Friends Bookstore: The Friends of the Saratoga Libraries have opened another used bookstore, offering a constantly changing inventory of approximately 500 hardcover and paperback books for adults, children and teens. All proceeds directly benefit the Saratoga Library. Joan Pisani Community Center lounge, 19655 Allendale Ave., Saratoga. Saratoga Village Certified Farmers Market: Local farmers with fresh fruit and produce, fresh fish, food specialties and handmade crafts from local artisans. Wednesdays, 2:30-7 p.m. Blaney Plaza, Saratoga Village. saratogachamber.org or 408-867-0753.
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