Home FrontART IN THE GARDEN ... Gamble Garden will present "Art in the Garden at Gamble Garden - Inspirations from Nature," beginning with a Garden Preview Party on Friday, July 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for the party, artists' reception and sale. Then, on Saturday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the public is invited to stroll the garden paths and view the free art exhibit in the Carriage House, Main House and Tea House Patio. Ice cream and other foods will be sold until 2 p.m. Elizabeth Murray, author of "Monet's Passion," will be among the artists painting on Saturday. Both events take place at 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org
QUICK PATCHWORK ... Bronwen McInerney, sewer, crafter, member of the CQFA quilting group and FabMo's board of directors, will teach a class on "Quick & Easy Crazy Patchwork" on Saturday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to noon at 2423 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. The working class will cover how to turn FabMo bits and pieces into a panel that could be used for pillow covers, bed quilts, potholders or apparel. Bring your sewing machine. Cost is $30. Information: email@example.com
ONE-OF-A-KIND? ... Menlo Park's 25th annual Connoisseurs' Marketplace, presented by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, will take place Saturday, July 16, and Sunday, July 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Santa Cruz Avenue between El Camino Real and Johnson Street. Expect to find unusual crafts from 250 artists working in ceramics, glass, leather, textiles, paper, wood and more, as well as specialty foods, green products showcase and collector cars. Free admission; parking is a challenge; bike racks are available on side streets off Santa Cruz Avenue. Information: www.miramarevents.com or call 650-325-2818
CARE FOR YOUNG TREES ... Canopy is offering a series of training days to prepare volunteers to conduct neighborhood tree surveys, checking on the health of young street trees. Upcoming trainings are scheduled for Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m. to noon, meeting at Hoover Park, 2901 Cowper St., Palo Alto (followed by trained teams roaming through Midtown and Palo Verde neighborhoods to survey recently planted trees), and Wednesday, July 20, 5 to 8 p.m., meeting at Heritage Park, 300 Homer Ave., Palo Alto (followed by teams surveying trees in Downtown Palo Alto). Information (and RSVP): email Michael@canopy.org or at www.canopy.org
DEALING WITH FRUIT TREES ... Filoli is offering a workshop on "Fruit Trees II" on Friday, July 22, from 1 to 3 p.m., dealing with how to thin out trees to encourage healthy growth and optimal fruit production. Filoli is located at 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Cost is $40 for nonmembers, $35 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org.