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Clubs/MeetingsLifetree Cafe: 'Blowing the Whistle on Abuse'
Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park will hold two hour-long conversations discussing how to break the cycle of abuse, including a look at one woman's experience going public, as well as the costs of and freedom produced by her decision. Sept. 2, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Sept. 3, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
Clubs/MeetingsWaverley Writers poetry meeting
This meeting of Waverley Writers will provide an opportunity to remember Lu Pettus, poet of San Jose and the South Bay, through poems, letters and stories. An open reading will follow. The doors will open at 7 p.m. Sept. 4, 7:30-10 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Friends Meeting House, 957 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto.
Clubs/MeetingsLifetree Cafe: 'When Faith and Politics Collide'
Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park will hold two hour-long conversations discussing possible responses to illegal immigration. Participants will be able to share their views on illegal immigration, immigration reform and responses to undocumented immigrants. Sept. 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Sept. 10, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
This event at the Portola Valley Library offers community members the chance to flex their imaginative muscles while building with Lego blocks. Duplo blocks are available for younger builders. All ages are welcome. Sept. 12, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Clubs/MeetingsKiwanis Club meetings
The Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park meets weekly to work on projects to improve lives and provide community service. Weekly speakers include Stanford University alumni and faculty, community leaders and local business owners. Guests are welcome. Tuesdays, year-round, noon-1:15 p.m. Free for guests. Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Clubs/MeetingsLifetree Cafe: 'A Day in the Life of the Hidden Homeless'
Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park will welcome community members to participate in two hour-long conversations about the experiences of the transitionally homeless population. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Sept. 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Sept. 17, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
Clubs/MeetingsBookBuyers Writing Meetup
This weekly event at BookBuyers will bring together fellow writers to share their work and get feedback. Thursdays, Sept. 3-24, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. BookBuyers, 317 Castro St., Mountain View.
BookBuyers will welcome writers with all levels of experience to spend lunch focusing on their craft in the Mountain View bookstore. Lunch is not provided. Mondays, Sept. 6-27, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. BookBuyers, 317 Castro St., Mountain View.
Clubs/MeetingsAWIS social event
The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) will host a social event allowing community members to meet other motivated professionals in the STEM fields. Attendees will be able to build their network, learn about companies in the Bay Area and think about future career moves. Sept. 29, 6-9 p.m. $10 nonmember. Tootsies At the Stanford Barn, 700 Welch Road, Stanford.
Clubs/MeetingsRotary Club of Menlo Park
The Rotary Club of Menlo Park is a service club dedicated to working on projects in the community and internationally that meets on Wednesdays. Its members are men and women who live and work in Menlo Park, Atherton and surrounding communities. Visitors are welcome. Wednesdays, July 29-Sept. 30, 12:15-1:30 p.m. $20 lunch. Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.
Clubs/MeetingsMeet the Architect Mixer & Design Showcase
Held by the American Institute of Architects Santa Clara Valley Chapter in combination with its home tour, this event will allow architects, homeowners and other individuals to connect and learn from each other about home design. Oct. 9, 6-8 p.m. See website for ticket pricing. Rejuvenation Showroom, 323 University Ave., Palo Alto.
Clubs/MeetingsMountain View Woman's Club
Mountain View Woman's Club is a charitable organization that meets monthly to work on community projects. Guest are welcome at meetings. First Wednesday of each month, year-round, noon. Free. Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View.
This weekly Mountain View Public Library event enables community members to both practice speaking a different language and teach a language to others. All levels and drop-ins are welcome. Thursdays, Aug. 6-Dec. 17, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Clubs/MeetingsESL Conversation Club in Mountain View
This Mountain View Public Library club for those learning or improving their spoken English provides practice opportunities with casual conversation and friendly company. All levels are welcome. No registration is required. Wednesdays, July 29-Dec. 23, 5-6 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Clubs/MeetingsPalo Alto Scrabble Club
The Palo Alto Scrabble Club holds meetings each Monday night, holidays included, and welcomes new players of all levels, from tournament champs to beginners. Registration is not required, and attendees can bring their own equipment or use the club's. Mondays, year-round, 6-9 p.m. Free. Corner Bakery Cafe, 3375 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
Clubs/MeetingsSRI Organon Toastmasters
The SRI Organon Toastmasters club focuses on improving leadership and communication skills. Club membership is diverse, and guests are welcome. Tuesdays, year-round, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. SRI International, Building G, Laurel Street, Menlo Park.
Clubs/MeetingsESL Conversation Club in Los Altos
The Los Altos Library's ESL/English conversation club holds regular weekly meetings where community members can drop in to discuss interesting topics, practice speaking skills and meet new friends. No registration is required. Thursdays, year-round, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.