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Chrystia Freeland
Chrystia Freeland will give a talk entitled "Plutocrats, the Hollowed out Middle Class and Democracy." She will discuss the status of plutocrats in North America today, who have never been richer or wielded more economic power. April 24, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Law School, Room 290, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford.
 

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Parenting with Dr. Brad Sachs
Brad Sachs, Ph.D., will speak to parents of children in grades 5 to 12, about parent-child communication; enhancing adolescents' self-awareness, self-esteem and self-reliance; and how to soften family conflict. April 24, 7-9 p.m. Free. Los Altos High School, Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave., Los Altos.

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USGS April public lecture
Thomas L. Holzer of the United States Geological Survey will give a lecture called "Catastrophic Earthquakes: In a Crowded World." He will discuss the frequency of catastrophic earthquakes in the 21st century, the history and future of earthquake death tolls and the urbanization of the planet. April 24, 7-8 p.m. Free. USGS Menlo Park Campus, Building 3, Conference Room A, 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park.

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Author Albert Rothenberg
Albert Rothenberg, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and currently a Stanford fellow, will speak about his novel "Madness and Glory." The work of historical fiction follows a real doctor, Dr. Philippe Pinel, who freed the mentally ill during the French Revolution. April 24, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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Peninsula Literary Reading
Peninsula Literary will present a reading with poets John Evans and Angela Torres, as well as guest readers Victoria Muirhead, Jeanne Watson, Katie Wu and Olga Zilberbourg. April 25, 7-9 p.m. $10 donation. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave. , Palo Alto.
 

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Author Barbara Ehrenreich with Angie Coiro
Barbara Ehrenreich will discuss her new book, "Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything," in conversation with Bay Area journalist Angie Coiro. Ehrenreich's new book reconstructs the story of her adolescent search for meaning. April 25, 7:30 p.m. $10 general; $15 at the door. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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Author Nicolette Hahn Niman
Nicolette Hahn Niman is the author of "Righteous Porkchop: Finding Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms," an investigation of factory-farmed meat. She will speak as part of the Peninsula Open Space Trust's 2014 Wallace Stegner Lecture series. April 28, 8 p.m. $22 per person. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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Green Innovation Speaker Night
Featuring Stanford professor Mark Jacobson, Paul Kephart of Rana Creek Design, David Kaneda of Integral Group, Ron Freund of Plug In America and Tom Kelly of KyotoUSA, a speaker night hosted by the Green Energy Innovation Club will be held to raise awareness of climate change and clean energy. April 29, 7-9 p.m. Free. Spangenberg Theatre, Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Author Edgar H. Schein
Edgar H. Schein will discuss his books "Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help" and "Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling." Schein analyzes the social and psychological dynamics common to many helping relationships. April 29, 7 p.m. Free. Channing House, 850 Webster St., Palo Alto.
 

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Dara Horn Author Talk
The Oshman Family JCC presents Dara Horn, author of "A Guide for the Perplexed," who will speak about love and memory in conversation with blogger Robert Schoble. April 30, 6 p.m. $8 member; $10 nonmember; $15 at the door. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

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Sleep Disorders lecture: Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Sleep issues can be a sign of something more serious and are associated with a host of medical conditions. Community members can learn about causes and treatment options at this free lecture presented by Dr. Tony Masri, medical director of El Camino Hospital's Sleep Disorders Program. April 30, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. El Camino Hospital Mountain View, Conference rooms E and F, 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View.
 

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'Impact of Sea-Level Rise on San Mateo County'
Hosted by the League of Women Voters in the county, this talk will be given by Dave Pine of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. He will discuss the potential impacts of sea-level rise in the county, as well as what is being done to address these issues. April 30, 7-9 p.m. Free. San Mateo County Government Center, Room 101, 455 County Center, Redwood City.
 

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Photographer Erin Gleeson.
Food photographer Erin Gleeson will share the "The Forest Feast: Simple Vegetarian Recipes from My Cabin in the Woods." She has had photos published in the dining section of the New York Times, and writes a weekly "Delish Dish" column for Better Homes and Gardens. May 1, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.

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'Does Teaching Ethics do any Good?'
Panelists from Stanford -- Barbara Fried, Benoit Monin and Tamar Schapiro -- will probe and debate the purposes and effectiveness of teaching ethics. May 1, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Stanford Law School, Room 290, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford.
 

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'Who's in Your Teen's Village?'
The M-A Parent Education Series will present a talk entitled "Who's in Your Teen's Village?" with Dr. Kent Pekel, President and CEO of the Search Institute. The lecture will discuss the importance of teenagers building strong, supportive non-parent relationships for success in school and life. May 1, 7-9 p.m. Free. Center for Performing Arts, Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.

