RAISE SEEDLINGS ... UC Master Gardeners Rosalie Shepherd and Bob Weissman will offer a free demonstration and hands-on training, "Raising Your Own Seedlings for the Cool Season," from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto. The class will focus on seeding, potting up and planting techniques. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners.org; a cool season planting chart can be downloaded as a pdf at http://mastergardeners.org/warm-cool-veg-charts
CAKE DECORATING ... Christine Hopkins will teach a class on "Cake Decorating - Level II" from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays, Aug. 5 to 26, at the Gymnastics Center, 501 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Designed for people who have already mastered the basics, the class will deal with fondant, gum paste, royal icing, color flow and buttercream. Cost is $85 for non-Menlo Park residents, $64 for residents. Information: 650-330-2209 or www.menlopark.org or email: email@example.com
VERTICAL GARDENING ... Robin Stockwell will teach a class on creating "The Living Mural — Vertical Gardening" from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9, at Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. The class will deal with plant selection, design and maintenance; each student will be given a redwood frame, succulent potting mix, plants and how-tos. Fee is $125 for nonmembers, $105 for members and includes all materials. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org
COOKING CLASSES ... Hands-on cooking classes at Sur La Table, #57 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, include:
"Date Night: Tastes of Tuscany" (Terrina Wong, Saturday, Aug. 3, 5:30 p.m.; $79); "Celebration Cakes" (Katherine Bowman, Sunday, Aug. 4, 11 a.m., $69); "Best of Summer Canning" (Katherine Bowman, Sunday, Aug. 4, 3 p.m., $69); "Celebrating Julia Child" (Nicole Henry, Saturday, Aug. 10, 10 a.m., $69); and "Date Night: Italian Rivera" (Katherine Bowman, Saturday, Aug. 10, 5:30.m., $79). Information: 650-289-0438 or email Cooking073@surlatable.com
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