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AMONG THE BEST ... Several Midpeninsula cities made WalletHub's list of 2017's Best Small Cities in America. With recently released U.S. Census Bureau data showing that suburban population growth outpaced city growth in 2016, the personal-finance website WalletHub looked at cities offering good quality of life and affordability. WalletHub's analysts compared more than 1,200 U.S. cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000 across 33 key indicators of livability. They range from housing costs to school-system quality to restaurants per capita. Both Palo Alto and Los Altos ranked in the 99th percentile for most indicators. Mountain View was in the 95th and Menlo Park was in the 92nd percentile.

A NEW KIND OF SPRINKLER ... It's relatively easy to convert your existing sprinkler system to drip emitter lines, a new form of drip irrigation. Lyngso Garden Materials will offer a clinic on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon, to those interested in how to install and maintain a drip system. Participants will learn how to convert their existing sprinkler or drip system to emitter lines. Colorful pansies, carnations and tulips bloom in this garden to be featured on the Gamble Garden Spring Tour. Photo by Veronica Weber.The clinic will be at Lyngso, 345 Shoreway Drive, San Carlos. To register, go to lyngsogarden.com.

LUNCH IN THE GARDEN ... Tickets are selling fast, but there are still seats available for the Gamble Garden Holiday Luncheon scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 5, from noon to 2 p.m. To make a reservation, call 650-329-1356. The cost is $30 per person for members and $40 for nonmembers.

REPAIR CAFE SUNDAY ... If you have an appliance or another home item that no longer works but you would like to get it fixed, come to Repair Cafe Palo Alto on Sunday, Nov. 5. The Repair Cafe is a volunteer-run community service dedicated to encouraging the repair and reuse of goods. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.

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