RUMMAGE SALE ... The Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Auxiliary holds a rummage sale on the third Friday of the month (11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 17) and the following Saturday, Feb. 18) (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) at 1228 Douglas Ave., Redwood City. Information: 650-497-8332
BRAIDED RUGS, BASKETS ... Arlene Magarian will teach a workshop on "Braided Rug & Basket Making" from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the FabMo Workshop Annex, 2423 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. A simple technique will be demonstrated to start a project — rug, seat mat, pet bed, basket, meditation/dance mat, for example — from recycled materials. Cost is $40. Information: www.fabmo.org, click on workshops.
ALL ABOUT MAPLES ... Bruce Andrews of Grateful Gardens Landscaping Co. will address the De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22. His topic is aesthetic pruning of Japanese maples and other plants. The group meets in Room 12 of the Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Information: www.deanza-ars.com
SOUPS ON ... Cindy Roberts will teach a class on "Sumptuous Soups from Around the World" from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, in Room 103, Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. The class will cover basic chicken stocks, healthy (non-cream) thickening techniques, as well as a menu that includes Thai Curry Butternut Squash Soup, Avgolemono Soup and Mexican Lentil Soup. Come prepared to watch, cook and sample. Cost is $50. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org
ALL ABOUT LAWNS ... UC Master Gardeners will give a free talk, "All About Lawns: Lawn Care & Replacing Your Lawn" from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Designed for both those who tend their own lawns and for those with landscaping services, the talk will include tips on saving water and replacement options, such as low-water grasses, other ground covers, trees, shrubs and flowering plants. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners.org