Palo Alto Weekly

Real Estate - April 13, 2012

Home Front for April 13:

NO MORE LAWNS ... Sherri Osaka will teach a class on "Smart and Attractive Alternatives to Lawn" from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 14, in the Lucie Stern Ballroom, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The City of Palo Alto Utilities-sponsored class will focus on creating a lovely landscape that's sustainable, conserves water and resources, and reduces utility bills and maintenance costs. There is no fee, but pre-registration is required. Information: 650-496-5910 or 650-329-2241 or www.cityofpaloalto.org/workshops

DIVIDING ORCHIDS ... Weegie Caughlan, the "orchid lady," will teach a class on "Dividing Cymbidium Orchids" from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, in the Gamble Garden Carriage House, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. The class, which will be taught by demonstration, will deal with basic repotting techniques. Cost is $30 for nonmembers, $20 for members. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org

SPRING GARDENING ... UCCE Master Gardeners will offer a "Spring Gardening Workshop" from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Bring questions to the free workshop. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners.org

SUMMER STARS ... UCCE Master Gardeners will talk about "Growing Summer Stars: Tomatoes, Peppers and Eggplants" from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. The material will cover maximizing harvest, including planting, watering and fertilizing, and minimizing pests and diseases. The workshop is free, but registration is required. Information: 650-289-5400

COOKING CLASSES ... Hands-on cooking classes at Sur La Table, #57 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, include: "Mastering Macaroons" (Deanna Gin, Saturday, April 14, 11 a.m., $69); "Spring Cupcake Workshop" (Travis Fenech, Sunday, April 15, 11 a.m., $69); "Vegetarian Spring Feast" (Sonia Papamakariou, Thursday, April 19, 11 a.m., $79); "Weeknights with Giada" (Michelle Martin, Thursday, April 19, 6:30 p.m., $69); and "Love That Thai" (Christina Phan, Friday, April 20, 11 a.m., $79). Information: 650-289-0438 or email Cooking073@surlatable.com

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