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GAMBLE GARDEN BOOK ... A new hardcover book about Gamble Garden celebrating the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden is available online or at local bookstores including Books Inc. and Bell's Books in Palo Alto, Kepler's Books in Menlo Park, Ladera Garden and Gifts in Portola Valley, and Emily Joubert Home & Garden in Woodside. The book, "Gamble Garden: Landscape of Optimism," by Susan Woodman, shows how the garden has become a haven and a treasured community centerpiece. The 136-page hardcover book costs $40 plus tax and contains 200 color photographs. All proceeds benefit Gamble Garden. Order online at or go to the local bookstores listed above.

WEEDING TIPS? ... The Weekly's Home and Real Estate section is interested in your strategies for weeding your garden. Can this often boring and thankless task be made better with certain tools? Times of day? Do you water the ground first? When you have to weed, what do you do that makes it easier? Email your ideas with the subject "weeding" to, and you might see your tip in print.

CALLING STUDENTS ... If you are in middle or high school and like the outdoors, are self-motivated and organized, Acterra has an opportunity for you if you are interested in local ecology, the outdoors, and meeting others who enjoy habitat restoration work. You will receive a certificate of completion with successful fulfillment of the requirements. Commitment: Volunteer a total of 30 hours over the course of the summer, any day, any site. Bring your work log to all events and have the Acterra staff member leading the workday sign off on your hours. The hours may be completed between June 1 and Aug. 31. Create an 11x17 (or larger) summer highlights poster to share about your experience or something related to your work over the course of the summer, as well as other projects and research. Projects are due Aug. 20. Information is available at or by emailing

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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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