Home Front for Jan. 11TREE WALK ... An arborist will lead a tree walk through the Southgate neighborhood from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 12. Meet across the street from Palo Alto High School, at the corner of Churchill and Castilleja avenues. Expect to see Blue Atlas Cedar, Little-leaf Linden, Silk Tree, Black Locust, Canary Island Date Palm, Scarlet Oak and others. Information: Canopy at 650-964-6110 or www.canopy.org
ROSE PRUNING ... Horticulture consultant Carole Kraft will offer a class on "Rose Pruning and Care" from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Kraft will talk about soil, soil amendments and mulches, then demonstrate pruning at the nearby demonstration garden. Cost is $38; pruning shears optional. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org
SHARE THE WEALTH ... Neighbors may bring food (fruits and vegetables, herbs, eggs, honey) and flowers to a free "Garden Share" from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Bring something to share; take home something you don't raise. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org
IKEBANA BEGINS ... Kika Shibata will teach a class on "Ikebana" for beginner, intermediate and advanced students from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Jan. 15 to March 19, at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Students should bring a shallow container, scissors and frog (needle-point holders). Cost is $112 for nonresidents, $84 for residents, plus a $95 materials fee payable to instructor on first day of class. Information: Noreen Bickel at 650-330-2209 or www.menlopark.org
MAPLE CARE ... Bruce Andrews of Grateful Gardens Landscaping Company will talk about the care and pruning of Japanese maples at the next meeting of the De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The group meets in Room 12 of the Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Information: www.deanza-ars.com
SEWING BASICS ... Christine Hopkins will teach "Beginning Sewing" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 17 to Feb. 7, at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Topics covered include selecting and reading a pattern, layout and cut-out of pattern pieces and sewing two easy projects. Cost is $85 for nonresidents, $64 for residents, plus a $5 materials fee payable to instructor on first day of class; rental machines are available for use during class for $20. Information: Noreen Bickel at 650-330-2209 or www.menlopark.org
FILOLI VOLUNTEERS ... Potential volunteers will meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 (with reservations required by 4 p.m. Jan. 11) at Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Volunteer opportunities range from house and garden self-guided docents to working in member or visitor services, public relations, the cafe and the garden shop. Currently, more than 1,300 volunteers help Filoli, an historic site of The National Trust for Historic Preservation. Information: www.filoli.org, click on Volunteer.