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Education leader training, first-time homebuying, gardening and worm composting

Find local news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening. This week includes an education leadership training through Canopy, first-time homebuyer course, access to garden experts and worm composting 101.

LEADER TRAINING ... Become a Canopy Education Leader this August through Canopy's three-part training program. The courses will take place on three consecutive Wednesdays Aug. 5, 12 and 19 at the Peninsula Conservation Center, 3921 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto. On completing the curriculum, participants are prepared to serve as education leaders with Canopy, teaching elementary and middle school students about trees through hands-on science. The free training will be taught by Canopy staff and two local education experts: Nico Janik, STEM coordinator for kindergarten-first grade at Ravenswood City School District, and Jennifer Saltzman, director of outreach education for the Stanford School of Earth Sciences. Info: Canopy

FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYER ... Take the first-time homebuyer class offered by Project Sentinel on Saturday, Aug. 8, at 9 a.m. The nonprofit, certified counseling agency's staff will walk participants through the purchase process during the eight-hour class. Questions covered during the course include "Can I afford the house I have been looking at?" and "What kind of loan is best for me?" Preregistration is required and can be done online. The course costs $40 and takes place in San Jose. The class is held regularly, so for those who can not attend this time, watch for future dates. Info: Project Sentinel

PLANT HOTLINE ... Ask Master Gardeners all your plant questions during their walk-in clinic hours every Friday 1-4 p.m. at the Gamble Garden Library, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. They also take calls at 650-329-1356, ext. 205.

WORM COMPOSTING ... Worm touching is optional, but encouraged, at Common Ground Garden's "Waste Not: Worm Composting 101" class on Saturday, Aug. 8, at 2 p.m. Master Gardener Patti Sexton, a vermicomposting expert, will teach participants about caring for and feeding compost worms, harvesting and using worm castings, and more during the two-hour class. In addition, Sexton will demonstrate how to prepare a new worm bed. If interested in purchasing worm composting equipment before the event, email The class costs $40 per person and will be held at 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. Those interested need to sign up online by Aug. 6. Info: Common Ground Garden

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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