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GAMBOL ON THE GARDEN TOUR . . . Palo Alto's Gamble Garden will have its annual Spring Garden Tour on Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour will be of five gardens selected for their designs that foster outdoor living -- entertaining, dining and lounging. Tickets are $30 for garden members and $35 for non-members and include lunch. Info: or 650-329-1356.

INSPECT THIS APP . . . There's an app for looking at houses, finding restaurants, rating appliances, seeing wait times for appointments, so why not requesting an inspection? The City of Palo Alto has launched its "Palo Alto Inspection Request" app, available of course at the Apple App Store or Google Play. The idea, the city says, is to "improve and expedite how contractors and permit holders request inspections," according to a city planning department press release. The Inspection Request app allows users to view permits by address and schedule one or more different types of inspections depending on the permit. Contractors can log in using their license number and view all their permits for multiple projects at once. The app also allows users to keep track of their scheduled inspections, set alerts on their mobile devices for the inspection time, and share the information with others such as site supervisor. Info: Development Services Department at 650-329-2496.

TALK ABOUT ROSES . . . The Peninsula Rose Society will get together for its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Redwood City Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave. in Redwood City. Past President Jolene Adams will talk about classic shrub roses, which are generally more disease-resistant than newer ones. Info: or 650-465-3967.

PRUNE A TREE ... If you've been wanting to learn how to prune a young tree, you have your chance tomorrow -- Saturday, April 16 -- with the nonprofit Canopy's instructors. The two-part workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the East Palo Alto Charter School, 1286 Runnymede St., East Palo Alto. Part 2 will be next Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to noon at the same location. Info and to sign up:


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