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How safe is voting by mail, really—and what should you do to ensure that your vote is counted?

A preliminary study of rejected vote-by-mail ballots in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sacramento counties found:

  • On average, since 2010, 1.7 percent of vote-by-mail ballots cast in California have been rejected
  • In the three counties studied, young voters comprised the smallest subgroup by age of vote-by-mail voters but the largest subgroup by age of voters whose ballots were rejected
  • The top reasons for rejection were lateness, voters forgetting to sign their ballot envelopes, or their signatures not sufficiently matching their voter registration signature
  • In Sacramento, ballots rejected for lateness in three elections studied were late because they were postmarked after Election Day and not because they arrived too late to count.

California Voter Foundation founder and President Kim Alexander will discuss the findings, and offer her suggestions for securing our vote on Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.

Register online.

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Rebound: Understanding and Building Resilience in Challenging Times is topic on September 28

What is resilience, and how can it help you get through and beyond difficult times? Emotional resilience is important for a person’s well-being – but what does that mean? Clinical psychologist Dr. Erica Britton will give  a working definition of resilience and provide strategies for building resilience on Monday, September 28 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. […]

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Raise a Glass, Quarantine-Style: A Film and a Tasting on September 24

Stuck mostly at home, professional librarian (and amateur beer enthusiast) Nick Szegda has been pining for the camaraderie and conversation of his local watering hole. Join Nick for another early evening of beer tasting, trivia and fun on Thursday, Sept. 24, from 6:30 o 7:30 pm. Register online. We’ll also be discussing the short film […]

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Learn about your rights in Civil Rights 101 workshop on Aug. 31

What are your rights? Join the Menlo Park Library for a workshop covering our country’s civil rights history, and the current issues surrounding your civil liberties (and those of others). The online event takes place on Monday, Aug. 31 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Register online. The “Civil Rights 101” workshop from CAIR-SFBA covers rights […]

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Puppet Art Theater presents Tale of the Dragon’s Tale on August 20

Join Puppet Art Theater as Princess Penny discovers there are problems in her kingdom. A dragon has been spotted in the hills above the castle, and her father, the King, has been giving all of the kingdom’s gold to a wizard who claims he can keep the dragon away. Penny suspects something fishy. Will Penny […]

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Banana Slug String Band performs – and talks dirt – on August 18

“Dirt Made My Lunch!” is the theme of this action-packed concert by the Banana Slug String Band that will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 18, from 2:00 to 2:45 pm. It will have you singing and moving as you learn how dirt is made and how it makes our food. We’ll be singing with “Mr. […]

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Raising Anti-Racist White Kids: A Conversation for All of Us is topic on August 17

Dr. Jennifer Harvey leads a discussion about teaching race and the conundrums impacting adults of every racial group, as much as they do our young people on Monday, Aug. 17 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. Register online. Difficult conundrums exist when it comes to raising white children in a society that is one of the […]

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Virtual tour and art activity via the Museum of the African Diaspora on Aug. 10

Get an insider’s experience from MoAd, the Museum of the African Diaspora on Monday, Aug. 10 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. Register online. MoAD docents will discuss works from Coffee, Rhum, Sugar & Gold: a Postcolonial Paradox, an exhibition that looks at the legacy of European colonialism in the Caribbean through the work of 10 […]

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Meet live bats virtually on August 5

Meet live bats (virtually), and learn about the importance of bats in the environment and the truth about some of the harmful myths and fears surrounding these unique animals. This educational event is presented by Norcal Bats and takes place on Wednesday, Aug. 5.  It is best for ages 5+. Register online. This free event […]

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Indian Odissi dance lesson offered on August 3

Have a try at Odissi dance, a classical art from Odisha, India on Monday, August 3 from 11:00 am to Noon. Guru Jyoti Rout will teach you a few steps and hand gestures and together we’ll try dancing a few lines from a traditional tale. Register online. Agenda: -Introduction of the dance, and its function and […]

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Comics-making workshop with Khalid Birdsong on Aug. 1

Especially for students ages 8-14: Cartoonist and art instructor Khalid Birdsong, creator of the syndicated online comic strip “Little Fried Chicken and Sushi,” will help polish students’ comics-drawing skills in this fun class on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Register online.

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