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Palo Alto Weekly

Real Estate - December 7, 2012

Home Front for Dec. 7:

HOME, SWEET HOME ... Menlo Park Recreation is offering a class for parents and children on how to decorate "Gingerbread Houses" from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. Taught by Christine Hopkins, the class takes place at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Cost is $39 for nonresidents, $30 for residents (for one adult and one child), plus a $20 materials fee payable to the instructor in class. Information: 650-330-2200 or www.menlopark.org

PIE-IN-A-JAR ... Julie Propp will teach a class called "Pie-in-a-Jar" from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Topics include making simple, organic fruit fillings, mastering pie dough and lattice tops while assembling three mini pies-in-a-jar to take home. Cost is $85 for nonresidents and $64 for Menlo Park residents. Information: 650-330-2200 or www.menlopark.org

HOLIDAY SHARING EXPO ... Extra goodies from the garden? More arts and crafts supplies than you can use? Books already read, but still beloved? Everyone is invited to bring food, crafts, toys, clothes, holiday décor, skills, stories and goods to a Holiday Sharing Expo from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The expo will include demos on kitchen skills and crafts on the half hour, as well as a bicycle workshop to do minor maintenance and adjustments. The expo is supported by a coalition of groups, including Acterra, Barron Park Green Team, Barron Park Garden Network, Barron Park Association, Common Ground, City of Palo Alto Community Gardens, Deborah's Palm, Midtown Green Team, Opalz, Slow Food South Bay, Transition Palo Alto and Transition Silicon Valley. Information: http://transitionpaloalto.org

CARIBBEAN COOKING ... A class on Caribbean Cooking, a fusion of African, Amerindian, European, East Indian and Chinese cuisine, will be offered from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the catering kitchen of the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Cost is $50 for nonmembers, $40 for members. Advanced registration is required. Information: Elisheva Salamo at 650-223-8618 or esalamo@paloaltojcc.org

TOYS AND A COAT ... Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage launched its annual Toys for Tots (with the United States Marine Corps Reserve) and Operation: One Warm Coat clothing drive, which continues through Dec. 14. People are asked to drop off new, unwrapped toys, as well as new or gently used winter clothing (including coats, sweaters, jackets, sweatshirts, hats, mittens, towels and blankets), to local Coldwell Banker offices. Toys can be dropped off at Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Woodside offices; warm clothing in Palo Alto. All will be distributed to those in need. Sales associates, staff and clients are also contributing to a food bank drive through Dec. 10. Information: www.events.org/foodbank

FREE FABRIC ... The next FabMo free fabric distribution event is Friday, Dec. 7, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 8, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are required, to help manage the crowds (Email gather.fabrix@me.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

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