BACKYARD CHICKENS ... Garden writer Jody Main, who has raised backyard chickens in her organic vegetable and herb gardens for years, will teach a class on "Backyard Chickens" on Saturday, June 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. The class meets at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto, then carpools to Main's garden and hen house in Woodside. Main will talk about setting up a hen house and yard, nesting boxes, caring for chicks and favorite crops to grow for chickens. Cost is $31 plus a $7 materials fee. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org or http://backyardchickenkeeping.eventbrite.com/
MATCHBOX ART ... Kit Davey, interior designer and Palo Alto Weekly columnist, will teach a class on "Matchbox Art" on Wednesday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Greendell P6, 4120 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Participants will learn to make mini-shrines, jewelry, books, dolls, cards and more. Cost is $35 plus $7 materials fee payable to instructor in class. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org
IMPROVE EFFICIENCY ... GreenPoint rater Suzanne Emerson will lead a workshop to "Improve Your Home's Energy Efficiency" on Thursday, June 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Lucie Stern Community Center Fireside Room, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The class will cover how to perform an energy audit and offer information on home upgrades, from light bulbs to heating and cooling. Information: 650-329-2241 or www.cityofpaloalto.org/workshops
GARDEN DESIGN ... David Stevens will teach a class on "Modern Garden Design and Planting" on Saturday, June 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. The class will cover analysis of different design styles, linking interior and exterior spaces, and will include an extensive tour of Filoli's gardens. Cost is $150 for nonmembers, $125 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org
PLANT PROBLEMS? ... The Master Garden Hotline holds open hours every Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Come with clippings, questions, puzzles to be solved. Information: 650-329-1356, ext. 25.