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Founders' Day Festival Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District celebrates 40 years and over 60,000 acres of open space preservation. Live music, line dancing, history exhibit, kid's area. Located at the Monte Bello Open Space Preserve, about 7.5 miles west of Interstate 280 on Page Mill Road. Sept. 14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Call 691-1200. www.openspace.org/activities/foundersday.asp
Authors & Talks
'Women Writing Their Lives' UC Davis professor Judith Newton and the president of the National Association of Memoir Writers, Linda Joy Myers, discuss their personal writing journeys. Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.
'Father Junipero's Confessor' In his book, Nick Taylor captures the atmosphere and politics of early California. Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Communication Arts Magazine in Menlo Park hosts opening reception and exhibition of Nancy Lewis' new drawings and assemblages of found, reused and common materials. RSVP through contact form at www.nancyclarklewis.com. Sept. 14, 7-9 p.m. Free. 110 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park. Call 650-743-6715. www.nancyclarklewis.com
Art & Poetry Reception Persian artist and poet Fariba Raisi will be at the Woodside Library to celebrate her "Room with a View" art collection, on display through September. Sept. 21, 2-3 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside . www.smcl.org/
Family and Kids
Farmers' Market Family Storytime in the Redwood Grove near the playground on Sept. 12. 5:30-6 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560.
Kids Ceramics Students introduced to techniques and hand-building exercises that make up the world of clay. Tuesdays, Sept. 3-24 3:30-5 p.m. $60 plus $5 for supplies. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext. 222. www.penvol.org/littlehouse/contact.cfm
Story Time with Christie Matheson who introduces "Tap the Magic Tree," an interactive book that allows readers to tap it, shake it, jiggle it or even blow it a kiss to turn the pages. Sept. 12, 10:30 a.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Youth Event: Jonathan Stroud will read from his book, "The Screaming Staircase," a supernatural thriller set in London. Sept. 18, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
National Geographic Live Speaker Series Bryan Smith, a filmmaker for National Geographic Channel, shares behind-the-scenes moments from assignments to document extreme feats and high adventure in the world's most challenging environments. Presented by Kepler's and Fox Theatre. Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. $37. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/national-geographic-live-speaker-series-lens-adventure
Lifetree Cafe Conversations Twice a week, Lifetree Cafe will host an hour of stories and conversation about life and religion. Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. and Thursdays from 9:15-10:15 a.m. Sept. 25-Oct. 31, 7-8 p.m. Free Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-854-5897. www.facebook.com/LifetreeCafeMP