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Lectures & Talks'Art, Politics, Science Meet Climate Change'
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Menlo Park artist Michael Killen and scientist Chris Field will discuss climate change and how it will impact the community. Killen's painting, "Don Quixote Meets Climate Change," will be on display at the event. July 20, 1-3 p.m. Free. Midpeninsula Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'What makes that music sound 'Jewish'?'
Deborah Rosengaus, performing vocalist and researcher of Jewish music, will give a talk on the birth and spread of Klezmer music in Eastern Europe, its adoption of Gypsy and folk music, and other kinds of folk music. July 20, 10:30 a.m. Free. Congregation Kol Emeith, 4175 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksBehind the Exhibit: 'Pedal Power'
The Los Altos History Museum will give a talk on its exhibit "Pedal Power," which captures the evolution of the bicycle and its uses. July 22, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksDocent lecture on 'Fantastic Worlds'
Little House Activity Center will host a docent lecture by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on the exhibit "Fantastic Worlds: Surrealism and Beyond." The exhibit examines how artists in the early 20th century bucked convention and integrated play, equipment and fantasy into their work. July 22, 1:30-2:30 p.m. $5. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor M.P. Cooley at 'Ice Shear' launch party
Local novelist M.P. Cooley will attend a launch party to celebrate her debut thriller, "Ice Shear," which follows widowed, former FBI agent June Lyons as she investigates a mysterious murder. July 22, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksSubstance Abuse Prevention Workshop
Adolescent Counseling Services invites parents of pre-teens and teens to attend a breakfast workshop offering information on substance abuse and discussion with trained Substance Abuse Counselors. July 23, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Free. Adolescent Counseling Services, 1717 Embarcadero Road, Suite 4000, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksEncounter II: 'A Royal Tradition'
This Music@Menlo event will explore the Lobkowicz family, a noble lineage from the Kingdom of Boehemia, which for generations was a great advocate of arts and culture. The family's current heir, William Lobkowicz, will lead this multimedia symposium. July 24, 7:30 p.m. $45 general; $20 under age 30. Martin Family Hall, Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
Lectures & TalksConversation with teen tech user expert Danah Boyd
Danah Boyd will discuss how society interacts with new technologies, focusing on teens who are native to the online world. July 24, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $49 Churchill Club member; $79 nonmember. Microsoft Corporation, 1065 La Avenida, Building 1, Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'The Intel Trinity'
The Computer History Museum will hold a talk called "The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World's Most Important Company," discussing the history of Intel and its importance to the computing revolution. July 24, noon-1 p.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksHumanist Community Forum
Each Sunday, a different speaker will discuss topics such as philosophy, politics, humanism, health, relationships, history and the environment. A buffet lunch will immediately follow each talk. (complimentary for first-time visitors). See website for speakers and topics. Sundays, May 25-June 27, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free (donations accepted). Palo Alto High School Student Center (in main quad). See http://goo.gl/maps/eWMfv, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksUSGS August Evening Public Lecture
Michael H. Carr, United States Geological Society planetary geologist, will give a talk called "Exploring Planets: A personal retrospective of the first 50 years." Topics will include the canyons, volcanoes and floods on Mars; methane rivers on Titan; the existence of extraterrestrial life; and why and when there will be human missions. August 28, 7-8 p.m. Free. USGS Menlo Park Campus, 345 Middlefield Road, Bldg. 3, Conf. Room A, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Deborah Harkness on "The Book of Life"
Deborah Harkness will share her newest book of fantasy and suspense, "The Book of Life," which is the final installment of her All Souls Trilogy. July 29, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Jacqueline Winspear on 'The Care and Management of Lies'
Author of the Maisie Dobbs series, Jacqueline Winsepear will share her standalone novel, "The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War," a drama which explores love's ability to survive in a fractured world. July 30, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthors Mimi Real and Bob Gabriner on 'Risking Everything'
Civil Rights activists Mimi Real and Bob Gabriner will discuss "Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader," which tells the story of the 1964 Freedom Summer project with 44 original documents. July 30, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksUSGS July Evening Public Lecture
This Unites States Geological Survey lecture will discuss "The Ecological Value of Coastal Fog: Cooling relief and nebulous forecasts for northern California." Topics will include how fog contributes to biodiversity and how and why scientists study fog today. July 31, 7-8 p.m. Free. USGS Menlo Park campus, 345 Middlefield Road, Bldg. 3, Conf. Room A, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Katherine Maxfield on 'Starting Up Silicon Valley'
Katherine Maxfield, author of "Starting Up Silicon Valley: How ROLM Became a Cultural Icon and Fortune 500 Company," will read from and sign her book. The event will include anecdotes and ideas from Silicon Valley leaders and the story of an influential company. July 31, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksConversations on Compassion with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, an internationally recognized humanitarian and spiritual leader, will take part in a conversation about his life's work and compassion. The event is organized by the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford. Aug. 1, 6-7:30 p.m. $75. McCaw Hall, Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez St., Stanford.
Lectures & TalksA Poet, a Poet, a Poet
San Mateo County Poet Laureate Caroline Goodwin, East Palo Alto Poet Laureate Kalamu Chache and "Menlo Park Renaissance Man" Jym Marks will share their poetry and talk about their creative processes. Aug. 2, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksBlogger Deva Dalporto
In this talk for adults, Deva Dalporto will share her parent-oriented humor -- showcased in her new book "I Just Want to Be Alone" -- on topics like texting abbreviations, kid messes and bathroom privacy. Aug. 2, 2-3 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Lectures & Talks'Cats in the Community'
Leonor Delgado from the Palo Alto Humane Society will give a talk about having cats as pets, as well as a stray cats in local communities. Aug. 2, 2:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St, Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksEncounter III: 'From Exoticism to Folklorism'
In this Music@Menlo Encounter lecture called "From Exoticism to Folklorism: The Quest for Musical Authenticity," Michael Parloff will trace the exoticism of Hungarian Gypsy music in composers such as Haydn and Liszt to the folk-based authentic approach found in modernist music. Aug. 3, 6 p.m. $45 general; $20 under age 30. Martin Family Hall, Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
Lectures & TalksListening Room series
Hosted by Patrick Castillo, director of audience engagement, Music@Menlo's Listening Room series will expose attendees to audio and video recordings of symphonic works and operas that complement the overall festival program. Mondays, July 21-August 4, 4:15 p.m. Free. Martin Family Hall, Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.