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Lectures & Talks'Caring for your Shrubs'
Master Gardener Roberta Barnes will give a presentation about choosing and planting shrubs, as well as different ways of pruning them and how to know which technique to use. Questions are welcome. Feb. 12, 1:30-3 p.m. Free. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Azadeh Tabazadeh on 'The Sky Detective'
Azadeh Tabazadeh, an award-winning author and scientist, will discuss her memoir "The Sky Detective," which tells of her harrowing escape from Iran in the early 1980s and path to realizing a childhood dream and becoming a NASA scientist. Feb. 16, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Daniel Burwen on 'Operation Ajax'
Daniel Burwen, founder and creative director of Cognito Comics, will share his immersive graphic novel "Operation Ajax: The Story of the CIA Coup That Remade the Middle East." Feb. 16, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAudubon Speaker Series: Doug Bell
At this Audubon Speaker Series event, longtime student of raptors Doug Bell will give a lecture entitled "How Can Golden Eagles Survive in the Altamont Pass?" The Audubon Speaker Series features scientists, photographers, authors, international travelers and others speaking on various topics related to birds and their environment. Feb. 17, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Cubberley Community Center, Room H1, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksRichard Baxter on the benefits of bees
The De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society will welcome Richard Baxter, owner of Golden Harvest Bees in Redwood City, who will give a presentation on the area's native bees and the importance of pollinators. Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m. Free. Hillview Community Center, Room 12, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksAlexander Nemerov and Scott Sagan on 'Red Horse'
Stanford University faculty members Alexander Nemerov and Scott Sagan will give interdisciplinary perspectives on the Cantor Art Center's special exhibition "Red Horse: Drawings of the Battle of the Little Bighorn." The doors will open at 5:15 p.m., and attendees can enter through the main lobby or Diekman Rotunda. Feb. 17, 5:15-7 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksPeter Gleick on 'Water and California'
As part of Acterra's Public Lecture Series, Pacific Institute President Peter Gleick will lead a discussion on the region's water questions, issues and solutions, entitled "Water and California: Where Do We Go From Here?" Feb. 17, 7:30-9 p.m. Free; $10 general. LinkedIn, 580 N. Mary Ave., Sunnyvale.
Lectures & Talks'Believe & Never Look Back'
The Israeli Executives & Founders Forum and Hadassah of Silicon Valley will host Jeff Pulver, a globally renowned leader, early-stage investor and Internet pioneer. He will give a presentation on the importance of focusing on what one believes in and living passions and dreams. Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m. Free by Feb. 16; $10 after. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksINET- Internet of Things Conference
Early Internet developers and industry authorities on the Internet of Things (IoT) -- the idea that anything can have a sensor and send data to the Internet -- will take part in a conversation about the impact of IoT on the Internet, business operations, everyday life and more. The keynote speaker will be Vint Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist at Google. Feb. 18, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $15-$35. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksJackson Katz on 'More Than a Few Good Men'
World-renowned gender issues and sexual assault expert Dr. Jackson Katz will give a talk called "More Than a Few Good Men: American Manhood and Violence Against Women." The event is hosted by the Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Feb. 18, 7 p.m. Free. Cemex Auditorium, 655 Knight Way, Stanford.
Lectures & Talks'Tracking a Lost Voice: The Chinese Workers on the Transcontinental Railroad'
At this Stanford Historical Society event, Stanford University professors Gordon H. Chang and Shelly Fisher Fishkin will discuss the Chinese Railroad Workers Project, which aims to document and share the history of Chinese migrants involved in constructing the Transcontinental Railroad, including both Chinese and U.S. perspectives. Feb. 18, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Jordan Hall, Room 40, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksSilicon Valley Reads author Emmi Itaranta on 'Memory of Water'
Silicon Valley Reads featured author Emmi Itaranta will share her book "Memory of Water." This year's theme for Silicon Valley Reads is "Chance of Rain: The Impact of Climate Change on Our Lives." Feb. 20, 2-4 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksSaturday Storytime with author Nora Ericson
Books Inc. in Mountain View will hold a special Saturday Storytime with Nora Ericson reading from her picture book "Dill & Bizzy: An Odd Duck and a Strange Bird," about a duck who thinks he's ordinary and a strange bird. Feb. 20, 4-6 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksBay Area High School Research Symposium
Organized by local high school students, this symposium will allow high school students to present their research on subject areas including the life sciences, physical sciences, math, computer science, engineering and the humanities. Feb. 21, 1-5 p.m. Free. James H. Clark Center, 318 Campus Drive, Stanford.
