Around Town: First annual PortFest in Redwood CityA pancake breakfast at the Sequoia Yacht Club from 8 to 10 a.m. will kick off Redwood City's first annual PortFest on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Port of Redwood City Marina. Admission, entertainment and parking are free. Food and beverages will be for sale.
The attractions will include harbor tours aboard the Marine Science Institute vessel Robert G. Brownlee, sailboat rides, dockside tours of a new high-speed ferry, an Octoberfest beer garden, arts and crafts vendors, musical groups, including high school marching bands, and historical presentations. Children's activities will include an interactive logging exhibit by the Woodside Store.
The Redwood City Planning Commission has challenged the City Council to a race in eight-man rowing shells.
Music@Menlo will open its inaugural winter series with a performance by the Emerson String Quartet at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Performing Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton High School.
The nine-time Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet will present a program to include works by Felix Mendelssohn, Anton Webern, Claude Debussy, and Antonin Dvorak.
Tickets are $45 to $55 for adults and $20 to $25 for students.
Go to musicatmenlo.org or call 331-0202 for more information.
Autumn at Filoli
Families are welcome at the annual "Autumn at Filoli" festival to be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at the historic Woodside estate.
Activities will include live music, docent-led nature hikes, "Happy Birds" shows, puppet and magic shows, face painting, and a supervised area of outdoor games and activities for children.
There will be fruit tastings of rare pears, apples and grapes from Filoli's orchard. Docent-led tours of the orchard, which contains more than 650 varieties of heirloom fruit, will continue throughout the day.
Go to filoli.org for more information and online ticket purchase, or call 364-8300, ext. 508, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.
Author Michael Chabon will discuss his book, "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center, 600 N. Delaware St. in San Mateo.
The free event is part of the Peninsula Library System's fifth annual "One Book, One Community" event, which calls attention to books and reading. There will be free events throughout libraries in San Mateo County during October.
The program at the Woodside Library Book Club will be from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 5, The library is at 3140 Woodside Road in Woodside. For information, call 851-0147.
Former Congressman Pete McCloskey speaks about his lifetime achievements as a champion of the environment at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at Carrington Performing Arts Center at Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Ave. in Redwood City. Admission is free. RSVP by Sept. 29.
Go to lomaprieta.sierraclub.org or call 390-8494 for more information.
Arts & Olives
The 13th annual Arts & Olive Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at Canada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd. in Woodside. Go to olivefest.org or call 306-3460 for more information.
A 45-minute informative family program on bees will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at the Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road. The free program includes puppets and two-frame observation hives with live bees. Call 851-0560 for more information.
Words and numbers
Penny Noyce discusses her new young-adult book, "Lexicon: An Adventure in Words and Numbers," at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at Kepler's bookstore, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.