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Try a cooking class, plant trees for MLK Day, learn about Japanese maple trees and see orchids from around the world

Find local news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening. This week includes January cooking classes, a service day with Canopy and the NFL, a program about Japanese maple tree care and a global orchid show and sale.

NEW YEAR, NEW RECIPES ... Start the new year with new cooking skills and recipes offered by Sur La Table, 855 El Camino Real, Suite 57, Palo Alto. Programs for January include, but are definitely not limited to, "Cooking Without Recipes" (Beatrice Ricart, Jan. 9, 1 p.m., $69); "4 Desserts Every Cook Should Know" (Elizabeth Prado, Jan. 10, 9 a.m., $69); "Healthy Cooking for the New Year" (Beatrice Ricart, Jan. 12, 11 a.m., $69); and "Delicious Dim Sum" (Peggy Aoki, Jan. 13, 6:30 p.m., $69). Sign up before seats are gone. Info: 650-289-0438, or Sur La Table

MLK DAY ... Help plant trees and shrubs on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 18, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Martin Luther King Park, 435 Daisy Lane, East Palo Alto. Canopy is partnering with the NFL to plant more than 60 trees and shrubs in the park. Volunteers can sign up online to participate. Info: or Canopy events

TREE ADVICE ... Learn about how to care for Japanese maple trees on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. in Room 12 of the Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. The De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society will present a program from Arnie Cornez on selection, care and pruning of Japanese maple trees. Cornez is a longtime volunteer at Hakone Estate & Gardens in Saratoga, handling aesthetic pruning of Japanese maples and fruit trees. The program is free, and refreshments will be served. Info: The De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society

GLOBAL ORCHIDS ... See and buy orchids on Saturday, Jan. 23, and Sunday, Jan. 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City. During the Peninsula Orchid Society's annual show and sale, titled Orchids Around the World, attendees can see blooming orchids, attend seminars, watch demonstrations and purchase orchids. Admission will be $5 for adults, $3 for seniors ages 62 and older, $3 for children ages 12-16, and free for children under age 12 who are accompanied by an adult. Info: Peninsula Orchid Society

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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