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Lectures & TalksWoodside First Friday Series: 'Color As Content'
At this free event organized by the Woodside Arts & Culture Committee, California artist Mitchell Johnson will give a lecture and presentation entitled "Color As Content." He will sign his book after the talk, and light refreshments will be served. May 1, 7-8 p.m. Free. Independence Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Lectures & TalksWater-wise gardening talks
UC Master Gardeners will offer a pair of talks about making water count in home gardens during the summer. The first talk, "Selecting Ornamental Plants for the Water-Wise Garden," will be held at 10 a.m. and the second, "Vegetable Gardening in a Drought," will be held at 11:15 a.m. Visitors are welcome to attend one or both. May 2, 10-11 a.m., 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Demonstration Garden , 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Mind and Meditation'
This talk led by Naren Shankar will share breathing techniques and provide an opportunity to try meditation. Registration is required. May 2, 10:15-11:30 a.m. Free. Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, Kennedy Room, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Gary Beaudoin on 'Unbroken Web'
Atherton Library will welcome art collector Gary Beaudoin for an illustrated talk on his book "Unbroken Web: The Art of Ellen & Lucy Begay," which delves into the complex work of these Navajo (Dine) weavers. No registration is required. May 3, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Lectures & TalksSFMOMA talk: Jasper Johns
This talk offered by SFMOMA will take a look at the connection between Jasper Johns and the San Francisco Bay Area, through images drawn from local private and public sources and the artist's own collection from the 1950s to the present. May 4, 7-8 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Sydney Padua on 'The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage'
Sydney Padua will speak in conversation with Google Doodle leader Ryan Germick about her inspiration to share the story of two computer pioneers in her graphic novel "The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage." Online registration is requested. May 5, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Jane Smiley on 'Early Warning'
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley will share "Early Warning," the second installment in The Last Hundred Years trilogy which chronicles the journey of the Langdon family through mid-century America. May 5, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'3 Essentials in Fighting Alzheimer's'
Constance L. Vincent, a psychology 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." May 5, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'Doomsday Vaults, Genebanks and Plant Breeding in the Age of Climate Change'
Dr. Cary Fowler of the Global Crop Diversity Trust will give a talk on the effects of climate change on crops and food production and measures humanity can take to prepare agriculture for a different future. May 6, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Encinal Hall, Bechtel Conference Center, 616 Serra St., Stanford.
Lectures & Talks'100 Years of Einstein's Relativity'
As part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, Dr. Jeffrey Bennett of the University of Colorado will give an illustrated, non-technical talk called "100 Years of Einstein’s Relativity (and How it Underlies our Modern Understanding of the Universe)." May 6, 7 p.m. Free; $3 parking. Foothill College, Smithwick Theater, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Lectures & Talks'Reimagining the Profession of Teaching'
This year's Cubberley Lecture, moderated by Linda Darling-Hammond, a Stanford University professor of education, will feature education writers Dana Goldstein and Elizabeth Green discussing how to create a new career ladder for teachers that attracts talented individuals to the critical profession. May 7, 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
Lectures & Talks'Helping Young Athletes Reach Their Potential'
The M-A Parent Education Series will continue with a talk by Steve Smith, Ph.D., from Palo Alto University called "Helping Young Athletes Reach Their Potential: What Does Research Tell Us?" May 7, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for Performing Arts, Cafe, 555 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Susan Edelman on 'Be Your Own Brand of Sexy'
Dr. Susan Edelman will visit the Women's Community Center at Stanford University to discuss her new book, "Be Your Own Brand of Sexy: A New Sexual Revolution for Women." May 7, 7-9 p.m. Free. Women's Community Center, Fire Truck House, First Floor, 433 Santa Teresa St., Stanford.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Michela Montgomery on 'The Wind Cave'
Michela Mongomery will share the first installment of her new book series The Cave, "The Wind Cave," which follows six Stanford students as their summer break exploration is interrupted by the outbreak of nuclear war. May 7, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksRobert Wachter, M.D., on 'The Digital Doctor'
Drs. Robert Wachter and Abraham Verghese will discuss Wachter's new book, "The Digital Doctor," which examines what the medical field will look like in an even more digital and technological future, including some pitfalls. May 8, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes!'
