Talks & Authors
'Relocation: A Constitutional Mistake of Historic Proportions' San Mateo County History Museum hosts Foster City Councilman Steve Okamoto, who will discuss the forced removal of Japanese from the Pacific Coast during World War II. Feb. 15, 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
Alex 'Sandy' Pentland discusses his new book, "Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread: The Lessons from a New Science." Pentland is a professor at MIT. Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 6503244321. Author Barry Eisler discusses his new book, "Graveyard of Memories: A John Rain Novel." Feb. 14, 7 p.m. Free. Four Seasons Silicon Valley, 2050 University Ave., East Palo Alto. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/barry-eisler-1
Cafe Scientifique Silicon Valley at SRI Giacomo Bernardi, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at University of California Santa Cruz, gives talk on "Genomic Consequences of Climate Change: A Fish's Perspective," Feb. 11, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. SRI International - International Building, 333 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-859-2198. www.sri.com/newsroom/events/cafe-scientifique-giacomo-bernardi
Jennifer Senior, author of "All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood," explores the ways children reshape their parents' lives. Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lifetree Cafe hosts hour-long conversation on Wednesday, Feb. 5, exploring and considering the trends that will affect how we live in the future. 7-8 p.m. Free Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. Call 6508545897. www.facebook.com/LifetreeCafeMP
San Mateo County History Museum participates in Redwood City's Asian Lunar New Year celebration. Children's crafts include making traditional New Year's red envelopes and paper lanterns. Feb. 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.historysmc.org
Kids and Families
Library Art Grueneberger of the Puppet Art Theater Company will present a show for dads, kids and family members. 11 a.m.-noon. Free Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org
Lunar New Year Celebration Lion Dancers, Red Panda Acrobats, martial arts, kids arts & crafts, food, inflatable playland & more. Feb. 8. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St. , Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/lunarnewyear.html
Red Panda Acrobats In honor of Chinese New Year, Wayne Huey will perform Chinese acrobatics with traditional Chinese music on Wednesday, Feb. 5. 4-5 p.m. Free Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org
Tony Abbott, author of the "Secrets of Droon" series, is back with a new middle-grade series, "The Copernicus Legacy." Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/youth-event-tony-abbott
'Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West' "Watershed" explores future of Colorado River in era of rising population and climate change. Screening followed by Q&A session with producer, James Redford. Sponsored by the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford. Feb. 10, 7-9 p.m. Free. Stanford University, Clark Center Auditorium, 318 Campus Drive, Stanford. www.west.stanford.edu/events/watershed-exploring-new-water-ethic-new-west
West Bay Opera performs Donizetti's musical comedy, "L'elisir d'amore" ("The Elixir of Love"), about a country bumpkin getting the girl he loves with the help of an Italian-style snake oil salesman. Feb. 14, 16, 22 and 23. Sunday performances are at 2 p.m. 8-11 p.m. $40-75. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-424-9999. www.wbopera.org
Menlo School performs "Our Town" Tickets available by emailing email@example.com or at Menlo School bookstore. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6-8, 2 p.m. Feb. 9. Adults $8, students $5. Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. Call 650-594-1823.
Spartan Race comes to Menlo Park Spartan Race and the Boot Camp coaches of Menlo Swim and Sport lead rigorous free community workout on Sunday, Feb. 16, at Burgess Park. Participants receive Spartan Race T-shirt and raffle prizes include Spartan Race entries and merchandise. Special kids race, too. 9-11 a.m. Free Burgess Park, 501 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call (650) 330-2232. www.menloswim.com
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