'Is Church Obsolete?' Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park conversation exploring relevance of church. Nov. 6, 7-8 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church , 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. Call 854-5897. www.facebook.com/LifetreeCafeMP
Woodside Nursery School marks 40th anniversary with day of activities, food. Nov. 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Woodside Parents' Nursery School, 3154 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 208-7064.
Medicare Workshop Counselors help participants find a plan. Nov. 7, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.smcl.org
Authors & Talks
'Creative Confidence' IDEO founder David Kelley and brother Tom discuss their book. Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.
Author Bill Fernandez discusses memoir on childhood in Kapa'a Kaua'i during World War II. Nov. 16, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call 330-2512. www.menloparklibrary.org
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins discusses new book of poetry. Nov. 9, 7 p.m. $20. Kepler's Books, Menlo Park. Call 324-4321. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/462033
Chef David Kinch of Manresa Restaurant in Los Gatos discusses new cookbook. Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, Menlo Park. Call 324-4321.
'The First Phone Call from Heaven' Mitch Albom, author of "Tuesdays with Morrie," discusses new book. Nov. 20, 7 p.m. $20. Menlo-Atherton Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 324-4321. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/461887
Book: 'Uncommon Thread' Mary Ella Gabler, founder of fine linens brand Peacock Alley, discusses her book. Nov. 6, 4-6 p.m. Free. The Picket Fence, 883 Santa Cruz Ave., Suite 4, Menlo Park. www.peacockalley.com
Korean Art Docent Lecture explores significance of celebrations during Korea's Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Nov. 16, 2-3 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.smcl.org
Francine Segan, author of cookbook "Pasta Modern," talks about regional dishes and what's cutting edge in Italy. Nov. 6, 6:30-9 p.m. $55. Draeger's Cooking School, 1010 University Drive, Menlo Park. Call 931-5457. www.draegerscookingschool.com
Astrobiologist David Morrison discusses "Chelyabinsk Meteor: Can We Survive a Bigger Impact?" Nov. 6, 7-8:30 p.m. Admission free; parking $3. Foothill College Smithwick Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Kids & Family
'History's Harvest' Children participate in activities related to old-time farming. Nov. 9, 1-4 p.m. $5 for adults; $3 for students and seniors. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.historysmc.org
Lego Club provides Legos for kids ages 0-9. Register by calling or emailing library. Nov. 9, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 851-0560. www.smcl.org
'The Importance of Being Earnest' Grab Bag Theater, a student-run company, presents Oscar Wilde's classic comedy. Nov. 14-15, 7-9:30 p.m.; Nov. 16, 1 p.m. $5-$10. Veteran's Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City. www.grabbagtheater.com
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