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SEED STARTING, ROSE PRUNING ... UC Master Gardeners will offer a free talk on "Seed Starting for Your Spring AND Summer Vegetable Garden" from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto. Focus is on which vegetables to seed directly and which to seed indoors for later transplant. The talk is followed by a one-hour workshop from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on "Pruning Roses." Both are followed by an open garden tour. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or http://mastergardeners.org

PAD THAI LIKE A PRO ... Natty Netsuwan will teach how to "Make Pad Thai Like a Pro" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3, at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. The class starts with tasting authentic Pad Thai then will focus on what goes into it and where the ingredients can be found. Bring containers for leftovers. Cost is $85 for nonresidents, $64 for residents plus a $25 materials fee due to instructor in class. Information: 650-330-2200 or www.menlopark.org or csd@menlopark.org

PERMACULTURE PARADISE ... Toby Hemenway, author of "Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture," will talk about how to "Turn Your Yard into a Permaculture Paradise" from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Foothill College, Appreciation Theater, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. A pre-event book signing will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $25 at the door (discounts for students), plus $3 for parking. The event is co-sponsored by Foothill College/CLCA Horticulture Students Club and Common Ground Garden Supply and Education Center. Information: 650-493-6072 or www.commongroundinpaloalto.org

GROW HOME VEGGIES ... UCCE Master Gardner Candace Simpson will offer a course on "Sustainable Home Vegetable Gardening" from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, Feb. 4 to March 11, at Palo Alto High School, Room 1701, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. The class will go from soil preparation to management of pests, weeds and diseases. Cost is $84. Information: 650-329-3752 or www.paadultschool.org

LEARN TO SEW ... Christine Hopkins will teach "Intermediate Sewing" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Feb. 6 to Feb. 27, at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. The hands-on class deals with improving skills and will include making at least one project in class. Cost is $85 for nonresidents, $64 for residents, plus a $5 materials fee payable to the instructor (rental machines are available during class for $20). Information: 650-330-2200 or www.menlopark.org or csd@menlopark.org

MANY WARM COATS ... Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage announced that its Northern California offices collected 950 coats and 6,200 toys during its annual One Warm Coat and Toys for Tots holiday drives. For the 27th year, the brokerage worked with the United States Marine Corps Reserve and local nonprofit agencies to distribute the donated goods.

FREE FABRIC … The next FabMo free fabric distribution event is Thursday, Feb. 6, 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 8, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are required, to help manage the crowds (email gather.fabrix@me.com with preferred date and time), but some drop-in hours are included. The distribution, with a requested donation, takes place at 2423 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. Volunteer greeters and sorters are also needed. Information: www.fabmo.org