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Lectures & TalksStanford Archaeology Center: 'Opening Our Doors'
Stanford Archaeology Center will hold an open house entitled "Opening Our Doors: Community, Heritage, and Archaeology Today," where faculty and students will discuss their research near and far. There will also be interactive demonstrations and chances to see the collections and lab facilities. April 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Stanford Archaeology Center, Building 500, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksHidden Gems of Upper Lomita tour
The Stanford Historical Society will offer a tour of Stanford's historic Lomita Neighborhood, during which docents will discuss the architecture, landscape and history of several buildings and gardens. Stops will include the Knoll, Kingscote Gardens and the Bechtel International Center. There will only be limited access to interiors. April 26, 1-4 p.m. $15; free for children age 12 and under with adult admission. Lomita Neighborhood, , Stanford.
Lectures & TalksMedieval Matters: 'Visions and Voices'
As part of the Medieval Matters public lecture series, Stanford anthropologist Tanya Marie Luhrmann will describe her ethnographic and experimental research on both medieval and modern mystical experience in the talk "Visions and Voices: What Sense Do We Make of Them?" April 28, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Stanford School of Education, Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
Lectures & Talks'Asset Allocation: A Strategy for Life'
Presented by the Financial Planning Association of Silicon Valley, this talk for all ages will discuss the investment strategy of asset allocation, which attempts to balance risk and reward. April 28, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'Socially Conscious Careers: Innovating for Good'
At this Churchill Club event, social impact innovators will provide inspiration and insights on shifting careers from a for-profit focus to a societal-good focus. April 29, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $29 Churchill Club member; $49 nonmember. Microsoft Corporation, 1065 La Avenida St., Building 1, Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Jacqueline Winspear on 'A Dangerous Place'
Jacqueline Winspear will visit Kepler's to read from her latest Maisie Dobbs mystery "A Dangerous Place." April 29, 7:30 p.m. $20 general. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'From Pago Pago to Palo Alto: An Environmental Journey'
Jared Blumenfeld, administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Ageny's Pacific Southwest Region 9, will give a talk touching on environmental justice; protecting and restoring the air, land and waters; building federal, state, local and tribal partnerships; and responding to climate change. Online registration is requested. April 30, noon-1 p.m. $10. Knight Mangement Center, 655 Knight Way, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksPsychiatrist Susan L. Edelman on 'Be Your Own Brand of Sexy'
Susan L. Edelman, a Palo Alto psychiatrist and adjunct clinical associate professor at Stanford University, will discuss her new book "Be Your Own Brand of Sexy: A New Sexual Revolution for Women." April 30, 6-8 p.m. Free. Stanford University Bookstore, 519 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksWoodside First Friday Series: 'Color As Content'
At this free event organized by the Woodside Arts & Culture Committee, California artist Mitchell Johnson will give a lecture and presentation entitled "Color As Content." He will sign his book after the talk, and light refreshments will be served. May 1, 7-8 p.m. Free. Independence Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Lectures & TalksWater-wise gardening talks
UC Master Gardeners will offer a pair of talks about making water count in home gardens during the summer. The first talk, "Selecting Ornamental Plants for the Water-Wise Garden," will be held at 10 a.m. and the second, "Vegetable Gardening in a Drought," will be held at 11:15 a.m. Visitors are welcome to attend one or both. May 2, 10-11 a.m., 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Demonstration Garden , 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Gary Beaudoin on 'Unbroken Web'
Atherton Library will welcome art collector Gary Beaudoin for an illustrated talk on his book "Unbroken Web: The Art of Ellen & Lucy Begay," which delves into the complex work of these Navajo (Dine) weavers. No registration is required. May 3, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Lectures & TalksSFMOMA talk: Jasper Johns
This talk offered by SFMOMA will take a look at the connection between Jasper Johns and the San Francisco Bay Area, through images drawn from local private and public sources and the artist's own collection from the 1950s to the present. May 4, 7-8 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Sydney Padua on 'The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage'
Sydney Padua will speak in conversation with Google Doodle leader Ryan Germick about her inspiration to share the story of two computer pioneers in her graphic novel "The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage." Online registration is requested. May 5, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Jane Smiley on 'Early Warning'
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley will share "Early Warning," the second installment in The Last Hundred Years trilogy which chronicles the journey of the Langdon family through mid-century America. May 5, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'Doomsday Vaults, Genebanks and Plant Breeding in the Age of Climate Change'
Dr. Cary Fowler of the Global Crop Diversity Trust will give a talk on the effects of climate change on crops and food production and measures humanity can take to prepare agriculture for a different future. May 6, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall, 616 Serra St., Stanford.
