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Home&Real Estate Home Front CATCH THE SCENT ... Daxin Liu will talk about “Fragrantopia Garden - Catch the Scent” at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, for the Garden Club of Los Altos. His talk will deal with creating year-round fragrance, as well as a garden he designed with a koi pond and tropical-plant greenhouse. The group meets at Los Altos Lutheran Church, 460 S. El Monte Ave., Los Altos. Guests pay $5. Information: GET RID OF TOXICS ... Palo Alto residents may bring any unwanted toxic household products to the Regional Water Quality Control Plant, 2501 Embarcadero Way, Palo Alto, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, or 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 1. Samples of what will be accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Event include pharmaceuticals, paint, pool chemicals, pesticides, syringes, mercury-containing thermometers and fluorescent lights. Information: 650-496-6980 OPEN HOME GUIDE 62 Also online at A stitchin time Peninsula Quilters Guild creates — and gives away — hundreds of quilts AUTUMN AT FILOLI ... Reservations are open for this year’s Autumn at Filoli Festival, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Filoli, 86 Cañada Road, Woodside. The family-friendly harvest celebration includes fruit tastings, a tour of the Historic Gentlemen’s Orchard, docent-led hikes and garden docents on hand to answer questions about home gardens as well as Filoli. The day includes children’s activities and entertainment, including the Happy Birds Performing Parrots Show. Cost is $25 for nonmembers, $20 for members, $5 for child (age 5-17), free for children age 4 and younger. Lunch tickets, which must be purchased by Sept. 24, are $18 for an adult BBQ lunch or $9 for a child’s bag lunch. Information: 650-364-8300 or 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 Deadline is one week before publication. Veronica Weber ECO HOME ... The City of Palo Alto’s EcoHome will be open for a free tour from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30. EcoHome is located next to the Girl Scout House, behind the Lucie Stern Community Center at 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The exhibit showcases sustainable building materials, including recycled glass countertops, permeable paving, blue-jean insulation, photoelectric panels and energysaving appliances. Information: 650-329-2241; pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. N by Carol Blitzer couple of years after his wife, Margaret, died, Joseph Woodside was cleaning out his backyard shed when he came across some boxes of fabric that his late wife had collected over 50 or so years. Since his wife had been a quilter, he offered the boxes to the Peninsula Quilters Guild, recalls Margaret Ann Niven, guild activities chair. Those 38 cartons turned out to contain A about 3,000 yards of fabric. So, every Tuesday morning, for weeks, members of the guild have been meeting at Niven’s Palo Alto home, cutting the fabric into 1-yard, half-yard and quarter-yard pieces, assembling them into packets then sorting them by color and era. Anything larger than 3 yards is kept intact, for use as backing material. The myriad of colors and patterns range from feed sacks that could date back to the Depression to the teals and purples of the 1980s. Some have labels identifying their Margaret Ann Niven shows the quilt she made out of DepressionEra feed sacks, now considered collectible fabrics. manufacturer, such as Cranston Print Works, or place of sale, Sprouse-Reitz. The fabric will be offered for sale at $2 per yard at the Peninsula Quilters Guild’s 20th quilt show in September (except for the feed sacks, which are collectibles). And some will go into the baby quilts that guild members make each month for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. (continued on page 47) ÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“ÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊÕ}ÕÃÌÊÓ{]ÊÓä£ÓÊU Page 45

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