Audition for Silicon Valley Boychoir Silicon Valley Boychoir will be holding auditions for the January semester. By appointment only and open to second- through fifth-grade boys. High school and middle school boys with choral experience may audition for upper levels. Jan. 12, 4 p.m. Free audition. Semester tuition. First Lutheran Church, 600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. svboychoir.org
Festivals & Fairs
Portola Valley Farmers' Market This weekly farmers market offers farm produce, berries, local eggs, honey, flowers, nuts and nut butters, jams, artisan breads and pastries, fresh seafood and farm meats, and ready-to-eat hot foods. Thursdays year-round, 2-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. pvfarmersmarket.com
Talks & Lectures
Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner Authors Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner will discuss their new book, "Unearthed," a story that follows a scholar and a scavenger who are dispatched to the planet of a now-extinct alien race. Jan. 10, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. keplers.com
Author Cara Black The Menlo Park Library will host an author event with Cara Black, New York Times bestselling writer of the private investigator Aimee Leduc series. Jan. 17, 7 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org/library
Beverly Tatum with Julie Lythcott-Haims Beverley Tatum discusses her book, "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?," which is about the psychology of racism in the U.S., with author Julie Lythtcott-Haims. Jan. 11, 7:30-9 p.m. Free, RSVPs requested. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. keplers.com
Basic Income and Racial Justice Dorian T. Warren and Mia Birdsong will discuss issues of racial and economic justice. Warren is a scholar, organizer and media personality who has previously taught at the University of Chicago and Columbia University, while Birdsong advocates for the strengthening of communities and the self-determination of low-income people. Jan. 16, 5:30-7 p.m. Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford. ethicsinsociety.stanford.edu/events
Intensive Literary Seminar Series - Toni Morrison's Beloved This seminar taught by author and former adjunct UC Berkeley Professor Kimberly Ford will explore "Beloved" by Nobel Prize-winning writer Toni Morrison. Jan. 8, 18 and 31, 7-8:30 p.m. $38, one seminar, no book; $98, three seminars, with book Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. keplers.com
Matthew Zapruder and Louise Gluck Two of America's prominent poets, Matthew Zapruder and Louise Gluck, will discuss why poetry matters. Zapruder's work has been published widely, from The New Yorker to The Paris Review, while Gluck has won a Pulitzer Prize. Jan. 17, 7:30-9 p.m. $50, with book; $25, general admission; $15, students. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. keplers.com
Russia's Crown Reprised Edward Kasinec, visiting fellow, Hoover Institution Library & Archives, will host a gallery talk about the gifts that make up part of the institution's holdings on the Russian revolution and Imperial Russia. Jan. 13, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. events.stanford.edu
Should We Regulate Hate Speech? This panel will put U.S. protections for free speech in a global context, examine the harms of hate speech and address how advocates are seeking to both defend First Amendment rights and protect impacted minorities. Jan. 10, 12:45 p.m. Free, but RSVP required. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. events.stanford.edu
Stanley Hiller: Imagination Set Free Hiller Aviation Museum President and CEO Jeff Bass will visit the Menlo Park Library for a presentation on Stanley Hiller Jr. He'll share the little-known story of a Bay Area legend of aviation history and the lore of some of the museum's aircraft. Jan. 10, 7-8 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Search the calendar on menlopark.org for more information.
'This is Now' with Angie Coiro: Gary Ferguson on wildfires Nature writer Gary Ferguson and Angie Coiro will discuss wildfires in light of the recent North Bay fires, from climate change to fuel sources to long-term challenges. Jan. 16, 7:30-9 p.m. Free, but RSVPs requested. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. keplers.com
Maker Lab: Cardboard Construction Children ages 6 and older can work on a creative project with specially designed tools and cardboard. Jan. 17, 3-4 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Search smcl.org/locations/1W/ for more information.
Movie Matinee: The Big Sick A brown bag lunch matinee of "The Big Sick," a 120-minute, rated-R movie about a Pakistan-born comedian and graduate student who fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. Snacks provided. Jan. 11, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Search smcl.org/locations/1W/ for more information.
Lessons & Classes
Introduction to Baby Sign Language This workshop introduces more than 20 signs that are based on American Sign Language. Designed for expectant parents and parents and caregivers with infant ages 0 to 18 months old. Jan. 10, 11:15-11:45 a.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Search smcl.org/locations/1W/ for more information.
Knit Wits! Knitting Classes Beginners will learn how to cast-on, knit and purl in the first hour of the class. In the second hour, intermediate students will be taught how to increase, decrease, bind off and how to read a pattern. Jan. 13, 2-4 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Search smcl.org/locations/1W/ for more information.
Birds of Bedwell Bayfront Park Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park and Sequoia Audubon Society will host a two-hour bird walk for beginners to view wintering ducks and other seasonal birds. Participants should bring binoculars if possible. The group will meet in the parking lot. Jan. 13, 10 a.m.-noon. Bedwell Bayfront Park, 1600 Marsh Road, Menlo Park. friendsofbayfrontpark.org/calendar.htm
Religion & Spirituality
Lifetree Cafe Tony Melendez, a professional guitarist who was born without arms, will describe how his attitude has affected his ability to live a normal life — and make his living performing music. Jan. 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. facebook.com/LTCMenloPark
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