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Cafe Conversation with Aaron Boyd
This year's Music@Menlo summer festival focusing on Franz Schubert will include a handful of Cafe Conversations, informal discussions led by artists and distinguished guests that explore music and arts-related issues. This event will feature Aaron Boyd, violinist from the Escher String Quartet. July 27, 11:45 a.m. Free. Menlo School, Martin Family Hall, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.

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Author Richard Kadrey on 'Killing Pretty'
Richard Kadrey, creator and writer of the Vertigo comics mini-series "Accelerate," will talk about "Killing Pretty," the latest (seventh) chapter of the paranormal fantasy series Sandman Slim. July 28, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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Cafe Conversation with Visual Artist Katia Setzer
This year's Music@Menlo summer festival focusing on Franz Schubert will include a handful of Cafe Conversations, informal discussions led by artists and distinguished guests that explore music and arts-related issues. This event will feature Music@Menlo's visual artist, Katia Setzer. July 28, 11:45 a.m. Free. Menlo School, Stent Family Hall, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
 

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Author Melissa Cistaro on 'Pieces of My Mother'
Local author Melissa Cistaro will share her memoir "Pieces of My Mother," which tells how Cistaro rediscovered her mother lying on her deathbed, 35 years after she abandoned her family. July 29, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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'Five Steps to Success in the Cool-Season Garden'
This UC Master Gardeners talk will offer tips for local gardeners on effectively growing vegetables during the cool season. Topics to be covered include soil preparation, timing and spacing for plantings, pest control and responding to weather. July 29, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

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'Water, Water, Everywhere and Not a Drop?'
This public event held by local Dartmouth and Harvard alumni associations will feature a panel about the water crisis moderated by Rick DeGolia, Atherton mayor, and with participants including Felicia Marcus, chair of the California State Water Resources Control Board. The panel will explore regulatory, behavioral and moral issues important to adjusting to the state's current and future water situation. July 30, 6-8:30 p.m. $30 member; $45 nonmember. University Club, 3277 Miranda Ave., Palo Alto.

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'Job Hunting, Networking, and Interviewing'
At the next Curious Conversation, career coach Diane Zoi will demystify the processes of figuring out one's calling, writing effective resumes and cover letters, and preparing for interviews. July 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Curious.com Headquarters, 100 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park.
 

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'The Giant Cascadia Earthquake of January 26, 1700'
For the U.S. Geological Survey's July Evening Public Lecture, Brian Atwater of USGS Seattle will offer a talk entitled "The Giant Cascadia Earthquake of January 26, 1700: Detective Stories from North America and Japan." July 30, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. U.S. Geological Survey, Rambo Auditorium, Building 3, 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park.
 

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Michelle K. Lee of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
At this Churchill Club event, Michelle K. Lee, head of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will discuss issues of critical interest to Silicon Valley and innovation. July 30, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $25 Churchill Club member; $35 nonmember. Microsoft Corporation, Silicon Valley Campus, Building 1, 1065 La Avenida St., Mountain View.

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Author Teri Dunn Chace on 'Seeing Flowers'
Author Teri Dunn Chace will give a presentation discussing images from her book "Seeing Flowers: Discover the Hidden Life of Flowers," which shares the exquisite detail of flower structures captured using a unique photo process. Aug. 1, 2-3:30 p.m. $25 member; $35 nonmember. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside.
 

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'If the Computer Fits, Wear it!'
Tech pioneers Thad Starner and Greg Priest-Dorman will speak with Marc Weber, the Computer History Museum's history program founder, about the changes that have made consumer wearable technology more user-friendly, as well their personal experiences with wearable tech. Online registration is requested. Aug. 3, noon-1:30 p.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
 

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Encounter III: 'Winter Journey: Schubertís Final Years'
At the Music@Menlo summer festival's final Encounter, Ara Guzelimian, provost and dean of the Juilliard School, will discuss the increasingly personal and poignant voice found in the music of composer Franz Schubert's final years. Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m. $46 general; $20 under age 30. Menlo School, Martin Family Hall, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.

