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Peninsula Volunteers Decorator Show House 2013 Visit Woodside's The Horse Park, with 20 rooms styled by designers. Free parking and shuttle plus "Meet the Designer" evenings. May 4-24, Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $35. The Horse Park, 3674 Sand Hill Road, Woodside. Call 650-381-9933. www.penvol.org/
'A Look at Interfaith Conflicts' Little House hosts a talk on religion and interfaith conflicts. May 21, 6-7:30 p.m. $9. Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 326-2025, ext. 222.
'Eat, Drink, Talk and Swap Books - Mystery Edition' Kepler's event with food, wine and books. Bring a favorite mystery book. May 18, 6:30 p.m. $25. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/364053
'Human Evolution' Advances in DNA sequencing have made possible learning the complete genome sequence of Neanderthals. Dr. Ed Green of UCSC will discuss contrasting their genome with humans' to discover what evolutionary changes have happened in humans' recent past. Parking directions: Parking directions: http://bit.ly/U1dido. June 11, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. SRI International, International Building, Menlo Park.
Actor James Franco in conversation with his mother, author and actress Betsy Franco, discuss his new book "A California Childhood." May 13, 7 p.m. $20. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.brownpapertickets.com/profile/210588
Francine Toder After retiring from private practice and the faculty of UC, Francine Toder began to think about retirement and meaningful ways to spend her newfound time, as well as positive aging in general. She will discuss her book, "The Vintage Years: Finding Your Inner Artist After Sixty." May 16, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.
Exploration of Mars Dr. Lori Fenton gives overview of Curiosity Rover mission on Mars. May 15, 7-9 p.m. Free. Smithwick Theater, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. www.foothill.edu/ast
Isabel Allende will discuss her newest novel, "Maya's Notebook." May 14, 7:30 p.m. $15. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/354901
Jaron Lanier, a computer scientist, musician, and digital media pioneer, discusses his book, "Who Owns the Future?" May 15, 7:30 p.m. $10. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/357454
Jill McCorkle discusses "Life After Life," about the capacity for self-discovery at any age. May 8, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lee Smolin discusses "Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe." May 10, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Kids & Families
Artist Patricia Bulitt presentS "How My Grandmother Found a Story in a Plate." May 11, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Author Jeanne DuPrau discusses "The City of Ember," about a city built as a refuge for the human race. May 17, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com
U-Me Carnival, sponsored by Red Tricycle and Scholar Share, features musical guests The Raytones (11:30 a.m.) plus HiFive Sports, Joanna's Face Painting, and U-Me Art Adventures. All ages welcome. May 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Fremont Park, University Drive & Santa Cruz Ave. , Menlo Park. Call 650-257-7511. www.u-meplace.com/events
AYSO soccer registration All children born between Aug. 1, 1994, and Jan. 31, 2009, are encouraged to join AYSO's fall league. Registration begins at midnight May 1, with walk-in registration at Hillview Middle School on May 11 and May 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration also available online. Hillview Middle School, 1100 Elder Ave., Menlo Park. http://ayso.org/resources/registration.aspx
UPHA Chapter 1 Horse Show features top American Saddlebreds, Hackney Ponies, and Morgan horses competing under saddle and in harness. May 9-12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. The Horse Park at Woodside, 3674 Sand Hill Road, Woodside. uphachapter1.com
GLAM Night at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Middle- and high school girls (grades 6-12) are invited to a night dedicated to talking about issues and struggles that girls face. Dinner, dancing, speakers and discussions. May 10, 6-9:30 p.m. Free. The Cafe at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 700 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-7558. www.mppc.org/glam
Adolescent Counseling Services hosts "Spring Sounds" benefit with dining, dancing and bidding on silent and live auctions, in an indoor parking lot decorated with a collection of cars and barrels of wine. May 18, 6:30-11 p.m. $180. Auto Vino, 205 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park. Call 650-424-0852. www.springsoundsevent.org/
Artist Open Studio Jan Schachter's Studio hosts open studio featuring artists Jan Schachter, clay; Peggy Forman, drawings on clay; Nina Else, ceramic sculpture; and Susan Else, fiber sculpture. May 11-12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Jan Schachter's Studio, 190 Golden Hills Drive, Portola Valley. Call 851-3754. janschachter.com
Tai Chi Woodside Library hosts Tai Chi in the garden, weather permitting. Instructor Ben Dineen leads 60-minute class, open to all ability levels. May 17, 10-11 a.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Peninsula Symphony closes 2012-2013 season with composer Lee Actor's "Piano Concerto" with soloist Daniel Glover. May 17, 8-10 p.m. Student/Youth: $20; Senior: $35; Regular: $40. Fox Theater, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Silicon Valley Symphony, conducted by Michael Paul Gibson, features the pipe organ in Saint-Saëns' "Organ Symphony" by Margaret Martin Kvamme, organ soloist; Elgar's "Enigma Variations," and "An American Experience" by Lothar Bandermann. May 18, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $20 General; $15 Senior/Student; children 12 and younger free with adult. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park. Call 415-287-6002.