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Lectures & Talks'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.
Lectures & TalksLaunch party with Shelly King
Local author will celebrate the launch of her debut novel, "The Moment of Everything," a story based in Mountain View that explores startup culture and the charm of bookstores. Sept. 2, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Stuart Rojstaczer on 'The Mathematician's Shiva'
At this author event, Stuart Rojstaczer, a scientist, musician and author, will celebrate the launch of his debut work of fiction, "The Mathematician's Shiva." Sept. 3, 7 p.m. Free Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor John Scalzi on 'Lock In'
A Hugo Award-winner, author John Scalzi will come to Books Inc. to share his latest book, a near-future thriller called "Lock In." Sept. 4, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'Modernism' docent lecture
This docent lecture will discuss works by Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstien, Robert Rauschenberg and others that are part of an exhibit at the de Young Musuem, "Modernism from the National Gallery of Art." Sept. 6, 2-3 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Lan Cao on 'The Lotus and the Storm'
Novelist Lan Cao will share her new book, "The Lotus and the Storm," which focuses on one Vietnamese-American family during the Vietnam War. Sept. 8, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'Pedal Power' lecture
The curators of "Pedal Power: From Wacky to Workhorse," currently at the Los Altos History Museum, will give a behind-the-scenes lecture on the bicycle exhibit. Sept. 9, 7-8 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Jonathan Coe on 'Expo 58'
Recognized novelist Jonathan Coe will discuss his new work of fiction, "Expo 58," a comic spy novel and international love story set in the mid-20th century. Sept. 9, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Linda Sexton on 'Bespotted'
Linda Gray Sexton will share her latest memoir, "Bespotted: My Family's Love Affair with Thirty-Eight Dalmations," which explores the role of dogs in her literary family's lives. Sept. 10, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc. Palo Alto, 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksRainwater Harvest talk
This talk at the Los Altos Library will discuss how to use rainwater to irrigate gardens and decrease flooding. Topics will include rain catchment systems, cisterns and other techniques. Sept. 10, 7-9 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Neal Stephenson and friends on 'Hieroglyph'
Science fiction writer Neal Stephenson will be joined by and a handful of thinkers to discuss transformative art and technology, as explored in the optimistic anthology "Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future." Sept. 10, 7:30-9 p.m. $20 general; $40 premiere. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Sukey Forbes on 'The Angel in My Pocket'
Sukey Forbes will shares her new book, "The Angel in My Pocket: A Story of Love, Loss, and Life After Death," which tells of her response to the sudden death of her young daughter. Sept. 11, 7 p.m. Free Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksCool Season Vegetable Gardening
This class taught by UC Master Gardeners will provide information on which vegetables can be grown successfully in the fall and winter. There will be time to ask questions. Sept. 12, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Does a Rising Tide Really Lift All Boats?'
This panel discussion, including Congresswoman Jackie Speier, will explore how to create an economically inclusive society and assist the working poor in participating in the Silicon Valley economy. It will also encourage individuals to take action. See the website to register. Sept. 12, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Dan Jurafsky on 'The Language of Food'
Dan Jurafsky will share his book "The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu," which delves into the origins of loved foods and culinary customs. Sept. 16, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksTuesday Tea with Ted Atlas
Author and Bay Area native Ted Atlas will discuss his book, "Candlestick Park: Images of Sports," which captures some of the great athletes and teams that played in the stadium. Sept. 16, 1:30-2:30 p.m. $3. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksSubstance Abuse Prevention Workshops
Adolescent Counseling Services invites the parents of pre-teens and teens to attend a breakfast where they can learn about substance abuse and participate in an open discussion. Sept. 17, 8:30-8:30 a.m. Free. Adolescent Counseling Services, 1717 Embarcadero Road, Suite 4000, Palo Alto.