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Home&Real Estate OPEN HOME GUIDE 62 Also online at Home Front PLANT PROBLEMS? ... Master Gardeners are on hand from 1 to 4 p.m. every Friday to answer questions on home gardening through their Master Gardener Hotline. Information: Call 650-329-1356. PLANT SWAP ... A free planttrading day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, on the patio of the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Bring extra clippings or plants and go home with new ones. (Plants will be coming in throughout the trading day.) Information: www. WEED WARRIORS ... Volunteers are needed to restore habitat at the Pearson-Arastradero Preserve every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Gateway Facility, down the trail from the PearsonArastradero Preserve parking lot at 1530 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, just north of Page Mill Road. Information: A home on Miller Court in the Monroe Park neighborhood. Veronica Weber 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. John Reinhardt, left, sits with his son Damon Reinhardt and his dog Guinness outside his Monroe Park home. Veronica Weber MAKE A SUCCULENT WREATH ... Robin Stockwell will teach a class on “Succulent Wreath Makingâ€? from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, July 19, at Filoli, 86 CaĂąada Road, Woodside. Students can expect to go home with materials and know-how to complete a 12inch wreath (most will not be completed in class). Cost is $125 for nonmembers, $105 for members, which includes all materials. Information: 650-364-8300 or www. N Veronica Weber QUILTING BASICS ... Christine Hopkins will teach a class on “Beginning Quiltingâ€? from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays, July 8-29, at the Gymnastics Center, 501 Laurel St., Menlo Park. The class will deal with the basics of quilting — tools and techniques, cutting and piecing blocks, sewing the quilt top and finishing it off. Cost is $85 for non-Menlo Park residents, $64 for residents, plus $5 materials fee; sewing machines may be used during class for $20. Information: 650-330-2200 or www.menlopark. org or email: or Monroe Park A quiet neighborhood with a split personality by Karishma Mehrotra J ohn and Mary Reinhardt have lived in numerous American cities. But when it was time to settle down and retire, they chose Monroe Park. “This is a country-like atmosphere,â€? John said of the South Palo Alto area bound by Adobe Creek, El Camino Real, Del Medio and Silva avenues. “Not much going on. Not much happening. And we like it that way.â€? A home on Silva Avenue in the Monroe Park neighborhood. Other than Monroe Park’s quiet feel, the couple decided to buy a house in 1961 for a number of reasons, such as the lack of traffic, a convenient Caltrain station located off San Antonio Road, the Milk Pail Market on California Street in Mountain View and the rural, farmlike community. And though the Reinhardts are suckers for the peaceful neighborhood, they are also pleased when the silence is broken, like when dog walkers gather at 6 p.m. every evening in the park that gives the neighborhood its name. “It’s like a convocation of dog owners,â€? Mary chuckles. “I suppose that’s how you get the neighborhood gossip.â€? Along with the dog-walkers convocation, the couple has noticed an upsurge in walkers and runners around the Monroe Drive loop in recent years. (continued on page 43) ĂœĂœĂœÂ°*>Â?ÂœÂ?ĂŒÂœ"˜Â?ˆ˜i°VÂœÂ“ĂŠUĂŠ*>Â?ÂœĂŠÂ?ĂŒÂœĂŠ7iiÂŽÂ?ÞÊUĂŠĂ•Â˜iĂŠĂ“n]ÊÓä£ÎÊU Page 41

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