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An Evening of Poetry and Prose
Peninsula Literary will hold a reading at Gallery House, featuring authors Kristi Moos and Kevin Sharp and welcoming guest readers Paul Carroll, Mary-Marcia Casoly, Sibel Sayiner and Preeva Tramiel. Jan. 30, 7-9 p.m. $10 donation. Gallery House, 320 California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

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Author Andrea Weir on 'A Foolish Consistency'
Local author Andrea Weir will share her debut novel "A Foolish Consistency," a love story that examines the repercussions of ignored fear and grief. Feb. 2, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.

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Author Michael Shermer on 'The Moral Arc'
Michael Shermer will come to Kepler's Books to discuss and sign his book "The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom," a work of skepticism, science and reason. Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m. $10 student; $20 general. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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Northern California artists talk
This talk will focus on the Northern California art scene from 1950s through the '80s, highlighting the work of Richard Diebenkorn, Wayne Thiebaud and Robert Arneson. Feb. 2, 7-8 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

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Veterinary Technology Internship & Career Fair
The Foothill College Veterinary Technology Program will host an internship and career fair for students and professionals working in veterinary medicine. RSVP is required. Feb. 4, 5:30-8 p.m. Free; $3 parking. Foothill College, Campus Center Dining Room, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

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Author Sandip Roy on 'Don't Let Him Know'
Sandip Roy will speak in conversation with Richard Rodriguez about his debut work of fiction, "Don't Let Him Know," which captures multiple generations of immigrant family life. Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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Author Michael Shermer on 'The Moral Arc'
Michael Shermer, the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine and a columnist for the Scientific American, will discuss his latest book, "The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom." Feb. 4, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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Author Thomas Kirsch on 'The Jungian Life'
Thomas B. Kirsch, M.D., a current faculty member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, will discuss his memoir, "The Jungian Life," which tells of his upbringing by two first-generation Jungian analysts and his career as a psychologist. Feb. 4, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
 

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'Everything was a Matter of Life and Death'
In this talk sponsored by the Center for Ethics in Society, Larissa MacFarquhar, a New Yorker staff writer since 1998, will tell the story of a woman from the Los Angeles ghetto who opted for the path of nursing over the abstractions of the peace and justice movement. Feb. 5, 7 p.m. Free. Cemex Auditorium, 655 Knight Way, Stanford.
 

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'Lentil Underground' book release
This book launch event for "Lentil Underground" will feature author Liz Carlisle and a group of Montana farmers discussing climate change, diversified farming and the future of the food system. Feb. 6, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Shriram Center, Room 104, 443 Via Ortega, Stanford.

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Philosophy Talk radio show tapings
Philosophy Talk, an award-winning radio show, will hold two public tapings of new programs: "Democracy in America" at 4:30 p.m., featuring political scientist Francis Fukuyama, and "Morality in a Godless World" at 7:30 p.m., featuring humanist chaplain Jonathan Figdor. Feb. 6, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Free. Annenberg Auditorium, Crothers Way, Stanford.
 

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Woodside First Friday with Bill Davidow
For this Woodside First Friday Series event, local author Bill Davidow will speak on the topic of "Controlling the Consumer via the Internet." Feb. 6, 7-8 p.m. Free. Woodside Independence Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside.
 

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Travel writer Susan Van Allen
Susan Van Allen will discuss her latest work of travel writing, "50 Places in Rome, Florence, and Venice Every Woman Should Go," which provides details a variety tips to make the most of a trip to Italy. Feb. 6, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
 

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'Confidence, Posture, and Poise'
Dana Ben-Yahuda will give a free talk at the Oshman Family JCC about the importance of body awareness and posture in exuding confidence. Feb. 7, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Oshman Family JCC, Room E-104, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

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'Downton Abbey' library lecture
Dr. DiAnn Ellis will give an illustrated lecture about the social-historical and geopolitical contexts surrounding the story of "Downton Abbey." She will also share highlights from her visit to Highclere Castle. Tea and biscuits will be served; those interested should RSVP to the Atherton Library. Feb. 7, 1-3:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Town Council Chambers, 94 Ashfield Road, Atherton.
 

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Early Spring Garden Tasks talks
Master Gardeners will give three 20-minute talks on drip irrigation system maintenance, controlling weeds and starting warm season vegetables. Each lecture will be given three times, so attendees may go to one of each or repeat one for clarification. Feb. 7, 10-11 a.m. Free. Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto.
 

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Author John Burley on 'The Forgetting Place'
John Burley, author of the award-winning "The Absence of Mercy," will share his latest work of psychological suspense, "The Forgetting Place." Feb. 10, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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Rachel Gillum on 'Muslim-American Attitude Formation'
Rachel Gillum, a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford's Center for International Conflict and Negotiation, will give a talk called "Muslim-American Attitude Formation Toward U.S. Law Enforcement," in which she will share results from a national survey of Muslim Americans. Feb. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Pigott Hall, Room 113, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
 

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Lath Carlson on 'Body Metrics'
At this Technology and Society Committee Luncheon Forum event, Lath Carlson -- vice president of exhibits and content development at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose -- will describe a new permanent exhibit called "Body Metrics: Exploring the Digital You." Feb. 10, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. $12 lunch. Hangen Szechuan Restaurant, 134 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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Workforce Diversity Summit
This summit will provide employers with practical strategies to identify, acquire, retain and foster a diverse workforce representing different ethnicities, genders, ages, sexual orientations and abilities. Feb. 10, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $495-$999. Microsoft, Silicon Valley Campus, 1065 La Avenida St., Mountain View.
 

