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Arts & Entertainment - October 19, 2011

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Candidate Forum - Menlo Park Fire Presented by the League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County. Menlo Park Fire District candidates will take questions from audience. Oct. 20, 7-9 p.m. Free. Menlo Park City Council Chambers, Laurel Street, Menlo Park. Call 650-325-5780. www.lwvssmc.org

Candidate Forum - Sequoia Union District Sequoia Union High School District Candidate Forum. Presented by League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County. Oct. 24, 7-9 p.m. Free. Sequoia Union High School District Headquarters, 480 James St., Redwood City. Call 650-325-5780. www.lwvssmc.org

Candidate Forum - Woodside Elementary School District Presented by League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County. Oct. 19, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Woodside Elementary School, 3195 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-325-5780. www.lwvssmc.org

Portola Art Gallery presents "Other Seasons," a collection of oil paintings of local landscapes in seasons other than summer, by Peninsula painter Decker Walker. Through Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-321-0220.

Dine at Lutticken's, help Bethany Lutheran. From Monday, Oct. 24, through Friday, Oct. 28, dine at "Lutticken's after 5" from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night, and Lutticken's will give 20 percent of net proceeds to community service outreach programs of Bethany Lutheran Church and Littlest Angels Preschool. Lutticken's is at 3535 Alameda de las Pulgas in Menlo Park. Visit tinyurl.com/Dine-189 to print the coupon required when you place your order.

Jazz with Paul Vornhagen 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

'Celebrating the Fine Arts in Portola Valley' A sample of the work of nine Portola Valley artists will be on display at the Kriewall-Haehl Gallery at Woodside Priory. Through Nov. 4, 3-6 p.m. Free. Haehl Gallery at Woodside Priory, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-218-8563.

Talks/Authors

'Arms Control in the Information Age' How can states combat cyber-weapons? Rose Gottemoeller, assistant secretary of state, will identify challenges and opportunities created by information technology. Oct. 27, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Oak Lounge, Tresidder Memorial Union, 459 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.

'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

Amitav Ghosh discusses his new novel, "River of Smoke." Oct. 20, 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

Jim Lehrer, author of "Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates," gives insider account of the backstage drama and reflects on "major moments" and "killer questions" that defined the debates. 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.

Jim Newton discusses his book: "Eisenhower: The White House Years." Oct. 27, 7 p.m. Members free. General admission requires purchase of event book or $10 gift card. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

Nina Sankovitch discusses her book: "Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading." Oct. 24, 7 p.m. Members free. General admission requires purchase of event book or $10 gift card. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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.

Youth Event: Brian Selznick discusses his new book: "Wonderstruck." Oct. 27, 7 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.

Classes/Workshops

Computer Security Class covers staying safe online and protecting one's computers and accounts from viruses and spam. Previous computer basics and word processing are suggested. Oct. 22, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. smcl.org

Sustainable Landscaping Class Sherri Osaka shares techniques for easy weed control and lawn removal. Oct. 20, 7-9 p.m. Free; registration required. Town Center, Community Hall, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-1700 ext. 222.

Family & 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.

Susan Gal reads her newest book, "Into the Outdoors," in which a family travels up a mountain, over a bridge, and under a canopy of trees to reach a campsite in the great outdoors. Oct. 23, 11:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com

Et Alia

Advance Health Care Directive A discussion on health-care directives, led by Betsy Carpenter/El Camino Hospital. Oct. 19, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-854-1080. www.ladera.org/events/special.html

'Halloween Masque Opera Gala' Presenting, in concert, the artists of the Franzen Opera Studio. Featuring favorite opera, operetta, musical theatre and popular songs, with a spooky twist. Oct. 23, 5-7:15 p.m. $10 at the door. Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. Call 408-288-8519. CarlFranzen.com

'ZOPPE - An Italian Family Circus' Zoppe, An Italian Family Circus, offers two-hour performances of family-friendly entertainment. Through Oct. 23, 3-9 p.m. Weekday Shows: Youth (2-11): $10 / Adult (Age 12+): $15 Weekend Shows: Youth (2-11): $13 / Adult (Ag 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/Zoppe.html

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