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'Developing the Scientists of Tomorrow' SRI hosts a Cafe Scientifique event -- a "Wonder Dialogue" on education and developing the scientists of the future. The event is part of the 10-day Bay Area Science Festival. NPR's Tech Nation host Moira Gunn will moderate the discussion. Nov. 2, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. SRI International, Ringwood at Middlefield, Menlo Park. sri.com/contact/ibldg.html
'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.
Abilities United Authors Luncheon Jennifer Holm, Maxine Hong Kingston, Erik Larson and Calvin Trillin will discuss their books, share stories about their writing experiences, and offer insight into their inspiration with more than 650 guests. Books sales and signing are held before and after the lunch. Nov. 5, $150. Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel - Palo Alto, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Call 650-618-3330.
'Our Town' Georges Lavaudant collaborates with Stanford Professor Jean-Marie Apostolides to present "Our Town," the classic play. Nov. 9-12, 8 p.m. $5-$15. Pigott Theater, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford. drama.stanford.edu
'Stage Door' is a fast-paced dramatic comedy about a boarding house full of aspiring actresses struggling to make it big on Broadway. Nov. 3-12, Evening and matinees. $12 adults, $8 students/seniors, $4 students on Thursdays. M-A Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-322-5311 ext. 8500.
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'The climate chronicles: Tropic Of CANCER' Using the surreal and absurd elements of everyday life as raw material, "The Climate Chronicles: Tropic Of CANCER" tells the story of a team of American climatologists and diplomats as they prepare to attend an international conference. Nov. 9-12, 8 p.m. $5. Pigott Theater, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford. drama.stanford.edu
'Islam: News Media and Hollywood' Academics, artists and others discuss the place of Islam and Muslims in contemporary American political discourse and society. Nov. 3, 6 p.m. Free. Cubberly Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford. Call 650-736 8169. www.islamicstudies.stanford.edu
Abilities United Authors Luncheon Four authors read from their books, share stories about their writing experience and offer insight into the inspiration behind the characters. Nov. 5, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $150. Cabana Hotel and Resort, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Call 650-618-3330.
Chris Matthews presents a new portrait, from his early life growing up in Massachusetts, service in the U.S. Navy, private battle with Addison's disease, and his days in the White House. Nov. 8, 7-8 p.m. $15 & $35 members; $20 & $45 nonmembers. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Harriet Chessman, Thaisa Frank and Elizabeth Rosner "Touching Fire: Writing Near the Edge of the Holocaust," a panel discussion. Nov. 3, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc. , 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto. www.booksinc.net
Silicon Valley Bootstrappers Breakfast Geva Solomonovich explores his experiences as an early employee at Fraud Sciences, which was acquired by PayPal. Nov. 4, 7:30-9 a.m. Hobee's Restaurant, 4224 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Call 408-252-9676. www.bootstrappersbreakfast.com
'Paint Allied Arts 2011' The Portola Art Gallery announces its plein air paint-out and exhibit "Paint Allied Arts 2011." More than 20 artists have been selected to join with artists of Portola Art Gallery to paint in the gardens of Allied Arts on the morning of Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-321-0220. www.portolaartgallery.com
Carolyn Jones' "Recent Works" The Portola Art Gallery presents oil paintings by Carolyn Jones of Menlo Park. The exhibit includes Jones' landscapes from recent travels in California, Vermont and France. Throughout November, Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-321-0220. www.portolaartgallery.com
Esther Baran Art Show Wine and cheese, plus gifts for sale and art on view. Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 760-855-3186.
'Pissarro's People' An art docent presents highlights of the new exhibit at the Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco, including 37 paintings and numerous works on paper. Nov. 4, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. smcl.org
'Public or Private School (all ages)' Parenting workshop led by Stephanie Agnew. Guidelines on how to evaluate what type of school is best for a child and family. Wed., Nov. 2, 7-9 p.m. Free. Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto. Call 650-688-3040. www.parentsplaceonline.org/peninsula/classes/public-or-private-school-all-ages
Kids & Families
Babies & Books Storytime at PV Library Rhymes, songs, lap play and short stories for the very young. Mondays, 11-11:15 a.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org/en/content/portola-valley
Miwok & Ohlone Craft Participants will join staff of the Museum of Craft and Folk Art as participants explore the ancient local sites of the Ohlone and Miwok tribes. Then, they'll create traditional handmade objects from plant materials in this 75-minute workshop. Designed for age 6 and up; phone 851-0147 to sign up; limited space. Nov. 2, 3:30-4:45 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-0147. www,smcl.org
Preschool Storytime Songs, stories and activities for kids ages 3-5. Mondays, 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org
Journalist and NPR host Scott Simon will share his personal story of international adoption with the introduction of his latest book: "Baby We Were Meant For Each Other." Nov. 6, 5-8 p.m. $30. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-964-3800. www.BAAS.org
'Images of Menlo' Art Exhibit The third-annual "Images of Menlo" exhibit showcases plein air art by Menlo College students and local artists. The show, currently on display in the Administration Building, includes more than 30 oil and acrylic paintings of the Menlo campus. Through Jan. 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Menlo College, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton. Call 650-543-3901. www.menlo.edu
Historic Folger Stable Visitors can view the historically restored Folger Stable and miles of woodland trails. View historic displays and video in the carriage room. Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Free. Wunderlich Park, 4040 Woodside Road, Woodside. Call 650-851-2660.