'Flight Night' Live electrically powered model planes in flight, and air-show exhibits. May 19, 6-10 p.m. Portola Valley's Nature & Science Presents, Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Relay For Life American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a 24-hour relay event that raises money for cancer research and brings together cancer survivors. May 14-15, 10 a.m. Free. Burgess Park, 501 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Call 650-477-8879.
A Thousand Lovers, a high-energy dance band, performs outdoors May 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-245-0881. www.portolavalley.net
Town Hall Meeting on Caltrain County Supervisor Liz Kniss hosts the meeting to discuss the past, present and future of Caltrain, including a presentation from Caltrain staff on electrification. May 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Palo Alto Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. Call 408-299-5055.
Steven Levy discusses his book, "In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives." May 11, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc - Palo Alto, 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto. www.booksinc.net
'The Cleantech VC Pitch' An opportunity for entrepreneurs seeking start-up funding to pitch in front of a panel of investors whose investment focus is clean tech. May 17, 6-8:30 p.m. General $75; $10 more at door. Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, 650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto. Call 650-776-1040. VCTaskForce.com
'The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry)' Siva Vaidhyanathan, a cultural historian and media scholar, is the author of "Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity." May 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Building 200, Room 002, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Call 650-723-3413.
Jennifer Grant presents, "The Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant," May 17, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc - Palo Alto, 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto. Call 650-321-0600. www.booksinc.net
Atherton Book Club Group meets on the second Tuesday of each month to discuss a book and share potluck food. Several copies of each book are available for check out. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422.
Knitting Group Knitting group meets second and fourth Saturday of each month. Bring own supplies. 2-4 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
The Menlo Art League May meeting will feature a critique of members art by Will Maller of Los Gatos. May 11, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-906-2045. www.menloartleague.org
'Flora and Fauna' Portola Art Gallery presents watercolors by Barbara von Haunalter, featuring paintings of trees, flowers, animals and birds in the landscape. Through May 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Call 650-321-0220.
'Spring in Bloom' Atherton artist Gloriamari Prado presents a collection of her floral oil paintings and watercolors plus limited-edition prints. Exhibit runs through May 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Peabody Fine Art Gallery, 603 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-322-2200.
'Color and Light: Three Views of Nature' Artists Krishna Mitra, Amanda Krauss and Brian Madden are showing their work of paintings and photography as part of the 25th-annual Silicon Valley Open Studios. May 14 and 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Site: 339, 30 Sunrise Court, Menlo Park. www.svos.org
Silicon Valley Open Studios Five Peninsula artists — Alice Weil, Julia Munger Seelos, Lynn Montoya, Kim Holl and Frances Freyberg — exhibit paintings, jewelry and fine art photography during 2011 Silicon Valley Open Studios, May 14-15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Silicon Valley Open Studio, 856 Partridge Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-273-3505.
Kids & Families
Paws for Tales Pet Assisted Therapy teams from the Peninsula Humane Society bring dogs for children to read to. Sign up in advance. May 14, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560.
Paws for Tales Children can improve their reading skills by reading to a trained therapy dog. Sign up in advance. Fourth Saturdays, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422.
Menlo School presents "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." Tony-award-winning musical features overachievers, nerdy neuroses, mayhem, audience participation, and some actual spelling. It's an outdoor show so dress warmly, pack a picnic, bring lawn chairs and blankets. May 13 and 15, 8 p.m. $7/student; $10/adult. Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton. www.menloschool.org
Trip Planning 101 for Teens Oriented towards travelers who are high school-age or younger, the workshop includes interactive activities that teach participants how to research and plan trips, pack smart and light, and travel safely and with an open mind. May 18, 6-7 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
'Waiting for Superman' See the film and meet one of the students featured in the film; plus the executive director of Summit Prep High School for a Q&A. Electronic Arts will also award a scholarship to one of the school's students. May 11, 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Electronic Arts, 250 Shoreline Drive, Redwood City. Call 650-628-7275.
'Spring Sounds Gala' This evening of live entertainment, food and wine, and live and silent auctions will benefit Adolescent Counseling Services' free and affordable mental health services for at-risk teens and their families in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. May 14, 6-11 p.m. $160-$200 per individual ticket. Pacific Athletic Club, 200 Redwood Shores Parkway, Redwood City. Call 650-424-0852.
'An Afternoon with sfSound' Bay Area sfSound members Christopher Jones and Kyle Bruckmann present works of the past 60 years for oboe, piano and electronics through performances and a moderated audience-interactive discussion. May 15, 2-4 p.m. $10 general admission; free for students and SUHSD staff. Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Call 650-279 4278. maacmusic.org