ORCHID CARE ... Mark Pendleton, managing grower at Brookside Orchids in Menlo Park, will be the guest speaker for The Garden Club of Los Altos on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 1:30 p.m. He will talk about orchid care and demonstrate repotting techniques. Cost for guests is $5. The group meets at Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos. Information: 650-938-9275
LOOK MA, NO CALORIES ... Jeanne Maniscalco and Barbara Kedell will teach a class called "Desserts Without Calories: Faux Desserts from Flowers" on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Students will learn to make flower arrangements posing as cakes, sundaes and other sweets. Cost, which includes all classroom materials, is $80 for nonmembers, $65 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org
LOCAL HELP ... Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage will hold its annual Habitat for Humanity fundraiser, which raised more than $100,000 last year to help build 32 homes for local low-income families, through Aug. 31. Goal for this year's "Homes and Hope" raffle exceeds $350,000. Tickets, at $2 each, are available at all local Coldwell Banker offices. Information: www.CaliforniaMoves.com
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