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Enjoy a veggie dinner, stroll through the neighborhood, learn about bees and receive sandbag assistance

Find local news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening. This week includes a Monday night vegetarian dinner, a guided tree walk through the Barron Park neighborhood, a beekeeping course and sandbag installation assistance.

VEGGIE DINNER ... Enjoy velvety carrot-ginger soup, polenta cakes, Italian lentil stew, oatmeal snickerdoodles and more at next week's Monday Night Vegetarian Dinner on Monday, Jan. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto. This week features a New Year Comfort Foods menu prepared by chefs Michael Bauce and Marta Serda. Anyone is welcome to come and dine for $19.98. Guests must register by Monday at 9:30 a.m. Info: 650-599-3320 or Monday Night Vegetarian Dinners

NEIGHBORHOOD STROLL ... Walk through Barron Park and learn about the trees on Saturday, Jan. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon. The tree walk begins at Cornelis Bol Park, near the intersection of Laguna Avenue and Laguna Court. Canopy staff and an expert arborist will lead the free, two-hour walk. Participants will learn about local tree specimens, including how to identify them and their historical context. In addition, experts will answer questions and share tree selection and care advice. Canopy asks that participants RSVP online before the tree walk. For those interested but unable to attend this tree walk, Canopy offers self-guided tour information for Barron Park and more than 10 other neighborhoods and local sites. Info: Canopy Tree Walks

ALL ABOUT THE BEES ... Learn about beekeeping on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2-4 p.m., at Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. The Homesteading 101 course offers information for new and avid beekeepers, or apiarists. Gwyn Murray, who will be teaching the course, has been gardening and beekeeping for many years and looks forward to sharing her knowledge. She will cover basic bee biology, hive anatomy, hive behavior and more. Tickets can be purchased online and range from $30 to $50. Info: Homesteading 101: Beekeeping

SANDBAG ASSISTANCE ... Participate in the City of Palo Alto's sandbag installation adviser pilot program, which aims to educate residents on sandbag placement around homes. Residents can contact the Public Works/Public Services Division at 650-496-6974 to schedule an appointment or learn more about the program. Adviser appointments will be available until Friday, Jan. 1.

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 bmalmberg@paweekly.com. Deadline is one week before publication.

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