Palo Alto Weekly

Real Estate - June 6, 2014

Home Front for June 6:

PRUNING AS ART ... Arborist Brian Kempf will offer a free, two-part workshop on "The Art of Young Tree Pruning - Spanish & English." Part I, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, will include 1.5 hours of classroom training followed by 2.5 hours of hands-on field training. Part II, with a choice of Thursdays, June 12 or 19, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. or Saturdays, June 14 or 21, from 9 a.m. to noon, will take the form of field sessions with hands-on pruning practice at area schools, parks and neighborhoods, as well as coaching from arborists. Participants should bring their own gloves and pruning shears. Information: Canopy at 650-964-6110 or canopy.org

NEED FIXING? ... The next Repair Cafe Palo Alto, where one can bring anything from bikes, computers and small appliances to ripped jeans or broken jewelry, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 8, at the Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Information: www.RepairCafe-PaloAlto.org

SUMMER GARDENING ... Professional landscaper Sherri Bohan will offer a class on "Gardening in Summer" from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays, June 11 to July 16, at Cubberley Community Center, A-2, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Emphasis is on growing vegetable and flower gardens, using water-saving techniques. Cost is $40. Information: 650-329-3752 or paadultschool.org

LEARN TO SEW ... Christine Hopkins will teach a class on "Beginning Sewing" from 8 to 10 p.m. on Thursdays, June 12 to July 10, at the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium, 600 Alma St., Menlo Park. The class covers the basics, from selecting and reading a pattern to laying out, cutting and then sewing two projects in class. Cost is $85 for nonresidents, $64 for Menlo Park residents, plus a $5 materials fee payable to the instructor; rental machines are available for use during class for $20. Information: 650-330-2200, menlopark.org or csd@menlopark.org

GARDEN LUNCHEON ... Gamble Garden, at 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto, holds monthly "Garden Fresh Luncheons" between noon and 1:30 p.m. (next one is Wednesday, June 11), followed by a complimentary docent-led tour through the garden at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $25 for nonmembers, $20 for members, with reservations required; 60 percent of the cost is a donation. Information (and reservations): 650-329-1356

SUMMER PLANT CLINIC ... UCCE Master Gardeners will offer a free, walk-in plant clinic from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Topics covered include choosing warm-weather veggies, caring for tomatoes, managing water, soil, plant nutrition, organic pest control and more. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or mastergardeners.org

PALO ALTO'S PAINTED LADIES ... Has someone done an outstanding job of painting their home in a unique manner? Does Palo Alto have its own version of "painted ladies," a la San Francisco's Pacific Heights? Send information (addresses) to Carol Blitzer at cblitzer@paweekly.com, and the Weekly will check it out.

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