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Benefits/FundraisersAbilities United Authors Luncheon
For this annual fundraising event, Diane Ackerman, LeUyen Pham, Maggie Shipstead and David Thomson will discuss their work, share stories about their writing experiences and reveal their inspirations. Nov. 1, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $175 general. Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
Benefits/FundraisersRace Against PH
The 14th annual Race Against PH will draw community members to Stanford campus to run or walk a 5K and raise awareness of Pulmonary Hypertension, a blood vessel disorder that affects adults and children. Nov. 2, 9-11 a.m. See website for registration fees. Stanford University Pac-12 Plaza, Galvez Street and Nelson Road, Stanford.
Benefits/FundraisersJunior Achievement Business Hall of Fame
Junior Achievement's annual fundraiser will celebrate the role of Bay Area business executives in the success of students in the organization's programs. Contact Junior Achievement for additional information. Nov. 6, 5 p.m. $375 general; table and other prices offered. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Benefits/FundraisersHoliday Gift Boutique
This event at All Saints Episcopal Church will include 20 vendors offering jewelry, bath and body care products, wooden creations and artwork from Nicaragua and the Orient. The event will benefit scholarships for students in southeast Mexico. Nov. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
Benefits/FundraisersBack Street Bazaar Fundraiser
Zohar School of Dance and Bluestone Imports will hold a fashion and jewelry show with items from Turkey, the Silk Road and Venice, including scarves, capes, purses, jewelry, hats, towels and hamdmade rugs. A portion of sales will go to the Zohar School of Dance. Nov. 8, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Zohar School of Dance, 4000 Middlefield Road, Bldg. L, Room 4, Palo Alto.
Benefits/FundraisersDodgeball Fundraiser Tournament
The Silicon Valley Dodgeball Charity Challenge will raise money for Project WeHOPE, a nonprofit homeless shelter serving the Palo Alto area. The event will also include a raffle, silent auction and food. Those interested can sign up as a team or individual. Nov. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $50. Lewis and Joan Platt East Palo Alto YMCA, 550 Bell St., East Palo Alto.
Benefits/Fundraisers'Compassion Is In Fashion'
This fashion show with clothing and accessories provided by Brick Monkey of Redwood City will benefit local charity Project Read. Light refreshments will be served. Nov. 9, 3-5 p.m. $50. Brick Monkey, 2400 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Benefits/FundraisersFriends of the Palo Alto Library book sale
Friends of the Palo Alto Library will offer its next monthly sale of thousands of gently used books and media, to benefit Palo Alto libraries. The children's and bargain rooms open at 10 a.m. on Saturday; on Sunday, the bargain room is 50 percent off or $5 per bag. Nov. 8 and 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Benefits/FundraisersLa Entrada School Used Book Fair
La Entrada Middle School will host a used book fair, where there will be more than 6,000 books at prices ranging from $1 to $8. 100 percent of proceeds will support La Entrada. Only cash and checks will be accepted. Nov. 10, 12, 13 and 14, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Prices vary. La Entrada School, Multi-Use Room, 2200 Sharon Road, Menlo Park.
Benefits/FundraisersSillycon Valley LOL
Sillycon Valley LOL will hold a one-night comedy event benefiting Alzheimer's Association research and honoring Margaret and Jamis MacNiven of Buck's Restaurant. Nov. 16, 7:45-10:15 p.m. $60, $75 or $100 depending on seating. Woodside Performing Arts Center, Woodside High School, 199 Churchill Ave., Woodside.
Benefits/FundraisersMarketplace for The Kilgoris Project
This pop-up boutique organized by The Kilgoris Project will offer handmade items from Africa, the U.S. and around the world. Proceeds will benefit a Maasai community in Kilgoris, Kenya, through education, health and opportunity programs. Nov. 13-16, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Marketplace for The Kilgoris Project, 359 State St., Los Altos.
Benefits/FundraisersFoothill College Holiday Pottery Sale
Foothill College will hold its holiday pottery sale, where students will sell ceramic functional ware and sculptures, including bowls, vases, figures and more. Cash, checks and money orders accepted. Proceeds benefit the college's ceramics department. Dec. 2-4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free; $3 parking. Foothill College, Cesar Chavez Plaza, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Benefits/FundraisersGarden Club Holiday Marketplace
The Garden Club of Palo Alto will hold its Holiday Marketplace, where community members can find jams and candies, decorated wreaths, garden art, potted paperwhites and more. The event raises funds for community horticultural projects. Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto.