HOLISTIC GARDENING ... David Perkins, a farm and garden consultant who works for Malibu Compost, will offer a class on "Practical Biodynamics" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at Common Ground, 599 College Ave., Palo Alto. Focus will be on learning how to read a planting calendar, disease resistance, soil fertility and making high-quality compost. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org.
DESIGN FOR BEGINNERS ... Palo Alto Weekly columnist and interior designer Kit Davey will teach a class on "Interior Design for Beginners" from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at De Anza College, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino. The class will cover defining one's personal style; creating a furniture plan; selecting a color scheme; choosing area rugs, artwork and accessories; lighting tips; and picking paint color. Cost is $59, plus $7 materials fee payable to instructor in class and $3 in quarters for parking. Information (and required pre-registration): 408-864-8817 or www.CommunityEducation.fhda.edu.
MODERNISM DEFINED ... Leo Marmol, managing principal of Los Angeles-based firm Marmol Radziner, is the last speaker in this year's lecture series at the Los Altos Neutra House, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 14. Marmol will talk about restoration examples, including midcentury modern homes designed by Richard Neutra, Cliff May and John Lautner. The lecture takes place at the Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Tickets are $20. Information: www.neutrahouse.org.
SOLAR PIONEER ... Architect Dennis Kobza was Palo Alto's first resident to install solar power in his home, and after 28 years, he became the 500th when his system reached the end of its life and he installed a whole new solar system. He expects the new system to generate enough electricity to cover 75 percent of his electric consumption, according to a Palo Alto Utilities press release. Kobza was eligible for a rebate as well. Information (and to see photos of Kobza's original 1983 system and new panels): www.cityofpaloalto.org/PVPartners500
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