MAKING GOOD DIRT ... UCCE Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County will offer a free class on "Building Healthy Soil" from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto. Focus will be on preparing beds and how to start composting at home. Participants are encouraged to tour the demonstration gardens after class. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or go to http://mastergardeners.org
SALAD U ... Bill Taylor, operator of Floodgate Farm, and Jaye Moscariello will teach a class on "Salad University" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The class will cover identifying cultivated and wild plants to create a 40-ingredient salad with flowers, herbs and other greens. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org
BASIC SUSHI ... Yannette Fichou Edwards will teach a class on "Sushi 101" from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, in Room 103 of Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. On the menu is Asian cabbage slaw with radishes, scallions and other crunchy ingredients; miso soup with tofu and seaweed; and a variety of maki rolls. Cost is $50, which includes sampling. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org
COOKING CLASSES ... Hands-on cooking classes at Sur La Table, #57 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, include: "Date Night: Brazilian Steakhouse Feast" (Gale Tan, Friday, April 6, 6:30 p.m., $85); and "Easter Cupcake Workshop" (Deanna Gin, Saturday, April 7, 6 p.m., $69). Information: 650-289-0438 or email Cooking073@surlatable.com
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