CREATING AN HERB GARDEN ... Jody Main, food and garden writer and educator, will offer a class on "Starting an Herb Garden" from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Participants will take home recipes, a plant list and cuttings and seeds after they learn how to plant and use garden herbs. Cost is $42. Information: 650-493-6072 or commongroundinpaloalto.org
DON'T KNOW A RAKE FROM A SHOVEL? ... Hidden Villa is offering a class for adults called "Gardening for Beginners" from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, June 29, at 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. The class covers the basics, in a guided Q&A format. Cost is $10 per person. Information: 650-949-8650 or hiddenvilla.org
HANDS-ON COOKING ... Classes at Sur La Table, #57 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, include "Great Grilled Seafood" (Katherine Bowman, Wednesday, July 2, 6:30 p.m., $79); "Secrets for Perfectly Grilled Steak" (Katherine Bowman, Thursday, July 3, 6:30 p.m., $85); "10 Skills Every Cook Should Know" (Samantha Miotke, Saturday, July 5, 10 a.m., $69); "Secrets of Perfect Macarons" (Samantha Miotke, Saturday, July 5, 1:30 p.m., $69); and "Date Night: Great Summer Cooking" (Nicole Henri, Saturday, July 5, 6:30 p.m., $79). Information: 650-289-0438 or Cooking073@surlatable.com
GOING UP, UP, UP ... The most expensive home sold in Silicon Valley in May was a $15 million wonder in Palo Alto (five bedrooms, seven baths, 5,200 square feet), according to the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage luxury report. Most luxury sales (more than $1.5 million) were in Los Altos (47), with Palo Alto closely trailing (45). Homes are selling quickly, on average in 19.3 days. And, sellers received an average of 109 percent of asking prices, according to the report.
WEED WARRIORS ... Volunteers are needed to restore habitat at the Pearson-Arastradero Preserve every Wednesday from 2 p.m. until sunset. Meet at the Gateway Facility, down the trail from the Pearson-Arastradero Preserve parking lot at 1530 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, just north of Page Mill Road. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org