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Fall in the Vegetable Garden
In this two-session course, attendees will discuss timely issues in their vegetable gardens. Questions and discussion will follow a one-hour talk by the instructor. Advance registration is required; call or visit the Palo Alto Adult school website. Sept. 15 and Oct. 13, 7-9 p.m. $40. Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

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Foothill College dental programs info night
This event will introduce interested individuals to the available dental programs at Foothill College. It will include a tour of the on-campus dental clinic and provide info on the program requirements and application process. Sept. 17, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Foothill College, Room 5312, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

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Kids arts and crafts class
This Menlo Park course will lead children in creative art projects including painting, drawing, collage, working with clay and more. Thursdays, Sept. 11-Dec. 18, 4:30-5:30 p.m. $228 resident; $307 nonresident. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.
 

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'Water-Wise Color Palette'
Bay Area Water Supply Conservation Agency will offer a workshop on infusing year-round color into home gardens with drought-tolerant plants -- including shrubs, grasses, trees and flowers. Registration is required. Sept. 18, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

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Native Horticultural Symposium 2014
The California Native Plant Society, Santa Clara Valley Chapter, and the Foothill College Horticulture Department will hold its annual symposium on the topic of "Saving Water, Creating Beauty with California Native Plants." The all-day event will include talks by a variety of garden experts. Sept. 20, 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m. See website for prices. Foothill Community College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

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'How to Start a Fall Vegetable Garden'
This workshop will provide tips on how to grow a variety of vegetables in raised beds or yards. Instructors will focus on vegetables that can be harvested year-round and matching individuals with crops that suit their lifestyle and space. There will also be a tour of chef Jesse Cool's garden. Sept. 20, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $45. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.

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Home buyers seminar
This seminar led by Avi Urban will discuss the pros and cons of buying a home in Silicon Valley, as well as some alternatives. Sept. 21, 1:15-4:30 p.m. Free. Bank of America, 600 Hansen Way, Palo Alto.

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Foothill College Fall Quarter registration
Foothill College Fall Quarter registration is still open on the school's website. Classes will run from Sept. 22 to Dec. 12. Students are encouraged to register early for the best course selection. July 21-Sept. 22. $31/unit for California residents, plus basic fees. Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

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Fall acting classes
Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory will offer classes this fall in which adults and children can learn a variety of theater skills. Classes for adults will be taught by Rick Lombardo, former artistic director of San Jose Repertory Theatre, and will begin on Sept. 15. Classes for children (ages 4 to 18) will begin on Sept. 2. Sept. 2-Nov. 14, $225-$285. Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Google Tips & Tricks workshop
This Los Altos Library workshop will help community members in utilizing the Google search engine, covering how to limit searches to specific requests and find the latest news events. It will also review Google Crisis Maps, Google Trends, Google Scholar and Google Advanced. Sept. 23, 2-3 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

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'Successful Bulbs for our Mediterranean Climate'
Roberta Barnes will give a talk and answer questions on the use of bulbs, discussing different kinds of bulbs, design ideas, bulb shopping and care. Sept. 24, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
 

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OverDrive eBooks/eAudiobooks help
The Portola Valley Library will offer appointments for community members to receive one-on-one assistance in accessing the library's free online books. Wednesdays, Aug. 6-Sept. 24, 4-5 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Photoshop Elements workshop
The Portola Valley Library will hold a workshop to teach students how to crop, edit and retouch images using Photoshop Elements, a photo-editing program available on all San Mateo County Library PC's. Sept. 27, 10-11 a.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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'Bee-autiful Gardens'
This class will discuss the health of honey bee populations and share tips and techniques for making home gardens hospitable to bees and other pollinators. Sept. 27, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.

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Zoom In Video Production workshop
Midpeninsula Community Media Center will offer a 15-hour intensive workshop on creating a digital video, from filming to editing, uploading to YouTube and producing a DVD. All software, equipment and learning materials will be provided. Sept. 20, 21 and 28, see website for times. $150. Midpeninsula Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Beginning Improv Class
The Dragon Theatre will host a weekly class on improvisation this fall. Students will learn a variety of skills with a small group in a safe and friendly atmosphere. Those interested should register through the website. Mondays, Sept. 22-Nov. 3, 7-9 p.m. $220 before Sept. 15; $270 after. Dragon Productions Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.
 

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Group Piano for Children
This weekly Menlo Park class aims to make piano lessons productive and enjoyable by arranging beginner students in small groups. Fridays, Sept. 25-Dec. 5, 3:45-4:30 p.m. $298 resident; $401 nonresident. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
 

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'Fundamentals of Water-Wise Gardening'
This Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency class will review basic water-saving gardening techniques, including plant selection and placement, proper irrigation, soil preparation and design options. Registration is required. Oct. 16, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. BAWSCA Landscape Classes, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

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Genealogy class
Little House Activity Center will offer a weekly class on genealogy to help community members in investigating the lives of their ancestors. Thursdays, Sept. 4-Oct. 23, 10 a.m.-noon. $86; $15 drop in. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.

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Accent Arts classes
Accent Arts will offer handful of classes covering a variety of art mediums in its loft above the store. Visit the website or call to register. Sept. 7-Oct. 30, 10 p.m. Prices vary. Accent Arts, 392 S. California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

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German Language Class
This class, taught by a college-credentialed teacher who lived and studied in Germany through Stanford, will focus on speaking, reading and writing German. Basic grammar and culture will also be covered. Thursdays, Sept. 11-Nov. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $116. Palo Alto High School, Room 406, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Earth-based spiritual arts course
This 12-session course for women aims to help students deepen their relationship with the self, elements and the spirit. Saturdays, Aug. 16-Nov. 29, 2-4 p.m. email for pricing. Private residence, address will be provided upon registration, Palo Alto .
 

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For the Love of Dance classes
For the Love of Dance offers training in ballet, jazz, tap and other styles of dance. Serving Mountain View, Palo Alto, Los Altos and Sunnyvale, it is a family-owned studio that teaches dance to children and adults at all levels of ability. Visit website to learn about specific offerings. March through December. Prices vary. For the Love of Dance, 2483 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View.

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Joyful Korean School classes
These ongoing classes for children will teach students about Korean language and culture. Fridays, September-June, 5-7 p.m. $300/semester. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

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'Salad Loverís Dream' Garden Class
Local organic gardener Jody Main will lead this class on basic veggie gardening skills, soil preparation easy planting and harvesting. March 29, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $35. Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto.