NEED HELP WITH LIGHTS? ... Avenidas Handymen can lend a hand hanging outside Christmas lights, putting up a tree and adding the lights, or helping hang other decorations. The service is available to Palo Alto and Menlo Park residents who are 50 and older. Information (and fees): Call John Sheffield at 650-289-5426 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
HOLIDAY SHARING EXPO ... The public is invited to come share winter skills (craft rugs out of T-shirts, learn to sharpen knives), holiday, garden, crafts and other goods at the next Holiday Sharing Expo from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Information: www.transitionpaloalto.org
NO FOOD WASTE ... Laura Stec, a chef, educator and blogger for The Almanac, will teach a free workshop dealing with creating delicious meals while reducing waste, sponsored by City of Palo Alto's ZeroWaste program. "Fabulous Dishes, No Shopping Required" will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Focus of the workshop, which involves a cooking demo, food samples and a raffle, is reworking leftovers plus getting tips to prevent waste in the first place. Information: Pre-register at 650-496-5910 to find out location of workshop; or visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/foodwaste or email email@example.com
MAKE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE ... Children (at least 3 years old, and with an accompanying adult) can learn how to make "Gingerbread Houses" from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Christine Hopkins will show how to make one-of-a-kind houses, using provided supplies. Cost is $39 for nonresidents, $30 for Menlo Park residents, plus $20 materials fee payable to the instructor at the class ($15 for one additional child). Information: 650-330-2200 or www.menlopark.org or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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