MAKER FAIRE ... The Bay Area Maker Faire, showcasing creative people in the areas of science and technology, engineering, food, and arts and crafts, will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, at the San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. Tickets are $12-$50. Information: http://makerfaire.com
CUT FLOWERS ... Nancy Garrison, whose work on sunflowers has been featured in Sunset Magazine, will offer a class on "Growing Cut Flowers" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Garrison, who will include a slide show, will focus on flowers that do well in arrangements, including purple orach, amaranths, alstroemerias, purple millet, peonies, long-stemmed roses, and more. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org
A PAIR OF GARDEN CLASSES ... Mimi Clarke, formerly lead horticulturist at Filoli and now of Fiddle Fern Landscaping, will teach two classes on Saturday, May 19, at Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. "Garden Design for Summer Display," from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will deal with working with the space one has and selecting the right plants for that space. "Pruning Spring Bloomers," from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., will deal with pruning rhododendrons, azaleas, lilacs, forsythia, quince and more. Cost for each class is $40 for nonmembers, $35 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org
HONORING ELDERS ... On Sunday, May 20, 100-year plaques will be officially conferred on homes built in 1912, including: 179 Bryant St., 622 Cabrillo Ave. (Stanford), 1238 Cowper St., 771 Hamilton Ave., 575 Kellogg St., 559 Kingsley Ave., 707 and 752 Middlefield Road, 436 and 750 Palo Alto Ave., 1000 Ramona St. and 734 Waverley St. In addition, another 12 houses have been identified as built before 1912, including 2230 Amherst St., 1451 Cowper St., 1456 Edgewood Drive, 357 Fulton St., 329 and 331 Lincoln Ave., 520 Tennyson Ave., 765 University Ave., and 121, 1020, 1303 and 1321 Waverley St. The 17th Annual Preservation Awards Ceremony will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Palo Alto Woman's Club, 475 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Guest speaker is Jacqueline Proctor, author of "Bay Area Beauty: The Artistry of Harold G. Stoner, Architect." Information: www.pastheritage.org/
SHADE LOVERS ... Frank Niccoli, owner of The Village Gardener and faculty member of the Ornamental Horticultural Program at Foothill College, will lead a "Shade Loving Plant Walk" from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 24, 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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