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Find local news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening. This week includes a document shredding event on Nov. 7, a rain lesson for kids on Nov. 8, a plant diagnosis opportunity on Nov. 13, a Jumbo Sale with FabMo on Nov. 14 and a ceramics sale on Nov. 14-15.

DOCUMENT SHREDDING ... Gather up old paperwork and head to the Sunnyvale Materials Recovery and Transfer (SMaRT) Station on Saturday, Nov. 7, 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. Info: Document shredding event

WHAT IS RAIN? ... Learn all about rain on Sunday, Nov. 8, 12:30-2:30 p.m., at the EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. During this program, kids can learn all about the properties of water, and how it becomes rain, clouds and ice. This is the second of a four-part series called Kid Powered! from Environmental Volunteers. The sessions are open to first- through fifth-grade students, and the suggested fee is $20 per child per session. The next two program days will be "Under the Ground!" on Nov. 15 and "Walk with the Animals" on Nov. 22. Info: Kid Powered!

PLANT PROBLEMS ... Solve plant problems with the help of a Master Gardener on Friday, Nov. 13, 1-2:30 p.m., at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Master Gardener Roberta Barnes will help locals figure out what's wrong with their plants by answering questions and providing diagnoses. Info: What's Wrong With My Plant?

JUMBO SALE ... Browse and purchase designer fabric on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at FabMo, 970 Terra Bella, Mountain View. These Jumbo Sale events feature the same high-quality materials that FabMo offers during its monthly selection events, just bigger pieces. Info: FabMo Jumbo Sale

COMMUNITY CERAMICS ... Buy and see ceramics made by locals on Saturday, Nov. 14, and Sunday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Art in Clay event at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The exhibit and sale is presented by the Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild and features works from more than 70 local artists. During the free event, guests can mingle with the artists, buy handmade ceramics and enjoy light refreshments. Info: 2015 Art in Clay

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