POST-CHRISTMAS CLEAN-UP ... Live Christmas trees (not the plastic varieties) may be cut into 4-foot lengths and left at the curb in Palo Alto on regular trash-collection day — minus the tinsel, ornaments, tree stands and nails. Pick-up scheduled for New Year's Day will be done on Saturday, the next day. Trees may also be dropped off at no cost at the compost area of the city's landfill, at the east end of Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto, until Feb. 1. The landfill is open daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information, call GreenWaste at 650-493-4894.
NEW YEAR, NEW SKILLS ... Palo Alto Adult School is offering a variety of classes designed to improve one's skills in gardening and home arts, including: "Floral Design with Ikebana," Tuesdays, Jan. 5-March 9, 1 to 4 p.m. (Thanh Kosen Nguyen, Cubberley B-2, $65 + $100 flower materials fee payable to instructor); "Upholstering: Basic Techniques," Tuesdays, Jan. 5-March 9, or Thursdays, Jan. 7-March 11, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Marjorie DuBois, Ann Laveroni, Kathleen Koenig and Ann Rose, Palo Alto High School Upholstering Room 904, $195); "Gardening," Wednesdays, Jan. 6-March 10, 10 a.m. to noon (Sherri Bohan, Cubberley A-2, $35); "Sewing," Wednesdays, Jan. 6-March 10, 7 to 10 p.m. (DeAnne Appleton, JLS Middle School Sewing Room 140, $65 +$10 materials fee payable to the instructor). To register, visit www.paadultschool.org or call 650-329-3752.
TRACKING STORMS ... If you live near a creek, you might want to keep your eye on creek levels during major storms. Visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/earlywarning/creekmonitor.html for real-time information at five locations, including San Francisquito, Matadero and Adobe creeks, rainfall at Foothills Park and tide levels. Sandbags will be available at the Palo Alto Airport (end of Embarcadero Road) and Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto. To contact Palo Alto Public Works about blocked storm drains (and mudslides), call 650-496-6974 weekdays between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. or 650-329-2413 after hours.