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Author Carole Bumpus on 'A Cup of Redemption'
Local author Carole Bumpus will talk about her debut work, "A Cup of Redemption," a historical novel based on three women's stories of love and loss during war. Nov. 1, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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'Hearts For Justice' conference
Trinity Church in Menlo Park will host a mini-conference called "Hearts For Justice: Coming Together to Confront Violence Against Women." Three speakers will discuss the trafficking of women and girls around the world and in local communities. Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Trinity Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park.
 

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Author Herschel Cobb on 'Heart of a Tiger'
The Menlo Park Library will welcome Herschel Cobb to discuss his book "Heart of a Tiger: Growing up with My Grandfather, Ty Cobb." Refreshments will be provided courtesy of the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. Nov. 1, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.

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Author Keith Raffel on 'Temple Mount'
Keith Raffel will speak in conversation with Ellen Sussman about his fifth novel, "Temple Mount," which follows former a tech executive on a quest that leads him to Washington, D.C., and passages under Jerusalem's Temple Mount. Nov. 2, 5 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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Author Will Pye on 'Blessed with a Brain Tumor'
Will Pye will talk about his motivational memoir, "Blessed with a Brain Tumor," in which he relates how his diagnosis became an opportunity for profound growth. Nov. 3, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.

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Author Mary O'Hara on 'Austerity Bites'
Journalist Mary O'Hara will discuss her book, "Austerity Bites: A Journey to the Sharp End of Cuts in the UK," which examines the effects of austerity measures on different groups in the country. She will be in conversation with Michael Stoll, executive director and editor of San Francisco Public Press. Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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Author Lalita Tademy on 'Citizen's Creek'
Lalita Tademy will celebrate the release of her new historical novel, "Citizen's Creek," which follows Cow Tom, a slave who has a gift for languages, who is sold to a Creek master at age 10. Natalie Baszile, author of "Queen Sugar," will join the conversation. Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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'Native Succulents'
Paul Heiple will give a talk on succulents native to California, which are drought tolerant and produce attractive flowers that draw hummingbirds and other pollinators. Heiple is a collector of succulents, carnivorous plants and other native species. Nov. 5, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

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'Design Thinking'
A panel of experts will share experience and insights on design thinking and its role in various aspects of business. A related hands-on workshop will be held beforehand. Workshop begins at 5 p.m., talk at 7 p.m. Nov. 5, 5-8:30 p.m. $25 member; $40 mon-members; $50 at the door; $20 workshop. SAP, Palo Alto, 3410 Hillview Ave., Building 1, Palo Alto.
 

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Rise of the Robots: Tech Talk
This event will discuss and share a number of robots, including ones that fight crime, serve as butlers and are used in education. Attendees can share their thoughts about the future of robots via a live Twitter feed. Nov. 5, 6-9 p.m. Free. Microsoft Campus, 1065 La Avenida St., Bldg. 1, Mountain View.
 

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'The Secret History of Silicon Valley'
Accompanying the Los Altos History Museum exhibit, "Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends," Steve Blank, an entrepreneur and consulting associate professor at the Stanford School of Engineering, will give a talk entitled "The Secret History of Silicon Valley." He will be introduced by William Perry, professor emeritus from Stanford and former U.S. Secretary of Defense. Nov. 5, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Eagle Theater, Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave., Los Altos.

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Author Bill Oetinger on '75 Classic Rides: Northern California'
Bill Oetinger will share his new book, "75 Classic Rides: Northern California: The Best Road-Biking Routes," a full-color guide to both easy and epic bike rides in the Bay Area, Central Valley, Gold Country, the Sierras and more. Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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'Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders'
This lecture by Denise Spellberg will look at how Enlightenment ideas about the toleration of Muslims influenced America's founding fathers when developing a government that would provide full citizenship and equality for all religious groups. Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m. Free. Tressider Memorial Union, Oak East, 459 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.
 

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'Ukraine: What is the fighting all about?'
The Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies at Stanford will host professor Volodymyr Dubovyk from Odessa National University to speak on the subject of "Ukraine: What is all the fighting about?" Nov. 6, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Pigott Hall, Room 113, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.

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Author Bryan Stevenson on 'Just Mercy'
Peninsula Arts & Letters will host Bryan Stevenson, winner of a MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant and legal champion for the poor and people of color, to discuss his new book, "Just Mercy," about his coming of age as an idealistic young lawyer. Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. $20 general. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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'Family Portraiture in Art'
Makeda Best, assistant professor of visual studies at California College of the Arts, will give a free lecture about why family portraiture has remained popular throughout history and with artists today. Nov. 6, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Medieval Matters lecture with Victoria Sweet
Dr. Victoria Sweet, author of the nonfiction bestseller "God's Hotel," will give a lecture called "Hildegard of Bingen: Medieval Lessons for Modern Medicine," in which she discusses how 12th-century ideas of seeing the body as a plant and the doctor a gardener can still be useful today. Nov. 6, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Bishop Auditorium, Lathrop Library, 518 Memorial Way, Stanford.
 

