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Mountain View Art & Wine festival scheduled this weekend

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The Mountain View Art & Wine Festival showcases more than 650 artists and craftsmen this weekend.

The 37th annual Mountain View Art & Wine Festival is scheduled 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on Castro Street, between El Camino Real and Evelyn Avenue.

More than 200,000 people are expected to attend the event, presented by the Chamber of Commerce Mountain View.

The festival will feature 650 artists and craftsmen, live music, food and beverages, and activities for children.

Festivalgoers will find thousands of original works by artisans from around the United States. Participating artists will showcase works in glass, ceramics, metals, fiber, leather and wood, along with the traditional jewelry and fine art.

Twelve bands are scheduled to perform, offering festivalgoers a wide variety of music on the stage and the streets. There will be Motown, rhythm and blues, swing, rock 'n' roll, jazz, soul, world-beat, Celtic folk, funk, disco, Latin jazz, rumba flamenco and party music. Performers include The Cool Jerks, The Megatones, Livewire, MamaLuke, Jersey Foreman, CoverGrrlz, Kaweh, HeartStrings Music and Ancient Winds.

The Kids' Stage will feature original rap, hip-hop and bluegrass music, hip-hop and jazz dance, juggling, magic, comedy, belly dancing, Kung Fu and Taekwondo demo teams, virtuoso violinists, Hula and Tahitian dancing and drumming, and puppet shows. Kids' Park will offer hands-on art booths, a 24-foot climbing wall, temporary tattoos, Froghopper and Berry-Go-Round rides, Cat-In-The Hat bounce house, Tsunami Tidal Wave slide, create-your-own colorful wax hands art, whimsical sand sculptures and a virtual reality motion theater.

Festival eateries will serve a variety of international fare, from fresh corn-on-the-cob to smoked bratwurst to clam chowder. Wines, microbrews and margaritas will complement the food.

Festivalgoers can enjoy free product samples and demos and admission to the festival is free.

For more information, call 968-8378 or visit www.miramarevents.com.

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