PRUNING FOR BEAUTY ... Master Gardener Roberta Barnes will demonstrate the three basic cuts — pruning, thinning and shearing — to shape shrubs in a talk called "Pruning to Maintain Natural Form and Beauty" on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The free talk will be held at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. She will also discuss deadwooding, the futility of trying to suppress a shrub's natural size and the best time to prune shrubs. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners.org
CHRISTMAS AT OUR HOUSE ... The 23rd annual holiday home tour put on by the Women's Club at Saint Francis High School kicks off with a Gala preview Party on Thursday, Dec. 1, which includes a twilight tour ($125), followed by the tour of three homes in Los Altos Hills and Los Altos decorated for the holidays on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ($40) and luncheon ($30). Proceeds benefit The Campaign for Saint Francis High School. Information: 650-968-1213, ext. 701, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.sfhs.com/parents/womens-club/christas-at-our-house
FINISHING TOUCHES ... Four homes in the Atherton area will be featured in the fourth annual fine-home tour, "Finishing Touches: A Holiday Tour of Fine Homes & Boutique," sponsored by the Junior League of Palo Alto*Mid Peninsula, which includes a Mistletoe & Martini event at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and a house tour on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour begins with check-in at the Rosewood Sand Hill, 2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, with the last shuttle leaving at 3 p.m. Cost is $40 in advance, $45 day of tour for shuttle-driven tour; $65 for self-driven tour; luncheon (which includes a Friday self-driven tour ticket), $125; Mistletoe & Martinis (includes Saturday shuttle-driven tour ticket), $135; Designers' Breakfast (Saturday only, includes designer-guided tour), $125. Information: www.juniorleaguehometour.com
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