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Young Minds Advocacy Project is a local nonprofit organization that works to increase access to mental health services for low-income young people. The organization celebrates its one-year anniversary with food, drinks, live music and a silent auction to raise funds. Sept. 27, 6-9 p.m. $25 suggested donation only. Cafe Zoe, 1929 Menalto St. , Menlo Park. Call 650-678-0606. www.youngmindsadvocacy.org
Lifetree Cafe Conversations: Middle East Misconceptions Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park will host two conversations that will explore common misconceptions about Islam and the Middle East. Complimentary refreshments and snacks will be served. Sept. 25 from 7 to 8 p.m. and Sept. 26 from 9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-854-5897. www.facebook.com/LifetreeCafeMP
Woodside International Horse Trials take place annually at the Woodside Horse Park. Watch equestrians compete in dressage, cross country jumping and stadium jumping. Plus a trade fair and food. Oct. 4-6, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. $10. Woodside Horse Park, 3674 Sand Hill Road, Woodside. Call 951-303-0405. www.woodsideeventing.com
Autumn at Filoli Festival features tastings of heirloom fruits, live music, docent-led nature hikes, orchard tours, line dancing, flower-arranging. Advance reservations encouraged. Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $25 for nonmembers, $20 for members, $5 for children 5-17, free for children 4 and younger. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.
Artistry in Fashion Canada College fashion department hosts 22nd annual "Artistry in Fashion" event that features 60 designers selling clothing, jewelry and other fashions. Visitors 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
'Ride for Ravenswood 2013' The Ravenswood Family Health Center's annual ride for Ravenswood, for cyclists and walkers, sponsored by Wells Fargo, helps support the local community health center. Oct. 6, 7 p.m. Free. 210 Park Lane, Atherton. www.ravenswoodfhc.org/index.php/get_involved/events
Palo Alto Airport CharStyle:> is holding an open house with free rides for kids ages 8-17, tower tours, aircraft displays, city emergency equipment, food and more. Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Airport, 1900 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. www.paloaltoairport.aero
'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
Joan Rivers, television personality, comedian and actress will do standup comedy. Oct. 5-6, 5-6:30 p.m. $44-$69. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City. Call 650-369-7770. www.foxrwc.com
Authors & Talks
Author: Katy Butler In "Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death," Katy Butler explores what happens when a fear of death collides with the technological imperatives of modern medicine. Her thesis is that advanced medicine, in its single-minded pursuit of maximum longevity, often creates more suffering than it prevents. Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/katy-butler
'Birds of Paradise' Photographer Tim Laman and ornithologist Ed Scholes will discuss 18 expeditions they've gone on over eight years in search of birds of paradise. Presented by National Geographic Live. Oct. 8, 7-8:30 p.m. $43.70-$58. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City. Call 650-369-7770. www.foxrwc.com
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.
Two writers Khaled Hosseini, author of "The Kite Runner," and Tamim Ansary of "West of Kabul, East of New York" will discuss insights about Afghanistan and U.S. involvement, and talk about Hosseini's personal journey. Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. $20. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City. Call 650-324-4321.
MSNBC's Chris Matthews discusses his book, "Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked." As a top aide to former Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill, Chris Matthews witnessed the relationship between O'Neil and President Ronald Reagan. Oct. 7, 7-8 p.m. $15-$55. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Call 408-280-5530.
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
EV Week Palo Alto stops by for one day at City Hall Plaza in Palo Alto. Attendees can test drive electric vehicles: Tesla Model S, BMW ActiveE, Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius Plug-in and more, and learn about the latest charging and mobile technology. RSVP online. Sept. 25, Noon-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto City Hall Plaza, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. Call 415-277-6974. www.chargeacrosstown.com/
Free First Friday at the Museum On Oct. 4 at the San Mateo County History Museum, admission is free, and two programs are planned: At 11 a.m., preschool children will be invited to learn about farming, do hands-on craft and hear a story. Docents will lead a tour for adults at 2 p.m. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.historysmc.org
Redwood City Salsa Festival Multiple stages featuring a variety of Latin music, including salsa and jazz. Amateur and professional salsa chefs 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
Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert Stanford Live and Music at Stanford team up to present this annual tribute concert honoring the life and memory of the slain Wall Street Journal reporter, musician and Stanford graduate, Daniel Pearl. Oct. 9, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Call 650-724-2464. www.live.stanford.edu/event.php?code=HARM
Music on the Square Mazacote plays a mixture of classic salsa favorites and original Latin jazz tunes. They are performing as part of Redwood City's "Music on the Square" live music series. Sept. 27, 6-8 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/musiconthesquare.html
'Our Shared Humanity' is a film introduction to the World Peace, Education and Culture Organization of the SGI-USA. It will be followed by a Q&A and panel discussion. The meeting space is provided as a community service by the city of Redwood City. The city neither supports nor endorses this event nor the presenting individuals or organizations. Oct. 1, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Redwood City Public Library, 1044 Middlefield Road, Community Room, 2nd floor, Redwood City.
Atherton Library Family Movie Night presents "Rise of the Guardians" (97 minutes, rated PG). Refreshments provided by 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
Young Adult Event: Fierce Reads Tour This event will feature readings from Marissa Meyer ("Cinder and Scarlet"), Leila Sales (" This Song Will Save Your Life"), 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
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
Jews For Jesus Steve Wertheim of Jews for Jesus, an evangelical organization, will speak. Oct. 6, 10-11:15 a.m. Free. First Baptist Church, 1100 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-332-8544. www.firstbaptist.com
Academy of Danse Libre is looking dancers for the 2013-2014 season. The dance company performs dances of the Victorian and Ragtime eras through the 1930s. Sept. 30, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. La Entrada Middle School, Jensen Hall, 2200 Sharon Road, Menlo Park. www.danselibre.org/auditions/
'Orphaned Elephants of Tsavo and Recent Works' Portola Art Gallery presents a collection of oil paintings by Marsha Heimbecker, inspired by a refuge for protection and preservation of Africa's wilderness, particularly elephants. Monday-Saturday, Sept. 1-30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-321-0220. www.portolaartgallery.com
Redwood Symphony will launch its 2013-14 season with Richard Strauss's production based on the Cervantes classic, "Don Quixote." Also on the program: "Rumanian Rhapsody No. 1" and Riegger's "Dance Rhythms." Soloist will be Dahna Rudin, cellist. Sept. 28, 8-10 p.m. $10-$30. Canada College Main Theatre, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside. www.redwoodsymphony.org
Autism Spectrum Disorders The Stanford Autism Center at Packard Children's Hospital is offering a half-day parent/caregiver conference designed to provide information about reducing problem behaviors and building positive skills in the home setting. Oct. 5, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $30 per person. Stanford University/Child Psychiatry Building, 401 Quarry Road, Stanford. Call 650-721-6327. www.childpsychiatry.stanford.edu