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PRETTY EDIBLES ... Rosalind Creasy, author of "The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping," will talk about "Now You Can Have a Beautiful Garden and Eat It Too!" on Saturday, May 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Topics include an A-to-Z list of edible plants, an overview of edible landscapes and principles of landscape design special for edibles. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or http://ediblelandscapingbeautifully.eventbrite.com/

WHERE'S THE LETTUCE? ... Yannette Fichou Edwards will teach a cooking class on "Salads ... Where Is the Lettuce?" on Tuesday, May 31, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Room 103 of Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Menus include such lettuce-less recipes as Santa Fe black bean, corn and red bell pepper salad; Asian rice salad with peas and shrimp; and garbanzo-bean salad. Those with lettuce include the Panzanella Italian Salad with spinach, feta and torn rustic Italian bread. The class includes demonstration, participation and sampling. Cost is $50. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org.

DOCENT-LED TOURS ... Guided tours of the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden, including buildings and gardens, are available Monday through Friday for groups of eight to 50. Cost is $10 per person, with a minimum charge of $80. Information: 650-329-1356 or admin@gamblegarden.org, four weeks in advance to schedule a date, time and docent.

CLEAN THE CREEK ... San Francisquito Creek workdays are planned on Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., through May. Groups are limited to 15. Projects range from native-plant installation to trash pickup. Information: Arnie Thompson at arniet@acterra.org.

RESTORE HABITAT ... On the second and fourth Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers work with Acterra to restore habitat at the Pearson-Arastradero Preserve (1530 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto) and local creeks. Gloves, tools, snacks and training are provided. Tasks include removing invasive plants, collecting seeds, spreading mulch and planting native grasses. Volunteers are asked to wear long sleeves and long pants and bring a hat and reusable water bottle. Information: www.acterra.org/stewardship.


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