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Rose hip learning, workday hiking, animal meeting, Thanksgiving dining and Canopy pruning

Find local news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening. This week includes a rose hip presentation on Nov. 20, a Foothills Park hike and workday on Nov. 22, an animal lesson on Nov. 22, a vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 23 and a tree pruning course on Dec. 5.

ROSE KNOWLEDGE ... Learn all about rose hips on Friday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City. Barbara Gordon will present about rose hips, which are the fruit of a rose plant, during the Peninsula Rose Society meeting. The free event is open to members and nonmembers, and a potted rose bush and gift cards will be raffled off. Info: 650-465-3967 or Peninsula Rose Society

HIKING WORKDAY ... Hike and help restore the habitat in Foothills Park on Sunday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon, at 3300 Page Mill Road, Los Altos Hills. For the Acterra Stewardship Program workday, volunteers will meet at the Orchard Glen Picnic Area and then hike 2 miles to the worksite. Once there, volunteers will remove invasive plants, install native plants and perform trail maintenance. Minors under the age of 18 must bring a waiver signed by a guardian, and children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult unless prior approval is obtained. Volunteers should bring water and dress for outdoor work. Info: Restoration Projects: Foothills Park

WALK WITH THE ANIMALS ... Meet reptiles, amphibians, mammals and birds on Sunday, Nov. 22, 12:30-2:30 p.m., at the EcoCenter, 2560 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. During this program, kids will meet different animals from the Sulphur Creek Nature Center in Hayward. This is the fourth 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. Info: Kid Powered!

THANKSGIVING DINNER ... Enjoy a vegan Thanksgiving celebration on Monday, Nov. 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto. Anyone is welcome to come and dine for $23. Guests must register by Sunday, Nov. 22, at 9:30 p.m. Info: 650-599-3320 or Monday Vegetarian Dinners

CANOPY PRUNING ... Learn how to prune young trees on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Costano Elementary School, 2695 Fordham St., East Palo Alto. The Canopy workshop includes classroom work, field training and hands-on learning. Info: Canopy events

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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