GOOD-BYE LAWNS ... Deva Luna, master gardener, landscape designer and horticulturist for EarthCare Landscaping, will teach a class on "Alternatives to Lawns" on Saturday, May 1, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Common Ground Educational Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Luna's talk will include dozens of ideas, plus pictures to demonstrate. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072, www.commongroundinpaloalto.org or http://lawns.eventbrite.com.
ANNUAL ROSE SHOW ... The Peninsula Rose Society will hold its annual rose show on Sunday, May 2, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Redwood City Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City. The free show includes hundreds of roses on display and a raffle. Information: www.peninsularosesociety.org or 650-369-6859.
HOT DISHES ... Palo Alto Adult School will offer a couple of cooking classes that focus on different ethnic palates: Yannette Fichou Edwards will teach a "Mexican Fiesta" class on Tuesday, May 4, and Ramesh and Bharati Joshi will offer "Indian Cooking" on Wednesday, May 5, both from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Each class costs $50. Delectables include homemade guacamole, tortilla soup, Baja shrimp with green chilis and tequila, and Mexican chocolate cake; or chicken curry, pullae (rice), puri (fluffy bread), chole (spicy garbanzo beans) and aaloo gobi (potatoes and cauliflower). Don't forget to bring containers for leftovers. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org.
FILOLI FLOWER SHOW ... "Filoli Goes to the Movies: Celebrating Films Through Flowers" is the theme for Filoli's annual flower show, May 6 through 9. More than 60 floral designers create flower arrangements and table settings to complement Filoli rooms or to make garden vignettes. Tickets for the opening night reception on Thursday, May 6, are $75 members, $85 nonmembers, $200 patrons. General admission for the flower show on Friday, May 7, through Sunday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. is $20 members, $25 nonmembers, $10 for children ages 5 to 17. Other events include a special tea (Friday, May 7, 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.; $55 members, $65 nonmembers, $35 seated child (infant to 17 years)); and Mother's Day Champagne Brunch (Saturday, May 8, 10:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. or Sunday, May 9, 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.; $75 members, $85 nonmembers, $40 seated child). Box lunches may be pre-ordered for Saturday and Sunday. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org.
A TOUCH OF HISTORY ... A benefit for the Los Altos History Museum will be held at the former Dawson estate, now home of Cindy and Gaymond Schultz, on Friday, May 7, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Called "A Premier Spring Evening: Celebrating Historic Living," the event will include live music, food and wine, and a tour of the property that includes the owner's woodworking shop and 35-car garage (complete with vintage cars). The 18,000-square-foot Mediterranean estate was built in 1936 by C. Earl Dawson, who funded the First National Bank of Los Altos building and helped incorporate Los Altos Hills. Tickets are $110 for nonmembers, $95 for members. Information: www.losaltoshistory.org or 650-948-9427.
MOTHER'S DAY AT GAMBLE ... Gamble Garden, at 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto, is offering two seatings for its annual Mother's Day Champagne Brunch in the Garden on Sunday, May 9, at 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Cost is $65 for an adult, $50 for a child. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org.