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Clubs/MeetingsAuthor Tom North
Tom North, author of "True North - The Shocking Truth about Yours, Mine and Ours," will speak and do a book signing at the Rotary Club of Palo Alto. Tom North, author of will share his inspirational story of survival and hope. Dec. 2, 12-1:30 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
Clubs/MeetingsBrown Bag Book Club
Talk books in this Palo Alto City Library-led book club on the second Wednesday of the month. For December, the club is are reading "City of Women" by David Gillham. Dec. 11, Noon-1:15 p.m. Free. Lucie Stern Community Center, Fireside Room, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Clubs/MeetingsTelecom Council Year-End Event
Telecom Council Silicon Valley hosts a year-end cocktail event with startup packages available for young companies looking to demo, demo tables, raffles and networking. Register at http://telecomcouncil.cvent.com/cocktail2013. Dec. 12, 5-8 p.m. Free for Telecom Council members; $20 nonmembers. PARC, 3333 Coyote Hill Road, Palo Alto.
Clubs/MeetingsAstronomy Public Lecture and Meeting
The monthly meeting of the Peninsula Astronomical Society includes a talk, "20th Century Amateur Science," by Sheldon Greaves, PhD. Foothill Observatory will be open after the meeting from 9 to 11 p.m., weather permitting. Dec. 13, 7:30-9 p.m. Free ($3 parking fee). Foothill College, Room 50125, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Clubs/MeetingsPortola Valley Library Book Club
The Portola Valley Library Book Club will discuss "The Price of Inequality" by Joseph Stiglitz. Drop-ins are welcome. Dec. 19, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Clubs/MeetingsPalo Alto Scrabble Club
The Palo Alto Scrabble Club welcomes players of all levels every Monday night, holidays included. No need to RSVP. No charge to play. Just drop in with equipment or use the club's. Oct. 7 through the rest of the year. 6-9:30 p.m. Free. Freebirds World Burrito , 2305 El Camino Real , Palo Alto.
Clubs/MeetingsPortola Valley Library Winter Reading Club
Students in grades K-12 can join the Winter Reading Club. The rules are: finish a book, come into the Portola Valley Library and fill out a raffle card. All completed cards will be entered into a drawing to win raffle prizes. Dec. 16-Jan. 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.