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Home&Real Estate Home Front EVERY DROP COUNTS ... Master Gardeners will offer a free workshop to “Make Every Drop Count: Using Water Wisely in the Garden” from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto. The class will cover installing and maintaining drip-emitter systems with hose-bib hook ups, with hands-on demonstrations and a tour of the edible and waterwise gardens. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or USING NATIVE PLANTS ... Delmar McComb, a longtime horticulturist and designer of public and private gardens, will teach a class on “Using Native Plants” from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 3, at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. McComb will include information on native plants that thrive in the Bay Area, as well as Native American views and approach, including how they use plants as sources of food, dyes, medicines and fiber. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or SUSTAINABLE GARDENING ... Master Gardener Candace Simpson will teach a class on “Sustainable Home Vegetable Gardening” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 6 to April 17, in Room 1707, Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Topics covered include soil preparation, pest management, weeds and diseases. Cost is $72. Information: 650-3293752 or SENIORS GET HELP ... Senior homeowners or renters who need help with household tasks can request free assistance from the Realtor Service Volunteer Program (RSVP) by March 15. Volunteer Realtors and other industry-related professionals will spend the week of May 7-11 helping with such tasks as replacing smoke-detector batteries, flipping mattresses or washing windows. Last year 404 RSVP volunteers helped 296 senior households. Information: Visit www.silvar. org to download an application or call the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors at 408-200-0100. SUSTAINABILITY LECTURE ... Ray Kappe, architect, urban planner and educator, will complete the 2011-12 Los Altos Neutra House Architecture Speaker Series on Thursday, March 8; the lecture will be from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos, followed by a reception from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Los Altos Neutra House, 181 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Tickets are $20 for the lecture, $40 for lecture and reception. Information: N s OPEN HOME GUIDE 64 Also online at s SBTI People reuse, repurpose, recycle while sharing unwanted supplies at Craft Swap 0 3 Roni Strauss, who makes cards out of paper scraps and beads, takes a closer look at a paper sample during the craft swap at Opal’z in January. s s SFBTVSF W by Carol Blitzer photographs by Veronica Weber ho doesn’t have some leftover from a once-envisioned craft or art project stashed in the back of a closet, sitting there useless ... taunting? No need to fret. A group of people loosely organized as “Transition Palo Alto” is offering quarterly craft swaps. All you need to do is bring something you no longer need — and go home with something new to you. Rani Jayakumar, who organized the January swap, describes Transition Palo Alto as a network of 250 worldwide initiatives with a common goal: to be more resilient and less dependent on the rest of the world. “I’d almost call it a movement rather than an organization. (continued on page 55) Left: Jen Johnson sorts through the samples of fabric donated to the craft swap at Opal’z on Jan. 29. Right: Beads are a popular item at the craft swap. The next swap will be on March 18. *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ>ÀV…ÊÓ]ÊÓä£ÓÊU Page 53

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