Palo Alto Weekly

Real Estate - October 25, 2013

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COMPOST BASICS ... The City of Palo Alto is holding a free compost workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. At the workshop, the Earth Machine™ compost bin and worm bin and composting accessories will be available for sale. Information: http://tinyurl.com/kwllp9x or 408-918-4640

ULTIMATE REPURPOSING ... The 5th Annual FabMo Textile Art Boutique will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. Expect to find more than 50 exhibitors with handmade creations — shlep bags, art dolls, baby gifts, runners, and much more — all made with FabMo giveaway materials. Information: www.fabmo.org

NEW CAMELLIAS ... Hybridizer John Wang will present a free, illustrated talk, "Camellias and Me," about his numerous trips to China for camellia research at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28. Sponsored by the San Francisco Peninsula Camellia Society, the program takes place at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1435 Madison Ave., Redwood City. Information: sfpcscamellias@gmail.com

NO FOOD WASTE ... Laura Stec, a chef, educator and blogger for The Almanac, will teach a couple of free workshops dealing with creating delicious meals while reducing waste, both sponsored by City of Palo Alto's ZeroWaste program. "Leftover Makeover" will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2, and "Fabulous Dishes, No Shopping Required" on Saturday, Dec. 14, both from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Focus of each workshop is reworking leftovers plus getting tips to prevent waste in the first place; each involves a cooking demo, food samples and a raffle. Information: Pre-register at 650-496-5910 to find out location of workshops; or visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/foodwaste or email zerowaste@cityofpaloalto.org

SMALL FOOD GARDEN DINING ... Pam Peirce, author of "Golden Gate Gardening" and "Wildly Successful Plants: Northern California," will offer a class on "Dining Gloriously from a Small Food Garden" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The class will deal with choosing and timing plantings and will include easy recipes (with handouts). A book signing will follow the class. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org

PRESERVING ANTIQUES ... Ottmar Umhofer will teach a class on the "Care and Preservation of Antique Furniture" from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Palo Alto High School, Room 1701, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Umhofer, a professional conservator, will deal with early warning signs of damage, cleaning techniques and preparation for moving and storage. Cost is $40. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org

BEHIND THE SCENES ... Mosaic artist Stephanie Jurs, who studied Roman and Byzantine design in Ravenna, Italy, and with her partner Robert Stout formed the business Twin Dolphins Mosaics, will offer an "educational conversation" and viewing of her projects from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Harrell Remodeling Design Center, 1954 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. Inspiration for their artistic tiles comes from nature, as well as astrophysics, fluid dynamics and biological science. The event is free, but RSVPs are required by Oct. 25. Information: 650-230-2900

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