GOING WILD ... Drew Harwell, an edible-garden and permaculture consultant, will teach a class on "Wild Plants as Food, Medicine and Soil Indicators" from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Weeds can tell a lot about health of the soil and can be harvested and processed for food and medicine. The class, which begins with a slide show and then ventures out to a local garden for hands-on learning, will deal with discouraging unwanted weeds and encouraging the ones you want. Cost is $44. Information: 650-493-6072 or 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 called "Create a Container Garden" from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 31, at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. After the demonstration, participants will create their own designs using their containers and supplied materials. Cost is $55 for nonmembers and $45 for members. Information: 650-329-1356 or gamblegarden.org
WHAT'S COOKING? ... Hands-on cooking classes at Sur La Table in Town & Country Village, #57, Palo Alto, include "Exploring Italy: Classic Desserts" (Nicole Henri, Saturday, May 24, 10 a.m., $69); "Seafood Grilling Workshop" (Scott Tomelloso, Saturday, May 24, 2:30 p.m., $79); "Date Night: Great Food on the Grill" (Christy Wolf, Saturday, May 24, 6:30 p.m., $79); "The Quintessential Croissant" (Samantha Miotke, Sunday, May 25, 9 a.m., $69); "Dinner in 20 Minutes" (Christy Wolf, Sunday, May 25, 4 p.m., $69); "Spring Macarons" (Angela Gonzalez, Monday, May 26, 11 a.m., $69); "Date Night: French Favorites at Home" (Katherine Bowman, Monday, May 26, 11 a.m., $79); "One Dish Dinners" (Samantha Miotke, Tuesday, May 27, 11 a.m., $69); "Pizza on the Grill" (Christy Wolf, Tuesday, May 27, 6:30 p.m., $69); "Delicious Mediterranean Cooking" (Christy Wolf, Wednesday, May 28, 11 a.m., $69, and Katherine Bowman, Wednesday, May 28, 6:30 p.m., $69); and "Easy Spring Appetizers" (Nicole Henry, Thursday, May 29, 11 a.m., $69). Information: 650-289-0438 or email Cooking073@surlatable.com
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