A roundup of home and garden tips and events on the Midpeninsula, including information on the Allied Arts Guild's Christmas Market.
ALLIED ARTS CHRISTMAS ... The Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park will host its free Christmas Market on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gifts including handmade needlework and quilts as well as jewelry and ornaments will be for sale. Check out the mini Christmas tree auction, and stick around for singing and jazz music. Proceeds benefit Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Allied Arts is located at 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. For more information go to alliedartsguild.org
HOLIDAY WASTE PICKUP ... Garbage services by GreenWaste of Palo Alto will change slightly for Christmas and New Year's Day. If your regular collection day falls on or after one of these holidays, your collection day will be moved to the following day for that week. Regular collection schedules will resume the following week. Remember to place your carts at the curb before 6 a.m. Call GreenWaste customer service at 650-493-4894 if you have questions. For the four weeks following Christmas Day, holiday trees will be collected curbside. Cut your trees into four-foot lengths and remove tree stands, all decorations, tinsel and nails. Place them next to your green compost cart. Flocked trees are not accepted.
YEARNING FOR FRESH FRUIT? ... Good news! The Portola Valley Farmers' Market provides year-round seasonal produce every Thursday. About 25 vendors bring fruits, berries, greens, nuts, honey, even seafood, meat and eggs, as well as pastries, made-to-order crepes and more to the Portola Valley Town Center from 2 to 6 p.m. The Town Center is located at 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley. For more information, go to pvfarmersmarket.com