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Taste tomatoes, explore a park, learn from pros and build community

Find local news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening. This week includes a Byxbee Park exploration with Ranger Rich Bicknell on Sept. 13; a tomato fest at Gamble Garden on Sept. 12; a design and building expo in San Jose on Sept. 16; and an opportunity to join Habitat for Humanity in East Palo Alto from Sept. 23-25.

TOMATO EXTRAVAGANZA ... Try all things tomato at Gamble Garden's third annual Tomato Extravaganza on Saturday, Sept. 12, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. During the event, guests can taste different tomato varieties, share their tomato harvest, learn about tomatoes and meet other tomato enthusiasts. While the event is free, registration is requested. To register, email or call 650-329-1356. Info: Gamble Garden

PARK EXPLORATION ... Explore Byxbee Park with Ranger Rich Bicknell on Sunday, Sept. 13, 10-11 a.m. Participants will meet at the Byxbee Park parking lot, 2500 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. From there, they will blaze a trail together no two Byxbee Park adventures are the same. Birds, plants, bugs and more can be seen while exploring. All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is free and can be done online. Info: City of Palo Alto activities

HOME EXPO ... Join homeowners and remodeling professionals at the second annual Design & Build Expo on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 5:30-8:30 p.m. The event is hosted by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Silicon Valley chapter and will take place at 600 E. Trimble Road, San Jose. The expo will feature exhibits and presentations about current remodeling topics and technology. In addition, guests can win prizes, enjoy food, and network with professionals and homeowners. Tickets can be purchased online, and cost $10 for NARI members and $15 for nonmembers. Info: NARI

REVITALIZATION ... Put your handyperson skills to use in East Palo Alto during Habitat for Humanity's "Building Blocks: EPA" event from Sept. 23-25. Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco is partnering with homeowners and local organizations to revitalize homes, community facilities and landscapes in East Palo Alto. The three-day project ends with a block party on Friday, Sept. 25, 4:30-7:30 p.m., at the East Palo Alto Seventh-day Adventist Church, 994 Beech St., East Palo Alto. Info: Habitat Building Blocks

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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