This weekend's events (July 17-18)


• Street fair: Connoisseurs' Marketplace

Arts and crafts booths, live music, food, kids' activities, home and garden exhibits, a display of collectors' cars, and chef demonstrations make up the annual Connoisseurs' Marketplace, which happens Saturday and Sunday (July 17 and 18) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is on Santa Cruz Avenue between El Camino Real and Johnson Street in downtown Menlo Park; admission is free. Call 650-325-2818 or go to miramarevents.com.

• Community: Obon Festival

On Saturday (July 17) from 4 to 10 p.m. and Sunday (July 18) from noon to 8:30 p.m., the Mountain View Buddhist Temple hosts its 58th annual Mid-Summer Obon Festival & Bazaar. Admission is free to the event, which includes taiko drum and dance groups performing, origami folding, flower arranging, food and drinks, and is at 575 N. Shoreline Blvd. Books, flowers and plants will also be sold. (Palo Alto's Buddhist Temple hosts its Obon Festival on July 31 and Aug. 1.) For more information about the Mountain View festival, call 650-964-9426 or go to mvbuddhisttemple.org.

• Theater: 'Auctioning the Ainsleys'

After a preview show on Friday (July 16), TheatreWorks opens the new comedy "Auctioning the Ainsleys" on Saturday (July 17). Both 8 p.m. performances are at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Local audiences got an early glimpse of the Laura Schellhardt play when it was part of TheatreWorks' New Works Festival last summer; it's about a auctioneering family trying to let go of its mementos and hang-ups. The play runs through Aug. 8, with additional performances at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and 7 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $19-$67. Go to theatreworks.org.

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