Celebrate Spring in the Ravenswood Open Space Preserve: The City of East Palo Alto will host their annual Spring Festival by celebrating the opening of a new Education Center at the Ravenswood Open Space Preserve this Saturday. The free festival will feature nature walks, activities for kids, food vendors, art displays and information booths from local advocacy organizations. Also on hand will be Congresswoman Jackie Speier, who will be making a speech alongside other local elected officials to commemorate the opening of the new 3,000-square-foot Education Center.  The event will last from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., and SamTrans Route 296 has a stop a short walk away from the open space preserve.

The Garden Market Comes Back to San Jose: East Palo Alto won’t be the only city hailing the start of spring this weekend. The 22nd annual Spring Garden Market will take place this Saturday at History Park in San Jose. Hosted by the Friends of Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County, the spring garden market will showcase sustainable gardening practices, and there will be plenty of plants and vegetables for sale. The event will also feature a “Green Elephant” sale, where Do-It-Yourselfers will have the opportunity to purchase used equipment like rakes and shovels, as well as children’s courses for burgeoning young gardeners. The Valley Transportation Authority’s Route 73 bus line provides direct service to History Park.

Menlo Park Arts Festival

Fine Arts on Display in Menlo Park: Art patrons will have the opportunity to browse original works from over 90 local creative types as part of the 34th annual Menlo Park Sidewalk Fine Arts Festival. The three day event will take place from Friday through Sunday, and attendees can browse painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry and photography displays. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. all three days, and Caltrain’s weekday and weekend schedules offer plenty of chances to get to the festival, which is situated just one block from the Menlo Park Caltrain Station.

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