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Last call for native gardens, November cooking classes, spooky science, document shredding event and winter gardening course

Find local news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening. This week includes a last call for native garden submissions, a variety of cooking classes in November, a spooky science class for kids on Nov. 1, a document shredding event through the city on Nov. 7 and a course on winter gardening also on Nov. 7.

LAST CALL ... Submit your garden by Saturday, Oct. 31, for inclusion in the Going Native Garden Tour 2016. To qualify, you must live in San Mateo or Santa Clara counties and have a garden that is comprised of 50 percent or more of California native plants. Info: Going Native Garden Tour submission

READY TO COOK? ... Master new cooking skills and prepare for the holidays with classes offered by Sur La Table, 855 El Camino Real, Suite 57, Palo Alto. Programs for November include, but are definitely not limited to, "Croissants from Scratch" (Elizabeth Prado, Nov. 1, 9 a.m., $69); "Secrets of Great Sauces" (Peggy Aoki, Nov. 3, 11 a.m., $69); "Date Night: Cozy Fall Dinner" (Joe Sivils, Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m., $79); and "Autumn-Inspired Desserts in Jars" (Elizabeth Prado, Nov. 8, 9 a.m., $79). Sign up before seats are gone. Info: 650-289-0438, cooking073@surlatable.com or Sur La Table classes

SPOOKY SCIENCE ... See spooky critters and explore natural science on Sunday, Nov. 1, 12:30-2:30 p.m., at the EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. This is the first of a four-part series called Kid Powered! from Environmental Volunteers. The sessions are open to first- through fifth-grade students, and the suggested fee is $20 per child per session. Other program days include "It's Raining Fun" on Nov. 8, "Under the Ground!" on Nov. 15 and "Walk with the Animals" on Nov. 22. Info: Kid Powered!

DOCUMENT SHREDDING ... Gather up old paperwork and head to the Sunnyvale Materials Recovery and Transfer (SMaRT) Station on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 8 a.m. to noon. Located at 301 Carl Road in Sunnyvale, the SMaRT Station will be shredding and recycling documents from residents of its partner cities: Mountain View, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale. Residents must bring proof of residency. Info: Document shredding events

HOMESTEADING 101 ... Learn how to start a winter garden on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2-4 p.m., at the Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. Edible garden and permaculture consultant Andrew Harwell will teach participants how to grow vegetables, coordinate the garden with the kitchen and find the best winter crops. The class costs $35. Info: Common Ground Garden

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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