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Rotary Connects at LB Steakhouse
Community members are invited to join the Menlo Park Rotary Club for an evening of networking with business leaders and city officials. April 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $20. LB Steakhouse, 898 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
 

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Our Palo Alto talk
At the first event for Our Palo Alto, there will be an interactive panel discussion moderated by former Mayor Sid Espinosa about the present and future of the city. Other speakers will be Steve Levy from the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy, David Harris of The Institute for the Future, and Ann Dunkin from the Palo Alto Unified School District. April 23, 6-8 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Downtown Library, 270 Forest Ave., Palo Alto.
 

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The Heart of Recovery group meeting
The Heart of Recovery is a meditation and sharing support group bringing together Buddhist meditation practice and the Twelve Steps with a commitment to abstinence. Second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, 7-8:30 p.m. Free (donations accepted). Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.
 

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PYD Forum on student debt
Peninsula Young Democrats will host a forum on the issue of student debt, featuring special guest panelest Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski. April 24, 6-8 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Unitarian Universalist Church, Fireside Room, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto.
 

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After the Attack: Picking up the Pieces and Moving On
Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park will host an hour-long conversation exploring how to pick up the pieces and go on with life after a crisis. Participants will learn about how both a victim and attacker were able to move on with their lives. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be served. April 23, 7 p.m.; April 24, 9:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.

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Operation Blueprint
Operation Blueprint will hold an opening night event to discuss the Bible, history and the future. April 25, 7-8:15 p.m. Free. Church Auditorium, 195 N. Rengstorff Ave. , Mountain View.
 

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Portola Valley Woodside Earth Fair
A fair will be held at Portola Valley Town Center with various activities and information, including water conservation tips. The first 100 attendees and all bicyclists will receive a $2 food truck voucher. April 26, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Fourth annual Sequoia 5K Stampede
The upcoming Sequoia Stampede 5K race is a fun-filled, community event and one of the core fundraising events for Sequoia High School Athletics. April 26, 9 a.m.-noon. $10-$30. Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Ave., Redwood City.
 

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Annual downtown Family Parade
The City of Mountain View Recreation Division will present the 36th Annual Spring Family Parade, beginning on Castro Street at Villa Street and continuing all the way into Pioneer Park for crafts, games, music and fun. April 26, noon-3 p.m. Free. , Castro Street and Pioneer Park, Mountain View.
 

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Gamble Garden Spring Tour 2014
The 29th annual Gamble Garden Spring Tour, 'Details & Inspirations,' will feature five private Palo Alto gardens, as well as a marketplace and plant sale. April 25-26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $30 members; $35 nonmembers; $40 day of. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
 

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Gamble Garden Tour Plant Sale
This plant sale will have highlights from the Spring Tour of gardens for purchase, along with vegetables, succulents, succulent containers and more. April 25-26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.

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Earth Day Celebration
At this Earth Day event, there will be a "Live Wild Cats" education presentation by Leopards Etc. Presentations of the wild cats are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. No dogs are allowed. Los Altos Hills hats, lotion, seeds, wine glasses, produce and more will be on sale. April 27, 1-4 p.m. Free. Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

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Holocaust Remembrance Day
Congregation Beth Am will hold a ceremony and interactive experience to mark Yom Ha'Shoah v'Hagevurah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). This year's theme is "Children's Voice from the Holocaust." Six Holocaust survivors will have their stories told by local teens who interviewed them, followed by a program of prose, poetry, song and music. Teen art projects and scholarly posters will also be on display. April 27, 5-6:15 p.m. Free. Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos HIlls.
 

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Local authors book reading
Poet Kasey Jueds will share from her award winning book "Keeper," and Tarn Wilson will read from her recently published memoir, "The Slow Farm," about growing up with hippie parents in rural British Columbia. April 27, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Gunn High School Library, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
 

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2014 Palo Alto Apps Challenge
This event will feature the ten finalists of the 2014 City of Palo Alto Apps Challenge, one of whom will be selected in May as the winner for creating the best community-oriented app. Visit website for free tickets. April 27, 1-4 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Arts Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Relay for Life Kickoff
There will be an informational meeting for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, coming up this summer in Menlo Park. The fundraiser will be filled with fun music, games, booths and kid-friendly activities. April 27, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Fremont Park, corner of Santa Cruz Avenue and University Avenue, Menlo Park.
 

