Polo For Lyme Benefit The benefit will feature polo, champagne a luncheon, auctions, wine and live performances by Pride & Joy and violinist Carlos Reyes. Emceed by CeCe Sammy and Don Bleu, there will also be polo traditions such as the divot stomp and hat parade and competition. Oct. 13, Noon-5 p.m. $125. Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane, Atherton. Call 415-221-2875. www.bayarealyme.org/polo
The Collage Centennial This exhibit features collages by 11 artists. There will be an opening reception on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 5-7 p.m. The exhibit runs Oct. 1-Dec. 13, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Menlo College Administration Building, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton. Call 650-543-3901. www.menlo.edu
'Influential Families of San Francisco & the Peninsula' Michael Svanevik will talk about the Peninsula's history and those who created it. The class will combine stories of San Francisco with talks about the Peninsula and Santa Clara Valley. Wednesdays, Sept. 4-Oct. 30, 1:30-3:30 p.m. $50. Little House Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext. 222. www.penvol.org/littlehouse/contact.cfm
Autism Spectrum Disorders Parent Education Program The Stanford Autism Center at Packard Children's Hospital is offering a half-day parent/caregiver conference designed to provide information about reducing problem behaviors and building positive skills in the home setting. The program will be divided into two groups depending on children's age. Oct. 5, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $30 per person. Stanford University/Child Psychiatry Building, 401 Quarry Road, Stanford. Call 650-721-6327. www.childpsychiatry.stanford.edu
Google Drive Learn about this free, web-based office suite that includes online data storage and real-time collaboration. Create, edit and share documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms and drawings. Oct. 5, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.smcl.org/
Yoga on the Labyrinth Bring a yoga mat and practice in the labyrinth of Stanford Memorial Church. Oct. 3, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. www.events.stanford.edu/events/390/39063
Gamble Garden Community Day This event features children's activities, a plant sale, food, horticultural resources and more. Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Call 650-329-1356 ext. 201. www.gamblegarden.org
Portola Valley Farmers' Market The farmers' market at Portola Valley Town Center will feature organic fruits and vegetables, local grass-fed beef, free range eggs, fair trade coffee, wild and local seafood, local honey, organic olive oil, mushrooms, gluten free baked goods, nut butters, artisan cheeses, chocolates and music. Thursdays, through Dec. 19, 3-7 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Farmers' Market, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. www.portolavalleyfarmersmarket.com
Sudden Oak Death (SOD) Events There will be a live webcast throughout the state of the 2013 "Sudden Oak Death Blitz" results, with a satellite location in Portola Valley. SOD-blitzes hope to inform and educate the community about Sudden Oak Death, get people involved in detecting the disease and produce detailed local maps of disease distribution. Questions will be received from all satellite locations statewide. Oct. 3, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Town Hall Conference Room, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. www.nature.berkeley.edu/garbelotto/english/index.php
Sudden Oak Death Treatment/Mitigation This event will focus on the biology of Sudden Oak Death (SOD) and what to do to control SOD. Changes in recommended treatments will be presented as well as instructions on the use of a new mobile app, SODMAP, and using a GPS to assist in permanently monitoring trees. Oct. 5, 1-2:15 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Town Hall Conference Room, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. www.nature.berkeley.edu/garbelotto/english/index.php
The Mountain Goat Farmers' Market This farmers' market features organic fruits and vegetables, wild and local seafood,grass fed beef, pasture raised chicken and pork, free range eggs, jam, local honey, freshly baked focaccia, fresh goat cheese, fair trade coffee, goat's milk chocolates, nuts and nut butters, gluten-free baked goods and music. It will be held in front of the Skywood Trading Post. Through Dec. 18: Wednesdays, 3-7 p.m. Free. The Mountain Goat Farmers' Market, 17285 Skyline Blvd., Woodside. www.mountaingoatfarmersmarket.com
Woodside Farmers' Market New farmers' market at Woodside Elementary will feature organic fruits and vegetables, wild and local seafood, local grass-fed beef, pasture raised chicken and pork, free range eggs, jams, local honey, freshly baked breads, fair trade coffee, chocolates, nuts and nut butters, gluten-free baked goods, cheesecake and music. The market runs Sundays through October, Noon-4 p.m. Free. Woodside Farmers' Market, 3195 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.woodsidefarmersmarket.com
St. Lawrence String Quartet Concert for the Community Each fall the St. Lawrence String Quartet offers this free concert for students in grades 3-12. Families and teachers are welcome to attend. Sponsored by the Friends of Music. Oct. 2, 4:30 p.m. Free. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. www.music.stanford.edu/Events/calendar.html
Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert Stanford Live and Music at Stanford team up to present this annual tribute concert honoring the life and memory of the slain Wall Street Journal reporter, musician and Stanford graduate Daniel Pearl. Oct. 9, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Call 650-724-2464. www.live.stanford.edu/event.php?code=HARM
Family and Kids
'Woodside Day of the Horse - Riding Around the World!' This horse fair will have a petting zoo, pony rides, riding info and the Wells Fargo Stagecoach. Trail ride for $40. Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Woodside Town Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.whoa94062.org/index.php/day-of-the-horse
St. Raymond Pumpkin Festival This festival will include pony rides, a climbing wall, pumpkins, bungee trampoline, face painting, games, bounce houses, food and more. Fri., Oct. 11 from 3:30-7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. St. Raymond School, 1100 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-248-7677.
