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Home&Real Estate OPEN HOME GUIDE 40 Also online at Home Front LANDSCAPING WITH EDIBLES ... Jody Main, food and garden writer, will offer a class on “Landscaping With Ediblesâ€? on Saturday, July 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Focus will be on foundation landscape herbs, climbers, ground covers and edibles that reseed and regenerate every year. Cost is $35 plus $8 materials fee (everyone takes home a six-pack of planted edible landscape plants from seed and cuttings, plus a plant list). Information: 650-493-6072 or www. Veronica Weber PAPER SHREDDING ... Palo Alto residents can bring up to five bankers’ boxes filled with confidential documents to shred at the Sunnyvale Materials Recovery and Transfer (SMaRT) Station, 301 Carl Road, Sunnyvale, on Saturday, July 30 from 8 a.m. to about noon. Documents must be removed from binders, but staples, paper clips, spiral notebooks and rubber bands are OK. Proof of residency is required. FLORAL DESIGN ... Anne Patrick will teach a course in “Intermediate Floral Designâ€? on Mondays and Tuesdays, Aug. 8 to Aug. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Filoli, 86 CaĂąada Road, Woodside. The class goes the next step in floral design, including vertical and crescent arrangements, nosegays, living-plant and cut-flower arrangements. Also one-flower arrangements and snazzy containers. Fee, which includes all classroom plant materials and containers, is $475 for nonmembers, $395 for members. Students must supply plant materials for homework assignments. Information: 650-364-8300 or By starting over, rather than renovating, the architect was able to create large public spaces, including this great room that combines living room, dining room and kitchen, all with eco-friendly materials. by Carol Blitzer t’s big. It’s “green.â€? And, it isn’t modern. When Diane Christensen and her husband Jean Pierret began thinking of renovating their 1931 home five years ago, they wanted to modernize their house while achieving three goals: the renovation would be sustainable; the ground floor would be handicap accessible; and the house would still look like it had been in I 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@paweekly. com. Deadline is Thursday at 5 p.m. (continued on page 35) BIG, green but not modern OLD PALO ALTO HOME ACHIEVES HIGHEST SUSTAINABLE STANDARDS 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 650-321-7882 or bobroth@ N the neighborhood for 50 years. “These are not goals we’re used to hearing together,â€? noted Heather Young, project architect for Fergus Garber Young Architects, Palo Alto. But by the time they analyzed how the couple was using the home, how much the house was settling and cracking and how difficult it would be to retrofit for accessibility and Large raised beds, accessible by wheelchair, are planted with herbs and vegetables in the back yard. Juliana Lee & Jeff Keller The Experts in Your Local & Global Real Estate Market Call them today 650-857-1000 • *>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?ÞÊUĂŠĂ•Â?ÞÊә]ÊÓ䣣ÊU Page 33

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