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Lectures & Talks'Beyond the Big Screen: 3D Technology'
Scott Summit, founder of Bespoke Innovations and a director of technology at 3D Systems, will talk about his work making custom artificial limbs. These devices are also on view at the Los Altos History Museum as part of the "Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends" exhibit. The museum will be open from 5:30 to 7 p.m. preceding the talk. Dec. 2, 7-9 p.m. Free. Los Altos Stage Company, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
Lectures & Talks'Apocalypse Now: Rise of ISIS'
Dan Devitt, history teacher at Menlo School, will give a talk about the rise of ISIS in the Middle East, covering what the organization is and why it matters. Dec. 2, 12:15-1 p.m. Free. Menlo School, Martin Hall, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Tim Shriver with 'Fully Alive'
Tim Shriver -- chairman of the Special Olympics and nephew to John, Robert and Ted Kennedy -- will share his book, "Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most," a memoir about lessons learned from people with intellectual disabilities, including his aunt, Rosemary. Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. $15. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'Geo for Good' with Rebecca Moore
This talk by Rebecca Moore, leader of the Google Earth Outreach and Earth Engine programs, will discuss projects with communities and indigenous peoples to solve problems involving conservation, human rights and cultural preservation. Dec. 3, 7-8 p.m. $20 nonmembers; $12 member; $7 student. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Raising Resilient Tweens and Teens with Self-Compassion'
For the first-ever La Entrada Parent Education Series, Stanford experts Leah Weiss Ekstrom and Lisa Medoff will talk about the role of self-compassion in helping tweens and teens deal with stress and boost academic performance. Dec. 3, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. La Entrada School, Multi-Use Room, 325 Sharon Park Drive, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksStuart Sovatsky on 'Advanced Spiritual Intimacy'
Sofia University will hold a talk, book signing and musical event featuring Stuart Sovatsky, Ph.D. and his third book, "Advanced Spiritual Intimacy: The Yoga of Deep Tantric Sensuality." Dec. 3, 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Sofia University, 1069 E. Meadow Circle, 1059A, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Richard Ford on 'Let Me Be Frank With You'
Richard Ford will share his new work, "Let Me Be Frank With You," which centers on a familiar figure from his previous works, Frank Bascombe, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Ford will be in conversation with Rachel Smith, a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Tim Federle on 'Hickory Daquiri Dock'
Tim Federle -- a former Broadway dancer, a children's book author and the mind behind the cookbook "Tequila Mockingbird -- will share his new cocktail recipe guide, "Hickory Daiquiri Dock." Dec. 8, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksBrian Schmidt on Water District 7
At December's Technology and Society Luncheon Forum, Brian Schmidt, director of the Santa Clara Valley Water District 7 and an environmental lawyer, will discuss the district's history, areas of focus, and programs and facilities, as well as comment on the region's water future. Dec. 9, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. $12 lunch. Hangen Szechuan Restaurant, 134 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksTheranos Founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes
Michael Krasny of KQED will moderate an in-depth conversation with Elizabeth Holmes of Theranos, who will discuss her efforts to revolutionize the health care system using technology and creativity. Online registration is requested. Dec. 9, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksJerry Yang and Hans Tung on 'Mobile Innovation in China'
Jerry Yang and Hans Tung will participate in a forum on "Mobile Innovation in China," discussing recent trends and their implications for the economy and further innovation. Dec. 11, 5:30-7:45 p.m. $39 Churchill Club member; $69 nonmember. Microsoft Corporation, 1065 La Avenida St., Building 1, Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksCatherine Hoke of Defy Ventures
Catherine Hoke, founder and CEO of Defy Ventures, will speak in conversation with Laura Sydell, digital culture correspondent from NPR, about her experience private equity and venture capital in the Bay Area. Online registration is requested. Dec. 17, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'Performance vs. Learning'
Oshman Family JCC will welcome acclaimed author Alfie Kohn for a discussion entitled, "Performance vs. Learning: The Costs of Overemphasizing Achievement," during which he will offer his critiques of standardized testing and suggest solutions for learning and success. Jan. 8, 7:30 p.m. $25 advance; $30 at the door. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn on 'A Path Appears'
Oshman Family JCC will welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn to read from and discuss their latest book, "A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity," an inspirational book about creating change around the world. Jan. 11, 5 p.m. $12 advance; $15 at the door. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.