HISTORICAL WALKING TOURS ... To celebrate Historic Preservation Month, Palo Alto Stanford Heritage is sponsoring several walking tours in Palo Alto beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, meeting at the corner of Homer Avenue and Cowper Street; 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, meeting at Addison Avenue and Bryant Street; and at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, meeting at City Hall Plaza. Information: www.pastheritage.org
A LA CARTE & ART ... Mountain View's annual street fair, A La Carte & Art, will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, along Castro Street between Church Street and Evelyn Avenue. Highlights are a juried art show with 200 exhibitors, artisan food purveyors, green products showcase, food and drink, a classic car show, kids' activities and home and garden exhibits. Admission and parking are free. Information: 650-964-3395 or www.miramarevents.com
COOKING, NOLA STYLE ... Yannette Fichou Edwards will teach a cooking class called "Uptown New Orleans" from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, in Room 103 of Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. The class, which will deal with lower-calorie NOLA (New Orleans, La.) cuisine, will include barbecue shrimp in a spicy red sauce, smoked Gouda cheese grits, blackened chicken pan-seared with Cajun spices and Bourbon pecan crème brulee. Come prepared to cook and taste. Cost is $50. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org
THEY MAKE HOUSE CALLS ... Acterra is seeking volunteers to train to become home energy specialists, who learn all about installing energy-saving devices and help residents cut energy use. A two-evening training for Acterra's Green@Home program will take place from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, and Tuesday, May 15. Information: Lisa Dorn at Acterra, 650-962-9876 ext. 380 or LisaD@acterra.org
FREE FABRIC ... The next FabMo free fabric distribution event is Thursday, May 10 , 4:30 to 8 p.m.; Friday, May 11, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 12, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are required, to help manage the crowds (Email email@example.com with preferred date and time), but some drop-in hours are included. The distribution, with a requested donation, takes place at 2423 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. Volunteer greeters and sorters are also needed. Information: www.fabmo.org
SUN LOVERS ... Frank Niccoli, owner of The Village Gardener and faculty member of the Ornamental Horticultural Program at Foothill College, will lead a "Sun Loving Plant Walk" from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 10, meeting at the Gamble Garden Carriage House, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. The walk-and-talk class, which will deal with identifying woody and herbaceous sun-loving plants, takes place outside in Gamble's gardens. Cost is $35 for nonmembers, $25 for members. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org
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