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Real Estate - June 21, 2013

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BACKYARD CHICKENS ... Jody Main, who has raised chickens in her organic vegetable and herb gardens for years, will offer two classes on raising backyard chickens, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Class will deal with the coop, nesting boxes, feed and water. Meet at Common Ground before carpooling to Main's garden and hen house. Each class costs $41. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org

GARDEN TOUR ... Five gardens in Menlo Park, Atherton and Redwood City, plus the Master Gardener Educational Garden at Redwood High School, 1968 Old County Road, will be featured on the fifth Master Gardener Educational Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 22. UC Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions about edible gardening, pros and cons of artificial turf, permaculture design, chickens, bees, permeable concrete and more. Tickets are $20 (may be purchased online or at Redwood High School; addresses of gardens will be supplied with tickets. A plant sale will be held at the last garden. Information: http://smsf-mastergardeners.ucanr.org/

GREEN BUILDING ... The City of Palo Alto will offer a free workshop, "Green Building Renovations," from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, at Lucie Stern Community Center, Community Room, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Information (and registration — required because of space limitations): 650-329-2241

GOOD BUGS ... Master Gardener Candace Simpson will offer a free talk, "Don't Smash That Bug! Recognizing Beneficial Insects in Your Vegetable Garden," from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners.org

PLANT EXCHANGE ... Bring extra clippings or plants and swap them for something new at the free plant-trading day at the Menlo Park Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 29. Donations may be dropped off on the library patio up to a week in advance. Information: www.menlopark.org