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SAVE WATER ... Sherri Osaka of Sustainable Landscape Design will offer a free, hands-on workshop for the City of Palo Alto on "Creating a Water Efficient Sustainable Garden" from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Palo Alto City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. Osaka will focus on designing a garden space, preparing soil, selecting and placing plants and irrigation. Attendees are asked to bring sturdy working shoes, gloves, hats, sunscreen and water and to participate in relandscaping a main planter area at City Hall. Information (and preregistsration): 650-329-2241 or www.cityofpaloalto.org

NATIVE PLANT SALE ... The California Native Plant Society, Santa Clara Valley Chapter, will hold its Fall Native Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. The sale includes hard-to-find plants, seeds and bulbs, as well as native-plant books, posters and note cards. Experts will be on hand to offer advice on native perennials, wildflowers and grasses. Bring boxes for carrying purchases home; 10 percent of sales benefit Hidden Villa. Cash or check only. Information: www.cnps-scv.org or 650-941-1068

HOLIDAYS ON A HIGH NOTE ... will be celebrated at a luncheon (themed "Over the Top"), with tablescapes and floral artworks, boutiques and guest speaker Ron Morgan, a renowned floral designer and author, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, at the Menlo Circus Club, Atherton. The event is a fundraiser for Peninsula Family Service. Tickets are $115, including luncheon. Information (and required advance reservations): Eileen Sullivan at foothillauxiliary@yahoo.com

COOKING CLASSES ... Upcoming cooking classes through Palo Alto Adult School include "Innovative Fall Vegetables" (Tuesday, Oct. 22, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Yannette Fichou Edwards); "Indian Cuisine - Level II" (Wednesday, Oct. 23, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Ramesh and Bharati Joshi); "Chef Basics: Secrets of Saute" (Thursday, Oct. 24, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Cindy Roberts); and "Chiang Mai Thai" (Tuesday, Oct. 29, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Yannette Fichou Edwards). Each class is held at Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Each costs $50. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org

EASY PEASY SEED SAVING ... Master Gardener Hillie Salo will offer a free class on saving seeds at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St. The talk, which is a Seed Library event, will focus on five easy vegetable seeds to save — beans, peas, lettuce, tomatoes and peppers. Seed donations to the library are welcome. Information: Emily Weak, Emily.weak@mountainview.gov, 650-526-7020, http://goo.gl/1vtO6K