HERBS AND GREENS ... Jody Main, who specializes in designing vegetable, herb and berry gardens, will teach an "Herbs and Greens Workshop" on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The class includes tasting samples, plant lists and recipes as well as plants and herbs to take home. The cost is $38, plus a $7 supplies fee. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org
A COLORFUL FALL ... Mimi Clarke will teach an outdoor class on "Autumn Color Maintenance" on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Clarke will cover good gardening practices, including grooming, selecting and planting bulbs and annuals, pruning, mulching and composting. The cost is $45 for nonmembers, $35 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org
LET THEM EAT GARBAGE ... A water-efficient landscape workshop — "Let Worms Eat Your Garbage" — will be offered Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon, by the City of Palo Alto Utilities and the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency. The free workshop emphasizes soil health and water conservation while reducing waste and preventing pollution. Information (and to register and find out location): 650-496-5910 or www.cityofpaloalto.org/bayfriendly
LEADING THE NATION ... Alain Pinel Realtors ranked high in 2010 real estate sales, according to the Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends, Inc. Among the top agents (in the nation) are Mary Gullixson from APR Menlo Park, ranked No. 2 (up from No. 4 last year) with $226 million in sales; Kathy Bridgman and Judy Bogard-Tanigami, both from the APR Los Altos office, ranked No. 47 and No. 122 respectively; and Sherry Bucolo, from APR Palo Alto, ranked No. 221. Top teams included Caitlin and Gloria Darke, from APR Menlo Park, ranked No. 185; and Steve TenBroeck and Jeff Stricker, from the Palo Alto and Los Altos offices, ranked No. 250. Information (and the full list): http://realtrends.com
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