PROTECT THE CREEK ... Acterra and the City of Palo Alto are offering a free workshop on creek-friendly home and garden practices from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 9. Meet at 730 Palo Alto Ave., Palo Alto, to meet neighbors and pick up tips on how to protect San Francisquito Creek. Topics include historical ecology, safer pesticide alternatives, erosion control, Eco Lawn and native plant alternatives. Information: www.acterra.org
TREE WALK ... Arborist John McClenahan, along with photographer Angela Buenning Filo, creator of "The Palo Alto Forest" project, will lead a free tree walk through the Old Palo Alto neighborhood from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 9, meeting at the Gamble Garden Center, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto (at the Churchill Avenue parking entrance). Bring a camera. Information: www.canopy.org
WILD PLANTS ... Drew Harwell, an edible garden and Permaculture consultant, will talk about "Wild Plants as Food, Medicine and Soil Indicators" from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The class begins with a slide show, then ventures out to a local garden to learn about edible weeds. Cost is $44. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org
ICING ON THE CAKE ... Christine Hopkins will teach "Cake Decorating I" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, June 11 to July 2, through Menlo Park Community Services Department. The class will cover the basics of cake decorating, then move on to leveling a cake, making icing and making roses (and stars, shells, leaves, even clowns). The class is held in the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Cost is $85 for nonresidents, $64 for residents. Information: 650-330-2209 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CITRUS CARE ... Mimi Clarke, former lead horticulturist and current owner of Fiddle Fern Landscaping, will teach a class on "Citrus Care" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, at Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. The class will deal with pruning, training, fertilization and pest control. Cost is $40 for nonmembers, $35 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org
SOLAR WATER ... Sarah Smith and Skip Fralick, CCSE, will offer a free talk called "Learn About Solar Water Heating" from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, in the Lucie Stern Community Center Fireside Room, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Focus will be on how to install a solar water heating system, including where to find a qualified contractor and what rebates are available. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Information: 650-329-2241
WOODWORKING ... classes will be offered this summer through Palo Alto Adult School, including "Woodworking I: Build a Small Box" (Marcus Miller, Tuesdays, June 12-July 17, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $126 + $20 materials fee) and "Woodworking: Open Shop - Mixed Levels" (Roy Williams, Rayan Ghazal and Marcus Miller, Wednesdays, June 13-July 18, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $126; prerequisite — two quarters of Beginning Woodworking skills). Both classes are held in the Palo Alto High School Woodshop, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org
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