Little House Fourth of July celebration Traditional lunch (hotdogs, hamburgers, etc.) and live music by St. Gabriel's Celestial Brass Brand, which plays New Orleans jazz. July 2, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. $7. Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 326-2025 ext. 222.
Mt. Olive Apostolic Original Holy Church of God will celebrate 51 years in the Belle Haven community. July 6, 11 a.m.; July 8, 7 p.m. Free. Mt. Olive A.O.H. Church of God, 605 Hamilton Ave., Menlo Park. Call 853-0355.
Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park holds two hour-long conversations called "Saluting Those Who Serve" to honor citizens who have served in the military. July 2, 7-8 p.m.; July 3, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. Call 854-5897. www.facebook.com/LifetreeCafeMP
Talks & Authors
Author Ellen Sussman, author of the novel, "French Lessons," will share her newest book, "A Wedding in Provence," which delves into themes of love, forgiveness and trust in the setting of Southern France. July 15, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/ellen-sussman-1
Authors Lee Kravetz and David Feldman will discuss their book, "Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success," which explores how individuals overcome and thrive after trauma. July 10, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Kids & Families
Babies and Books Storytimefor children up to 18 months old. July 7, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 851-0560.
Didgeridoo Down Under performance The group uses the Australian instrument to combine lessons about geography, nature, culture, diversity and ecology. Performance features comedy, storytelling, character building and audience participation. July 11, 11-11:45 a.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org
Didgeridoo Down Under: Aussie Funk Jam July 11, 2-3 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 851-0560.
Drummer Onye Onyemaechi from Nigeria shares an African village celebration, a drumming performance for all ages. July 2, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 851-0147.
Library table at farmers' market Portola Valley Library will have a table at the town's farmers' market, where visitors can build geometric structures using spaghetti and marshmallows, and sign up for the Summer Learning Program and take home a book. July 10, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 851-0560.
Music on Monday gives children ages 3 and under an opportunity to sing and dance. First Monday of each month. July 7, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 851-0560.
Prairie Rose Band plays popular songs from many eras. Singing along is encouraged. July 12, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call 330-2532. menlopark.org/library
Music on the Square Twelve concerts will be held at Courthouse Square, with local and national groups performing rock, blues, pop, Latin music and more. Concerts are free and family-friendly. Fridays, June 6-August 29, 6-8 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/musiconthesquare.html
Tinkering Teens event At this upcoming Tinkering Teens event, children ages 13 to 18 can take part in bag and T-shirt decoration projects. Registration is required. July 9, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 851-0560.
Alan McGee photography. Portola Art Gallery shows photography collection, called "Onions Observed: An Animistic Perspective," by Alan McGee of Portola Valley. Reception: Saturday, July 12. Show runs through July, from 1 to 4 p.m. Galley open 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 321-0220. www.portolaartgallery.com
'Luminous Essays' Caldwell Gallery displays "Luminous Essays," works by fine art photographers from the Peninsula Photographic Arts Guild. July 2-Sept. 3, from 5 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Caldwell Gallery, 400 County Center at the Hall of Justice, Redwood City. Call 654-2766.
Movies on the Square 2014 Sixteen movies will be shown outdoors at the Courthouse Square. See website for more info. Thursdays, through Sept. 25, 8:45 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/movies.html