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Stanford Executive Briefings with Susan Packard
At this Stanford Executive Briefing, Susan Packard, who led the successful growth of Scripps Interactive Network's HGTV cable network, will talk about "Three Keys to Building a Thriving Organization." Feb. 11, 7:30-9 a.m. $60. Stanford Faculty Club, 439 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.
 

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Author Steven Herrmann on 'Spiritual Democracy'
Steven Herrmann, a recognized author and Jungian psychotherapist, will his exploration of the "shaman-poets" Walt Whitman, Herman Melville and Emily Dickinson in his book "Spiritual Democracy: The Wisdom of Early American Visionaries for the Journey Forward." Feb. 11, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.

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Author Eric Topol on 'The Patient Will See You Now'
Eric Topol, M.D., will share his recently published book "The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands," in which he discusses how technology is beginning to give patients more control over their medical care. Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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Mountain View library tours
The Mountain View Public Library will offer two tours for the public: one at 6 p.m. providing a virtual tour of the library's e-book offerings, and the other at 6:30 p.m. guiding attendees through the physical collections and offering a glimpse behind the scenes. Feb. 12, 6-7 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

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Asian-American literature with Dr. Noelle Brada-Williams
Dr. Noelle Brada-Williams, founder and editor of Asian American Literature: Discourses & Pedagogies, will speak at BookBuyers' new community space on Asian-American literature. All are welcome. Feb. 17, 8 p.m. Free. BookBuyers Mountain View, 317 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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'Creating a Native Garden in a Parking Strip'
Carrie Jensen of the California Native Plant Society will discuss how to transform a parking strip into an attractive refuge for drought-tolerant plants. Feb. 17, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

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'Condors and People'
As part of the Audubon Speaker Series, condor researcher Nicole Sault will give a presentation called "Condors and People: How We Live (or Die) Together," discussing how people view condors in the Andes as well as the challenges the birds face in California today. Feb. 18, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Cubberley Community Center, Room H1, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

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Author David Axelrod on 'Believer'
David Axelrod, a veteran political consultant and adviser, will discuss with Computer History Museum CEO John Hollar his career and mission to inspire new leaders, a story told in his book "Believer." Registration is requested. Feb. 18, noon-1 p.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N Shoreline, Mountain View.
 

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Author John Evans on 'Young Widower'
John W. Evans, a recent Stegner Fellow and a creative writing professor at Stanford University, will discuss his memoir "Young Widower," which tells how in 2007 his wife Katie was separated from the group during a hiking trip and was mauled to death by a brown bear. Feb. 18, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.

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Author Pamela Gullard in conversation with Richard Moran
Pam Gullard, author of recently released "Through the Gates: Eighty-Five Years of Menlo College and its Times," will discuss the school's past, present and future with Menlo College President Richard Moran. The event will begin with a reception with refreshments, followed by the presentation at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19, 7-9 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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Wedding planning tips with Lisa Francesca and Alison Hotchkiss
Wedding experts Lisa Francesca and Alison Hotchkiss will share tips for planning a wedding ceremony and celebration, as discussed in their respective books "The Wedding Officiant's Guide" and "Destination Wedding Planner" and "All the Essentials Wedding Planner." Feb. 19, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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Author Elias Castillo on 'A Cross of Thorns'
Elias Castillo, a three-time Pulitzer Prize-nominee, will talk about his deep look at the history of the Franciscan friars and their enslavement of California Native Americans in "A Cross of Thorns." Feb. 19, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
 

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'When Shoreline was Stierlin'
The Mountain View Historical Association will hold a lecture about the North Bayshore area before Google or Shoreline Park, when the area was a rural neighborhood with farms, dairies, dumps, and a rollercoaster plant. Feb. 22, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. The Historic Adobe Building, 157 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.
 

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Author Randy Henderson on 'Finn Fancy Necromancy'
Randy Henderson will share his dark and quirky debut novel "Finn Fancy Necromancy," a fantasy which follows perpetual teenager Finn Gramaraye's quest to prove his innocence against false accusations. Feb. 23, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.

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'Around the World in a Grumman Albatross'
Venture capitalist Reid Dennis will give a slide lecture about his around-the-world trip in a Grunman Albatross seaplane in which he retraced Amelia Earhart's final flight in 1937. Pre-registration is required. Feb. 24, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $25 at the door; $20 online by Feb. 18. Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

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Medieval Matters: 'Magna Carta at 800'
As part of the Medieval Matters lecture series, medieval historian David Carpenter from Kings College London and American historian Jack N. Rakove from Stanford will talk about the history and legacy of the Magna Carta. Feb. 25, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. School of Education, Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
 

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Author Steven Nightingale on 'Granada'
Poet and novelist Steven Nightingale will share "Granada: A Pomegranate in the Hand of God," in which he plumbs the rich history and culture of his adopted city. Feb. 26, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
 

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'The Social and Economic Impact of Climate Change'
For this Cafe Scientifique Silicon Valley event at SRI International, 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, SRI's International Building, Ringwood Avenue at Middlefield Road, Menlo Park.

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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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'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.