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Community EventsAllied Arts Guild open house
The Allied Arts Guild will hold a community open house where attendees can stroll through the gardens, visit shops, dine at the cafe and learn about the place's history. Aug. 23, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road at Cambridge Avenue, Menlo Park.
Community EventsPacific Ballet Academy open house
Pacific Ballet Academy in Mountain View will hold an open house for community members to come see its expanded ballet campus, where they hold classes for individuals starting at age 3 and continuing into adulthood. Aug. 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Pacific Ballet Academy Studios, 295 Polaris Ave., Mountain View.
Community EventsPalo Alto Festival of the Arts
Now in its 33rd year, the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts will feature more than 300 high-quality artisans, Italian street painting, two stages of entertainment, California wines and microbrews, gourmet foods and the Kids' Art Studio. Aug. 23 and 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, University Avenue, Palo Alto.
Community EventsA Taste of Egypt
This Mediterranean and Egyptian festival will have a variety of food and pastries, art, a bazaar, Arabic music, face painting, games and a bounce house. Aug. 23 and 24, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Archangel Michael & St. Mercurius Coptic Orthodox Church, 401 Hudson St., Redwood City.
Community EventsThree family garage sale
Three families in Menlo Park will hold a joint garage sale with brand-name clothes and electronics. The organizers are willing to bargain and offer deals on items. Aug. 23 and 24, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Prices vary. , 637 Woodland Ave., Menlo Park.
Community EventsMountain View City Council Candidate Forum
The Chamber of Commerce Mountain View and the League of Women Voters Los Altos-Mountain View will host a forum with the 2014 candidates for the Mountain View City Council. Aug. 27, 6-8 p.m. Free. Microsoft, 1065 La Avenida St., Building 1, Mountain View.
Community EventsLifetree Cafe conversation
Lifetree Cafe Menlo Park will host two hour-long conversations called "Turning Disasters into Opportunities" during which attendees will share strategies for coping with difficult times. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be provided. Aug. 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Aug. 28, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Bethany Lutheran Church, 1095 Cloud Ave., Menlo Park.
Community Events51st annual Kings Mountain Art Fair
More than 135 juried artists will come together for this art fair in the redwoods above Woodside. Proceeds from the event will benefit Kings Mountain's volunteer fire brigade and elementary school. Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. Kings Mountain Firehouse and Community Center, 13889 Skyline Blvd., Woodside.
Community Events'Java with Jerry' in Los Altos
State Senator Jerry Hill will hold a public event with coffee where he will discuss legislative issues affecting the community. Hill will provide the coffee. Sept. 5, 9-10 a.m. Free. Gallery 9, 143 Main St., Los Altos.
Community Events'Containers of Community' closing celebration
The Palo Alto Art Center will hold a closing celebration for artist in residence Ehren Tool's exhibit, "Containers of Community." Tool will give out to veterans and community members the hundreds of ceramic cups with images exploring the experience of war, which he made at the center. At 3 p.m., Tool and other veteran artists will take part in a panel discussion about the place of art in their lives. Sept. 7, noon-4 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
Community Events43rd Mountain View Art & Wine Festival
This year's festival in downtown Mountain View will feature around 600 artists, live music, a premium wine tasting tent, a football viewing area, microbrews, sangria and an area for kids. Sept. 6 and 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Downtown Mountain View, 400 Castro St., Mountain View.
Community EventsThich Nhat Hanh talks: Second two screenings
There will be a free series of weekly public showings of DVDS of recent talks by Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Zen master, on "Living and Dying." The second two DVDS will be shown on Tuesdays. The series is sponsored by the Ladera Flowing Waters Sangha. Sept. 23 and 30, 7-9 p.m. Free. Ladera Church, Peabody Social Hall, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley.
Community Events10th Woodside Day of the Horse
The 10th Woodside Day of the Horse will feature a free horse fair with petting zoo, pony rides and Wells Fargo Stagecoach, as well as trail rides. Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $40 trail ride; free admission to fair. Woodside Town Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside.