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Lectures & Talks'Supporting Your Child During the Transition to Middle School'
This event for parents of incoming sixth-grade students will help clarify developmental expectations and equip parents with strategies for supporting their children through the transition to middle school. Aug. 31, 7-9 p.m. Free. JLS Middle School, 480 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksRuth Reichl in conversation with Michael Krasny
For this 2015 Wallace Stegner Lecture Series talk, Ruth Reichl -- restaurant critic, former editor of Gourmet magazine, author of multiple books and a key figure in the farm to table food movement -- will speak in conversation with Michael Krasny, host of Forum on KQED. Aug. 31, 8 p.m. $22. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'Starting Over After a Death or Divorce from a Life Partner'
Vicki Panagotacos, Ph.D., author of "Gaining Traction," will give a lecture that draws from her years of experience helping individuals heal from the loss of a life partner. Attendees will gain tools to harness anxiety, cope with uncertainty, and help decide when to say "yes" or "no to a new relationship. RSVP by phone is requested. Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m. Free. East West Bookshop, 324 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Jerry Kaplan on 'Humans Need Not Apply'
Jerry Kaplan -- a serial entrepreneur, innovator and futurist -- will share his timely and accessible analysis, "Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence." Sept. 3, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Constance L. Vincent on 'Not Going Gently'
At this event organized by the Menlo Park Library, Constance L. Vincent, Ph.D., will talk about the experiences and ideas behind her book, "Not Going Gently: A Psychologist Fights Back Against Alzheimer's for Her Mother...and Perhaps Herself." Friends of the Library will provide refreshments. Sept. 5, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksParenting Discussion, Food and Wine Evening
This event at Glossy Nails will include a discussion with the local authors of "If Only Someone Had Told Me: Wickedly Straight Talk About Parenting Kids Ages 0-6." There will be a book signing, with copies available for purchase. Those interested should email to RVSP. Spa treatments are optional. Sept. 9, 6:30 p.m. Free. Glossy Nails, 2180 W. Bayshore Road, #110, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Charles Kaiser on 'The Cost of Courage'
Charles Kaiser, a former New York Times and Wall Street Journal reporter, will share details about his nonfiction book "The Cost of Courage," which tells the story of Boulloche family's leadership in the French Resistance against Nazi Germany. Sept. 9, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksComedy Night Out: Adam Mansbach and Alan Zweibel
This event at Kepler's will include beer, snacks and raunchy humor from Adam Mansbach, author of "Go to the F* Sleep," and Alan Zweibel, author of "Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain in My ...!" Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m. $10 general. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'Creating Spirituality Through Architectural Design'
Martin Bernstein -- a widely respected Bay Area architect who focuses on residences, community building and synagogues -- will give a talk entitled "Creating Spirituality Through Architectural Design." Sept. 10, 7:30-9 p.m. $15. Congregation Emek Beracha, 4102 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksMidpen Media Center Mosaic Event
This family-friendly event celebrating 25 years of community storytelling will include a talk by keynote speaker John C. Hollar from the Computer History Museum on the topic of community storytelling's future. Sept. 13, 2-5 p.m. Free. Midpeninsula Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Essential Knowledge for Transition'
Marco Vangelisti will begin a three-part lecture series that offers an eye-opening and plainspoken look at the current economic and monetary system, including how it affects the general public and what can be done about it. Sept. 13, noon-2 p.m. $10 donation requested. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, 2124 Brewster Ave., Redwood City.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Marina Krakovsky on 'The Middleman Economy'
Marina Krakovsky will discuss her new nonfiction book "The Middleman Economy," which investigates the important roles played by middlemen -- agents, brokers, dealers and other go-betweeners -- in today's world. Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Stephanie Clifford on 'Everybody Rise'
Stephanie Clifford will talk about her debut novel, "Everybody Rise," in which she portrays the triumphs and agonies of a young woman in a new and puzzling world. Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Daniel J. Siegel on 'Brainstorm'
Daniel Siegel, M.D., an author and UCLA psychiatrist, will discuss his book "Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain," which examines the heightened social, emotional and creative energy that drives teen behavior. Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m. $10 general. Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
Lectures & TalksJohn Markoff and Jerry Kaplan on artificial intelligence
John Markoff, author of "Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots," will chat with entrepreneur and innovator Jerry Kaplan about the future of artificial intelligence. Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m. $20 general. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthors Cassandra Clare and Holly Black on 'The Copper Gauntlet'
Bestselling authors Cassandra Clare and Holly Black will share and sign the second book in their Magisterium fantasy series, "The Copper Gauntlet." To enter the signing line, visitors must have a copy of series' first or second book. Sept. 18, 7 p.m. $10 general. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'Innovation, Poverty and Silicon Valley'
AbleWorks will hold its fourth annual forum, where a panel of leaders from different sectors will discuss whether innovation and technology in Silicon Valley is helping to solve or making worse a range of poverty-related issues. Sept. 24, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Becoming a Real Doctor' readings
Members of the Stanford Pegasus Physician Writers will read their original fiction, poetry and non-fiction, which emphasize medical education and the journey to becoming a doctor. RSVP is requested. Sept. 24, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Li Ka Shing Center for Teaching and Learning, 291 Campus Drive, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksAsk a VC Silicon Valley
Held by Tech Breakfast, this event will provide entrepreneurs an opportunity to hear from the region's top investors and pitch ideas to peers and investors. There will be two panels, two Lighting Rounds and a Venture Fair. 8:30 a.m.-noon. $29. AOL Palo Alto, 395 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Christopher Moore on 'Secondhand Souls'
Acclaimed comedic writer Christopher Moore will share his book "Secondhand Souls," the sequel to "A Dirty Job" that begins with the souls of the dead disappearing in San Francisco. Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m. $20 general. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly' A Physician's First Year
Matt McCarthy, M.D., will read excerpts from his new memoir, "The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician's First Year," which follows a year during his medical internship at a New York hospital. A book signing will take place after the event. RSVP is requested. Sept. 29, 6 p.m. Free. Stanford Bookstore, 519 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksAbilities United Authors Luncheon
This annual luncheon will bring together four recognized authors -- Annie Barrow, Thomas Mallon, Pam Muņoz Ryan and Ashlee Vance -- to discuss their work, share stories about writing and talk about their inspiration. Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $150. Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksYour Infinite World program
Little House Activity Center will offer the Your Infinite World program, which features videos from the Great Courses series in which scholars dig into a number of fascinating topics. The first series will be "Great American Music: Broadway Musicals," led by Professor Bill Messenger of the Peabody Institute. Aug. 25-Dec. 29, 1-3 p.m. $5 one class. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.