Home Front for May 11:FARMERS MARKET ... The Downtown Farmers Market opens for the season at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 12. The open market, which is set up in the parking lot on Gilman Street (behind the Hamilton Avenue Post Office), is open until noon. The market will continue every Saturday through mid-December.
SNAP THE GARDEN ... UC Master Gardener Judith Cody will offer a free horticultural photography workshop, "Photographing the Garden: Roses, Flowers & Veggies!," from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Emphasis will be on close-ups shot under natural light. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
E-WASTE COLLECTION ... Ohlone PTA and the Green Team will be accepting all kinds of electronic waste from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at Ohlone Elementary School, 950 Amarillo Ave., Palo Alto. Information: Earthcarerecycling.com
TREE WALK ... Arborist James Allen will lead a free tree walk through the Community Center neighborhood from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, meeting at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Information: www.canopy.org.
BACKYARD CHICKENS ... Jody Main, food and garden writer, will offer two classes on "Backyard Chickens" from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Class meets at Common Ground then carpools to Main's garden in Woodside to see the hen house and yard set-up, nesting boxes, water, feed, etc. Cost is $39. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org
ULTIMATE SHARE ... Neighbors will come together from 11 a.m. to noon on Sunday, May 13, for a Mother's Day Garden-Craft-Bike-Music Share at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Participants are asked to bring homegrown fruit and vegetables, eggs, herbs, honey or flowers; crafts to swap (and demos on rose beads, packaging and more), bikes that need minor maintenance; and a Scrapaphony — a workshop on making musical instruments. The sharefest is free, and people are asked to bring a bag to take home goodies. The event is sponsored by Acterra, Barron Park Green Team, Midtown Green Team, Barron Park Garden Network, Barron Park Association, Common Ground, City of Palo Alto Community Gardens, Slow Food South Bay, Transition Palo Alto and Transition Silicon Valley. Information: email@example.com or 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org
GREEN, NOT BROKE ... At the Midtown Residents Association general meeting, experts will be on hand to talk about "Repair/Remodel: Going Green without Going Broke" beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15. Speakers include Kristen Flynn, a certified green building professional; John Messerschmidt, design/build contractor; Mike Balma, solar-energy consultant; and Lorna Fear, certified in infrared thermal imaging. The meeting takes place at Friends Meeting Hall, 957 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto. Information: www.midtownresidents.org
ALL ABOUT GARDENS ... Sandy Scott, owner of Frog Song garden in Point Arena (associated with the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden) and a lifelong gardener and plant collector, will address the De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 17. The group meets in Room 12 of the Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Information: www.deanza-ars.com