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Home&Real Estate OPEN HOME GUIDE 58 Also online at Home Front SEASONAL WREATH ... Linda Roark, creator of Gamble Garden’s succulent garden pots, will teach a class on “Creating a Seasonal Succulent Wreath” from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Participants will create a 10-inch succulent wreath with fall colors; class will include how to care for the wreath. Cost is $95 for nonmembers, $85 for members, including materials. Information: 650-329-1356 or www. BACKYARD COMPOST ... The City of Palo Alto is offering a free “Backyard Compost Workshop” from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Almost Eden Garden, 701 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto. Focus is on suppressing weeds, improving and protecting soil and conserving water. Information: 650-496-5910 INTRO TO GROW BIOINTENSIVE ... Ryan Batjiaka, assistant garden manager at Ecology Action in Willits, Calif., will teach two classes on Saturday, Oct. 20: “Introduction to Grow Biointensive,” from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., deals with the basic principles, including deep soil preparation, composting, intensive and companion planting and more. “Complete Diet Mini-Farming,” from 2 to 4 p.m., covers how to plan a garden that will contain all the food one needs. Each class costs $31. Information: 650493-6072 or www.common Veronica Weber TWO CLASSES ... will be taught by Mimi Clarke, former lead horticulturist at Filoli and now owner of Fiddle Fern Landscaping, on Saturday, Oct. 20: “Prepare for Winter,” from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will include winter pruning, protection of frost-sensitive plants, pests and diseases, bare-root planting and general clean up. “Soil Management,” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., will deal with soil structure, fertility, water and improving through amendments. Cost is $45 (for “Prepare for Winter”), $40 (for “Soil Management”) for nonmembers, $35 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or www. Pat Prochaska and children Camille Prochaska Klein and Laurent Klein play on the swing outside their Adobe Meadow home in Palo Alto. "EPCF.FBEPX.FBEPX1BSL A well-located, yet leisurely paced neighborhood by Dean McArdle s Adobe Creek babbles its last few miles from Black Mountain to the San Francisco Bay, it crosses under the Louis Road Bridge, the only span connecting Palo Alto’s close-knit neighborhoods Adobe Meadow and Meadow Park. The slow pace of the stream is echoed by the slowed-down lifestyle the neighborhoods offer residents in the midst of the hubbub of the Penin- A NEIGHBORHOOD SNAPSHOT sula. Between East Meadow Drive and Charleston Road east of Middlefield Road, things move a little more peacefully. Though the neighborhoods are bounded on one side by Highway 101, a passer-through is much more likely to find walkers, leisurely bik- ers and children at play on their streets. Those children pour out of the multi-colored 1950s Brown and Kauffman-style homes and onto the playgrounds at Ramos or Mitchell parks. Patricia Prochaska and Gregory Klein were drawn to Adobe Meadow for its proximity to (continued on page 44) Veronica Weber PASSIVE HOUSE UNVEILED ... Clarum Homes will showcase a new passive house at 1510 Portola Ave., Palo Alto, from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20. Experts will be on hand to explain what products were used to achieve a zero-energy home, making it airtight, highly insulated and requiring no furnace to heat. No tickets or reservations are required for the free open house. Information: and www. or call 650-322-7069. This home was included in last week’s Solar Homes Tour: The Road to Net-Zero Energy, co-sponsored by Acterra, SunWork and the City of Palo Alto Utilities, which drew close to 150 people. (continued on page 43) Some of the homes in Meadow Park, including this one on Nathan Way, no longer fit the single-story model. ÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“ÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ"V̜LiÀÊ£™]ÊÓä£ÓÊU Page 41

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