Home Front for April 29DIVERSE SPRING TOUR ... Gamble Garden's annual Spring Tour takes place Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at five gardens in Crescent Park and Old Palo Alto, with a theme of "Outdoor Living in Palo Alto — Fine Landscape Design for California Lifestyles." Activities, food, music and shopping will take place at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Cost is $40. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org
NEED TO SHRED? ... Palo Alto residents can bring up to five bankers' boxes filled with confidential documents to shred at the Sunnyvale Materials Recovery and Transfer (SMaRT) Station, 301 Carl Road, Sunnyvale, on Saturday, April 30 from 8 a.m. to about noon. Documents must be removed from binders, but staples, paper clips, spiral notebooks and rubber bands are OK. Proof of residency is required.
A SUMMER GARDEN ... Drew Harwell, edible-garden consultant and manager of Jesse Cool's Seeds of Change Garden, will teach a class on "Starting Your Summer Garden" on Saturday, April 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The class will deal with which plants thrive locally and how to grow them, including basil, chard, cucumbers and tomatoes to transplant, and seed varieties, such as corn, lettuce, squash, beans and carrots. Class includes a tour of Jesse Cool's garden. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org or startingyoursummergarden.eventbrite.com
SWAP PLANTS ... The Garden Club of Los Altos, along with Los Altos Recreation Department, is sponsoring a free garden exchange on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Hillview Community Center parking lot, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. No privets or invasive plants — but all others must be labeled for the free swap. Information: 650-906-1651
CANDLE-MAKING ... Lori Stoia will teach a class on "Eco-Friendly Candle-Making" on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Cost is $48, plus a $20 materials fee collected in class. The class will deal with making a container candle, a rolled beeswax candle and votive candles, all made with natural waxes including soy. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org
PECHA KUCHA NIGHT ... Build It Green is sponsoring a networking night for designers, with a green, sustainable and holistic living theme. "Save the World in 20 Slides," will be presented on Tuesday, May 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Harrell Remodeling, 1954 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. Pecha Kucha is derived from the Japanese word for "chit chat," and involves rapid, concise presentations: 20 images in 20 seconds. Speakers include Joe Serrano, TentMakers; Linda Lenore, Green Chi Designs; Jean Cary, Jean Cary Interiors; Jake Mar, Jenna Bayer Garden Design, Inc.; Chris Donatelli, Chris Donatelli Builders; and Reba Vanderpool, Visionary Edge. Cost is $15 at the door. Information: www.builditgreen.org
KID-FRIENDLY GARDENING ... Peigi Duvall will talk about "Kid-Friendly Water Wise Gardening" on Thursday, May 5, from 7 to 9 p.m.. The free class is offered by the Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency. Information: 650-349-3000 for exact location in Portola Valley.
FREE FABRIC ... The next FabMo free fabric distribution event is Thursday, May 5 , 4:30 to 8 p.m.; Friday, May 6,8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, May 7, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are required, to help manage the crowds (Email firstname.lastname@example.org with preferred date and time), but some drop-in hours are included. The distribution, with a requested donation, takes place at a warehouse in Mountain View; directions and map are included in the confirmation email. Volunteer greeters and sorters are also needed. Information: www.fabmo.org