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Home Front: veggies and free stuff


YEAR-ROUND VEGGIES ... The Palo Alto Adult School will offer a class on the "Success in the Year-round Vegetable Garden: How to grow more, work less and reduce your environmental impact," Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m., starting Jan. 11 through Feb. 15. the instructor will be master gardener Candace Simpson, who will teach anyone, including the novice gardener, about growing a productive vegetable garden. Classes cover soil, irrigation, seeds and seedlings and pest management. Cost is $96. Go to to register.

SUSTAINABLE HARVEST ... Common Ground Garden will host a workshop on "Intro to Permaculture: Abundance through Applied Ecology," on Saturday Dec. 17, 2-3:30 p.m. The class will discuss practical ways you can use permaculture design in your life to grow your own healthy food, harvest and clean your own water, build your own home, transition your career, reduce your carbon footprint and increase your carbon 'rootprint' while building lasting, quality community relationships with people that share your values. Take an afternoon to reawaken your hope for the future of the environment and people everywhere. For more information and to register online:

FREE PAINT, OIL AND CLEANERS ... The City of Palo Alto has added new "reuse cabinets" to its Household Hazardous Waste Station. Residents can pick up free usable household products from the reuse cabinets. Products include paints, cleaners and unused motor oil. These items are screened by the City of Palo Alto before being placed in the cabinets for reuse. For more information call 650-496-5910. For the Household Hazardous Waste dropoff, residents of Palo Alto can drop off unwanted or unused toxic household items every Saturday, 9-11 a.m., and the first Friday of each month, 3-5 p.m. Holiday closures this year: Saturday Dec. 24 for Christmas and Saturday Dec. 31 for New Year's Eve. Limitations: 15 gallons or 125 pounds of household hazardous waste per visit and the person must be a Palo Alto resident (driver's license or vehicle registration). Reuse cabinets are located inside the HHW Station and are only open during HHW Station hours. The station is located at the Palo Alto Regional Water Quality Control Plant, 2501 Embarcadero Way in Palo Alto.

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