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Explore permaculture, celebrate grandparents, tour kitchens and start remodels

Find local news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening. This week includes an introduction to permaculture on Sept. 12, a day to celebrate grandparents at Gamble Garden on Sept. 13, a local kitchen tour to support the Children's Health Council on Sept. 19 and a home remodeling workshop on Sept. 23.

PERMA-CURIOUS? ... Explore permaculture and its everyday uses on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2-5 p.m., at Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. During the Urban Permaculture Institute of San Francisco (UPISF) workshop, co-founder David Cody will explain permaculture and then guide guests through a garden tour to show the permaculture vision. "I want this to be practical," Cody said. "I want people to come with curiosity and questions." Permaculture is a design system that aims to use patterns and features of natural ecosystems, and applications can range from compost toilets to graywater systems. This workshop is an introduction to the technique, but for those interested, UPISF offers a design course in East Palo Alto that starts in January. It offers participants a hands-on opportunity to start and develop a permaculture project. The course runs about 86 hours across 16 sessions and costs $1,050. Info: Common Ground Garden and Urban Permaculture Institute of San Francisco

GRANDPARENTS DAY ... Celebrate Grandparents Day on Sunday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Guests can enjoy a picnic under the oak tree or relax with a book in the garden during this free event. No RSVP is required. Info: Gamble Garden Grandparents Day

KITCHENS FOR GOOD ... Visit five local kitchens during the Children's Health Council Auxiliary's Fall Kitchen Tour on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will include designer meet and greets, kitchen inspiration, light refreshments and a vintage cookbook. Tickets cost $35 in advance and $40 on the day of the event at 3768 La Donna Ave., Palo Alto. All proceeds benefit the Children's Health Council. Info: Children's Health Council Auxiliary's Fall Kitchen Tour

HOME WORKSHOP ... Learn about whole house remodels and additions on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at 1954 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. As part of a Harrell Remodeling workshop series, participants will learn from industry experts and receive the tools they need to successfully start their next remodeling project. Info: Harrell Remodeling workshops

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 bmalmberg@paweekly.com. Deadline is one week before publication.

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