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Arts & Entertainment - October 12, 2011

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'Holidays on a High Note' The Foothill Auxiliary to Peninsula Family Service will host its 'Holidays on a High Note' benefit, featuring more than 25 designers. Oct. 17, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $100. Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane, Atherton. Call 650-403-4300. www.peninsulafamilyservice.org

Freedom Walk The goal of the walkathon is to raise awareness about human trafficking and to encourage a community response. Organizations that will be present are the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition, Trade as One, International Justice Mission, Not for Sale, and Freedom House. Oct. 15, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Students: starts at $15 adults: starts at $25. Burgess Park, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. www.saveeveryslave.webs.com/club.html

The Menlo Art League Annual Exhibit is at the Menlo Park Library in the downstairs community room from Oct. 2 through Oct. 28. An opening reception is set for Oct. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the community room. Free.

Saxophonist Paul Vornhagen gives a jazz concert with his quartet. Oct. 22, 3-4 p.m. Free. Independence Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. smcl.org

Artists Reception Music, wine and hors d'oeuvres celebrating artists Foster Beigler, Brigitte Carnochan, Deidre Clark, Nina Else Kalani Engles, Candace Gaudiani, Bonny Novesky, Adele Seltzer and Roger White Stolle. Oct. 15, 4-6 p.m. Free. Kriewall-Haehl Gallery at Woodside Priory, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-218-8563.

Talks/Authors

'Help Your Child Survive and Thrive' MPCSD/CAMPUS presents author and speaker Dr. Michele Borba. Oct. 20, 7-9 p.m. Menlo-Atherton Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. drmicheleborba.eventbrite.com

Dr. Khaled Hosseini is the author of "The Kite Runner," a story of two orphaned boys coming of age in war-torn Afghanistan. Hosseini will discuss his work and foundation that provides humanitarian aid in Afghanistan. Oct. 17, 7-8 p.m. $12 members; $20 members. Cubberley Community Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Jim Lehrer The former anchor and author of "Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain" gives an insider account of the backstage drama and reflects on some of the "major moments" and "killer questions" that defined each historical debate. Oct. 19, 7-8 p.m. $15 & $35 members; $20 & $45 nonmembers. Lucie Stern Community Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 408-280-5530.

Justin Torres discusses his new novel "We the Animals." Oct. 12, 7 p.m. Members free. Admission requires purchase of event book or $10 gift card. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com

Stephen Mitchell presents his new translation of Homer's "Iliad." Oct. 19, 7 p.m. Members free. General admission requires purchase of event book or $10 gift card. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com

Thad Nodine and Rachael Herron Women's National Book Assn-San Francisco Chapter presents: Rachael Herron: "A Life in Stitches" and Thad Nodine: "Touch and Go." Oct. 16, 1-3 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com

Family and Kids

'The Incredible Magic Hat Show' Benny Bendini offers chapeaugraphy, comedy magic, musical scores and sound effects. Oct. 20, 4:30-5 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560.

'Tricks or Treats Puppet Show' Nick Barone Puppets present a Halloween show for kids ages 4 and up. Oct. 17, 4-5 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org

Superhero Story Time Awesome Man can shoot rays out of his eyeballs, fly as straight as an arrow, and hug mutant Jell-O. Superhero Joe is armed with a cape of confidence and a shield of invincibility. Oct. 16, 11:30 a.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com

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Woodside Homeowner Energy Workshop Learn how an energy-upgrade can help to improve comfort in the home, lower utility bills and protect the environment by saving energy. Oct. 15, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 831-515-1368. euc-woodside2-eorg.eventbrite.com/

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