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DO ONE THING IN APRIL ... April is a great month to replenish your emergency food supply, according to the Midtown Residents Association. This doesn't have to be food that sits on a shelf and is never eaten; it can be part of the food you use every day. The key to a good food storage plan is to buy ahead of time. Replace items before they run out. Buy items when they are on sale. A large duffel bag or plastic tub with a lid makes a great storage place for an emergency food supply. Make sure your family, including pets, will have what they need when disaster strikes. Buy a three-day emergency food supply for your household.

GROW THOSE RHOS ... Rhododendrons can be perfect for the small garden or patio, according to Mike McCullough, a member of the De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society. To teach people how to grow them, group members will be leading a program titled "Rhododendrons 101," explaining how to care for rhododendrons, on Wednesday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m., in room 12 of the Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Many of the members of the De Anza Chapter have been growing rhododendrons for years and will be bringing flowers of their plants so that people can see the variety. McCullough has more than 30 Maddenii Series rhododendrons growing in containers and will tell how this series of rhododendrons can be grown in 15-gallon containers for more than 20 years.

MOMS DAY AT FILOLI ... B Filoli's Centennial and Mother's Day== at the 2016 Filoli Flower Show will take place from Thursday, May 5, through Sunday, May 8, featuring floral interpretations of California Then and Now 1916-2016 created by dozens of professional and amateur designers. Visit many of California's most iconic sites and events of the past 100 years in the beautifully furnished and preserved historic house and renowned formal garden. The traditional Mother's Day weekend event will also feature flower-accented vintage cars in the house courtyard, dozens of floral arrangements, elegant table settings, and children's bouquets. This year, you can expect to see fairy gardens, hanging gardens, wreaths and baskets on the tennis court, where you can also dine and listen to music on Saturday and Sunday. Flower-arranging demonstrations will take place Friday and Saturday. Info and tickets: filoli.org.

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