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Real Estate - October 14, 2011

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SAVE SEEDS, PLAN GARDEN ... Carol Cox, who managed the research garden at Ecology Action in Willits for nearly 20 years, will teach a pair of classes on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. "How to Save Your Own Seeds," from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., deals with basic principles; students are asked to bring "How to Grow More Vegetables," 7th edition. From 2 to 4 p.m. Cox will deal with "Planning Your Garden with Master Charts," dealing with how to calculate the amount of seed needed for space available, number of flats needed, when to sow and when to transplant. Each class costs $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org

THRIVING ORCHIDS ... Mark Pendleton, managing grower at Brookside Nursery in Menlo Park, will teach "The Basics of Home Orchid Care" on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. He will show how to use a repotting kit — with a new pot, stakes and bark. Bring an orchid to repot. Fee, which includes a repotting kit, is $65 for nonmembers, $50 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org

MENLO PARK SIDEWALK FAIR ... The 15th annual Menlo Park Sidewalk Fine Arts and Crafts Fall Fest takes place Friday, Oct. 14 through Sunday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., along Santa Cruz Avenue, off El Camino Real. More than 90 artists and craftspeople will display original works, including artwork, jewelry, handcrafted soap, children's clothing, photography and toys. Information: the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce at 650-325-2818 or Pacific Fine Arts at 209-267-4394 or www.pacificfinearts.com

HEADS UP FOR HOLIDAYS ... The 14th annual "Holidays on a High Note" fundraiser will be held Monday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane, Atherton. The event, which includes 25 tables set by local interior and landscape designers, lunch and a silent auction, is a fundraiser for the Foothill Auxiliary to Peninsula Family Service. Tickets are $100. Information (and tickets): eileen8436@yahoo.com (include Holidays on a High Note in subject line)

DAFFODILS, TULIPS AND MORE ... Marde Ross, a distributor and importer of flowering bulbs in Glen Ellen, will teach the "What, Where, Why, How, and When to Plant Daffodils, Tulips, and Peonies" on Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Gamble Garden Carriage House, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Ross will illustrate her talk with slides while talking about the best bulbs for this climate and which plants are good companions. Cost is $35 for nonmembers, $25 for members. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org

WHAT'S FLITTIN' AROUND? ... Jan Washburn, a garden docent at the University of California botanical garden, will talk about the evolution and ecology of butterflies and moths of the Bay Area at the next meeting of the De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. The group meets in Room 12 of the Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. No admission fee. Information: www.deanza-ars.com

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