2nd Alarm Chili Cook-off and BBQ This benefit for the Woodside Fire Protection District will feature firefighter demos, live music, an auction, kids' games, a prize drawing, food and drink. Tickets available online. Sept. 29, 4-7 p.m. $35/adult; $15/children under 12. Runnymede Farm, 980 Runnymede , Woodside. Call 650-851-1594. www.FireDistrictFoundation.org
Artistry in Fashion The Canada College fashion department hosts its 22nd annual "Artistry in Fashion" event that features 60 designers selling clothing, jewelry and other fashions. Visitors can tour the fashion department's open house from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $10 entry donation, free parking. Canada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside. Call 650 306-3370. www.ArtistryinFashion.com
'And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little' This dark comedy explores the lives of the three Reardon sisters, who have recently lost their mother. Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 29-Sept. 22, 8 p.m. $15-$35. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City. Call 650-493-2006 ext. 2.
'Cabaret' Broadway by the Bay presents "Cabaret," the musical. Friday-Sunday, Sept. 13-29, 8-10 p.m. $40-$60. Fox Theater, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City. Call 650-369-7770. www.foxrwc.com
Authors & Talks
Art & Poetry Reception Persian artist and poet Fariba Raisi will be at the Woodside Library to celebrate her "Room with a View" art collection, which is on display through September. Sept. 21, 2-3 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside . www.smcl.org/
David M. Kennedy: 'The Modern American Military' The advent of the all-volunteer force and the evolving nature of modern warfare have transformed the military, says David Kennedy, who edited this volume. Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/david-m-kennedy
Jennifer duBois will discuss her new book, "Cartwheel," a novel about an American foreign exchange student arrested for murder and a father trying to hold his family together. Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.
Khaled Hosseini in conversation with Tamim Ansary Two writers (Khaled Hosseini, author of "The Kite Runner," and Tamim Ansary, of "West of Kabul, East of New York") provide insights about Afghanistan and U.S. involvement. They will also talk about Hosseini's personal journey from an immigrant to a doctor, a bestselling novelist, and then a human-rights advocate. Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. $20. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/khaled-hosseini-tamim-ansary
Nick Taylor: 'Father Junipero's Confessor' In his new book, Nick Taylor captures the atmosphere of early California and the politics of the era. Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/nick-taylor
STEM Guest Lecture The Foothill College Science Learning Center presents its first science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) guest lecture featuring bioengineering research scientist Jonathan Trent, Ph.D. He will speak about his research with algae to produce energy. Sept. 19, Foothill College Physical Sciences & Engineering Center, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-949-6232. www.foothill.edu/SLI/speakers.html
Left Bank Beer Pairing Event Left Bank Menlo Park hosts "La Fete de la Biere" with $30 four-course prix fixe tasting menu paired with 21st Amendment Brewery beers. Available lunch and dinner. Also special prices on pints of beer and four-beer sampler flights. Additional beer pairing event scheduled in October. Sept. 21-22, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Left Bank Brasserie, 635 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-473-6543. www.LeftBank.com
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
Redwood City Salsa Festival Multiple stages featuring a variety of Latin music, including salsa and jazz. Amateur and professional salsa chefs will compete for prizes at the Salsa Tasting and Competition. Sept. 28, Noon-8 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/salsafest.html
Kids & Families
Vered's Music Concert Vered's music is about the connection between parents and their babies. Oct. 1, 1:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org
Youth Event: Ally Carter will read from her latest book, "United We Spy." Sept. 19, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Youth Event: Jonathan Stroud will read from his new 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.
Classical Music on the Square with Bay Shore Lyric Opera Bay Shore Lyric Opera Company was founded in 1996 by a group of musicians and singers in order to bring opera to all ages and all communities, as well as to educate and entertain. They will perform selections from various opera arias and ensembles. Sept. 22, 5 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/musiconthesquare.html
Redwood Symphony's 'Don Quixote' will launch the 2013-14 season of the Redwood Symphony in Richard Strauss's production based on the Cervantes classic. The program will also include "Rumanian Rhapsody No. 1" and Riegger's "Dance Rhythms." Soloist will be Dahna Rudin, cellist. Sept. 28, 8-10 p.m. $10-$30. Cañada College Main Theatre, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City. www.redwoodsymphony.org
Young Adult Event: Fierce Reads Tour This event will feature readings from Marissa Meyer ("Cinder and Scarlet"), S.A. Bodeen ("The Fallout," the sequel to "The Compound") and Alexandra Coutts ("Tumble and Fall"). Oct. 1, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com
Young Adult Event: Kendare Blake, Anna Carey, and Michelle Gagnon This event will feature readings from "Antigoddess" by Kendare Blake; "Rise: An Eve," by Anna Carey and "Don't Turn Around" by Michelle Gagnon. Sept. 20, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.
29th Annual Moonlight Run and Walk The Palo Alto Weekly and the city of Palo Alto's 29th Annual Moonlight Run and Walk will be held under the full Harvest moon. There will be a 5K walk, 5K run and 10K run. Sept. 20, 7-10 p.m. $20-$30. Baylands Athletic Center , 1900 Geng Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-326-8210. www.moonlightrun2013.eventbrite.com/
Meet a Visionary & Pitch Your Ideas with VC Ann Winblad At this talk, workshop and pitch session with venture capitalist Ann Winblad, she will share her story and listen to business ideas from girls (ages 12-18). Parents are invited. This is a small event (maximum 20 girls) and the top two pitches will receive $100 cash prizes. Sept. 24, 4-6 p.m. $5/$12; Free for volunteers. Bay Area College of Nursing, 824 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto. Call 617-755-3848. www.giwinblad.eventbrite.com/
Atherton Library Family Movie Night "Rise of the Guardians" (97 minutes, rated PG). Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library. Sept. 27, 7-8:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org
'Canoeing the Baylands' Environmental Volunteers lead canoe trip through marshes of the Palo Alto Baylands. The EV will teach participants about tides, plants and wildlife along the way. No equipment or boating experience necessary. Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-493-8000 ext. 345. www.evols.org
Argentine Tango Students will learn Argentine tango dance fundamentals and technique tools that will enable students to dance in a "milonga" (social tango dance) while working on balance, posture, changes of weight, pivots, coordination and walking with grace. Tuesdays, Sept. 10-Dec. 10 8-10 p.m. $284/$382. Arrillaga Recreation Center, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call 6503302200. www.egovlink.com/menlopark/classes/class_list.asp