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Lifetree Cafe Conversations: 'Is Church Obsolete?' Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park hosts an hour-long conversation exploring and discussing the relevance and viability of the church. Complimentary refreshments and snacks will be served. Nov. 6, 7-8 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-854-5897. www.facebook.com/LifetreeCafeMP
Open House at Rosener House Adult Day Services Hear "Brain Games and Whole Person Wellness," sample activities, speak with staff members, and see what a typical day at Rosener House is like. Nov. 2, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Peninsula Volunteers Rosener House Adult Day Services, 500 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-322-0126. www.peninsulavolunteers.org/rosenerhouse
'Find Your Ancestors' Seminars This four-class seminar, sponsored by San Mateo County Genealogical Society, features Curt Witcher, manager of the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Indiana. For individuals of all levels interested in learning more about family history. Nov. 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Pre-registration: $42. $48 at the door. Lunch is $8. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints , 1105 Valparaiso Ave., Menlo Park. www.smcgs.org
Authors & Talks
'Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All' IDEO founder and Stanford d.school creator David Kelley and his brother Tom Kelley, IDEO partner and the author of "The Art of Innovation," co-authored this book. They will sign and discuss. Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/david-and-tom-kelley
'Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems' Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins discusses his new book of poetry, with an introduction by Ken Fields, poet and Stanford English professor. Event is hosted in partnership with the Stanford Humanities Center. Nov. 9, 7 p.m. $20. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/462033
Re-entering job market "Connect-Work-Thrive - Return to Work" is an all-day conference to provide job seekers who have taken a career break with tips for re-entering the job market. Nov. 6, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Advance tickets $249; $299 after Oct.15. NestGSV, Inc., 425 Broadway St., Redwood City. Call 650-814-3764. www.connectworkthrive.com
'Manresa: An Edible Reflection' Chef David Kinch of Manresa Restaurant in Los Gatos discusses his new cookbook. Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.
Abilities United Authors Luncheon Four authors (Katherine Applegate, Rick Atkinson, Rick Atkinson and Sara Paretsky) will read from their books, share stories about their writing experience, and offer insight into the inspiration behind their characters. Silent auction, book signings and lunch. Nov. 2, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $175. Cabana Hotel and Resort, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Call 650-618-3330.
Alexander McCall Smith Author of "The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" will discuss the latest book in the series of mysteries set in Botswana. Nov. 14, 7 p.m. $5. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.
Author Betsy Franco, in conversation with her son, Tom, discusses her debut novel, "Naked." Tom illustrated the book. Nov. 5, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.
Art history Hung Wu, professor of art history and east Asian languages and civilizations at the University of Chicago, discusses relationships between visual forms and ritual, social memory and political discourses. Nov. 14, 5:30 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Pasta Modern Francine Segan, author of the cookbook "Pasta Modern," talks about regional dishes and what's cutting edge in Italy. Price includes pasta tastings, a free box of Felicetti and Garofalo pasta, and a signed copy of her cookbook. Nov. 6, 6:30-9 p.m. $55. Draeger's Cooking School, 1010 University Drive, Menlo Park. Call 650-931-5457. www.draegerscookingschool.com
Stanford Executive Briefings Alec Levenson, senior research scientist at the USC Marshall School of Business, presents results of global study on Millennial behavior. Nov. 13, 7:30-9 a.m. $60. Stanford Faculty Club, 439 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. Call 650-725-3330. www.breakfastbriefings.stanford.edu/briefings
Talk: The Chelyabinsk Meteor Astrobiologist and planetary scientist David Morrison, Ph.D., of the NASA Ames Research Center and the SETI Institute, will discuss "The Chelyabinsk Meteor: Can We Survive a Bigger Impact?," an illustrated, non-technical lecture. Nov. 6, 7-8:30 p.m. Admission free; parking is $3. Foothill College Smithwick Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. www.foothill.edu/news/newsfmt.php?sr=2&rec_id=3182
Menlowe Ballet presents "Tribute to Bolero," as well as Ronn Guidi's "Romeo & Juliet Pas de Deux" and "Trois Gymnopedies." Nov. 15-17, 8-10 p.m. $28-$45. Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-231-2025. www.menloweballet.org
Menlo School's 'Little Shop of Horrors' Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. $5 students, $8 general. Florence Moore Theater, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. Call 408-268-1927.
