Palo Alto Weekly

Real Estate - September 16, 2011

Home Front for Sept. 16:

HOW TO SELL CRAFTS ... FabMo is offering a free workshop on "How to Sell Your Handcrafted Creations at FabMo's Boutique (or anywhere else)" on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 9:30 a.m. at 2423 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. The workshop will cover pricing, talking to customers, marketing, sales tax and permits and creating effective displays. FabMo's Third Annual Textile Art Boutique will be held Oct. 22 in Menlo Park (and table registration is open until Sept. 26). Information: Register at 222.schedule.fabmo.org or email fabmotab@gmail.com

THE DIRT ON DIRT ... Mark House, assistant garden manager at the Ecology Action headquarters in Willits, Calif., will teach a couple of classes on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. "Introduction to Grow Biointensive," from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will deal with principles of deep soil preparation, composting and soil-building, intensive and companion planting, carbon and calorie farming and use of open-pollinated seeds. "Composting," from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., covers effectively recycling kitchen scraps, maximizing carbon and nitrogen in the pile. Students should bring a 5-gallon bucket of green material (grass clippings, weeds or non-meat kitchen scraps). Each class costs $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org

TOURING OLD MOUNTAIN VIEW ... Five recently remodeled homes in Old Mountain View will be on tour on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. as a fundraiser for the Mountain View Educational Foundation. Experts and designers will be on hand to talk about the transformations of traditional, modern, Japanese, eclectic and contemporary homes. Tickets are $25 online or $30 day of tour (if available; check at 360 Velarde St., Mountain View). Information: mvef.ejoinme.org/housetour

HARVEST SEASON DINNER ... Lou Pappas will offer a participation-style cooking class — "An Indian Summer Dinner" — on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the Gamble Garden Carriage House, 1431 Waverley St., Palo alto. Menu features hot pesto-stuffed mushrooms, basil olive tapenade, smoked salmon and pickled ginger on cucumber slices, tomato bounty salad, chicken breasts stuffed with zucchini and goat cheese, corn on the cob, peach-berry cobbler and wine. Participants are asked to bring excess tomatoes from their garden. Cost is $55 for nonmembers, $45 for members. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org

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