Home Front for Jan. 25:BRAIDED RUGS ... Arlene Magarian will offer a workshop on "Braided Rug & Basket Making" from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, at the FabMo center at 2423 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. Using recycled materials, students will learn the basics and leave with a summary leaflet, lacing tool and enough lacing to complete a seat mat, small rug or basket at home. Cost is $40. Information: www.fabmo.org
ORCHID SHOW ... The Peninsula Orchid Society will hold its annual show and sale, with a theme of "Through the Looking Glass," from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26 and 27, at the Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City. General admission is $5, seniors/students $3, children 12 and under free with an adult. Information: www.penorchidsoc.org
GOOD BUGS ... Nancy Garrison, former coordinator of the Santa Clara County Master Gardener Program and garden consultant, will teach a class on "Attracting Beneficial Critters" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Her class will include a Power Point presentation on plants that attract hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and lizards, among others. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org
ENERGY-SAVING VOLUNTEERS ... Acterra is recruiting new volunteers for its Green@Home program, with a two-part training from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, at a Palo Alto location. During the hands-on training, volunteers will learn how to use a Kill-a-Watt meter, review an 80-point checklist and learn basic "building science." Cost is $30, but is refundable for those who perform at least two additional "HouseCalls" within the next two months (trainees get to keep the home energy-saving devices to install in their own homes). Information: Lisa Dorn at LisaD@acterra.org or 650-962-9876, ext.380, www.acterra.org/greenathome/
NATIVE GARDENS ... Dee Wong, maintenance division manager at the Village Gardener, will offer a second class on "California Native Gardens" (based on "Care & Maintenance of Southern California Native Plant Gardens" by Bart O'Brien, Betsey Landis and Ellen Mackey) from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. The class takes place in the native plant area of Gamble Garden. Cost is $35 for nonmembers, $25 for members. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org
NEW OFFICERS ... Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS* 2013 officers include Carolyn Miller (RE/MAX, Cupertino), president; David Tonna, (Alain Pinel Realtors, Los Gatos), president-elect; and Phyllis Carmichael (Coldwell Banker, Los Altos), treasurer. Among the 2013 board members are: Gene Lentz, (RE/MAX Distinctive Properties, Menlo Park), Region 9 chair; David Barca (Alain Pinel Realtors, Menlo Park), Menlo Park/Atherton district chair; Sara Spang (Keller Williams, Palo Alto), Palo Alto district chair; Bonnie Kehl (Coldwell Banker, Los Altos), Los Altos/Mountain View district chair; Chris Isaacson (Coldwell Banker, Woodside), director at-large; and Guillaume Peters (Sunviva Construction, Palo Alto), affiliate chair. Appreciation awards went to Susan Tilling (Coldwell Banker, Menlo Park), REALTORŪ of the Year; Iris Harrell (Harrell Remodeling, Mountain View), Affiliate of the Year; and Robert Reid (Keller Williams, Palo Alto), Spirit of SILVAR.