By Will Reisman, @WillReisman

ent1Polish Heritage Celebrated in Belmont: For the first time, the Bay Area’s sizable Polish-American contingency will come together to celebrate their shared heritage with a community festival. The premier Polish Festival will take place this Saturday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Twin Pines Park in Belmont. The event will feature Polish food and drink specialties, live music performances from traditional Polish jazz bands, dance recitals, and exhibits detailing the history of Polish immigrants in the Bay Area. Ticketing and admission details are available here.  Twin Pines Park is located just a few blocks from the Belmont Caltrain Station and several SamTrans bus lines. Caltrain’s weekend schedule offers hourly service to the Belmont station.

Help Support Pancreatic Cancer Research in San Francisco: Pancreatic cancer survivors, their families and other supporters will be out in force on Sunday in San Francisco to raise awareness and resources to fight the deadly disease. PurpleStride, an annual 5K run and walk that is held in nearly 60 cities across the country, will begin at 8:15 a.m. at Crissy Field in San Francisco. The signature fundraising event to combat pancreatic cancer, PurpleStride is attended by more than 10,000 participants every year. Residents interested in donating to the cause can sponsor an individual or a team competing in the fundraiser. As of Tuesday, about $175,000 has been raised in San Francisco, just short of the $250,000 goal set by event organizers.

Be a Part of Shaping Palo Alto’s Future: It’s been 13 years since Palo Alto last approved a long-term Comprehensive Plan but the Santa Clara County city is now in the midst of molding its vision for growth and development over the next decade and a half. Called Our Palo Alto 2030, the Comprehensive Plan will be the primary tool for guiding civic decision-making for the city. On Saturday, city officials will host a daylong summit to collect feedback, answer questions and hear recommendations from local residents concerned with the future of Palo Alto. The free community event will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Mitchell Park Community Center, which is located directly next to a VTA Route 35 bus stop. Interested individuals can RSVP to summit here.

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