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Home&Real Estate MAKE VENEER PANEL ... Marcus Miller will teach a new class on making a “Simple Marquetry Panelâ€? from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, in the Palo Alto High School Woodshop, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. The class will cover single-bevel knife-cutting techniques, making decorative stringing (filetti) and mitering the border. Cost is $60 plus a $10 project fee. Information: 650-3293752 or SHARING EVENT ... Bring old art supplies, fabric, yarn, beads, whatever, to swap at the next sharing event at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, at Deborah’s Palm, 555 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto. Information: 650-473-0664,, GOOD BUGS ... UCCE Master Gardeners will offer a free class, “No Such Thing as a Bad Bug - Integrated Pest Management Tips,â€? from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. The class focuses on using the least toxic pest control methods first. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or BRIGHTER PALO ALTO CHALLENGES RESIDENTS WITH FIRST “UGLY LIGHTINGâ€? CONTEST Veronica Weber POP UP PLANT STARS, ... an association of four owner-operated nurseries — Carman’s Nursery (bonsai), Cole Canyon Farms (organic edible plants), Gold Rush Nursery (water-wise, insect-friendly) and Terra Sole Nurseries (climate appropriate) — will be the focus of the Garden Club of Los Altos at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26. The group meets at 460 S. El Monte Ave., Los Altos. Guests pay $5. Information: LIGHTER and Courtesy of Brian Lewis Home Front BEFORE Clockwise from left: Brian Lewis’ track lights (before) earned him a rebate, due to their inefficient energy use and poor lighting quality; Nicolette Chun earned a $100 rebate when she replaced the spot halogens with low-energy-use LED lighting under her kitchen cabinets. T by Junesung Lee he first thing Nicolette Chun thought of when she read the flyer was her spot halogen lights on her kitchen counter. “Every few months, the wiring came loose, and the little hooks holding them up just looked so terrible,â€? she said. “I’ve replaced them with LEDs in nice, clean lines, and it looks much better now.â€? The flyer was for the City of Palo Alto Utilities’ “Ugly Lightingâ€? contest, which invited residents to send in pictures of their nightmare lighting. The winners earned rebates for EnergyStar™-certified LED lighting. Chun was the runner-up who received a $100 rebate. “The city utilities department has had different kinds of rebates for energy and water conservation for a long time now,â€? said Joyce Kinnear, manager of City of Palo Alto Utilities marketing services. “The LED was a new one, and we held this Veronica Weber Veronica Weber ECOHOME OPEN HOUSE ... Kevin Carley, of City of Palo Alto Utilities marketing services, will showcase the city’s new EcoHome from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, next to the Girl Scout House at 1120 Hopkins Ave., Palo Alto (behind the Lucie Stern Community Center). The home shows samples of sustainable building materials, including recycled-glass countertops, permeable paving, blue-jean insulation, clover-leaf solar electric panels and energy-efficient appliances. Information: 650-3292241 or www.cityofpaloalto, search “EcoHomeâ€? N 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 one week before publication. OPEN HOME GUIDE 50 Also online at event to call attention to it. Around 15 people sent in applications.â€? The department reached out to residents through a citywide mailing for this contest. Applicants were required to send in a photo of their current lighting situation, as well (continued on page 35) ĂœĂœĂœÂ°*>Â?ÂœÂ?ĂŒÂœ"˜Â?ˆ˜i°VÂœÂ“ĂŠUĂŠ*>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?ÞÊUĂŠĂ•Â˜iĂŠĂ“Ă“]ÊÓä£ÓÊU Page 33

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