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Real Estate - January 17, 2014

Home Front for Jan. 17:

GROW BIOINTENSIVE ... The latest series of classes taught by Ecology Action farmer/teachers focusing on the "GROW BIOINTENSIVE" system kicks off with Saturday morning classes at 10:30 a.m. and afternoon classes at 2 p.m. The series includes: "Introduction to GROW BIOINTENSIVE," Jan. 18; "Hidden Talents of Backyard Edibles," Jan. 18; "Early Bird Gets the Cantaloupe: Garden Planning Workshop, Feb. 8; "From the Ground Up: Backyard Soil Care," Feb. 22; "A Good Beginning: Growing from Seed," Feb. 22; "Organic Matter: Mother Nature's Secret Ingredient," March 8; "One Man's Trash Will Grow My Food: Compost for the Home Gardener," March 8; "It Takes a Village to Raise a Radish: Companion Planting & Rotation," March 22; and "a Generous Inheritance: Growing to Seed," March 22. Students may sign up for individual classes ($31 each) or for the series ($218). Classes are held at the Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org

KEY TO A SWEETHEART'S HEART ... Yannette Fichou Edwards will offer a no-stress five-star dinner, "Valentines Day Menu for Your Sweetheart" on Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Menu includes Crab Cakes with a red coulis sauce, Filet Mignon with peppercorn and cognac sauce, Potatoes Parisienne, Warm Chocolate Molten Cakes and Raspberry Sauce. Cost is $60, which includes demonstration, participation and sampling. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org

THE ORCHID GAMES! ... The Peninsula Orchid Society's annual show and sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, and Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City. The show will include seminars and demonstrations. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors or children 12-16, accompanied children under 12 free ($1 more for both days). Information: http://penorchidsoc.org

PRUNING JAPANESE MAPLES ... Chris Ingram will offer tips on "Japanese Maple Pruning" from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Jan. 26, meeting at the Gamble Garden Carriage House, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Part classroom lecture and part field demonstration, the class will include the basic elements of tree biology as well as aesthetic pruning of Japanese maples, with a short walk outside and demonstration of techniques. Cost is $35 for nonmembers, $25 for members. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org


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