GARDENING FOR YOUR HEALTH ... Esther Gokhale, author of "8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back," will teach "Gardening for a Healthy Back" on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Focus will be on using good posture while weeding, lifting and pruning. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org or http://gardeningforahealthyback.eventbrite.com/.
TOO MUCH GOOD STUFF? ... Donations of art, silver, crystal, furs, jewelry, furniture, books, linens and global art are sought for next spring's "Treasure Market 2011: Vintage in Vogue," a fundraiser for the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. Fine goods from the 1920s through the 1970s are preferred this year. The warehouse, at 933 Hamilton Ave., Menlo Park, is open to receive donations on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Next year's Treasure Market is set for March 25-27. Information: email@example.com.
ZERO WASTE FOR THE HOLIDAYS? ... The City of Palo Alto is encouraging residents to edge toward zero waste during the holiday season. Some suggestions (which were stuffed into the latest utility bill) include giving an experience as a gift; giving recycled-content gifts; using reusable dinnerware at holiday parties; using reusable or recyclable decorations. Information: www.zerowastepaloalto.org.