Palo Alto Weekly

Real Estate - August 19, 2011

Home Front for Aug. 19:

TALK ABOUT TREES ... Matt Ritter, author of "A Californian's Guide to the Trees Among Us" and a botany professor at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, will give a free tree talk and guided tour on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon at Gamble Garden Carriage House, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Sponsored by Canopy, Ritter's talk will include photographs, stories, history, as well as cultivation and identification tips for Palo Alto's trees. Information: http://canopytrees-efbevent.eventbrite.com/

ORCHID CARE ... Mark Pendleton, managing grower at Brookside Orchids in Menlo Park, will be the guest speaker for The Garden Club of Los Altos on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 1:30 p.m. He will talk about orchid care and demonstrate repotting techniques. Cost for guests is $5. The group meets at Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos. Information: 650-938-9275

LOOK MA, NO CALORIES ... Jeanne Maniscalco and Barbara Kedell will teach a class called "Desserts Without Calories: Faux Desserts from Flowers" on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Students will learn to make flower arrangements posing as cakes, sundaes and other sweets. Cost, which includes all classroom materials, is $80 for nonmembers, $65 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org

LOCAL HELP ... Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage will hold its annual Habitat for Humanity fundraiser, which raised more than $100,000 last year to help build 32 homes for local low-income families, through Aug. 31. Goal for this year's "Homes and Hope" raffle exceeds $350,000. Tickets, at $2 each, are available at all local Coldwell Banker offices. Information: www.CaliforniaMoves.com

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