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Home front: grow Asian veggies; Filoli in the fall

Also, where to find reclaimed fabrics in Mountain View

A roundup of home and garden news and events on the Midpeninsula, including an upcoming class on growing Asian vegetables, Filoli's upcoming fall festivities and a free home remodeling seminar.

GROWING ASIAN VEGGIES ... The Santa Clara County Master Gardener program will offer a free class on Thursday, Aug. 16, on "Growing Asian Vegetables," such as bok choy, scallions and dill. Master Gardener Jean Lee will hold the class from 7-8 p.m. in the Community Room at Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

FILOLI IN THE FALL ... The 654-acre Filoli estate is kicking off its annual fall festivities with special events that run from Sept. 7 through Nov. 4 . This year's theme, "Golden Harvest," honors the estate's agricultural, homesteading and preservation practices. There will be antique farm equipment throughout the property, tours of the Gentleman's Orchard and tales from the families and staff who built Filoli. Be sure to view the mixed-media art exhibit that will be on display at the Visitor and Education Center. And on Saturday, Sept. 22 , the estate will hold its daylong Autumn Festival, celebrating family and cultural traditions related to the fall harvest. There will be heirloom fruit tasting from Filoli's orchards, autumn-themed floral demonstrations, orchard walks, live entertainment and other activities, including pumpkin decorating, puppet shows and a cider tasting, as well as a beekeeping demonstration and visits from zoo animals. From 5-7 p.m., enjoy the Autumn Afterglow with food, music, and beer tasting from Fort Point Brewery at the Woodland Beer Garden. Filoli is located at 86 Canada Road, Woodside. For tickets or more information, go to filoli.org.

THINKING ABOUT REMODELING? ... Not sure what scope your remodeling project should take? Harrell Remodeling is holding a free seminar on Saturday, Sept. 15 , to help homeowners review their design options and decide whether they should refresh, reface or do a complete redesign. The event will be from 9-11 a.m. at 944 Industrial Ave., Palo Alto. For more information, go to harrell-remodeling.com.

LOCAL FABRIC RESOURCE ... Looking for unique textiles for your next art project? FabMo offers reclaimed fabrics and other high-end materials from the design world to artists, teachers and others for their creative reuse. The nonprofit diverts about 70 tons of textiles, wallpapers, tiles, leathers, trims and other materials from the landfill each year and makes them available to the public on a donation basis. The organization opens its Mountain View warehouse to the public three days each month. It's best to make an appointment about a week beforehand. To schedule an appointment, go to fabmo.org. The warehouse is located at 970 Terra Bella Ave. #8, Mountain View.

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