HOUSED ON HOUZZ ... The City of Palo Alto Development Services Department has teamed up with remodeling, design and resource website Houzz (houzz.com), to expend its reach to would-be permit applicants early in the design process. Through the partnership, the Development Services Department will be able to provide code and ordinance updates as well as other important information about the building permit process to residents and home professionals using the Houzz website. Houzz, located in the same building as the city's Development Services Department at 285 Hamilton Ave., provides a place for people to find inspiration and manage home projects from start to finish. Houzz users can follow Palo Alto Development Services at houzz.com/city/palo-alto.
LESSONS FROM THE GARDEN ... Common Ground Garden in Palo Alto has created a middle-school garden curriculum, "Edible Education." The lesson plans aim to introduce children to the principles of sustainable farming methods while engaging them in science lessons. The curriculum takes students through a variety of garden activities, including planting, soil cultivation, digging, composting, harvesting, and investigating material decomposition. The garden lesson plans can be accessed online at http://bit.ly/GB6thGradeCurriculum.
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