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This week's Home Front column features a call for teachers for the Spring Share Faire and a look at new Community Choice Energy programs in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

HIGH PRICES, STILL ... The inventory of homes in San Mateo County in February as well as total residential sales both increased by 8 percent over February 2015, according to the latest data by MLSListings Inc., a nonprofit that represents Realtor associations of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Pajaro Valley, Central Valley, and San Benito. San Mateo County inventory last month was 636 homes, compared with 587 a year ago; there were 196 sales as opposed to 181 in February 2015. In contrast, Santa Clara County saw its figures drop: Inventory decreased by 2 percent (1,717 homes in February compared to 1,761 a year ago) and sales declined by 1 percent (479 compared to 486 in 2015). For the region, "We are seeing more homes come on the market, fewer multiple offers from buyers, but high prices are keeping sales slow," Quincy Virgilio, chairman of MLSListings, stated in a press release.

ENERGY CHOICES ... Cities in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties have recently decided to create new Community Choice Energy programs that could increase the use of renewable energy, according to the Palo Alto nonprofit Acterra. What will these programs mean for local utility customers, what choices still lie ahead regarding electricity rates, and how can people find out more? Steve Attinger, environmental sustainability coordinator for the City of Mountain View, and Kirsten Pringle, sustainability fellow with San Mateo County, will discuss the program on Thursday, March 31, 7:30-9 p.m. at the Raptor Room, 3921 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto.

SHARING SKILLS ...= Calling people with "mad skillz"! Transition Palo Alto is seeking teachers for its food-and-garden themed Spring Share Faire on Sunday, April 10, 1-3 p.m. at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Teachers should be able to teach their skill in 30 minutes or less and can email to express their interest. Share Faires are sponsored by Transition Palo Alto, FabMo,, Deborah's Palm, Friends of the Palo Alto Library, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, and Zero Waste Palo Alto. Info:

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