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Home Front for June 7:

SOIL BASICS ... UC Master Gardener David Peterson will talk about "Garden Soil Basics" from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. The free talk will deal with the learning how to diagnose what kind of soil you have, composting and mulch, watering needs and improving and caring for different garden soils. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners.org

FREE FABRIC ... The next FabMo free fabric distribution event is Friday, June 7, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, June 8, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are required, to help manage the crowds (Email gather.fabrix@me.com 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

SOLAR BASICS ... The City of Palo Alto will offer a free workshop, "Solar Power 101: Solar Electric Basics," from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 8, at Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The workshop will cover everything from how photovoltaic systems work to how to take advantage of the city's rebate program and federal solar-tax credits. Participants are encouraged to check their own energy use before the workshop. Information (and registration — required because of space limitations): 650-329-2241

TREE WALK ... Arborist MiMi Scoppettone will lead a tree walk at the Main Library and Art Center from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 8. Expect to encounter Jelecote pine, red horsechestnut, Chinese pistache, Italian stone pine, black mulberry, Japanese flowering crabapple, plume cryptomeria and others. Meet at the Main Library parking lot, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto. Information: Canopy at 650-964-6110 or www.canopy.org

RECYCLE WATER ... Sherri Osaka, a landscape architect and Bay-Friendly Qualified Designer, will teach a class on "Graywater" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The class will cover different types of systems, installation, do's and don'ts, permitting and plant compatibility with graywater. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org

SUMMER CLASSES ... through Palo Alto Adult School include "Floral Design With Ikebana" (Thanh Kosen Nguyen, 1-4 p.m., Tuesdays, June 11-July 16, Greendell, Room P2, $45); "Gardening in Summer" (Sheri Bohan, 10 a.m.-noon, Wednesdays, June 12-July 17, Cubberley, A-2, $35); and "Upholstering: Basic Techniques" (Ann Laveroni and Kathleen Koenig, either 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Tuesdays, June 11-July 23, or Thursdays, June 13-July 25, Palo Alto HS Upholstering Room 904, $130). Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org

CONTAINER GARDENING AND MORE ... Master Gardeners will offer a couple of free workshops this week. On Saturday, June 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Master Gardener Chris Egan will offer "Tips for Container Gardening," including soil, watering, fertilizer and container basics, at the Mountain View Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View. On Friday, June 14, from 1 to 2 p.m., Master Gardener Roberta Barnes will offer "Water Saving Tips in the Garden," including improving efficiency of irrigation systems by making simple adjustments, at Avenidas, 450 Bryant 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


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