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Lectures & TalksAn Evening with Travel Writer Lavinia Spalding
This Oshman Family JCC event will provide intimate conversation with Lavinia Spalding, editor of "The Best Women's Travel Writing" series. Oct. 6, 7:30-9 p.m. $12 general; $10 member, J-Pass holder. Oshman Family JCC, Conference Room F401, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksHousing discrimination discussion
The fair housing coordinator from Project Sentinel will visit the Mountain View Public Library to give a presentation on housing discrimination. Oct. 6, 6-7 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'Assessing Earthquake Hazards in the Anthropocene'
At this Peninsula Geological Society event, Andrea Llenos from USGS Earthquake Science Center will give a presentation exploring how the rate of some earthquakes (M≥3) in the central and eastern U.S. has increased dramatically since 2009, primarily in areas with oil and gas production. Oct. 6, 5:15-8:15 p.m. $35 general, $8 student for dinner; free lecture. Mitchell Earth Sciences Building, 397 Panama Mall, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksDr. Carolyn Porco on the exploration of Saturn
As part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, Dr. Carolyn Porco will give an illustrated, non-technical talk entitled "In the Land of Enchantment: A Decade Exploring Saturn," taking a look at the Cassini mission exploring the planet and its rings and moons. Oct. 7, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Foothill College, Smithwick Theater, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Lectures & Talks'Etiquette In the Workplace with Rosalinda Randall'
Local author Rosalinda Randall will read excerpts from and sign her book "Don't Burp in the Boardroom," which discusses proper etiquette in the professional world. Oct. 7, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'Criminality of Imprisonment'
San Mateo County Democracy for America will welcome activist and author Steve Martinot to speak on the current practices of prison systems, the toll they take on society and the movement to abolish prisons. Oct. 7, 7-9 p.m. Free. Woodside Road United Methodist Church, 2000 Woodside Road, Redwood City.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Jon Palfreman on 'Brain Storms'
At this Kepler's event co-hosted by the Parkinson's Institute, Jon Palfreman, a science journalist with Parkinson's disease, will talk with Dr. J William Langston about Palfreman's book "Brain Storms: The Race to Unlock the Mysteries of Parkinson's Disease." Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'America's War for the Greater Middle East'
Dr. Andrew J. Bacevich, a professor emeritus in international relations and history from Boston University, will deliver the 2015-16 Tanner Lectures on "America's War for the Greater Middle East." There will be two public lectures and two public discussions addressing them. Oct. 7 and 8, 5:30-7 p.m. (lectures); Oct. 8 and 9, 10 a.m.-noon (discussions). Free. Encina Hall, Bechtel Conference Room, 616 Serra St., Stanford.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Ruth Reichl on 'My Kitchen Year'
Acclaimed food writer Ruth Reichl will discuss her book "My Kitchen Year," which describes how she turned to home cooking when her work as editor-in-chief at "Gourmet" abruptly ended with the publication's closing in 2009. Oct. 7, noon-1 p.m. $15-$55. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Brandon Sanderson on 'Shadows of Self'
One of the biggest names in the fantasy genre, Brandon Sanderson will come to Kepler's to celebrate his latest fantasy novel, "Shadows of the Self," the follow-up to his "The Alloy of Law." Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m. $20 general. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'Great Grasses for your Landscape'
UC Master Gardener Vera Kark will recommend ideal grasses for garden accents and massing, as well as present tips for caring for them. Questions are welcome. Oct. 9, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksGSV Pioneer Summit
GSV's Pioneer Summit will bring together innovators to listen to speakers and companies from various sectors and discuss ways to transform industry and society. See website for ticket prices and full schedule. Oct. 7-9. Prices vary. GSVlabs, 425 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Lectures & Talks'Backyard Beekeeping -- Attract, Sustain, Enjoy!'
