EASY COMPOST ... The City of Palo Alto will offer a free workshop, "Compost Basics," from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 15, at The EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. The Earth Machine™ compost bin and worm bin and composting accessories will be available for sale. Information (and registration — required because of space limitations): 650-329-2241 or 408-918-4640, www.reducewaste.org or Compost@aem.sccgov.org
GROW MORE VEGGIES ... John Jeavons, author of "How to Grow More Vegetables" and executive director of Ecology Action, will teach "All About 'Grow Biointensive'" — parts one and two on Saturday, June 15, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Part One, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will focus on the eight essential aspects of the program; Part Two, from 2 to 4 p.m., will deal with in-depth studies and Grow Biointensive internships. Each class costs $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org
SUNSET HIKES ... Filoli is introducing two-hour Sunset Hikes on varied terrain, led by nature education docents from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesdays, June 19 and Aug. 14, and docent-led Evening Orchard Walks, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19. Reservations (and sturdy shoes) are required for both. Fees are $15 for nonmembers, $10 members; $10 for nonmember child (age 5 to 17), $5 member child. No strollers can be accommodated. Filoli is located at 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Information: www.filoli.org or 650-364-8300, ext. 508
TOP DOLLAR ... And, not so surprising, the most expensive house in Silicon Valley sold in April was a five-bedroom, five-bath approximately 4,900-square-foot home in Palo Alto that sold for $10 million, according to the Coldwell Banker Brokerage's monthly luxury report. Sales of "luxury" homes — those that sold for more than $1.5 million — surged 43 percent over March 2013, based on Multiple Listing Service data. Other tidbits from the report: Homes sold at a faster rate, and most sellers received a higher percentage of their asking price.
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