Adoption day at Pet Place The Pet Place shop at 777 Santa Cruz Ave. in downtown Menlo Park is hosting an adoption day for cats, dogs and other small animals from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 16. The Peninsula Humane Society mobile adoption and Community Cat Rescue will bring the animals. Call the Pet Place at 325-7387 for more information.
PVTC presents 'Oklahoma!' The Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" March 13-17 and 21-23. Musical about love and life in Oklahoma territory in 1901. 7-10:30 p.m. $15-50. Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 851-8282 ext.105. www.pvtc-ca.org
TheatreWorks presents 'The Mountaintop' The play re-imagines events on the night before the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March 6-31, Tues.-Sun., $23-$73. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-463-1960 .
'Empowering Women Leaders Through Personal Sponsorships' Panel discussion on building and cultivating successful sponsor relationships. March 20, 6:30-8 p.m. $15-$25. Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. Call 408-280-5530. commonwealthclub.org/events
'Sex & Dating After 60' Dr. Eric Shapira explores significant psychological and biological changes specific to couples over 60. March 19, 6-7:30 p.m. $9. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. www.penvol.org/littlehouse/
Batik: Spectacular Textiles of Java Batik is an artistic tradition of the Indonesian island of Java. This docent lecture and slideshow describes the art of batik that is on exhibit until May 2013 at the Asian Art Museum. March 14, 7-8 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org
Carly Fiorina Former HP CEO speaks on the financial outlook for the U.S. March 21, 7-8 p.m. $12-$20. Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Call 408-280-5530. commonwealthclub.org/events
Elizabeth Kessler Art-history teacher Kessler discusses new book, "Picturing the Cosmos: Hubble Space Telescope Images and the Astronomical Sublime." March 13, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. keplers.com/event
Ellen Sussman discusses Bali-set novel, "The Paradise Guest House." March 26, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.
Ethics of Wealth John Taylor's latest book, "First Principles," develops an economic plan to restore America's prosperity. March 14, 7-8:30 p.m. CEMEX Auditorium, 641 Knight Way, Stanford. http://ethicsinsociety.stanford.edu
James B. Maas discusses his book, "Sleep to Win: Secrets to Unlocking your Athletic Excellence in Every Sport." March 19, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.
Jonathan and Margaret Kathrein discuss their book, "Surviving the Shark: How a Brutal Great White Attack Turned a Surfer into a Dedicated Defender of Sharks." With marine biologist Wallace "J" Nichols and photographer David McGuire, who will screen his short film "Swim for Sharks." March 21, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.
Natalie Goldberg discusses and her book, "The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language." March 28, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com
Navi Radjou discusses his business book, "Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth." March 27, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.
Stanford Executive Briefings Ed Whitacre shares leadership lessons that catapulted him to CEO of AT&T and General Motors. March 13, 7:30-9 a.m. $60. Stanford Faculty Club, 439 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. Call 650-725-3330. breakfastbriefings.stanford.edu/
'Top Ten Problems in Submitting Your Work and How to Fix Them' Commercial-book editor Alan Rinzler teaches class on query letters, proposals and manuscripts. March 16, 1-4 p.m. $99. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/313136
'Yoga Night' Kundalini yoga has simple movements aimed at strengthening nervous systems, connecting with the breath and promoting relaxation. Many teachers, all paid by students' donations. Tuesdays, March 12-May 21, 7-8:30 p.m. $10-20 recommended donation. One Heart Yoga at Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-649-3055. oneheartyoga.com
Spool Knitting Workshop Re-using ordinary items from the recycling bin, Linda Janklow shows attendees how to make their own tubular knitting device. March 13, 4-5 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org
Kids & Families
Bi-lingual Story Time (English-Spanish) Parents can introduce their babies to Spanish with stories, songs and rhymes. March 18, 11-11:30 a.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560.
Gustafer Yellowgold's Rock Melon Tour Equal parts pop-rock concert and animated storybook, Gustafer Yellowgold concerts are a different multimedia experience. March 13, 4:30 p.m. Atherton Public Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Magic Dan Children ages 4 and up are invited to a magic show. March 18, 4-5 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422.
The Lego Club Children ages 5-11 can come with their imaginations to Lego Club. March 16, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org
Fracking in California Hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" has moved to the forefront of environmental debates in California as the push to tap into the enormous Monterrey Shale gathers steam. March 18, 6:15-8:30 p.m. $15. Redwood City Main Library, 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City. Call 831-419-6668.
'Paint the Garden' workshop Kristen Olson gives workshop March 16 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. portolaartgallery.com
Nora Reza exhibits abstract paintings of squares and rectangles, with light inspired by California and Provence. March 13 through April 28, with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. March 13. Free. Cafe Borrone, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park,. www.norareza.com
Peninsula Rose Society Meeting Rose-arranging demonstration by Barbara Gordon. All welcome. March 13, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City. Call 650-465-3967. peninsularosesociety.org
Peninsula Symphony welcomes spring with Brahms' First Symphony and works by Hindemith and Dvorak. March 15, 8-10 p.m. $40 ($35 seniors, $20 students/youth). Fox Theater, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City. peninsulasymphony.org/
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