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Coastal Concerns, 'Girlie-Girls' and More

Learn about the future of our precious coastline, gain some insights into 'girlie-girls,' do some exploring close to home and, if you're a local teen, grab your camera and start filming.

Is Our Coast in Jeopardy?

Tonight, the U.S. Geological Survey will host a talk by Patrick Bernard of the USGS Pacific Coastal and the Marine Science Center. Bernard will make some predictions about the impact of extreme storms on the California coast, as extreme storms are expected to become more frequent and intense, due to climate change. Learn more tonight by attending this free talk, beginning at 7 p.m. at  The USGS Menlo Park Science Center, 345 Middlefield Road, Building 3, Conference Room A.  For more information, contact Susan Garcia at garcia@usgs.gov or (650) 329-4668.

The Dark Side of "Pink and Pretty"

Author Peggy Orenstein reveals the dark side of "pink and pretty" in her book, Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture. Orenstein explores this hot-button topic like a journalist, and warns us that the rise of "the girlie-gir"l is not that innocent. Orenstein speaks tonight at 7 p.m. at , 1010 El Camino Real.  For more information about this free event, call Pam Grange at (650) 324-4321, e-mail pam@keplers.com or visit www.keplers.com

Teen Video Contest: Win a Cash Prize and Help the Library

Attention teens!  You can help win up to $3,000 for the by making a video about it.  And, since you are still out of school for a couple of days, this is a good time to start.  Gather your friends and put together an original one- to three-minute video about why you need your library.  Up to six people can work together to submit a video. Entries can be live-action, animation, machinima, or a combination of these.  You've got some time, but with two days off from school right now, why not get started today? Because here is the good part--the prizes! You could win anywhere from $1,000 to $3000 depending on what place you xome in.  For more information, e-mail whyIneedmylibrary@ala.org. 

Explore Barron-Latham-Hopkins Gate Lodge

The Barron-Latham-Hopkins Gate Lodge, or the Gatehouse, is the oldest existing structure in Menlo Park, and the last surviving gatehouse in the state of California--so it is defnitely worth seeing. It has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1986. The Gatehouse is maintained by The Junior League of Palo Alto/Mid-Peninsula. It is at 555 Ravenswood Ave. and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tours are available by appointment. For more information, call (650) 321-5026.

Take a Self-Guided Tour of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center 

Nothing to do today? See the world's longest building as you tour the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, the national research facility for elementary particle physics research, with a staff member. Tours are two hours long and are generally at 10 a.m. or at 1 p.m. The tours are free but a photo ID and reservations are required. The Visitor Center has exhibits that explain the way the Linear Accelerator works. No reservations are required to visit the center. SLAC and its Visitor Center are open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 2575 Sand Hill Road. For more information, call (650) 926-2204.

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