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Docent lecture/slideshow on "Royal Treasures from the Louvre" exhibit at the Legion of Honor. A collection of decorative arts including treasures of the French monarchy from Louis XIV until the revolution of 1789. Jan. 30, 7-8 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org
Kepler's: Loise Aronson discusses her new book, "A History of the Present Illness." The book takes readers into overlooked lives in the neighborhoods, hospitals, and nursing homes of San Francisco. Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.
New York Times correspondent Rachel Swarns talks about her book, "American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama." Lunch provided but reservations required. Jan. 31, 12-1:30 p.m. Mendenhall Library, McClatchy Hall (Building 120 at 450 Serra Mall), Stanford. Register online at svy.mk/SGqdU5.
'After Ashley' Dark satire from Gina Gionfriddo, author of "Becky Shaw," that looks at a father and son coping with the loss of a loved one in the eye of a media storm. Jan. 25-Feb. 17. $15-$35. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway, Redwood City. Call 650-493-2006, extension 4.
'On Golden Pond' Ernest Thompson's play about revisiting the past and forging new bonds across generations. Jan. 24-Feb. 17, Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 or 7 p.m.; Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. $18-$32. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Call 650-941-0551. www.busbarn.org
'Somewhere' TheatreWorks presents the Matthew Lopez play about a family dreaming of show biz. Jan. 16-Feb. 10. $23-$73. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Call 650-463-1960. www.theatreworks.org
'The 39 Steps' Menlo School's Upper School Drama Department presents a play adopted from Hitchcock's 1935 movie, in which secret agents plot to prevent critical information from leaving the country. Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5 students, $8 adults. Menlo School's Florence Moore Auditorium, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
HMS Pinafore: The Next Generation The Stanford Savoyards present the traditional Gilbert & Sullivan operetta featuring class division, revealed identity and romance, but inspired by the characters, costuming and settings of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Jan. 25, 26 and Feb. 1 at 8 p.m., and Jan. 27 and Feb. 2 at 1:30 p.m. $10 to $20. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. Call 650-725-2787. tickets.stanford.edu
See How They Run Hillbarn Theatre continues its 72nd season with a British farce by Philip King. Jan. 25-Feb 10, Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. $34 (student price available). Hillbarn Theatre, 1285 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City. www.hillbarntheatre.org
A Year in the Garden Series Part I Courses cover broad range of gardening topics; suitable for novice. Series Fee: $450 members; $540 non-members and includes course materials. See filoli.org for dates and times and course. Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Call 650-364-8300.
Edible Garden Series: From Design to Harvest Feb. 2-May 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $325. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-493-6072.
Landscape Acrylic Painting Workshop Jan. 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $120. Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext. 222.
Wordpress Class Attendees learn how to start a blog for free. Jan. 31, 11-12:15 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org
Outdoor Education Leaders Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District seeks volunteers who will work as part of a team leading third- through fifth-grade students on field trips at the David C. Daniels Nature Center. Through Feb. 12. openspace.org/volunteer
Tutor Training for Project Read-Menlo Park Volunteers work with adults eager to improve their reading, writing, and speaking skills. No experience necessary. Feb. 5-9, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2525. www.projectreadmenlopark.org
Paintbrush Diplomacy Art Exhibition The Menlo College Art Committee welcomes Char Pribuss on campus to introduce Menlo's first art show of the year, "Paintbrush Diplomacy." The exhibit, on display in the Administration building, includes works from 40 young artists from all over the world. Through March 8, 5-5 p.m. Menlo College Administration Building, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton. Call 650-543-3901. www.menlo.edu
Design Your Own Race Cars Christie will come equipped with toy cars and paint. Attendees get creative and afterward, can race freshly painted cars. For all ages and funded by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library. Jan. 31, 4-5 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org
Canada College Farmers Market Runs every Sunday at Parking Lot 7. Vendors are welcome. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Camada College, 4200 Farm Hill Road , Redwood City. Call 650-290-3549. westcoastfarmersmarkets.org