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Authors & Talks
James Franco discusses "Actors Anonymous." Oct. 27, 2 p.m. $20. Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-324-4321
Simon Winchester discusses "The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible." Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
'Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink' Katrina Alcorn discusses memoir. Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Anne Firth Murray, discusses "From Outrage to Courage: The Unjust and Unhealthy Situation of Women in Poorer Countries and What They Are Doing about It." Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Avi Tuschman, discusses "Our Political Nature: The Evolutionary Origins of What Divides Us" Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Docent Lecture explores David Hockney artwork, on display at de Young Museum in San Francisco. Oct. 26, 2-3 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.smcl.org
Sharon Meers & Joanna Strober, discuss their book, "Getting to 50/50: How Working Parents Can Have It All: The Road Map to a Great Career, a Good Marriage and a Happy Family." Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
'In the Spirit of Hope' Italian tenor Pasquale Esposito performs opera arias, Neapolitan songs, original compositions. Oct. 27, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $35. Nativity Church, 210 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Call 408-528-6308.
Master Sinfonia Concert Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m. $15-$25. Free for youth under 18. St. Bede's Episcopal Church , 2650 Sand Hill Road , Menlo Park. www.mastersinfonia.org/season.aspx?c=Concert1
Kids & Families
Halloween 'Bark For Life' Walk Celebrate Halloween by trick-or-treating through Holbrook-Palmer Park. Oct. 26, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free (donations accepted). Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave., Atherton.
'Surfing Magician' Doug Hofkins entertains with comedy-magic show for ages 4 and up. Oct. 21, 4-5 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 328-2422.
Origami for Children Menlo School students teach children how to make origami Jack-o-lanterns. Ages 3 and up. Oct. 23, 3:30-4 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 328-2422.
Redwood Symphony performs Dr. Seuss's "The Sneetches," a life lesson on thwarting prejudice and bullying. Oct. 26, 3-5 p.m. $10-$25. Canada College Main Theatre, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside. redwoodsymphony.org
The Pop Ups in Concert Atherton Library hosts children's musical group. Oct. 20, 3-3:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org
'Cyberbullying' "Submit the Documentary: The Virtual Reality of Cyberbullying" will screen at Sacred Heart Prep in Atherton as part of the United Nations Film Festival. Panel discusses topic. Oct. 21, 4-6 p.m. $10; Free for seniors and students. 150 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
'En Plein Air' Painting in the Garden Maxine Pottier is teacher. Ages 12+. Registration required. Oct. 19, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Sound Immersion Experience Sound therapist Danny Goldberg guides participants into meditation through sounds and vibrations of singing bowls, gongs, chimes. Bring yoga mat. Oct. 25, 7-8 p.m. Free. Independence Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.smcl.org
Luau at Little House Live traditional Hawaiian dancing, music and dinner. Oct. 17. Dinner is 5-7 p.m.; dance is 7-9 p.m. $15. Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park . www.penvol.org/littlehouse/culture.cfm