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Garden celebrations, cooking classes, vegetable tutorials and ice cream

Find local news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening. This week includes Filoli's Great Big Garden Bonanza, cooking classes, vegetable planting and ice cream (education and tasting).

GARDEN BONANZA ... Visit Filoli on Friday, July 31 and Saturday, Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for its Great Big Garden Bonanza. The two-day event at 86 Cañada Road, Woodside, will feature garden walks, talks, demos and hands-on activities for all ages. Programs are free for members or included with paid admission to Filoli, except for a special presentation from Teri Dunn Chace, author of "Seeing Flowers: Discover the Hidden Life of Flowers." The talk, held from 2-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, costs $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers. Info: Filoli Summer Celebration

IN THE KITCHEN ... Master new cooking skills with classes offered by Sur La Table, 855 El Camino Real, Suite 57, Palo Alto. Programs scheduled for July include "Date Night: Summer in Tuscany" (Joe Sivils, July 18, 7 p.m., $79); "Mastering the Grill: Seafood" (Beatrice Ricart, July 19, 4 p.m., $79); "Fresh Mediterranean Flavors" (Joe Sivils, July 25, 1 p.m., $69); and "Girls Night Out: Tasty Summer Tapas" (Elizabeth Prado, July 26, 4 p.m., $69). Sign up before seats are gone. Info: 650-289-0438, cooking073@surlatable.com or Sur La Table online calendar

START, MOVE, PROTECT ... Learn how to grow cool-season vegetables on Saturday, Aug. 1 from 10-11 a.m. at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, Center Road near Martin Street, Palo Alto. At the free event, Master Gardener Ann Burrell will show attendees how to start from seed, transplant and protect plants from pests. Info: Growing Cool-Season Vegetables

FROM COW TO CUP ... Make homemade, organic vanilla ice cream from start to finish on Saturday, Aug. 1 from 3-4 p.m. at Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. For ages 5 and up, this event will allow guests to meet Vida, the dairy cow, and learn how ice cream is made. After the educational portion, participants can enjoy the sweet treat topped with fruits and herbs from the on-site garden. The entire program costs $15 per person. Info: Manure to Meadow to MMMMmmm!

Send notices of news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening to Home Front, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302, or email bmalmberg@paweekly.com. Deadline is one week before publication.

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