Connoisseurs' Marketplace This summer festival features live music, food, fine art and crafts, chefs' demos, wine, champagne, microbrews and margaritas, artisan specialty food, health and wellness displays, green products, a collector car show and a Kidzone. July 20-21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Downtown Menlo Park, Menlo Park. Call 650-325-2818. www.miramarevents.com/alacarte
Maren & Jamie Showkeir combine lessons from their yoga practices with expertise as workplace consultants, the authors discuss "Finding Sanity Off the Mat and on the Job." July 10, 7-9 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.
Music@Menlo Encounter I: In the Beginning ... There Was Bach" At this season of Music@Menlo's first "Encounter," Ara Guzelimian, provost and dean of the Juilliard School, discusses Bach's influence on the entire trajectory of musical history. July 18, 7:30 p.m. $45 full price; $20 under age 30. Martin Family Hall, Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. Call 650-331-0202. www.musicatmenlo.org
'From Brush Strokes to Key Strokes: Novels about Art & Artists' Kepler's Books hosts a panel to talk about the challenges of writing about art and artists. July 11, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.
'My Homeland in Colors' Author and photographer Guillermo Rivas presents his photos of Peru and discusses his perspective on photography. Copies of his book, "Mi Patria A Colores," or "My Country of Colors," will be available for sale and signing after the program. July 13, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2512. www.menloparklibrary.org
'The Sun Never Sets: Reflections on a Western Life' Kepler's Books hosts an event to commemorate the life of L.W. "Bill" Lane Jr. and to celebrate the publication of his memoir. Stanford historian Bertrand M. Patenaude, who served as editor for the memoir, will talk about Bill Lane's career as longtime publisher of Sunset. July 16, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.
Eat, Drink, Talk and Swap Books: Summer Reading Edition For anyone who is new to the area or simply looking to meet new people, Kepler's hosts a book swap event with food and wine. Bring a book to swap. July 13, 6:30-9 p.m. $30. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. brownpapertickets.com/event/392987
Ivy Pochoda' discusses her new novel, "Visitation Street," a literary mystery set against the backdrop of the New York waterfront in Red Hook. July 24, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Nina Schuyler, adjunct professor in creative writing at the University of San Francisco, discusses and signs her new book, "The Translator." When renowned translator Hanne Schubert falls down a flight of stairs, she suffers from an unusual but real condition: the loss of her native language. July 18, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Youth Event: L. Tam Holland L. Tam Holland discusses and signs her debut novel, "The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong." The book is about a boy whose Chinese-born father and Texas-bred mother are tight-lipped about his ancestry, so he has to make up his family history for a school assignment. July 23, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 6508560978. www.keplers.com/event/ya-event-l-tam-holland
Kids and Families
'Aladdin' by Fratello Marionettes a show for ages 4 and up. July 15, 3-4 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422.
'Families Interested In Private Schools' NextStep hosts an event to help reduce the stress surrounding the competitive private school search and application process. July 18, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Menlo College, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton. Call 330-646-8260.
'Reading Is So Delicious' Storytime & Snack The Woodside Library hosts a storytime and snack event with Johnny Appleseed stories and comparative apple tasting. Sign-up required. Ages 5 to 10; parents welcome to attend with child. July 11 and July 23, 3-3:45 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.smcl.org
Fratello Marionettes Present 'Aladdin' All ages welcome. Program funded by Friends of Woodside Library. July 17, 10-11 a.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. www.smcl.org
Lego Club The Atherton Library hosts a Lego club, where children can build legos. Fridays, July 5-26, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422.
Mad Science The theme of this Mad Science workshop is "Taste & Smell". Suitable for ages 3-5. Sign-up required. July 15, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.
