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Shop at The Main Gallery's holiday gift market, buy local produce at the farmers market, gain sewing knowledge, practice rose trimming techniques and learn about winter gardening

Find local news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening. This week includes a holiday art market, the California Avenue Farmers' Market, a sewing clinic, a rose trimming lesson and an eight-week winter gardening course.

HOLIDAY GIFT MARKET ... Do some holiday art shopping through Thursday, Dec. 31, excluding Dec. 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

CAL AVE MARKET ... Find local goods and produce on Sunday, Dec. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the California Avenue Farmers' Market on California Avenue near El Camino Real in Palo Alto. This year-round farmers market is sponsored by the California Avenue Area Development Association. Info: California Avenue Farmers' Market

SEWING TIME ... Gain sewing knowledge at the Fabric Arts Clinic on Monday, Jan. 4, 5-9 p.m., at the Cubberley Community Center, Studio U7, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Jennifer Gonsalves, an artist and costume designer, offers free sewing help during this monthly event. Event participants can also brainstorm for craft projects and exchange creative ideas. Info: Fabric Arts Clinic

READY FOR ROSES ... Practice rose trimming techniques on Saturday, Jan. 9, 10-11 a.m., at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto. During the free event, Master Gardener Kathleen Heckler will teach class participants how to keep roses healthy and offer guidance during hands-on practice. Participants should bring hand pruners and gloves, and wear long sleeves. Info: Rose Pruning Clinic

WINTER GARDENING ... Learn about winter gardening during an eight-week course that begins on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Cubberley Community Center, Room A7, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. This course is offered through the Palo Alto Adult School and costs $58. Instructor Sherri Bohan will teach students about organic disease control, soil, watering and more. The Palo Alto Adult School also offers a range of other courses during its winter quarter, which begins on Monday, Jan. 11. Info: or Gardening in Winter

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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