Palo Alto Weekly

Real Estate - June 15, 2012

Home Front for June 15:

SAVE WATER, TIME ... Sherri Osaka, landscape architect and owner of Sustainable Landscape Design, will offer a class on "Lawn Alternatives to Save Water, Time, and Money" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The class will deal with rebates for removing lawns, what to replace them with and how to do it. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org

GROW, THEN COOK ... Ursula Gallichotte, professional chef and cooking instructor, will teach a class on "Cooking from the Summer Garden" from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, at Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Cost is $80 for nonmembers, $65 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org

SOLAR POWER BASICS ... Lindsay Joye and Kevin Carley, from City of Palo Alto Utilities Marketing Services, will teach a class on "Solar Power 101: Solar Electric Basics" from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, at the Lucie Stern Community Center Ballroom, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The workshop will review how photovoltaic systems work and what they cost, including rebate programs and federal solar-tax credits. Participants are asked to bring information on their average monthly kilowatt-hours and cost to the workshop. The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required. Information: 650-329-2241 or www.cityofpaloalto.org/workshops

COOKING CLASSES ... Hands-on cooking classes at Sur La Table, #57 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, include: "Knife Skills with Wusthof" (Saul Flores, Saturday, June 16, 11 a.m., $100); "Date Night: Easy and Elegant Summer Feast" (Kim Henderson, Saturday, June 16, 5 p.m., $79); "Fantastic Homemade Ice Cream" (Molly Moon, Sunday, June 17, 11 a.m., $69); "Sweet and Spicy on the Grill" (Michelle Martin, Monday, June 18, 6:30 p.m., $69); "Martha Stewart's American Favorites" (Will VanBrackle, Wednesday, June 20, 6:30 p.m., $69); "Quick Dinners from the Italian Pantry" (Saul Flores, Thursday, June 21, 6:30 p.m., $69); and "Date Night: Grill It!" (Will VanBrackle, Friday, June 22, 6:30 p.m., $85). Information: 650-289-0438 or email Cooking073@surlatable.com

WHACK INVASIVE PLANTS ... Volunteers are needed every Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon to remove invasive, non-native plants — including yellow starthistle and French broom — at Foothills Park. Friends of Foothill Park volunteers meet at the Orchard Glen picnic area, but are advised to check the website, www.fofpark.org, in case the group is heading for more remote areas of the park. Information: Bob Roth at 650-321-7882 or bobroth@lavabit.com

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