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Ivy clearing, architect performance, walk and volunteers needed

Find local news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening. This week includes a one-woman performance of the Hearst Castle architect, an exploratory tree walk and two calls for garden volunteers.

IVY CLEARING ... Improve the habitat along San Francisquito Creek by clearing ivy on Thursday, July 30, through the Acterra Stewardship Program. Volunteers of all ages can help 2-4 p.m. Minors under age 18 must bring a waiver signed by a guardian. Participants should bring a water bottle and wear sturdy shoes and long pants. Tools will be provided by Acterra. The group will meet across the street from 850 Palo Alto Ave., Palo Alto. Info: Acterra Stewardship Program

HEARST CASTLE ARCHITECT ... Watch Jill Jackson perform a one-woman show about the life of Julia Morgan, famed architect of Hearst Castle, on Thursday, July 30, at 7 p.m at the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Her performance will be followed by a talk and Q&A session with Roxann Jacobus, a retired Asilomar State Park ranger and Julia Morgan expert. Thanks to the Friends of Menlo Park Library, the event will be free and no preregistration is necessary. The library will close at 6 p.m., and the doors will reopen again in time for the performance. Info: Menlo Park Library

TREE WALK ... Join an expert arborist on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon on an exploratory walk around the Palo Verde neighborhood. At this event brought to you by the nonprofit Canopy, guests will learn about local trees, including deodar cedar, flowering dogwood and Scotch pine. The free Tree Walk begins in front of Palo Verde Elementary School, 3450 Loius Road, Palo Alto. Guests can sign up on the nonprofit's website. Canopy also offers Tree Walks through other neighborhoods on the second Saturday of every month. If you can't make it on a Saturday, you can download guides and maps for a self-guided tour. Info: Tree Walks

GARDEN VOLUNTEER ... Join the volunteer team and help maintain the historic William House Garden at the Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. No gardening experience is necessary, and volunteer time is flexible. Info: Sandra Roorda at 650-321-1004 or Museum of American Heritage

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 Deadline is one week before publication.


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