Palo Alto Weekly

Real Estate - April 4, 2014

Home Front for April 4:

IRRIGATION BASICS ... The City of Palo Alto is offering a free workshop with Lori Palmquist, "Irrigation Basics for Homeowners," from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 5, at Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The workshop will cover the components and layout of the irrigation system, common problems, basic maintenance and how to maintain appropriate irrigation of trees without using a lot of water. Information: Reservations are required (tinyurl.com/l3n7std); 650-329-2241.

GROWING BLUEBERRIES ... UC Master Gardeners will offer a free workshop on growing blueberries from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or mastergardeners.org

MORE BEAUTY/LESS WATER ... Landscaper/designer Deva Luna will offer advice on how to garden using the least amount of water, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Luna will cover reducing the size of a lawn, sheet mulching and improving soil, as well as show pictures of successful water-wise gardens. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org

EASY PEASY DINNERS ... Yannette Edwards will teach a class on "Easy Peasy Spring Dinners" from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, at Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Spring dishes include Pan Seared Perfect Chicken with mango salsa; Tuna Capri Style with pistachios and capers; Grape and Cantaloupe Soup; and Lime, Cilantro and Tomato Pasta. Plan to watch, participate and sample. Cost is $50. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org

WE'RE #2 ... Palo Alto was second only to Los Gatos in "luxury" home sales in February, according to Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage's Silicon Valley Luxury Housing Market Report. Palo Alto had 18 sales of homes for more than $1.5 million (Los Gatos had 19), followed by Los Altos with 14, Saratoga with 12, San Jose and Mountain View with nine each, and Cupertino with eight. Homes sold on average in less than 29 days and sellers received an average of 106 percent of asking price, according to the report. The most expensive house sold in February was a 7,500-square-foot wonder in Los Altos that went for $9,888,000.

FREE FABRIC The next FabMo free fabric distribution event is Thursday, April 10, 4:30 to 8 p.m.; Friday, April 11, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 12, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are required, to help manage the crowds (Email gather.fabrix@me.com with preferred date and time), but some drop-in hours are included. The distribution, with a requested donation, takes place at 2423 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. Volunteer greeters and sorters are also needed. Information: www.fabmo.org

USE LESS WATER ... Master gardener Roberta Barnes will offer a free workshop on "Making the most of your irrigation system" from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 11, at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Tips, component upgrades, mulching and composting will be discussed. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or mastergardeners.org

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