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Community EventsAssemblyman Rich Gordon Menlo Park office hours
Assemblyman Rich Gordon will hold office hours where visitors can learn about legislation, share thoughts on state government, request help with a state agency or government and meet neighbors and the state representative. Light food and coffee will be served. Oct. 2, 9-10 a.m. Free. Cafe Zoe, 1929 Menalto Ave., Menlo Park.
Community EventsWoodside First Friday Series event
Part of the Woodside First Friday Series, this event will feature local poets and authors reading from their work. Oct. 3, 7-8 p.m. Free. Woodside Independence Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Community EventsLos Altos Parent Preschool Rummage Sale
This large annual rummage sale will bring together a large collection of toys, games, books, electronics, baby gear, kids clothing, housewares and kitchenware. Oct. 4, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Los Altos Parent Preschool, 201 Covington Road, Los Altos.
Community EventsMVUHS 'Eagle' Alumni Day Picnic
This picnic will welcome all alumni, teachers and friends from Mountain View High School, Los Altos High School and Awalt High School. The organizers are also looking for later classes to take over and keep the reunions going. Oct. 4, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cuesta Park, 615 Cuesta Drive, Mountain View.
Community EventsBike Palo Alto!
This event organized by Palo Alto Green Teams will include three planned routes with treats and surprises, as well as bike checks, helmet fittings, maps and additional info at the start. All ages are welcome. Oct. 5, 1-4 p.m. Free. El Carmelo Elementary School, 3024 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
Community EventsGamble Garden Community Day
This fall community event will feature activities for children, a plant sale, horticultural resources and displays, garden demos, food, entertainment and digging for worms. Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St. , Palo Alto.
Community EventsMenlo Park Sidewalk Arts and Crafts Fall Fest
Downtown Menlo Park will host the Menlo Park Sidewalk Fine Arts and Crafts Fall Fest, an all-weekend event with many artists and vendors showing and selling original works. Oct. 3 and 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Downtown Menlo Park, Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park.
Community EventsOMVNA City Council Candidate Forum
The Old Mountain View Neighborhood Association will host a forum for the upcoming election's City Council candidates; all Mountain View residents are invited to attend and meet the candidates. Oct. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, Community Room, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Community EventsAssemblyman Gordon and Supervisor Horsley Woodside office hours
Assemblyman Rich Gordon and Supervisor Don Horsley will hold office hours where visitors can learn about legislation, share thoughts on state and county government, and meet their neighbors and representatives. Light food and coffee will be served. Oct. 10, 8-9 p.m. Free. Woodside Bakery & Cafe, 3052 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Community EventsWoodside Day of the Horse
The 10th Woodside Day of the Horse will feature a free horse fair with petting zoo, pony and trail rides, and Wells Fargo Stagecoach. Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $40 trail ride; free admission to fair. Woodside Town Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Community Events100th Anniversary Open Temple Day
This community celebrating the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple's 100th anniversary will allow visitors to learn about the rituals and teachings of the Jodo Shinshu service. Workshops will demonstrate basic Buddhist principles through activities. There will also be folk dances, taiko and food trucks. Oct. 12, 10-1 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, 2751 Louis Road, Palo Alto.
Community EventsFriends of the Palo Alto Library Book Sale
Friends of the Palo Alto Library will hold its next weekend sale of thousands of gently used books and media. The children's book and bargain rooms will open early on Saturday at 10 a.m. On Sunday the bargain room will offer books at 50 percent off or $5 per bag. Oct. 11 and 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Prices vary. Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Community EventsAssemblyman Rich Gordon Portola Valley office hours
Assemblyman Rich Gordon will hold office hours in Portola Valley where visitors can hear about legislation, share thoughts on state government, request help with a state agency or government and meet neighbors and their state representative. Oct. 16, 3-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Farmers Market, Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Community EventsEcology & Drought Day
This event, sponsored by the towns of Woodside and Portola Valley, will inform community members on how to reduce water usage and support local plant and animal population. Specific topics will include smart irrigation, rain catchment and low-water landscaping. Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Community EventsHarvest Craft Faire
The Harvest Craft Faire will offer a selection of hand-made items from 55 artisans, as well as products from garden, bakery and gourmet shops. Some vintage collectibles and small antiques will also be sold. Snacks and lunch will be available. The event is sponsored by Los Altos United Methodist Women and benefits local charities. Oct. 17 and 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos.
Community EventsWoodside Pumpkin Festival
The second annual Woodside Pumpkin Festival will bring together a variety of festive family activities, including pumpkin decorating, a haunted house, pony and carriage rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses and more. The event is sponsored by the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County. Oct. 12, 18 and 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. Mounted Patrol Grounds, 521 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside.
Community EventsNeighbors Helping Neighbors community outreach
For the second in a series of outreach events, Neighbors Helping Neighbors will have trained peer counselors available to speak with residents about personal issues, including housing, transportation and other financial problems. There are no income restrictions, all are accepted. Those interested are encouraged to RSVP for a 30-minute consultation, but drop-ins are also welcome. Nov. 1, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Trinity Church, Hope's Corner, 748 Mercy St., Mountain View.
Community EventsNeighbors Helping Neighbors community outreach
For the last in a series of outreach events, Neighbors Helping Neighbors will have trained peer counselors available to speak with residents about personal issues, including housing, transportation and other financial problems. There are no income restrictions, all are accepted. Those interested are encouraged to RSVP for a 30-minute consultation, but drop-ins are also welcome. Dec. 6, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Trinity Church, Hope's Corner, 748 Mercy St., Mountain View.