Magicians trilogy, "The Magician's Land," a fantasy thriller that touches on themes of love, redemption and identity. Aug. 15, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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Author Padma Venkatraman on 'A Time to Dance'
Padma Venkatraman will discuss her new book "A Time to Dance," a story told in verse of a young Indian girl's personal struggle to regain her passion and find peace. Aug. 15, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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Litquake
San Francisco's literary festival will return to the Oshman Family JCC with author salons, adult workshops, youth events and a talk by headlining author, crime writer Marcia Clark. Aug. 17, 2-8 p.m. Free; $15 Marcia Clark talk admission. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

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'Replace Your Lawn with Drought-Tolerant California Natives'
Alex von Feldt will give a talk presenting no-lawn landscaping styles and ideas, as well as offer tips on choosing appropriate plants and watering more efficiently. Aug. 21, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public LIbrary, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

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USGS August Evening Public Lecture
Michael H. Carr, United States Geological Society planetary geologist, will give a talk called "Exploring Planets: A personal retrospective of the first 50 years." Topics will include the canyons, volcanoes and floods on Mars; methane rivers on Titan; the existence of extraterrestrial life; and why and when there will be human missions. August 28, 7-8 p.m. Free. USGS Menlo Park Campus, 345 Middlefield Road, Bldg. 3, Conf. Room A, Menlo Park.
 

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'Modernism' docent lecture
Jim Kohn, a docent from San Francisco's de Young Museum, will provide context and comment on the visiting exhibit, "Modernism from the National Gallery of Art." Accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation, his talk will cover many of the 50 works (including pieces by Lichtenstein, Johns and Rauschenberg) in the exhibit, which will be at the de Young until Oct. 12. Aug. 30, 2-3 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.