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Palo Alto Weekly

Real Estate - May 31, 2013

Home Front for May 31:

LAWN OR ???? ... Master Gardeners Marianne Mueller and Vera Kark will offer a free workshop called "Rethinking Your Lawn" from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto. Focus will be on converting water-guzzling traditional grass lawns to low-water-use ground covers. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners.org

CELEBRATE WITH SUNSET ... This year's Sunset Celebration Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2, will include a Weber Grilling School (tickets are $30, including a cookbook and tools); chef and author Fabio Viviani; and presentations on the GE Monogram Cooking Stage, Safeway Outdoor Stage, wine seminars, the Garden & Outdoor Living Stage, Transitions Stage and musical events. Admission is $18 general, $15 seniors, free for children 12 and under (plus online fees). Information: www.sunset.com

HOUSEHOLD WASTE ... Unwanted toxic household items — from pesticides to pool chemicals — can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and noon on Saturday, June 1, at the Regional Water Quality Control Plant, 2501 Embarcadero Way, Palo Alto. Drop offs are limited to 15 gallons or 125 pounds of toxics per visit. For a complete list of what's accepted, go to www.cityofpaloalto.org/hazwaste.

SUDDEN OAK DEATH ... Citizen-scientist volunteers are needed for training on how to combat sudden oak death, from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, at the Carriage House of Holbrook Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave., Atherton. After training with Matteo Garbelotto of U.C. Berkeley, the volunteers will collect bay laurel leaf samples in Palo Alto and drop them off by Sunday evening. Information: Canopy at 650-964-6110 or www.canopy.org

PLAYHOUSE AUCTION ... The Dreams Happen gala and playhouse auction, a benefit for Rebuilding Together Peninsula, will be held from 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, at Stanford Shopping Center. Tickets, which include cocktails, moonlight supper, auction and drawing, desserts and dancing, are $115. Information: www.rebuildingtogetherpeninsula.org

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