GROW YOUR OWN ... UC Master Gardener Ida Heller will give a talk called "A Gourmet Kitchen — Adding Herbs to Your Culinary Table" from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, at the Mountain View Public Library Community Room, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View. Heller will cover preparing soil, growing from transplants or seed, watering, pests and diseases. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or mastergardeners.org
TREES AND CAMELLIAS ... Mimi Clarke, owner of Fiddle Fern Landscaping and former lead horticulturist at Filoli, will teach two classes on Wednesday, April 23, at Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. "Japanese Maple Tree Pruning," from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will cover timing of pruning, how to open and sculpt a tree, and pruning a focal point specimen vs. a background tree. "Camellia Pruning and Care," from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., will include a walk, talk and demonstration, with a discussion of renovation techniques. Each class is $40 for nonmembers, $35 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org
ECLECTIC TASTES ... Yannette Edwards will offer "A Taste of Latin America" on Tuesday, April 22; Ramesh and Bharati Joshi will offer "Indian Cuisine: Level 1" on Wednesday, April 23; and Ron Kent will offer "Mexican Street Food" on Thursday, April 24. Each class is held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Room 103 of Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, and costs $50. Latin-American menu includes Brazilian Stew with prawns, tomatoes, coconut and cilantro; Chicken Mole with a rich chocolate and chipotle sauce; Chili Rellenos Casserole, with green chilies and Monterey Jack cheese; and Spicy Black Bean Cakes with a mango salsa. Indian menu includes Jeera Rice, Aloo Gobi, whole wheat Paratha, Cucumber Raita and Soji Halwa. On the Mexican menu is Homemade Sopes with Tinga Poblana (Masa Boats with a Spicy Pork Stew); Queso Fundido; Shrimp Tacos with roasted vegetable salsa; Ceviche Tostadas with avocado and tomatillo salsa; tacos with potatoes, chiles and cream; and Oaxacan black beans. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org
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