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CHANGE OF SEASONS ... Local gardeners can gear up for spring with the help of UCCE Master Gardeners during a drop-in Winter to Spring Plant Clinic on Saturday, Feb. 13, 9-11 a.m. at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Master Gardeners will supply tips on coping with frost damage, utilizing compost, timing for plantings, handling diseases and pests, soil types, plant nutrition, cultivation practices, pruning roses, selecting bare-root roses and more. A rose expert will be available, and handouts will be provided. Admission is free. Info: or 408-282-3110

SHARING TIME ... Transition Palo Alto invites community members to bring something to share while picking up helpful knowledge and items at its latest Share Faire on Sunday, Feb. 14, 1-3 p.m., in rooms A3 and A7 at the Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. There will be garden produce, arts and crafts supplies, books, toys and clothes -- as well as demonstrations on subjects such as music, bike repair and video storytelling. This February event has a theme of "The Fabric of our Community." Info:

KEEP IT GOING ... Rather than condemning favorite items to the landfill, local residents can enlist the help of a volunteer in getting goods back into working condition at the next Repair Café; on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Volunteers can assist in fixing bicycles, clothing, computers, jewelry, lamps, mechanical items, small appliances, furniture and more. There is no cost for repairs, though visitors may be asked to pay for some supplied parts. Info:

PUTTING DOWN ROOTS ... Arborist Tom Cronin will share knowledge about the selection and care of fruit trees during a hands-on workshop called "Homesteading 101: All About Bare Root Trees" on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2-4 p.m., at Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. Among other topics, he will cover the definition of bare root, tree and plant selection, timing, hole size, planting depth and tree fertilization. The class costs $36.87. Info:

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