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'California's Progress Towards a Clean Energy Economy'
The last talk form Acterra's series "Solving the Climate Puzzle" will feature Janea Scott, commissioner at the California Energy Commission. She will discuss the growing role of renewable energy in the state's economy as well as CEC programs that support energy efficiency and conservation. May 1, 7:30-9 p.m. $8 in advance; $10 walk-in (if seats are available). Fenwick & West, 801 California St., Mountain View.

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Artist Gu Wenda
Leading Chinese conceptual artist Gu Wenda will discuss developments in contemporary Chinese art. May 1, 7 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.

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Post-WWI talks with Yale professor Adam Tooze
The Europe Center Lectureship on Europe and the World will present a series of three lectures by Adam Tooze, the Barton M. Briggs Professor of History at Yale University. His talks will focus on the aftermath of WWI in Europe and are based on portions of his forthcoming book on the subject. April 30-May 2, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Koret Taube Room at the Gunn-SIEPR Building, and the Bechtel Conference Center, see website for specific addresses, Stanford.
 

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'The Effect of Jung's Ideas in Palo Alto'
The impact of psychiatrist Carl Jung's ideas in Palo Alto life and culture will be the topic of a free public lecture by Thomas Kirsch, M.D. The talk is presented by the Palo Alto Historical Association. May 4, 2-4:30 p.m. Free. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

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23rd annual Authors Salon Luncheon
Hosted by Peninsula Volunteers, this literary event will include talks by historical novelist Margaret George ("Elizabeth I"), emerging author Tracy Guzeman ("The Gravity of Birds"), Ron Hansen ("The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"), and Susan Shillinglaw ("Carol and John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage"). Stanford law professor and legal fiction writer Paul Goldstein will act as moderator. May 4, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $125 (includes lunch). Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club, 2900 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park .
 

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Author Chrisann Brennan
Chrisann Brennan will talk about "The Bite in the Apple: My Life with Steve Jobs." The mother of Jobs' first child, Lisa, Brennan and Jobs were high school sweethearts. In her book, Brennan offers a compassionate look at the life of Steve Jobs. May 6, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St, Mountain View.
 

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Technology and Society Committee Luncheon Forum
Cary Peters -- president of Coinage LLC, a Mountain View based company that owns and operates Robocoin ATM kiosks -- will give an overview of the bitcoin payment system and currency, describe the security features of bitcoin ATMs, and offer his views on the future of bitcoins as a valid currency. May 6, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. $12 lunch. Hangen Szechuan Restaurant, 134 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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Panel Discussion: Fracking in California
Food and Environment Reporting Network and Sunset Magazine will hold a free panel discussion on fracking in California and how it will may affect farming in the Monterey Shale. May 7, 6-8:15 p.m. Free. Sunset Magazine HQ, 80 Willow Road, Menlo Park.

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Author Sandra Tsing Loh
In her hilarious new memoir, 'The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones,' Tsing Loh chronicles her life as a daughter, mother, wife, artist and most of all a woman going through menopause. She will discuss the book and her experience at this event. May 7, 7-8 p.m. $12-$20 Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
 

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Author Max Isaacman
With more than 30 years in investor relations, financial journalist and president of San Francisco-based MDI Research firm, Max Issacman will provide hints to success while pursuing many investment objectives with his guide, "Winning with ETF Strategies." May 7, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc. Palo Alto, 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
 

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Author Max Isaacman
This talk with Max Isaacman will cover how his book, "Winning with ETF Strategies," can be helpful in financial planning. Attendees will learn to understand their risks and opportunities in investing. The event will also help people who want to participate in the market with less risk. May 7, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Number 74, Palo Alto.
 

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Autonomous vehicles: Are we there yet?
An interactive discussion will be held between thought leaders and entrepreneurs on the subject of self-driving and autonomous vehicles. May 7, 6-9 p.m. $20 members, $35 non-Members before April 30; $25 members, $40 nonmembers; $50 at the door. Wilmer Hale, 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Author Peter Hecht
A senior writer for The Sacramento Bee, Peter Hecht, will discuss his up-close narrative chronicling a transformative epoch for marijuana in America, "Weed Land: Inside America's Marijuana Epicenter and How Pot Went Legit." May 7, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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Author Ed Catmull
Ed Catmull will discuss his new book, "Creativity, Inc.," in which he reveals some of the secrets of Pixar's success and describes his own approach to inspiring excellence in a large organization over the long term. Please register on website. May 8, 7-8:30 p.m. Free- please register at computerhistory.org/events Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

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Stanford Exeutive Briefings
Lloyd Minor, dean of Stanford University's School of Medicine, will talk about authentic leadership, five principles to lead and succeed by, and the three 'C's' of innovation. May 8, 7:30-9 a.m. $65. Stanford Faculty Club, 439 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.

