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A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including the city's National Citizen Survey heading to mailboxes, how to care or your pets in a natural disaster and an upcoming vegetable seedling sale.

CITY HAPPINESS SURVEY ... Starting on Sept. 18, the city of Palo Alto will be mailing a National Citizen Survey to 3,000 households that is designed to provide a baseline of how the city government is serving residents. The survey is intended to gauge community perceptions on a variety of topics. Palo Alto has participated in this survey for the past 15 years, and it includes questions about quality of life in the community, policies, resident use of services and other questions related to how the community feels about issues.

DISASTER PREP FOR PETS ... With the Texas floods fresh in our minds, it's important to prep your home disaster kit for your pet, too. The city of Palo Alto's Department of Animal Services offers these tips. If your pet doesn't have a microchip, ask your veterinarian about the possibility. Make sure your pet's tags are current and fastened to its collar. If possible, attach your address or phone number. If your pet gets lost, its tag is its ticket home. Make sure your pet's immunizations are current, and keep a copy of the veterinary records with you. Take a photo of your pet, and keep it with you. You should have enough pet food, bottled water and medications for three days. Pack cat litter and a pan, a manual can opener, food dishes, a leash and collar. A full list of items to include can be found online at ready.gov. Identify a safe area of your home where you can all stay together. Put all emergency supplies in that room ahead of time, including your pet's crate and supplies.

VEGGIE SEEDLING SALE … The UC Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County will hold a Fall Vegetable Seedling Sale Saturday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden at 851 Center Drive. Buy beets, radicchio, escarole, collards, spinach, frisee, bulbing fennel and many varieties of salad greens. Plants are $4 for a six pack. Master gardeners will be on-site to answer gardening questions and give advice on how to get the most from your cool season garden.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff

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