Home FrontBUILD A TREE ... Landscape contractor James Kern, who also teaches part-time at Foothill College and is a member of the California Rare Fruit Growers Association, will teach a class on grafting on Saturday, Jan. 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The class will cover budding techniques and offers an opportunity to build one's own fruit tree. Cost is $31 plus $4 materials fee. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org or graftingscions.eventbrite.com
A YEAR IN THE GARDEN ... Mimi Clarke, lead horticulturalist at Filoli, will offer a series of classes beginning either Wednesday, Jan. 19, or Saturday, Jan. 22, suitable for everyone from the novice to the more experienced gardener. Topics will include plant growth and uses, garden design and seasonal maintenance. A certificate will be offered for those who complete all 13 classes. Registration for some individual classes will be available. Cost is $500 for nonmembers, $430 for members (or for individual classes, $40 for nonmembers, $35 for members). The first classes are "Botany for Horticulturists" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and "The Winter Garden," from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Filoli is located at 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org.
REALTORS GIVE ... Among the nonprofit organizations that benefited from more than $44,000 in 2010 donations by the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation are Abilities United, Christmas Bureau of Palo Alto, Cleo Eulau Center, Family & Children Services-F&CS, Friends of Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo, Kara, Westwind 4-H Handicapped Riding Institute and Youth Community Services. Information: www.silvar.org.
ASIAN CUISINE AT HOME ... Yannette Fichou Edwards will teach a class on Thai/Burmese/Vietnamese cuisine on Tuesday, Jan. 18, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. The demonstration/participation/sampling class will include Thai red curry paste, clay pot pork, Burmese fish and mango sticky rice with coconut. Cost is $50. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org.