Home Front for Nov. 16:COOKIE TRADITIONS ... Does your family always make certain to have very special cookies for the holidays? Whether they're ethnic, vegan, gluten-free or just plain old chocolate chip, we'd like to share stories of what makes these cookies — or their preparation — part of the holiday fun. Please email your stories and recipes to Carol Blitzer at firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 20.
ART IN CLAY ... The 12th annual Art in Clay Ceramic Art Show & Sale takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 and 18, at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. More than 70 ceramic artists will participate, with raku, woodfire, sculpture, tableware and decorative art. Admission is free. The event is sponsored by the Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild. Information: www.ovcag.org
NATIVE PLANT SALE ... Monkeyflowers, penstemons, salvias and more will be available at the Native Revival plant sale from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. A percent of proceeds benefits Common Ground. Information: 650-493-6072, www.commongroundinpaloalto.org or www.nativerevival.com/native_revival_availability.pdf
LEARN TO SEW ... Christine Hopkins will teach a class on "Beginning Sewing" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Nov. 29 to Dec. 13, at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. The class will cover how to select and read a pattern, layout and cutting and sewing in class. Cost is $85 for nonresidents, $64 for residents, plus a $5 materials fee payable to the instructor and $20 rental fee for machines, if necessary. Information: 650-330-2200 or www.menlopark.org
HOLIDAY TRADITIONS ... Although many of the events are sold out already, there may be some opportunities left to visit Filoli, at 86 Canada Road, Woodside, for one of the holiday luncheons and shopping boutiques, which run from Nov. 23 through Dec. 1. Check the website for ticket availability: www.filoli.org.
RENTS ARE UP ... Average asking rents in complexes with 50 or more units are universally higher in Palo Alto and nearby communities during third quarter, according to RealFacts, which tracks rental trends. Here's how it plays out:
1 year change
1 bd 1bth - $2,417
2 bd 1 bth - $2.420
1 bd 1bth - $2,593
2 bd 1 bth - $2.786
1 bd 1bth - $1,897
2 bd 1 bth - $2.180
East Palo Alto
1 bd 1bth - $1,130
2 bd 1 bth - $1,300