Home Front for March 25:BEGINNING GARDENING ... Master Gardener Carol O'Donnell will offer a workshop on "Seeding and Planting" on Saturday, March 26, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Garden Room at Little House, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. The workshop, which is sponsored by the Master Gardeners of San Mateo and San Francisco counties, will deal with choosing plants, planting times and techniques, and indoor seeding. Cost is $30. Information: Call Dea Smeed at 650-326-2025, ext. 221.
GREAT TOMATOES ... Nancy Garrison, UCCE farm advisor and master gardener program coordinator, will teach a class on "Growing Great Tomatoes" on Saturday, March 26, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The class will cover which tomatoes offer great flavor, trellising methods, soil preparation and avoiding difficulties. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072, www.commongroundinpaloalto.org or growinggreattomatoes.eventbrite.com
DUELING CHEESES ... Chef Jaimie Casey will offer six cheeses, three from France and three from California, in a "France vs. California — Dueling Cheeses!" workshop on Sunday, March 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Hidden Villa's Duveneck House, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. Casey will explain the concept of terroir, how soil and air create food flavors. Wines will be served to complement the tasting. Cost is $45. Information: 650-949-8650 or www.hiddenvilla.org
HOLY MOLES ... Spring-quarter cooking classes through Palo Alto Adult School include Yannette Fichou Edwards' "Vegetarian from Around the World," Tuesday, March 29; Ron Kent's "Mexican Street Food" on Wednesday, March 30; and Cindy Roberts' "Pizza in a Pinch" on Thursday, March 31. Each class is from 6:30 to 9 p.m., meets in Room 103, Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, and costs $50. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org
MONET'S PASSION ... Elizabeth Murray will offer a virtual visit to Monet's garden at Giverney — "Ideas, Inspiration and Insights from the Painter's Garden" — on Wednesday, March 30, at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. Besides showing photos by the author, photographer, painter and garden designer, the program will include historic photos of Monet and his paintings. Cost is $40 for nonmembers, $35 for Gamble Garden members. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org