Theater: 'God of Carnage' Gathered around a coffee table, two married couples meet to amicably resolve a playground altercation between their 11-year-old sons. Palo Alto Players. Nov. 1-17, Thursday-Sunday, 8-9:30 p.m. $23-$45. Lucie Stern Community Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-329-0891. www.paplayers.org
Theater: 'Rich and Famous' by John Guare This musical comedy, produced by the Dragon Theatre in Redwood City, is about Bing Ringling, a playwright about to publish his 844th script. Oct. 13-Nov. 3. $10-$35. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City. Call 650-493-2006 ext. 2.
Portola Art Gallery presents "Local Color," new pastel and oil paintings of Monterey and San Francisco Peninsulas, and other recent works by San Mateo artist Jan Prisco. Reception for artist: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Allied Arts Guild, Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
'Being Scene' This performance is staged in galleries throughout the Cantor Arts Center and presents work developed in a course taught by Aleta Hayes, lecturer in the dance division of Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford. Nov. 7, 6 p.m. Free for students. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Exhibit: Carrie Mae Weems, contemporary artist and photographer. More than 100 photographs, installations and videos. Oct. 16-Jan. 5, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Broadway By the Bay's Vocal Audition Playbook Learn how to prepare vocal material for a singing audition in Broadway By the Bay's MasterClass Series. Nov. 11, 7-10 p.m. $19.50. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.foxrwc.com
Media Center Studio TV Class Learn all the crew positions necessary to produce a TV show and create a half-hour show in this class. Nov. 15-Dec. 6; Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays, 6-10 p.m. $145. Midpeninsula Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-494-8686 ext. 10. www.midpenmedia.org
Pruning Shrubs to Maintain Natural Form and Beauty Master Gardener Roberta Barnes gives class. Nov. 2, 10-11 a.m. Free. UCCE Master Gardeners Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Dr., Palo Alto. Call 408-282-3105.
Kids & Families
'Family Past Times' San Mateo County History Museum continues its "Family Past Times" program with History's Harvest. From 1 to 4 p.m., children participate in craft activities related to old-time farming. They will learn how to churn butter and create apple baskets. Free with price of admission to museum. Nov. 9, 1-4 p.m. $5 for adults; $3 for students and seniors. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.historysmc.org
Lego Club at Portola Valley Library provides Legos for kids ages 0-9 to play with and build. Register by calling or emailing the library. Nov. 9, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org
Mothers Together is a women's community religious group that offers Christ-centered support for women in their roles as mothers, wives, daughters and friends. Childcare available. Sept. 10-Dec. 10, Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $10 suggested donation for childcare. Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall, 950 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. www.mppc.org
PAMP 2013 Preschool Fair Parent's Club of Menlo Park and Palo Alto holds annual Preschool Fair for information on selecting preschool. Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Call 650-396-7267.
'Wheel to Survive' is an indoor cycling fundraiser to benefit Clearity Foundation, which provides diagnostic information to prioritize treatment for women with ovarian cancer. Nov. 3, noon-6 p.m. $40 plus fundraising component. Pacific Sports Resort Redwood Shores, 200 Redwood Shores Parkway, Redwood City. email@example.com. Docent Training San Mateo County Historical Association, which operates three museums, will conduct its docent training program. Graduates have a choice of conducting tours for children and adults or interpreting local history for general visitors to the museums. Nov. 2-3, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.historysmc.org
Breast Cancer Conference brings together breast cancer patients and survivors with medical professionals, therapists and health educators. Nov. 2, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $50-$60. Oracle Conference Center, 350 Oracle Parkway, Redwood Shores. Call 650-326-6686. www.bcconnections.org/events/annual-conference/
Concert: 'Sacred Days and Mystic Ways' Mary McLaughlin's Cor Aingli, a nine-voice women's ensemble, presents a concert of ancient Irish sacred song. This year's event features pre-Christian laments, 13th century Latin chant, and traditional Gaelic songs of worship. Nov. 10, 3-4:30 p.m. $25; $20 (under 16). Vallombrosa Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-325-5614. www.vallombrosa.org
Portola Valley Farmers' Market Thursdays, year round. New fall and winter hours (2-5 p.m.) begin on Oct. 31. Free. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. www.portolavalleyfarmersmarket.com