COMMUNITY DAY ... Gamble Garden will open its paths to young and old for a free Community Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Activities for kids include making flower arrangements (with the help of The Garden Club of Palo Alto) to take home; climbing on a fire truck or police car; or enjoying story time and crafts courtesy of the Palo Alto Children's Library. Adults can wander around the gardens on their own or with an "Explorer" map for kids. A plant sale will be held, featuring iris, succulents, succulent containers, salvias and more, all grown on site. Hungry? A Speedy Panini food truck will be there, but people are encouraged to bring their own picnic. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org
OLIVE FESTIVAL ... —The 16th Annual Arts & Olive Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, at Canada College, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City. More than 80 vendors will offer olive-related products, olive and olive-oil tasting, as well as artwork and gifts. The event is free, but a $5 scholarship donation is suggested. Information: www.olivefest.org
SEEDS AND COLOR ... Mimi Clarke, former lead horticulturist at Filoli and now owner of Fiddle Fern Landscaping, will teach a couple of classes on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside: From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. she will talk about "Seed Collecting and Preserving" ($40 for nonmembers, $35 for members); from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., she will lead a hands-on workshop on "Fall Planting for Spring Color" ($60 for nonmembers, $50 for members). Participants plant a pot of annuals to take home; bring gloves and bottled water. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org
NATURE'S GARDENS ... Historian Michael Svanevik will give a personalized tour of "Nature's Garden's," from Big Basin to Butano, from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Among the wonders are trees, giant ferns and delicate wild orchids. A reception will follow the presentation. Tickets are $35 for nonmembers, $25 for members (includes same-day admission to Filoli). Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org
MAINTAIN NATIVES ... Helen Popper, author of "California Native Gardening, a Month-by-Month Guide," will be the guest speaker for the Western Horticultural Society from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Her topic is "Maintaining Native Plants Throughout the Seasons," which involves how to select and site native plants and useful maintenance tips. The group, which is free for members and $5 for guests, meets at Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos. Information: westernhort.org
LEARN TO SEW ... Christine Hopkins will teach a class on "Intermediate Sewing" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Oct. 10-31, at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. The hands-on class will work on techniques to expand and improve sewing, and make at least one project in class. Cost is $85 for non-Menlo Park residents, $64 for residents, plus $5 materials fee; sewing machines may be used during class for $20. Information: 650-330-2200 or www.menlopark.org or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
FREE FABRIC ... The next FabMo free fabric distribution event is Thursday, Oct. 10, 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 12, 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
COOL SEASON COLOR ... Master Gardener Roberta Barnes will offer a free talk on "Cool Season Color in the Garden" from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Barnes will talk about reliable flowers, foliage and berries that offer year-round color. 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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