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Home&Real Estate OPEN HOME GUIDE 46 Also online at HomeFront FREE FABRIC ... The next FabMo free fabric distribution event is Thursday, April 7, 4:30 to 8 p.m.; Friday, April 8, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, April 9, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are required, (continued on page 36) Off the thoroughfare: a haven for bikers and strollers The horseshoe-shaped St. Michael Drive, top, is filled with children (including, from left, Brooke, Luke, Robin, Camille and Maren) on skateboards, scooters and foot, who play together after school on the street with scarce traffic. Left, a home on St. Claire Drive, and below, a home on St. Michael Court, are part of the small, closely knit neighborhood. NEIGHBORHOOD SNAPSHOT by Sarah Trauben everal swings hang from the mature pines, oaks and Liquidambar trees that line short St. Claire Drive, horseshoe-shaped St. Michael Drive and the St. Michael Court cul-de-sac. Children’s bicycles, Razor scooters and helmets lie in driveways. Occasionally, parents place a “Slow: Children at Play” sign right in the center of the road, slowing St. Claire Gardens traffic nearly to a stop. “It’s a great place to raise your kids,” Nancy Baer, a resident for 19 years whose children are now in college, said. Although the south-of-Midtown neighborhood is framed S (continued on page 35) Veronica Weber COOKING CLASSES ... Upcoming cooking classes at Palo Alto Adult School include: Yannette Fichou Edwards’ “Unique MakeAhead Brunch” on Tuesday, April 5; Stefania Filigheddu’s “Gelato Italiano” on Wednesday, April 6; and Ron Kent’s “Fish Basics” on Thursday, April 7. All classes are from 6:30 to 9 p.m., cost $50 and take place in Room 103 of Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Information: 650-329-3752 or St. Claire Gardens Veronica Weber MAKE YOUR OWN PASTA ... Monica Spiller, from Whole Grain Connection, which supplies wheat seed to California organic farmers, will teach a class on “Making Pasta and Tortillas from Sonora Wheat” on Saturday, April 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Common Ground Educational Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Participants will learn to make the pasta of the Italian and Chinese California gold miners of 1849, as well as wholewheat tortillas from Mexico. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www. commongroundinpaloalto. org Veronica Weber SENIOR HOUSING CONFERENCE ... Avenidas will hold its fourth annual housing conference on Saturday, April 2, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. The conference offers a choice of three workshops, which deal with downsizing, renting vs. owning, creating an agingfriendly home, moving into a retirement community, and continuing-care communities. Cost is $45. Information: 650-289-5445 or Juliana Lee & Jeff Keller The Experts in Navigating Your Local and Global Real Estate Market. Call them today 650-857-1000 • *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ«ÀˆÊ£]ÊÓ䣣ÊU Page 33

Palo Alto Weekly 04.01.2011 - Section 2

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