Palo Alto Weekly

Real Estate - March 9, 2012

Home Front for March 9:

JOY OF NATIVES ... Master Gardener David Peterson will give a free talk about "The Joy of California Native Plants" from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. He will cover native-plant growth habits, water and soil, as well as integrating natives with other plants in the garden. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners.org

CELEBRATE THE TREES ... Canopy is hosting the City of Palo Alto's Arbor Day Festival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at Mitchell Park. Arborist Kevin Raftery will lead a tree walk; other activities include a tree circus, ceremonial planting, an "ask the arborist" booth, kids' events, food trucks and introduction to the Stanford Tree. Information: www.canopy.org

GARDEN PLANNING ... Mark House, an assistant garden manager at the Ecology Action headquarters in Willits, Calif., will offer two classes on Saturday, March 10, at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. he will offer "Planning Your Garden with Master Charts," where he will show how to calculate the amount of seed to sew, number of flats needed, when to sow and transplant, all using the seventh edition of "How to Grow More Vegetables." From 2 to 4 p.m. he will teach a class on "Companion Planting," which deals with attracting good insects and making efficient use of garden space. Each class is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org

PRACTICAL SEWING ... Ann Laveroni and Kathleen Koenig will offer a class in "Basic Slipcovering" from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, March 21 to May 30. The class, which is held in the Palo Alto High School Upholstering Room 904, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, will cover planning, design and construction of a slipcover, using a muslin master pattern. Cost is $195. A prerequisite is basic sewing skills, which will be offered by DeAnne Appleton from 7 to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays, March 21 to May 30, at the JLS Middle School Sewing Room 140, 480 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto. Cost is $70, plus a $10 materials fee payable to the instructor. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org

UGLY LIGHTING CONTEST ... How ugly is your old incandescent or halogen lighting? Take a photo and submit it to Utility Marketing Services, P.O. Box 10250, Palo Alto, CA, 94303 (or visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/lighting and upload your photo with your entry). The winner, who must be a City of Palo Alto Utilities customer, gets a $400 LED lighting makeover. Submission deadline is March 15. Information: 650-329-2241

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