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The 91st Annual Woodside May Day Parade and Carnival is sponsored by the Woodside School PTA. Check-in for the parade begins at 9 a.m. at Woodside School. The parade is led by the grand marshal and followed by the kindergarten royal court. May 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Woodside Elementary School, 3195 Woodside Road , Woodside.
'Kite Day' The city of Menlo Park Community Services Department will be hosting its annual Kite Day. For $6, participants will receive a kite, hot dog, drink and chips or an apple. All ages are welcome. May 4, 12-3 p.m. Free to attend, $6 for kite deal. Bedwell-Bayfront Park, Marsh Road at Bayfront Expressway, Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2200.
Menlo-Atherton Big Bear Run Professionally timed 5k course with track finish. Awards for all age groups. Children welcome. No dogs or bikes. Register at www.m-aboosters.org. May 5, 9 a.m. Online reg. $18-$28. M-A High, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-207-8869.
'Recent Human Evolution As Revealed by Neanderthals' Advances in DNA sequencing have made possible learning the complete genome sequence of Neanderthals. Dr. Ed Green of UCSC will discuss contrasting their genome with humans' to discover what evolutionary changes have happened in humans' recent past. Parking directions: Parking directions: http://bit.ly/U1dido. June 11, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. SRI International, International Building, Menlo Park.
'The Art of the Novel': Novelists Discuss Writing and Selling David Henry Sterry, Alice LaPlante, and Sherril Jaffe discuss how to write and sell a novel. At the end of the presentation, three writers will be randomly chosen to get 90 seconds to present their pitch/query, which the panelists will then critique. May 5, 2 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com
Jill McCorkle: 'Life After Life' "Life After Life" is about the capacity for self-discovery at any age. May 8, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
John J. Geoghegan discusses his new book, "Operation Storm: Japan's Top Secret Submarines and Its Plan to Change the Course of World War II." May 2, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lee Smolin will discuss his new book, "Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe." May 10, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Mary Roach: 'GULP: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal' Kepler's hosts Mary Roach to talk about her new book. Wine and cheese will also be served. May 6, 7:30 p.m. $10. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.
Author Aimee Molloy tells the story of Molly Melching, an American woman whose experience as an exchange student in Senegal led her to found international nonprofit Tostan and dedicate almost four decades of her life to the girls and women of Africa. Melching will discuss Molloy's book, written about her, "However Long the Night." May 7, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/molly-melching
'Master Sinfonia' Chamber Orchestra Concert David Ramadanoff and MSCO perform Weber's "Overture to Der Freischutz," Bruch's "Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor," with Florin Parvulescu, soloist, and Schumann's Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, "Rhenish." Reception after the concert. May 4, 8 p.m. $16-$20; Youth under 18 are free. Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley. www.mastersinfonia.org
'Media, Technology and Early Childhood' Talk by Holly Pederson on how television, videos, computers and smart phones may affect young children. May 2, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org
Mercado Global will host a benefit to celebrate its "Educate to Empower Campaign," which is helping indigenous Guatemalan women earn an income and send their children to school. RSVP online or via email. May 2, 6-8 p.m. Free. Allied Arts Center, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. www.mercadoglobal.org
Esther Baran Artwork gallery hosts a spring art show, where attendees can purchase watercolors, color etchings, cards, calendars and jewelry. Proceeds benefit the Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness. Visit with the artist 1-3 p.m. May 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Esther Baran Artwork, Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-752-6768.