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Home&Real Estate OPEN HOME GUIDE 62 Also online at Home Front BACKYARD CHICKENS ... Jody Main, who has raised chickens in her organic vegetable and herb gardens for years, will offer two classes on raising backyard chickens, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Class will deal with the coop, nesting boxes, feed and water. Meet at Common Ground before carpooling to Main’s garden and hen house. Each class costs $41. Information: 650-493-6072 or Play rooms in the sky Tree houses make a comeback as unstructured play spaces of the past GARDEN TOUR ... Five gardens in Menlo Park, Atherton and Redwood City, plus the Master Gardener Educational Garden at Redwood High School, 1968 Old County Road, will be featured on the fifth Master Gardener Educational Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 22. UC Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions about edible gardening, pros and cons of artificial turf, permaculture design, chickens, bees, permeable concrete and more. Tickets are $20 (may be purchased online or at Redwood High School; addresses of gardens will be supplied with tickets. A plant sale will be held at the last garden. Information: http:// Katie Brigham The Frahn family’s first priority after moving to Crescent Park was to add a tree house. by Karishma Mehrotra GOOD BUGS ... Master Gardener Candace Simpson will offer a free talk, “Don’t Smash That Bug! Recognizing Beneficial Insects in Your Vegetable Garden,â€? from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. Information: Master Gardeners at 408282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or hen Anne Frahn’s family moved to University Avenue in 2010, their first order of business — even before remodeling their house — was to put in a tree house on the side of their driveway. PLANT EXCHANGE ... Bring extra clippings or plants and swap them for something new at the free plant-trading day at the Menlo Park Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 29. Donations may be dropped off on the library patio up to a week in advance. Information: N After Frahn’s architect father spent about two weekends putting up a structure and a hired worker added the finishing touches, her kids, Celia and Harrison, were left with a new play room in the sky equipped with a rope swing, a fireman’s pole, a permanent broom, a dumbwaiter to send up snacks and window covers for rainy days. Harrison uses the house about every other day to shoot water guns or play “capture the flag.â€? And even though they scream about the spiders, Celia’s friends said it makes her house more of an attraction for play dates. “When I think back to my generation, kids weren’t so scheduled,â€? Frahn said. “If you had a tree house, you and your friends were in it day and night. All summer long. You would sleep out there. So I want the kids to sleep out there 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. W sometime.â€? For some, tree houses provide the perfect touch to their children’s lives. Palo Alto residents are rediscovering tree houses as a way to give children less scheduled playtime and more old-fashioned fun. And relaxed laws provide that extra push. Nothing in Palo Alto’s city code explicitly governs tree houses, said Amy French, Palo Alto’s chief planning official. They do fall under the zoning code’s definition of “accessory structures,â€? which leads to height and placement regulations. Structures within those regulations Celia Frahn takes a swing on a rope near her family’s tree — those less than 120 square feet — house. do not need a building permit. tree became ill and had to be cut down. With “I cannot think of a single case of someone her kids now out of the house, Allen rememrequesting a planning permit (required for bered the joy that tree house brought to the variance from zoning codes) for a tree house,â€? neighborhood. French wrote in an email. “I am guessing there “I feel like kids’ lives now are way too may be non-compliant tree houses not reported planned and scheduled,â€? Allen said. “They have by neighbors.â€? all kinds of lessons and activities and camps. In Sue Allen’s case, her neighbors loved her But my kids grew up inventing their own fun. tree house. In fact, ever since she created the And I think it was really good for them.â€? rule that only 5-year-olds could climb to the Allen remembered when her neighborhood 15-foot tree house — after a neighborhood kid was filled with wild kids who would run from fell from the top — every kid came to Allen’s house to house and she never knew who would South Palo Alto home on their fifth birthday be over for lunch that day. For her, the tree and climbed the huge fig tree. More than two decades later, the 105-year-old (continued on page 39) Katie Brigham GREEN BUILDING ... The City of Palo Alto will offer a free workshop, “Green Building Renovations,â€? from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, at Lucie Stern Community Center, Community Room, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Information (and registration — required because of space limitations): 650-329-2241 ĂœĂœĂœÂ°*>Â?ÂœÂ?ĂŒÂœ"˜Â?ˆ˜i°VÂœÂ“ĂŠUĂŠ*>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?ÞÊUĂŠĂ•Â˜iĂŠĂ“ÂŁ]ÊÓä£ÎÊU Page 37

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