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INSIDE: N Classified Marketplace, page 59 N Puzzles, page 60 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 GREEN WORKSHOPS ... Architect Greg VanMechelen will teach a free workshop on “Green Building and Remodelingâ€? on Saturday, June 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The class includes an overview of mainstream and alternative materials that can lower energy use and minimize waste. Katrina Phruksukarn, solar water-heating program manager at California Center for Sustainable Energy, will cover “Solar Water Heatingâ€? on Tuesday, June 22, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and Deva Luna, of EarthCare Landscaping, will talk about “Alternatives to Lawnâ€? on Thursday, June 24, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Each class takes place at the Lucie Stern Community Center Ballroom, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Information: Utility Marketing Services at 650-329-2241 or Pre-registration is required since space is limited. GO, GO GOPHERS ... Thomas Wittman, owner of Gophers Lim- ON MOSQUITOES RESIDENTS CAN HELP CONTAIN THE PESTS IN A TOUGH SEASON by Katia Savchuk fter late rains and the discovery of West Nile virus in the county, officials are gearing up for a challenging mosquito season — and asking residents to pitch in. Fifteen dead birds infected with the virus have turned up since the beginning of the year, including one in Palo Alto and two at Stanford, according to Santa Clara County Vector Control District manager Russ Parman. Although they have not yet found infected mosquitoes, “other surveillance indicators tell us that the virus is quite active this year,â€? he said. Recent rainfall has left abundant pools of standing water, creating more breeding habitats for the pests this spring. Although concentrations are only slightly higher than average, they are more evenly spread across the county. “It’s very much easier for a bird to go out right now and encounter a mosquito,â€? Parman said. During summer time, when some natural water sources dry up, they could take advantage A Courtesy of Santa Clara County Vector Control District (SCCVCD) NO LAWNS? ... Master Gardener and composter Terry Lyngso, of Lyngso Garden Materials, Redwood City, will offer a “Healthy Soil and Lawn Alternativesâ€? workshop on Saturday, June 19, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Garden House at Shoup Park, 400 University Ave., Los Altos. Lyngso will offer information about building healthy soil, and Acterra staff will talk about replacing lawns with drought-tolerant native landscaping. An optional field trip will visit the nearby Redwood Grove Restoration project. Cost is $30, or $20 for Acterra members. Information: or WAGING WAR Courtesy of Santa Clara County Vector Control District (SCCVCD) BAY-FRIENDLY GARDENING ... A “Gardening from the Ground Upâ€? workshop will be offered on Saturday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. Topics include backyard composting, sheet mulching and soil-building techniques. Palo Alto residents will receive a voucher for a reduced price compost bin. Fee for the workshop is $20, which includes a Bay-Friendly Gardening book. Information: Pre-register with the Santa Clara County Home Composting Program at or 408918-4640. Santa Clara County Vector Control sets mosquito traps, such as the one pictured above in Morgan Hill, to test for West Nile virus. Below, neglected swimming pools are a major mosquito breeding ground. (continued on page 39) (continued on page 41) *>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?ÞÊUĂŠĂ•Â˜iĂŠÂŁn]ÊÓä£äÊU Page 37

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