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Lectures & Talks'Downton Abbey: The Music & the Era'
Music historian Dulais Rhys will give an interactive, audiovisual presentation that will interest fans of the TV show "Downton Abbey" and students of Edwardian England. Dec. 1, 7-8 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksBarry Eisler on 'The Art of Storytelling'
For this Curious Conversation event, author and former CIA operative Barry Eisler will walk the audience through his process in writing a story, from coming up with an initial idea to character development and publishing. Those interested are encourage to reserve a spot on the website. Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m. Free. Curious.com Headquarters, 100 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksPercolate Coffee Talk
Held in conjunction with the exhibit "Front Yard/Backstreet," the Palo Alto Art Center's "Percolate: Coffee Talks to Fuel the Mind" lecture series will next welcome David Evan Harris, research director and curator for Institute for the Future and executive director of the Global Lives Project. Dec. 3, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksMultimedia slideshow on global journey
Jamie Bianchini, an author and intercultural adventure cyclist, will offer a multimedia slideshow sharing photos, videos, music and inspirational stories from his eight-year and 81-country expedition around the world. Dec. 3, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. REI Mountain View, 2450 Charleston Road, Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksFormer ambassador Richard Williams talk (Part two)
Former U.S. ambassador Richard Williams will continue his discussion of his experience in the U.S. State Department, recalling adventures and pivotal moments of working as an American diplomat in China on the brink of the country's transformation. Dec. 3, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Sheila Hamilton on 'All the Things We Never Knew'
Shine On Collaborative will host a cocktail reception for author and journalist Sheila Hamilton, who will discuss memoir, "All the Things We Never Knew." It chronicles her life as a partner and caregiver to her husband, who suffered from bipolar disorder. Dec. 4, 5-7 p.m. Free. Gravity Wine Bar, 544 Emerson Ave., Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Rethinking Business Leadership'
At this Churchill Club event, author Jeffrey Pfeffer will lead an eye-opening discussion about the leadership industry and approaches to leading others. Dec. 4, 7:30-9 a.m. $30 Churchill Club member; $45 nonmember. Fenwick & West, 801 California St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAsian Art Museum docent lecture on 'Looking East'
The Atherton Library will present a docent lecture based on the Asian Art Museum exhibit 'Looking East: How Japan Inspired Monet, Van Gogh, and Other Western Artists.' Accompanied by a slideshow, the talk will explore Western styles and themes influenced by Japanese art. Dec. 5, 2-3 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Janet McGovern on 'Images of America: Menlo Park'
Janet McGovern will share a book she co-authored, the recently published "Images of America: Menlo Park," and talk about her experience searching for photographs and studying Menlo Park's history. Dec. 6, 2 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'Palo Alto's Treasure Trove: Photos from the Guy Miller Archives'
At this Palo Alto Historical Association event, resident historian Steve Saiger and technology expert Brian George will give a presentation sharing a selection of photos, and the tales behind them, from the thousands of images in the Guy Miller Archives. Dec. 6, 2-4 p.m. Free. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Women in Transition: Financial Strategies for Women'
The Los Altos Library and the SVFPA will present a talk called "Women in Transition: Financial Strategies for Women," which will suggest ways for women facing retirement, the death of a spouse or divorce to grow and protect their portfolios and maintain their lifestyles through investing. Dec. 7, 2-4 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksHarriet Katz on college applications for art students
Creative Kid College Coach Harriet Katz will give a talk entitled "Successful College Applications: Showcase Your Achievements in the Arts." She will educate parents and students on the benefits of an arts education and how to position the arts for competitive advantage in college applications. Dec. 7, 7-8 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'The Secret Life of Microearthquakes'
The Peninsula Geological Society will hold one of its dinner and lecture events at Stanford University, this time featuring a presentation by Dennise Templeton of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on the phenomenon of microearthquakes, which occur billions of times around the globe each year. Dec. 8, 5:15-8:30 p.m. $35 general dinner; $8 student dinner; free for lecture. Mitchell Earth Sciences, Hartley Conference Center, 397 Panama Mall, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksReBoot Accelerator for Women reception and panel
ReBoot Accelerator for Women will host a free resource fair, panel and wine reception for women interested in returning to the work force. Attendees will hear from women who have recently returned to full- and part-time work, and experts will give advice and discuss the Reboot process. Dec. 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. GSVlabs, 425 Broadway, Redwood City.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Peter Schattner on 'Sex, Love and DNA'
Peter Schattner -- an award-winning scientist, educator and writer -- will discuss his book "Sex, Love and DNA," which explores how molecular biology today is changing how humans understand sex, love, communication, emotions and mortality. The event is part of the Technology and Society Committee Luncheon Forum. Dec. 9, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. $12 lunch. Hangen Szechuan Restaurant, 134 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'The Future of Work' panel
At this free Jive Software panel event, Jacob Morgan will moderate a lively discussion with executives from high-tech companies, including Cisco, Pandora, LinkedIn, SugarCRM and Net Suite. They will talk about the increasing diversity of organizational models and workforces that is changing what workplaces look like today. Dec. 10, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. HanaHaus, 456 University Ave., Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Anita Diamant on 'The Boston Girl'
Oshman Family JCC will welcome acclaimed author Anita Diamant for a discussion of her new book, "The Boston Girl," a tale about a young Jewish woman growing up in early 20th-century Boston that explores family ties and values, friendship and feminism. Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. $25 first three rows; $20 general; $15 member, J-Pass; $30 at the door. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksWallace Stegner Lecture: Alice Waters
As part of the Peninsula Open Space Trust's annual Wallace Stegner Lectures, chef Alice Waters will speak on "Why Eating Good Food Makes for Good Ecology." Waters is founder of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, an author and a world-renowned food movement leader. Nov. 19, 8-9 p.m. $40. Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.