Home Front for Feb. 1:EDIBLE GARDEN SERIES ... Drew Harwell will offer a series of classes called the "Edible Garden Series: From Design to Harvest" on five Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 2, March 2, March 30, April 27 and May 18 at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Focus will be on garden design and planning, composting, soil preparation, watering, harvesting techniques and best compost crops to plant after harvest. Bring a copy of "How to Grow More Vegetables" to classes. Cost is $325. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org
SUSTAINABLE HOME VEGGIES ... UCCE Master Gardener Candace Simpson will teach "Sustainable Home Vegetable Gardening" from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, Feb. 5 to March 12, at Palo Alto High School, Room 1707, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Topics range from soil preparation to pest management, weeds and diseases. Cost is $84. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org
WHAT'S COOKIN'? ... The Palo Alto Adult school is offering three cooking classes this week, including "almost Flourless Chocolate Cake and Creative Decorating" (Cindy Roberts, Saturday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., $50); "Valentine's Day Menu" (Yannette Fichou Edwards, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 6:30-9 p.m., $50); and "Baking and Pastry 101 (Ron Kent, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 6:30-9 p.m., $50). Each class takes place in Room 103, Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org
CONTAINER GARDENING ... UC Master Gardener Roberta Barnes will offer tips on "Container Gardening" from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. The free class includes a demonstration of how to create a container using winter annuals. Information: Call 650-289-5400 to register.
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.