Home Front for Aug. 5:MORE FOOD, LESS WORK ... UC Master Gardener Marcia Fein will give a free talk on "More Food, Less Work: Growing Veggies in the Cool Season" on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. The talk is held at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto, followed by a tour of the gardens. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or mastergardeners.org
NEW GARDENING CLUB ... Avenidas' new Gardening Club will also tackle the same topic, "Less Work, More Food: Cool Season Vegetables," taught by UC Master Gardener Candace Simpson on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 1 to 2 p.m. The group, which is just beginning, free and open to the public, meets at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. The talk will cover which vegetables grow well in winter and how to deal with pests without using toxic chemicals. Participants will be able to seed lettuce and pot chard, then take home their projects. Information (and registration): 650-289-5400.
SUCCULENT SUCCESS ... Mimi Clarke will teach a class to assure "Succulent Success" on Wednesday, Aug. 10 , from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Focus is on care, propagation and best use in landscaping. Students will take home cuttings or plants to try at home. Cost is $65 for nonmembers, $50 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org
ATTENTION TEACHERS ... Just before the monthly FabMo free fabric distribution, teachers are invited to come on Wednesday, Aug. 10, beginning at 4 p.m., to pick up carpet remnants and craft donations. The distribution event is Thursday, Aug. 11, 4:30 to 8 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 12, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 13, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are required, to help manage the crowds (Email email@example.com 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
NEED NEW DETECTORS ... As of July 1, California requires all single-family homes to install carbon-monoxide detectors, designed to warn people of malfunctioning home appliances that can produce deadly amounts of gas. However, the law can only be enforced if emergency personnel are called into a home and note the lack of a carbon-monoxide detector. The resident will be given a warning and a 30-day window to install a detector or face a $200 fine. Cost of new detectors range from $20 to $42 (for smoke/carbon monoxide combos). Information: www.fire.ca.gov