Todd Parsons will give talk about backyard beekeeping, covering which garden plants and bushes attract native and European honeybees and how to keep bees in a backyard apiary. He will also share the equipment needed to start beekeeping, including a contained observation hive. Oct. 10, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $25 member; $35 nonmember. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksFolger Stable Speaker Series: Marine Sanctuaries
Carol Preston from the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary will give a presentation about protecting biologically productive ecosystems off the nearby coast. She will share underwater video and photos, as well as marine artifacts. Oct. 11, 4-6 p.m. Free with online registration. Wunderlich Park, Folger Stable, 4040 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Margaret Atwood on 'The Heart Goes Last'
During this exclusive Bay Area event, celebrated novelist Margaret Atwood will share her new novel "The Heart Goes Last," which follows an unemployed married couple seeking an answer in The Positron Project. Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. $20 general. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Lectures & TalksA Virtual Talk with Tamora Pierce
This Library Talks event, which brings favorite authors to the Mountain View Public Library via video conferencing, will feature Tamora Pierce, author of "The Song of the Lioness" and "The Immortals" quartets. Oct. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksScott Yundt on nuclear exposure issues
For the next Technology and Society Committee Luncheon Forum, Scott Yundt -- staff attorney at Tri-Valley CAREs, a Livermore based nonprofit that monitors the activities of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the U.S. nuclear weapons complex -- will describes his work examining worker exposure issues and the nuclear weapons budget. Oct 13, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. $12 lunch. Hangen Szechuan Restaurant, 134 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksDistinguished Speaker Series: Dr. Mehrdad Ayati
Dr. Mehrdad Ayati, an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Stanford University, will give an informative lecture that draws from his new book "Paths to Healthy Aging" in discussing how nutrition, exercise and medicine can lead to a fulfilling life. Oct. 14, 1:30 p.m. Free. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Andy Weir on 'The Martian'
Local author Andy Weir will attend a meet and greet at the Stanford Bookstore, where there will be a reading and book signing of his hit science fiction novel, "The Martian." Oct. 15, 6 p.m. Free. Stanford Bookstore, 519 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
Lectures & Talks'Easy-to-Grow and Drought-Tolerant Native Plants'
Nancy McClenny, whose Palo Alto garden has been showcased for three years in the Going Native Garden Tour, will provide info on native trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals that are easy to grow in the home garden and require less water. Oct. 15, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Lectures & Talks'Winterís Bounty: Getting More From Your Cool-Season Vegetable Garden'
Master Gardener Candace Simpson will share ideas on how to create the largest, longest and most tasty harvest from a home vegetable garden during the cool season. Topics to be covered include planting dates and storm protection. Oct. 15, 7-8:30 p.m. Free Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Thinking Big About Learning'
For the first event in a series celebrating Stanford University's 125th anniversary, some of the university's best thinkers on education will participate in an afternoon entitled "Thinking Big About Learning." Oct. 18, 2-6 p.m. $20 educator; $25 general. Cemex Auditorium, 641 Knight Way, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Seth M. Siegel on 'Let There Be Water'
Seth M. Siegel will discuss his new book "Let There Be Water: Israel's Solution for a Water-Starved World," which examines how Israel may serve as a model for softening the water troubles of the future. Oct. 19, 7-8:30 p.m. $40-$50 premium; $8-$20 general. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Diane Lawson on 'A Tightly Raveled Mind'
Diane Lawson will chat with author Abraham Verghese about Lawson's new novel, "A Tightly Raveled Mind," about a dissatisfied 40-something psychoanalyst whose patients start mysteriously dying. Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAnother Look: 'A Month in the Country'
Under its new director, author Robert Pogue Harrison, Stanford University's Another Look book club will return for a fourth season, first discussing "A Month in the Country" by J.L. Carr. The panel will include novelist Tobias Wolff and Jane Shaw, author and professor of religion at Stanford. Oct. 19, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Encina Hall, Bechtel Conference Center, 616 Serra St., Stanford.
