50th Kings Mountain Art Fair The 50th Kings Mountain Art Fair will feature 135 juried artists in a redwood forest, a children's area with arts and crafts and breakfast from 8 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade and elementary school. Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Kings Mountain Community Center, 13889 Skyline Blvd., Woodside. www.kingsmountainartfair.org
Farmers Market Grill Party Portola Valley chef Laura Stec will teach grilling tips at this event. Participants will walk the Farmers Market with Stec, pick up items to grill and then go to the Town Center kitchen for a quick class on grilling the "unexpected," featuring grilled eggplant parmesan, among other vegetable recipes. Sept. 5, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Porotla Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org
EPA Boxing Club will host its annual BBQ Fundraiser. Aug. 31, 12:15-5:15 p.m. Free. EPA Boxing Club, 2528 Pulgas Ave., East Palo Alto. Call 650-630-0213. www.epaboxingclub.org
Talks & Authors
Dr. Walter Bortz, author of "Dare to be 100: 99 Steps to a Long, Healthy Life," will lead this four-week seminar series on health, life and aging well. Participants will learn about the science behind aging and practical ways to maintain health over a long life. Please register by calling 650-851-0560 or emailing email@example.com. Thursdays, Sept. 5-26, 6-7 p.m. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. ww.smcl.org
'Influential Families of San Francisco & the Peninsula' Michael Svanevik will talk about the Peninsula's history and those who created it. Wednesdays, Sept. 4-Oct. 30 1:30-3:30 p.m. $50. Little House Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-326-2025, ext. 222. www.penvol.org/littlehouse/contact.cfm
Asian Art Museum: 'In the Moment' This docent lecture explores the dynamic nature of art selection and display in traditional Japanese settings. Artwork from the Larry Ellison Collection is on exhibit through Sept. 22 at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Sept. 10, 7-8 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org
YA Event: 'Crown of Midnight' Sarah J. Maas discusses and signs her new novel about 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien. Aug. 28, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321. www.keplers.com/event/ya-sarah-j-maas
Farmers' Market Family Storytime The Farmers' Market will feature a Family Storytime in the Redwood Grove near the playground for two Thursdays, Aug. 22 and Sept. 12. 5:30-6 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. www.smcl.org
Portola Vineyards Barn Dance Portola Vineyards is hosting a barn dance with dance caller Andy Wilson and a live string band. They will also pour tastes of one of the vineyards' currently released wines. Dancing will go from 6-8 p.m. Bring a picnic. 5-8 p.m. $15. Portola Vineyards, 850 Los Trancos Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-332-4959. www.portolavineyards.com/PortolaVineyards/Summer_Concerts.html
'And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little' This dark comedy explores the lives of the three Reardon sisters, who have recently lost their mother. Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 29-Sept. 22, 8 p.m. $15-$35. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City. Call 650-493-2006 ext. 2.
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