Lectures & Talks'How to Best Tour Africa'
This free live presentation by Lion Dog African Safaris will discuss traveling to Africa, reviewing such topics as safety, the best places and times to go, food, transportation, guides and costs. No sales will be conducted during this event. Feb. 21, 7 p.m. Free. Neutra House, 183 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksAuthors Terry Shames and Susan Shea
Books Inc. will host a night of thrills and chills with local authors Terry Shames and Susan Shea, who will celebrate their recently published books "The Necessary Murder of Nonie Blake" and "Mixed Up with Murder," respectively. Feb. 22, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'Shouldn't Massacring Your Neighbors be Unforgivable?'
Philip Gourevitch -- author of the classic 1998 account of the Rwandan genocide "We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families" -- will report on the country's politics of reconciliation and its discontents, looking at how survivors and killers have to live together again as neighbors. Feb. 23, Free. Stanford Law School, room 190, 559 Nathan Abbot Way, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksWendell Berry on 'An Ethical Philosophy of Land Use'
As part of the Peninsula Open Space Trust's Wallace Stegner Lectures, Wendell Berry -- an organic farmer, author and writer -- will give a talk called "An Ethical Philosophy of Land Use: How to Care for Our Only World." Feb. 23, 8-9 p.m. $40 (plus $3 facilities fee). Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'Celebrating Founders'
Stanford University's 125th Anniversary Symposia series will continue with a conversation called 'Celebrating Founders," an evening with founders that exemplify the university's passion for pursuing big ideas. Founders from Instagram, Kiva, Netflix, Sirum and Walker & Company will be represented. Feb. 24, 6-9 p.m. $20. Cemex Auditorium, 6455 Knight Way, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Yalda T. Uhls on 'Media Moms & Digital Dads'
Dr. Yalda T. Uhls, a child psychology researcher, will discuss ideas from her book "Media Moms & Digital Dads" about how parents can navigate the rapid evolving digital landscape with their children. Feb. 24, 7:30-9 p.m. $20 general; $15 member, J-Pass holder. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Ethan Canin on 'A Doubter's Almanac'
A former figure in the Bay Area literary scene, Ethan Canin will share his latest novel, "A Doubter's Almanac," which explores the realm of higher mathematics and family legacy across multiple generations. Canin will be in conversation with Anthony Marra, a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and Canin's former student. Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'Jews and Power: A Lecture Series with Dr. Micah Goodman'
Dr. Micah Goodman, a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and a well-known voice in Israel and North America on Jewish topics and issues, will give a series of lectures discussing what it means to be a Jew today and the relationship between good leadership and good ideas. Visit the website to see the lecture schedule and topics; one lecture (Feb. 23) will take place at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills. Feb. 21, 10:30 a.m., 5 and 8:30 p.m.; Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Religion and Politics in Israel and in the Middle East'
Avishai Margalit, a professor emeritus of philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will offer his thoughts as an engaged observer from Jerusalem, who has to grapple daily with the question of what role religion plays in various conflicts in the Middle East. Feb. 25, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Stanford Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall, 424 Santa Teresa St., Stanford.
