GARDEN BONANZA ... Filoli will offer three days of demonstrations, walks and talks, plus crafts for children during its "Great Big Garden Bonanza" from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3 and 4, and from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, at 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Highlights include a walk through the heirloom orchard; as well as walks and talks focusing on everything from picking pears to preparing food or flower arranging using seasonal fruit and blooms. There's also a display of cutting garden flowers and an art exhibit, "Handcrafted and Through the Lens." All activities are included in Filoli's admission fee, which is $15 for adult nonmembers, $12 for seniors, $5 for children (ages 5 to 17). Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org (for complete schedule of events)
WHAT'S COOKING? . . . Hands-on cooking classes at Sur La Table, #57 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, include: "Summer Berry Puddings Pies and Cakes" (Saul Flores, July 28, 11 a.m., $69; "Best of Thailand" (Terrina Wong, July 28, 5 p.m., $69); "Tame the Flame: Everyday Grilling" (Kim Henderson, July 29, 3 p.m., $69); "Date Night: Surf and Turf" (Will VanBrackle, Aug. 3, 6:30 p.m., $85); "Essential Knife Skills" (Saul Flores, Aug. 4, 11 a.m., $59); "Summer Tapas Party" (Will VanBrackle, Aug. 4, 5 p.m., $69); "Fresh French Fruit Desserts" (Saul Flores, Aug. 5, 11 a.m., $69); and "Sizzling Mexico" (Will VanBrackle, Aug. 5, 5 p.m., $69). Information: 650-289-0438 or email Cooking073@surlatable.com
INTRO TO ALESSI ... New and classic Alessi designs for kitchen, tabletop and home will be on display at Fibre Arts Design Studio, 935 Industrial Ave., Palo Alto, from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. Alessi staff will be on hand to answer questions, and at 2 p.m., Jens Menke of Alessi will offer stories behind the designs and the history of the Italian ceramic company, as well as high tea. The current exhibition at the design studio, "Hearth and Home," which explores concepts of constructed spaces, continues through Aug. 19. Information: www.fibreartsdesign.com or 650-485-2121
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