LEARN TO PRUNE ... Alyssa Andersen, from Filoli's horticulture staff, will teach a series of pruning classes, each focusing on a different plant, beginning with a demonstration followed by hands-on practice. Bring garden gloves and garden-work clothing, as well as sharp pair of shears. The classes include "Roses," 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8; "Hydrangeas," 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8; "Fruit Trees," 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 22; "Wisteria," 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22. Each class is $40 for nonmembers, $35 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org
GARDEN PLANNING ... Common Ground staff will offer a garden planning working, "Early Bird Gets the Cantaloupe," from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Bring a drawing of your available growing space (including dimensions and orientation relative to north), a calculator and "How to Grow More Vegetables," 8th edition, to learn how to create garden plans for up to 200 square feet of growing space. Cost is $50. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org
LEARN TO QUILT ... Christine Hopkins will cover the basics of quilting — tools and techniques, cutting and piecing blocks, sewing the quilt top and finishing it off — in "Beginning Quilting" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, Feb. 10 to March 10, at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Cost is $85 for nonresidents, $64 for residents plus a $5 materials fee payable to the instructor (sewing machines may also be rented for use during class for $20). Information: 650-330-2200 or www.menlopark.org or email: email@example.com
MANAGE THAT REMODEL ... Mollyanne Sherman returns with "How to Manage Your Kitchen or Bath Remodel" from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, Feb. 11 to March 11, at Palo Alto High School, Room 1706, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. The focus is on gathering the information to build a project budget and schedule and how to keep the project under control. Cost is $91, plus a $30 materials fee payable to the instructor. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org
CLASSIC SAUCES ... James Holloway will teach how to create "Classic World Sauces" from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, at Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. The class will cover two of the French "grand" sauces, Béchamel and Hollandaise, two Mexican sauces (enchilada and mole), as well as American pan sauce and classic chicken or turkey gravy. Cost is $50. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org
GARDEN ROMANCE ... "Branches, Buds and Blossoms — Romance of the Winter Garden" is the theme of Filoli's opening event from 10:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, and Saturday, Feb. 15, at 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Activities range from a camellia walk to demonstrations of flower arranging and camellia pruning, hands-on children's fun, and a food demonstration of decadent chocolate. Admission is $20 for adults, $17 for seniors, $10 for children ages 5-17 and free for children age 4 or younger. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org
EDIBLE LANDSCAPING ... Master Gardener Betty Ward will give a free talk on "Edible Landscaping" from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Ward will use photos to illustrate ways to create vibrant garden spaces while growing fruits and vegetables. Information (and preregistration): 650-289-5400
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