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Lectures & TalksAuthors Edan Lepucki and Stephan Clark
Books Inc. Palo Alto will host Edan Lepucki with her debut novel of "California" and Stephan Clark, author of the satire, "Sweetness #9." Aug. 20, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc. Palo Alto, 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Replace Your Lawn with Drought-Tolerant California Natives'
Alex von Feldt will give a talk presenting no-lawn landscaping styles and ideas, as well as offering tips on choosing appropriate plants and watering more efficiently. Aug. 21, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Daniel J. Levitin on 'The Organized Mind'
David J. Levitin, an author and neuroscientist, will share his book "The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload," which shed lights on how the brain responds to many activities, including listening to music and handling many details. Aug. 21, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksVC Taskforce: Angel Elevator Pitch
VC Taskforce will hold an Angel Elevator Pitch event where entrepreneurs can present their ideas to angel investors and executives. Aug. 21, 6-8:30 p.m. $35-$90. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 2 Palo Alto Square, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'From Mainframe to Smartphone'
Dr. Dileep Bhandarkar from Qualcomm will give a talk, "From Mainframe to Smartphone: What an Amazing Trip It's Been," in which he will discuss the series of disruptive technologies which have resulted in smartphones and cloud computing. Please register on the website. Aug. 21, noon-1 p.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Gregg Hurwitz on 'Don't Look Back'
Author Gregg Hurwitz, thriller author and creator of stories for Marvel and DC comics, will share his standalone novel, "Don't Look Back." Aug. 21, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks3D Printing Demonstration
The Portola Valley Library will hold a demonstration event for its new MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer, which can create real objects from a digital model. Attendees can touch samples and ask questions. Teens and adults can sign up to be trained to use the printer. Aug. 21, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Melissa Hart on 'Wild Within'
Melissa Hart will share her book, "Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family," in which Melissa, a young divorcee in Oregon, is invited by a man named Jonathan to retrieve 600 pounds of frozen rats and a young owl in Portland. Aug. 24, 2-3 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Nick Pope on 'Encounter in Rendlesham Forest'
Nick Pope, a former government UFO investigator, will share his new book, "Encounter in Rendlesham Forest: The Inside Story of the World's Best-Documented UFO Incident." Aug. 26, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksVC Taskforce: Pitch! Pitch! Pitch!
This event will allow entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas in the style of American Idol, with some going on and others being eliminated. Aug. 27, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $5 to participate. Hogan Lovells US LLP, 4085 Campbell Ave., Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'Tasty Bulb and Stem Vegetables'
UCCE Master Gardeners will give a lecture on bulb and stem vegetables, including asparagus, fennel, celery, and members of the onion family. The discussion will cover tips for successful cultivation and recipes. Aug. 27, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksUSGS August Evening Public Lecture
Michael H. Carr, United States Geological Society planetary geologist, will give a talk called "Exploring Planets: A personal retrospective of the first 50 years." Topics will include the canyons, volcanoes and floods on Mars; methane rivers on Titan; the existence of extraterrestrial life; and why and when there will be human missions. Aug. 28, 7-8 p.m. Free. USGS Menlo Park Campus, 345 Middlefield Road, Bldg. 3, Conf. Room A, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Richard Kadrey on 'The Getaway God'
Richard Kadrey -- a contributing writer for Wired magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle and Discovery Online, as well as a comic book creator and writer -- will talk about the latest chapter of his Sandman Slim series, "The Getaway God." Aug. 28, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'Modernism' docent lecture
Jim Kohn, a docent from San Francisco's de Young Museum, will provide context and comment on the visiting exhibit, "Modernism from the National Gallery of Art." Accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation, his talk will cover many of the 50 works (including pieces by Lichtenstein, Johns and Rauschenberg) in the exhibit, which will be at the de Young until Oct. 12. Aug. 30, 2-3 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Lectures & TalksLaunch party with Shelly King
Local author will celebrate the launch of her debut novel, "The Moment of Everything," a story based in Mountain View that explores startup culture and the charm of bookstores. Sept. 2, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor John Scalzi on 'Lock In'
A Hugo Award-winner, author John Scalzi will come to Books Inc. to share his latest book, a near-future thriller called "Lock In." Sept. 4, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'Modernism' docent lecture
This docent lecture will discuss works by Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstien, Robert Rauschenberg and others that are part of an exhibit at the de Young Musuem, "Modernism from the National Gallery of Art: The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection." Sept. 6, 2-3 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Lectures & TalksTuesday Tea with Ted Atlas
Author and Bay Area native Ted Atlas will discuss his book, "Candlestick Park: Images of Sports," which captures some of the great athletes and teams that played in the stadium. Sept. 16, 1:30-2:30 p.m. $3. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.