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Fall adult school enrollment, water monitoring, water conservation tips and bicycling basics

Find local news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening. This week includes the beginning of enrollment for the Palo Alto Adult School's fall quarter, water monitoring with Acterra along Stevens Creek, water conservation tips through the city and a bike refresher course hosted by Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition.

ADULT SCHOOL ... Enrollment for the Palo Alto Adult School's fall quarter begins today, Aug. 7. Anyone 18 years or older can embark on an educational quest through many subjects, including book binding, bird watching, upholstery basics, computer skills, Italian cooking, ukulele lessons and woodworking. The fall quarter runs from Sept. 14 to Nov. 20. Class prices and times vary. Info: Palo Alto Adult School

WATER CHECK ... Help monitor the water quality along Stevens Creek on Sunday, Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Acterra's staff and volunteers will be collecting data at nine sites along the waterway. Volunteers will record pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, specific conductance and turbidity. No experience is necessary to participate; training will be provided. Volunteers will meet at McClellan Ranch Preserve, 22221 McClellan Road, Cupertino. Participants must coordinate their own transportation. Minors under age 18 must bring a waiver signed by a guardian. Info: Acterra or

WATER CONSERVATION ... Learn about drought conditions and water use restrictions, supplies and conservation methods through the City of Palo Alto's free Water Conservation 101 workshop on Thursday, Aug. 13, 7-9 p.m. Topics will include local water-saving targets, leak detection, efficient irrigation tools, rebate opportunities and more. The workshop will be held at the Lucie Stern Community Center, Ballroom, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Info: 650-329-2241 or City of Palo Alto workshops

BIKE REFRESHER ... Learn and practice bicycle basics during an Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop on Saturday, Aug. 22, 7-8:30 p.m., at Palo Alto Bicycles, 171 University Ave., Palo Alto. The event is hosted by the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and funded in part by Bay Area Bike Share. During the free course, participants will learn about the rules of the road, route planning and the Bike Share program. After the one-hour class, 10 riders can sign up for a 30-minute, guided tour using Bike Share bikes. Helmets will not be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own. Info: Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition

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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