Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park hosts an hour-long conversation exploring adoption and the search for birth parents. Feb. 13, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free Bethany Lutheran Church , 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-854-5897. www.facebook.com/LifetreeCafeMP
Spartan Race Community Workout Menlo Swim and Sport hosts community workout modeled after Spartan Race, an obstacle race series much like Tough Mudder. Participants receive a Spartan Race T-shirt and raffle prizes include Spartan Race entries and merchandise. Feb. 16, 9-11 a.m. Free. Burgess Park, 501 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2232. www.menloswim.com
Home Energy Efficiency Workshop Learn about Energy Upgrade California Home, including rebates and how to make houses more energy-efficient and comfortable. Feb. 13, 6:30-8 p.m. Free; RSVP requested Portola Valley Town Center - Community Hall, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-1700 ext. 222. http://EnergyUpgradeWorkshop.eventbrite.com
Portola Valley Farmers' Market Thursdays, year-round. 2-5 p.m. Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. www.portolavalleyfarmersmarket.com
Palo Alto AAUW Authors' Luncheon Four authors (Rhys Bowen, Tracy Guzeman, Michelle Richmond and Steve Sporleder) share their stories during lunch on Saturday, Feb. 15, at this fundraiser for AAUW's Tech Trek math/science camp. Noon-3 p.m. $40 Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. aauw-paloalto.org
Stanford University Medical Center An architectural history walking tour of the School of Medicine. Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. Free, but RSVP is required. Stanford University, main hospital entrance fountain, 300 Pasteur Drive, Stanford. www.lane.stanford.edu/classes-consult/laneclass.html?class-id=111
Stanford Savoyards presents 'The Mikado,' a comic opera originally done by Arthur Sullivan and W. S. Gilbert. Jan. 31-Feb. 15, Fridays and Saturdays. All shows at 8 p.m. except for Saturday, Feb. 15, when it's at 2 p.m. $10-20. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. www.savoyards.stanford.edu
'L'elisir d'amore' West Bay Opera presents Donizetti's musical comedy, "L'elisir d'amore" ("The Elixir of Love"). The story is about a country bumpkin getting the girl he loves with the help of an Italian-style snake oil salesman. Feb. 14, 16, 22 and 23. Sunday performances are at 2 p.m. 8-11 p.m. $40-75. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-424-9999. www.wbopera.org
Talks & Authors
"Golden Gate Castaways" Bob Oaks, docent and author, talks about "Golden Gate Castaways: East Meets West In Gold Rush San Francisco," the story of 17 Japanese sailors, stranded at sea, rescued by an American ship, and taken to San Francisco in 1851. Feb. 18, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free, $5 for nonmembers Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave. , Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext. 222. www.penvol.org/littlehouse/contact.cfm
'Relocation: A Constitutional Mistake of Historic Proportions' San Mateo County History Museum hosts Foster City Councilman Steve Okamoto, who will discuss the forced removal of Japanese from the Pacific Coast during World War II. Feb. 15, 1-4 p.m. $5 for adults; $3 for students and seniors. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. www.historysmc.org
'The Life and Inventions of Nikola Tesla' Jim Wall will discuss fact and fiction behind the life of inventor Nikola Tesla. He will demonstrate Tesla coils for the audience. Feb. 12, 7-8 p.m. Free for museum members; $10 for nonmembers. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. www.moah.org
'What Matters to Me & Why'ans Dave Evans, who taught a course at UC Berkeley on "How to Find Your Vocation (aka: Is Your Calling Calling?)," will speak as part of "What Matters to Me and Why," a Stanford Office of Religious Life program. Feb. 12, noon-1 p.m. Free. Old Union - Sanctuary , 520 Lasuen Mall , Stanford. Call 650-723-1762. www.events.stanford.edu/events/407/40795
'Where's the Beef? Biotech Startups Disrupting the Food Chain' With recent advances in tissue engineering and plant protein research, startups and food technologists are now engineering meat and other animal products. Learn about these companies and technologies at this panel talk. Dr. Andras Forgacs, founder and CEO of Modern Meadow Inc., and Josh Tetrick, founder and CEO of Hampton Creek Foods, will speak. Feb. 18, 6-8:30 p.m. $15-50. Stanford University, Location provided with ticket purchase., Stanford. www.vlab.org/article.html?aid=486
Author Barry Eisler discusses his new book, "Graveyard of Memories: A John Rain Novel." Feb. 14, 7 p.m. Free. Four Seasons Silicon Valley, 2050 University Ave., East Palo Alto. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/barry-eisler-1
Book club: Philip Roth's 'The Ghost Writer' Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman will join Tobias Wolff to discuss Roth's 1979 classic, "The Ghost Writer." The event is part of the "Another Look" book club, which focuses on short pieces that have been forgotten, neglected or overlooked. Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Humanities Center - Levinthal Hall, 424 Santa Teresa St. , Stanford. www.anotherlook.stanford.edu/
Gary A. Haugen discusses his book, "The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence." Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Ingrid Robeyns: 'Having Too Much' Ingrid Robeyns, economist, philosopher and chair of the practical philosophy program at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands, will discuss the limitarian doctrine, which entails that we all have a duty not to be rich. Feb. 13, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Tresidder Memorial Union Oak Lounge, 459 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. Call 650-736-2629. www.ethicsinsociety.stanford.edu/
Jennifer Senior discusses her book, "All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood." The author explores the ways children reshape their parents' lives. Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/parenting-jennifer-senior
Megan McArdle discusses her new book, "The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success." Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Non-Fiction Book Club Discussion of "God's Hotel: A Doctor, A Hospital and A Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine" by Victoria Sweet. Drop-ins are welcome. 1-2:30 p.m. Free Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org
Peninsula Democratic Coalition holds annual meeting and membership luncheon Feb. 22 at Los Altos Youth Center. Congressman Mike Honda is featured speaker. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free for members, $5 for otheres. 1 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. Call 650-941-8190. www.peninsulademocrats.com
Valentine's Day at Cheeky Monkey Toys Kids create homemade cards and crafts. Feb. 14, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Cheeky Monkey Toys, 640 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-328-7975. www.cheekymonkeytoys.com
This story contains 1129 words.
Stories older than 90 days are available only to subscribing members. Please help sustain quality local journalism by becoming a subscribing member today.
If you are already a subscriber, please log in so you can continue to enjoy unlimited access to stories and archives. Subscriptions start at $5 per month and may be cancelled at any time.