Lectures & TalksA Listening Party with the Computer History Museum
This multi-media presentation from the Computer History Museum will reveal the rich tapestry of past technology through video oral histories and a Q&A session with museum curators. Oct. 20, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Sandeep Jauhar on 'Doctored'
Sandeep Jauhar, M.D., will read from and sign his new book, "Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician," which shares his experience with the medical profession and struggles to wrestle with the dilemmas facing a young doctor. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Oct. 20, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Li Ka Shing Center, Room 120, 291 Campus Drive, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Lawerence J. Cohen on 'The Opposite of Worry'
For this MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series event, Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D. -- a licensed psychologist, author, speaker and consultant -- will discuss his latest book "The Opposite of Worry: The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties and Fears." Pre-registration is required. Oct. 20, 7-9 p.m. Free. Mountain View High School Theater, 3535 Truman Ave., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Roberta Kaplan on 'Then Comes Marriage'
In discussion with Silicon Valley technology reporter Kara Swisher, Roberta Kaplan will discuss her book "Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA," which chronicles her efforts to take down the Defense of Marriage Act before the U.S. Supreme Court. Oct. 20, 7:30-9 p.m. $10-$15 in advance (with book $30-$35); $20 at the door; $27 for book day of. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Sandra Hinchliffe on 'The Cannabis Spa at Home'
Sandra Hinchliffe will visit Books Inc. in Mountain View for a book launch event for her "The Cannabis Spa at Home," which discusses cannabis and pain management from both patient and home herbalist perspectives. She will sign books, and attendees can receive her new premium app SpaKind when they purchase her book during the event. Oct. 20, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAudubon Speaker Series: 'Severe Weather from Climate Change'
Author Dan Linehan will give a talk discussing how worldwide, severe weather events have increased in frequency and magnitude, and how grassroots efforts can make a difference with climate change. The event is part of the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society Speaker Series. Oct. 21, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Cubberley Community Center, Room H1, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Frances Dinkelspiel on 'Tangled Vines'
Frances Dinkelspiel will chat with Meg Waite Clayton about Dinkelspiel's new nonfiction book "Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California," which examines an enormous wine arson that occurred a decade ago. Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Kristin Schreier Lyseggen on 'The Women of San Quentin'
Kristin Schreier Lyseggen, a Berkeley-based recognized journalist and photographer, will discuss her book "The Women of San Quentin," which exposes the inhumane treatment of women incarcerated in male U.S. prisons. Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksPeter Greenberg with 'Israel: The Royal Tour'
Peter Greenberg, CBS News travel editor and host of PBS's "The Royal Tour" series, will detail his trip through Israel with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Oct. 26, 7:30-9 p.m. $12 general; $10 member, J-Pass holder; $20 at the door, space permitting. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Sherry Turkle on 'Reclaiming Conversation'
Sherry Turkle -- media scholar, author and researcher -- will discuss her book "Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age," in which she investigates how avoidance of face-to-face conversation undermines relationships, creativity and productivity. Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. $20 general. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Diana Nyad on 'Find A Way'
Diana Nyad will share the inspiring story of her record-breaking 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida, which is told in her book "Find A Way." Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $8-$20 general; $40-$50 premium (priority seating, book). Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Geraldine Brooks on 'The Secret Chord'
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks will chat with Lalita Tademy about Brooks' new novel, "The Secret Court," which depicts the rich and enigmatic figure of King David. Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m. $20 general. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'The Presidentís House' lecture series
Historian Michael Svanevik will give a series of lectures offering vignettes of life inside the White House throughout history. Wednesdays, Sept. 16-Nov. 4, 1:30-3:30 p.m. $53 member; $53 nonmember; $12 drop in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAbilities United Authors Luncheon
This annual luncheon will bring together four recognized authors -- Annie Barrow, Thomas Mallon, Pam MuŮoz Ryan and Ashlee Vance -- to discuss their work, share stories about writing and talk about their inspiration. Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $150. Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthors Dave Newhouse and Gary Singh
Dave Newhouse, a sports journalist and columnist formerly with the Oakland Tribune, and Gary Singh, a San Jose native and lifelong San Jose Earthquakes fan, will share their books and talk about the early days of the San Francisco 49ers and the Earthquakes. Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Bill Fernandez on 'Hawai'i in War and Peace'
Bill Fernandez -- half native Hawaiian, former mayor of Sunnyvale and a retired judge -- will share his second memoir, "Hawai'i in War and Peace." Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.