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'Frida and Diego: Mexican Originals'
SFMOMA docent David Grady will give a talk about the artistic contributions of this talented couple. March 2, 7-8 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

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Author Ann Hamilton on 'Expecting'
Ann Hamilton -- a screenwriter for TV and film who worked on "thirtysomething," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Party of Five" -- will share and sign her comical and uplifting debut novel "Expecting." March 3, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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Author Daniel Kunstler on 'Passaic'
Local author Daniel Kunstler will talk about his recently published book "Passaic: The True Story of One Man's Journey Through American Immigration, Detention and Deportation." March 4, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
 

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Author Julia Reynolds on 'Blood in the Fields'
Journalist Julia Reynolds will discuss her book "Blood in the Fields: Ten Years Inside California's Nuestra Familia Gang," a detailed examination of one of the U.S.'s most violent gangs. March 4, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.

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'Raúl Cañibano: Storyteller' gallery talk
Foothill College photography instructor Ron Herman will discuss the photographs in the exhibit "Raúl Cañibano: Storyteller," which Herman curated. The solo exhibit is the first in the western U.S. by the acclaimed Cuban photographer. March 4, noon-1 p.m. Free; $3 parking. Foothill College, KCI Gallery, Bldg. 4000, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

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Astronaut Ed Lu on 'Sentinel Mission'
As part of the 15th annual Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, former NASA astronaut Ed Lu will give a free, nontechnical talk entitled "Sentinel Mission: Finding the Asteroid Headed for Earth." The lecture will discuss the Sentinel Mission, a proposed space telescope for tracking asteroids. March 4, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Foothill College, Smithwick Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

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Author Irvin D. Yalom on 'Creatures of a Day'
Irvin D. Yalom, an emeritus professor of psychiatry from Stanford University and well-known psychotherapy author, will discuss his latest work "Creatures of a Day: And Other Tales of Psychotherapy." March 4, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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'Healthy Energy for a Small, Hot, and Hungry World'
In this lecture, Dr. Aaron Bernstein, associate director of the Center for Health & the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will explore the connections between energy, food and health. March 4, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Margaret Jacks Hall (Building 460), The Terrace (Room 426), 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
 

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Puppeteer Basil Twist with 'Animating the Inanimate'
Mohr Visiting Artist and master puppeteer Basil Twist will lead a discussion inspired by the 20th-century American art at Stanford University's Anderson Collection. He will also discuss the abstraction he has created through his own performances. March 5, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
 

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'Enforcement of Judgments in the Digital Age'
San Mateo County Law Library will offer a lecture by David J. Cook called "Enforcement of Judgments in the Digital Age" that gives an overview and provides techniques, tactics and strategies for collecting judgments and filling out key forms. March 5, noon-1 p.m. Free. San Mateo County Law Library, 710 Hamilton Ave., Redwood City.
 

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Author Garth Stein on 'A Sudden Light'
An author, playwright and co-founder of Seattle7Writers, Garth Stein will visit Books Inc. to discuss his new novel "A Sudden Light," which portrays multiple generations of life in the Pacific Northwest. March 5, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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Amanda Enayati on 'Seeking Serenity'
For this (S)He Talks event, CNN and PBS contributor Amanda Enayati will speak with Lisen Stromberg about Enayati's new book "Seeking Serenity: The 10 New Rules for Health and Happiness in the Age of Anxiety." March 5, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.

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Another Look Book Club: 'The Fire Next Time'
For the next Another Look Book Club event, English professor Michele Elam, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Harry Elam, and English professor and author Tobias Wolff will lead a discussion about James Baldwin's "The Fire Next Time," a biting yet compassionate reflection on the results of racial inequality in America. March 5, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall, 616 Serra St., Stanford.

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Master class with Susan Graham
International opera star Susan Graham will share her singing with Stanford vocal arts students during this master class. A Q&A session will follow. Those interested can register on the website. March 6, 1-3 p.m. Free. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.

