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INSIDE: N Classified Marketplace, page 55 N Puzzles, page 56 Al so on lin E M 50 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 Home Front BEYOND TULIPS ... UC Master Gardeners will offer a free workshop, “Beyond Tulips: Bulbs for Beauty and Food,” on Saturday, "VÌ°ÊÓ, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto. The gardeners will focus on bulbs that thrive in this Mediterranean climate, including garlic, onions and shallots. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or MINI-FARMING ... Ed Fernandez, who is in his second year of Grow Biointensive work/ study, will teach a class on “Complete-Diet Mini-Farming” on ->ÌÕÀ`>Þ]Ê"VÌ°ÊÓ, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and Natasha Fernandez, also in her second year, will offer “Bed Preparation and Doubledigging” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Each class is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or or http://completedietminifarming. or http://bedpreparationanddoubledigging. Sylvia Gartner, a member of the Midtown Residents Association, stands near one of six poems chosen by the homeowners’ association and the Palo Alto Art Commission to decorate businesses in the Midtown shopping area. MIDTOWN Community focused — and still affordable Ã̜ÀÞÊLÞʘ}i>Ê …i˜ÊUÊ«…œÌœ}À>«…ÃÊLÞÊ6iÀœ˜ˆV>Ê7iLiÀ PLANT SALE ... Gamble Garden will hold its annual Plant Sale on -՘`>Þ]Ê"VÌ°ÊÎ, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. The free Community Day will offer children’s activities, garden demonstrations, horticultural resources and displays, food and entertainment. The plant sale includes succulents, salvias and container gardens, all propagated by Gamble Garden volunteers. Information: 650-329-1356 or NO MORE CHAOS ... Christine Palen, who consults, coaches and teaches classes on priorities and productivity, will teach a class called “Organize Your Office: From Chaos to Control” on /ÕiÃ`>Þ]Ê"VÌ°Êx, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Palo Alto High School, Room 305, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. The class will deal with creating simple paperflow systems, streamlining emails and productivity tools. Fee is $35, plus a $5 materials fee (continued on page 41) N early 20 years ago, Midtown resident Sylvia Gartner went to a city council meeting, waved a paper bag and said, “If I can’t put something in here and take it home, it shouldn’t be in the shopping center.” Her gesture was part of the Midtown Residents Association’s effort to prevent the shopping area from being filled with computer startups or dot-com businesses. Gartner said that those didn’t help the area, and the MRA wanted the shopping center to be “neighborhoodserving,” Gartner said. This focus on residential life is key to the culture of Midtown, which extends from Oregon Expressway to Loma Verde Avenue and Alma Street to West Bayshore Road. Just ask the residents. Kerry Kenny moved to Midtown as a child in 1982 and lived there until college. As an adult with her own children, she moved back in 2005. “We love being able to walk to NEIGHBORHOOD SNAPSHOT get a great cup of coffee in the morning, ice cream in the evening, but also have the serenity of the quiet streets and lovely parks in the neighborhood,” she said. Affordability is another major selling point. Connie Butner arrived in 1993 lured by the lower prices and good schools, which she said is a draw for young families. “We were attracted to the fantastic schools in the area, like Palo Verde and Gunn,” she said. “This has a great community feel and most people know everyone else and want to help. It’s the perfect place for us.” The Midtown Residents Association has focused on preserving the neighborhood feel that sets the area apart. Gartner was a founding member in 1994. “We were all concerned about how Midtown was starting to Midtown housing ranges from Eichlers to this two-story traditional home on (continued on page 39) Towle Place and one-story, mid-century home on Ramona Street. *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ"V̜LiÀÊ£]ÊÓä£äÊU Page 37

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