SCRAPS INTO GOLD ... Alane Weber, who teaches at the Recycle Work's master composting program for San Mateo County, will offer a class on "Worm Composting," the modern way to turn table scraps into botanical gold, on Saturday, Oct. 13, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Common Ground Educational Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The fee is $35. For information, call 650-493-6072 or visit www.commongroundinpaloalto.org.
TREE WALK ... Robert Booty will lead a free tree walk through the College Terrace neighborhood on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Meet at the College Terrace Library, 2300 Wellesley Ave., Palo Alto. For information, call Canopy: Trees for Palo Alto at 650-964-6110 or visit www.canopy.org.
CALIFORNIA NATIVES PLUS ... Master Gardener David Peterson will talk about "California Natives Plus More" on Saturday, Oct. 13, 9 to 11 a.m. at Gamble Garden Center, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Topics of the free, drop-in class range from selecting annuals and perennials, shrubs and trees to correct planting times, soils and growth habits. For information, call 408-282-3105 or visit www.gamblegarden.org.
TREE STEWARD SERIES ... Canopy will kick off a series of free tree-stewardship workshops with "Understanding the Miracle of Community Trees" on Saturday, Oct. 13, 9 to 11 a.m., at East Palo Alto City Hall, Cafeteria, 2nd floor, 2415 University Ave., East Palo Alto. The workshops continue on Saturdays, Oct. 27, Nov. 17, Jan. 5 and April 19. Canopy is offering the workshops as a series, leading to a certificate in tree stewardship, but space may be available in individual classes. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call 650-964-6110 or visit www.canopy.org.
ON A HIGH NOTE ... Close to 250 people are expected at the 10th annual "Holidays on a High Note" fundraiser on Monday, Oct. 15, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane, Atherton. Proceeds from the luncheon, where floral designs and holiday-themed table settings are showcased, goes to Family Service Agency of San Mateo County's Foothill Auxiliary. Tickets are $85, with advanced reservations required. On Sunday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m., a 1920s-themed Jazz Preview Party will be held at the Menlo Circus Club, offering advance peeks at the floral and table displays, as well as a cocktail buffet, silent auction and wine tastings. Tickets are $125. Local participants include Aili Ice Designs, Menlo Park; Blooms, Palo Alto; Carol Jorgenson Interior Design, Menlo Park; Carol Whitfield Design, Atherton; Devoy Designs, Atherton; Emily Joubert, Woodside; FloraBella, Menlo Park; Floral Creations by Amanda, Menlo Park; Pomegranate Events and Floral Design, Woodside; Jeanese Rowell Interiors, Palo Alto; Leslie Rehlaender, Menlo Park; and The Dressed Room, Atherton. For tickets or information, call Vivienne Virani at 650-473-0645.
FRUITS AND BERRIES ... UCCE Master Gardener Nancy Garrison will teach a class on "Growing Fruits and Berries Sustainably" on Tuesdays, Oct. 16-Nov. 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Palo Alto High School, Room 1707, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. A pruning class will be held on Sunday, Jan. 6, 1 to 3 p.m. The class will deal with watering methods, pest management and use of organic fertilizers, as well as requirements for specific fruits and berries. The cost is $72. For information, call 650-329-3752 or visit www.paadultschool.org.
SAVE WATER ... Bob Weissman, master gardener, will talk about "Irrigation Systems and Ways to Save Water" at the next meeting of the De Anza Chapter, American Rhododendron Society on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. The group meets in Room 12 of the Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. For information, visit www.deanza-ars.com.
HELP FOR HOMELESS ... The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors (SILVAR) is hosting the annual Home for the Holidays event on Thursday, Oct. 18, 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., to raise money for the Housing Industry Foundation (HIF). With a Halloween theme, the event features a gourmet buffet, live and silent auctions, music and dancing, fortune telling and photos. The goal this year is to raise $100,000, which would benefit HIF's efforts to help people in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties remain in — or return to — stable housing. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door at The Avalon, 777 Lawrence Expressway, Santa Clara. For information, call Robert Reid at 650-454-5555; Dale Anne Collings at 408-861-8806; or SILVAR at 408-200-0100.