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Kids Fun Run Second annual 5K Fun Run hosted by Kids 4 Sports kicks off Sunday, Aug. 28. After group warm-up at 8 a.m., the run starts at 8:30 a.m. at Oak Knoll School, 1895 Oak Knoll Lane in Menlo Park, and travels through residential streets. Runners get a T-shirt and a festival after the race. Registration fees are $20 for adults and $15 for those under 18. Proceeds benefit sports programs for underserved East Palo Alto and east Menlo Park kids. Sign up at active.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
'College 101: Miss Independent's Guide to Empowerment, Confidence, and Staying Safe' Kathleen Baty discusses and signs her guide to personal safety on campus. Aug. 25, 7 p.m. Members free. General admission requires purchase of event book or a $10 gift card. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.
Lev Grossman presents his newest fantasy book, "The Magician King." Aug. 24, 7 p.m. Members free. General admission requires purchase of event book or a $10 gift card. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com
SVForum: 'Navigating Gender Differences for Business Success' Aug. 30, 7:30-10 a.m. $25 SVForum members, $35 nonmembers. White & Lee LLP, 541 Jefferson Ave. # 100, Redwood City.
Landscaping with Edibles Learn about foundation landscape herbs, climbers, ground covers and edibles for the garden. Aug. 30, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $43. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-493-6072. landscapingwithedibles.eventbrite.com
Model Railroad Club Open House The West Bay Model Railroad Association holds monthly open houses the fourth Wednesday of every month, and the club is currently seeking new members who are interested in model railroading, regardless of their skill level in the hobby. 7-10 p.m. Free. West Bay Model Railroad Association, 1090 Merrill St., Menlo Park. Call 650-322-0685. wbmrra.ning.com
Kids & Families
Musical Storytime Atherton Library presents musical storytime for all ages. Aug. 25, 4-4:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org
Science Night Science Night at the Museum of American Heritage for ages 7 and up. Hands-on activities with: static electricity, electromagnetic games and toys, Theremin and Tesla Coil. Aug. 27, 5-7 p.m. $20 at door/$17 if booked in advance. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-321-1004. www.moah.org
'Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?' is a look at the global bee crisis revealing both problems and solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature. Presented by Kepler's and Cinema Connect. Talk and honey tastings by Cat Fraley. Bee-friendly plants by Roger Reynolds Nursery. Aug. 27, 7-9:30 p.m. $12 advance, $16 door. The Roy Kepler Pavilion, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. www.VisionaryEdge.org
'Gnomeo and Juliet' Atherton Library will show "Gnomeo and Juliet" as its Final Friday Flick for August. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Refreshments provided by Friends of the library. Aug. 26, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. smcl.org
Senior Showcase Information Fair Learn about senior resources and services from all of San Mateo County. Free refreshments, goody bags and giveaways. Free blood pressure screening and Ask the Pharmacist. Free document shredding by Miracle Shred. Aug. 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Little House, Menlo Park, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-3445-200. www.smdailyjournal.com
Palo Alto Festival of the Arts This year's 30th annual event is hosted by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce. Art, vendors, entertainment and more. Aug. 27-28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, University Avenue, Palo Alto. Call 650-324-3121. www.mlaproductions.com