NO FUSS, NO SMELL ... A free "Worm Your Way Into Composting" workshop will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Pre-registration is required because space is limited. Information: 650-496-5910 or www.reducewaste.org
NATIVE PEOPLE AND PLANTS ... Frank Niccoli, horticulture educator and owner of The Village Gardener, will talk about "California Native People and Plants: A Symbiosis of Mutual Care" from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14, at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Niccoli will talk about how plants were used as food, medicine and materials for everyday life before modern methods of cultivation and propagation. Cost is $35 for nonmembers, $25 for members. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org
HOLIDAY RED ... The 15th annual Holidays on a High Note, a benefit for the Peninsula Family Service's Foothill Auxiliary, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15, at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane, Atherton. With a theme of "Holiday Red: Unexpected Tableaus with the Season's Favorite Hue," the event features decorated tables and floral art, a marketplace, lunch and a silent auction. Tickets are $110 (only in advance). Information: Call Eileen Sullivan at 415-309-3412 or visit www.peninsulafamilyservice.org.
PATCHWORK PLACEMATS ... Therese May will offer a "Basic Patchwork Placemat" workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the FabMo center, 2423 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. Focus is on design, cutting and sewing techniques, using recycled materials to make the placemats. Cost is $30. Information: www.fabmo.org
FLOWER ARRANGING ... Carmen Pekelsma and Kathy Ladra will teach a class on "Flower Arranging the Gamble Way" from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, Oct. 17, 24 and 31, in the Carriage House of Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. The three classes will deal with materials, mechanics and how to make arrangements last. Cost is $255 for nonmembers, $225 for members. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org
PLANT CLINIC ... Bring a sample of a plant plagued by pests or a list of questions on organic sprays, growing methods, roses or Mediterranean plants to the UC Master Gardeners free Saturday Plant Clinic from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners.org
CAMPAIGN KICKOFF ... Sereno Group has pledged to donate 1 percent of its gross commissions from its Palo Alto office during fourth quarter, raising money to construct the Magical Bridge, a public playground designed for the disabled. Friends of the Palo Alto Parks launched a $3.8 million campaign to raise money for the project, which will be located at Mitchell Park. Groundbreaking is expected in late 2013, according to the press release. Information: www.magicalbridge.org
FREE FABRIC ... The next FabMo free fabric distribution event is Friday, Oct. 12, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 13, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are required, to help manage the crowds (Email firstname.lastname@example.org with preferred date and time), but some drop-in hours are included. The distribution, with a requested donation, takes place at 2423 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. Volunteer greeters and sorters are also needed. Information: www.fabmo.org
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