TREE WALK ... An arborist will lead a tree walk through Old Palo Alto from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 9, beginning at the Churchill Avenue parking entrance to Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St. Expect to see samples of Canary Island pine, flowering pear, giant sequoia, mayten, western redbud and more. Information: www.canopy.org
WINTER GARDEN BASICS ... UC Master Gardeners will offer a couple of free talks on Saturday, Nov. 9: "Master Gardener Winter Plant Clinic" will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Come with questions on protecting plants from freezing, dormant sprays, planting a winter vegetable garden, soils, fertilizers, mulches and pests (plant or pest samples must be sealed in plastic). Bring photos. "Backyard Fruit Tree Basics," from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mountain View Library Community Room, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View, will cover the basics of choosing, planting and caring for fruit trees. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners.org
ENERGY EFFICIENCY ... Staff from Acterra will lead a hands-on workshop called "Do It Yourself: Home Energy Efficiency Workshop" from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, at Palo Alto High School, Room 1706, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Tips from Acterra's Green@Home program include installing energy-saving devices, learning how to use a Kill-a-Watt meter and how a "Smart Strip" can reduce the cost of a home-entertainment system. Cost is $35, which includes a workbook with room-by-room recommendations; devices that can be taken home are available for $40. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org
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