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'Art, Equity and Inequity'
Performance artist Andrea Fraser will explore the motivations that drive artists, collectors, art dealers and corporate sponsors. Shannon Jackson, professor of rhetoric and of theater, dance, and performance studies at U.C. Berkeley, will be in conversation with Fraser. May 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Cummings Art Building, Annenburg Auditorium, 435 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
 

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Charles Anselmo art talk
The Town of Los Altos Hills will host photographer Charles Anselmo to discuss an exhibit, "Photographs of Magical Cuba," which will be on display from March 9 til Aug. 28. May 9, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.

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Author Brian Fagan
Author, anthropologist and archaeologist Brian Fagan will discuss his latest book, "The Attacking Ocean: The Past, Present and Future of Rising Sea Levels," which describes how earlier societies adapted to rising water and how the increase in sea levels today impacts people. This talk is part of the Peninsula Open Space Trust's Wallace Stegner Lectures series. May 12, 8 p.m. $22 per person. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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Travel Tuesdays: Cuba: So close...yet so far.
Nicholas Clayton, a Los Altos librarian who studied in Havana in 2001, will give a talk about Cuba. The country is home to rich cultural traditions and famous cities. Attendees can learn about the Cuba's history as well as listen to music from the 1900s to the present. May 13, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

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Cafe Scientifique Silicon Valley
At SRI International, Dr. Sven Beiker, executive director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS), will give a talk called "The Future of Automobiles and Our Personal Mobility: Automated, Electric, Connected, Shared -- and What Else?" May 13, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. SRI International, International Building, Ringwood Avenue and Middlefield Road, Menlo Park.
 

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Author Maggie Shipstead
Author Maggie Shipstead will talk about her book "Astonish Me." Her latest work is a glimpse into the demanding world of professional ballet, which showcases Shipstead's style and asks questions about the nature of talent. May 14, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.

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Talk with Author Paul Taylor
As part of the Stanford Center for Longevity's Distinguished Lecture Series, Paul Taylor will give a talk centered on his newest book, "The Next America: Boomers, Millenials, and the Looming Generational Showdown." Paul is the executive vice president of the Pew Research Center, where he oversees demographic, social and generational research. He was formerly a reporter with the Washington Post. May 14, 4 p.m. Free (open to public). Bechtel Conference Center, 616 Serra Mall, Stanford.
 

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Author Christopher Moore
Christopher Moore, author of humorous books such as "Lamb," "Sacre Blue" and "Fool," will return to Kepler's to celebrate the launch of his new book, "The Serpent of Venice." Moore's new work riffs on William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe in a Venetian gothic satire. May 14, 7:30 p.m. $15 general; $35 premier (includes copy of the book). Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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Medieval Matters lecture with historian Robin Fleming
Professor Robin Fleming of Boston College will give a lecture called "Why Bones Matter: Writing the Life Stories of People Whose Lives Were Never Witnessed by Texts." He will discuss how, despite the lack of records from early societies in medieval Britain, much can be learned from human bones excavated by archaeologists, including life histories, diets and movements of people. May 15, 7:30 p.m. Free. Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
 

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Talk about Los Altos development
James Walgren, assistant city manager and Los Altos community development director, will speak on office development, the civic center, affordable housing, preserving neighborhoods, and traffic and transportation. The event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Los Altos and Mountain View Area. May 18, 11:30-1:15 p.m. $25. Bella Vita Restaurant, 376 First St., Los Altos.
 

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'Capitalism and the Environment' with David Barsamian
Independent journalist David Barsamian will discuss the difficulty for carbon-fueled industrial capitalism to make the necessary changes to fight global warming and protect the planet. May 21, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free (contributions requested). Palo Alto Friends Meeting House, 957 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto.

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Audubon Speaker Series
The Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society invites the community to join birders, scientists, researchers, travelers and photographers from around the Bay Area for a fun and educational evening of science, travel stories and photography. Check website for specific event details. Third Wednesday of the month, through May, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Cubberley Community Center, Rm H-1, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

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Stanford Exeutive Briefings
Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, will discuss breakthrough leadership, including facing challenges and overcoming obstacles. June 11, 7:30-9 a.m. $65. Stanford Faculty Club, 439 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.

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Diana Gabaldon, author of 'Written in My Own Heart's Blood'
Peninsula Arts & Letters hosts Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander novels, to discuss and sign her latest book, "Written in My Own Heart's Blood." June 12, 7:30 p.m. $25. Foothill College - Smithwick Theater, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.