WALK-IN CLINIC ... UC Master Gardeners will hold a "Spring Plant Clinic" from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 8, at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. The free clinic will include personal consultations with master gardeners, with topics ranging from coping with the drought to soil types, plant nutrition, organic sprays and growing roses or tomatoes. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or mastergardeners.org
ARBOR DAY TREE WALK ... This month's tree walk will coordinate with an Arbor Day Festival, hosted by Canopy, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, at Mitchell Park, 600 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto. Activities include tree climbing (for kids ages 6 to 14), live music and craft activities as well as food and ice cream trucks. Information: Canopy at 650-964-6110 or www.canopy.org
ALL ABOUT DIRT ... Matt Drewno, manager of the Green-Belt Mini-farm in Mendocino, will teach a pair of classes on Saturday, March 8, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., he'll teach one class,"Organic Matter: Mother Nature's Secret Ingredient," which deals with protecting and replenishing nutrients in soil. In the next,"One Man's Trash Will Grow My Food: Compost for the Home Gardener," from 2 to 4 p.m., he'll talk about the ultimate form of recycling: "converting spent and unused plant materials into a rich soil amendment for the soil." Each class costs $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org
COOKING CLASSES ... Yannette Fichou Edwards will offer "Fast and Fabulous," featuring salmon wrapped with prosciutto, gnocchi with a mushroom medley, chicken marsala and Peking sesame beef, on Tuesday, March 11; Ramesh and Bharati Joshi will teach a class on "Indian Cuisine: Level 1," featuring chicken curry, pullao (rice), puri (fluffy bread), chole (spicy garbanzo beans) and aloo gobi (potatoes and cauliflower), on Wednesday, March 12. Each class is held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, and costs $50. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org
LOSE THE LAWN ... Master Gardeners will talk about "Losing the Lawn" from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, March 14, at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Water-saving strategies include replacing lawn with native grasses or sedges, or flowers and shrubs. Information on rebates: tinyurl.com/mzpu4fq Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or mastergardeners.org
NEED HELP WITH HOUSEHOLD TASKS? ... Volunteers from the Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS® (SILVAR) will be working all week, May 5 through May 9, to help qualified seniors do everything from flip their mattresses to caulk their windows. REALTOR® Service Volunteer Program (RSVP) has been changing furnace filters, cleaning windows, installing smoke-detector batteries and more since 2001. The deadline to apply for free assistance is Saturday, March 15. Information: 408-200-0100 or www.silvar.org (application is online)
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