HomeFrontVOLUNTEER RECRUITING ... Filoli, at 86 Canada Road, Woodside, will hold an open house for potential volunteers on Saturday, Jan. 16, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Future volunteers will learn about the various areas — Art Committee, cafe, garden shop, house and garden, nature education — where they'll be needed in the upcoming year. More than 1,200 volunteers keep Filoli running. Reservations for the open house are required. Information at www.filoli.org (click on "volunteering") or 650-364-8300, ext. 300.
PRUNE FRUIT TREES ... Arborist Kevin Raftery will teach a class on "Fruit Tree Pruning" on Saturday, Jan. 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Common Ground Educational Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The hands-on class begins at Common Ground, then proceeds to a local orchard; participants should bring pruning shears, a bag lunch and a notebook. Cost is $42. Information at 650-493-6072, www.commongroundinpaloalto.org or fruittreepruning.eventbrite.com
PRUNE ROSES ... Filoli's former lead horticulturist Mimi Clarke will teach a class on "Pruning and Care: Climbers, Ramblers & Scramblers" on Saturday, Jan. 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and "Pruning and Care: Hybrid Tea Roses" from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Fee for each class is $35 for nonmembers, $30 for members. Information at www.filoli.org or 650-364-8300.
GOOD BLOOMS ... Steve Hootman will talk about rhododendron species that perform well in the Bay Area at the next meeting of the De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m. The group meets in Room 12 of the Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Information at www.deanza-ars.com.
A WARMER SEASON ... Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage's campaign to collect "One Warm Coat" drew in 581 coats from Peninsula offices and 545 toys, which were distributed to needy local families. The Menlo Park office alone collected 200 coats. This is the 23rd year that Coldwell Banker participated in the Toys for Tots and coat drive.