DIVIDING PLANTS ... UC Master Gardeners Kathy Ormison and Sheri Bakun will give a free talk on "Plants for Free: Dividing Ornamental Perennials and Grasses" on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 to 11 a.m. The talk takes place in the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto, where they will demonstrate dividing and replanting, harvesting cool-season vegetables, planting shallots, and pruning and cutting back the garden. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners.org
RAINWATER HARVESTING ... A free "Rainwater Harvesting Workshop" will be offered in partnership with Acterra, GreenTown Los altos and the Los Altos History Museum on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Redwood Grove, 482 University Ave., Los Altos. The workshop will deal with how to design and construct a rainwater collection system and how to harvest the rain for watering in the garden. Information: Register at www.acterra.org/stewardship
FAST AND COMFY ... Yannette Fichou Edwards, owner of Culinary Events catering, will teach a class on preparing "Healthy, Fast Comfort Food!" on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. The class, through demonstration, participation and sampling, focuses on healthier versions of favorite comfort foods, including Sinless Scalloped Potatoes, Warm Cabbage Salad and Chicken Saltimboca. Cost is $50; bring containers for leftovers. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org
FREE FABRIC ... The next FabMo free fabric distribution event is Thursday, Nov. 10, 4:30 to 8 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 11, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 12, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are required, to help manage the crowds (Email email@example.com with preferred date and time), but some drop-in hours are included. The distribution, with a requested donation, takes place at 2423 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. Volunteer greeters and sorters are also needed. Information: www.fabmo.org
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