Bay area events this week

A Palo Alto pooch stuck at a home construction site was rescued by firefighters on July 26. Mele, a mixed poodle and chow chow, was found by her owner at a rear corner of a Tennyson Avenue lot, steps away from a 10- to 12-feet-deep hole where a house once stood. Three firefighters who responded to the scene made their way across a narrow pathway to the anxious dog, who they secured on a leash and brought back to stable ground. The owner suspected Mele likely escaped from her backyard through a loose wooden panel on the fence and found herself on the neighboring property.

TOP STORIESfrom the Palo Alto Weekly and the Palo Alto Online staff

Brock Turner judge hires Trump consultant
Aaron Persky, the Santa Clara County judge facing a recall measure in the wake of his controversial … (Thursday, 9:40 AM)

Heidelberg wants to be Palo Alto’s ‘sister city’
Heidelberg, a city of gothic churches, a sprawling castle and Germany’s oldest university and librar… (Thursday, 8:35 AM)

City Council set to approve new shuttle plan
Palo Alto’s effort to expand and re-invigorate its small shuttle program could speed ahead later thi… (Wednesday, 4:29 PM)

Air district board supports Paris climate accord
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s board of directors voted Wednesday to support the Par… (Thursday, 8:45 AM)

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HOT PICKSMust-see events recommended by our A&E editors


Music: SJW Jazz Institute Showcase
This mini-festival of jazz includes musicians of all ages and from all over the world. In four convenient venues, audiences can hear dozens of instrumentalists and vocalists performing everything from cool jazz to bebop, and from standards to original songs. All are participants in Stanford Jazz Workshop’s Jazz Institute, tonight, Aug. 3, 7-9 p.m. at Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. Go to

Reading Series: Story Is the Thing
Story Is the Thing is an evening of storytelling with seven Bay Area authors reading on the theme “Forbidden Places.” Readers include Joan Frank, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Ethel Rohan, Elaine Ray, Fyza Parviz, Ron Chapman and Nicola Maye Goldberg. Wine, cheese and cupcakes will be served at 7:15 p.m., tonight, Aug. 3, 7:15-9 p.m. at Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Go to

Theater: ‘Lord of the Flies’
A Theatre Near U presents William Golding’s raw and terrifying classic, “Lord of the Flies.” The play follows a group of boys marooned on an idyllic island, as they shed their cultured upbringings and descend into brutal savagery, tonight, Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m. at The Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida, Mountain View. Go to


Concert: SJW All-Star Jam
This concert will feature renowned artists in jazz, performing in combinations familiar and unfamiliar, while delivering performances of intensity, passion and excitement, tomorrow, Aug. 4, 8-10 p.m. at Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford. Go to

Food & Drink: Eat, Drink & Be Techie
Friday Nights @CHM offers a whole new way to experience the Computer History Museum this summer in partnership with Off the Grid. Enjoy seven food trucks, CHM exhibits with new extended hours and live music, tomorrow, Aug. 4, 5 p.m. at the Computer History Museum, 1401 N Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. Go to

Play: Autumn Dance
Autumn Dance, written and directed by Shabnam Tolouei, follows three tormented Iranian women experiencing exile, even while living in their own country. The play allows the audience to be transported from Tehran to Paris to uncover the connection between these three women. All three roles are played by Shabnam Tolouei, an award-winning actress, playwright and director, tomorrow, Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m. at Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford. Go

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Sharapova withdraws from the Bank of the West Classic
Maria Sharapova, based on doctor’s advice, has withdrawn from the Bank of the West Classic on Wedn… (Wednesday, 4:59 PM)

A portable line judge that settles tennis disputes
Gregoire Gentil is a rabid tennis fan but his love of the sport had little to do with his latest inv… (Thursday, 12:26 AM)

Steffens remains in contention for NCAA Woman of the Year
Stanford grad Maggie Steffens is one of the 145 candidates, of 543, who remain in contention for the… (Wednesday, 6:45 PM)

Menlo College bulks up on track and field athletes
Menlo College Cross Country and Track and Field coach Dan Noel has put the finishing touches on the … (Wednesday, 6:57 PM)

Mens Crew: World Junior Championship , Results
Womens Tennis: Bank of the West Classic , Order of Play
Womens Beach volleyball: World Championship , Results
Girls Diving: USA Championship , Results
Boys Diving: USA Championship , Results

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Womens Tennis: Bellis vs. Cepede Royg at Bank of the West Classic, 11 a.m. today
Mens Swimming: Locals in finals at U.S. Open Championships , 2 p.m. today
Womens Swimming: Locals in finals at U.S. Open Championships , 2 p.m. today
Mens Swimming: Locals at Futures Championships, 4 p.m. today
Womens Swimming: Locals at Futures Championships, 4 p.m. today

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FAA report looks to change noisy SFO-arrivals path
A new flight path that would reduce noise over Palo Alto and surrounding cities is being developed b…

Brick-and-mortar retailers face steep challenges
Downtown Palo Alto stores are struggling with high costs, difficulties in finding employees who will…

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