'The 39 Steps' TheatreWorks' comedy returns in a spoof of Alfred Hitchcock's silver-screen classic, in which a London man fights to clear his name after stumbling upon a ring of spies. Through Sept. 22; times vary. $25-$60; discounts available; pricing subject to change. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. theatreworks.org
'Admissions' The Los Altos Stage Company presents "Admissions," a new satire that takes a no-holds-barred look at privilege and power in liberal white America. Sept. 11,18 and 25, 8 p.m. $20-$30. Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. losaltosstage.org
'An Ideal Husband' In this play directed by Jenny Hollingsworth, an ideal husband explores political corruption, public persona versus private virtue and the inevitable disappointments that come with holding others to one's own rigid ideals. Through Sept. 15; times vary. $34; discount for students, seniors. The Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View. thepear.org
'Hickorydickory' The Dragon Theatre presents "Hickorydickory," a tale about a girl who is stuck at age 17 for eternity. Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 7-29; times vary. $39.50; discounts for students, seniors. The Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway, Redwood City. dragonproductions.net
Festivals & Fairs
'A Cup of Coffee: Stories from Kosovo and Beyond' The Menlo Park Library hosts its fourth annual storytelling festival with tandem storytellers sharing traditional and contemporary tales. Sept. 11, 7-8 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org
Talks & Lectures
'The Day the Music Died' This illustrated lecture presented by musician and educator Dulais Rhys explores the lives, careers and tragic deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. Sept. 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, downstairs program room, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
'10 Minutes to Live' "10 Minutes to Live: Now What?" features a filmed interview with Rick Bundschuh, a pastor in Hawaii who received a false alert of an incoming ballisticin 2018. How to prioritize what's important before, during and after near-death experiences will be explored. Sept. 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Bethany, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. vimeo.com/349465524
'The Climate's Impact on Megacities — A New Concern for All' Dr. Michele Barry will describe health benefits and threats to megacities brought about by climate change and report on innovations in food security and environments designed and implemented in megacities and other urban areas to create a more resilient and healthy future. Sept. 18, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. ladera.org/event/drbarry
Madeline Miller In her new novel "Circe," author Madeline Miller renders the mythological witch from Homer's "Odyssey" human, vivid and empathetic. Miller will converse with classics scholar Donna Zuckerberg. Sept. 13, 7:30-9 p.m. $20; $40 with book; discount for students. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. keplers.org
'The Vaping Phenomenon: What it is, why it happened, and what we can do about it' Dr. Halpern-Felsher presents her research on e-cigarettes, addiction and adolescent use of nicotine products. Sept. 11, noon-1 p.m. Free. Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford Auditorium, 725 Welch Road, Stanford. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
Lindsay Lackey Author Lindsay Lackey launches her new middle-grade novel, "All the Impossible Things," about a young girl navigating the foster care system in search of where she belongs. Sept. 14, 3-5 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. keplers.org
Storyteller Seung Ah Kim Seung Ah Kim shares the tale of Bari, the abandoned princess. On tour from her home in South Korea, she shares one of the oldest and best known epics in Korean mythology. Program content is suitable for adults and teens. Sept. 18, 7-8 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org
Rebecca Kim Wells, Megan Whalen Turner and Elizabeth Fama Kepler's Books presents a panel discussion, featuring authors Rebecca Kim Wells, Megan Whalen Turner and Elizabeth Fama, who will moderate the discussion. Sept. 18, 7-8 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. keplers.org
'Tools and Weapons: The Promise and Peril of the Digital Age' Microsoft President Brad Smith will lead a discussion about how the hopes technology offers can be protected against the very real threats it also presents. Each attendee will receive a first edition of Smith's new book, "Tools and Weapons: The Promise and Peril of the Digital Age." Sept. 16, 5 p.m. $75; discount for CHM members. Computer History Museum, 1401 N Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. computerhistory.org
Emma Donoghue Novelist Emma Donoghue debuts her new book "Akin," about a retired New York professor who uncovers the details of his mother's life during Nazi occupation. Sept. 11, 7:30-9 p.m. $20; $40 with book; discount for students. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. keplers.org
West Bay Model Railroad Open House Long passenger and freight trains will run on a scenic two-level layout surrounded by industries, buildings, bridges, trestles and tunnels, while club members answer guests' questions. Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9, 1-4 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Menlo Park CalTrain Station (south end), 1090 Merrill St., Menlo Park. Search facebook.com/wbmrra for more info.
