CRAFT SWAP ... and demos will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, at Opal'z, 719 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. There's no admission charge; simply bring leftover art, craft, office supplies, books, tools to swap with fabrics, cards, stickers, papers, baubles, etc. Demonstrations will include paper beads, lip balm, packaging and T-shirt crafts. Please note that the location is upstairs and not wheelchair accessible and there are perfumes and other aromas present at Opal'z. Information: www.transitionpaloalto.org/projects/craft-swap or email Rani at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RHODIES FROM CHINA ... Steve Hootman, director of the Rhododendron Species Foundation, will talk about his latest rhododendron species discoveries from southern China at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, for the De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society. The group meets in Room 12 of the Hillview Community Center, 87 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Information: www.rhodygarden.org or www.deanza-ars.com
YEAR ROUND VEGGIES ... Master Gardeners will offer a free workshop on "Veggies Year Round: Creating a Spring Vegetable Garden" from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Tips will be offered on preparing wet soil, direct seeding and transplanting. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners.org
NEW QUARTER, NEW SKILLS ... Palo Alto Adult School is offering a variety of ways to hone one's home skills, including "Floral Design with Ikebana" (Thanh Kosen Nguyen, 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, March 20-May 29; Greendell P2, $70); "How to Manage Your Kitchen or Bath Remodel" (Mollyanne Sherman, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, March 20-May 1, Palo Alto High School Room 1701, $75 plus a $30 materials fee); "Gardening in Spring" (Sherri Bohan, 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, March 21-June 6, Cubberley A-2, $50); "Garden Design for Homeowners" (Cristine Mortensen, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 20-May 1, Palo Alto High School Room 1707, $84); "Upholstering: Basic Techniques" (Marjorie DuBois, Ann Laveroni, Kathleen Koenig, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays or Thursdays, March 20-May 29 or March 22-May 31, Palo Alto High School Upholstering Room 904, $195 each section); as well as a variety of woodworking classes. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org