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Purchase Gamble Garden's new cookbook, shop at The Main Gallery's holiday gift market, care for area trees, borrow a sewing machine and discover farm life

Find local news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening. This week includes a chance to purchase Gamble Garden's new cookbook, a holiday art market, a tree care volunteer opportunity, the availability of sewing machines and an adventure on the farm.

RECIPE RELEASE ... Purchase Gamble Garden's first-ever cookbook, titled "Treasured Recipes," and try some of the favored recipes from the nonprofits 23-year history of luncheons and teas. The cookbook can be purchased at the Gamble Garden office, 1431 Waverley St., until Dec. 18 or online any time. Each book costs $23, plus shipping if ordered online. Info: Gamble Garden's "Treasured Recipes"

HOLIDAY GIFT MARKET ... Do some holiday art shopping through Thursday, Dec. 31, excluding Dec. 24 and 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at The Main Gallery, 1018 Main St., Redwood City. At this free event, shoppers can purchase local art from the gallery's holiday gift market. Art for sale includes ornaments, jewelry, scarves, paintings, ceramics and more from 20 local artists. Info: The Main Gallery's 2015 Holiday Show

LOCAL TREE CARE ... Join the nonprofits Canopy and Acterra for a Tree Care Service Day on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the East Palo Alto Charter School, 1286 Runnymede St., East Palo Alto. During the event, volunteers will help care for young trees near the school and native plants along the Bay Trail. Light snacks and tools will be provided by the nonprofits. Info: or Canopy events

SEW SEW SATURDAY ... Borrow a sewing machine, instead of a book, on Saturday, Dec. 19, 10:15-11 a.m., at the Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View. Sewers can book one of the four available sewing machines for the 45-minute time period. This is time to use a machine, but no instruction will be provided. Registration is required. Info: Mountain View Public Library events

OUT ON THE FARM ... Discover life on the farm this weekend, Dec. 19 and 20, from 10:30 a.m. to noon or 1-2:30 p.m., at Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. Visitors of all ages can see animals and learn about the connections between sweaters and sheep during the farm and garden tour. Registration is available online; admission is $10 per person over the age of 2. Info: Hidden Villa 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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