Green Foothills Golden Celebration Committee for Green Foothills invites the public to celebrate its golden anniversary. This once-in-a-lifetime event will be held at Runnymede Farm, a 100-acre property owned by the Rosekrans family, home to more than 115 sculptures by famous artists. Sept. 23, Join us in celebrating 50 years of open space protection 2:30-6:30 p.m. $125. Runnymede Farm, 980 Runnymede Road, Woodside. Call 650-968-7243 x 340. greenfoothills.org
'The Good Fight: the Martin Litton Story' The Good Fight chronicles the efforts of leading conservationist Martin Litton. Litton, honored with the Sierra Club's John Muir Award, was instrumental in preventing the building of dams that would have flooded the Grand Canyon and in establishing Redwood National Park. Sept. 20, 7-8 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org
2012 vital aging conference The public is invited to this year's vital aging conference at Little House. Sept. 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. At the door $10 / Pre-registration $5. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025 x224. www.penvol.org
Book swap and ice cream social The friends of the Portola Valley library host a book swap and ice cream social outdoors, weather permitting. For all ages. Sept. 21, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org
'A Chorus Line' Broadway by the Bay presents the Tony award-winning story of 18 individuals fighting to find their voice among the crowd. Sept. 22-Oct. 7, 8 p.m. Prices and dates vary. The Fox Theatre, 2219 Broadway St., Redwood City. Call 650-FOX-7770. broadwaybythebay.org
Kepler's: Salman Rushdie and Tobias Wolff Attendees join two memoirists as they discuss Salman Rushdie's life underground after a fatwa was issued against him by the Ayatollah Khomeini. Co-sponsored by India Community Center. Sept. 25, 12:30 p.m. $35 admits one, includes signed book; $10 admits one, no book. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/271695
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
Abraham Verghese: On medicine and literature Dr. Abraham Verghese, author and professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, will discuss his two careers. Dr. Verghese is the author "of Cutting for Stone," "My Own Country," and "The Tennis Partner." All 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
Kepler's: 'After Mandela' Journalism professor Douglas Foster discusses and signs his book "After Mandela: The Struggle for Freedom in Post-Apartheid South Africa." Foster, a leading South Africa authority with early access to President Zuma and to the next generation in the Mandela family, traces the nation's entire post-apartheid arc. Sept. 19, 7 p.m. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/douglas-foster
Artistic, modern and clean floral design Attendees learn to make arrangements in a distinct artistic form. Sept. 22, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $65-$80. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Call 650-364-8300 ext.233. www.filoli.org
Great Houses of San Francisco Participants join Erin Feher as she brings to life examples of architectural achievements. Sept. 20, 2-3 p.m. $25 members $30 non-members. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Call 650-364-8300. www.filoli.org
Plein-air-to-studio watercolor workshop 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
Vertical Gardening: The Living Mural Participants will be given a specially designed redwood frame, succulent potting mix, an assortment of succulent plants and instruction to make their own living mural. Sept. 21, 11-12:30 p.m. $105 members; $125 non-members (includes materials). Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Call 650-364-8300. www.filoli.org
Portola Valley library non-fiction book club Book enthusiasts discuss "The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris," by David McCullough. This book relates the story of the American artists, writers, and doctors who traveled to Paris in the 19th century and changed America through what they learned there. Sept. 20, 1-2:30 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org
Divisa Ensemble opens its fourth season as part of the St. Bede's Performing Arts Series in Menlo Park. The performance will feature a flute and viola duet by Arnold, oboe quartet by Moeran, one of Haydn's London Trios, and quintets by Leukauf and Sussmayr. Sept. 23, 4-6 p.m. $5-20 Tickets available at: brownpapertickets.com/event/269691. St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-773-2259. www.divisaensemble.com
Kids & Families
Stuffed animal pet show Kids bring their favorite stuffed animal to the library for a show and tell. Each participant presents their toy pet to the audience for the chance to win in more than 25 categories. Sept. 22, 10-11 a.m. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.smcl.org
Train Days Train Days is two days of trains and model railroading. Food and beverage vendors on site. Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $10/family or $5/individual. Los Altos History Museum, 51 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos. www.losaltoshistory.org
Jazz At Filoli Catherine Russell will perform at Jazz at Filoli during her West Coast Tour. Sept. 23, 1:30-3:15 p.m. $50. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Call 6503648300 x508. www.filoli.org/special-events-and-exhibits/jazz-at-filoli.html#6
Music on the Square Ana Popovic sings and plays a blend of electric funk slide guitar and blues grooves. Sept. 21, 6-8 p.m. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Portola Art Gallery presents "Hues and Views," a collection of Jared Sines' oil paintings of landscapes and waterscapes from Pacific Grove, California, to Ashland, Oregon. Sept. 1-30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-321-0220. www.portolaartgallery.com
Kepler's Teen Event Jessica Shirvington will discusses and sign her new novel, "Entice," about good and evil, seductive desires and impossible choices. Sept. 20, 7 p.m. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/teen-event-jessica-shirvington
Dancing on the square Demonstrations of mambo and swing/lindy hop on Sep. Sept. 18, and salsa on Sept. 25, 6-8 p.m. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/dancing.html
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