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Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District celebrates 40 years and over 60,000 acres of open space preservation at this festival. Monte Bello Open Space Preserve, about 7.5 miles west of I-280 on Page Mill Road; about a mile east of Skyline Blvd. Sept. 14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Call 650-691-1200.
Authors & Talks
Dr. Walter Bortz leads four-week seminar series on health, life and aging well. Register by calling 650-851-0560 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Thursdays, Sept. 5-26, 6-7 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. ww.smcl.org
Michael Svanevik talks about Peninsula's history. Wednesdays, Sept. 4-Oct. 30 1:30-3:30 p.m. $50. Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext. 222.
'Women Writing Their Lives' U.C. Davis Professor Judith Newton and president of the National Association of Memoir Writers, Linda Joy Myers, discuss their personal writing journeys. Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.
Asian Art Museum Docent lecture explores art selection and display in traditional Japanese settings. Sept. 10, 7-8 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org
Cafe Scientifique Silicon Valley Stanford's Dr. Michael Snyder talks on genomics and personalized medicine. Sept. 10, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. SRI International - International Building, Menlo Park. Parking directions: http://bit.ly/U1dido. Call 650-859-2198.
Portola Valley chef Laura Stec teaches grilling tips. Participants will walk the Farmers Market with Stec, pick up items to grill and then go to the Town Center kitchen for a quick class on grilling the "unexpected," featuring grilled eggplant parmesan, among other vegetable recipes. Sept. 5, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Porotla Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org
Peninsula Volunteers information session. PVs currently recruiting for all programs. Meals on Wheels, Little House, Rosener House. Sept. 5, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-322-0129. www.penvol.org/volunteer/
Atherton Art Exhibit Meet local artists and see their works at a juried exhibition at Holbrook-Palmer Park. Reception on Friday, Sept. 6, from 5-8 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 5-8 p.m. Free. Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave., Atherton. Call 650-325-4912.
Communication Arts Magazine hosts reception for former Sharon Park Gallery owner Nancy Lewis' exhibition of drawings and assemblages made from common, found and reused materials. Sept. 14, 7-9 p.m. Free. 110 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park. Call 650-743-6715. www.nancyclarklewis.com