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LOCAL BONSAI SHOW ... The Kusamura Bonsai Club will hold its 56th Annual Show Saturday, April 30, from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. There will be demonstrations both days at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free. Bonsai pots and trees will be for sale, as well as other bonsai-related items. Info: kusamurabonsai.org.

CULTIVATING SOIL HEALTH ... The City of Menlo Park will host a free workshop on Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to noon on "Composting for Healthy Soil & Water-Efficiency." The free workshop is designed to introduce homeowners, commercial property managers, landscape service providers, and others to the concepts of water-efficient and sustainable landscaping, such as composting methods for water efficiency, the nature of soil and how to build organically rich, fertile gardens. Class size is limited. Info and to register: 650-349-3000 and menlopark.org/calendar.

LOCAL LANDSCAPES ... Visit gardens thriving in spite of continued water restrictions on Saturday, May 7, at the 2016 California Landscape Contractors Association's San Francisco Bay Area Garden Tour. Gardens will showcase creative models of livable space in the landscape. The tour, which will travel by bus from Peninsula Building Materials, 2490 Charleston Road, Mountain View, is $45 for members and $55 for non-members. Info: Julie Davis at julie@harrislandscaping.com, 650-391-3039 or clca.org.

ALL THAT FILOLI JAZZ ... Tickets for the annual Jazz at Filoli, which starts Father's Day, June 19, go on sale in phases starting May 9 for the whole series, followed by May 16 for members and May 31 for the public. Info: filoli.org.

GARDEN OF EATIN' ... Palo Alto's Common Ground will have its 10th annual Edible Garden Tour on July 23. More details to follow. If you are interested in having your garden as part of the tour or you would like to volunteer, go to commongroundgarden.org.

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The 33rd Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult (15-17) and Teen (12-14) categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by March 29. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category.

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