Palo Alto Weekly

Real Estate - June 18, 2010

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BAY-FRIENDLY GARDENING ... A "Gardening from the Ground Up" workshop will be offered on Saturday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. Topics include backyard composting, sheet mulching and soil-building techniques. Palo Alto residents will receive a voucher for a reduced price compost bin. Fee for the workshop is $20, which includes a Bay-Friendly Gardening book. Information: Pre-register with the Santa Clara County Home Composting Program at www.ReduceWaste.org or 408-918-4640.

NO LAWNS? ... Master Gardener and composter Terry Lyngso, of Lyngso Garden Materials, Redwood City, will offer a "Healthy Soil and Lawn Alternatives" workshop on Saturday, June 19, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Garden House at Shoup Park, 400 University Ave., Los Altos. Lyngso will offer information about building healthy soil, and Acterra staff will talk about replacing lawns with drought-tolerant native landscaping. An optional field trip will visit the nearby Redwood Grove Restoration project. Cost is $30, or $20 for Acterra members. Information: clairee@acterra.org or www.acterra.org.

GREEN WORKSHOPS ... Architect Greg VanMechelen will teach a free workshop on "Green Building and Remodeling" on Saturday, June 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The class includes an overview of mainstream and alternative materials that can lower energy use and minimize waste. Katrina Phruksukarn, solar water-heating program manager at California Center for Sustainable Energy, will cover "Solar Water Heating" on Tuesday, June 22, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and Deva Luna, of EarthCare Landscaping, will talk about "Alternatives to Lawn" on Thursday, June 24, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Each class takes place at the Lucie Stern Community Center Ballroom, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Information: Utility Marketing Services at 650-329-2241 or www.xioweb.com/host/cpaureg/. Pre-registration is required since space is limited.

GO, GO GOPHERS ... Thomas Wittman, owner of Gophers Limited, will talk about "Gopher and Mole Control" on Saturday, June 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Focus will be on humane tools for gopher control, including trapping and creating barriers. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org or http://gophercontrol.eventbrite.com.

COUNTY FAIR ... The San Mateo County Fair continues through June 20, with exhibits, entertainment (including evening concerts Friday through Sunday), horse show and more, at the San Mateo County Event Center, 2495 S. Delaware, San Mateo. Admission is $10 for adults (discounts for seniors and kids), plus $10 for parking. Information: www.sanmateocountyfair.com.

GOOD GARDEN HEALTH ... Horticulturist Robert Kourik, author of "Roots," will speak about optimal garden health at the next meeting of the Garden Club of Los Altos on Tuesday, June 22, at 1:30 p.m. The group meets at Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos. Kourik will sign and sell books at the meeting. Information: 650-964-7614.

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