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Benefits/FundraisersAAUW Palo Alto Author Luncheon
The American Association of University Women Palo Alto will hold an author luncheon featuring Andrew Sean Greer, Heather Haven, Shelly King and Stuart Rojstaczer. The authors will share their work in a panel discussion moderated by author Tad Williams. The event will benefit scholarships to assist Palo Alto seventh-graders in attending Tech Trek, a science and math camp for girls. Feb. 28, noon-2 p.m. $40. Michael's at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Benefits/FundraisersAnnual Run for Zimbabwe Orphans & Fair
As part of this 16th annual event organized by the Sustainable Living Foundation, community members can run in a race, donate, volunteer or enter their artwork into an exhibit. There will also be Zimbabwean music and T-shirts and crafts for sale. 100 percent of proceeds will benefit the Makumbi Children's Home in Zimbabwe. March 22, noon. $5 run entry fee. St. Joseph School, 1120 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View.
Benefits/FundraisersSpring Forward: Rally for Riekes
The Riekes Center, a Menlo Park non-profit in its 41st year of operation, will hold its seventh Rally for Riekes fundraiser. The center offers art, fitness and nature programs to students of all ages, 30 percent of which receive scholarships. May 2, 5:45-9 p.m. $175 (dinner included). Riekes Center, 3455 Edison Way, North Fair Oaks.
Benefits/FundraisersLauren's House Chess Tournament
Lauren's House 4 Positive Change Chess Club will host its first Chess Tournament for youth in first through 12th grade. The chess club offers underprivileged children the chance to build confidence and exercise their critical and analytical thinking skills. May 3, 1-5 p.m. $20. Eastside Prep School, 1041 Myrtle St., East Palo Alto.
Benefits/FundraisersRelay for Life
During this community event sponsored by the American Cancer Society, teams will raise funds for cancer survivor support and cancer research while walking, enjoying food and entertainment, and camping out. Registration is requested. May 2 and 3, 1 p.m.-9 a.m. Free. Cuesta Park, 615 Cuesta Drive, Mountain View.
Benefits/FundraisersWine, Women & Shoes
The Wine, Women & Shoes event, benefiting the Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood Foundation, will include fine wines and food, an auction, a fashion show, shopping and awards for the best shoes. June 6, 6-9:30 p.m. $100 general; $150 VIP. Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane, Atherton.
Benefits/FundraisersSilicon Valley Tour de Cure
The Silicon Valley Tour de Cure -- offering bike routes ranging from 25 to 120 kilometers -- will help to raise funds for the American Diabetes Association. A hot lunch, massages and live entertainment will be provided after the rides. Registration is available online. June 7, 6:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $25 registration fee; $250 fundraising minimum. Hewlett Packard, 3000 Hanover St., Palo Alto.
Benefits/Fundraisers'Hard Worker' Wednesdays
Estrellita Restaurant in Los Altos will host weekly fundraisers for the Day Worker Center of Mountain View. Visitors enjoying the Mexican fare should make sure to bring the fundraising flier with them (see website). Wednesdays, year-round, dinner hours. Prices vary. Estrellita Mexican Bistro and Cantina, 971 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.