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Kepler's: Phil Lapsley discusses his book: "Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws Who Hacked Ma Bell." The author traces the birth of long-distance communication and the telephone, the rise of AT&T's monopoly, the creation of the sophisticated machines that made it all work, and the discovery of Ma Bell's Achilles' heel. Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.
Keplers: Physicist Leonard Susskind will discuss his new book: "The Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics." Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.
Kids & Families
Dad & Me at the Library Puppet Art Theater Co. presents "Dad and Me at the Library." Kids of all ages can bring friends and family. Feb. 16, 11 a.m.-noon. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 851-0560.
Seed Papermaking Workshop Linda Janklow leads workshop. Attendees tear paper, blend pulp, and pull their own sheet of paper. Add seeds to it, and plant it in a garden. Register by phone. Feb. 13, 4-5 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 851-0560.
Menlo Art League's Paint Along Demonstration by artist David Savellano, who works primarily en plein air and is known for Bay Area urban paintings. Bring watercolor paper, paint and permanent black pen. Feb. 13, 10 a.m.-noon. Arillaga Recreation Center, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call 650-906-2045. www.menloartleague.net
American songs of Faith The choir of St Bede's Episcopal Church, co-directed by Jane McDougle and Marsha Genensky, will sing a concert of music from across three centuries, including folk hymns, revival and gospel songs. Feb. 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m. St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-854-6555. www.stbedesmenlopark.org