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FABMO WORKSHOPS ... Arlene Magarian will offer a workshop on “Braided Rug & Basket Making” from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18. Focus is on using recycled materials to make a rug, seat mat, pet bed, meditation/dance mat and more. Cost is $40. Luanne Seymour’s workshop, “Small Zipper Bags,” will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25. Bags can be used for everything from holding cosmetics to iPods. Cost is $45. Both workshops are held at FabMo’s workshop center at 2423 Old Middlefield Way, Suite F, Mountain View. Information: www. WATERWISE GARDENING ... UC Master Gardener Deva Luna will offer a free, hands-on workshop to demonstrate the “Fundamentals of Waterwise Gardening” from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Mountain View Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View. Participants should bring a pot (no bigger than 14 inches by 12 inches). Information (and required registration): 650-349-3000 or email GROWING VEGGIES ... UC Master Gardeners will offer a free talk on “Growing Vegetables in Fall and Winter” from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. The talk will deal with starting plants and seeds, as well as transplanting. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http:// or Palo Alto Gardening Hotline: 650-329-1356, ext. 205


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WHAT’S COOKING? ... Hands-on cooking classes at Sur La Table, #57 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, include: “4 Grill Recipes Every Cook Should Know” (Will VanBrackle, Friday, Aug. 17, 6:30 p.m., $69); “Amazing Cake Pops” (Kim Henderson, Saturday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m., $69); “Date Night: Italian Summer in Venice” (Saul Flores, Saturday, Aug. 18, 5 p.m., $79); “Berry Delicious Cupcakes” (Kim Henderson, Sunday, Aug. 19, 11 a.m., $69); “Late Summer Canning & Preserving Workshop” (Saul Flores, Sunday, Aug. 19, 3 p.m., $69); “Coastal Delights of Spain” (Michelle Marquez-Cino, Monday, Aug. 20, 6:30 p.m., $69); “Grilling Great Seafood” (Jodi Krefetz, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 6:30 p.m., $79); and “Easy Fresh Pasta Dinners” (Will VanBrackle, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 6:30 p.m., $69). Information: 650289-0438 or email Cooking073@ N 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 cblitzer@ Deadline is one week before publication.

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by Helen Carefoot


o plans for next weekend? No problem. The Palo Alto Festival of the Arts is coming to University Avenue Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25 and 26. The streets of downtown Palo Alto will play host to a myriad of tents displaying works by more than 300 different artists and crafters. Festival goers can enjoy the live music that will be pulsating from two different stages (on Waverley and Webster streets) between grabbing a bite to eat or a sip of wine from the numerous food vendors and wine- and beer-tasting booths. Once more the Italian Street Art Expo will take place on Tasso Street where a company of 50 chalk artists will create colorful, intricate street art to benefit Youth Community Service. Kids can visit their own “art studio,” at the corner of University Avenue and Kipling Street, where they can make their own crafts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. As you shuffle between the rows of booths with a taco and glass of wine in tow, consider singling out these three artists:

Tammy Bickel, metal Tammy Bickel likes longevity. She wants her edgy work to last. An artist who works exclusively with steel, Bickel creates metal sculptures that seamlessly combine the fragility of a flower with the roughness of a recycled piece of scrap metal. After studying sculpture at a fine arts school in New York, Bickel chose metal as her medium of choice because of its resiliency. “I had previously worked at a prop agency doing displays,” Bickel said. “Everything I made would be destroyed in the next week or so and I wanted to make work

Clockwise from top right: Among the many artists participating in the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts are Dehanna Jones, Totally Blown Glassworks (glass bowl); Jack West (walnut and spalted maple display stand); Charles Cobb (kitchen stools, made of curly maple and African wenge); and Jeannine Niehaus (“Ginkgo,” an 11-inch stoneware plate). Photos courtesy of Palo Alto Festival of the Arts. that lasted.” After working as a metal sculptor for more than 15 years and moving to San Francisco, Bickel became inspired by California’s natural beauty. Combining her love for the urban grittiness of New York and the natural beauty of her new (continued on page 70w)

Palo Alto Weekly 08.17.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the August 17, 2012 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly

Palo Alto Weekly 08.17.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the August 17, 2012 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly