CAKE DECORATING ... Christine Hopkins will teach a class called "Cake Decorating - Level 1" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, Sept. 9-30, at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Learn to make icing, roses and stars — or even clowns — and how to level a cake. Cost is $85 for non-Menlo Park residents, $64 for residents. Information: 650-330-2200 or www.menlopark.org or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
EDIBLE PARADISE ... O'Malley Stoumen, who has 40 years' experience gardening for food production, will offer a class called "Create an Edible Paradise with Inspiration" from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. After presenting photos and practical tips, Stoumen will lead students through her garden (including a chicken coop and homemade trellises that optimize plant growth), which was featured on the 2013 Spring Tour. Cost is $35 for members, $25 for nonmembers. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org
KEEP OAKS HEALTHY ... UC Master Gardener David Peterson will offer tips on how to protect urban oak trees from common landscaping errors that promote disease, from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. The talk, which includes information (with handouts) on which plants are compatible with oaks, is free, and no reservations are required. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or www.mastergardeners.org
AUTUMN COLOR AND BEES ... Mimi Clarke, former lead horticulturist at Filoli and now owner of Fiddle Fern Landscaping, will teach a couple of classes on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. "Autumn Color Maintenance," which takes place outdoors from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., deals with garden grooming, bulbs and annuals, pruning, mulching and composting. "Attracting Native Bees" takes place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Cost for each class is $40 for nonmembers, $35 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org
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