TheatreWorks PlayMakers Camp TheatreWorks Education introduces TW PlayMakers, K-8 summer camps that feature theatre games and activities, with each program culminating in a performance created by the students. June 17-July 28 and July 22-Aug. 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $550 per child. Jordan Middle School , 750 North California Ave., Palo Alto . Call 650-463-7146. www.theatreworks.org/learn/youth/camps
TheatreWorks PlayMakers Camp TheatreWorks Education introduces TW PlayMakers, K-8 summer camps that feature theatre games and activities, with each program culminating in a performance created by the students. July 8-19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $550 per child. Jordan Middle School , 750 North California Ave., Palo Alto . Call 650-463-7146. www.theatreworks.org/learn/youth/camps
Uncle Jer's Bee Show Uncle Jer's Bee Show will answer questions about bees, with a program including puppets and two-frame observation hives with live bees. Ages 5 and up. July 22, 6-7 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Music on the Square: 'Sun Kings' The Sun Kings, a Beatles tribute band, will perform as part of Redwood City's "Music on the Square" summer concert series. July 19, 6-8 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.redwoodcity.org/events/musiconthesquare.html
Music@Menlo Carte Blanche Concert I: 'Percussion Complexities' The Carte Blanche series begins a program of Bach percussion music, featuring Christopher Froh, Ayano Kataoka and Ian Rosenbaum, July 20, 8 p.m. $40/$50 full price; $20/$25 for under age 30. The Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. www.musicatmenlo.org
Music@Menlo Concert Program I: Piano/Piano This installment of Music@Menlo features a piano-centric performance. July 19, 8 p.m. $55/$65 full price; $20/$30 for under age 30. The Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
Music@Menlo Prelude Performance Featuring artists from Music@Menlo's Chamber Music Institute International Program for advanced and preprofessional artists, ages eighteen to twenty-nine. They will be performing various dates throughout July and August. Visit musicatmenlo.org for program details and to reserve your free ticket. 5:30 p.m. Free. The Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
'Becky's New Car' Dragon Theatre Company puts on a comedy, "Becky's New Car," written by playwright Steven Dietz and directed by James Nelson. July 14-August 4, 2-4 p.m. $10-$25. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City. Call 650-493-2006. www.dragonproductions.net
The Importance of Being Earnest Stanford Summer Theater presents Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," directed by Lynn Soffer, with Kay Kostopoulos, Marty Pistone, Courtney Walsh, Don Demico, Jessica Waldman David Raymond, Austin Caldwell and Ruth Marks. July 18-August 11, 8-10 p.m. $25, $15 for students and seniors. Pigott Theater, Memorial Auditorium, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford. www.stanford.edu/group/summertheater/cgi-bin/sst/tickets
'Abide: Keeping Vigil with the Word of God' Sr. Macrina Wiederkehr, a writer, leads a week-long silent retreat for women. Aug. 1-7, 4-1 p.m. $550/private room, $485/shared, $320/commuters. Vallombrosa Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-325-5614. www.vallombrosa.org
University Public Worship Stanford's Memorial Church hosts University Public Worship with Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann, senior associate dean for Religious Life, preaching and music by university organist, Dr. Robert Huw Morgan. July 14, 10-11 a.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Call 650-723-1762. events.stanford.edu/events/368/36857
Walk4Water This one-mile walk, organized by the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, is designed to simulate the experience of villagers in rural Africa. Participants will go to a water source, fill their buckets and return for snacks and activities. The MPPC will donate $25 per registrant toward clean water projects. July 13 in Menlo Park and July 16 in Mountain View (at Open Door Church Mountain View on 1667 Miramonte Ave. 1 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-329-7424. www.mppc.org/walk4water
Meniere's Disease Support Group A group sharing knowledge, experiences and support. People with Meniere's Disease, their caregivers, friends and family are welcome to attend. Second Friday of every month. Free Sequoia Hospital Health & Wellness Center, 749 Brewster Ave., Redwood City. Call 650-367-5998. sequoiahospital.org click on classes & events
Menlo Park Library Teen Summer Reading Menlo Park Library's 2013 Teen Summer Reading Program (ages 12-18) runs June 10-August 16. Register online or come into the library. Read books, write reviews and enter weekly raffles for awesome prizes. The library will also kick off summer with a barbecue on June 21 at noon at Burgess Park. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2530. www.menloparklibrary.org/teen.html
Music on the Square: 'Surfin' Safari' Dennis Wilson (drums), Carl Wilson (guitar) and Brian Wilson will perform a Beach Boys tribute concert as part of Redwood City's "Music on the Square" summer music series. July 12, 6-8 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.
Portola Valley Farmers' Market Thursdays, 3-7 p.m., 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
The Mountain Goat Farmers' Market, in front of the Skywood Trading Post, Wednesdays, 3-7 p.m., 17285 Skyline Blvd., Woodside.
Woodside Farmers' Market Sundays, noon-4 p.m., 3195 Woodside Road, Woodside.
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