Palo Alto Weekly

Real Estate - October 5, 2012

Home Front for Oct. 5:

FREE WORKSHOPS ... UC Master Gardeners are offering a pair of free classes on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto. "Outstanding Waterwise Plants for the Fall and Winter Garden" is 10 to 11 a.m., and "Gardening in Containers: Ornamentals and Vegetables" is from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. On Friday, Oct. 12, from 1 to 2 p.m., Master Gardeners will offer a free talk on "Colorful Plants for Fall and Winter" at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners.org

EAT LOCAL ... Deva Luna, master gardener, horticulturist and owner of EarthCare Landscaping, will teach a class called "Eat Local, Eat Your Landscaping" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Common Ground, 599 College Ave., Palo Alto. Luna will cover edible landscape favorites, including trees, vines, shrubs and edible weeds. She'll also include information on native and drought-tolerant plants, plus tips from a professional landscaper. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org

EDIBLE DESIGNS ... Maureen Decombe, a staff member of the Bay-Friendly Landscaping & Gardening Coalition, will teach a class on "Edible Designs for Peninsula Gardens" from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. She'll offer an informal talk and a walk to visit local edible gardens, which demonstrate gardens at different stages of design. Cost is $35 for nonmembers, $25 for members. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org

ECOHOME OPEN HOUSE ... City of Palo Alto Utilities staffer Kevin Carley will lead a tour through the EcoHome, behind the Lucie Stern Community Center at 1120 Hopkins Ave., Palo Alto, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 13. The home showcases sustainable building materials, such as recycled glass countertops, permeable paving and energy-efficient appliances. Information: http://vimeo.com/47023420 for a virtual tour

PLANT SALE ... The Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden is holding its annual plant and compost sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. The sale includes iris, succulents (and succulent containers), salvias and more. Wheeler Farms Compost will be offered at $5 per bag. Garden staff and UC Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org

CAKE DECORATING ... Christine Hopkins will teach "Cake Decorating — Level II" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, Oct. 8 to 29, at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. The class will deal with fondant, gum paste, royal icing, color flow and buttercream, building on the knowledge gained in Cake Decorating I. Cost is $85 for nonresidents, $64 for residents. Information: 650-330-2200 or www.menlopark.org

A BHUTANESE FEAST ... Yannette Fichou Edwards will teach a "Bhutanese Feast in Palo Alto!" cooking class from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. The class includes demonstration, participation and sampling of Goen Hogay Salad; chili cheese; pork curry with red rice (a substitute for the traditional yak meat). Bring containers for take-home samples. Cost is $50. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org

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