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BEST PLACE TO RENT ..., a national online application service linking landlords and renters has just released its own version of city rankings in California based on combined data from the US Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics, education rankings, citizen satisfaction ratings, natural language analysis and their own research to create a ranking of the best towns to live in California. Palo Alto ranked first on the list, followed by Mountain View, Santa Monica, San Ramon and Cupertino.

MAKE YOUR GARDEN ORGANIC ... Lyngso Garden Materials in San Carlos will hold a class on organic gardening on Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to noon. Save water in your drought-stressed garden and grow the beneficial microbes in your soil. Join Randy Ritchie, co-founder of Malibu Compost, to learn about biodynamic and holistic gardening practices. Learn how to use compost tea as a foliar spray and mitigate pests and diseases without chemical or synthetics. Most of all, learn to grow healthy food gardens and create healthy eco-systems around your home. Go to to register. The workshop will be held at Lyngso Garden Materials, 345 Shoreway Road, San Carlos. Please plan on arriving at least 10 minutes early, and no children please. If you have not arrived by the published start time the instructors will start seating from the waiting list. If you can't make it please call Lyngso Sales at 650-364-1730 or email

SUMMER GARDENING ... The Palo Alto Adult School will offer a "Gardening in Summer" class starting Wednesday, June 8 and running through July 13. Learn methods for banishing pests, getting through heat waves and other tricks of the trade. The class is 10 a.m. to noon at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Room A7, Palo Alto. The cost is $45. To register go to Contact Sherri Bohan at for more information.

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Short story writers wanted!

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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