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Author Hampton Sides on 'In the Kingdom of Ice'
Hampton Sides, outdoors journalist and bestselling writer, will share his latest work, "In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette." Sept. 22, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.

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Author Sarah Granger on 'The Digital Mystique'
In a conversation with Lisen Stromberg, Sarah Granger will share thoughts from her book, "The Digital Mystique: How the Culture of Connectivity Can Empower Your Life--Online and Off," including real-life stories and surprising facts. Sept. 23, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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Public panel on Ebola outbreak
This panel discussion called "Ebola: Health, Governance, Security and Ethical Dimensions" will feature Stanford experts from multiple disciplines. The event is co-sponsored by the Stanford School of Medicine and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Sept. 23, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall, 616 Serra St., Stanford.

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Garry Winogrand and street photography lecture
This talk will explore the work of Garry Winogrand and other street photographers who documented American culture during the mid-20th century. Sept. 23, 1:30-2:30 p.m. $5. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
 

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'Making a Safer Community for our Children'
Tony Spitaleri, former mayor of Sunnyvale, will talk about what Sunnyvale and other communities have and can do to improve gun safety and curb gun violence. There will be a Q&A session after the talk. Sept. 24, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, Fireside Room, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto.

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'The Three Myths of the Food Industry'
Dr. Robert H. Lustig of U.C. San Francisco will give a talk called "The Three Myths of the Food Industry," focusing in part on Lustig's vocal position on the harmfulness of sugar. Sept. 25, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $65-$79 (includes wine and hors d'ouevres). Stanford Faculty Club, 439 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.
 

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Author Eric Butow on 'Google Glass for Dummies'
Eric Butow, a technical writer and online marketing specialist, will share his new book "Google Glass for Dummies," a full-color guide to using the product from setup to configuration. Sept. 25, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.

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Author Gail Sheehy with Angie Coiro
Gail Sheehy, a pioneering female journalist of the '60s, will speak in conversation with talk radio host Angie Coiro about her new book, "Daring: My Passages." Sept. 25, 7:30-8:30 p.m. $20-$40. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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'Ground Shaking in the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake'
For the USGS September Evening Public Lecture, Brad Aagaard will give a talk called "Ground Shaking in the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake: A view from 25 years later." Among other topics, he will discuss the advances made over the past quarter century in recording ground shaking. Sept. 25, 7-8 p.m. Free. USGS Menlo Park Campus, 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park.

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Stanford Biology Thinks Big!
For the second annual Stanford Biology Thinks Big! event, professors Jessica FEldman, Kabir Peay and Kristy Red-Horse will discuss big ideas currently being explored in the bio-sciences. Sept. 26, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free. Hewlett Teaching Center, 370 Serra Mall, Stanford.

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'Success By Design: Is It Possible?'
Challenge Success, a nonprofit founded at Stanford's Graduate School of Education, will hold a parent education talk called "Success By Design: Is It Possible?" about different definitions of success for students. Keynote speakers will include Wendy Mogel and Dave Evans, as well as Challenge Success co-founders Denise Pope and Madeline Levine. Sept. 26, 7-9 p.m. $10 adult; free for ages 18 and under. Memorial Auditorium, Stanford University, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford.
 

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Computer History Museum: Celebrating 35 Years
Museum co-founder Gordon Bell and Chairman Len Shustek will talk about the making of the computing museum and its impact with President and CEO John Hollar. Register on the website is encouraged. Sept. 26, noon. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

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Author Karen Joy Fowler on 'We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves'
Karen Joy Fowler will speak in conversation with Andrew Sean Greer to celebrate the inclusion of her latest book "We Are All Beside Ourselves" on the Man Booker Prize 2014 short list. Sept. 26, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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Gamble Garden book launch reception
Gamble Garden will host a reception for the launch of the book "Gamble Garden: Landscape of Optimism." Attendees can have purchased books signed by the author. Sept. 28, 3-5 p.m. Free admission; $40 (plus tax) for book. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.