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Cyber Security Panel
The Peninsula Democratic Coalition and the Truman National Security Project will present a lively discussion with Silicon Valley Cybersecurity experts. Mike McNerney leads the panel with former NSA staffer Chris Finan and Truman National Security Project Fellow Candace Yu. They will speak about U.S. policy, the role of the NSA, and the private sector. RSVP at the PDC website. April 29, 7:15-9 p.m. Free (donations accepted). Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

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Green speaker night
The Green Energy Innovation Club at Gunn High School will host a green innovation speaker night with innovators, leaders, educators and students to spread awareness of the changing environment and the solutions that today's technology presents. April 29, 7-9 p.m. Free. , 2145 Greer Raod, Palo Alto.
 

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PEN talk about learning disabilties
Parents Education Network Silicon Valley presents a discussion by Dr. Brendan Pratt, Ph.D., about learning disabilities and attention problems in children. The talk covers how early identification and intervention can have a large impact. April 29, 7-8:30 p.m. $20 members, $30 non-members. Los Altos Christian School, 625 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos.
 

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'Old School' staged reading
This event will include a staged reading of Tobias Wolff's "Old School," followed by a community discussion. The program is designed for both adults and teens, and is part of the National Endowment of the Arts "Big Read" Series. Registration is required. April 30, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Cubberley Community Center, Room A6, , 4000 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto.
 

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Community Poem at Atherton Library
The Atherton Library will be celebrating National Poetry Month with a collaborative poem. All community members are invited to contribute to a collective poem created and on display in the library. April 1-30, library hours. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
 

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May Day
For the 28th year, the Deer Creek Morris Men and Mad Molly will dance up the sun on May Day. The Abbots Bromley dance will open the program. Morris dancing will be performed and an easy English country dance will be taught. All are welcome. May 1, 5:30-6:30 a.m. Free. Palo Alto Baylands, 2500 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Life's Myths: What Really Leads to Happiness
Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park will host an hour-long conversation discussing commonly held myths about happiness and life. Participants will discuss and explore what really makes people happy. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be served. April 30, 7-8 p.m.; May 1, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
 

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May Free First Friday
Admission to the San Mateo County History Museum will be free for the whole day. At 11 a.m., preschool children will be invited to learn about lighthouses and make their own. They will also hear the story, "The Abandoned Lighthouse." At 2 p.m., docents will lead a free tour for adults. May 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.

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Vintage Vehicles and Family Festival 2014
The Museum of American Heritage presents the 10th annual Vintage Vehicles and Family Festival. This free community event will feature rare vintage vehicles, family fun activities and a museum open house. May 3, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
 

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Peninsula Rose Society Rose Show
The Peninsula Rose Society will hold its 57th annual Rose Show, with hundreds of roses and arrangements on display and large rose raffles throughout the event. The public is invited to exhibit roses. May 4, 1-5 p.m. Free. Redwood City Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City.
 

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House and Garden Tour
The Stanford Historical Society will give its ninth House and Garden Tour features pre-1930 houses from the San Juan Neighborhood. There will be free parking, shuttle and refreshments. 1-4 p.m. $30 before April 18; $35 at tour desk. San Juan Neighborhood, 560 Wilbur Way, Stanford.
 

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18th annual A La Carte & Art
This festival will be filled with two days of live music, 200 Californian artists with handcrafted wares, food and drink (with premium wine and microbrews), a farmers' market, organic and green products, a classic car show and a bungee jump and waterballs for kids. May 3-4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. , Castro Street, between Evelyn and Church, Mountain View.
 