Lectures & Talks'100 Years of Einstein's Relativity'
As part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, Dr. Jeffrey Bennett of the University of Colorado will give an illustrated, non-technical talk called "100 Years of Einstein’s Relativity (and How it Underlies our Modern Understanding of the Universe)." May 6, 7 p.m. Free; $3 parking. Foothill College, Smithwick Theater, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Lectures & Talks'Reimagining the Profession of Teaching'
This year's Cubberley Lecture, moderated by Linda Darling-Hammond, a Stanford University professor of education, will feature education writers Dana Goldstein and Elizabeth Green discussing how to create a new career ladder for teachers that attracts talented individuals to the critical profession. May 7, 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Michela Montgomery on 'The Wind Cave'
Michela Mongomery will share the first installment of her new book series The Cave, "The Wind Cave," which follows six Stanford students as their summer break exploration is interrupted by the outbreak of nuclear war. May 7, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksRobert Wachter, M.D., on 'The Digital Doctor'
Drs. Robert Wachter and Abraham Verghese will discuss Wachter's new book, "The Digital Doctor," which examines what the medical field will look like in an even more digital and technological future, including some pitfalls. May 8, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes!'
UC Master Gardeners will offer a talk at Avenidas that discusses different tomato types and provides tips for planting, staking, watering and dealing with pests and diseases. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions. May 8, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Linda Popky on 'Marketing Above the Noise'
Speaking in conversation with Deb Siegle, Linda Popky, founder and president of strategic marketing company Leverage2Market Associates Inc., will discuss her new straightforward guide "Marketing Above the Noise: Achieve Strategic Advantage with Marketing That Matters." May 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksCafe Scientifique Silicon Valley: 'Reflecting Sunlight to Cool Earth's Climate'
SRI International will host Cafe Scientifique Silicon Valley's next program, "Reflecting Sunlight to Cool Earth's Climate: Emulating Volcanoes and Brightening Marine Clouds," which will feature two climate change thought leaders, Drs. Ken Caldeira and Armand Neukermans. May 12, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. SRI International, 333 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksEditor in Chief of Fodor's Travel Arabella Bowen
Arabella Bowen, the editor in chief of the guide book maker Fodor's Travel, will provide tips on vacation destinations, finding deals on hotels and airfare, booking, and what to pack. May 16, 2 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'A Photo Tour of Bird Behavior'
For this Audubon Speaker Series event, local bird photographer Steve Zamek will explore the behavior of a variety of bird species through photos. May 20, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Cubberley Community Center, Room H1, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor M.P. Cooley on 'Flame Out'
M.P. Cooley will discuss the second book in her June Lyons mystery series "Flame Out," in which FBI-agent-turned-small-town-cop investigates two cases that end up connecting dangerously to those closest to her. May 20, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Andrew Keen on 'The Internet Is Not the Answer'
Andrew Keen, who has been described as the "Christopher Hitchens of the Internet," will discuss his book "The Internet Is Not the Answer," in which he looks at the consequences of the rise of wealthy monopolistic companies like Amazon, Uber, Airbnb, Spotify and others. May 20, 7:30 p.m. $20 general. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Antonio Ruiz-Camacho on 'Barefoot Dogs'
Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, a former journalist in Mexico and an award-winning author, will share his debut story collection "Barefoot Dogs," which follows the members of a wealthy Mexican family after its patriarch is kidnapped. May 27, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Francisco Jiménez on 'Taking Hold'
Books Inc. and the Palo Alto City Library will welcome author Francisco Jiménez, who will discuss the fourth book of his award-winning memoir series, "Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University." May 28, 7-9 p.m. Free. Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksDr. Eugenia Chang on 'How to Bake Pi'
A senior lecturer in mathematics and statistics at the University of Sheffield in the U.K., Dr. Eugenia Chang will talk about her accessible introduction to the logic and beauty of math, "How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics." May 28, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.