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Palo Alto Day of Rememberance
As part of The Big Read 2015, the Palo Alto Children's Theatre and the Japanese-American Citizens League will present the Palo Alto Day of Remembrance, an event featuring two guest speakers: Tom Izu, executive director of the CHCF, and Julie Otsuka, author of "When The Emperor Was Divine." May 23, 1-4 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, 2751 Louis Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Author Antonio Ruiz-Camacho on 'Barefoot Dogs'
Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, a former journalist in Mexico and an award-winning author, will share his debut story collection "Barefoot Dogs," which follows the members of a wealthy Mexican family after its patriarch is kidnapped. May 27, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

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'The Power of Self-Expression 5,000 Years in the Making'
Samya Boxberger-Oberoi, a local author and yoga practitioner, will give a talk sharing and drawing upon her book "The Philosophy and Science of Yoga: The Power of Self-Expression 5,000 Years in the Making." May 27, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. East West Bookshop, 324 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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'Winning with Salvias!'
This talk organized by UC Master Gardeners will discuss a variety of native and non-native flowering salvias that are fragrant and suitable for home gardens, as they require little water and maintenance. May 27, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

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Author Francisco Jiménez on 'Taking Hold'
Books Inc. and the Palo Alto City Library will welcome author Francisco Jiménez, who will discuss the fourth book of his award-winning memoir series, "Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University." May 28, 7-9 p.m. Free. Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

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'Using Graywater with Your Native Plants'
To help community members conserve water during the drought's fourth year, Deva Luna will discuss how to re-use water from inside the house for irrigation, as well as how to install a simple laundry-to-landscape graywater system. Registration is optional. May 28, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

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'Balancing the Art and Science of Teaching and Technology'
This panel discussion with the founders of educational software companies -- including Curriculet, Duck Duck Moose, Literably, Padlet and Tynker -- will explore how technology is changing the roles of teachers and students, as well as how to find a balance between books and iPads and worksheets and apps. Those interested should register online. May 28, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Trinity School, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park.
 

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Dr. Eugenia Chang on 'How to Bake Pi'
A senior lecturer in mathematics and statistics at the University of Sheffield in the U.K., Dr. Eugenia Chang will talk about her accessible introduction to the logic and beauty of math, "How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics." May 28, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.

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Author Patricia Ryan Madson on 'Improv Wisdom'
Patricia Ryan Madson, author and Stanford University drama professor emeritus, will visit Linden Tree Books for a book signing and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of her book "Improv Wisdom: Don't Prepare, Just Show Up," which discusses how to use spontaneity as a problem-solving tool. This event is recommended for teens and adults. May 28, 7-8 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
 

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Holy Cross Cemetery tour
Local historian Michael Svanevik will lead a tour of the Holy Cross Cemetery on Santa Cruz Avenue and discuss the many significant Menlo Park figures buried there. Time will be provided for questions and answers. May 30, 3:30-5 p.m. $10. Menlo Park Historical Association, Lower Level Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.
 

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Author Mary Pipher on 'The Green Boat'
Mary Pipher, Nebraska resident, psychologist and author of "Reviving Ophelia," will share her latest book "The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture." The warm and humorous work tells of her despair when examining the growing evidence for climate change and how she overcame her depression and fears. May 30, 7:30-9 p.m. $10 donation. Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Another Look Book Club: 'The Stranger'
For the final event in the three-year Another Look Book Club series, Stanford faculty members Tobias Wolff, Caroline Winterer and Marie-Pierre Ulloa will discuss Albert Camus' classic novel "The Stranger." Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. June 1, 7:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall, 424 Santa Teresa St., Stanford.

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Author Tina Seelig on 'Insight Out'
Kepler's Books will hold a launch party and reception with Stanford University professor and author Tina Seelig to celebrate the release of "Insight Out: Get Ideas Out of Your Head and Into the World." June 2, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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Author Lou Ureneck on 'The Great Fire'
Lou Ureneck, a professor of journalism at Boston University, will discuss his new work "The Great Fire: One American's Mission to Rescue Victims of the 20th Century's First Genocide." June 2, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
 

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Opera lecture on Berlioz's 'The Trojans'
The San Francisco Opera Guild, Peninsula Chapter, will welcome Dr. Timothy Flynn to discuss the San Francisco Opera's upcoming performance of "The Trojans" by Hector Berlioz. He will discuss the plot, provide background info, share musical and visual examples and answer questions. June 2, 7:30-9 p.m. $10. First Presbyterian Church, Chapel, 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto.

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'3 Essentials in Fighting Alzheimer's'
Constance L. Vincent, a psychologist and expert on aging, will give both her perspective as a daughter of parents with dementia and as a scientist, which she also combined in her nonfiction book "Not Going Gently." June 5, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.

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Egyptology talk
Dr. Cedric Gobeil, director of a French archaeological mission at Deir el-Medina, the tomb-makers' village in Western Thebes, will highlights the significant discoveries of the last five seasons. The lecture will inform attendees about this critical site for understanding ancient Egyptian daily life. June 7, 2:30-4 p.m. Free. Stanford Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall, Stanford.

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Author Prajwal Parajuly on 'Land Where I Flee'
Prajawal Parajuly will speak in conversation with Shikha Malaviya about his new novel, "The Land Where I Flee," in which four Nepali-Indian adult siblings travel from America and England to their childhood home of Gangtok, a Himalayan hill town, for a family celebration. June 8, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.