Weekend Planner: Mallika Sherawat and More

It's the last weekend before school starts. Here are our picks for activities to do in and around town.

Politics of Love Opens at Serra Theatres

Where/When: Serra Theatres, Saturday and Sunday, 7:15 p.m.

Why Go: Known for showing films in Indian dialects, the inside the Serra shopping center goes Hollywood with a romantic comedy this weekend. Indian actress Mallika Sherawat plays an Obama volunteer during the 2008 elections. She meets a love interest, a Republican working on the McCain campaign. Read the LA Times review. Politics of Love is not showing at Century 20 Great Mall.

Pricing: $8 adult, $5 children 


Where/When: , Saturday, 12:30 p.m.

Why Go: Hear from civil rights advocates, victims of prejudice and Congressman Michael Honda and . The event hopes to raise awareness about ethnic and religious justice in the area.

Pricing: Free


Where/When:  social hall near Community Coffee, Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Why Go: A seminar to help attendees learn friendship evangelism and open the heart of Muslim acquaintances. 

Pricing: Single $40; Couple $70; Student $35


Where/When:  parking lot, Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.

Why Go: Non-stop music featuring six local bands and two solo artists, games and a noon fashion show.

Pricing: Free


Where/When: , Saturday, 8 a.m.

Why Go: Answering the Cry of the Poor (ANCOP) and Couples for Christ, will hold their second-annual charity walk. This year's proceeds go toward assisting low-income families in the Philippines. About 54 walkers had already registered earlier this Tuesday.

Pricing: $15 to register, walkers are encouraged to find additional sponsors.


Where/When: , Sunday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Why Go: Proceeds from the car wash benefit special needs students in the Milpitas Unified School District. Organized by school board member Gunawan Alisantosa, also of the Knights of Columbus at St. Elizabeth's.

Pricing: donation


Car Wash Fundraiser

Where/When:  on Dempsey Road (near I-680 and Landess Ave), Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Why Go: Proceeds from this car wash benefit a Milpitas Youth Soccer Club girls under 16 team FC Milpitas MXG95.

Pricing: donation


Where/When:  Milpitas, Saturday, 1-3 p.m.

Why Go: Learn how to prepare a three-course meal with wine pairings from the hotel's executive chef Brian Crump. An heirloom tomato caprese salad with a virgin olive oil and balsamic reduction dressing; a pan-seared salmon with a champagne shrimp sauce; rice pilaf and a braised swiss chard, for dessert, a plum berry crisp.

Pricing: $58 per person with spots limited to 20 participants; To RSVP please contact Alfred Wood at 408-321-9500 ext. 2249 or alfred.wood@ihg.com.


When/Where:  in Cupertino, Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m.

Why Go: , author of The Woman Who Could Not Forget: Iris Chang Before and Beyond the Rape of Nanking: A Memoirwill talk about the accomplished life, the passionate pursuit of truth and justice, and the tragic suicide of her daughter, Iris Chang– the renowned author, journalist and historian. Ms. Chang will sign copies of her book following the program. Held at Cupertino Community Hall, next door to the library on the Civic Center Plaza.

Pricing: Free to attend


Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage Video Event

Where/When: , Saturday 7 p.m. or Sunday 9 a.m.

Why Go: Mark uses humor to educate couples on how they can have a successful marriage. Four sessions spread over two days include Tale of Two Brains, The #1 Key to Incredible Sex, Why Does He/She Do That!?, and How to Stay Married and NOT Kill Anybody. Tickets available online or call 1-866-52-LAUGH.

Pricing: $18 per person, $35 per couple


When/Where: , Friday, 2-5 p.m., weekend 1-4 p.m., and Labor Day Monday 12-4 p.m.

Why Go: With the last days of open swim about to end, take the family out for a dip!

Pricing: $2 per person


DETOX Sundays Pool Party

Where/When: , Sunday, noon-8 p.m.

Why Go: This 21 and over pool party attracts a young, bikini clad crowd. Soak up some rays and get some swimming in without hitting the beach. DJ music and alcoholic drinks.

Pricing: $15 before 2 p.m.; $25 general; $300 for cabanas


When/Where: , Saturday, 1 p.m. 

Why Go: Final lesson in which Kawayan Folk Arts offers free lessons for youth on a folk dance from the Philippines.

Pricing: Free


Where/When: 525 University Ave, Palo Alto, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Why go: Check out the fine wares of local artists at this festival 30 years in the making. Look for town favorites, like the Italian Street Painting Expo and Kid's Art Studio.


Rengstorff Arts Festival

Where/When: Rengstorff House, 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Why go: See the work of local artists and students from the "Art4Schools" program at the Community School of Music and Arts at this fine art weekend extravaganza.

Price: Free


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