HEALTHY PLANTS ... Ann Northrup, who teaches horticultural classes at Foothill College and is a volunteer in the UCCE Master Gardener program in Santa Clara County, will teach a class on "A Common Sense Approach to Healthy Plants" from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 24. The class will be held in the Carriage House at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Northrup will talk about preventing problems, as well as dealing with ailing plants. Cost is $35 for nonmembers, $25 for members. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org
ORGANIC VEGGIES ... Jody Main, food and garden writer and educator, will teach an "Introduction to Organic Vegetable Gardening" from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 24, at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Main will talk about compost, mulch, fertilizer, bed preparation, companion planting, crop rotation, cover crops, pest control and more. Cost is $31, including handouts. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org
SIMPLE TASSELS ... Nancy Welch, the author of three books on tassels, will offer a workshop on making simple tassels and ropes from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, at the FabMo annex, 2423 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. Participants should bring scissors and yarn to make three tassels; yarn will also be for sale in class. Cost is $35. Information: www.fabmo.org
SPECIAL BRUNCH ... Yannette Fichou Edwards will teach how to create a "Unique Breakfast/Brunch in No Time at All!" from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27. Featured recipes include lemon-scented poppy seed muffins with a lemon glaze, fettuccini frittata with prosciutto, a smoked salmon hash with scallions and capers, and granola. The class, which includes demonstration, cooking and sampling, will be held in Room 103, Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Cost is $50. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org
TREE CARE ... Keith Reeves will offer a class on "Tree Care in Water Conserving Landscapes" from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, March 28, in the Community Room at Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The class, which is co-sponsored by the City of Palo Alto Utilities Department and the Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency, will deal with irrigation, and care and maintenance of trees even with a water-conserving design. The class is free, but pre-registration is required. On Thursday, March 29, from 7 to 9 p.m., Kevin Carley from the City of Palo Alto and Craig Rush of Horizon Energy Systems will offer an introduction to residential solar energy in the multipurpose room of Escondido School, 890 Escondido Road, Stanford. The free event — covering thermal and photovoltaic technologies, installation and Palo Alto's permitting process and rebates — is sponsored by the Escondido Green Team. Information: www.cityofpaloalto.org or 650-329-2241 or contact SvenThesen@gmail.com
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