Home Front for April 27:BAY-FRIENDLY GARDEN TOUR ... Ten gardens in Palo Alto will be featured in the Bay-Friendly Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 29. Cost is $10 for a guidebook. Information: To pre-register, call 650-496-5910 or visit www.bayfriendlycolation.org.
BACKYARD COMPOST ... A free workshop on how to make backyard compost, offered through the Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission of Santa Clara County in conjunction with City of Palo Alto Utilities, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 28, at the Mountain View Community Center Auditorium, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View. Information: 650-496-5910 or 408-918-4640 or Compost@aem.sccgov.org
FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY ... Yannette Fichou Edwards will teach a class on "Meals the Whole Family Will Enjoy" from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, in Room 103, Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Meals include handmade calzone stuffed with pepperoni and olives for the kids, ricotta, spinach and mushrooms for the adults; Asian sesame beef, lemon-grass chicken on skewers; and chocolate chip cake. The class includes demonstration, participation and sampling. Cost is $50. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org
MIXED-USE LANDSCAPE ... Deva Luna, of Earth Care Landscaping, will offer a class on "Plant Selection and Irrigation for Different Garden Needs" from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, in the Lucie Stern Community Room, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The City of Palo Alto Utilities-sponsored class is free, but pre-registration is required. Information: 650-329-2241 or 650-496-5910 or www.cityofpaloalto.org/workshops
DIY WALLPAPER ... Dori Powell will teach a class on "Hand-Painted and Stenciled Wallpaper" from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, at Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Students will design and paint their own wallpaper (with help from the instructor in planning design). Cost is $185 for nonmembers, $155 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org
PERFECT DAHLIA ... Mimi Clarke will teach a class on "Growing the Perfect Dahlia" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, at Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Participants will learn how to pot and plant Dahlia tubers and will go home with a Filoli Dahlia to plant at home. Cost is $50 for nonmembers, $40 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org