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This weekend's events (Oct. 6-7)

Community: Open house at the Art Center

After more than a year of construction, the renovated Palo Alto Art Center opens on Saturday, Oct. 6, for a free public open house from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. New exhibitions will be up, and art activities and live music and dance performances are planned at the center at 1313 Newell Road in Palo Alto. Changes will include a renovated main gallery, a new gallery shop and a new children's wing. For details, go to cityofpaloalto.org.

Community: Tree-planting

Volunteers will plant 120 shade and fruit trees this Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Brentwood and Ronald McNair academies in East Palo Alto. The nonprofit group Canopy is organizing the day. Organizers say many of the areas at the schools lack shade and are dominated by blacktop. The event is at 2033 Pulgas Ave. To sign up, go to canopy.org.

Outdoors: Community Day at Gamble Garden

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 7, Gamble Garden is holding a free community day with such family activities as storytime, digging for worms and making flower arrangements. The garden is at 1431 Waverley St. in Palo Alto. Go to gamblegarden.org.

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