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Home Front: Espaliered trees, soap and scholarships


This week's column highlights opportunities to garden and homestead.

ESPALIER EXPERTISE ... Certified arborist and aesthetic pruner Chris Ingram will lead a class on pruning espaliered fruit trees (trees trained to grow flat against a support or surface) on Sunday, Feb. 21, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Through both a lecture and field demonstration, Ingram will cover selection, planting and early training of espaliered fruit trees; how to prune and structure established ones; and the important differences in pruning needs of various fruit trees. The class costs $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Info: or 650-329-1356, ext. 201.

DO-IT-YOURSELF SOAP ... The Palo Alto Adult School has a shiny new offering: a one-day class with instructor Lori Stoia called "Making Soap from Scratch" held on Saturday, March 5 , from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Palo Alto High School, Room 1701, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Stoia will teach cold process soap making, in which oils and lye are mixed to create soap that cures over four to six weeks. Participants will take home a bar of soap and a detailed handout on the technique. The class costs $45, plus a $10 materials fee collected by the instructor. Info:

SPOTLIGHT ON SCHOLARS ... The Charitable Foundation of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors is sponsoring the 17th annual Silicon Valley Realtors Scholars Program, through which graduating seniors from 18 public high schools in the area will be distinguished for "their exemplary record, outstanding academic performance and community spirit," a press release from the association states. Representatives from each of the 18 schools, which include Gunn and Palo Alto high schools, will select three nominees. One student from each high school will then be chosen by a committee to receive a $1,000 scholarship. Students can obtain applications through their high schools, and applications must be returned to the school's principal or counselor by Monday, March 7 . Those looking for more info can contact Nina Yamaguchi at 408-861-8822 or


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