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Palo Alto Weekly

Real Estate - May 13, 2011

Home Front

YUMMY FRUITS ... UC Master Gardener Nancy Garrison will teach a class on how to "Grow Unusual, Delicious Fruits in the Bay Area" on Saturday, May 14, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. The free class will demonstrate how to grow such exotic fruits as Chilean guava, white sapote, paw paws and mulberries. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners.org

TREE WALK ... Arborist Robert Booty will lead a free tree walk through the Palo Verde neighborhood on Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at Palo Verde Elementary School, 3450 Louis Road, Palo Alto. To register, email sharon@canopy.org; for a self-guided walk, visit www.canopy.org

KID-FRIENDLY GARDENING ... Noelle Marquis will talk about "Kid-Friendly Water Wise Gardening" on Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The free class is offered by the Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency. Information: 650-349-3000 for exact location in Mountain View.

ORGANIC VEGGIES ... Jody Main, food and garden writer, will offer a class on "Organic Vegetable Gardening" on Saturday, May 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The class deals with practical information on planting and caring for vegetables and herbs organically; class includes a six-pack garden, plant list and recipes. Cost is $31 plus a $7 materials fee. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org or http://organicvegetablegardening.eventbrite.com/

WHOLE HOUSE ... Harrell Remodeling will offer a workshop on "Whole House/Major Additions" on Wednesday, May 18, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at 1954 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. Information: 650-230-2900 or www.harrell-remodeling.com

RHODIE PALS? ... Bee Brown, president of the De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, will talk about what plants grow well next to rhododendrons on Wednesday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m. The group meets in Room 12 of the Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Information: www.deanza-ars.com

HOUSES SELL HERE ... Several local Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices were named among the top producing of the 750 Coldwell Banker offices in the nation, according to a press release. Among the top earners: Menlo Park Santa Cruz office was ranked number one ($342 million in home sales, nearly 300 buyers and sellers), and the Palo Alto Midtown office ranked seventh ($124 million in sales, 120 buyers and sellers) among small offices with 1 to 35 agents; the Woodside/Portola Valley office ranked number one ($400 million in sales, 180 transactions) among offices with 36 to 50 agents; Menlo Park El Camino office ranked second ($583 million in sales, nearly 410 buyers and sellers) and Palo Alto Downtown office ranked seventh ($390 million in sales, 325 transactions) among offices with 51 to 100 agents; and the Los Altos office ranked eighth among offices with more than 101 agents ($592 million in sales, nearly 600 transactions).

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