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NATIVE PLANT SALE ... Conserve water and make your garden beautiful this season by introducing California native plants. The Santa Clara Valley Native Plant Society and Acterra Nursery will hold a Native Plant Sale at Hidden Villa Ranch in Los Altos Hills on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Browse T-shirts, books, posters and note cards featuring native plants. Renew or purchase a new native plant society membership. Free demonstrations will include a planting method for native plants at 12:30 p.m. and "Success with Native Plants" at 1 p.m. Speak to experts about lawn alternatives, such as native perennials, wildflowers and grasses. Free parking. Come early for the best selection; bring boxes to carry your purchases home. For more information, visit, email or call 650-260-3450.

GARDEN MYTHS VERSUS SCIENCE ... UC Master Gardeners will hold a class on "Garden Myths and Garden Science: How to Know What Really Works," on Thursday, Oct. 20, 7-8:30 p.m. Do carrots really love tomatoes? Will bone meal help bulbs grow better? Master Gardener Candace Simpson will discuss how some common garden advice stacks up against science-based gardening information. The class will be at Palo Alto's Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road.

FABULOUS FABRIC ... The 8th Annual FabMo Textile Art Boutique will be held Saturday

Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real. FabMo is a MountainView-based nonprofit organization started by a Palo Alto couple that collects high-end fabric, wallpaper, carpet and tile samples from design showrooms in San Francisco and San Jose. These are samples that were formerly just thrown away and given away monthly. The organization has a dual mission of reducing unnecessary waste (over 70 tons of material are collected yearly) and encouraging creativity. The Textile Arts Boutique is a craft show designed to showcase the creative talents of the FabMo community and promote the concept of creative reuse to the public. All items for sale at the Boutique must contain at least 30 percent FabMo sourced materials.

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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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