Home Front for Jan. 18:PIE-IN-A-JAR ... Julie Propp will teach how to make simple, organic fruit fillings, pie dough and lattice tops in a class called "Pie-in-a-Jar" from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Take home three mini-pies. Cost is $85 for nonresidents, $64 for Menlo Park residents. Information: 650-330-2200 or www.menlopark.org
SOIL FOODWEB ... Theresa Lyngso, who's been brewing compost tea for seven years, will teach a class on the "Soil Foodweb" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Focus is on increasing and nurturing the aerobic organisms that make fertile soil. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org
SAY CHEESE ... Yannette Fichou Edwards will offer a cheese class — which includes demonstration, participation and a tasting — from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Cheese dishes include Rosemary Parmesan Wafers and Warm Goat Cheese Salad with hazelnuts. Cost is $50. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org
CREATING NATIVE GARDENS ... Dee Wong, maintenance division manager at the Village Gardener and member of the California Native Plant Society - Santa Clara Valley Chapter, will offer a series on California Native Gardens, beginning Friday, Jan. 25, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Drawing from her field experience and extensively from "Care & Maintenance of Southern California Native Plant Gardens" by Bart O'Brien, Betsey Landis and Ellen Mackey, she will teach how to groom, prune and rejuvenate native plants. Cost is $35 for nonmembers, $25 for members, for each class. The second class is Friday, Feb. 1. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org
LOOKING FOR HANDSOME HOMES ... If you've noticed a well-painted house, outstanding front garden or unusual design in Palo Alto or very nearby, send a photo to email@example.com. We are always scouting for interesting homes to write about.
ORGANIC EDIBLES ... Lisa and Kathleen Putnam will talk about "Organic Gardening Techniques for the Edible Garden" for the Garden Club of Los Altos at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22. The group meets at the Los Altos Lutheran Church, 460 S. El Monte Ave., Los Altos. Guests pay $5. Information: www.gardencluboflosaltos.org