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INSIDE: N Classified Marketplace, page 56 N Puzzles, page 57 Al so on lin E M 44 HO GE EN PA OP DE, I 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 Home Front SOLAR POWER WORKSHOP ... Liz Merry, a solar homeowner and sole proprietor of Verve Solar Consulting, will teach a workshop called “Solar Power 101â€? on Saturday, June 12, from 9 a.m. to noon at Lucie Stern Community Center (ballroom), 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The City of Palo Alto-sponsored, free workshop will cover how photovoltaic systems work, plus financial and environmental impacts, including the city’s rebate program and federal solar tax credits. Participants are asked to review their own electric energy use before the workshop. Information: Pre-registration is required since space is limited. Utility Marketing Services at 650-329-2241 or www.xioweb. com/host/cpaureg/. Homeownership means never having to say you’re done GOT PLANT PROBLEMS? ... UC Master Gardeners will hold a free weekend drop-in Plant Clinic on Saturday, June 12, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Gardeners can bring questions on anything from plant diseases to soil, nutrition or pest control — or how to make roses or Mediterranean plants thrive. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http:// NEIGHBORHOOD WALK ... Arborist John McClenahan will lead a free tree walk through the Greenmeadow neighborhood on Saturday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at the end of Greenmeadow Way near the Greenmeadow Community Center. Information: sharon@canopy. org. HERBS EVERYWHERE ... Garden and food writer and teacher Jody Main will offer a class on “Herbs in the Garden, Herbs in the Kitchenâ€? on Saturday, June 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The class includes growing perennial and annual herbs, herbs in containers and essential herbs for the kitchen. Cost is $31 plus a $5 materials fee. Information: 650-493-6072 or or http:// ANTIQUES SHOW ... The Los by Nick Gosling very long-term homeowner knows that owning a house means weekly and sometimes daily upkeep and maintenance. Even with constant attention, though, items tend to fall apart after a while. Knowing what to look for and when to look for signs of replacement and wear-and-tear are essential to keeping one’s home in working order. Here’s what some local experts recommend to keep one’s household systems operating at their best. E Cleaning gutters and windows Cleaning the gutters and windows can be a tricky and dangerous task best left to professionals. However, clearing debris from gutters is mandatory to prevent water from leaking onto the roof and into one’s home, causing major damage to walls and ceilings or rotting the roof and eaves. Randy Mills owns and operates Pioneer Services in Sunnyvale and offers professional window, gutter and skylight cleaning to homeowners in Silicon Valley. Mills suggests cleaning the gutters once a year if trees or other greenery are present near one’s house. Citing that approximately half a million homeowners are hurt on ladders each year, Mills advises using a ladder stand-off to lean the ladder against the roof without touching the gutters or creating a precarious situation where the ladder can slide off. Two smart investments are screens to place in the gutter downspouts to prevent them from clogging, Mills said, and gutter covers, which (continued on page 35) (continued on page 36) *>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?ÞÊUĂŠĂ•Â˜iĂŠÂŁÂŁ]ÊÓä£äÊU Page 33

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