Palo Alto Weekly

Real Estate - November 11, 2011

Home Front for Nov. 11:

HEALTHY OAKS ... UC Master Gardener David Peterson will talk about "How to Keep Oak Trees Healthy" on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. The free class will deal with protecting urban oak trees from common landscaping errors, e.g., dangerous watering. Topics include compatible planting, oak diseases, sudden oak death, growth habits, watering and how to avoid conditions that can damage native oak trees. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners.org

FALL COLORS ... Arborist Jeff Newborn will lead a free tree walk on Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m. to noon, through the Downtown North neighborhood, focusing on fall colors. Meet at the corner of Hawthorne Avenue and Kipling Street, Palo Alto. Information: www.canopy.org or 650-964-6110

GRAY INTO GREEN ... Sherri Osaka, owner of Sustainable Landscape Designs and co-founder of the Sustainable Landscape Roundtable, will teach a class on "Graywater for a Green Garden" on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The class will cover new codes that allow more flexibility in watering a garden with graywater, as well as assembling and maintaining an inexpensive system. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org

CANDY MAKING ... Just in time to make holiday gifts, Yannette Fichou Edwards will teach "Candy Making for the Holidays" on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. She'll teach — through demonstration, participation and sampling — how to create Chocolate Bourbon Balls, White Chocolate Peppermint Bark, Classic English Toffee and Peanut Brittle. Students are asked to bring containers for leftovers. Cost is $50. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org

FALL CENTERPIECES ... Master Gardener Roberta Barnes will show how to make "Fall Centerpieces" on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Avenidas senior center, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Barnes will be using natural materials, including dried greens, autumn leaves and flowers; participants are asked to bring a bowl or basket (not tall vases). Cost is $10 for nonmembers, $8 for members. Information: www.avenidas.org or 650-289-5400

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