Family Movie: 'Koran By Heart' This movie is about a global contest reading of the Quran by young Muslim children that takes place in Cairo, Egypt annually during Ramadan. Oct. 5, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.smcl.org
National Geographic Live Speaker Series This speaker series will be "Tim Laman and Ed Scholes: Birds of Paradise." Laman will share the challenges, discoveries and adventures of being a wildlife photojournalist. Presented by Kepler's and the Fox Theater. Oct. 8, 7 p.m. $37 Fox Theatre - Redwood City, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/national-geographic-live-speaker-series-birds-paradise
'Serious Mental Illness: How Can We Promote Public Health and Public Safety?' The Stanford Health Policy Forum is hosting a dialogue concerning what the health care system and the general public can do to promote the well-being of families who are facing mental illness. Oct. 10, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Li Ka Shing Center for Knowlegde and Learning, 291 Campus Drive, Stanford. www.healthpolicyforum.stanford.edu
Tai Chi There will be a series of Tai Chi classes in the Woodside Library Native Plant Garden (weather permitting). Instructor Ben Dineen leads this 60-minute class, which is open to all ability levels. Oct. 4-25, Fridays, 10-11 a.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.smcl.org
West Bay Opera's "Tosca" Puccini's "Tosca" is being staged Oct. 11-20 at Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Tickets $40-$75. Group discounts available. Box office: 650-424-9999. Online tickets at WBOpera.org.
'Ride for Ravenswood 2013' The Ravenswood Family Health Center's annual ride for Ravenswood, sponsored by Wells Fargo, helps support the local community health center. Oct. 6, 7 p.m. Free. 210 Park Lane, Atherton. www.ravenswoodfhc.org/index.php/get_involved/events
Woodside International Horse Trials The Woodside International Horse Trials take place annually at the Woodside Horse Park. Watch equestrians compete in Dressage, Cross Country Jumping and Stadium Jumping. There will also be a trade fair and food. Oct. 4-6, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Woodside Horse Park, 3674 Sand Hill Road, Woodside. Call 951-303-0405. www.woodsideeventing.com
Lectures & Talks
'An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist' Author Richard Dawkins has been active in manys debates surrounding creationism, intelligent design and religion. His new book is a memoir covering his early life in colonial Kenya, studies at Oxford University and the creation of his books and philosophy. Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. $20. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/470761
'Silicon Valley: The History in Pictures' Mary Wadden discusses and signs her new book, which traces the evolution of Santa Clara Valley from the days of the Gold Rush through modern day. Filled with more than 400 high-resolution photographs. Oct. 6, 1 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/mary-wadden
Author: Katy Butler In "Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death," Katy Butler explores what happens when a fear of death collides with the technological imperatives of modern medicine. Her thesis is that advanced medicine, in its single-minded pursuit of maximum longevity, often creates more suffering than it prevents. Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/katy-butler
Jennifer duBois: 'Cartwheel' Jennifer duBois will discuss and sign her new book, "Cartwheel." The novel is about an American foreign exchange student arrested for murder and a father trying to hold his family together. Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/jennifer-dubois-0
Kepler's Young Adult Event The following authors will discuss and sign their new books: Kami Garcia ("Unbreakable"), Ransom Riggs ("Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children"), Tahereh Mafi ("Unravel Me," sequel to "Shatter Me"), Josephine Angelini "Goddess") and Marie Lu ("Prodigy"). Oct. 4, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com
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