Woodside Day of the Horse Woodside Day of the Horse, a horse fair, will be Mardi Gras-themed this year. Oct. 8, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Fair is free. Trail ride is $35. Woodside Town Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.whoa94062.org/index.php/day-of-the-horse
Woodside International Horse Trials Equestrians compete in Dressage, Cross Country Jumping and Stadium Jumping. Refreshments, trade fair. Oct. 7-9, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. The Horsepark at Woodside, 3674 Sand Hill Road , Woodside. Call 951-303-0405. www.horsepark.org
'Celebrating the Fine Arts in Portola Valley' A sample of the work of nine Portola Valley artists will be on display at the Kriewall-Haehl Gallery at Woodside Priory. Through Nov. 4, 3-6 p.m. Free. -Haehl Gallery at Woodside Priory, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-218-8563.
'October Month Of Italian Style' Valentina Interiors and Designs has organized a wine-tasting event with a talk on: "Italian Table Etiquette" at Beltramo's Wines & Spirits. Wine tasting with a wine professional featuring Italian wines from various regions. Oct. 6, 6-8 p.m. $30. Beltramo's Wine Shop, 1540 El Camino Real, Menlo Park . Call 650-346-6349. www.Valentinadesigns.com
Spring Down Horse Show Classes include a costume class as well as advanced hunter/jumper classes. Oct. 9, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free to public. $15/per class. Spring Down Equestrian Center, 725 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-1114. www.springdown.com
Town Hall with Senator Simitian State Senator Joe Simitian holds a town hall meeting to discuss the state government issues that affect the community. Oct. 13, 6-7:30 p.m. Redwood City Council Chambers, 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City. Call 650-688-6384.
'Fifth of July' Lanford Wilson's comedy about a disabled vet, his extended family, and a fight over a home runs Thursdays-Saturdays through Oct. 9, 8-10 p.m. $15 - $25. Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Mountain View. Call 650-254-1148. www.thepear.org
'Sister Cities' Carolina, Baltimore, Dallas, Austin. These four sisters are from different fathers, different corners of the country, and different perspectives, and they must reunite after their mother's abrupt death. Through Oct. 23, 2 p.m. $25 - $16. Dragon Theatre, 535 Alma St., Palo Alto. Call 650-493-2006.
Gwendolyn Meyer will discuss her new book, "Oyster Culture," a look at the rich intersection between oyster farming and culinary culture in Northern California, which has remained relatively pristine due to conservation measures and agricultural land trusts. Oct. 13, 6-7:30 p.m. Stanford Bookstore, 519 Lasuen Mall, Stanford. Call 650-329 -1217. www.stanfordbookstore.com
Poet Mary Oliver will read as part of the Lane Lecture Series. Oct. 10, 8 p.m. Free. Cemex Auditorium, Zambrano Hall, 641 Knight Way, Stanford.
William B. Gould will discuss his book, "Bargaining with Baseball." He is an emeritus professor at Stanford Law School and served as chairman of the National Labor Relations Board. Oct. 5, 6-7:30 p.m. Stanford Bookstore, 519 Lasuen Mall, Stanford. Call 650-329 - 1217.
'Rodin and America' An exhibit on sculptor Auguste Rodin's influence on American artists. Through Jan. 1, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
The New Contemporary Gallery European and American art in diverse media from recent decades is on display in the contemporary collection. Exhibits ongoing. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
'Citizen Bird' Solo exhibit of Atherton photographer Ed Canty's images of birds, from Bay Area, northern California and Far East locales. Exhibit runs through Oct. 5 during restaurant's open hours (see website). noon-9:30 p.m. Free. Garden Fresh Restaurant, 460 Ramona St., Palo Alto. Call 650-493-0967. www.gardenfresh.us
'Learn to Facebook & Twitter at PV Library' Learn about these popular social networking sites, including how to create an account, find helpful applications, and stay safe. Previous computer basics and word processing or equivalent suggested. Oct. 7, 5-6 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. email@example.com
Emotional Intelligence Conference The "Living EQ" conference shows how educators, business people and other professionals can boost emotional intelligence (EQ). Oct. 6-7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $150. Synapse School, 3375 Edison Way, Menlo Park. Call 831-763-1800.