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'Houghton Hall' slideshow
This docent lecture and slideshow held at The Sequoias Portola Valley will share highlights from an exhibit called "Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House." The exhibit, which covers the history and style of a home built in the 1720s by Sir Walpole, will be at the Legion of Honor museum from Oct. 18 to Jan. 18. Nov. 6, 10:30 a.m. Free. The Sequoias Portola Valley, 501 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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Author Neville Frankel on 'Bloodlines'
The Oshman Family JCC will host popular author Neville Frankel to read from and discuss his newest novel "Bloodlines," a family tale set against the background of the South African Apartheid. Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. $10-$15. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

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Silicon Valley Internship Summit
The Silicon Valley Internship Summit will engage educators and industry professionals in a conversation about creating meaningful internships that help support the Silicon Valley economy. Attendance includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Those interested should register by Nov. 4. Nov. 6, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $25. Microsoft Silicon Valley, 1065 La Avenida St., Mountain View.

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BookSwap with Alice LaPlante
Kepler's Books will host one of its Book Swap events, bringing together good company, food and wine, and Alice LaPlante, who will talk about her book "A Circle of Wives." Attendees should bring along a favorite book to trade for another recommended read. Nov. 8, 6:30-9 p.m. $25 general. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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Author Ann Hagedorn on 'The Invisible Soldiers'
Ann Hagedorn, a former staff writer for the Wall Street Journal, will discuss her book, "The Invisible Soldiers: How America Outsourced Our Security," about the private national security industry. Nov. 10, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
 

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'Saving Privacy'
Reed Hundt, chair of the Federal Communications Commission under President Clinton, will argue that law and checks on political power have not kept pace up the development of digital technology, as well as discuss ways the U.S. government could support self-protection of privacy. Nov. 11, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Stanford Law School, Room 190, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford.

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Author Francis Fukuyama on 'Political Order and Political Decay'
Francis Fukuyama will talk about the ideas from his recent work of political thought, "Political Order and Political Decay," which grapples with the future of democracy and paralysis in Western governments. Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m. $40 premier; $20 general; $10 student. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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Technology and Society Committee Luncheon Forum
At the committee's monthly meeting, Jan Pepper, board member of the Air Quality Management District and longtime electric industry professional, will give a short history of Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) in California and look at the future of CCA-based energy. Nov. 11, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. $12 lunch. Hangen Szechuan Restaurant, 134 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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'Is It Good For The Jews?'
The Oshman Family JCC will kick off a year-long lecture series with Dr. Marc Dollinger of San Francisco State University entitled "Is it Good for the Jews?" The first lecture will focus on the subject of "Jews and the Civil Rights Movement." Nov. 11, 7:30-9 p.m. $15 at door; $50 member, $60 general for whole lecture series. Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, Room E104, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

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'The View from High School for Students with Learning and Attention Differences'
This event will host a panel of high school administrators and learning specialists from a variety of schools to discuss their programs and resources and the expectations for students and families. Nov. 11, 7-9 p.m. $20 member; $30 non-member. Children's Health Council, 650 S. Clark Way, Palo Alto.
 

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VC Taskforce: Angel Elevator Pitch
Angel Elevator Pitch will provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs to network and present their company and ideas to potential investors and industry professionals. Nov. 11, 6-8:30 p.m. $35-$90. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 2 Palo Alto Square, Palo Alto.

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'Pictures of the Infant Universe'
As part of the 15th annual Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, Dr. Lloyd Knox of the University of California, Davis, will give a free nontechnical talk discussing new discoveries about the earliest stages of the universe, just after the Big Bang. Nov. 12, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Foothill College, Smithwick Theater, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

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Stanford Executive Briefings
Steve Blank, co-founder of E.piphany, will give a talk about why innovation is difficult in existing corporations and highlight tools and processes used by successful startups that companies can use to change that. Nov. 12, 7:30-9 a.m. $60. Stanford Faculty Club, 439 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.

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Author Susan Woodman on 'Gamble Garden: Landscape on Optimisim'
Susan Woodman will share her recently published book called "Gamble Garden: Landscape of Optimism." In addition, there will pumpkin cookies (recipe is in the book) and a floral arrangement made by staff from Gamble Garden in Palo Alto. Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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Author Peter Turchi on 'A Muse and A Maze'
Peter Turchi -- an author, editor and creative writing professor at Arizona State University -- will share his book, "A Muse and A Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic" and discuss the connection between writing and personal lives. Nov. 14, 7-8 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.

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Child Development Program Orientation
This orientation will provide those interested in working with children and families an introduction to the Foothill College Child Development Program. Attendees can meet faculty, tour the campus, learn about the application process and more. Nov. 14, 6-7 p.m. Free. Foothill College, Middlefield Campus, Room J-7, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

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'Houghton Hall' docent lecture
This docent lecture at the Atherton Library will discuss treasures and furniture shown in "Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House" at the Legion of Honor from Oct. 18 to Jan. 18. Nov. 15, 2-3 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.

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'Language Development and Your Child'
Dr. Judith Lessow-Hurley, professor at San Jose State University and an expert on bilingual and immersion education, will give a lecture on language development, process and benefits. She will also address common parent concerns and expectations. Nov. 17, 6-8 p.m. Free. International School of the Peninsula, 3233 Cowper St., Palo Alto.

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Meet the Makers: Robin Petravic
Robin Petravic will discuss his role in the transformation of Health Ceramics from a dilapidated factory to a successful maker of artisan pottery. Nov. 18, 7-8 p.m. Free. Peterson Laboratory (550), 416 Escondido Mall, Stanford .

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'The Echoes of their Wings'
For this Audubon Lecture Series event, Joel Greenberg will give a talk called "The Echoes of their Wings: The Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon," which will highlight important lessons from the pigeons' story for human society in the 21st century. Refreshments will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19, 8:00 p.m. Free. Cubberley Community Center, Room H1, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.