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Community EventslinkAges TimeBank orientation
Red Rock Coffee will welcome linkAges to discuss the concept and practices of TimeBanking. The event will help attendees discover opportunities in the community for exchanging services, create service offers and requests, and sign up. July 31, 6-7 p.m. Free. Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View.
Community EventsAugust Free First Friday
For August's Free First Friday program at the San Mateo County History Museum, attendance will be free all day. At 11 a.m., preschool children can participate in a train craft project and listen to a story. Docents will lead a tour for adults at 2 p.m. Aug. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Community EventsLizards at the Library
The Mountain View Police Department's own Sergeant Saul Jaeger will share his personal collection of lizards, snakes and other creatures with library visitors. All ages are welcome. Registration is appreciated but not required. Aug. 2, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Community EventsMVHA 60th anniversary Summer BBQ
The Mountain View Historical Association will hold its annual Summer BBQ, where it will celebrate its 60th anniversary. The organization will serve its version of the long-gone but famous Linda's Parisian Burger. Please RSVP by July 27. Aug. 3, noon. $10 general; $5 child. The Old Adobe Building, 157 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.
Community EventsPalo Alto Buddhist Temple Obon Festival
This free, public festival will include a variety of cultural and carnival offerings, as well as traditional Japanese and American food and drink. The two-day event will culminate in the Bon Odori circle dance at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. Aug. 2, 5 p.m.; Aug. 3, noon. Free. Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, 2751 Louis Road, Palo Alto.
Community EventsThursday Night Live
Downtown Mountain View will host Thursday Night Live, an evening with dining, shopping, children's activities, a farmers' market, live music and a car show. Aug. 7, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Downtown Mountain View, Castro Street, between Evelyn Avenue and California Street, Mountain View.
Community EventsArborist-Led Tree Walk (Downtown North)
At this Canopy event, arborist Ellyn Shea will lead a walk through Palo Alto's Downtown North neighborhood to view such tree species as Incense Cedar, Norway Maple, Liquidambar, Hollywood Juniper and more. Aug. 9, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Johnson Park, Hawthorne Avenue and Kipling Street, Palo Alto.
Community EventsEHP Blockfest event
The Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto will hold its annual Blockfest Party with activities for children (with prizes), a magician and balloon twister, food, music, raffles and local talent. Local agencies and service providers will also be on hand to offer services to the community. Aug. 9, 1-5 p.m. Free. Ecumenical Hunger Program, 2411 Pulgas Ave., East Palo Alto.
Community EventsEHP Blockefst Party
The Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto will hold its annual Blockfest Party, where there will be children's activities, a raffle, a magician, a balloon twister, food, music and more. Local agencies and service providers will also be on hand. August 9, 1-5 p.m. Free. Ecumenical Hunger Program, 2411 Pulgas Ave., East Palo Alto.
Community EventsCommunity BBQ and Playground Opening
Foothill Covenant Church will hold a community BBQ and celebration for the opening of two new playgrounds. Free food, water games, a bounce house and other activities will be on hand. Aug. 13, 5-8 p.m. Free. Foothill Covenant Church, 1555 Oak Ave., Los Altos.
Community EventsPalo Alto Festival of the Arts
For the 33rd year, the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts will feature more than 300 high quality artisans, Italian street painting, two stages of entertainment, California wines and microbrews, gourmet foods and the Kids' Art Studio. Aug. 23-24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, University Avenue, Palo Alto .