Herbs and Greens Learn to plant and grow herbs and greens. Oct. 8, 10:30-1 p.m. $45. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-493-6072. herbsandgreens.eventbrite.com/
Atherton Book Club Group meets on the second Tuesday of each month to discuss a book and share potluck food. Several copies of each book are available for check out. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org/en/node/3696
Blackberry REACT is an emergency-preparedness meeting for radio operators. Group meets first Wednesday of the month. 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Blackberry REACT Meetings, 1467 Chilco St., Menlo Park. Call 650-336-8227. www.blackberryreact.org
Knitting Group Knitting group meets second and fourth Saturday of each month. Bring own supplies. 2-4 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. www.smcl.org/en/node/522
The West Bay Model Railroad Association holds monthly open houses the fourth Wednesday of every month. The club is 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
Portola Valley Library Non-Fiction Book Club meets on the third Thursday of the month. 1-2:30 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560.
'Harmony for Humanity: Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert' As a prelude to the official season opener, Lively Arts and Music at Stanford co-present the annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert, a tribute honoring the life and memory of the slain Wall Street Journal reporter, musician and Stanford graduate Daniel Pearl. Oct. 6, 8-9:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Call 650-725-ARTS.
Divisa Ensemble in Concert Chamber music with the five instrumentalists of Divisa Ensemble: from Beethoven to Nancy Bloomer Deussen. Oct. 9, 4-6 p.m. In advance: $20/$16 seniors/$5 student. At door: $25/$21/$5. St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-854-6555.
Kids & Families
Autism Parent Support Group Sponsored by the Stanford Autism Center at Packard Children's Hospital. Thursdays through Dec. 8, 7-9 p.m. Free. Stanford University, 401 Quarry Road, Stanford. Call 650-721-6327. childspychiatry.stanford.edu
Babies & Books Storytime at PV Library Rhymes, songs, lap play and short stories for the very young. Mondays, 11-11:15 a.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org/en/content/portola-valley
Insects and Spiders The exhibit "Buzzzz" at the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo explores the world of insects and spiders. Museum hours: Tue.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. www.friendsjmz.org
Paws for Tales Pet Assisted Therapy teams from the SPCA's Paws for Tales program will visit the library so that children can read to a friendly dog. A signed release form is required each time a child reads. Sign up in advance by contacting the library. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-noon. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org/en/content/portola-valley
Preschool Storytime Songs, stories and activities for kids ages 3-5. Mondays, 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org
Rock Painting at PV Library In honor of the One Book One Community Space theme, the library will be hosting a Children's Program where patrons ages 3 and up can paint rocks into the image of their favorite Star Wars character. Oct. 5, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org/en/content/portola-valley
Historic Folger Stable Visitors can view the historically restored Folger Stable and miles of woodland trails. View historic displays and video in the carriage room. Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Free. Wunderlich Park, 4040 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-2660.
Intro to Badminton Open house for the public to experience badminton, with classes, coaches and more. Oct. 8, noon-3 p.m. Free. Royal Badminton Academy, 190 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park. Call 650-838-9318.
Social Ballroom Dancing Friday Night Dance at the Cubberley Community Center Pavilion. Oct. 7 lessons at 8 p.m. are beginning Rumba and Bolero, followed by dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. No experience or partner necessary; dressy casual attire is preferred. A $9 cover includes refreshments. Cubberley Community Center Pavilion, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-395-8847. readybyte.com/fridaynightdance
'One from the Heart' Awards Breakfast Television journalist and producer Joel Buchwald, son of Art Buchwald, will be this year's featured speaker at this annual breakfast which benefits Pathways Hospice. Oct. 6, 7:30-9:30 a.m. $90. Crowne Plaza Cabana, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Call 408-730-1200.
Mary Roach with Beth Lisick "One Book, One Community San Mateo County Reads" presents the 2011 Gala Event: author Mary Roach in conversation with local writer Beth Lisick. Oct. 13, 7 p.m. Free. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City. Call 650-780-7018. www.onebookreads.com
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