Palo Alto Weekly

Real Estate - May 14, 2010

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ABCs OF VEGGIES ... Jody Main, food and garden writer and an expert in edible landscape design, will teach "How to Start Your Vegetable Garden" on Saturday, May 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Common Ground Educational Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The class, which includes a plant list and recipes, will cover organic planting methods, including growing heirloom vegetables, traditional Native American methods of planting and summer harvesting techniques. Cost is $31 plus a $5 materials fee. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org or http://veggiegarden.eventbrite.com.

PRUNING FRUIT TREES ... Master arborist Dave Muffly will offer a workshop on pruning fruit trees on Saturday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to noon. The workshop, which is sponsored by Canopy, will take place at a private home in Los Altos with decades-old trees that offer a range of learning opportunities. Cost is $25. Information: 650-424-2448 or susanpa@sonic.net.

CARE FOR CACTI ... Robin Stockwell will talk about "How to Care for Your Succulents" on Tuesday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Gamble Garden Carriage House, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Cost is $40 for nonmembers, $30 for members. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org.

REPRODUCING PLANTS ... Filoli will offer a hands-on lab in "Plant Propagation" on Tuesday, May 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Topics include vegetative methods — cuttings, layering and division — as well as seed propagation. Fee is $40 for nonmembers, $35 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org.

CARBON NEUTRAL ... Drew Maran and William Duff will offer a free presentation on "Building a Beautiful Carbon Neutral Home" on Tuesday, May 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. The talk will cover case studies on using sustainable design, including reclaimed lumber, renewable energy, a living roof and more. Maran is the founder and president of Drew Maran Construction, Inc., a Palo Alto-based construction company dedicated to green-building practices. Duff is the founding principal of William Duff Architects, Inc, a San Francisco architecture firm, and an expert in sustainable design. The meeting is co-sponsored by Kepler's Books and Green Making, a local website for building green homes. Information: 650-324-4321 or www.keplers.com or www.greenmaking.com.

WHOLE HOUSE REMODEL ... Harrell Remodeling will offer a free workshop at Kepler's on "Whole House Remodel" on Wednesday, May 19, from 6 to 9 p.m., offering step-by-steps on living through a remodel. Information: 650-230-2900 to pre-register.

SAVE WATER ... Chris Todd will teach a free class on the "New Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance Elements — Calculations and Standards" on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to noon at Cubberley Community Center, Room H-6, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Information: www.cityofpaloalto.org/utilities or 650-329-2241 to register.

STREET FAIR ... Mountain View's annual A La Carte & Art street fair will be held May 15 and 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Castro Street between Church Street and Evelyn Avenue. Besides the juried art show, there will be more than 200 exhibitors with handcrafted ceramics, needlework, fine art, textiles, woodwork and more, as well as food and drink. Admission is free. Information: 650-964-3395 or www.miramarevents.com.

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