This weekend's events (Aug. 27-28)


■ Street fair: Palo Alto Festival of the Arts

The annual Palo Alto Festival of the Arts returns to University Avenue downtown this weekend (Aug. 27 and 28) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Artists and crafters will set up booths, bands will play live music, and food and drink will be offered for sale at the free street fair. For more information, call 650-324-4121 or go to mlaproductions.com.

■ Film: 'Queen of the Sun'

On Saturday (Aug. 27) at 7 p.m., Kepler's Books at 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park will host a screening of the documentary film "Queen of the Sun," about the disappearance of honeybees. The event will also feature a display of "bee-friendly" plants and a talk by Catherine Fraley of CoastalBee.com. Admission is $16 at the door and $12 in advance. Go to keplers.com.

■ Music: Alex Walsh

On Sunday (Aug. 28) at 2 p.m., San Francisco singer-songwriter Alex Walsh will perform folk-rock and blues guitar music. The free concert is at Rengstorff House, 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. Go to r-house.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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