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Home front: Compass gets Citron; garden in winter

Also, make fresh cheese at Hidden Villa

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a New York-based real estate brokerage has opened a Palo Alto office, plus classes on winter gardening and making fresh cheese.

COMPASS GETS CITRON ... New York-based Compass real estate brokerage, which has made a small foray into California, bought Pacific Union and also wooed Alain Pinel's Judy Citron, a national top-selling agent, to their new Palo Alto office. Citron brings over 15 years of industry experience and consistently has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal/Real Trends as among the Top 20 real estate brokers in the U.S. by Individual Sales Volume. Last year her sales volume was $235 million. Founded in 2012 by Ori Allon and Robert Reffkin, Compass operates in cities across the United States, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Aspen, Tahoe, Telluride and The Hamptons. This will be Compass' first strategic foray into Palo Alto, said company spokeswoman Sarah Vallarino. "With Judy on board, we have secured space on Lytton in Palo Alto and are currently looking for a permanent space that we can build out."

A GARDEN IN WINTER ... The Palo Alto Adult School will offer a 10-week course on gardening in winter, taught by Sherri Bohan. The class, which will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Jan. 16-March 20, will cover soil, watering, how to grow a wide range of plants, flowers and bulbs, as well as how to control diseases organically. The class will be held in Room A2 at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Cost is $65. To register, go to

CHEESE FEST ... If you've always wanted to make fresh cheese, join Hidden Villa's "Cheese Please" workshop on Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will make fresh cheese and hand-pressed tortillas to create quesadillas. Included will be a visit to the farm's dairy cows. The cost is $30. Hidden Villa is located at 2687 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. To register, go to

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