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Authors Chris Yeh and Ben Casnocha on 'The Alliance'
Entrepreneurs Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh will discuss their book "The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age," sharing insights on inspiring loyalty and creativity and managing winning teams. Sept. 29, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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Author Deborah Rhode on 'What Women Want'
Deborah Rhode will talk about her new book "What Women Want: An Agenda for the Women's Movement" in which she argues women can and should act on what they want. Sept. 30, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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Fireside Chat with Esther Wojcicki
Journalist and educator Esther Wojcicki will attend an informal event with dinner, wine and refreshments. Sept. 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $55 (includes dinner, wine and refreshments). Oshman Family JCC, Freidenrich Conference Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

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Judy Melinek on 'Working Stiff'
Judy Melinek, forensic pathologist and associate clinical professor at U.C. San Francisco Medical Center, will share her memoir, "Working Stiff," which takes readers behind the police tape of 9/11 and exposes the truth of autopsy work. Oct. 1, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc. Palo Alto, 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.

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Education talk with Alfie Kahn
At this talk organized by Fusion Academy, Alfie Kahn will give a lecture called "The (Progressive) Schools Our Children Deserve," in which he discusses the gap between knowledge of how children learn and the reality of students are taught. Oct. 2, 7 p.m. Free. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

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Author Ann Gelder on 'Bigfoot and the Baby'
Ann Gelder will share her debut novel, "Bigfoot and the Baby," a black satire about the interplay of capitalism and religion in 1980s America. Oct. 2, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.

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Author Dave Eggers with Tobias Wolff
Dave Eggers, author of the cautionary novel "The Circle," will discuss privacy in the digital age and the craft of writing with Stanford English professor Tobias Wolff. Oct. 2, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Encina Hall, Bechtel Conference Center, 616 Serra St., Stanford.
 

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Author ALi Eteraz on 'Falsipedies and Fibsiennes'
Ali Eteraz, author of the memoir "Children of Dust" and a contributing writing to publications including The Huffington Post, will share his sensual and surreal short story collection, "Falsipedies and Fibsiennes." Oct. 2, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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'The Plant - Rock Connection'
Paul Heiple, a naturalist and California Native Plant Society member, will discuss why certain plants grow in specific locations and not others, focusing on geology and different soil types. Oct. 3, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

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'Ornamental Grasses, Sedges and Rushes'
This talk by U.C. Master Gardeners will cover the benefits of adding ornamental grasses, sedges and rushes to gardens, as well as discuss how to grow and maintain them. Oct. 4, 10-11 a.m. Free. Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto.

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Author Joshua Shenk on 'Powers of Two'
For this Commonwealth Club event, Joshua Wolf Shenk will discuss ideas from his book "Powers of Two: Seeking the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs," which explores the creativity and results of dynamic duos in many fields. Oct. 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $10-$20. PARC Auditorium, 3333 Coyote Hill Road, Palo Alto.

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Caleb Scharf on 'The Copernicus Complex'
As part of the 15th annual Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series at Foothill College, Caleb Scharf, Columbia University's director of Astrobiology, Ph.D., will give an illustrated, non-technical lecture called "The Copernicus Complex: Are We Special in the Cosmos?" Oct. 8, 7-8:30 p.m. Free; $3 parking. Foothill College, Smithwick Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

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'Education and Equality'
For two Tanner lectures organized by the Stanford Center for Ethics in Society and the Office of the President, Danielle Allen will explore society's confusion over the purposes of education, discuss ways to solve that confusion and propose a humanistic account of education. Oct. 8 and 9, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall, 616 Serra St., Stanford.

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'How to Work with a Literary Agent'
At this South Bay Writers event, literary agent Elizabeth Kracht will give writers advice on "How to Work with a Literary Agent," covering everything from acquisition and editing to promotion and royalties. Oct. 13, 6-9 p.m. $15 (including $10 for dinner). Harry's Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Ave., San Jose.