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Veggie dinner, library learning, flower arrangements, City Hall replant and call for gardens

Find local news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening. This week includes a veggie dinner on Monday night, a gardening workshop at the Rinconada Library on Thursday, a flower arrangement demonstration on Oct. 16, City Hall relandscaping on Oct. 17 and a call for native gardens that lasts until the end of the month.

VEGGIE DINNER ... Nibble on steamed kale and almond crunch cake at Monday Night Vegetarian Dinners, including this Monday, Oct. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto. Anyone is welcome to come and dine for $18. For Monday's Warming Autumn menu, guests must register by Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. Info: 650-599-3320 or online

GARDEN LIBRARY ... Learn about cool-season vegetables from Master Gardener Candace Simpson on Thursday, Oct. 15, 7-8:30 p.m., at the Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto. During the free course, participants will receive information on how to care for a vegetable garden in the fall to ensure a big, tasty harvest. There will also be a short plant clinic after the event, so guests are invited to bring along samples or photos pertaining to their gardening questions. This course is part of an ongoing series offered by the Master Gardeners and the library. Info: Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County events

FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS ... Watch a flower arrangement demonstration at the Peninsula Rose Society meeting on Friday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City. Arrangements will be raffled off at the meeting that is open to guests. Info: Peninsula Rose Society

CITY HALL REPLANT ... Help relandscape the main planter area at Palo Alto City Hall's King Plaza and learn how to create healthy soil on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, at 250 Hamilton Ave. The city's landscape architect Peter Jensen will teach participants about topics such as drip irrigation installation and rain barrel water harvesting. The event is free, but because of limited space, preregistration is required. Info: City of Palo Alto workshops

CALL FOR GARDENS ... Submit your garden by Saturday, Oct. 31, for inclusion in the Going Native Garden Tour 2016. To qualify, you must live in San Mateo or Santa Clara counties and have a garden that is comprised of 50 percent or more of California native plants. For a full list of considerations, people can visit the Going Native Garden Tour website. If selected, your garden will be included in the tour which will take place on April 9 and 10, 2016. Info: Going Native Garden Tour submission

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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