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Seeding and Transplanting Cool Season Vegetables
Master Gardener Ann Burrell will offer tips on growing a vegetable garden in the fall and winter, including how to start from seed, transplant, select varieties appropriate for the area and protect plants from common pests. Aug. 1, 10-11 a.m. Free. Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto.
 

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Free mindful yoga class
Surfer Mike will hold a free twice monthly class providing instruction in mindfulness meditation, yoga and other movement activities. First and third Tuesdays of the month, June 16-Aug. 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Free mindful yoga class
Surfer Mike will hold a free twice monthly class providing instruction in mindfulness meditation, yoga and other movement activities. First and third Tuesdays of the month, June 16-Aug. 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

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Brew Your Own Kombucha (Aug. 5)
This course offered by Anne Marie Bonneau will cover the benefits of kombucha, the necessary equipment, and successful and safe conditions. Students can taste samples of kombucha, sourdough bread and other fermented foods made by the instructor, and they will take home a jar of kombucha and a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, or a SCOBY. Aug. 5, 6-8 p.m. $60. Private home, address provided upon registration, Mountain View.
 

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Water Conservation 101
The Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) will partner with the City of Mountain View to offer an education program on water conservation. The event will provide information and updates on recent water restrictions, ways to check and control home water usage, and available rebates and resources. Registration is required. Aug. 6, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

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Brew Your Own Kombucha (Aug. 8)
This course covers the benefits of kombucha, necessary equipment, and successful safe conditions. Students can taste samples of kombucha, sourdough bread and other fermented foods made by the instructor, and they will take home a jar of kombucha and a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, or a SCOBY. Aug. 8, 1-3 p.m. $60. Private home, address provided upon registration, Mountain View.

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Zoom In Video Production
Midpeninsula Community Media Center will hold a 15-hour workshop covering all the skills needed to create a digital video, edit it, upload it to YouTube and create a digital file. All software and equipment will be provided, and students will produce a short video by the end of the workshop. Aug. 10, 12, 14, 24 and 26, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $175. Midpeninsula Community Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Jungle James Reptiles
This experience for all ages will share a variety of reptiles, as well as a few opportunities to touch them. A presentation will also highlight each reptile's special characteristics. Aug. 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Urban Bicycling Workshop
This workshop hosted by the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition will offer a refresher on the basics of bicycling in urban areas. Aug. 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

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Health care programs orientation (Aug. 12)
The Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School will hold a workshop for those interested in health care careers, providing information on the certified nursing assistant and medical assistant paths and the programs offered by the school. Online registration is requested. Aug. 12, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.
 

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Button Making Magic
This activity at the Portola Valley Library will guide participants of all ages in using old magazines, comics and books to create customized buttons. Aug. 12, 2-3 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Save a Life: QPR Training to Help Prevent Suicide
This session on QPR training -- which stands for Question, Persuade and Refer -- offers instruction in three simple steps that can help save a life from suicide. Topics include how to identify warning signs, to question and persuade, and then refer someone to resources for help. Contact the organizers for more info. Aug. 13, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

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Buttons & Badges
This craft activity for adults will guide participants in making buttons and badges for political purposes, to make a statement, as a name tag or simply for creative expression. Space is limited, and registration is required. Aug. 13, 5-6 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

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Propagation class
Master Gardener Roberta Barnes will guide class participants in refining their plant-propagation skills. She will discuss different ways to propagate, covering seeding, cuttings and divisions. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions. Aug. 14, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.

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Drop-in Bike Clinic
Once monthly, professional bike mechanic Ryan Murphy will visit the Mountain View Public Library to share advice and help with changing tires, adjusting shifting and brakes, identifying mysterious noises and more. Third Saturday of the month, April 18-Aug. 15, 11-12:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

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Improv classes at Dragon Theatre
Professional actress Corinne Kason will teach weekly classes in improvisation, focusing on effective communication, out-of-the-box thinking, building confidence and team work. Saturdays, July 11-Aug. 15, 10 p.m. $33 single session. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.

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Brew Your Own Kombucha (Aug. 19)
This course offered by Anne Marie Bonneau will cover the benefits of kombucha, the necessary equipment, and successful and safe conditions. Students can taste samples of kombucha, sourdough bread and other fermented foods made by the instructor, and they will take home a jar of kombucha and a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, or a SCOBY. Aug. 19, 6-8 p.m. $60. Private home, address provided upon registration, Mountain View.

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Canopy Education Volunteer Training
This three-part education training will prepare community members to volunteer as Education Leaders with Canopy during the school year, sharing the world of trees through hands-on science lessons with K-8 students. Wednesdays, Aug. 5-19, 4:30-7 p.m. Free. Peninsula Conservation Center, 3921 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Maker Thursdays
These Portola Valley Library events will provide opportunities for participants ages 4 and up to work with their hands to create something different each week, including items like Perler beads, bouncy balls, monster pencils and more. Thursdays, Aug. 6-20, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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Brew Your Own Kombucha (Aug. 22)
This course offered by Anne Marie Bonneau will cover the benefits of kombucha, the necessary equipment, and successful and safe conditions. Students can taste samples of kombucha, sourdough bread and other fermented foods made by the instructor, and they will take home a jar of kombucha and a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, or a SCOBY. Aug. 22, 1-3 p.m. $60. Private home, address provided upon registration, Mountain View.
 

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California Bach Society Choral Workshop
Community members are invited to join the California Bach Society in singing and exploring choruses from cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach in this workshop led by Artistic Director Paul Flight. Those interested must register on or before Aug. 15 on the website. Aug. 22, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $55 (includes lunch and music). Palo Alto location, address provided upon registration, Palo Alto.
 

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Yoga with Surfer Mike
Michael Kintz, or Surfer Mike, will lead a 13-week course on yoga, meditation and mindful movement for all ages and levels. The classes seek to help calm the mind and develop present moment awareness. Mondays, June 8-Aug. 24, 5:30-6:45 p.m $130 resident; $145 nonresident. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Money Matters: Buying A Pre-owned Car
In this Mountain View Public Library workshop, Leane and Mike Reelfs of Helming's Auto Repair will discuss buying a pre-owned car, looking at how to negotiate the best deal, fees to expect when buying from a dealer, repair costs involved in buying a pre-owned car and what cars to avoid. Aug. 25, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

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'Death & Life of an Object'
For this Los Altos History Museum event, Marianne Lettieri will lead a discussion about the meanings embedded in historical and everyday materials and how artists use them to express themselves creatively. Aug. 27, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

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Tai Chi in Portola Valley
Tai Chi instructor Ben Dineen will lead a weekly 60-minute class on tai chi in the Redwood Grove next to the Portola Valley Town Center's Community Hall. The centuries-old exercise is designed to help its practitioners develop stronger bodies, better balance and a sharper, less anxious mind. Adults of all abilities are welcome. Fridays, Aug. 7-28, 10-11 a.m. Free. Redwood Grove, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Adult School Fall Session registration
Registration for Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School's Fall Session will begin on Friday, Aug. 14. The session will run from Sept. 1 to Dec. 18. Visit the website for specific class listings and more info. Aug. 14-Sept. 1. Prices vary. Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School, 333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.
 

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Yoga classes at Little House
Little House Activity Center is now offering a variety of weekly yoga classes -- covering Hatha, Chair, Restorative and Kundalini yoga styles -- taught by experienced professional instructors. See website for the full schedule. Wednesday and Thursday, May 1-Dec. 31. $15 Hatha, Chair or Restorative; $8 Kundalini. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.