NEED TO SHRED? ... Palo Alto residents can bring up to five bankers' boxes filled with confidential documents to shred at the Sunnyvale Materials Recovery and Transfer (SMaRT) Station, 301 Carl Road, Sunnyvale on four Saturdays, from 8 to 11 a.m., this year: Jan. 30, March 27, Aug. 28 and Dec. 18. Documents must be removed from binders, but staples, paper clips, spiral notebooks and rubber bands are OK. Proof of residency is required.
EDIBLE GARDEN SERIES ... Drew Harwell, manager of the Common Ground demonstration garden, will offer the "Edible Garden Series: From Design to Harvest" on Saturdays, Jan. 30, Feb. 20, March 6, March 27 and April 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Common Ground Educational Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The classes will cover garden planning, composting, soils, seeds and watering, using permaculture design and Grow Biointensive methods. Fee is $325. Information: Call 650-493-6072 or visit www.commongroundinpaloalto.org or http://ediblegardenseries.eventbrite.com/.
A HOME FOR ALL SEASONS ... Iris Harrell, owner of Harrell Remodeling in Mountain View, will teach a class on "The Forever Home: For All Seasons and Ages" on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Palo Alto High School, Room 1708, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. The class focus is on planning a home remodel that is appropriate for infants, young children, teens and family members with physical limitations. Fee is $35 per person (or for up to two family members), plus $5 materials fee payable to the instructor. Information: Call 650-329-3752 or visit www.paadultschool.org.
SUDSY FUN ... Lori Stoia will teach "Soap Making — Simple and Fun" on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. The class deals with melt-and-pour soap making, and participants will take home soaps made in class. Fee is $40, plus $20 materials fee payable to instructor. Bring two-cup measuring cup, a dish towel and a bag lunch. Information: Call 650-329-3752 or visit www.paadultschool.org.
PRUNING WORKSHOPS ... Former Filoli lead horticulturist Mimi Clarke will teach two workshops on Saturday, Jan. 30, each beginning with a demonstration, followed by guided, hands-on practice. Workshops include "Wisteria," from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and "Fruit Trees," from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Fee for each class is $35 for nonmembers, $30 for members. Participants should bring garden gloves and clean, sharp shears. Information: Call 650-364-8300 or visit www.filoli.org.
NEW OFFICERS ... The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors (SILVAR) named Jeff Bell, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker in Cupertino, 2010 president; Gene Lentz, a Realtor with Red Hawk Real Estate in Menlo Park, president-elect; and Gerry Lawrence, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker in Los Altos, treasurer. Other members of the board include Julia Truesdale Keady (Alain Pinel Realtors), past president; Leannah Hunt (Coldwell Banker), Region 9 chair; Dante Drummond (Coldwell Banker), Palo Alto district chair; Judy Ellis (Alain Pinel Realtors), NAR Director; Lisa Keith (Red Hawk Real Estate), Menlo Park/Atherton district chair; and at-large members Alicia Nuzzo (Sereno Group), John St. Clair III (Alain Pinel Realtors), David Tonna (Alain Pinel Realtors), John Tripp (Foundation Trust), and Suzanne Yost (Alain Pinel Realtors). David Barca (Keller Williams) was named Realtor of the Year.
GET ORGANIZED ... Professional organizers will offer free tips while demonstrating IKEA products on Saturday, Jan. 30 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at IKEA, 1700 E. Bayshore Road, East Palo Alto. Members of the National Association of Professional Organizers San Francisco Bay Area Chapter will also be on hand between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to dispense free advice on organizing issues. Information: Visit www.hireanorganizer.com.