Fun for Families: Second Saturdays at Gamble Garden Garden Director Richard Hayden and volunteer garden guides lead children on a nature hunt around the 3-acre garden. Other activities include nature-inspired arts & crafts and a guided tour of the first floor of the Gamble House. Every second Saturday through Dec. 14, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. gamblegarden.org
Museums & Exhibits
Public Tour: Anderson Collection The Anderson Collection features modern and contemporary American paintings and sculptures assembled by Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson and Mary Patricia Anderson Pence, a Bay Area family who built the collection over the last 50 years. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 18, 12:30 p.m. Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford. events.stanford.edu
'Coordinates: Maps and Art Exploring Shared Terrain' The David Rumsey Map Center hosts an exhibition opening and a symposium of talks that explore the shared terrain of maps and art. The symposium and exhibition mark the celebration of the third anniversary of the opening of the center. Through Sept. 30, 1-5 p.m. Free. The David Rumsey Map Center, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford. events.stanford.edu
Kahlil Joseph: 'BLKNWS' Kahlil Joseph, a visiting artist in the new Presidential Residencies on the Future of the Arts program, presents his work "BLKNWS," a two-channel video projection that blurs the lines between art, journalism, entrepreneurship and cultural critique. Through Nov. 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Tuesdays. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford. museum.stanford.edu
Public Tour: Outdoor Sculpture Walk, Museum A trained docent leads tours among the diverse collection of outdoor sculpture surrounding the Cantor Arts Center. Public tours are held the third Sunday of each month at 11:30 a.m., rain or shine. Sept. 15, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. arts.stanford.edu
Jan Prisco's 'Seascapes and Landscapes in Pastel' The Portola Art Gallery features Jan Prisco's exhibit, "Seascapes and Landscapes in Pastel." Through Sept. 30, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. portolaartgallery.com
Menlo Park Outdoor Movies This weekly event features outdoor screenings of films from all genres. Through Sept. 20; times vary. Burgess Park, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org
BraveMaker Film Screening and Panel BraveMaker presents a screening of "The Edge of Success" and a teen-led panel discussion on mental health awareness and suicide prevention. The film and discussion is recommended for students ages 13 and up. Sept. 12, 6-9 p.m. $15; free for students ages 13-21. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
TV Station Tour Midpen Media Center hosts a public tour of its full HD studio for people interested in learning about television and film production programs. Sept. 12, 6-7 p.m. Free. Midpen Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto. midpenmedia.org
Portola Valley Town Picnic Activities at this family friendly event include a Zots to Tots race at 10 a.m., food trucks, petting zoo and pony rides, music, face painting and more. Sept. 14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. portolavalley.net
Menlo Oaks Yard Sale Driveways and yards of 20 to 30 homes in the Menlo Oaks neighborhood will be filled with items for sale and for free in a community yard sale sponsored by the neighborhood association. Sale will span 10 streets, including Menlo Oaks Drive and Berkeley and Colby avenues. Sept. 14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; menlo-oaks.org.
Third Democratic Presidential Debate Watch The Ad hoc Committee for Democratic Presidential Debates hosts a public viewing of the Democratic presidential debates to listen to the leading candidates and hear what others think in a post-debate discussion. This event is not sponsored by any candidate. Sept. 12, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Free; food and drink available for purchase. Round Table Pizza, 1225 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
Open House at Onetta Harris Community Center During the Open House event, information about community services and programs will be provided along with food and prizes. Sept. 12, 6-8 p.m. Free. Onetta Harris Community Center, 100 Terminal Ave., Menlo Park. menlopark.org
Lessons & Classes
Character Writing Masterclass with the SF Writer's Grotto In collaboration with the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, Kepler's Literary Foundation hosts a a 90-minute masterclass on character writing led by author Constance Hale. A copy of "Lit Starts: Writing Character" comes with the course. Sept. 17, 7-8:30 p.m. $30; price includes book. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. keplers.org
ESL Conversation Club Non-native and native English speakers talk together with the aim of developing English speaking and listening skills. No registration required. Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. menlopark.org
Ojo de Dios Hidden Villa hosts a crafting event to make Ojo de Dios, combinations of yarn and wood that were traditionally made as a celebration or blessing. Sept. 14, 1-1:45 p.m. Free. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. hiddenvilla.org
Health & Wellness
Building Resilience and Joy in a Stressful World: Weekly Meditation In this weekly program, Segyu Rinpoche will introduce the Vajrayana system in the form of the healing practices of the Medicine Buddha and the meditations and philosophies that underline those practices. Wednesdays through Dec. 18, 7-9 p.m. $25 per week. Guild Hall, Woodside Village Church, 515 Hillside Drive, Woodside. Search eventbrite.com for more info.
Hike for Health The EcoCenter offers nature hikes to encourage participants to keep moving and stay healthy. Sept. 16, 9:30-11 a.m. EcoCenter, Baylands Nature Preserve, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Search facebook.com/events for more info.
Home & Garden
The People of Filoli This 90-minute tour of the house and garden uncovers new stories about the community of people who created and sustained Filoli. Fridays-Sundays, through Nov. 17, 2-3:30 p.m. $15. Filoli Gardens, 86 Old Canada Road, Woodside. filoli.org
Portola Valley Garden Share The Portola Valley Garden Share is an opportunity for adults and children to come together and share homegrown vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, honey, eggs, seeds, bulbs, seedlings, compost, etc. Sept. 14, 10-11 a.m. Free. Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. portolavalley.net