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Home&Real Estate ORCHID SUCCESS ... Weegie Caughlan, the “orchid lady,” will teach a class on “Growing Cymbidium Orchids” from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 31, in the Gamble Garden Carriage House, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. The class will deal with ideal growing conditions, including temperature, sunlight, medium, watering, feeding and pest control. Cost is $40 for nonmembers, $30 for members. Information: 650-329-1356 or www. SELF-GUIDED HOME TOUR OFFERS CLOSE-UP VIEWS OF MODERN AND MID-CENTURY HOMES C Courtesy of Modern Home Tours, LLC (continued on page 55) COOKING CLASSES ... Hands-on cooking classes at Sur La Table, #57 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, include: “Nonna’s Italian Kitchen,” “Date Night: Brazilian Steakhouse Feast” (Gale Tan, Friday, April 6, 6:30 p.m., $85); and “Easter Cupcake Workshop” (Deanna Gin, Saturday, April 7, 6 p.m., $69). Information: 650-289-0438 or email This Los Altos Hills home on the tour, built by Arcon Construction, is being offered for sale by Alain Pinel Realtors. File photo/Marjan Sadoughi Courtesy of Modern Home Tours, LLC 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 email cblitzer@paweekly. com. Deadline is Thursday at 5 p.m. This home on Parkside Drive in the Greenmeadow neighborhood, updated by architect K.C. Cullen, will be included in the Silicon Valley Modern Home Tour. by Carol Blitzer lean lines, simple textures, natural materials, glass. That’s what visitors to the selfguided 2012 Silicon Valley Modern Home Tour can expect to find in the eight examples of mid-century and modern homes this Saturday. Three of the homes are in Palo Alto, one each in Los Altos Hills, Sunnyvale, Woodside and Los Altos, plus the Los Altos Neutra House, which was designed by Richard Neutra but is now used primarily as a conference center. Curating the tour was a natural fit for Ingrid Spencer, former managing editor and current contributing editor for Architectural Record magazine. She grew up in Sunnyvale surrounded by Eichlers and understood from childhood what indoor/outdoor living was. But she didn’t develop her true passion for the mid-century icons until she started working as an architectural journalist, landing at Architectural GROW YOUR VEGGIES ... John Jeavons, executive director of Ecology Action and author of “How to Grow More Vegetables,” will teach two classes on Saturday, March 31, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. “Seed Propagation,” from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will deal with Grow Biointensive techniques, including transplanting, pricking out seedlings from flats and watering. “Double-Digging and Bed Preparation,” from 2 to 4 p.m., including a hands-on demonstration at the Common Ground Demonstration Garden, will cover what makes healthy soil. Each class is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www. OPEN DAYS ... The Garden Conservancy’s 2012 Open Days Directory is available and can be ordered online now. Members (beginning at $50 for individuals) receive a free directory and admission tickets at 50 percent off. This year gardens in Palo Alto, Atherton and Portola Valley will be featured on Saturday, June 2. Information: www.opendaysprogram. org N INSPIRATION K.C. Cullen SPRING FLING ... Filoli, at 86 Cañada Road, Woodside, will offer a sneak peek at its greenhouses, as well as kid’s activities and garden tours, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, during Spring Fling. Other activities include a dogagility demonstration, indoor floral displays created by Filoli volunteers, magic tricks and a puppet show, as well as refreshments. Tickets are $25 for adult nonmembers, $20 for members; $5 for children 5 to 17, free for children 4 and younger. Information: 650-364-8300, ext. 508, or Also online at SEEKING Home Front OPEN HOME GUIDE 68 A glass bath and shower enclosure is part of the minimalist masterbedroom suite in architect Joseph Bellomo’s modern home in Downtown North, Palo Alto. - Another Greenmeadow Eichler update on the tour was remodeled by Mark Marcinik, of M110 Architecture, San Francisco. *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ>ÀV…ÊÎä]ÊÓä£ÓÊU Page 53

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