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Build community, think green, observe moths and learn about compost

Find local news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening. This week includes East Palo Alto Children's Day in the Park on Saturday, Green Fest on Sunday and moth observations on Monday night. Then, plan ahead and attend a compost workshop brought to you by the City of Palo Alto on Sept. 5.

COMMUNITY FUN ... Celebrate and build community during Children's Day in the Park on Saturday, Aug. 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bell Street Park, 550 Bell St., East Palo Alto. The fun-filled day includes free food, entertainment and games. The police department will be giving away backpacks and school supplies, and Home Depot staff will offer workshops for children. Info: Children's Day in the Park 2015

GREEN FEST ... Learn how to add green practices to any part of daily life at Green Fest on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2-5 p.m., at the Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Attendees can learn about local produce, greener lunches, Palo Alto's water source, carpooling, biking and more. The free event also includes a panel discussion at 3 p.m. with Kevin Carley and Karla Dailey from Palo Alto Utilities; and Peter Drekmeier, director of Tuolumne River Trust and former Palo Alto mayor. Alongside the educational options, families can play games, win prizes and enjoy free music and food. Info: Enybody

MOTH NIGHT ... See moths up close in all sizes and shapes on Monday, Aug. 31, 8-10:30 p.m., at the McClellan Ranch Preserve, 22221 McClellan Road, Cupertino. To attract moths and other night insects, Acterra staff will set up black lights and sheets. Guests will also have the option of going on a short night walk to listen for owls and see glowing millipedes. All ages are welcome to attend. Minors under the age of 18 must bring a waiver signed by a guardian and be accompanied by an adult. Info: Moth Night or saraw@acterra.org

COMPOST BASICS ... Learn how to enhance your garden's soil and overall health during a compost course from the City of Palo Alto on Saturday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Master Gardener's Demonstration Garden at Eleanor Pardee Park, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto. The garden entrance is on Center Drive near Martin Avenue. Participants will see how compost helps plants gain nutrients, develop root structures and hold water. This free course provides locals the knowledge they need to start composting. No registration is required. Info: City of Palo Alto workshops

Send notices of news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening to Home Front, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302, or email bmalmberg@paweekly.com. Deadline is one week before publication.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 28, 2015 at 3:49 pm

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Thank you for posting these events. Late summer can be busy, so it's easy to forget how many nice local community events are happening.

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Posted by Brenna Malmberg
associate editor of the Palo Alto Weekly
on Aug 28, 2015 at 6:46 pm

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You are very welcome. Thanks for stopping by to check them out this week, and you can return every week for more local events. Also, if you ever have any happenings to share, feel free to email me so I can feature them. I hope you enjoy the end of your summer.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 28, 2015 at 7:24 pm

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That's great, Brenna! Wishing you a lovely end of the season, too - and stay cool!

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