GARDEN CLASSES ... Zuzanna Drozdz, manager of the Palo Alto Common Ground garden, will teach a pair of classes on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. "From the Ground Up: Backyard Soil Care," from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will deal with soil testing, compost, organic fertilizer and double-digging. "A Good Beginning: Growing from Seed," from 2 to 4 p.m., will cover techniques for starting seedlings, caring for seedlings and transplanting. Each class is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org
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 "Fruit Trees," 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 22; and "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
EYE-CATCHING GARDENS ... Landscape designer Kim Raftery will show how to "Replace Your Front Lawn with an Eye-catching Garden" from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Raftery will talk about alternatives to a conventional lawn — including meadows and planting beds — as well as how to remove a lawn, and designing with boulders, seating areas, lighting and water features. The class will be followed by an optional tour of two gardens without lawns. Cost is $35 for nonmembers, $25 for members. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org
DESIGN FOR BEGINNERS ... Interior designer and Palo Alto Weekly columnist Kit Davey will teach a class on "Interior Design for Beginners" from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at De Anza College, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino. She'll cover defining one's personal style, creating a furniture plan that works, selecting a color scheme, paint color and accessories, and lighting techniques. Cost is $65, plus a $7 materials fee and $3 (in cash for parking). Information: 408-864-8817 or www.fhda.augusoft.net
VEGGIE GARDENING ... Master gardeners will offer a free workshop on "Spring and Summer Vegetable Gardening" from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24, at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. The workshop will deal with planting seeds directly in the soil, transplanting seedlings, preparing soil and harvesting, as well as dealing with diseases and pests. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners.org
FOR THE BIRDS ... Toby Goldbert, a member of the Santa Clara Audubon Society, will talk about "Attracting Birds to the Garden" at the next meeting of The Garden Club of Los Altos. The group meets at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Los Altos Lutheran Church, 460 S. El Monte Ave., Los Altos. Free for members, $5 for guests. Info: www.gardencluboflosaltos.org
PASTA FROM SCRATCH ... Cindy Roberts will offer a one-session cooking class, "Pasta Pleasure," from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, at Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. In addition to learning how to make pasta from scratch, the class will sample store-bought marinara sauces, then learn to make homemade basil pesto, marinara sauce and a chicken and goat-cheese pasta dish. Cost is $50. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org
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