This weekend's events (Aug. 28-29)


■ Community: Palo Alto Festival of the Arts

This Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 28 and 29), the University Avenue area downtown hosts the 29th annual Palo Alto Festival of the Arts. The free street fair runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days and features some 300 artists, live music, Italian street painting, children's activities and food and drink. For event details and a list of participating artists, go to mlaproductions.com.

■ Music: Bennett Jackson

The Brooklyn country-western musician Bennett Jackson plays a free gig on Saturday (Aug. 28) at 8 p.m. at Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View. His debut EP "Plumas County" is set to come out next month. Go to redrockcoffee.org.

■ Benefit: Fundraiser for flood victims

On Sunday (Aug. 29) from 2 to 7 p.m., the First Presbyterian Church at 1140 Cowper St. in Palo Alto hosts a benefit for flood victims in Pakistan. The organization VillagePastels will show and sell handcrafted products from India, including rugs, handbags, tunics and embroidered scarves. According to VillagePastels, all proceeds from the event, minus costs, will go to the flood victims. For more information, go to facebook.com.


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​On Friday, September 21, join us at the Palo Alto Baylands for a 5K walk, 5K run, 10K run, or—for the first time—half marathon! All proceeds benefit local nonprofits serving children and families.

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