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Home front: Get help for orchids, build an organizer

Also: Rents slightly decrease in December

A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a visit with the “orchid doctor” at Filoli and a workshop where you can build an entryway organizer.

THE ORCHID DOCTOR ... Got an orchid that's spotty, not blooming, or even looks dead? Find out what might be ailing your exotic plant and learn how to help it when the orchid doctor, Paul Bourbin, comes to Filoli on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2-4 p.m. Bring your plant or a photo to the event. Bourbin, who has 30 years of experience with orchids, will offer repotting demonstrations and plant identification. Free with purchase of Filoli admission: $22 adults; $18 seniors (65+); $15 student, teacher, military; $11 children (5-17 years old); free to children under 5 years old. Filoli is located at 86 Cañada Road, Woodside. For more information, call 650-364-8300 or visit filoli.org.

CUBE ORGANIZER WORKSHOP ... Pick up a new skill and get a little more organized at a workshop on Thursday, Jan. 16, 6:30-8 p.m. held at Home Depot, where you'll learn to make a cube organizer. This organizer is designed to fit 12" boxes and would be a good fit for an entryway or mudroom. Home Depot associates lead the class. Purchase materials to make your own project. Home Depot is located at 1781 E. Bayshore Road, East Palo Alto. For more information, call 650-462-6800 or visit homedepot.com/workshops.

RENT SLIGHTLY INCREASES ... Rents in Palo Alto increased 0.2% over the past month, and have gone up by 3.2% compared to the same time last year, according to the January rent report from Apartment List. "Palo Alto's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.1%, as well as the national average of 1.4%," according to the report, which also noted that median rents in Palo Alto are $2,543 for a one-bedroom apartment and $3,189 for a two-bedroom, far out-stripping the national median average of $1,192. But even so, as the report showed, Palo Alto didn't have the fastest rent growth in the San Jose metropolitan area: Los Gatos saw 3.4% growth in rent compared to last year. Read the full report at apartmentlist.com.

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