AUTUMN COLOR ... Mimi Clarke will teach a hands-on class on "Autumn Color Maintenance" Saturday, Sept. 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Fall gardening practices covered include selecting and planting bulbs and annuals, pruning, mulching and composting. Fee is $45 for nonmembers, $35 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org.
GREENING BAY AREA LANDSCAPES ... The Bay-Friendly Landscaping and Gardening Coalition is hosting a sustainable landscaping conference, "Transforming Urban Landscapes to Protect Our Water Resources," Friday, Sept. 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Mary's Event Center, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. The conference is aimed at landscape professionals, as well as government officials and urban gardening enthusiasts. Topics include storm-water and gray-water use, pest management and designing water- and energy-efficient landscapes. Information: www.bayfriendlycoalition.org/2010Conference.shtml or info@BayFriendlyCoalition.org.
MEDITERRANEAN DIET ... Cindy Roberts will teach a cooking class called "Mediterranean by the Sea," featuring three fish entrees with accompanying couscous and mushroom side dishes, on Monday, Sept. 13, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Cost is $50. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org.