Home FrontSOLAR POWER WORKSHOP ... Liz Merry, a solar homeowner and sole proprietor of Verve Solar Consulting, will teach a workshop called "Solar Power 101" on Saturday, June 12, from 9 a.m. to noon at Lucie Stern Community Center (ballroom), 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The City of Palo Alto-sponsored, free workshop will cover how photovoltaic systems work, plus financial and environmental impacts, including the city's rebate program and federal solar tax credits. Participants are asked to review their own electric energy use before the workshop. Information: Pre-registration is required since space is limited. Utility Marketing Services at 650-329-2241 or www.xioweb.com/host/cpaureg/.
GOT PLANT PROBLEMS? ... UC Master Gardeners will hold a free weekend drop-in Plant Clinic on Saturday, June 12, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Gardeners can bring questions on anything from plant diseases to soil, nutrition or pest control — or how to make roses or Mediterranean plants thrive. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or mastergardeners.org.
NEIGHBORHOOD WALK ... Arborist John McClenahan will lead a free tree walk through the Greenmeadow neighborhood on Saturday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at the end of Greenmeadow Way near the Greenmeadow Community Center. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
HERBS EVERYWHERE ... Garden and food writer and teacher Jody Main will offer a class on "Herbs in the Garden, Herbs in the Kitchen" on Saturday, June 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The class includes growing perennial and annual herbs, herbs in containers and essential herbs for the kitchen. Cost is $31 plus a $5 materials fee. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org or herbskitchen.eventbrite.com.
ANTIQUES SHOW ... The Los Altos History Museum will hold its 25th anniversary California Country Antiques & Folk Art Show on Sunday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. Special guest is Helaine Fendelman, an appraiser, past museum curator, author and co-host of PBS' "Treasures in Your Attic." The show includes furniture, folk arts, quilts, hooked rugs, baskets, stoneware, pewter, toys and holiday items. Tickets are $6, free for members; fees for appraisals are $10 per item, with a maximum of three per person. The show will be preceded by a party on Saturday, June 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $35 for nonmembers, $25 for members. Information: 650-948-9427 or www.losaltoshistory.org.
NET-ZERO HOMES ... Ann Edminster, author of "Energy Free: Homes for a Small Planet," will lead a Green Dream Team panel discussion on "Targeting Net-Zero Energy: Homes for a Small Planet" on Tuesday, June 15, at 5 p.m. at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Her book deals with saving energy, money and carbon in home-construction projects. Information: Rich Wingerter at 650-207-8014 or www.meetup.com/Green-Making-for-the-Silicon-Valley-Area/calendar/12763629/.
WHAT'S COOKIN' ... The City of Menlo Park is offering several cooking classes this summer, taught by chef Steve Cortez, including Monday evening courses, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Burgess Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park, on Homemade Pasta & Sauces (June 14), Summer Salads & Ceviches (June 21), Dim Sum (June 28), Southern Italian (July 12) and Steak Workshop (July 19). Cortez will also teach a series of Saturday classes, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Burgess Park Picnic Area, including BBQ: Texas Grill 'Em (June 26), BBQ: Brasil Churrasco & Argentina Asado (July 10) and BBQ: Pacific Seafood Grill (July 17). Cost for each class is $92 for non-Menlo Park residents, $69 for residents, plus a $10-12 materials fee due to the instructor. Information: 650-330-2200 or www.menlopark.org.