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GREENHOUSE VISITS ... Lisa Griffin, of Filoli's horticulture staff, will introduce people to Filoli's greenhouses from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on three Saturdays (March 1 for orchids; April 5 for camellias; and May 3 for houseplants). Each month she will take students through the greenhouses, which are usually closed to the public, and demonstrate re-potting of a particular plant. Filoli is located at 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Cost is $40 for nonmembers, $35 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org

BLUEBERRIES — YUM! ... Nancy Garrison, who has researched growing fruits locally through the UC Cooperative Extension and in her home garden, will teach a class on growing "Bountiful Blueberries" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, at Common Ground, 599 College Ave., Palo Alto. She will talk about selecting, planting and maintaining a variety of berries and small fruits. Besides blueberries, she'll include Chilean guavas, mulberries, lemon guava, raspberries and blackberries. She'll deal with soil preparation, plant varieties and trellising techniques. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org

CONTAINER GARDENING ... Sarah Easley, who has worked as a floral designer at Filoli and a display and container designer at Roger Reynolds Nursery and Carriage Stop, will give a demonstration and talk about design in "Create a Container Garden," from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, March 7, at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. After the demonstration, students will create their own designs (in their own 10- to 12-inch pots), with plant materials provided. Cost is $55 for nonmembers, $45 for members. Information: 650-329-1356 or www.gamblegarden.org

NEED HELP WITH HOUSEHOLD TASKS? ... Volunteers from the Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS® (SILVAR) will be working all week, May 5 through May 9, to help qualified seniors do everything from flip their mattresses to caulk their windows. REALTOR® Service Volunteer Program (RSVP) has been changing furnace filters, cleaning windows, installing smoke-detector batteries and more since 2001. The deadline to apply for free assistance is Saturday, March 15. Information: 408-200-0100 or www.silvar.org for information and an application.


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