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Kid-Friendly Water-Wise Gardening Learn how to create a water-efficient space for outdoor learning and play. May 5, 7-9 p.m. Free; registration required. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-1700 ext. 222. www.portolavalley.net
Computer Coaching One-on-one tutoring sessions available every Monday. Noon-1 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
eBay Learn about the online auction site. May 7, 9:30 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560.
Menlo Fit Boot Camp Saturday-morning Boot Camp at the new Arrillaga Gym in Menlo Park. Arrive at 7:15 a.m. to sign in and warm up. 7:30-8:30 a.m. Free. The Arrillaga Family Gymnasium, 600 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2232. www.menlofit.com
Spring 2011 Tutor Training Project Read Menlo Park will offer tutor training to prepare prospective tutors to provide one-on-one tutoring to adults to improve their English speaking, reading, and writing skills. May 10, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-330-2525.
'Language Lover's Meetup' A group of multi-lingual and multi-lingual-curious people will meet to chat in different languages May 6, 6-9 p.m. Free. Oak City Bar & Grill, Menlo Park. Call 415-738-7383.
Atherton Book Club meets second Tuesday of each month to discuss a book and share potluck food. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422.
Blackberry REACT is an emergency-preparedness meeting for radio operators. Meets first Wednesday of month. 7:30-9 p.m. Free. 1467 Chilco St., Menlo Park. Call 650-336-8227. blackberryreact.org
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.
Pulp Fashion Docent at Portola Valley Library Lecture, slideshow on Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave's original body of work, recreating life-size historical costumes from paper. This exhibit is currently at the Legion of Honor Museum in SF. May 4, 7-8 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-851-0560. smcl.org
'California's Proposed Cap & Trade Program' NABE Silicon Valley Roundtable Luncheon: Jasmin Ansar, Ph.D., climate economist for the Union of Concerned Scientists, will discuss cap and trade program recommended to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. May 10, noon-2 p.m. $25 for lunch. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650-233-9613. sfnabe.com
'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
'Flora and Fauna' Portola Art Gallery presents watercolors by Barbara von Haunalter 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.
Kids & Family
Aquarium Spotlight Day Learn about the variety of sea life from the Bay and ocean. May 7, 2-5 p.m. Free. Registration required. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City. Call 650-364-2760. mayspotlight.eventbrite.com
Concert For Kids Children's musician Pam Donkin will present an interactive concert for children ages 4 and up. May 9, 4-4:45 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422.
Mothers Together Spring Brunch Dr. Eli Morris will speak about "Navigating the Cycles and Circles of Family: How to Enjoy the Journey." Register online by May 5. May 10, 9-11:30 a.m. $20. Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. mppc.org/brunch
'50-Plus Dinner' "Hooked on Autographs" author Joe Galiardi speaks about what it took to obtain more than 250 celebrity signed golf balls from golfers, entertainers, sports figures and U.S. presidents. Food provided. All seniors are invited. May 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $6 suggested donation. Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall, 950 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. mppc.org
Royal Badminton Academy , a badminton academy with U.S. Olympians, is holding an open house featuring free instruction, training demos. May 7, 3:30-8 p.m. Free. Royal Badminton Academy, 190 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park. Call 650-838-9318. www.royalbadminton.com
Silicon Valley Open Studios Five Peninsula artists — Alice Weil, Julia Munger Seelos, Lynn Montoya, Kim Holl and Frances Freyberg — will exhibit paintings, jewelry and fine art photography in Menlo Park during the 2011 Silicon Valley Open Studios, May 7-8 and May 14-15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Silicon Valley Open Studio, 856 Partridge Ave., Menlo Park. Call 650-273-3505.
'Euro 80's Party' will be held May 7, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $15. British Bankers Club, 1090 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 408-857-8337.
Heirloom Seedling Sale Support nonprofit Collective Roots' gardening programs by purchasing heirloom vegetable seedlings. May 7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Bianchini's Market, 3130 Alpine Road, Portola Valley. Call 650-324-2769. collectiveroots.org
Menlo College Commencement Alan Salzman, co-founder and CEO of VantagePoint Capital Partners, will speak at Menlo's 2011 Commencement ceremony. May 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Menlo College, 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton. Call 650-543-3901. www.menlo.edu/commencement/
'25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee ' Menlo School production. Outdoor show so dress warmly, pack a picnic, and bring lawn chairs and blankets. May 5, 8, 13 and 15, 8 p.m. $7/student; $10/adult. Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
Chamber ensemble An ensemble comprising four of Music@Menlo's chamber musicians perform two works of the piano-quartet literature. Sun, May 8, 4 p.m. $50/$45 adult; $25/$20 student. Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton, Atherton. www.musicatmenlo.org
'Chelle and Friends' Chelle and Friends play R&B music at a Mother's Day concert. Bring a blanket and picnic snack. Free face painting and special crafts to make for mom. May 8, 3-5 p.m. $15 per person in advance; toddlers under 2, no charge. Hidden Villa Farm, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. Call 650-949-9704. www.hiddenvilla.org