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Author Anil Ananthaswamy on 'The Man Who Wasn't There'
Anil Ananthaswamy, an acclaimed science journalist, will discuss his new book "The Man Who Wasn't There: Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self," which examines neuroscience research on a handful of disorders and diseases to make some conclusions about the human sense of self. Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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'70 Years After Hiroshima'
Jackie Cabasso, a recognized leader in the global nuclear disarmament movement, will discuss the recent Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nations, as well as comment on the state of the disarmament movement, including the impact of the recent Iran deal. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Aug. 4, 7-8 p.m. Free. Midpeninsula Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Cafe Conversation with Ara Guzelimian and David Finckel
This year's Music@Menlo summer festival focusing on Franz Schubert will include a handful of Cafe Conversations, informal discussions led by artists and distinguished guests that explore music and arts-related issues. This event will feature Ara Guzelimian and David Finckel. Aug. 5, 11:45 a.m. Free. Menlo School, Martin Family Hall, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.

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Author Ruth Galm on 'Into the Valley'
Kepler's Books will help local writer Ruth Galm celebrate the release of her first novel "Into the Valley," an emotional tale written with vivid cultural details portraying the American West. Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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'Helping Parents Age with Grace'
At this Curious Conversation event, Rita Ghatak, the founder of Aging Adult Services at Stanford University, will share how to develop a plan for successfully caring for older family members, as well as how to find support throughout the process. Aug. 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Curious.com Headquarters, 100 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park.

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Author Paula McLain on 'Circling the Sun'
Paula McLain, bestselling author of "The Paris Wife," will chat about her new novel "Circling the Sun," which follows record-setting female aviator Beryl Markham in 1920s colonial Kenya. Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m. $20 general. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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'Drought and its Consequences for You and Your Garden'
Master Gardener David Peterson will give a talk explaining how the drought affects home gardens, including its impact on plant life and soil. Topics to be covered also include watering efficiently and native and Mediterranean plants adapted to low-water climates. There will also be time for questions. Aug. 8, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

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Author Peter Schattner on 'Sex, Love and DNA'
At the next Technology and Society Committee Luncheon Forum, researcher and teacher Peter Schattner will discuss his book "Sex, Love and DNA: What Molecular Biology Teaches Us ABout Being Human." Aug. 11, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. $12 lunch. Hangen Szechuan Restaurant, 134 Castro St., Mountain View.

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Author Meg Waite Clayton on 'The Race for Paris'
Meg Waite Clayton will attend a launch party for her new novel "The Race for Paris," a story based on the exploits of two real-life female reporters during World War II. Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m. $15 general; $30 premier (includes book). Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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'How to Become a Citizen'
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will give a presentation offering a step-by-step description of the naturalization process. There will also be a mock naturalization interview, and questions will be answered in English and Spanish. Participants will receive a free DVD and test preparation materials. Aug. 12, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

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Author Alice LaPlante on 'Coming of Age at the End of Days'
Alice LaPlante will return from Spain to debut her new novel "Coming of Age at the End of Days," a psychological thriller that depicts the consequences of one teenager's misguided convictions. Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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Dr. Scott Myers-Lipton on 'Ending Extreme Inequality'
Scott Myers-Lipton, professor of sociology from San Jose State University, will give a presentation about his book "Ending Extreme Inequality: An Economic Bill of Rights to Eliminate Poverty." Copies of his book will be available for purchase at the event. Aug. 19, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free (contributions requested). First Baptist Church, Parlor Room, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto.

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Author Adam Johnson on 'Fortune Smiles'
Adam Johnson, professor of English at Stanford University and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his novel "The Orphan Master's Son," will share his newest work "Fortune Smiles," a collection of six stories delving into love and loss, natural disasters and the influence of technology. Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m. $20 general. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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'How I Did It: Creating a Bird-Friendly Garden'
James Howard, district conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in San Mateo County, will tips on creating an inexpensive native wildlife habit that provides food, water and shelter for birds, butterflies and bees. Aug. 20, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

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Author Louise Penny on 'The Nature of the Beast'
Louise Penny, bestselling and award-winning author of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery series, will visit Kepler's Books to share her latest installment and novel, "The Nature of the Beast." Aug. 27, 7 p.m. $20 general. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.