Palo Alto Weekly

Real Estate - November 25, 2011

Home Front for Nov. 25:

STAYING AT HOME ... Avenidas Village will hold open houses on Monday, Nov. 28, from 1 to 4 p.m., and Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Avenidas senior center, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Avenidas Village is a "virtual retirement community," designed to help people stay in their homes as they age. The program is open to adults age 50 and over who live in Palo Alto and surrounding cities. Membership is $825 per year for one person, or $1,050 for a couple. Information: 650-289-5405 or eguare@avenidas.org or www.avenidas.org

PRUNING FOR BEAUTY ... Master Gardener Roberta Barnes will demonstrate the three basic cuts — pruning, thinning and shearing — to shape shrubs in a talk called "Pruning to Maintain Natural Form and Beauty" on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The free talk will be held at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. She will also discuss deadwooding, the futility of trying to suppress a shrub's natural size and the best time to prune shrubs. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners.org

CHRISTMAS AT OUR HOUSE ... The 23rd annual holiday home tour put on by the Women's Club at Saint Francis High School kicks off with a Gala preview Party on Thursday, Dec. 1, which includes a twilight tour ($125), followed by the tour of three homes in Los Altos Hills and Los Altos decorated for the holidays on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ($40) and luncheon ($30). Proceeds benefit The Campaign for Saint Francis High School. Information: 650-968-1213, ext. 701, caoh@sfhs.com or www.sfhs.com/parents/womens-club/christas-at-our-house

FINISHING TOUCHES ... Four homes in the Atherton area will be featured in the fourth annual fine-home tour, "Finishing Touches: A Holiday Tour of Fine Homes & Boutique," sponsored by the Junior League of Palo Alto*Mid Peninsula, which includes a Mistletoe & Martini event at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and a house tour on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour begins with check-in at the Rosewood Sand Hill, 2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, with the last shuttle leaving at 3 p.m. Cost is $40 in advance, $45 day of tour for shuttle-driven tour; $65 for self-driven tour; luncheon (which includes a Friday self-driven tour ticket), $125; Mistletoe & Martinis (includes Saturday shuttle-driven tour ticket), $135; Designers' Breakfast (Saturday only, includes designer-guided tour), $125. Information: www.juniorleaguehometour.com

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