Fall dash 5K run Kids 4 Sports Foundation holds its annual fall dash 5K run at Burgess Park. all proceeds support team sports in local east Menlo Park and East Palo Alto schools. Sept. 16, 9-11 a.m. $30 adults and $20 kids. Burgess Park, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-644-9803. kids4sportsfoundation.org
California coastal cleanup in Menlo Park Attendees join the Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park for the fourth year of hosting the cleanup. Sept. 15, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Bedwell Bayfront Park, Marsh Rd/Bayfront Expressway, Menlo Park. Call 650-475-2012. www.flowstobay.org
MDA fill the boot Firefighters volunteer at the Muscular Dystrophy Association event and will be asking motorists and pedestrians to drop some money in their boots to support MDA's services to Bay Area kids and families. Sept. 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Quintana & Woodside roads, Woodside. Call 415-673-7500. www.mda.org
Dr. Abraham Verghese, author and professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, will discuss his two careers: literature and medicine. He is the author "of Cutting for Stone," "My Own Country," and "The Tennis Partner." Proceeds benefit Menlo-Atherton High School. Sept. 18, 7-8:30 p.m. $15 adults, $10 students. Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-492-0865. mafoundation.org
Keplers: 'Ascent of the A-Word' Linguist Geoffrey Nunberg discusses and signs his new book: "Ascent of the A-Word: A--holism in Modern Life: The First Sixty Years." Sept. 12, 7 p.m. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com
Keplers: 'How Children Succeed' Paul Tough discusses his parenting book, "How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character." Tough is an editor at the New York Times Magazine and writes about poverty, education and the achievement gap. Sept. 15, 3 p.m. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com
Keplers: 'Science Left Behind' Hank Campbell discusses and signs his new book "Science Left Behind: Feel-Good Fallacies and the Rise of the Anti-Scientific Left." Many have heard that Republicans' anti-evolution, anti-global warming and anti-embryonic stem cell research beliefs are science's worst enemy. Campbell talks about underreported attacks on science that originate on the other side. Sept. 18, 7 p.m. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/hank-campbell
Keplers: 'The Great Animal Orchestra' Bernie Krause discusses and signs his book: "The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World's Wild Places." He shares how animals rely on their aural habitat to survive and the damaging effects of extraneous noise on the delicate balance between predator and prey. Sept. 13, 7 p.m. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/bernie-krause
Jared Sines' 'Hues and Views' The Portola Art Gallery presents 'Hues and Views' - a collection of Jared Sines' oil paintings of landscapes and waterscapes from Pacific Grove, Calif. to Ashland, Ore. Sept. 1-30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-321-0220. www.portolaartgallery.com
Macro photography Participants get up close and personal with their subject matter and learn to capture every detail. The workshop includes classroom instruction on equipment use and technique, field shoots with individual attention and follow-up meetings for critique and feedback. Sept. 11-13, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $115 members; $140 non-members. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Call 650-364-8300. www.filoli.org
Plein-air-to-studio watercolor workshop This five-day workshop teaches how to collect information "plein air," bring that information into the studio to design, and complete a painting. Sept. 18, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $450 members; $540 non-members. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Call 650-364-8300. www.filoli.org
The Art of Scratchboard This workshop will examine the different styles and methods of taking drawing from paper to Scratchboard to create botanical and natural subject illustrations. Sept. 10-11, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $150 members; $180 non-members. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Call 650-364-8300. www.filoli.org
The Great Apple: Cooking with Seasonal Foods Using apples from Filoli's harvest, participants learn how to make recipes for the holiday season. Everyone will take home something from Filoli's garden to create at home. Sept. 15, 1-3 p.m. $65/$80. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Call 650-364-8300 ext 233. www.filoli.org
Music on the Square: Native Elements - Reggae San Francisco-based Native Elements has been playing reggae in the Bay Area for more than 15 years. Sept. 11, 6-8 p.m. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/musiconthesquare.html
Dancing on the square - mambo A 30-minute demonstration of mambo instructed by Arthur Murray continues on with public participation. Sept. 18, 6-8 p.m. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/dancing.html
Dancing on the square - swing / lindy hop A 30-minute demonstration of swing/lindy hop instructed by Carla Heiney continues on with public participation. Sept. 18, 6-8 p.m. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/dancing.html
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