This weekend's events (July 16-17)


■ Community: Palo Alto Art Center groundbreaking

On Saturday (July 16) from 1 to 3 p.m., a free public celebration to mark the groundbreaking for major renovations at the Palo Alto Art Center is planned. Held at 1313 Newell Road in Palo Alto, the event will include the public creation of a mural for the construction fence, and tours of Patrick Dougherty's willow-tree sculpture on the art-center grounds. The $7.9 million work on the art center is scheduled to include a new children's wing and upgraded exhibition spaces. Go to cityofpaloalto.org.

■ Street fair: Connoisseurs' Marketplace

Downtown Menlo Park hosts its annual street art fair, Connoisseurs' Marketplace, this Saturday and Sunday (July 16-17) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Santa Cruz Avenue. The event features artists' booths, chef demonstrations, food and drink, exhibits on the home and garden, live music, wine-tasting, children's activities, and a car show. Admission is free, with food and other items for sale. Go to miramarevents.com.

■ Music: The Heath Brothers

The Heath Brothers, saxophonist/composer Jimmy and drummer Albert "Tootie," will perform Sunday (July 17) at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Stanford Jazz Festival. The concert is at Dinkelspiel Auditorium on campus, and bassist David Wong and pianist Jeb Patton will join the pair on stage. Tickets are $32 general and $20 for students. Call 650-725-ARTS or go to stanfordjazz.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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