This weekend's events (Oct. 30-31)


■ Community: Day of the Dead

The City of Palo Alto hosts its second annual Day of the Dead celebration on Saturday (Oct. 30) from 1 to 5 p.m. The event starts with storytelling by Olga Loya from 1 to 1:30 p.m. at the Children's Library at 1276 Harriet St. From 1:30 to 4, kids can make altars commemorating lost pets or extinct species at the Junior Museum and Zoo at 1451 Middlefield Road. From 2 to 4, the Art Center at 1313 Newell Road hosts art activities including mask-making, with traditional music and dance performances from 4 to 5. For more information, go to cityofpaloalto.org.

■ Music: Palo Alto Philharmonic

On Saturday (Oct. 30) at 8 p.m., the Palo Alto Philharmonic kicks off its season with a concert following a 7:30 p.m. preconcert talk. The program includes "A Field in Pennsylvania" by Palo Alto composer Nancy Bloomer Deussen, and Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major, featuring piano soloist Sandra Wright Shen. The concert is at Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Tickets are $18 general, $15 for seniors, and $8 for students. Go to paphil.org.

■ Community: Halloween on California Avenue

On Sunday (Oct. 31) from noon to 4 p.m., several businesses along Palo Alto's California Avenue will offer free trick-or-treating for kids under 10. (Participating businesses will have orange fliers in their windows.) Blossom Birth at 299 S. California Ave. will also host a carnival with games, a bake sale, storytime, crafts and other events. Games and bake-sale items will cost one to two $1 tickets each. Go to blossombirth.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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