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Community - May 23, 2012

Festival of flight returns to Portola Valley

The soccer and baseball fields at the Portola Valley Town Center will serve as take-off and landing areas for varieties of model aircraft on Friday, June 1, from 6 to 10 p.m. The town's Nature & Science Committee is sponsoring — and the radio-controlled aircraft community will be celebrating — the second annual Flight Night.

With fixed wing and helicopter aircraft populating the air outdoors and indoors (in the Community Hall), the evening will include flight demonstrations, flying instruction, foam and paper airplane construction and practice with a flight simulator, according to the Flight Night website.

Go to www.flightnightpv.org for details on times and locations, and for photos and videos from the 2011 event. The Town Center is located at 765 Portola Road.

The event is intended as "an educational eye-opener with respect to careers in high technology mixed in with the seeming magic of flight," the website says.

Early engagement with model aircraft, veterans say, was "a very significant factor in the unfolding of their subsequent lives through the interest it cultivated in science, technology, engineering and math."

For more information, call George Comstock at 854-1947 or Stephen Dunne at 851-5250.


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