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MIDTOWN SHARE FAIRE ... Most neighbors are used to sharing zucchini or a cup of sugar, but Midtown is stepping up the sharing with a "Share Faire" on Sunday, Aug. 14, 1-3 p.m., at the Mitchell Park Bowl. Tables will be set up for demonstrations and community information booths, and there will be a few sit-down mini-classes under a tent, where people can learn new skills.

HOMEGROWN APPS ... The City of Palo Alto offers a slew of city-related apps that any resident might be interested in. Go to and click on the Services tab at the top, scroll down to Palo Alto Apps Store and check out the list. Most are available at the App Store or Google Play. Some examples are the Palo Alto Library's mobile catalog; the Palo Alto Police Department's mobile app, with crime alerts, ways to give them crime tips, and maps; Recon, an app to report post-disaster information, like water main breaks, directly to city departments; and Scoop, an automated carpooling app.

FILOLI CENTENNIAL ... The Filoli estate in Woodside is continuing to celebrate its centennial this year with several events. On Saturday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to noon, Julie Bly DeVere -- head curator and collection manager of "Fashionable Filoli Undressed" -- will share about the Bourn and Roth family collections of gowns, giving a behind-the-scenes look into what it took to prepare these remarkable pieces for exhibition. The fashions are on exhibit in the main house through Sunday, September 25. Register for the "Fashionable Filoli" event at The event is free for members or with paid admission to Filoli -- $20 adults; $10 children. Paid admission includes allows same-day access to the house and garden from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Thursday, Sept. 29, one-hour docent-guided tours of the house will be held at 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Space is limited; pre-registration is required at A reception will also be held at 4 p.m. followed by a one-hour lecture at 5:30 p.m.; registration for the reception and lecture are separate from the tour.


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