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Other Voices: POOF! The Israeli Occupation Goes On
Joel Beinin, professor of Middle Eastern history at Stanford, will speak with Palo Alto Peace and Justice about how and why the peace talks between Israel and Palestine failed again. May 9, 7-9 p.m. Free. Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.

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Health Matters
Health Matters is a free community event hosted by Stanford Medicine that explores the latest advancements in medicine and the health topics will explore important health issues to individuals and families. The interactive health pavilion will feature live music, farm-fresh food and health tips from Stanford experts. May 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Li Ka Shing Center, 291 Campus Drive, Stanford.
 

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Los Alto Hills Pathways Run/Walk
The 13th annual Los Altos Hills Pathways Run/Walk will include 5K, 10K and one mile trail runs through the hills. To register, volunteer or get more information, visit the website. May 10, 9 a.m. $35. Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

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SVOS event with Laurie Barna
As part of the Silicon Valley Open Studios, local artist Laurie Barna will open her studio and display her new book, "The Liberty Series: For the Love of Liberty." May 10-11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Silicon Valley Open Studios, Suite #143, 2347 Thompson Court, Mountain View.
 

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Friends of Palo Alto Library Used Book Sale
Friends of the Palo Alto Library will hold its next monthly sales of 50,000 used books and media on the second weekends of April and May. Saturdays hours will be from 11 a.m.-4 p.m for the main sale room, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for children's and bargain rooms. Sunday hours will be from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 12 and 13, May 10 and 11, hours vary. Free for entry. Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Gunn High School Engineering Night
Gunn High School alumni will talk about how they the engineering program at Gunn helped to prepare them for college work and jobs with companies in Silicon Valley and beyond. May 14, 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Spangenberg Theater, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Kwibuka 20
20 years after the devastating genocide in Rwanda, Palo Alto University will join together with the Rwandan Community of California and Stanford University to remember. The event will include speeches by survivors, rescuers and the Rwandan ambassador to the U.S. All are welcome. May 15, 5-9 p.m. Free. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.
 

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Kwibuka 20
20 years after the devastating genocide in Rwanda, Palo Alto University will join with the Rwandan Community of California and Stanford University to remember. Kwibuka 20 will feature speeches by survivors, rescuers and the Rwandan ambassador to the U.S. All are welcome. May 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Palo Alto University, 1791 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Kwibuka 20
20 years after the devastating genocide in Rwanda, Palo Alto University will join together with the Rwandan Community of California and Stanford University to remember. Kwibuka 20 will feature speeches by survivors, rescuers and the Rwandan ambassador to the U.S. All are welcome. May 17, 1-5 p.m. Free. Cemex Auditorium, 641 Knight Way, Stanford.

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Palo Alto World Music Day
The 6th Annual Palo Alto World Music Day will take place on Father's Day, along University Avenue and King Plaza (City Hall). A variety of genres and entertainment for all ages. June 15, 3-7:30 p.m. Free. Downtown Palo Alto, University Avenue, Palo Alto.
 

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Rare Fruit Tree Sale
Shane Murphy has combined his years of experience farming and growing heirloom seeds and his love of growing lesser-known fruits to create a delicious and rare selection of fruit trees. Mainly heirloom varieties of apple, pear, plum and apricot trees will be available. June 21, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.

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Palo Alto Festival of the Arts
For the 33rd year, the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts will feature more than 300 high quality artisans, Italian street painting, two stages of entertainment, California wines and microbrews, gourmet foods and the Kids' Art Studio. Aug. 23-24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, University Avenue, Palo Alto .

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Sew Sew Saturday
Mountain View Public Library has four Baby Lock (Grace model) sewing machines and one serger. The library invites all to come sew on Saturday mornings. Registration required to use machines, hand sewers welcome to drop-in. March through May, 10:15 a.m.-noon. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

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ESL Conversation Club
Those learning or improving spoken English are invited to come practice at the club with casual conversation and friendly company. All levels are welcome, and no registration is required. Wednesdays, March through May, 5-6 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.