HOLIDAY GREENS SALE ... Gamble Garden's flower arrangers will offer holiday arrangements — either in your container or one you purchase on sale day, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Tea House at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Container drop off is at the Main House between 8 and 11 a.m., or 1 to 2 p.m., between Monday, Dec. 9, and Friday, Dec. 13, with pick up on sale day. Cost for the arrangements range from $30 to $50. All proceeds benefit Gamble Garden. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org
CREEKSIDE PLANTING ... Volunteers of any age (with minors under 18 requiring a signed waiver and children 12 and under requiring an accompanying adult) are needed for a workday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at El Palo Alto Park, at intersection of Alma Street and Palo Alto Avenue. Part of the Acterra Stewardship Program, volunteers will be helping to restore the food chain by planting along the banks of San Francisquito Creek. Parking is best on the Menlo Park side of Alma, near East Creek Drive. Volunteers are asked to bring a reusable water bottle and to wear sturdy shoes and long pants. Gloves and tools will be provided. Information: www.acterra.org
BE PREPARED ... Sometimes the idea of preparing one's family for a major disaster can be overwhelming. Do 1 Thing is a 12-month program that offers simple steps to make a plan and create emergency kits for home, car or workplace. November's theme was "emergency supplies" while December focuses on first aid. For a description of the whole year's worth of tips, visit http://do1thing.com//things
COLLECTION DRIVE KICK-OFF ... Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage kicked off its annual Toys for Tots and One Warm Coat collection drives, which run through Dec. 13. People may drop off new, unwrapped toys, which will be distributed through the United States Marine Corps, as well as new or gently used winter clothing items — coats, sweaters, jackets, sweatshirts, hats, mittens, towels and blankets which will be distributed by local organizations. Drop-off points include Coldwell Banker offices in Palo Alto (630 Ramona St. and 2754 Middlefield Road), Menlo Park (1377 El Camino Real and 930 Santa Cruz Ave.) and Woodside (2969 Woodside Road).