CREATING SACRED SPACES ... Linda Lenore, Feng Shui master and certified green building professional, with offer a class called "Counting Your Blessings" from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 23, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The class will explore reducing stress and creating spaces to "soothe the soul." Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org
GROW YOUR OWN HERBS ... UC Master Gardeners will give a free talk, "Bon Appetit! Grow Gourmet Herbs," from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. Focus will be on when to harvest and how to preserve common herbs, including oregano, thyme, tarragon, sage, marjoram and rosemary. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners.org
MAKE YOUR OWN PRESERVES ... Anna Cameron, of Ladysmith Jams, will offer a hands-on experience in a "Holiday Preserves Class" from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, at Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. Cameron, who forages wild and urban fruits to make small-batch jams and jellies, will talk about canning organic fruits using low-sugar recipes, including Kiwi Lime Marmalade and Red Onion Relish. Cost is $40. Information: 650-949-8650 or www.hiddenvilla.org
NOT YOUR IMAGINATION ... If you've been looking for a new apartment, especially in a building with 50 or more units, don't be surprised to find that average rents for a one-bedroom, one-bath unit have soared to $2,639 in Palo Alto, up more than 9 percent over last year. The numbers aren't any more reassuring for nearby cities: $2,854 in Menlo Park, up 10 percent; $2,148 in Mountain View, up 13 percent; and $1,612 in East Palo Alto, up nearly 43 percent. The figures are courtesy of RealFacts, a Novato-based marketing research firm.