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Home front: holiday cooking for kids; wreath-making


A roundup of local home and garden events, including classes on holiday baking, making a wreath and growing roses.

HOLIDAY COOKING FOR KIDS ... Gamble Garden in Palo Alto will offer a parent, grandparent and child class on holiday baking on Friday, Nov. 10. Chef Hannah Pienknagura will instruct the class on making goodies for the dinner table, parties and gift bags. Make chocolate ganache truffles in a few simple steps using the microwave. Go savory or sweet with easy-to-make cream biscuits or make a no-bake lemon pie. The class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon at 1431 Waverley St. This class is appropriate for children ages 8 to 13 and adults of any age. Members may purchase a ticket for a non-member to come to this event. One adult may bring up to four children. Bring your favorite sprinkles if you would like to personalize your truffle creations. Pienknagura trained at the California Culinary Academy and is now a private chef in Palo Alto. Cost is $30 per person. To register, go to

FALL-TO-WINTER WREATHS ... Join this Gamble Garden demonstration on how to make your own wreath using fresh and dry materials. These colorful and lasting creations will enhance your home throughout the fall as well as through the holidays. Instructor Carmen Pekelsma is the current chair of the Gamble Garden Floral Arrangers. Kathy Ladra has been president of Gamble Garden and has been a flower arranger for over 18 years. The free class (which you still need to register for) will be held Saturday, Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. To register, go to

LEARN TO GROW ROSES ... Tips for growing roses organically will be shared in a workshop on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. offered at Lyngso Garden Materials in San Carlos. Content will include pruning techniques, when to prune, planting tips, rose care, suggestions on how to fertilize organically, plus an overview of common rose diseases and how to best deal with them without the use of toxic chemicals. Presented by the UC Master Gardeners of San Mateo and San Francisco Counties. To register, go to Lyngso Garden Materials is located at 345 Shoreway Road.

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