MAKER FAIRE ... A Maker Faire will be held Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22, at the San Mateo Event Center, 495 S. Delaware St., San Mateo. Discounted tickets are available at Whole Foods. Information: http://makerfaire.com/bayarea/2011/tickets/#local
MANAGE PESTS ... A free workshop, "Bay-Friendly Gardening to Manage Pests Naturally," will be held on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The workshop will cover attracting beneficial insects and discovering least-toxic methods to manage such garden pests as snails, slugs, aphids and yellow jackets. The program is made possible by the Bay-Friendly Landscaping & Gardening Coalition. Information: www.cityofpaloalto.org/workshops or 650-496-5910 to pre-register and find out location.
VEGGIE BASICS ... Mimi Clarke, formerly lead horticulturist at Filoli and now owner of Fiddle Fern Landscaping, will teach a class on "Veggie Garden Basics — Fall Harvest" on Saturday, May 21, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. The class will focus on planning and designing for a year-round harvest, soil preparation, amendments, fertilizers and harvesting techniques. Class includes a plant and local resource list. Cost is $40 for nonmembers, $35 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org.
DRIP IRRIGATION ... Frank Niccoli, who teaches at Foothill College and runs The Village Gardener, will teach a class on "Drip Irrigation" on Saturday, May 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Common Ground Demonstration Garden, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The class focuses on weighing advantages and disadvantages of drip irrigation versus a spray system. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org or http://dripirrigationhandson.eventbrite.com/.
DINNER WITH LOU ... Gamble Garden will offer "A Hands-on Asian Inspired Dinner with Lou Pappas" on Sunday, May 22, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the Carriage House at 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Pappas, a former Sunset food editor, is the author of more than 50 cookbooks. The menus range from sushi rolls to chicken and mushrooms teriyaki wrapped in parchment. Cost is $55 for nonmembers, $45 for members. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org
BIRD-FRIENDLY HABITAT ... John Howard, district conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in San Mateo County, will talk about "A Garden Makeover — Creating a Bird-Friendly Habitat" at the next meeting of the Garden Club of Los Altos on Tuesday, May 24, at 1:30 p.m. Howard will talk about how he and his wife converted their concrete paved landscape to one that attracts native birds and insects. The group meets at Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos. Information; 650-964-4955.
HUNGARIAN FEAST ... Yannette Fichou Edwards will teach a class on how to prepare a "Hungarian Feast" on Tuesday, May 24, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. The menu proceeds from a light cheese spread with caraway seeds to Hungarian chicken paprikas, in a class that includes demonstration, participation and sampling. Cost is $50. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org.
WATER-WISE COLORS ... Deva Luna will teach a class on "Water-Wise Plant Color Palette" on Thursday, May 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. Offered by the Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency, the class will deal with proper placement and care of native and low-water use plants. Information: 650-349-3000 for exact location in Mountain View.
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