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Filing for Social Security: Flexibility & Choices
The Menlo Park Library will offer a free seminar educating community members on Social Security filing options so they can best meet their retirement needs. Attendees can bring questions to this interactive event. Refreshments will be provided, courtesy of the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. March 7, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
 

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POST Lecture Series: Dan Barber
The Peninsula Open Space Trust lecture series will continue with a talk by Dan Barber, the chef of Blue Hill and director of a nonprofit farm and education center. He tackled issues of food and agricultural policy in his recently published book "The Third Plate." March 9, 8-10 p.m. $22. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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VTA officials on Bus Rapid Transit proposals
For this month's Technology and Society Committee Luncheon Forum, Public Communication Specialist Ethan Winston and Planner Steven Fisher from the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority will describe the project alternatives for the El Camino Real Bus Rapid Transit project and outline the decision process going forward. March 10, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. $12 lunch. Hangen Szechuan Restaurant, 134 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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Marc Dollinger on California Jews
In the next installment of his lecture series "Is it Good for the Jews?", Marc Dollinger will take a provocative look at California Jewish history. A book signing will follow the talk. March 10, 8-9 p.m. $15 at the door. Oshman Family JCC, Room E104, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

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'The Social and Economic Impact of Climate Change'
For this Cafe Scientifique Silicon Valley event, Dr. Marshall Burke, assistant professor of Environmental Earth System Science at Stanford University, will present evidence for how social and economic outcomes are shaped by climate change and discuss the implications of business and policy. March 10, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. SRI International, International Building, Middlefield Road at Ringwood Avenue, Menlo Park.
 

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'Astronomy for Everyone' with Kevin Manning
Astronomer Kevin Manning will share his excitement about astronomy in this talk covering the scale of the universe, the stars and other celestial features. The event will include hands-on activities and assorted visuals. March 10, 7-9 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

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'The Path to Publication' with author Shelly King
Shelly King, author of "The Moment of Everything," will give a talk at BookBuyers called "The Path to Publication: Advice on Releasing Your Writing to the World." March 10, 7:30 p.m. Free. BookBuyers, 317 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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Author Cara Black on 'Murder on the Champs de Marc'
Cara Black will visit Books Inc. to mark the launch of her latest installment in her Aimee Leduc series, "Murder on the Champs de Mars," which follows the single mother Aimee as she helps a Gypsy boy to solve the disappearance of his mother. March 10, 7-8 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.

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Author Elliott Ackerman on 'Green on Blue'
Elliott Ackerman, who served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, will speak in conversation with Stanford University lecturer Anthony Marra about Ackerman's new book "Green on Blue," which portrays a rural family in Afghanistan when their world gets turned upside down. March 12, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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Sci-fi panel: Matt Richtel, Andy Weir and Mira Grant
In celebration of the release of Matt Richtel's book "The Doomsday Equation," Books Inc. will hold a panel discussion about science fiction and the creative process with Richtel, Andy Weir and Mira Grant (Seanan Maguire). March 12, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.

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Heifer International CEO at Hidden Villa
Pierre Ferrari, CEO of Heifer International, will speak about the role of women in helping families around the globe become more self-reliant, as well as the nonprofit's work and how community members can contribute. March 14, 4-6 p.m. Free. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

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Dr. Irvin Yalom on 'Creatures of a Day'
Irvin Yalom -- a professor emeritus of psychiatry at Stanford University, a prolific author and a group pscyhotherapist -- will discuss his group psychotherapy approach and his newest book "Creatures of a Day: A Book of Therapy Tales." A book signing will follow the presentation. March 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $40 before Feb. 28; $50 before March 12; $60 day of. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

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Neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga on 'Tales from Both Sides of the Brain'
Michael Gazzaniga will chat with Angie Coiro about his new book "Tales from Both Sides of the Brain," which tells the story of Gazzaniga's life in science and his efforts to understand how separate spheres of the human brain communicate and miscommunicate. March 18, 7:30 p.m. $20 general; $10 student with ID. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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David Mark on 'Conflict & Compromise on Capital Hill'
The Sequoia Chapter of Hadassah will host David Mark, a political journalist and author who spent many years covering politics and government in the nation's capital, for a talk on the topic of "Conflict & Compromise on Capital Hill." March 19, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $20. Congregation Kol Emeth , 4175 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto.

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'FIA Formula E Racing: Drive the Future'
The Computer History Museum will welcome Alejandro Agag, CEO of the new racing series for electric cars, who will speak about Formula E Racing and how it can serve as a catalyst for research and development of electric vehicles in general. Registration is requested. Feb. 3, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
 

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An Evening with Michael Chabon and Ayelt Waldman
The Oshman Family JCC will host novelist Ayelet Waldman, author of "Love and Other Impossible Pursuits," and her Pulitzer-Prize winning husband Michael Chabon, author most recently of "Telegraph Avenue," to discuss their work. March 22, 7:30-9 p.m. $25 member; $30 general; $35 at the door. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

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24th annual Authors Salon Luncheon
Peninsula Volunteers will hold its 24th annual Authors Salon Luncheon, with an author lineup including Benjamin Griffin, Bruce Henderson, C.W. Gortner and Meg Waite Clayton. Ran Hansen will moderate. The event will include a gourmet lunch, author presentations and book signings. March 22, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $125 (free parking). Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club, 2900 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park.
 

