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Home front: worm compost; Mountain View arts fest

Also, rainwater barrel installation at Gamble Garden

A roundup of local home and garden events on the Midpeninsula, including worm composting, a Mountain View arts festival and a rainwater barrel.

WORMS AND DIRT ... The Master Gardener Demonstration Garden in Palo Alto turns much of its garden waste into compost that is used in the garden as soil amendment or mulch. Come see fast (hot) and slow compost being made on Saturday, Sept. 1 , at the garden at 851 Center Drive. An active worm bin for vegetable and fruit scraps also will be on display, with a demonstration of how to harvest worm castings and return worms to the bin. Get all your compost questions answered. A free Earth Machine compost bin or worm bin will be available to Palo Alto residents (one per family) attending the event, which is co-sponsored by the City of Palo Alto. To preregister, go to cesantaclara.ucanr.edu.

MOUNTAIN VIEW ARTS FEST ... Ceramics, paintings, photographs and sculptures will be among the art you can find at the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival on Saturday and Sunday Sept. 8 and 9 . The downtown (Castro Street) event will be from 11 a.m. to 7 pm. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Stroll and browse well-stocked booths and meet 500 artists and craftspeople. Admission is free. For festival information, call 650-968-8378 or visit mountainview.miramarevents.com.

READY FOR RAIN ... Grassroots Ecology, a volunteer organization that stewards creeks and watersheds, has teamed with Gamble Garden to construct a rain garden. The group will install a 60-gallon rain barrel and a 265-gallon tank to capture rainwater on Saturday, Sept. 8 , from 10 - 11 a.m. at 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. The goal of Grassroots Ecology's "Greening Urban Watersheds" program is to conserve water. Roads and roofs now cover about half of the permeable soils in our urban areas, and the runoff from these impermeable surfaces causes erosion and pollution. Rainwater capture reduces this impact and provides chlorine-free water that is free and good for soil and plant health, according to Grassroots Ecology. For more information go to gamblegarden.org

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