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Compost class, weeding volunteers, Peninsula Rose Society milestone and document shredding

Find local news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening. This week includes a composting class from the City of Palo Alto, Byrne Preserve restoration with Acterra, 60-year anniversary event for the Peninsula Rose Society and a document shredding event in Sunnyvale.

COMPOST BASICS ... Learn how to enhance your garden's soil and overall health during a compost course from the City of Palo Alto on Saturday, Aug. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Participants will see how compost helps plants gain nutrients, develop root structures and hold water. This free course, and two others later in the fall (Sept. 5 and Oct. 24), provides locals the knowledge they need to start composting. Anyone interested can register online or call 408-918-4640. Info: City of Palo Alto workshops

WEED BATTLE ... Restore the Byrne Preserve ecosystem by removing invasive plants and weeds on Monday, Aug. 17 or Monday, Aug. 31. Acterra staff and volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the parking lot along Altamont Road next to the Westwind Community Barn and work until 11:30 a.m. (The nearest address is 27210 Altamont Road in Los Altos Hills.) Minors under the age of 18 must bring a waiver signed by a guardian. Volunteers should wear long pants and sturdy shoes, and bring sunscreen and water. Info: Acterra or

ROSE ANNIVERSARY ... Celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Peninsula Rose Society (PRS) on Friday, Aug. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City. Attendees will learn about the organization's founding on Aug. 28, 1955, and other happenings in its 60-year history. During the evening, Barry Johnson, PRS historian, will show 35-mm slides that date back to 1978, and other members will give talks. The free event is open to members and nonmembers. Info: Peninsula Rose Society events

DOCUMENT SHREDDING ... Gather up old paperwork and head to the Sunnyvale Materials Recovery and Transfer (SMaRT) Station on Saturday, Aug. 22, from 8 a.m. to noon. Located at 301 Carl Road in Sunnyvale, the SMaRT Station will be shredding and recycling documents from residents of its partner cities: Mountain View, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale. Residents must bring proof of residency. During the event, people may dispose of up to five banker-sized boxes of paper. Materials will be shredded on-site by Cintas. Info: City of Palo Alto document shredding events

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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