This weekend's events (July 3-4)


• Community: Summer Festival & Chili Cook-Off

On the Fourth of July, the city of Palo Alto hosts its annual summer festival and chili cook-off at Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto. Chili tasting starts at 1:30 p.m., with other activities running from noon to 5 p.m., including line dancing, live music and children's activities. Admission is free. Call 650-463-4921 or go to cityofpaloalto.org.

• Family music: 'Early Bird Jazz'

On Saturday (July 3), Stanford Jazz Workshop founder Jim Nadel gives a kid-friendly introduction to jazz with a group of fellow musicians. "Early Bird Jazz For Kids" is at Dinkelspiel Auditorium at Stanford University, with two performances, 10 a.m. (for kids ages five and under) and 11 a.m. (ages six and over). Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door for adults, and free for kids under 18. Nadel and the other musicians, who include Jeff Sanford on flute and clarinet, Glen Pearson on piano and Akira Tana on drums, will demonstrate a variety of musical styles and concepts. For more information, go to stanfordjazz.org.

• Community: 'Redwood City Family 4th'

While Redwood City is not hosting its annual fireworks show this year due to cost concerns, the long-standing parade and festival tradition continues on July 4. Marching bands start marching and floats start rolling at 10 a.m. at Brewster Avenue and Winslow Street; other activities include a pancake breakfast, arts and crafts booths and a battle of the bands. For details, go to parade.org.

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Short story writers wanted!

The 33rd Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult (15-17) and Teen (12-14) categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by March 29. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category.

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