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Halloween celebration, flower arrangement lessons, scary creatures course, call for gardens and educational weekends for kids

Find local news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening. This week includes a Halloween magic at Gamble Garden, a flower arranging lesson from The Garden Club of Los Altos, a class about spiders and bats from Master Gardeners, a call for local native gardens and educational weekends for kids, starting with spooky science.

MAGICAL HALLOWEEN ... Celebrate Halloween on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Children can enjoy Rav the Wizard, pick pumpkins from the patch, wear their costumes, eat candy and drink witches brew. For all ages, member tickets cost $15 and nonmember tickets cost $20. Reservations are required. Info: Halloween Magic with Rav the Wizard

FLOWERS FOR FALL ... Learn how to arrange fall flowers on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 1:30 p.m. at the Los Altos Lutheran Church, 460 S. El Monte Ave., Los Altos. The Garden Club of Los Altos program costs $10 for guests and is free for members. Info: The Garden Club of Los Altos programs

SCARY CREATURES ... Learn about local bats and spiders on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 7:30-8:30 p.m., at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. The free course offered by the Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County helps residents learn about how spiders and bats live, what they eat, how they help humans and how humans can help them. Info: Spiders and Bats!

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. 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

KIDS AND NATURE ... Explore spooky science on Sunday, Nov. 1, 12:30-2:30 p.m., at the EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. This is the first of a four-part series called Kid Powered! from Environmental Volunteers. The sessions are open to first- through fifth-grade students, and registration for each session is preferred. Other program days include "It's Raining Fun" on Nov. 8, "Under the Ground!" on Nov. 15 and "Walk with the Animals" on Nov. 22. The suggested fee is $20 per child per session. Info: Kid Powered!

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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