This weekend's events (Feb. 12-13)


■ Dance: Ballet Afsaneh

Folkloric and classical dances of Central Asia are the focus on Saturday (Feb. 12) when the Marin-based Ballet Afsaneh performs with Tibetan, Mongolian and Japanese soloists. The 8 p.m. performance is in Stanford University's Dinkelspiel Auditorium and is part of the Pan-Asian Music Festival. Tickets are $10 general and $5 for students. Call 650-725-ARTS or go to panasianmusicfestival.stanford.edu.

■ Music: 'Songs from the Kitchen'

On Sunday (Feb. 13) at 7:30 p.m., the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center hosts a concert-slash-tasting of Yiddish and English songs, and dishes from the Jewish cooking tradition. Klezmer musicians Adrienne Cooper, Frank London and Lorin Sklamberg will perform, and cooking demonstrations will also happen on stage. The event takes place at 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Advance tickets are $36 general, and $32 for students and JCC members. Call 650-223-8664 or go to paloaltojcc.org.

■ Community: 'Stand Up For Our Youth'

A community meeting on the health and well-being of local youths is set for Sunday (Feb. 13) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. Palo Alto School Board President Melissa Baten Caswell and Superintendent Kevin Skelly are discussing the topic with faith-community members. For more information, call 650-321-2266 or go to paloaltoonline.com.

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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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