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A Night with Author Ellen Hopkins

Looking for something to do today? You could meet a well-known author, learn about ants, speak your piece at a city council meeting, help another learn to read or talk about art.

A Night with Author Ellen Hopkins

1. A Night for Teens at Kepler's

Attention, all teens, or parents of teen readers, who have been following the work of author Ellen Hopkins--tonight is your night to meet her! Hopkins will be at Kepler's tonight to discuss and sign copies of her new novel, Fallout, the third in a trilogy for teen readers.  Told in three voices and punctuated by news articles throughout, Fallout is a testament to the harsh reality that addiction is never just one person’s problem.

This free event begins at 7 p.m.. Kepler's is at 1010 El Camino Real. For more information, call Pam Grange at 650-324-4321 or e-mail pam@keplers.com.

2. Everything you ever wanted to know about ants.

How do ants communicate?  Just what is the "conversation?" Tonight, Cafe Scientifique at hosts Stanford biology professor Deborah Gordon, who will discuss her work on ant communication, behavior and colonies.

Understanding how ants work and who tells them to invade our picnics has been the subject of centuries of speculation, and a few Hollywood movies. How do ants know what to do and when to do it?  Deborah Gordon will provide insights, and we guarantee you will never look at ants the same way again!  So be there tonight from 6-7:30 p.m. at Cafe Scientifique at , 201 Ravenswood Ave. This event is free. For more information, e-mail John E. at john.mcintosh@cafescisv.org.

3. City Council Meeting

There's a full agenda for the tonight--not surprising, given recent developments. There are a handful of commission vacancies and appointments coming up, and anyone interested in applying to fill one of the vacancies can gain insights by attending tonight's meeting.  There will be three vacancies on the Bicycle Commission, two vacancies on the Library Commission and one on the Planning Commission. Applications are due April 1.  Also up for review are resolutions and agreements involving the Community Development Agency.  As always, if you have something you want to say, you can do so during the public comments period at the beginning and end of the meeting.  The meeting takes place tonight at 7 p.m. in the Menlo Park City Council Chambers at 701 Laurel St. 

4. Become a tutor with Project Read 

Helping someone else learn to read can be a very satisfying thing to do--especially when that someone is an adult.  began its adult literacy program in 1985, and has been going strong every since, with the help of volunteer tutors.  Now it's time for the next group of volunteer tutors to sign up and get trained.

The project provides free training to volunteer tutors who help adults learn to read and write. During the 12-hour training session, volunteer tutors learn methods of teaching and assisting adult learners in achieving their goals. Tutor training begins tonight, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the  at 800 Alma St.  For more information call (650) 330-2525 or email  projectread@menlopark.org.

5.  Tea and Art at Little House

Art can be many things, but it is also a discussion of freedom, and how we use art can express how free we may be. At today's Little House arts talk, Jym Marks will discuss how we use the arts as a way to free our minds from oppression. Marks will make the point with his own particular philosophy, “Seeing What You’re Looking At”.

The event takes place from 2-3 p.m. in the Little House Auditorium.  Admission is $2 for member or $3 for non-members.  Little House is at 800 Middle Ave. For more information email jscales@peninsulavolunteers.org, or call (650) 326-2025 x 241.

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