WORM COMPOSTING ... Alane Weber, San Mateo's "worm lady," will teach a class on "Worm Composting" from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The class covers how to set up and maintain a worm-composting system. Cost is $39. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org
FILIPINO COOKING ... A class on Filipino Cooking, with emphasis on combining sweet, sour and salty flavors, often marinated, will be offered from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, in the catering kitchen of the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Cost is $50 for nonmembers, $40 for members. Advanced registration is required. Information: Elisheva Salamo at 650-223-8618 or email@example.com
CANDY BOUQUETS ... Sherri Hill will show how to create inexpensive, delicious gifts — "Candy Bouquet Arrangements" — from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Materials include a variety of candies, from chocolate bars to lollipops. Cost is $59 for nonresidents, $45 for residents, plus $15 materials fee payable to instructor. Information: 650-330-2200 or www.menlopark.org
ELEGANT HOLIDAY DINNER ... Yannette Fichou Edwards brings back her popular "Elegant Holiday Dinner" class from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. She'll show, with audience participation and sampling, how to make Salmon en Croute (filled with shiitake mushrooms and leeks), Potatoes Parisienne, Blanched Carrots with tarragon butter and Cranberry Steamed Pudding with hard sauce. Cost is $50. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org
RENTS ARE UP ... Average asking rents in complexes with 50 or more units are universally higher in Palo Alto and nearby communities during third quarter, according to RealFacts, which tracks rental trends. Here's how it plays out:
1 year change
1 bd 1bth - $2,417
2 bd 1 bth - $2.420
1 bd 1bth - $2,593
2 bd 1 bth - $2.786
1 bd 1bth - $1,897
2 bd 1 bth - $2.180
East Palo Alto
1 bd 1bth - $1,130
2 bd 1 bth - $1,300
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