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INSIDE: N Classified Marketplace, page 47 N Puzzles, page 48 Home Front HOLIDAY GIFTS GO GREEN ... Michal Lenchner, founder of Avi Green Now!, will give free ecopresentations, with suggestions for low-waste entertaining, biodegradable dinnerware, packaging and wrapping, holiday pollutants (candles, fireplaces) as well as environmentally friendly gift ideas on Sunday, Nov. 29, from 2 to 3:15 p.m. at Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, and on Monday, Dec. 7, from 2 to 3:15 p.m. at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. For information, call 650-575-1926 or visit Al so on lin E M 45 HO GE EN PA OP IDE, GU HOME & REAL ESTATE PA L O A LT O W E E K LY e at w w w .P al o Al to On lin e. co m Dreaming of a green Christmas? ST. FRANCIS ANNUAL HOLIDAY HOME TOUR SPOTLIGHTS NATURAL BLING LÞÊ >ÀœÊ ˆÌâiÀÊUÊ«…œÌœ}À>«…ÃÊLÞÊ6iÀœ˜ˆV>Ê7iLiÀ The bird motif in the dining room (right) emphasized the ‘nature’ theme, while the large faux Christmas tree (below) is borrowed, thus re-used. MAKE A WREATH ... Jo Pomeroy and Kathy Amerson, both graduates of Filoli’s Floral Design Program, will teach a class, “Make a Wreath Using Williamsburg Designs,” on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Gamble Garden Carriage House, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Colonial Williamsburg style will be shown through photos, samples and demonstrations, and participants will make wreaths that include fruit and other adornments. Cost is $50 for members, $60 for nonmembers. For information, call 650-329-1356 or visit www. FILOLI BOUTIQUES ... Tickets are still available for some of Filoli’s daytime Holiday Shopping Boutiques, including Dec. 1, 1-4 p.m.; Dec. 2, noon-4 p.m.; Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 1-4 p.m.; Dec. 4, noon-4 p.m.; Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 1-4 p.m. Tickets are $30 for nonmembers, $25 for members. In addition, some tickets are still available for Evening Shopping Boutiques ($30 nonmembers, $25 members), the Lunch Buffet ($70 nonmembers; $60 members), the Children’s Party ($70 adult nonmembers; $60 adult members; $25 child) and the Evening Dinner Party on Saturday, Nov. 28, with 6:30 or 8 p.m. dinner seatings ($150 nonmembers, $135 members). For information, call 650-3648300 or visit N Send notices of news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening to Home Front, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302, or e-mail Deadline is Thursday at 5 p.m. While the greenery in the family room (above) is ‘new,’ many of the porcelain Santas (left), made by Kim Wheeler’s mother, are brought out of storage every year. W hen interior decorator Kim Wheeler of W Designs generously offered her Los Altos Hills home for this year’s Christmas at Our House home tour, she hadn’t quite realized the theme was “Spotlight on Green.” But the concepts of bringing the outdoors in and re-using, repurposing and revitalizing what you’ve got was a cinch for the designer, who sums up her company’s philosophy with a simple, “I really want to convey to others that you can decorate your home tastefully and even elegantly without going broke.” Wheeler’s home is one of three in Los Altos Hills decorated for the holidays on the 21st annual tour, a fundraiser for St. Francis High School in Mountain View. In addition to picking up ideas (continued on page 43) *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ œÛi“LiÀÊÓÇ]ÊÓää™ÊU Page 41

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