GUSSY UP A CAKE? ... Christine Hopkins will teach a class on "Cake Decorating: Level I" on Mondays, Jan. 9 to Feb. 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Students will learn how to make roses, level a cake, make icing and make decorative touches, such as stars, shells or even clowns. Nonresident registration begins Dec. 19. Fees are $85 for nonresidents, $64 for Menlo Park residents; supplies may be purchased from the instructor. Information: 650-330-2209, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.menlopark.org
RESTORE HABITAT ... — including removing invasive plants, planting native plants and building habitat structures — at the Pearson Arastradero Preserve, 1530 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers (if under 12 must be accompanied by an adult) meet at the buildings next to the parking lot, bring a reusable water bottle and dress in sturdy shoes and long pants. Tools and gloves are provided. Information: www.acterra.org or 650-962-9876
A GIFT FOR YOURSELF? ... Christine Palen will teach a class called "Organize Your Office: From Chaos to Control" on Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Palo Alto High School, Room 305, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Palen teaches motivational workshops focusing on priorities, productivity and values-based schedule-planning. She will teach how to create simple paper-flow systems, to streamline emails and to gain control of time. Cost is $35 plus a $5 materials fee payable to the instructor. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org
DUMP APPLIANCES? ... GreenCitizen, located at 161 Homer Ave., Palo Alto, is now accepting large appliances, including refrigerators, freezers, washers and dryers, stoves and microwave ovens for free recycling. GreenCitizen is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information (and a complete list of acceptable items): http://greencitizen.com/what_we_recycle.php
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