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Home front: caring for stone; festival of the arts


A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a class on how to care for clean and maintain your natural stone and concrete surfaces and next month's Palo Alto Festival of the Arts.

CARING FOR STONE ... Learn how to clean, seal and maintain hardscapes and natural stone during a special class, "Beautification and Care for Your Natural Stone and Hardscapes," on Saturday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to noon at Lyngso Garden Materials, 345 Shoreway Road, San Carlos. The class will cover how to care for sandstone, limestone, slate, basalt, quartzite, granite and other natural stone and concrete surfaces, as well as tricks for removing tough stains using eco-friendly natural methods. Bring your questions to "Mr. Bob" of Lyngso Garden Materials. To register, go to eventbrite.com to register.

SAVE THE DATE ... The 36th annual Palo Alto Festival of the Arts will come to town on Saturday, Aug. 26 and Sunday Aug. 27 along University Avenue. This curated arts festival will feature nearly 300 artists from the Bay Area and throughout the United States. The event is sponsored by The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and the City of Palo Alto. There will be decor and art in two and three dimensions for your home or business, including sculptures, wearable art and much more. Chalk paintings at the Italian Street Painting Expo will include 60 extraordinary artists showcasing their work as they create chalk paintings on Tasso Street.

GARDEN WEDDING? ... Looking for a serene and intimate place to hold a wedding for 50 or fewer guests? Gamble Garden is available to rent for private events. The historic property, located at 1431 Waverley St. in downtown Palo Alto, offers several options, including access to the first floor of the Main House that features a dining room, living room, and library with porch; use of the Carriage House and Carriage House Patio, as well as the Tea House and Tea House Patio. The Rose Garden and Wisteria Garden are also available and are ideal for photos throughout the year. For more information, call the Gamble Garden office at 650-329-1356, ext. 202 and leave a detailed message for wedding coordinator Gabrielle. She will return your call between 4-9 p.m.

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