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Pruning demonstrations for grapes, blueberries and roses
Master Gardeners will give three 20-minute demonstrations of how to prune for grapes, blueberries and roses. Each demonstration will be given three times, and attendees can listen to them in any order or one multiple times. Jan. 24, 10-11 a.m. Free. Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto.
 

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The Dating Diamonds System workshop
In this workshop, dating coach Patricia Fuqua will help singles interested in relationships create an action plan for future dating success. The workshop is limited to 20 participants. In addition, on Jan. 25 Fuqua will offer one-on-one consultations. Jan. 24, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $40 until Jan. 23; $45 day of. East West Bookstore, 324 Castro St., Mountain View.

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Home buyers seminar
Avi Urban will lead a seminar for prospective home buyers, discussing when is the right time to buy or move and whether to invest in real estate in Silicon Valley or somewhere else. Jan. 25, 1:15-4:30 p.m. Free. Bank of America, 600 Hansen Way, Suite 220, Palo Alto.

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Teen filmmaking and acting workshop
A Theatre Near U Film Academy will offer a workshop series in film directing and acting for artists 13 to 18 years old. Students will study master filmmakers and then, using their work as a model, make original pieces with their peers. No class will be held on Jan. 18 or Feb. 15. Sundays, Jan. 11-March 1, 2-5 p.m. $300 filmmaker; $150 actor. Cubberley Community Center, Room G7, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

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Simple Sewing: Envelope clutch
This workshop will teach sewers of all levels how to make a buttonhole and line fabric while making a small cloth purse. Space is limited and registration required. Jan. 26, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

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SOAR enrollment workshop
The Foothill College SOAR (Student Orientation Assessment & Registration) program will hold a workshop to inform incoming freshman students about this early registration process, which requires an orientation and math and English assessment tests. Jan. 27, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; $3 parking. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

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The Fundamentals of Investing
This three-session course, presented by Martin Wealth Management Inc., will educate participants on why and where to invest money. Wednesdays, Jan. 21-Feb. 4, 5-6 p.m. $24-$31. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, Cypress Room, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.

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Becoming a Citizen workshop
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will give a step-by-step description of the naturalization process, conduct a mock naturalization interview and be available to answer questions in English, Mandarin or Vietnamese. Participants will receive a free DVD. Jan. 28, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

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Overdrive eBooks/eAudiobooks help
The Portola Valley Library will offer free weekly, one-on-one appointments for community members to receive assistance in accessing the library system's collection of e-books. Contact the library to sign up. Wednesdays, Jan. 7-28, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Memoir writing class
Phyllis Butler, a local author, feature writer and columnist, will teach a four-week group class at Deborah's Palm on creative and biographical writing -- both for publication and personal enjoyment. Pre-registration is required. Thursdays, Jan. 8-29, noon-1 p.m. $50 for all 4 classes. Deborah's Palm, 555 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto.

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Back to Basics Fermentation
Lisa's Counter Culture Kitchen will hold a workshop teaching participants how to make fermented and probiotic foods at home. Jan. 31, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $60. Lisa's Counter Culture Private Kitchen, address provided upon registration., Palo Alto.
 

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Beginning Clothing Construction
In this Canada College course, students will learn to use a sewing machine and do pattern manipulation to make basic pieces of clothing, including T-shirts, in a supportive environment. Tuesdays, Jan. 27-May 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $138 (plus supplies and student fees). Canada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside.

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Math Olympiad classes
Menlo Park will offer small Math Olympiad classes, designed to foster a love of math and build analytical skills, for ages 7 to 8 and 9 to 11. Fridays, Jan. 23-March 13, 4-5 p.m. (ages 7-8), 5:15-6:15 p.m. (ages 9-11). $224 resident; $301 non-resident; plus $15 materials fee. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.

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Partner yoga workshop
This workshop will teach participants how to do yoga poses with the help of a partner. No prior experience is necessary, and those interested can sign up alone or with a partner. Feb. 7, 4:30-6:30 p.m. $20-$25. Menlo Pilates & Yoga, 1011 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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Cash for College Day
Foothill College will hold a Cash for College Day workshop for current and potential college students and their parents, where they can receive help in completing financial aid forms, including FAFSA. Reservation is not required. Feb. 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Foothill College, Middlefied Campus, Building I, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

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Storytelling for Beginners
In this six-week class, Enid Davis, a local expert in storytelling, will lead students in finding stories to tell and using voice and gestures effectively. No memorization is needed, and skills learned can be used at family gatherings or while volunteering. Thursdays, Jan. 8-Feb. 12, 3-4:15 p.m. $35 Avenidas member; $40 nonmember. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
 

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Sustainable Home Vegetable Gardening
This class will help community members to set up an environmentally responsible vegetable and herb garden that produces each month of the year. Numerous sustainable garden practices for vegetables in Santa Clara County will be covered throughout the course. Advance registration is required. Feb. 10-March 17, 7-9 p.m. $87. Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Creating a Native Garden in a Parking Strip
This California Native Plant Society event will share with community members how to transform a grass or concrete parking strip into a home for native plants. Feb. 19, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

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Yoga with Surfer Mike
Surfer Mike will lead a weekly course in yoga and meditation with the goal of fostering inner peace and well-being. All ages and levels are welcome. Jan. 5-March 13, 5:30-6:45 p.m. $90-$99. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

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Persuasive writing and reading courses
Based on Common Core standards, these courses will lead students in developing their own voices through reading and writing persuasive pieces. Saturdays, Jan. 24-March 16, 9:30-10:30 a.m. (ages 7-8); 10:45-11:45 a.m. (ages 9-11). $224 resident; $301 non-resident; plus $25 materials fee. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.

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Field work in in Ireland info sessions
These events will provide information on the Foothill College Ireland Field Study Program, a four-week archaeology and anthropology project taking place this July at Ballintober Castle. See the website for more details. Jan 21, Feb. 18 and March 18, noon and 6 p.m. Free; $3 parking. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

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Movers and Shakers Pre-Toddler Class
This PlaySteps class for babies approximately 5 to 12 months old, and their parents and caretakers, will encourage movement and play in order to develop strength, balance and coordination. Tuesdays, Jan. 6-March 24, 10-10:45 a.m. $154 Menlo Park resident; $207 nonresident. Arrillaga Family Gymnastics Center, 849 Menlo Ave., Menlo Park.

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Danceation fitness classes
In these classes offered by Danceation, European pop star and choreographer Heath Hunter will lead participants in high-energy fitness and dance workouts. The fitness class will be held at 9 a.m. and the ballet workout class at 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 21-March 25, 9-11 a.m. $15 drop in; $100 for 10-class pack; first class is free. American Legion, 347 1st St., Los Altos.

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Joyful Korean School classes
These ongoing classes for children will teach students about Korean language and culture. Fridays, September-June, 5-7 p.m. $300/semester. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.