Palo Alto Weekly

Real Estate - March 29, 2013

Home Front for March 29:

TAX CREDITS BACK ... Tax credits for increasing energy efficiency in one's home, which expired at the end of 2011, are back — renewed retroactively to Jan. 1, 2012, and extended through 2013, according to the City of Palo Alto's Earth Matters e-newsletter. Tax credits are available for such additions as insulation, certain windows and roofing materials, a main air-circulating fan, high-efficiency furnace, air conditioner or electric heat pump. Maximum amount to be claimed is $500, for all years. Information: www.cityofpaloalto.org

FOR BEGINNERS ... Hidden Villa is offering an adult class, "Gardening for Beginners," from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 30, at 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. Designed for those who don't know a rake from a shovel, the class is just in time to learn when and what to plant. Cost is $10. Information: www.hiddenvilla.org or 650-949-8650

HOT TOMATOES ... Nancy Garrison, past coordinator and now retired master gardener, will teach a class on "Growing Great Tomatoes" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The class will cover which tomatoes have good flavor and reliable production under regular garden conditions. She will deal with trellising methods, soil preparation and what not to do. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org

PLANT EXCHANGE ... All plants, from small fruit trees to succulents and ground covers — clippings, cuttings, seedlings — can be swapped for others at the free plant exchange at the Mountain View Public Library from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 30. Donations do not have to be potted, but can arrive in bags or newspaper. The library is located at 585 Franklin St., Mountain View. Information: http://goo.gl/SL2vI or call Emily Weak at 650-903-6337

CAKES, FLOWERS, SEWING ... Upcoming classes through Menlo Park Recreation Department include "Cake Decorating - Level 1" (Mondays, April 1-22); 'Ikebana" (Tuesdays, April 2-May 28, $95 materials fee payable first day of class); and "Beginning Sewing" (Thursdays, April 4-25, $5 materials fee payable to instructor, rental machines available). Classes are held at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Cost for each class is $85 nonresidents, $64 residents. Information: 650-330-2200 or www.menlopark.org or email: csd@menlopark.org

HOME CANNING ... Librarian Candace Bowers will offer a free program on Home Canning, including food safety, canning supplies, recipes and proper procedures for canning foods to last a year or more, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, at the Mountain View Public Library Community Room, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View. The class will deal with jams, jellies, salsas and pickles — but will involve no cooking. Information: www.mountainview.gov/library or 650-903-6877

ECOHOME OPEN HOUSE ... The EcoHome at Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, will be open for touring from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 4. The exhibit features sustainable building materials — energy-efficient appliances, solar-electric panels, blue-jean insulation, permeable paving and recycled glass countertops. Information (and virtual tour): http://vimeo.com/47023420 or 650-329-2241 to schedule a time

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