Menlo Park Shopping Night. Menlo Park boutiques are banding together to endorse the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) 2011 Spring Fling fundraiser. On Thu., Feb. 3, from 6-8 p.m., the boutiques will donate 10 percent of their sales to JDRF. Menlo Park, Menlo Park Boutiques, Menlo Park. Call 415-597-6311. www.jdrfBayArea.org/SpringFling
"Great Places to Work." Patti Lee-Hoffman will discuss her new book, "In Good Company: Triage Consulting Group Unlocks the Secret of Great Places to Work," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, at Kepler's bookstore, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park. The book profiles 11 companies that are thriving, although they are in businesses hit hard by the recession.
Atherton Book Club. Atherton Library book discussion will take place every second Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8 p.m. starting Feb 8. This is a casual potluck with book discussion; bring a favorite dish to share. Next up is "The Cactus Eater" by Dan White. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422.
Canary Foundation Luncheon. Canary Foundation's 2nd Annual Cancer Early Detection Series with Kris Carr will be held Feb. 2. Canary Foundation is working towards efficient, cost-effective early detection tests for all solid tumor cancers. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $125. Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane, Atherton. Call 650-646-3197.
Kids & Families
Chicken Day. Members of the San Carlos Eaton Hills 4H Club and students from St. Joseph's/Sacred Heart will bring their birds, answer questions and share stories. All ages welcome. Feb. 5, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. www.smcl.org
Aquarium Spotlight Day. Docents will lead a hands-on tour of the aquarium, including touching and handling marine life. Feb. 12, 2-5 p.m. Free. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City. Call 650-364-2760. sfbaymsi.org
Paws for Tales. Children ages 5 and up can improve their reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog. Pet Assisted Therapy teams and their handlers from the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA's "Paws for Tales" Program, will be available at the Portola Valley Library. Sign-up required. Feb. 5, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. smcl.org
Share the Gift of Reading. Project Read Menlo-Park will be holding its next tutor training at the Menlo Park Library. Feb. 8, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Project Read-Menlo Park, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2525. www.projectreadmenlopark.org
Lunar New Year. Asian celebration of change and the year of the rabbit. Lion Dancers, Red Panda acrobats, martial arts, kids' arts and crafts, food and more. Feb. 5, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. redwoodcity.org/events/
Celtic Rose Valentine Concert. Celtic love songs with harmonies on lute and guitar with Continental cuisine. There is a $15 minimum for drinks and appetizers. Feb. 11, 6-8:30 p.m. $7 online with reservation; $10 at door. Angelica's Bistro, 863 Main St., Redwood City. Call 650-365-3226. angelicasbistro.com
Homeopathic Approach to Autistic Spectrum Disorders, ADD and ADHD. Feb. 2, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Red Morton Community Park, Community Activity Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City. Call 650-740-7500.