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Home front: Tree care workday, Repair Cafe

Also, composting with worms workshop, changes to Palo Alto's energy efficiency requirements

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a volunteer workday to care for local trees, an event to fix your broken household items and meetings about changes to Palo Alto’s energy code.

TREE CARE WORKDAY... Help keep local trees growing strong at a Canopy volunteer workday on Saturday, July 27, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in East Palo Alto. Volunteers will water, mulch and weed around trees to ensure they have the proper growing conditions. All ages and experience levels welcome. Tools and gloves provided. Meet at East Palo Alto Charter School, 1286 Runnymede St., East Palo Alto. Register at or for more information, email

REPAIR CAFE ... Before you toss the toaster that won't pop up anymore or discard earbuds that have lost their beat, bring them by the Repair Cafe on Sunday, July 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Museum of American Heritage. This volunteer, community-run service offers quarterly events to help you repair small appliances and electronics. The service's aim is to encourage the repair and reuse of items and keep them out of the landfill. The Museum of American Heritage is located at 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. For more information, visit

COMPOSTING WITH WORMS... Too much green stuff? Or too much brown? Getting the right balance in compost can be tricky. Join UC Master Gardener Mint Pasakdee on Wednesday, July 31, 7-8:30 p.m. for a workshop on backyard composting and learn how to put worms to work in your composting system. Find out the science behind composting and get tips on how to make and sustain backyard compost to boost your garden's soil. The workshop takes place at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. For more information, call the UC Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY CODE CHANGES ... If you’re planning a remodel in Palo Alto, learn about some proposed changes to the city’s energy efficiency requirements. The City of Palo Alto Planning and Development Services Department is holding two meetings, Thursday, Aug. 1, 6-7 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 10, 10-11 a.m., to discuss proposed changes to the city’s energy “reach” code, which determines energy efficiency requirements in new construction and renovation projects. The meeting will cover how the updated energy code will comply with and, in some cases, surpass new state requirements. Both meetings will take place at the Mitchell Park Community Center, El Palo Alto Room, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. For the Aug. 1 meeting, register here. For the Aug. 10 meeting, register here. For more information, call 650-329-2179 or email

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