TEA, ANYONE? . . . Gamble Garden Center will hold two Valentine's Day Teas on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Teas, at $20 per person, will include both sweets and savories. Monthly teas will be held March through June on the third Wednesday of the month. For information, call 650-329-1356 or visit www.gamblegarden.org.
SAVE OAK TREES . . . Master Gardener Abby Garner will offer a free workshop on keeping oak trees healthy by planting appropriate companions nearby on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Gamble Garden Center, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. The workshop will deal with special environmental and water needs, lawns, use of native plants and identifying plants dangerous to native oaks. For information, call the Master Gardener hotline at 408-282-3105 or visit www.gamblegarden.org.
SHADE GARDENING . . . Horticulturalist Dan Lurie will teach a three-part series focusing on Filoli's Woodland Garden. Part I: Introduction to the Woodland Garden, on Saturday, Feb. 17, will cover plant selection, layout and design (look for hellebores, creeping forget-me-knots and camellias). Part II: Care and Pruning, on May 19, deals with camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas. Part III: Ferns and Woodland Perennials on Sept. 15 will focus on ferns as well as other perennials (look for cyclamen, corydalis and lilyturf). All sessions are on Saturdays, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Cost for the series is $110 for non-members, $90 for members. For information, visit www.filoli.org or call 650-364-8300, ext. 508.
SILVAR SANTA . . . Silicon Valley Association of Realtors (SILVAR) and their affiliates raised more than $236,000 this year, which was distributed to youth, homeless and low-income individuals and families. Among the organizations receiving grants were: Achievekids, The Art of Yoga Project, Child Advocates, Community Association for Rehabilitation, Family Connections, Foundation for a College Education, Housing Industry Foundation, Los Altos High School Main Street Singers, Music for Minors, Inc., My New Red Shoes, Palo Alto Realtors Campaign for Partners in Education (PiE), Palo Alto Unified School District, Project Read-California Literacy Campaign, Rebuilding Together Peninsula, Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank, Shelter Network, Support Network for Battered Women, YES Reading and Youth Community Services. New officers this year include Coldwell Banker's Leannah Hunt, president-elect, and Gerry Lawrence, treasurer. Members of the 2007 Board of Directors include Gary Bulanti (Menlo Park), Josie Gambera (Los Altos), Julia Keady (Palo Alto), Gene Lentz (Menlo Park) and Toby Vanderbeek (Los Altos). Gary Bulanti was also recently named 2006 Realtor of the Year.
HOME WITH A PAST? . . . A scout for HGTV's "If Walls Could Talk" is seeking homes within three hours of Sacramento with a history -- or a mystery. They're looking for homeowners who've researched former residents of their homes, or who have found (often while restoring a home) relics (sometimes worth a fortune) that date back a ways. Homeowners who would like to be considered for the program can contact Shannon Brohard at 303-712-3172 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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