Lectures & TalksUSGS Evening Public Lecture: 'The Gold Rush and the 1906 Earthquake'
Ross S. Stein, a U.S. Geological Survey scientist emeritus and consulting professor of geophysics at Stanford University, will give a lecture entitled "The Gold Rush and the 1906 Earthquake: How they combined to create the breakthrough discovery of modern seismic science." Feb. 25, 7-8 p.m. Free. U.S. Geological Survey, 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'Wake Up Your Thyroid'
Chen Ben Asher, M.A., a board certified holistic nutrition consultant, will give a presentation on the topic of "In between Hypo and Hyper-thyroidism: use nutrition to balance your thyroid and avoid committing to a lifetime of medication." The event will include food demonstrations and samples. Feb. 29, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $15. Private location, address provided upon registration, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Peter Richardson on 'No Simple Highway'
Peter Richardson, an author and lecturer at San Francisco State University, will offer a glimpse into his latest work "No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead," looking at how the group's ideals of ecstasy, mobility and community have resonated with generations of American youth. Feb. 29, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor T.T. Monday on 'Double Switch'
T.T. Monday (Nick Taylor) will come to Kepler's for the launch of his book "Double Switch," which features the return of Johnny Adcock, a major league pitcher who moonlights as a private investigator, as he encounters a group of South American smugglers and a mysterious assassin. The author will chat with Kris Calvin about the book. March 1, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Kara Platoni on 'We Have the Technology'
Kara Platoni, an Oakland-based science writer and award-winning journalist, will chat with Kelly Vicars about Platoni's book "We Have the Technology," which reviews the latest developments in the science of sensory perception. March 3, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'Protecting Our Developing Youth: Adolescent Addiction, Prevention & Recovery'
Adolescent Counseling Services will host a seminar covering addiction, prevention and recovery. During the morning session, local expert speakers will present on topics related to adolescent addiction, and the afternoon will offer breakout discussion sessions. March 5, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, 2031 Pulgas Ave., East Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Shirin Ebadi on 'Until We Are Free'
Shirin Ebadi, the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, will share and sign "Until We Are Free," a nonfiction book describing her struggles working as a human rights lawyer defending women and children from a brutal regime in Iran. March 9, 7:30 p.m. $20 general. Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
Lectures & TalksArtist Gregory Edwards in conversation with Alexander Nemerov
Oakland artist Gregory Edwards will speak with Alexander Nemerov, chair of the Stanford University Department of Art & Art History, about the artist's work on race and democracy. The event is part of "The Ethics of Democracy" series. March 10, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Lectures & Talks'Notable Women in San Mateo County'
The San Mateo County History Museum will offer a program developed by members of its volunteer auxiliary entitled "ÂÂNotable Women in San Mateo County: From Ranchos to Rockets." The presentation will consist of a skit during which re-enactors in costume will be interviewed. March 12, 1-2 p.m. $6 adult; $4 student, senior; free for children age 5 and under. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Allyson Hobbs on 'A Chosen Exile'
Allyson Hobbs, assistant professor in the Department of History at Stanford University, will discuss her book "A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life," as well as race and identity problems in present-day America. March 15, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksMary Ellen Hannibal on 'Citizen Science and Creating Better Wildlife Corridors'
The next talk in the Peninsula Open Space Trust's Wallace Stegner Lectures will feature Mary Ellen Hannibal, a Bay Area writer and researcher focusing on science and culture. She will speak on the role of citizen science and the idea of "wildlife connectivity." March 22, 8 p.m. $40 (plus $3 facilities fee). Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Karan Mahajan on 'The Association of Small Bombs'
A Stanford University and Michener Center for Writers graduate, Karan Mahajan will talk about his latest novel, "The Association of Small Bombs," that captures the effects of terrorism on both victims and perpetrators. March 25, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Helen Simonson on 'The Summer Before the War'
Helen Simonson, author of "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand," will celebrate the publication of her second novel, "The Summer Before the War," a story centering on a small English town while the shadow of World War I looms. March 29, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthors Katherine Ellison and Stephen P. Hinshaw on 'ADHD'
Stephen Hinshaw, an international expert on ADHD, and Katherine Ellison, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, will discuss their book "ADHD: What Everyone Needs to Know," an authoritative resource for current, accurate and compelling information about the disorder. March 31, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksSteve Smith on 'Earth Beautiful: Reflections from Space'
At this Acterra Public Lecture Series event, astronaut Steve Smith will share highlights from his career and reflect upon how his environmental perspective has been influenced by his time in space. He will also talk about how emerging technologies for long duration spaceflight might spin off technologies that will help humans live more sustainably. April 14, 7:30-9 p.m. $10 general; free for members. Facebook, 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksJay Famiglietti on 'When Demand Outstrips Supply'
Jay Famiglietti, a well-known researcher and speaker on water and climate change, will speak to the subject of "When Demand Outstrips Supply: The Shrinking Water Table and What We Can Do About It." The event is part of the Peninsula Open Space Trust's Wallace Stegner Lectures. April 26, 8-9 p.m. $40 (plus $3 facilities fee). Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'The Annihilation of Nature: A Clarion Call for Engagement and Action'
Renowned biologists Paul and Anne Ehrlich will lead a discussion touching on humanity's influence on the planet's natural resources, the animal kingdom, and Earth's quality of life. A book signing and reception will take place at 5:30 p.m., with a lecture to follow at 6 p.m. May 18, 5:30-9 p.m. $10 general; free for members. Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.