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Alternative Gift Market at Trinity Church in Menlo Park on Sunday, Dec. 9. Free and open to the public, features 17 nonprofit organizations. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Trinity Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-854-4360.
Pet Adoption Event and Fundraiser For small donation, dog owners receive portrait of their pets. Funds go for emergency vet care. Dec. 8, 1-3 p.m. $15 donation ($20 at door). Bow Wow Meow, 654 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. coppersdream.org
Nativity School Christmas Tree Lot through Dec. 15, Nativity School, 210 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. www.nativitytrees.com
Menlo Park Chorus Holiday Concert Dec. 7, 7:30-9 p.m. $15 general, $12 seniors/students, free, children under 12. Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park. Call 510-504-4784.
Peninsula Women's Chorus "Star of Wonder" concert Dec. 16, 4 p.m. $30 general, $35 premium, $10 for 18 and under. St. Patrick's Seminary, 320 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park. www.pwchorus.org
'Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore ' Author Robin Sloan on a tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, the secret to eternal life, mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore. Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com
'Will Puberty Last My Whole Life?' Julie Metzger, R.N., and Robert Lehman. M.D., discuss the book, "Will Puberty Last My Whole Life?: Real Answers to Real Questions from Preteens About Body Changes, Sex, and Other Growing-Up Stuff." Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. free Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 324-4321.