UC Master Gardeners will offer a talk at Avenidas that discusses different tomato types and provides tips for planting, staking, watering and dealing with pests and diseases. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions. May 8, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksIsrael Ride info session
This event will inform attendees about the Israel Ride, in which local cyclists will take a fully supported, five-day ride (Oct. 27 to Nov. 3) from Jerusalem to Eilat while supporting the peace building and sustainability work of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and Hazon. May 11, 7-9 p.m. Free. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksDr. Daphne Miller on 'Farmacology'
As part of the Peninsula Open Space Trust's annual Wallace Stegner Lecture Series, Dr. Daphne Miller will give a talk called "Farmacology: How Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing." She will discuss how health and healing possibilities can be found in medicine as well as farms, nature and the kitchen. May 11, 8-9 p.m. $22. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Linda Popky on 'Marketing Above the Noise'
Speaking in conversation with Deb Siegle, Linda Popky, founder and president of strategic marketing company Leverage2Market Associates Inc., will discuss her new straightforward guide "Marketing Above the Noise: Achieve Strategic Advantage with Marketing That Matters." May 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksDr. Marc Dollinger on 'Poland and Ukraine: Past and Present'
For the last installment of his "Is it Good for the Jews?" lecture series, Marc Dollinger, a professor at San Francisco State University, will discuss the complex dynamics of Jews in modern eastern Europe through the lens of his daughter Shayna Dollinger, who recently traveled there. May 12, 8-9 p.m. $15. Oshman Family JCC, Room E104, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksActivist Xiomara Castro on trade agreements
At the next Technology and Society Committee Luncheon Forum, Xiomara Castro, an activist with the CA Free Trade Coalition, will review some past trade agreements and describe the Trans-Pacific agreement and its impacts. CA Free Trade Coalition works to ensure U.S. trade policy is in line with American values of democracy and justice. May 12, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. $12 lunch. Hangen Szechuan Restaurant, 134 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksCafe Scientifique Silicon Valley: 'Reflecting Sunlight to Cool Earth's Climate'
SRI International will host Cafe Scientifique Silicon Valley's next program, "Reflecting Sunlight to Cool Earth's Climate: Emulating Volcanoes and Brightening Marine Clouds," which will feature two climate change thought leaders, Drs. Ken Caldeira and Armand Neukermans. May 12, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. SRI International, 333 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'The Evolution of Science'
Leonard Mlodinow, theoretical physicist and author of "The Upright Thinkers," will give a talk called "The Evolution of Science," exploring the birth of reasoning, the formation of fields like physics, chemistry and biology, and the figures that have influenced human thought. May 13, 7-8 p.m. $12-$20. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Secrets of the Antikythera Mechanism'
This Computer History Museum event will allow attendees to dive deep into the history of a sophisticated ancient Greek astronomical computer called the Antikythera Mechanism. A variety of experts on the object will be on hand to discuss its discovery, uses and the culture surrounding its creation. Online registration is requested. May 13, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'From Srebrenica to St. Louis: War Trauma 20 Years Later'
Renata Salecl, senior researcher and faculty of law from the University of Ljubljana, will give a keynote lecture discussing her research comparing the way communities in Srebrenica and St. Louis, Missouri -- home to many Bosnian refugees -- deal with war trauma. May 14, 6 p.m. Free. Cummings Art Building, Annenberg Auditorium, 435 Laseun Mall, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Martin Ford on 'Rise of the Robots'
Martin Ford will share his book "Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future," which examines how computers and technology are making some jobs obsolete -- and what repercussions that might have. May 14, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'Yugoslav Space Twenty Years After Srebrenica'
The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at Stanford University will host an international conference entitled "Yugoslave Space Twenty Years After Srebrenica." May 15, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Stanford Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall, 424 Santa Teresa St., Stanford.
Lectures & Talks'State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California'
In this California Native Plant Society talk, Laura Cunningham will use historical ecology to paint pictures of California past and explore what the future will hold for the state's ever-changing landscapes. May 15, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, Program Room, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksWomen Tech Executive Roundtable 2015
For this Churchill Club Event, four tour top business and technology leaders will have a frank conversation about the most important things for women in these fields. May 15, 7:30-9 a.m. $28 Churchill Club member; $48 nonmember. SAP, 3410 Hillview Ave., Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksEditor in Chief of Fodor's Travel Arabella Bowen
Arabella Bowen, the editor in chief of the guide book maker Fodor's Travel, will provide tips on vacation destinations, finding deals on hotels and airfare, booking, and what to pack. May 16, 2 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'Deep Roots: Local Artists Inspired by California's Natural Landscapes'
The Folger Stable Speaker Series will present a discussion with three local painters -- Jim Caldwell, Kit Colman and Sheila Finch -- exploring how their work has been inspired by the Peninsula environs. Pop-up galleries will be on hand, and some works will be for sale, with some proceeds to benefit Friends of Huddart and Wunderlich Parks. May 17, 4-6 p.m. Free (with online ticket). Wunderlich Park, 4040 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Lectures & Talks'A Photo Tour of Bird Behavior'
For this Audubon Speaker Series event, local bird photographer Steve Zamek will explore the behavior of a variety of bird species through photos. May 20, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Cubberley Community Center, Room H1, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor M.P. Cooley on 'Flame Out'
M.P. Cooley will discuss the second book in her June Lyons mystery series "Flame Out," in which FBI-agent-turned-small-town-cop investigates two cases that end up connecting dangerously to those closest to her. May 20, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Andrew Keen on 'The Internet Is Not the Answer'
Andrew Keen, who has been described as the "Christopher Hitchens of the Internet," will discuss his book "The Internet Is Not the Answer," in which he looks at the consequences of the rise of wealthy monopolistic companies like Amazon, Uber, Airbnb, Spotify and others. May 20, 7:30 p.m. $20 general. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor 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.
Lectures & TalksAuthor 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.
Lectures & TalksDr. 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.