Connoisseurs' Marketplace summer festival features live music, food, art and crafts, chefs' demos, wine, champagne, microbrews and margaritas, health and wellness displays, green products, a collector car show and a Kidzone. July 20-21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Downtown Menlo Park on Santa Cruz Avenue. Call 650-325-2818. www.miramarevents.com/alacarte
Menlo Park Summer Concert Series The Cocktail Monkeys will perform pop and disco music as part of the 2013 Menlo Park Summer Concert Series in the park. Audience members are encouraged to bring a picnic basket and blanket for the outdoor performance. July 17, 6:30-8 p.m. Fremont Park, University & Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2220. www.menlopark.eventbrite.com
The Royal House of Windsor Little House hosts Michael Svanevik to talk about modern England: George V and Mary, Edward VIII and Wallis, George VI and Elizabeth, Queen Elizabeth I and Philip. Wednesdays through July 31, 1:30-3:30 p.m. $50. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext. 222. www.penvol.org/littlehouse/
'California Apricots: The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley' Author Robin Chapman. July 30, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.
Ivy Pochoda discusses her new novel, "Visitation Street," a literary mystery set against the backdrop of the New York waterfront in Red Hook. July 24, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Katie Hafner in conversation with Abraham Verghese about her memoir, "Mother, Daughter, Me." Ms. Hafner was on staff at the New York Times for 10 years. July 25, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Nina Schuyler discusses "The Translator." When translator Hanne Schubert falls down a flight of stairs, she suffers from an unusual but real condition: the loss of her native language. July 18, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Youth Event L. Tam Holland discusses her debut novel, "The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong." A boy has a Chinese-born father and Texas-bred mother who are tight-lipped about his ancestry, so he has to make up his family history for a school assignment. July 23, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Family and Kids
'Families Interested In Private Schools' NextStep hosts an event to help reduce the stress surrounding the competitive private school search and application process. July 18, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Menlo College , 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton. Call 330-646-8260.
'Paws for Tales' On the fourth Saturday of each month, children ages 5 and up can sign up to read to a trained service dog. Help improve reading skills and build reading confidence. May 25-October 26, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422.
'Reading Is So Delicious' Woodside Library hosts a reading and snack event with stories and strawberry shortcake with soft ice cream made in a "push the ball around" activity. Sign-up required. Ages 5 to 10; parents welcome to attend with child. July 23, 3-3:45 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Fratello Marionettes Present 'Aladdin' All ages welcome. July 17, 10-11 a.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Bonnie Lockhart performs a sing-along, move-along family concert to celebrate the library's "Reading Is Delicious" program. July 25, 10-11 a.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Summer Reading Program Children, teens and adults can participate in the Summer Reading Program at the Atherton Library. The theme is "Reading is Soooo Delicious!" Read and participate in raffle drawings. The program is during library hours. June 1-August 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422.
Uncle Jer's Bee Show will answer questions about bees, with an informative program including puppets and two-frame observation hives with live bees. Ages 5 and up. July 22, 6-7 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Benefit Concert with Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris & Jackson Browne A benefit concert with Joan Baez, Jackson Browne and Emmylou Harris will support the Downtown Streets Team, a nonprofit organization that works to end homelessness. Tickets are available online. July 27, 7-9:30 p.m. Tickets range from $65-$250. San Jose Civic, 135 San Carlos St., San Jose. Call 650-305-1174. www.streetsteam.org
Menlo Park Summer Concert Series The Hot Rods will perform rock-n-roll music as part of the 2013 Menlo Park Summer Concert Series in the park. Audience members are encouraged to bring a picnic basket and blanket for the outdoor performance. July 24, 6:30-8 p.m. Fremont Park, University & Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2220. www.menlopark.eventbrite.com
'Four Week Baby Boomer Blast' LuAnne Kalman shares her weights, balls, tubing, cones, gliders, etc., for a class that helps women stay healthy and vital as they approach and continue through their menopausal years. Tuesday and Thursdays, July 30-Aug. 22, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. $125 for residents. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-1700 ext. 200. www.portolavalley.net/index.aspx?page=435
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