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INSIDE: N Classified Marketplace, page 47 N Puzzles, page 48 Home Front so on lin e at w w w .P al o Al to On lin e. co m Many homes in Green Acres II, such as this one on Maybell Avenue, have been remodeled or replaced. Veronica Weber Veronica Weber FROM GRAY TO GREEN ... Sherri Osaka, a landscape architect and owner of Sustainable Landscape Designs, will teach a class on “Graywater for a Green Gardenâ€? on Saturday, July 31, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The class will cover assembling and maintaining an inexpensive system to irrigate a garden with graywater, as well as explaining local ordinances. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www. or Al E M 42 HO GE EN PA OP IDE, GU HOME & REAL ESTATE PA L O A LT O W E E K LY In Green Acres I, just south of Arastradero Road, most of the singlestory tract homes are similar to this one on Los Palos Avenue. FLOWERS WITH FLAIR ... Wendy Morck will teach a class called “Flowers with Flair! Summertime Flower Arrangingâ€? on Saturday, July 31, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Filoli, 86 CaĂąada Road, Woodside. Fee, which includes costs for all materials in a one-of-a-kind flower arrangement, is $80 for nonmembers, $65 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or SECOND WEDNESDAYS ... Gamble Garden will again be offering its Garden Fresh Luncheons on the second Wednesday of the month at noon, beginning Sept. 22 (a fourth Wednesday). Luncheons are followed by a complimentary docent-led tour of the gardens. Fee is $25 for nonmembers, $20 for members. Advance reservations are recommended. Information: 650-329-1356 or 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 cblitzer@ Deadline is Thursday at 5 p.m. Veronica Weber WHACK INVASIVE PLANTS ... Volunteers are needed every Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon to remove invasive, non-native plants — including yellow starthistle and French broom — at Foothills Park. Friends of Foothill Park volunteers meet at the Orchard Glen picnic area but are advised to check the website,, in case the group is heading for more remote areas of the park. Information: Bob Roth at 650321-7882 or N Joan Sakaldasis, who’s lived in Green Acres I for more than four decades, stands in a walkway near her new apricot tree. She used to have one of the original apricot trees that dated back to the 1920s orchard that preceded the homes. NEIGHBORHOOD SNAPSHOT A safe neighborhood, near many schools by Piyawan Rungsuk f there is one thing that you hear over and over from the residents of Green Acres, it is how safe they feel in this cozy neighborhood. Green Acres actually consists of two main areas: Green Acres I on the south side of Arastradero Road, which was built first in the 1950s, shortly followed by Green Acres II, on the north side of Arastradero Road. I Joan Sakaldasis, 70, who has been living in Green Acres I for more than four decades, said she feels comfortable knowing she could knock at anyone’s door if she needed help. “It’s very safe here, I usually go for a walk every morning. It is also a really good place to walk your dog.â€? These sentiments are seemingly shared by most residents of this area. Safety is often cited, espe- cially for those raising their children here. Standing outside her house on Los Palos Avenue, Sakaldasis finds it easy to socialize with her neighbors. The cars that pass by are often filled with her friends smiling and waving to her. That neighborhood atmosphere is one of the many attractions for new residents looking to move into the area. The “greenâ€? in Green Acres could be attributed (continued on page 35) *>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?ÞÊUĂŠĂ•Â?ÞÊÎä]ÊÓä£äÊU Page 33

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