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Make lip balm, eat a veggie dinner, buy holiday arrangements, explore exotic edibles and call the plant hotline

Find local news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening. This week includes a diy lip balm class, Monday night vegetarian dinner, a holiday greens and arrangements sale, a workshop about exotic edibles and a plant hotline.

DIY LIP BALM ... Learn how to make lip balm on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 11 a.m. to noon, at Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. Participants will be guided through the process, which uses simple tools and ingredients. During the class, each student will make five lip balms in one of these scents: spearmint, grapefruit, lemon grass, jasmine, ylang-ylang, vanilla, lavender or gingerbread house. All five lip balms will be the same scent. The event is open to anyone 12 years of age or older and costs $35 per person. Info: Hidden Villa events

VEGGIE DINNER ... Enjoy gingery Chinese winter greens stir-fry and sesame-lemon cookies at Monday Night Vegetarian Dinners, including this Monday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto. This week features an Asian-inspired menu prepared by chef Gary Alinder. Anyone is welcome to come and dine for $18. Guests must register by Monday at noon. Info: 650-599-3320 or Monday Night Vegetarian Dinners

DECORATE FOR THE HOLIDAYS ... Buy holiday greens and custom arrangements on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Locals can pick up fresh holiday greens for their home or have Gamble's flower arranging experts create for them a holiday arrangement. Arrangements can be customized in either a provided container or one purchased during the sale. Those using provided containers can drop them off between Monday, Dec. 7, and Wednesday, Dec. 11. The custom arrangement will then be ready for pick-up at the sale. Info: Holiday Greens and Arrangement Sale

EXOTIC EDIBLES ... Explore the region's unusual edible fruits and nuts on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2-5 p.m., at Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. Class participants will learn about jujubes, babacos and more from David Cody and John Valenzuela, who have a background in permaculture and exotic plants. The minimum donation for the class is $25. Info: Gardening on the Edge: Exotic Edibles

PLANT HOTLINE ... Ask Master Gardeners all your plant questions during their walk-in clinic hours every Friday, 1-4 p.m., at the Gamble Garden Library, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. They also take calls at 650-329-1356, ext. 205.

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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