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Home&Real Estate OPEN HOME GUIDE 60 Also online at Home Front RAISE SEEDLINGS ... UC Master Gardeners Rosalie Shepherd and Bob Weissman will offer a free demonstration and hands-on training, “Raising Your Own Seedlings for the Cool Season,” from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto. The class will focus on seeding, potting up and planting techniques. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners. org; a cool season planting chart can be downloaded as a pdf at Christophe Haubursin DROP OFF HAZARDOUS STUFF ... The next monthly household hazardous waste event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Regional Water Quality Control Plant, 2501 Embarcadero Way, Palo Alto. Residents may bring latex and oil-based paints, gasoline, road flares, propane tanks (used for barbecues and camp stoves), household or auto batteries, cooking oil and more. The list of unacceptable items include fireworks and ammunition, infectious wastes and controlled substances. Proof of Palo Alto residency (either a driver’s license or current utility bill) is required. Information: 650496-6980 or for the complete list visit, search for “hazardous waste” Construction workers load roofing materials at a home on Bryant Street in July. CAKE DECORATING ... Christine Hopkins will teach a class on “Cake Decorating - Level II” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays, Aug. 5 to 26, at the Gymnastics Center, 501 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Designed for people who have already mastered the basics, the class will deal with fondant, gum paste, royal icing, color flow and buttercream. Cost is $85 for non-Menlo Park residents, $64 for residents. Information: 650330-2209 or or email: VERTICAL GARDENING ... Robin Stockwell will teach a class on creating “The Living Mural — Vertical Gardening” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9, at Filoli, 86 Cañada Road, Woodside. The class will deal with plant selection, design and maintenance; each student will be given a redwood frame, succulent potting mix, plants and how-tos. Fee is $125 for nonmembers, $105 for members and includes all materials. Information: 650-364-8300 or N by John Brunett W ith the sounds of hammers ringing all over town, it’s clear that home remodeling is on the upsurge in Palo Alto. Contractors and architects are busy churning out projects as small as kitchen remodels and as big as Larry Page’s new house on Bryant Street. Bud Starmer, the City of Palo Alto’s supervisor of inspections, said the city handed out almost triple the amount of building permits this fiscal year than they did the previous year. “It’s interesting because the city of Palo Alto never really slows down, and now we’re even busier,” Starmer said. Contractors and architects around the area found that the recent recession did not necessarily bring the construction market to a halt like it did elsewhere in the United States, but it did cause many of the bigger, new projects to be downsized into smaller remodels. But Palo Alto’s construction market did not necessarily reflect the national economic distress, according to Carl Hesse of Palo Alto architectural firm Square Three Design Studios. “In many ways we found no impact, especially in this area,” he said. “When it hit (in 2008), Christophe Haubursin 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. Years after the Great Recession, local architects, contractors rebounding Signs outside of construction at a home on Coleridge Avenue warn against solicitors and uncovered heads. (continued on page 51) ÜÜÜ°*>œÌœ"˜ˆ˜i°Vœ“ÊUÊ*>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊÕ}ÕÃÌÊÓ]ÊÓä£ÎÊU Page 49

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