FOR SALAD LOVERS ... Jody Main, local food and garden writer, will teach a class called "Salad Lover's Dream" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Main will offer basic veggie gardening skills, from soil preparation to planting and harvesting. Plan to take home a salad garden of seeds, seedlings and cuttings from her garden, as well as a plant list and recipes. Cost is $31. Information: www.commongroundinpaloalto.org or call 650-493-6072.
CAKE DECORATING ... Christina Hopkins will teach a class on "Cake Decorating - Level 1" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, March 31 to April 21, at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. The class will cover making icing and decorative strokes — such as roses, stars, shells, leaves and clowns — as well as how to level a cake. Cost is $85 for nonresidents, $64 for residents, plus purchase of supplies. Information: www.menlopark.org, or contact Noreen Bickel at 650-330-2209 or email@example.com
ASK THE EXPERTS ... Local camellia society members will answer questions and discuss issues ranging from petal blight and pests to fertilizers and soils at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 31, at the Veterans' Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City. The free public meeting will include a mini-show lesson on the display of trios, a category in many camellia shows that consists of three different blooms displayed together, linked by color, form, name or another characteristic. The event is sponsored by the San Francisco Peninsula Camellia Society. Information: www.camelliasfpcs.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
CROWD-SOURCING SOLAR ... Billy Parish, founder and president of Mosaic, will talk about "Crowd-Sourcing Solar and Other Innovative Financing for Renewables" at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, as part of Acterra's lecture series, "Solving the Climate Puzzle." The lecture will take place at Fenwick & West, 801 California St., Mountain View. Cost is $8 in advance, $10 at the door (if there is room). Information: www.acterra.org