THE DIRT ON DIRT ...U.C. Master gardeners will offer a free workshop on "Building Healthy Soil" from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive. Focus is on prepping beds for bountiful crops, how to dig and amend clay soil, when and how to prepare cover crops and using compost and fertilizer. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners.org
GROWING ORCHIDS ... Longtime orchid grower and award-winning exhibitor Weegie Caughlan will teach a class on "Growing and Dividing Cymbidiums" from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 6 or April 13, at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Caughlan will talk about temperature, sunlight, growing medium, watering, nutrition and pest control. Cost is $35 for nonmembers, $25 for members. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org
THE BEES' KNEES ... Longtime beekeeper Jeffrey Warnock will teach a class on "Keeping Honeybees" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Topics range from the fundamental of beekeeping and the basic parts of a hive to how to wear a beekeeping suit and honey extraction. Cost is $31. Bees and equipment can be ordered from www.koehnen.com/packages.html or www.beekind.com/orderbees.html.
MANAGE A REMODEL ... Mollyanne Sherman, who is certified in Kitchen, Bath & Interior Design and Green Building, will teach "How to Manage Your Kitchen or Bath Remodel!" from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, April 9 to May 7, in Room 1706, Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Designed for people who want to be very involved in their projects, the class includes constructing a project budget and schedule. Cost is $88, plus $30 materials fee payable to the instructor. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org
CITRUS TREE CARE ...U.C. Master gardeners will offer a free workshop on "Citrus Tree Care" from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 12, at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. The class will deal with caring for citrus, including managing diseases and pests. Information: Register in advance by calling 650-289-5400 or stop by Avenidas front desk.
GELATO ITALIANO! ... Stefania Filigheddu will offer an Italian cooking class in Italian and English focusing on "Gelato Italiano!" from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Monday, April 8, in Room 103, Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. The class includes demonstration, participation, sampling and how to use an Italian gelato machine. Cost is $50. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org