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Techonomy Bio 2015
Techonomy Bio will bring together leaders from biotechnology, information technology, science, health care, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, academia, finance and other ares to discuss strengthening relationships between technology, biology and business. March 25, 8:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $295 until Feb. 28; $395 general. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

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Author Joyce Carol Oates on 'The Sacrifice'
Recognized literary master Joyce Carol Oates will talk in conversation with Michelle Richmond about Oates' new novel "The Sacrifice," which explores the impact of sexual violence, racism, brutality and power on innocent lives. March 25, 7:30 p.m. $20 general; $10 student with ID. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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Poet Jane Hirshfield on 'The Beauty' and 'Ten Windows'
In celebration of National Poetry Month, Jane Hirshfield will visit Kepler's to provide thoughts on her new collection of verse, "The Beauty," and book of essays, "Ten Windows." March 31, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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Barney Frank on 'Frank: A Life in Politics'
Longtime Congressman Barney Frank will talk about his memoir "Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage," which tells how a disheveled, intellectually combative gay Jew became a powerful and effective member of Congress. April 1, 7:30 p.m. $25 general; $12.50 student with ID. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City.

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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on 'The Buried Giant'
Kazuo Ishiguro, celebrated author of "Never Let Me Go" and "The Remains of the Day," will share his first novel in nearly a decade, "The Buried Giant." April 2, 7:30 p.m. $20 general; $10 student with ID. Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for the Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.

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Author Jacqueline Winspear on 'A Dangerous Place'
Jacqueline Winspear will visit Kepler's to read from her Maisie Dobbs mystery "A Dangerous Place" -- only two days after its publication date. April 6, 7:30 p.m. $20 general. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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Xconomy Forum: Robo Madness West
Xconomy will hold an event showcasing a new generation of startups and investors using robotics to solve problems in retail, manufacturing, health care, agriculture, entertainment and education. April 7, 1-5 p.m. Prices vary. SRI International, 215 First St,, Menlo Park.

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Author Ann Packer on 'The Children's Crusade'
Ann Packer, award-winning author of "The Dive from Clausen's Pier," will talk about her newest novel "The Children's Crusade," which follows a California family over the course of five decades. April 7, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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Author Bruce Henderson on 'Rescue at Los Baños'
Former Stanford historian Bruce Henderson will discuss and sign his new book "Rescue at Los Baños: The Most Daring Prison Camp Raid of World War II," which tells a true story of a military rescue in the Philippines. April 9, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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Author Erik Larson on 'Dead Wake'
100 years after the Lusitania disaster, Erik Larson -- bestselling author of "Thunderstruck" and "The Devil in the White City" -- will discuss his newest book "Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania." April 13, 7:30 p.m. $35 (includes a signed copy of 'Dead Wake'). Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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Author Skip Horack on 'The Other Joseph'
Skip Horak, a former Jones Lecturer and Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, will provide a peak into his book "The Other Joseph," about a man driven by his brother's legacy to embark on a journey of redemption. April 15, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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Author Beth Shapiro on 'How to Clone a Mammoth'
UC Santa Cruz professor Beth Shapiro will talk about her book "How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of de-Extinction," illuminating the astonishing and controversial process of bringing extinct species back to life. April 16, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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Autism Spectrum Disorders Update
The Stanford Autism Center at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford will hold its eighth annual Autism Spectrum Disorders Update, an event that gives community members a chance to learn about new autism research and therapies at Stanford. April 18, 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $125 registration fee. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez St., Stanford.

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Author Jennifer Jacquet on 'Is Shame Necessary?'
New York University professor Jennifer Jacquet will discuss ideas from her book "Is Shame Necessary? New Uses for an Old Tool," in which she argues that shaming can be used as form of resistance. April 21, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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Author Jane Smiley on 'Early Warning'
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley will share "Early Warning," the second installment in The Last Hundred Years trilogy which chronicles the journey of the Langdon family through mid-century America. May 5, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.