Home Front for Feb. 8:ATTENTION QUILTERS … During the next FabMo free fabric distribution event on Friday, Feb. 8, noon to 7 p.m., fabrics especially appropriate for quilters and costumers will be available (no appointment necessary); the regular distribution is from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are required, to help manage the crowds (Email email@example.com with preferred date and time), but some drop-in hours are included. The distribution, with a requested donation, takes place at 2423 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. Volunteer greeters and sorters are also needed. Information: www.fabmo.org
SICK PLANTS? ... UC Master Gardeners will offer personal consultations at a "Winter to Spring Plant Clinic" from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Bring in questions on mid-winter garden chores, readying gardens for spring planting, dealing with frost damage, using compost, or pruning, planting and choosing bare-root roses. Free handouts. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or mastergardeners.org
TREE WALK ... An arborist will lead a free Tree Walk around the Elizabeth F. Gamble Gardens from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 9. Expect to see California buckeye, cucumber tree, smoke tree, Asian pear, edible fig, cockspur coral tree, Japanese persimmon and more. Meet at the parking lot near the corner of Waverley Street and Embarcadero Road. Information: 650-964-6110, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.canopy.org
FRUIT TREE PRUNING ... Certified Arborist and Foothill College instructor Kevin Raftery will teach a class on "Fruit Tree Pruning" from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Bring pruning shears, bag lunch and a notebook to class, which will take place at a local orchard. Cost is $42. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org
PRUNING FRUIT TREES ... Chris Ingram, ISA certified arborist and APA certified aesthetic pruner, will teach a class on "Espalier Pruning/Fruit Tree Pruning" from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10, at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. His class will range from choosing, planting and early planting of new fruit trees to dealing with existing fruit trees in the garden. Cost is $35 for nonmembers, $25 for members. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org
MANAGE THAT REMODEL ... Mollyanne Sherman, who is certified in kitchen, bath and interior design as well as green building, will teach "How to Manage Your Kitchen or Bath Remodel!" from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, Feb. 12 to March 12, at Palo Alto High School, Room 1706, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Sherman will take students through the process, with emphasis on constructing a project budget and schedule and keeping the project under control. Cost is $88, plus a $30 materials fee payable to the instructor. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org
BEST OF HOUZZ ... Howard Bankston Post, an architect formerly of Palo Alto who now works out of Portola Valley, was awarded "Best of Houzz" 2013 for his design by Houzz.com, an online platform for residential remodeling and design. The award came from an annual survey of 11 million monthly users. Recently, he completed a new contemporary residence in Palomar Park, above Redwood City, and is working on a new residence in Los Trancos Woods.