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INSIDE: N Classified Marketplace, page 51 N Puzzles, page 52 CANDY FOR THE HOLIDAYS ... Yannette Fichou Edwards will teach a class on “Candy Making for Holiday Gifts” on Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Cost is $50. Information: 650-329-3752 or www. N e at w w w .P al o Al to On lin e. co m WINTER Veronica Weber THAW AND GO ... Cindy Roberts will teach a class on how to make “U-Thaw Appetizers” on Monday, Nov. 8, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. The idea is to create appetizers weeks in advance, freeze them, then pop them in the oven moments before serving. Cost is $50. Information: 650-329-3752 or www. lin HEADS UP FOR ARTISTRY FAIRE ... The Palo Alto Buddhist Temple will hold its Annual Artistry Faire on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2752 Louis Road, Palo Alto. The fundraiser features 40 vendors offering traditional and contemporary Asian-inspired arts and crafts. Information: or 650-8560123. WHOLE GRAIN ... Monica Spiller, founder of Whole Grain Connection, will discuss “Goldminers’ Wheat and Bread” on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Spiller will demonstrate “mashing” and “making a sponge” to create old-fashioned barm sweetsourdough bread. The class includes home barm stock and recipes. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www. or on Handy hints for preparing your home for the cooler months by Sally Schilling ust like the changing of the season from winter to spring tells us it’s “spring cleaning time” again, fall is a time to prepare your home for the cooler months. There are many simple, inexpensive things you can do to make your home more energy-efficient and less susceptible to water damage. Here are some handy hints that are effective and reasonably priced: J 1. Change your furnace filter. There are health issues, efficiency issues and safety issues associated with changing your furnace filter, said Max Weisbarth, owner of Palo Alto Plumbing, Heating and Air. If your filter is full, it will no longer filter the air and could eventually shut down the whole system and need costly service repairs, he said. Weisbarth said 30 percent of his calls during the winter months are for plugged furnace filters and clogged filters could potentially cause a fire, though it is not likely. “When it has not been getting air, it creates a lot of havoc, as well as dust, especially for asthmatics,” Weisbarth said. He changes his own filter every two months with a high-efficiency filter because he has three kids who are asthmatic. The recommended time to change your filter is once a year, but some people need to do it more than that, he said. Weisbarth said Palo Alto Plumb- ing, Heating and Air charges $110 per hour for the service. People could change the filters themselves, depending on their mechanical abilities and the location of the filter, he added. “We usually only take one hour if the furnace has been maintained; some take longer. The other day I had one that was horrible. It took a couple hours,” he said. 2. Clean out your chimney. “Your fireplace is a negative air system, drawing up air all the time,” said Tony Sanchez, president of United Chimney Cleaning, a third-generation, family-owned and operated business based in Menlo Park. The dust that is always being drawn up the chimney is combustible, he said. He recommends getting a chimney inspection or sweeping once a year, right before the winter season. He also recommends getting a spark arrester rain cap on the chimney to keep the water out. “If water gets in, the water buildup can lead to the back wall cracking, which could allow fire to get between the walls,” he said. People can clean their chimneys themselves if they get the propersized chimney brush, Sanchez said. “It’s a common problem that people try to clean with too small brushes, which doesn’t work,” he said, adding that Home Depot only sells a few sizes of chimney brushes. (continued on page 43) Veronica Weber FALL CHECK LIST ... UC Master Gardeners will talk about fall maintenance on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive. They will cover tasks to do now to prepare for the next gardening season, including a garden review, tips and tools and demonstrations. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or so Veronica Weber Home Front Al E M 48 HO GE EN PA OP IDE, GU HOME & REAL ESTATE PA L O A LT O W E E K LY From top, clockwise, Rosco the bulldog plays with a friend outside an Atherton home, which recently had its chimney swept. Andy Sanchez of United Chimney Cleaning, Menlo Park, uses a special brush to clean the chimney and replaces the firewood grate after the cleaning. *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ œÛi“LiÀÊx]ÊÓä£äÊU Page 41

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