Palo Alto Weekly

Real Estate - March 14, 2014

Home Front for March 14:

FOR TASTY TOMATOES ... Nancy Garrison, founder of the U.C. Master Gardener program, will teach a class on "Growing Great Tomatoes" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, at Palo Alto Christian Reform Church, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. She'll talk about which tomatoes have great flavor, plus trellising methods, soil preparation and what not to do. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org

GARDENING, AND MORE ... Spring quarter classes at Palo Alto Adult School include "Floral Design With Ikebana" (Thanh Kosen Nguyen, Tuesdays, March 18-May 20, 12:30-4 p.m., Greendell P-2, $75); "Gardening in Spring" (Sherri Bohan, Wednesdays, March 19-May 21, 10 a.m.-noon, Cubberley A-2, $65); "Sewing" (DeAnne Appleton, Wednesdays, March 19-May 21, 7-10 p.m., JLS, $80); and "Upholstering: Basic Techniques" (Ann Laveroni and Kathleen Koenig, Tuesdays, March 18-May 20, or Thursdays, March 20-May 22, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Palo Alto High School, $195). Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org

LAUNDRY TO LANDSCAPE ... David Coale will offer a free workshop sponsored by the Barron Park Green Team on "Graywater: Installing a Laundry to Landscape System," from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 16, at a Palo Alto home. Information: RSVP (to get address) to david@evcl.com

CARING FOR MAPLES ... Arnie Cornez, an aesthetic pruner and docent at Hakone Japanese Gardens in Saratoga, will talk about "The Maple as a Garden Feature" at the next meeting of the De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society. The group meets at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, in Room 12 of the Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Information: www.deanza-ars.com

DEMYSTIFY GARDEN DESIGN ... Billy Goodnick will teach his "Design Like a Pro™ — Demystifying the Art of Garden Design" workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, at Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. The workshop begins with the fundamentals of smart garden design, including how to choose the best plants for the area. A handout summarizes points and serves as a guide for an afternoon garden walk. Copies of the instructor's book will be available for purchase. Cost is $150 for nonmembers, $125 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org

NEED HELP WITH HOUSEHOLD TASKS? ... Volunteers from the Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS® (SILVAR) will be working all week, May 5 through May 9, to help qualified seniors do everything from flip their mattresses to caulk their windows. REALTOR® Service Volunteer Program (RSVP) has been changing furnace filters, cleaning windows, installing smoke-detector batteries and more since 2001. The deadline to apply for free assistance is Saturday, March 15. Information: 408-200-0100 or www.silvar.org for information and an application

SHARING EXPO ... Participants can bring extra garden produce, arts and crafts supplies, homemade jellies and jams, books, toys and clothes to Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto, on Sunday, March 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. to swap. Demos and skills shared will include spinning yarn, bird-language, egg decorating and kids' activities. Information: transitionpaloalto.org/sharing-expos/

BOUQUETS TO ART ... Those participating in this year's Bouquets to Art, where floral designers create arrangements inspired by the de Young Museum's permanent collection, are Kiwi DeVoy, DeVoy Designs, Atherton; Thanh Nguyen, Eclosion, and Isabella Boyer Sikaffy, Florabella, Menlo Park; Cheryl McGuire, Flair, and Joy Somersett and Charlene Schmidt, Miss Scarlett's Flowers, Portola Valley; Wendy A. Morck, Wendy Morck Design, and Pico Soriano, Pico Design, Redwood Shores; Lurline R. Coonan, Woodside/Atherton Garden Club, and Andi Mallinckrodt, Kris Forbes, Pomegranate, Woodside; Talin Tascian, Fleur de Vie Exotic Floral Designs, Los Altos; Katsuko Thielke, Hunter-Lee Flowers, Mountain View; and Constance Oakson, AIFD, The Empire of Flora, Los Altos Hills. The exhibit continues from March 17 to 23 at the de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco. Admission is $15-$22. Advance tickets are required for the luncheons and floral design demonstrations. Info: 415-750-3600 and, to order tickets, deyoungmuseum.org/bouquets

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