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NO FUSS PLANTS ... UC Master Gardener David Peterson will talk about "Gardening in our Bay Area's Mediterranean Climate" on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Topics for the free talk include California native plants — and why they are drought-tolerant and less "fussy" in upkeep; soil types; watering; and caring for newly planted Mediterranean or native plants. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners.org.

FALL COLOR ... Arborist Herb Fong will lead a free fall-foliage tree walk through the Barron Park neighborhood on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at Cornelis Bol Park, near the intersection of Laguna Avenue and Laguna Court. Don't forget to visit the donkeys. Information: 650-964-6110 ext. 2, visit www.canopy.org/pages/calendar.php or e-mail sharon@canopy.org.

GROW YOUR OWN GIFTS ... Jody Main, garden writer and educator, will teach a class on creating "Gifts from the Garden" on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Common Ground Education Center, 599 College Ave., Palo Alto. Wreaths, swaths and table arrangements can be made from herbs and flowers; Main will teach how to organically grow, decorate and create handcrafted gifts from the garden. Cost is $31 plus $25 materials fee. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org or http://giftsfromthegarden.eventbrite.com/.

SAY IT WITH CHOCOLATE ... Cindy Roberts will demonstrate how to make "Chocolate Confections," including dipped chocolates, truffles and chocolate bark, on Monday, Nov. 15, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Through demonstration, participation and sampling, students will learn how to temper and design chocolates with standard household equipment. Cost is $50. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org

ORCHID BUDDIES ... Christy Hartsell, who has a collection of more than 400 plants in his Palo Alto garden, will talk about Vireya series rhododendrons and why they are an excellent companion plant for orchids, on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. for the De Anza Chapter, American Rhododendron Society. The group meets in Room 12 of the Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Information: www.deanza-ars.com.

QUICKY MEALS ... Yannette Fichou Edwards will focus on "Fast and Fabulous" meals on Thursday, Nov. 18, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Menu includes Chicken Marsala with mushrooms, Cilantro Pesto, salmon with chiffonade basil and Peking Sesame Beef. Cost is $50. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org.


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