SHAPING UP ... UC Master Gardner Roberta Barnes will offer a free workshop on "Pruning Shrubs to Maintain Natural Form and Beauty" from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto. Focus will be on choosing the right-sized plants, understanding thinning and shearing and knowing when to prune. She will demonstrate pruning techniques and talk about rejuvenating over-sheared shrubs. The talk will be followed by an open garden tour. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners.org
ECO-FRIENDLY CANDLES ... Lori Stoia will teach a class on "Eco-Friendly Holiday Candles" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Palo Alto High School, Room 106, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. The class will cover candle safety, equipment, natural materials (including soy and beeswax) and various candle-making techniques. Expect to take home a container candle, a rolled beeswax candle and a votive candle. A handout will be provided on how to make candles at home. Cost is $40 plus a $20 materials fee. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org
NOTHING TO SNEEZE AT ... Deva Luna, horticulturist, garden coach and garden designer, will offer a class on "Herbs and Natural Remedies for Colds and Flu" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The class will cover herbal teas and tonics and include recipes in an interactive class. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org
LEARN TO QUILT ... Christine Hopkins will teach "Beginning Quilting" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, Nov. 4 through Dec. 2, at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. The class covers the basics, from cutting and piecing to sewing the quilt top and finishing it off. Cost is $85 for nonresidents, $64 for residents, plus $5 materials fee payable to the instructor. Sewing machines are available for use in class for an additional $20. Information: 650-330-2200 or www.menlopark.org or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
FRUIT TREE BASICS ... UC Master Gardener Vera Kark will offer a free presentation on "Backyard Fruit Tree Basics" from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. She'll cover planning, planting and caring for fruit trees. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners.org
DROP OFF HAZARDOUS STUFF ... Household hazardous waste can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday, at the Regional Water Quality Control Plant, 2501 Embarcadero Way, Palo Alto. Residents may bring latex and oil-based paints, gasoline, road flares, propane tanks (used for barbecues and camp stoves), household or auto batteries, cooking oil and more. The list of unacceptable items include fireworks and ammunition, infectious wastes and controlled substances. Proof of Palo Alto residency (either a driver's license or current utility bill) is required. Information: 650-496-6980 or for the complete list visit www.cityofpaloalto.org, search for "hazardous waste"